|System: PS3||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Bluepoint Games||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: SONY||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Nov. 17, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Mature||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
by Maria Montoro
Some will say there are very few reasons to remake a game that has already been done before. It seems like nowadays game companies are trying to outsmart gamers and raise their profits by taking shortcuts consisting of game remakes and short, low-budget sequels. However, there are a few exceptions to the rule; some really good games actually deserve to be remade to help them survive the pass of time.
Many fans will agree with me in that God of War is one of them. Sony made a good decision when they chose to re-release the critically acclaimed God of War and God of War II for the PlayStation 3 in a single disc, with revamped graphics. Not only will it help avid fans with the wait until God of War III comes out in March, but it will also introduce the series to gamers who missed it the first time around. It's about time for Kratos to take his revenge in HD!
As far as the story goes, everything remains the same. In the first God of War, Kratos is tasked by the gods to kill Ares, the God of War. It's his way of helping out after the tremendous atrocities he's participated in during the war in Sparta. He's lost his wife and kid and has no reason to go on with his life, but the gods will make sure he keeps up with his obligations and deals with everything on his path, including numerous dangers and his very own blood thirst. In God of War II, you'll see a tougher and more ferocious Kratos. He's taken over the role of God of War. However, the gods find him to be blind with power and dethrone him from his dearly earned position. Kratos looks at this as a betrayal, feeling the need to take revenge in his own hands by any means necessary.
So you're wondering - what does God of War Collection really have to offer? The answer is simple - You'll get the original God of War game along with God of War II, packed in a Blu-ray disc, with a full visual overhaul (at least when it comes to gameplay). It doesn't include any new levels or other bonus content fans may be looking for, but it already had plenty in the original PS2 discs, and it's all included here (making of videos, artwork, cutscenes, etc.). Also, it offers Trophy support for both games, which is an added bonus for PS3 fans. The current price tag is $39.99, which isn't a half-bad price to pay for two awesome, great-looking games for the PlayStation 3. Besides, they're important pieces of gaming history. After what I've seen, I'm ready to dust off and sell my old PS2 copies and just own this one. But, is it really that much better?
We all knew God of War looked gorgeous for its time. I've tried to play other games of the God of War era and was automatically turned off by the graphics, but this one just kept me going. What better proof of God of War's original visual excellence than to be able to play it in 2009? Of course, now it's been reworked graphically and that's why it looks so good, but if it didn't have a good base to start with, it wouldn't have been that easy. When I was playing God of War on the PS3, I almost forgot it was a last-gen game. Of course, the visuals are not perfect; the environments are less detailed and you can see the textures don't quite match today's standards, but even still, the game looks pretty darn good. You'll be surprised by its rich colors and sharp character textures during gameplay. It's been reworked to shine on HD screens with 720p resolution and widescreen ratio. Not only that, but it runs with 2x anti-aliased graphics at 60 frames per second.
Surprisingly, the cutscenes look worse than the gameplay, especially in the first God of War. This is unheard of in a game, as they're usually able to render better visuals when it's just video footage, but in this case, the in-game visuals have been retouched and the cutscenes haven't. They even look a bit blurry, stretched, and pixelated, plus the colors are all washed out as if it were an old picture. Too bad they didn't work on this aspect of the game too! Then it would be a true remake from top to bottom.