Metascore
86

Generally favorable reviews - based on 73 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 67 out of 73
  2. Negative: 0 out of 73
  1. Dec 21, 2010
    100
    The sound design is incredible, with many varied tracks with authentic and unique sounding instruments that organically change depending on the on-screen action.
  2. Dec 21, 2010
    100
    God of War: Ghost of Sparta is the perfect swansong for Ready At Dawn, their mastery of the PSP unmatched, and it's also a fitting climax to a portable sadly suffering in the shadows of endless rumours of a successor.
  3. Indeed, Sparta is not only a great PSP game but a great God of War game with an absolutely incredible ending. [Dec 2010, p.42]
  4. Oct 26, 2010
    100
    A by-the books add-on to the franchise that maintains and raises the high bar of the franchise. There are a lot of nice new things to do in the game and the plot expands the canon of the franchise quite a bit. I do wish they had introduced a few new things and taken the game in some new direction but the game is still excellent
  5. Oct 25, 2010
    100
    But whatever you do, don't miss out on this fantastic new installment in the God of War saga. The story will impact you as much as the insane action, and with dazzling visuals and sound, this is one adventure you can't afford to miss.
  6. Jan 18, 2011
    95
    An absolute essential addition to your collection if you own a PSP, and is quite possibly the finest title to fit in your pocket to date.
  7. Dec 22, 2010
    95
    God of War: Ghost of Sparta takes the PSP's previous high-mark and raises it.
  8. Dec 21, 2010
    95
    It's the ultimate example of the full console experience in the palm of your hands.
  9. Dec 19, 2010
    95
    Kratos is definitely back as are all the wondrous mythological creatures and settings of ancient Greece.
  10. 95
    God of War: Ghost of Sparta is the best game on the PSP, pushing the boundaries of a handheld device with breathtaking graphics, a striking story, and enough combat to keep your thumbs busy for many hours.
  11. Oct 27, 2010
    95
    Ghost of Sparta is incredibly well balanced and highly polished. It's an experience that is defining for both Kratos and the system. If you own a PSP, then you owe it to yourself to play this game. If not, then it's time to finally get one.
  12. Oct 26, 2010
    95
    Stunning and impresive - Ghost of Sparta takes the gameplay of later God of Wars adding some new features and an incredible graphic engine. Ready at Dawn did its best to fulfill the hopes of the entire fanbase of the franchise, and they're successful in doing it. One of those games that you better go and buy without any further hesitation.
  13. Oct 25, 2010
    95
    Ghost of Sparta doesn't have any mind-blowing moments of sheer magnitude like the console entries, but it compensates with a handful of cool special sequences that fill in parts of Kratos' history and character.
  14. Oct 25, 2010
    95
    Unbelievably, the developers at Ready at Dawn managed to top what they did with Chains of Olympus, delivering a longer, deeper, and more graphically beautiful game than even they thought was originally possible. Ghost of Sparta is, without a doubt, one of the best games available for the PSP.
  15. Oct 25, 2010
    94
    Fluid combat, well-designed levels, and boss battles that will remind you precisely why you love the series in the first place make Ready at Dawn's second entry in the series a God among portable games.
  16. Oct 25, 2010
    94
    Ready At Dawn provides us with another excellent God of War experience that you should not miss.
  17. Oct 25, 2010
    93
    It may be a somewhat short experience, but there's no denying the fact that the time you do spend with the game will be a great one.
  18. Jan 12, 2011
    92
    God Of War: Ghost Of Sparta is an authentic masterpiece. The combat system, as well as the level design and the enemy's A.I., reach perfection. A must-have for all PSP owners and for the fans of the series.
  19. Jan 8, 2011
    92
    Probably the best game available on Psp, Ghost of Sparta is a "real" God of War from every perspective, and a fantastic game that every fan of the series should not miss.
  20. Oct 27, 2010
    92
    This is one of the most fun and polished games in the PSP, and offers what series followers are looking for. As in many cases, its only drawback is that we have already seen this formula many times, althought not so many in a portable console.
  21. Oct 25, 2010
    91
    Everything is put together so well that, unless you've become truly tired of the franchise, Ghost of Sparta is well worth playing. This portable title, while it may not be the best or most original entry in the series, is more than worthy of the God of War name.
  22. Chains of Olympus was a pretty title, but even it stands as nothing compared to this graphical juggernaut. While there's no denying that the scenes depicted within can't compare with the exercise in colossal that was God of War III, the amazingly high fidelity of the graphics are guaranteed knock your sandals off in other ways. Don't let the seemingly diminutive size of the PSP fool you, this is one of the best games in the GOW series. [January 2011 p80]
  23. Jan 15, 2011
    90
    God of War: Ghost of Sparta is not only a obligatory game for fans, it's recommended for all owners of a PSP.
