God of War: Ghost of Sparta features a myriad of upgrades relative to God of War: Chains of Olympus, Ready at Dawn Studios' first Kratos adventure on PSP. In it, you will battle through a longer campaign, brawl with larger bosses than before and wield an arsenal of new weaponry and magical abilities. The game also features higher numbers of enemies on-screen, alongside enhanced enemy intelligence.
At the outset of the game you are equipped with Kratos' trademark weapons, the Blades of Athena, which were handed to him at the end of God of War on PlayStation 2 by the goddess herself. As you progress through the game you'll unlock a number of new items including the Arms of Sparta, a sword and shield that are extremely useful for long range attacks and blocking arrows fired by enemies from a distance. Another new addition to Kratos' devastating blades is Thera's Bane, fire blades that transform the Blades of Athena into fiery weapons of mass destruction. This new found ability is perfect for smashing through certain armour that some of the game's tougher enemies wear and can only be destroyed by fire.
Controlling Kratos is simple: light and heavy attacks can be performed by pressing the Square and Triangle buttons respectively, while jumps are mapped to the X button. You can block attacks by holding down the L button and, if timed at the moment just before impact, you can parry an enemy attack by countering with a heavy or light swing of the Blades of Athena.
Be sure to explore some of the amazing scenery in the game as you play through it because there are plenty of hidden items that offer up fantastic rewards including the King's Ring. Once you've found it and completed the game, you can play through a second time while collecting ten times the amount of red orbs than before when you defeat enemies or discover chests loaded with them. These red orbs are essential for upgrading Kratos' weapons and magic, which can be accessed by pressing the START button, so grab as many as you can.