God of War Collection Review
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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.

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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 A few other details like this carry a bit of the game's outdated signature, but the game is still very enjoyable and rewarding.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!

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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.

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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.

By Maria Montoro
CCC Site Director

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.5
Graphics
You thought God of War couldn't look any better? Well, it does if you remaster it into HD graphics! Gameplay visuals look almost current-gen, and if it wasn't for the old cutscenes, everything would just be perfect.
4.6
Control
It's God of War the way you know it, with its combo attacks, special powers, and everything else mapped the way it should be. Be ready for a bit of button mashing and QTEs.
4.8
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
This game has a robust, movie-quality soundtrack, plus solid sound effects and voice acting. They really contribute to the cinematic experience.
5.0
Play Value
God of War and God of War II are must-play games of the last generation of gaming, and now that they've been revamped and you can get both of them for $40, there's no excuse to not play them from beginning to end!
4.8
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Experience the dark world of Ancient Greece through Kratos, a brutal warrior determined to murder the God of War and alter what no mortal has ever changed… fate itself.
  • God of War I and II on one Blu-ray disc.
  • Remastered at a resolution of 720p.
  • Anti-aliased graphics for 60 frames per second gameplay.
  • Full PlayStation Network (PSN) Trophies support for each title.


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