300 March to Glory
300 March to Glory is inspired by the
blockbuster Warner Bros movie "300" which revolves around the tale of
King Leonidas and his army of 300 as he staves off Xerxes and his
Persian army. Gamers are transformed into this legendary King as he
attempts to thwarts this demi-god in this action/fighter that will leave
players craving for more!
In its essence, 300 March to Glory is your traditional
arcade fighting game where the gamer must engage with a variety of
different foes in order to stop Xerxes rampage on Sparta. Although your
Spartan begins with just a sword and a spear, as you progress through
the game, you are awarded points for defeating your foes that can then
be used to purchase additional items such as armour and weapons or
upgrade your characters abilities.
These abilities or special attacks allow you
to cut your way through the enemy ranks and are usually pulled off by
pushing the correct sequence of buttons such as X, Square and Circle.
Certain weapons are more suited for particular foes, for instance only a
spear can penetrate certain enemies by spearing your way through
their defenses. Although the majority of combat is your character versus
one to five enemies, some missions require you to fight with the other
Spartans with all your characters attacking in unison.
There are some interesting parts of the
game such as the rain of arrows and by pushing the right button on the
PSP, you can use your shield to block these attacks. These little
things which were made big in the movies and have flawlessly been recreated
on the PSP game. As you progress through the game, your character also
unlocks various bonuses such as artwork, movies and comic material to
really give you a great insight into the 300.
The control system of the game is
self-explanatory with the analog stick used to control your characters
and the d-pad used to attack or change weapons. You also need to push
the d-pad in combination to perform powerful special maneuvers. The
shoulder buttons are also used to block and deflect attacks, needless to
say, the controls have been very well laid out. The only drawback to the
title is that you cannot save in the middle of mission, rather you need
to wait until you complete the mission or begin again from the start of
your current mission.
Graphically, the 300 is a visual treat on the PSP that is extremely
reminiscent of the movie, however a little "Spartan" with the backgrounds
(pun intended). The characters have also been faithfully recreated from
the film and move
with a human-like grace. The developers have also added a variety of
interesting special effects from blood to realistic lighting. I was
extremely impressed with the rain of arrows which was taken directly
from the movie and really gives you a sense of escapism when playing
Musically, 300 takes its soundtrack
from the original motion picture that has a real ancient-world theme to it
with its orchestral themes and choir like chanting. The voice acting has
been professionally created and match that with a variety of realistic
sound effects and you have a game that it's easy to get lost in its
In conclusion, the 300 March to Glory is a must have game on the PSP, provided you are
interested in the action fighting genre or even those that thoroughly
enjoyed the movie. The gameplay does become a little repetitive after
awhile but the storyline will hopefully keep you entertained as you make
your way from start to finish. A great ride from start to finish!