Okay, come on, get it out of your system. If you're in the privacy of your own home, it may help to stand up and shout. Come on - "THIS IS SPARTAAAAA!" There you go. And the other one. Out with it... "TONIGHT WE DINE... IN HELL!" Very good.
Now, doesn't that feel better? You can now safely read the rest of this review without feeling overcome by the urge to shout like a mad beardy Scotsman with computer-generated pecs. That's just as well, because anyone who's still got a bit of an afterglow from their cinema expedition to see 300 is probably reading this review for the wrong reasons.
Ancient Wars: Sparta isn't a game based on 300, and it draws no noticeable inspiration from Frank Miller's incredibly loose adaptation of the Battle of Thermopylae. Now, you can call it a cash-in title if you like. We'll admit that it's pretty convenient for this game to be appearing just when a whole generation of historically challenged types has discovered that the word "Spartan" meant something before Halo was released.