Back in 1999, Nintendo had an idea that ended up launching a huge series. They took iconic characters from many of their first-party franchises, and threw them into a 2D brawler called Super Smash Brothers. Featuring characters from across the Nintendo universe, it spawned three sequels and has become a largely popular game for casually fighting with your favorite characters. Ever since then, Sony fans have wondered if they would ever get their own game in this genre.
Santa Monica Studios, the developers behind the iconic God of War series, answered that wonder with PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. Released both on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, Santa Monica’s game brought together 24 characters across the PlayStation Universe and pitted them in platform-friendly 2D stages, not so different from the stages of Super Smash Bros. With characters from franchises like Twisted Metal, Metal Gear, God of War, Bioshock, Devil May Cry, and more, fans were started to look up. How is the game? How different is it from Smash Brothers? Here is our official review of PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale for the PlayStation Vita.
Greek Mythology has an interesting place in our minds. Back in school, the only mention of it were in books like The Odyssey as well as some media titles like Disney’s Hercules movies. As the years go on, there are more and more things that we can think of when we look back on the tales of Zeus, Athena, and everything else that is involved with Greek Myth, even Dante’s Inferno. What many people think of now are brutally violent video games, the franchise known as God of War.
The God of War franchise is still relatively new. Having spawned in the PlayStation 2 era, it has spanned six main games, along with a Mobile game. That’s a pretty good track record for a series this new. It has gotten two original titles on each of the PlayStation system it has been on, thus far. God of War and God of War II on the PlayStation 2. Chains of Olympus and Ghost of Sparta on PlayStation Portable. God of War III and Ascension on the PlayStation 3. The story of Kratos and his struggles has become almost iconic with PlayStation fans and, to others, is starting to get a little stale.
The PlayStation Vita is due to get its own version of the HD Remasters of the original two God of War titles sometime next year. As with all anticipated releases, many gamers want to know a little bit about the series before diving in, though God of War is a great way to start the series. The PS Vita has access to two God of War titles already. The PSP titles are available for download, and we have official coverage from the first. Here is our review of God of War: Chains of Olympus.