As we posted earlier today, Gameloft's highly anticipated Hero of Sparta [$9.99, App Store] hit the App Store this morning.

While you can expect a full review of this title soon, we thought readers would appreciate a look at actual in-game play footage as soon as possible in order to see exactly what they can expect from the game.  This eight minute video was captured from an iPhone 3G and shows a number of fairly varied chunks of the game world as presented in the first portions of the game (a half-hour of play).

While a full review is on the way, right now I will say that we love what we've seen so far.  As the video clearly illustrates, Hero of Sparta is one of the best looking iPhone games out there.  Does it give God of War a run for it's money? Stay tuned for a closer look.

  • camelCasing

    This game does look like fun.

    Why are we so surprised that the iPhone can run very polished games like this or Brothers in Arms? Just because we haven't seen it yet?

    The iPhone can do anything the DS or PSP can do and on top of that has great home grown games. Its a great platform.

  • camelCasing

    This game does look like fun.

    Why are we so surprised that the iPhone can run very polished games like this or Brothers in Arms? Just because we haven't seen it yet?

    The iPhone can do anything the DS or PSP can do and on top of that has great home grown games. Its a great platform.

  • http://macclan.net Nagromme

    Technically I think the iPhone hardware is ahead of the PSP in SOME specs but behind in others--it's not so clear-cut. (Ahead of the DS is more clear-cut.)

    Still a lot of gaming power for something so tiny that also does other things. I'd certainly rather carry an iPhone or iPod than a giant PSP, or a DS + a phone!

    How's performance? It must be subjective--some say Hero performs unacceptably on anything but a second-gen Touch, while others seem to like the game just fine on any device.

  • http://macclan.net Nagromme

    Technically I think the iPhone hardware is ahead of the PSP in SOME specs but behind in others--it's not so clear-cut. (Ahead of the DS is more clear-cut.)

    Still a lot of gaming power for something so tiny that also does other things. I'd certainly rather carry an iPhone or iPod than a giant PSP, or a DS + a phone!

    How's performance? It must be subjective--some say Hero performs unacceptably on anything but a second-gen Touch, while others seem to like the game just fine on any device.

  • Noah

    That is pretty impressive. I just wish there was some sort of dock we could put the iPhone in, that would give us analog controls along with buttons. That would be genius!

  • Noah

    That is pretty impressive. I just wish there was some sort of dock we could put the iPhone in, that would give us analog controls along with buttons. That would be genius!

  • Quincy

    @Noah: Google Belkin Joypad!!!!!!
    It's probably the first one thats going to be in production if not already.
    It's a 2-piece form fit slide on controller.

  • Quincy

    @Noah: Google Belkin Joypad!!!!!!
    It's probably the first one thats going to be in production if not already.
    It's a 2-piece form fit slide on controller.

  • http://www.dustinmacdonald.com/ Dustin

    Wow, is that soundtrack the only music in the game? I'm already sick of it after watching the video for 5 minutes.

  • http://www.dustinmacdonald.com/ Dustin

    Wow, is that soundtrack the only music in the game? I'm already sick of it after watching the video for 5 minutes.

  • http://mohammadfauzitaib.com along123

    Great. Now, instead of sparta, they should create a navy seal tactical warfare game for the iphone!

    I can imagine me and my team going through mission after mission shooting and blasting enemies into pieces. With great soundtrack, voice over, sound effects and more!

    C',mon sparta already shows what the iphone can do. Slowly, but surely good games are a coming!

    They should have done BIA like Sparta!

  • http://mohammadfauzitaib.com along123

    Great. Now, instead of sparta, they should create a navy seal tactical warfare game for the iphone!

    I can imagine me and my team going through mission after mission shooting and blasting enemies into pieces. With great soundtrack, voice over, sound effects and more!

    C',mon sparta already shows what the iphone can do. Slowly, but surely good games are a coming!

    They should have done BIA like Sparta!

  • http://www.twiddlegeek.com Tony

    "Does it give God of War a run for it’s money?"

    Come now, let's be reasonable. God of War was one of the best action titles of the PS2. The story, the scope, and the gameplay were all top notch. It's a AAA title with very high scores on Metacritic.

    This mobile game can not hope to give God of War a "run for it's money", and honestly if the review indicates as such, I'll have some doubts about the reviewer's sense of perspective vs hype.

  • http://www.twiddlegeek.com Tony

    "Does it give God of War a run for it’s money?"

    Come now, let's be reasonable. God of War was one of the best action titles of the PS2. The story, the scope, and the gameplay were all top notch. It's a AAA title with very high scores on Metacritic.

    This mobile game can not hope to give God of War a "run for it's money", and honestly if the review indicates as such, I'll have some doubts about the reviewer's sense of perspective vs hype.

  • cmfnyc

    I'm loving Hero so far. It's all that I hoped it could be. And has me really excited about the next 10,000 apps in the app store. BTW, works fine so far on my 1st gen Touch.

  • cmfnyc

    I'm loving Hero so far. It's all that I hoped it could be. And has me really excited about the next 10,000 apps in the app store. BTW, works fine so far on my 1st gen Touch.

  • SalsaMD

    @Quincy

    I believe the Belkin JoyPad was a hoax:

    http://cultofmac.com/belkin-joypod-game-controller-for-iphone/2663

  • SalsaMD

    @Quincy

    I believe the Belkin JoyPad was a hoax:

    http://cultofmac.com/belkin-joypod-game-controller-for-iphone/2663

  • aigbe15

    awesome game. But I really want gameloft to add some real cool cutscene graphics to it, and update sometime in the future with more missions.

  • aigbe15

    awesome game. But I really want gameloft to add some real cool cutscene graphics to it, and update sometime in the future with more missions.

  • NotYou

    There's almost nothing original about this game. It's 300/GoW/Golden Axe. This one time, though, I really don't care. This is a really great game. It's more than just eye candy, the gameplay is a lot of fun. The levels are all very different (so far) and there's more than enough to keep it interesting.

    I was actually pretty surprised when it turned out to be a fun game.

  • NotYou

    There's almost nothing original about this game. It's 300/GoW/Golden Axe. This one time, though, I really don't care. This is a really great game. It's more than just eye candy, the gameplay is a lot of fun. The levels are all very different (so far) and there's more than enough to keep it interesting.

    I was actually pretty surprised when it turned out to be a fun game.

  • Alex

    Looks like a battery killer though.

  • Alex

    Looks like a battery killer though.

  • http://iphonegeniusbar.com/ Sayam

    I have just completed the game in easy difficulty and would recommend it to all lovers of games like gods of war! It's the best game you could ever play!!! (Brothers in Arms is too at the same level ;))

  • http://iphonegeniusbar.com/ Sayam

    I have just completed the game in easy difficulty and would recommend it to all lovers of games like gods of war! It's the best game you could ever play!!! (Brothers in Arms is too at the same level ;))

  • http://www.iphonetests.com QQQ

    "Brothers in Arms is too at the same level"

    Sounds bad to me...

    How feel the virtual analogic stick, works it great as the one on mario 64 DS ?

  • http://www.iphonetests.com QQQ

    "Brothers in Arms is too at the same level"

    Sounds bad to me...

    How feel the virtual analogic stick, works it great as the one on mario 64 DS ?

  • Jong

    It looks great... But it seems the same enemies come out all the time except bosses?

  • Jong

    It looks great... But it seems the same enemies come out all the time except bosses?