The graphics I was very presently surprised with as through
the whole game the action is packed with hundreds of people fighting
simultaneously. With so much going on at ones I would of through
that the graphics would have to be dulled down to this current
generation of gaming to keep everything running smoothly but what
I noticed straight away was there was a high amount of detail
to each and every solider fighting it out in the battle, not only
that but buildings all around, some towering over you, all looking
excellent with the right natural color which still shows the PS2
still has hidden abilities and that this current-generation will
still go on. To totally top it off, it has some of the best lighting
and shadow effects not only seen on the best Console games but
also on the PC. Sun light that pours downs in open areas shinnying
brightly off your shield and armor along with of metals has a
The sound and music is just as good, the music fits well in with
the game and flows nicely when up against the bosses. The sound
is superb from the clashing of the swords and armor to the screams
of the enemies when on fire and shouting of when they have been
hit. The sound comes more alive when you use your powers for example
when you use the lighting strike; it thunders out of your swords
and sounds excellent.
Onto the characters, although they are
not voices by anyone special they seem very good and real. What
was a nice touch I though was when you are plowing throw enemies,
massacring them, leaving bloodshed of bodies then suddenly this
voice shunts out which is Ares (God of War) a praise I would say
of congratulations of sending the enemies to hell is such a quick
amount of time. I found the first time I heard this deep powerful
voice, that where the hell did that come from. Some of the things
he says are cool and funny like “Send their souls to me”, “I will
drown the world is chaos”, “Kill and kill again”, Follow me and
I let you kill forever” and many more cool one. When ever I hear
this I just had to say it again myself as I found it so funny
and great voice. If you saying theses yourself now remember to
do it in a deep powerful slow voice. LoL.
I found the controls pretty easy to use, there is no
tutorial in the game but the game does do a quick pause to tell
you some of the buttons as you are fighting on the first level.
This lets you get straight into the action of the game with out
having to play a tutorial first.
So the controls I would say are a bit like
Baldur’s gate and other hack and slash games as it that type of
genre but there is more skill involved in Spartan Total Warrior.
So you have your normal attack with the X button that does a combo.
There is a slash button that you can hold down for a stronger
attack which can hurt many people with the O button. Then there
is L1 to pull out your bow which can fire a single arrow with
X or fire multiply arrows with O with is great for when you have
lots of enemies running at you. While L2 blocks that can stop
attacks and also arrows but when also pressed with O knocks back
enemies with a shield bash, which is great either for knocking
enemies down drops to the deaths or gives you some space to attack.
Square is lefted for stabbing enemies that have been knocked over
and also to open treasure chests.
There is also a rage and power attack used
with R1 and R2, plus the d-pad to change weapons (Which I talk
more about later).
As the first level begins you are just a basic trained
solider with a sword and shield. You get through in with other
Spartans to defend you city from the Romans that are climbing
up ladders to get to you. As you hacking away through enemies
you soon realize that you need to start blocking when they jump
at you and when surrounded by many man. You can do a shield bash
to knock them back to give you room to attack and ones you lands
a few hits you noticed that your sword glows to indicate that
you have build you your rage.
Each weapon you get through the game has
a different attack to it and holding down R1 and press either
O for a Radial attack that will do damage and even cut of a few
heads of your opponents or X button which is stronger attack but
hits only one enemy which is best used for the tougher enemies.
From this point I realized that this game was not just a standard
hack and slash game and that I was expecting lots more fun moments
Along with your sword and other weapons
you gain like the double swords, hammer, spear and another sword
and shield but you also come equipped with a bow. Useful for taking
enemies archers or taking out a few enemies that are charging
at you in force, though this many take some out its much more
thrilling when you use your radial arrow attack which fires multiply
arrows simultaneously which even more amusing when combined with
fire arrows that you can pick up from treasure cheats.
There many bosses including in the game
that are well designed and are not just keep attack types until
they die like some other games. Here you will have to find there
weakness and there’s usually a unique weapon to use on them and
does have some tactics and strategy to killing them and even though
you do die a lot on normal difficulty against them its still fun
and exciting to fight them and not painfully annoying like other
games in this genre.
As you are you against your main enemies
the Roman Empire you may think you be just fighting the Romans
which may of got boring but actually you fight many different
enemies through out that gives you more variety in the gameplay
and also you need to rely on your other skills and weapons.
