Review: God of War Collection
The God of War Collection, when announced, was the perfect package for two reasons. One, to arrive before God of War III and prepare you for the last entry in the trilogy and two because it would be the best place to start if you're new to the God of War series. Is it worth the hype?
- Worth The Time?Yes, especially to those who have not played God of War before.
- Things LovedThe upgraded HD visuals, the bonus content, it's smooth and fluid,
- Things HatedThe God of War I extra videos are still unfortunately only watchable in the game, the in-game cutscenes have not aged well and look weak in comparison to the upgraded visuals,
- RecommendationAll PS3 owners who have not had the opportunity to play God of War should get this, as well as those looking to hype themselves up for God of War III's arrival.
- Name: God of War Collection
- Genre: Action Adventure, Hack & Slash
- Players: 1
- Multiplayer: N/A
- Platforms: PS3 Exclusive
- Developer: Bluepoint Games, SCE Santa Monica
- Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
- Price: R351-399
- Reviewed On: PS3
The God of War Collection, when announced, was the perfect package for two reasons. One, to arrive before God of War III and prepare you for the last entry in the trilogy and two because it would be the best place to start if you’re new to the God of War series. Featured on one single Blu-ray disc is both God of War I and II, remastered in hi-definition and running at 60 frames per second, as well as lots of videos to check out, such as the making of God of War, voice acting, music, character creation and so on.
Additionally, inside the game box, those who purchase the Collection will receive codes to download the E3 2009 God of War III demo. The Collection was released in North America in November of last year and was released in the Ultimate Edition bundle in South Africa on the 17th of March. However, we don’t have a standalone version just yet, so if you want one you’ll have to import it. Still, various sources indicate that we will be receiving the standalone version next month, April, but we’re waiting for confirmation on that.
The first thing to point out in the God of War Collection is that both God of War I and II are identical to their PS2 counterparts – nothing has been changed. Both games are put onto a single Blu-ray disc, so all you need is your PlayStation 3 and you’re ready to play the Collection. However, the most important and awesome thing is that both games are remastered in HD and run at 60 frames per second, which ultimately means that God of War I and II are better to play and look at compared to their originals in every possible way. The game is smoother to play, thanks to the framerate, and looks great. When taking into account that the PS2 games were so good, this is definitely something to get excited about.
However, the downside in presentation is that the in-game cutscenes don’t look as good as the remastered HD graphics while playing. There are two types of cutscenes in God of War, the ones that are fully CG and the ones that are made to look as though they’re in-game. The CG cutscenes still look good, even though they’ve remained in standard definition, but the cutscenes that are made to look in-game haven’t had any improvements, so they stand out compared to the great in-game visuals.
The next flaw lies with the God of War I extra videos, as they, when the PS2 game was out, were watchable on the disc, they weren’t standalone videos. It has remained the same in the Collection, so unfortunately you don’t have any controls, meaning you’re unable to rewind or pause, as you normally can when watching videos on your PS3. Fortunately, the God of War II videos are standalone, and can be viewed under the Video tab in the PlayStation 3’s XMB (Xross Media Bar), so you’ll be able to control them as you would a normal video.
I expect that after so many years of God of War being around and after all the hype for God of War III, you’d know what to expect from the series. Nevertheless, to those that don’t yet know God of War, in a nutshell, God of War is an action packed hack and slash game that ties heavily into Greek Mythology. If you’re looking for a breakdown of the games’ stories, our God of War Mania article will summarise it all quite nicely as well as tell you how good these games are. Just be sure not to read about God of War II, if you’re one to not want anything spoiled. It’s just to prevent spoiling anything for those new to God of War, by talking about God of War II of course, since they’re both contained in the Collection.
The interface designed for the God of War Collection is simple but effective. Once the game loads up, you’re met with a menu that prompts you to choose whether you want to play God of War I or II, watch the God of War II extra videos or view the credits. It’s very easy to find your way around and the loading times all-round are next to nothing, making it really awesome to play around with. Graphically, I’ve mentioned that the games are in HD, but to prevent confusion, they’re not on par with current next-gen games, they’re simply up-scaled versions of their PS2 counterparts. However, they do look a lot better and the smoother framerate is definitely very welcome. Essentially, the God of War Collection is the ideal and best way to play the first two games in the God of War trilogy.
Both God of War I and II are as epic, awesome and fun as they were back on the PS2 – even more now that they’re in HD and play smoother. Despite the fact that these are PS2 games, there is an amazing amount of fun to be had with both, even today, and if you’re a PlayStation owner you owe it to yourself to try these games out. Considering that, for a price which is less than the cost of a single console game, you’re getting two of the best action games ever made, this is definitely worth every cent.