  24. Jan 12, 2011
    90
    This part in the God of War franchise is a great one. The gameplay is as usual fantastic, the action is great and the graphics and audio are genius. This is a must have for every PlayStation Portable owner. The only sad part is, that you can complete the game in five hours.
  25. Jan 5, 2011
    90
    Ghost of Sparta is truly a God of War-game in the most positive sense. It offers spectacular action, incredible graphics and an epic storyline. This could very well be the best PlayStation Portable-game to date.
  26. Snake now has a very serious contender. [Christmas 2010]
  27. Dec 22, 2010
    90
    The simple fact is this is yet another high quality addition to a series that has rarely, if ever, disappointed, and is a rare example of a developer, franchise and games system working in near perfect synergy.
  28. Dec 22, 2010
    90
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
  29. Dec 21, 2010
    90
    The mixture of over-the-top action, outrageously powerful weapons and cinematic presentation ensures that the non-stop thrill-ride action keeps the adrenaline flowing throughout.
  30. Dec 9, 2010
    90
    God of War again slashes the misconception regarding PSP's gaming prowess wide open with another unadulterated and beautiful ballet of brutality.
  31. Oct 27, 2010
    90
    Kratos is still very, very angry... and this new, beautiful adventure, that covers the events between GoW and GoW2, will give you a shot of what the PSP hardware is capable of. Maybe the best action game for this system, and one of the best of all time.
  32. Oct 25, 2010
    90
    Ghost of Sparta may not deviate from the usual God of War experience, but it certainly presents those core concepts which made the series a standard exceptionally well and with nearly untouchable graphical and auditory prowess on the handheld format.
  33. Oct 25, 2010
    90
    It also feels like one of the tightest games in the series, with a satisfying, revealing narrative that a few of the games in the series has lacked.
  34. 90
    If Chains of Olympus is equivalent to the first God of War game, then Ghost of Sparta is God of War II. Bigger, badder, and beefier in every way than its predecessor, this is a true God of War experience down to the very core, and you can take it anywhere you wish.
  35. Oct 25, 2010
    90
    It's just really pretty, has refined combat and a more engrossing story than Chains of Olympus. If you were hoping for something really innovative, you're out of luck. If you have a PSP and haven't played it since beating Peace Walker (I can hardly blame you), it's time to get it out and charge it up.
  36. Dec 22, 2010
    89
    God of War: Ghost of Sparta packs in an extremely satisfying creature killing experience without any loss of that EPIC 'God of War' feel.
  37. Jan 13, 2011
    88
    Ghost of Sparta is beyond doubt the best action experience you can find on your PSP. Still, it feels like a small step back from the evolution of the saga achieved by the last HD chapter: puzzles section are completely useless and mechanics feel somehow old. A very good work, but not the masterpiece it could've been.
  38. Dec 22, 2010
    88
    Kratos is on fine form, but still refuses to do anything other than tear things to pieces. [Issue#232, p.75]
  39. 88
    Kratos is on fine form, but still refuses to do anything other than tear things to pieces.
  40. Jan 3, 2011
    87
    Kratos' appearance on the PSP is a blast. Its epicness is unparalleled as well as the graphics, but some weaknesses like invisible walls hurt the almost invincible Kratos.
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 205 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26
  1. Nov 4, 2010
    10
    Best PSP game ever made! Graphics are amazing. Story is better and more personal than GOW3. Combat is refined, polished and fun. Pacing isBest PSP game ever made! Graphics are amazing. Story is better and more personal than GOW3. Combat is refined, polished and fun. Pacing is impeccable, it hits all the highs, lows, cool downs etc. I will make 8 hours just disappear! Full Review »
  2. Dec 17, 2012
    10
    This game has an amazing story, cool and awesome with nice roles in the game, and of course, a gameplay that never gets old, and the bestThis game has an amazing story, cool and awesome with nice roles in the game, and of course, a gameplay that never gets old, and the best graphics I've ever seen for a PSP game. This realistic, fun, and awesome adventure will make you have the fun playing as Kratos, anywhere and anytime, because it is portable.

    Gameplay: 10/10 - The gameplay never gets old --- Fresh and good controls, you can get new skills in the game, and more.
    Music: 10/10 - The music never gets annoying and keeps the game fun and exciting.
    Story: 10/10 - They don't added more than what they needed, just something easy to learn, specially if you have played the first GoF games.
    Graphics: 10/10 - Remember, this is a handheld console made in 2004... The graphics are simply amazing and won't make you lag. Sony and Capcom made an amazing job at this point.
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  3. Nov 3, 2010
    9
    As a fan of God Of War this is a great game. There are quite a few new weapons as well as some of the older ones in this game. The bossAs a fan of God Of War this is a great game. There are quite a few new weapons as well as some of the older ones in this game. The boss battles so far has been fair, and the graphics are amazing. The only downfall is that it is on the PSP and not the PS3. Full Review »