All the new weapons you gain have a special
god given power. The first set of weapons you get is a dual sword
which is called Blades of Athena that has the power of lighting
and then another sword you get by killing the first boss which
has colleted the power of Medusa which you may know of from books
and films that the woman with snakes as hair that can turn people
to stone by looking at her eyes. Plus there are other weapons
like spear of Achilles.
Some of the enemies you come across and
the best ways to kill them are:
Romans are quite balanced: They use swords or bows where as some
of them are weak and some use shields. Later on you also fight
their assassins which are very quick and can do a lot of damage
so I lot of skill is needed. Fire arrows are good to kill them
with as log as they are not shielding but using a shield bash
gives you time to attack.
The barbarians are a very strong and aggressive
people that like to kill and terrorize villagers. They come equipped
with large swords and axes but no shields, so is best to use arrows
and if possible fire arrows. When up close and fighting I find
the dual swords are good as they are very fast and can deal lighting
powers but also like to use the sword and shield as you have more
defense and also the power to turn them to stone which helps you
out a lot when you have other Spartans fighting with you. They
also have these though men that have claws attached to there arms
so watch out for when to block as they jump at you.
The other enemies I mention are the undead:
Theses are the skeletons archers that are very good shoots and
are arrows are fast. All the other skeletons have a shield and
a sword as they are rusty you can easily smash through the shields
and then kill them which is best to use the double swords. As
they are just bones arrows do no damage but lighting is very good
on them but as they are so light they can run fast so you can’t
run away plus you need to watch out when they jump out at out
as being light they jump very far and fast. There are only 3 undead
types of enemies, zombies which being the third. Theses are the
Romans with the shields but being pretty dumb then don’t use them.
They also just mostly stand there unless you’re very close and
then they can do a lot of damage. Being zombies, cutting off there
heads will not do anything so the way to kill them is to stamp
on the bodies when knocked to the floor. Fire arrows are great
against them as these burns them right up. When up close try using
the spear as this has more range and when using your special god
power you can puts a fire shield around your body which stops
any damage hurting you and will burn any one that touches you
or that you attack.
There are other enemies in the game like
the gladiators in the coliseum of Rome which is a great place
to fight. Through out almost the whole game you are accompanied
by other Spartans that fight with you that use spears, swords
and bows. So it does feel like a really battle going on around
you with Romans and Spartans fighting it out, which don’t leave
you thinking it’s a one man fight that wins the war unlike other
games where you fight along.
There’s a little RPG role in the game from
where after each level you are given 4 tokens to spend on what
you like. This includes more health, better damage and extra special
power slots. Ones all three of them are full you then level up
to Hero and then on to legend but not that’s the only difference
as you will also have a new look to show your progress by having
new better amour.
The replay value is pretty good, where as on easy mode
you should complete it in a week or so. But if you found that
to easy and your up for a more of a challenge then normal mode
will take you about 2 weeks if not more as the bosses are harder,
enemies attack more, meaning you have to time your attacks more
and even you the counter roll a lot more to get behind them to
do more damage.
As well as the main game there is also
a battle arena where you are up against many enemies in a big
rounds room as you complete each wave then there are others, 10
in totally that will increase in difficulty as you fight tougher
enemies. As you progress thought the main game you unlock extra
arenas to fight in the enemies from that part of the game. Along
with new arenas there are also hidden cheats in the game that
unlock bonus items for the arena as well as Artwork from the game.
These bonuses come in the form of health shrines, extra arrows,
gun power barrels and even allies like archers, spear men plus
some others special ones which I let you find out for yourself.
In this mode you get points depending on how you kill the enemies
and then you can save your high scores if you make it in the top
This mode I found very funny playing and
aiming for that top score and these added at least 2 weeks extra
replay value to the game even after I got that top place on the
I was not disappointed with the lengthen
of the game and way great that it wasn’t all there was, as you
have that battle arena to fight in although I think that a 2 player
co-op mode would have been great if not for the main game at least
for the battle mode.
==BUY OR NOT TO BUY==
If you liked god of war or any other type of roman and
Greeks games then you will love this. Even if you are looking
for some hack and slash game or not this has great sword fighting
battles and also needs some skill to play then get it.
Although there are no 2 player modes, this
is still a great game to own if not a must try and is worth paying
as much as any other new release game. If buying search about
a bit and you should find it cheapish like at Amazon or play.