|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|
Luckily, in the case of God of War II the graphics look better all around. The visuals during gameplay are extremely sharp and shiny, just like most high-def games you see on the Xbox 360 or the PS3 nowadays. Again, the textures could be better, and there could be more detail in the environments, but GOW II really is very close to a current-gen game. Also, the cutscenes in this one look a lot better than in the first one. They're still less refined than the actual gameplay graphics, but they definitely don't detract as much.
The sounds and background music, just like we thought the first time, are top-notch. It's a movie-quality soundtrack that adds to the experience beautifully. Best of all, if these games look so good on the PS3 and they're just an adaptation of the PS2 classics, just imagine what's in store for God of War III! What I saw at E3 was definitely impressive, and I'm sure some of you who've gotten the chance to play the E3 demo will also agree with me. This adaptation of the first two is, without doubt, a great taster for those who are eager to play number three, even if they've played the other ones before.
Like I said, these games don't look much different from current-gen games, except when it comes to details and textures, but where you might notice some differences when compared to modern titles is in its gameplay style and controls, especially in the first one. In the original God of War you're presented with some serious hack 'n slash right off the bat that'll make your wrists sore in no time. Also, there's some Tomb Raider-style climbing and balancing over narrow beams that isn't polished enough for what we're used to nowadays. We all know Kratos is no Prince of Persia, but still he should be slick when he's crossing over a gap! A few other details like this carry a bit of the game's outdated signature, but the game is still very enjoyable and rewarding. More so is God of War 2. Running through the depths of hell and dealing some serious damage in the lands of Sparta was never this entertaining! The classic blood and gore found in the franchise looks even more accentuated in these reworked sequels - Definitely a visual treat!
Another welcome addition is the trophy support. PS3 fans can now rack up those bronze, silver, gold, and platinum trophies by playing God of War and God of War II. It's a satisfying hors d'oeuvre for what's to come in March! God of War III will be an amazing step up for the franchise, with controls that are well planned out, awe-inspiring visuals, and a lip-smacking conclusion for this superstar franchise.
If you've never played God of War before, do yourself a favor and grab a copy of God of War Collection. God of War and God of War II are games worth playing if you're a fan of action-adventure gaming at its best. Plus, the updated visuals make these games a lot more appealing for current-gen gamers. Now, if you've played the games before, you might also have to do yourself a favor and replay them in this new format, not only because it's worth experiencing all over again, but because it will get you ready for the last chapter of the trilogy.
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