Go back to a simpler time, a time when Kratos didn’t have to let betrayal taint the sheer joy of massacring mythical creatures. Small screen aside, “God of War: Chains of Olympus” offers all of the gratuitous violence and nudity of its Playstation 2 brothers, with a unique story that gives us a look at the soul of the godkiller while he was still a servant of the Olympian gods.

Granted, the smaller disc also comes with a shorter experience. “Chains of Olympus” takes the already short experience down to about four hours from start to finish on normal mode.

Of course, with two harder difficulty levels, new spells, weapons and costumes, and the frustratingly difficult Challenges of Hades, there is no lack of challenges for fans of Spartan fury.

Grade: A-

“God of War Chains of Olympus” is currently available.