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Sound: Voice acting is top notch, as usual for a God of War game, but a lot of the music is recycled from the past two games, especially II. But the music is still great and sound effects are also great. You'll need some headphones to get the full effect. 8.5/10
Gameplay: So how does Kratos control with fewer buttons and one analog stick? Very very well. What they did was simply combine buttons, like with magic, you hold down R and press a face button to use a spell, or to dodge, you hold down L and R and move the analog nub in the direction you want to dodge. It's simple thinking and it works. If you played any GoW game in the past, you'll adjust ton the new controls very quickly and start wrecking shop with you're Blades of Chaos. Unfortunately, there is only one new weapon, The Gauntlet of Zues, found very late in the game. So even if you are a newcomer to God of War, you'll still find the exact same formula on the consoles, so "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". 9.5/10
Replay Value: This is the biggest drawback to the game. My first run through was a mere 3 hours, making this game even shorter than the original. There's no arena mode just a challenge mode, costumes, and the ability to replay the game on the same difficulty level you beaten it on with all you're powered up weapons and magic. So unlike the previous games, there's not a lot of incentive to replay the game. 6/10
Final thoughts: While not the longest or best God of War game, it is still quite an achievement on the PSP (it's the highest rated PSP game for a reason), and worth the price of admission. Just expect this to be a short term investment.
Final Score: 8.6/10
If there is anything I missed let me know and I can edit