God of War Collection
God of War Unleash the power of the gods and embark on a merciless quest as Kratos, an ex-Spartan warrior driven to destroy Ares, the God of War. Armed with the lethal double chainblades known as the Blades of Chaos, Kratos must carve through mythologys darkest creatures including Medusa, Cyclops, the Hydra and more, while solving intricate puzzles in breathtaking environments. Driven by pure revenge, nothing can stop Kratos from achieving absolution. Over time, Kratos becomes the most vicious warrior in Ancient Greece and bathed in blood to a point where he can't bare it anymore and sets out on a journey to kill Ares. However, the only way to destroy Ares is to find Pandora's Box, which is located in a temple that's perched upon a hill and guarded by traps, puzzles, enemies, etc. The story...Read More
Andrew Highton - Friday, May 21, 2010 PlayStation 3
God of War 1 and 2 breathed fresh life into gaming with these 2 titles encapsulating what the PS2 was about; producing top quality titles that increased the recognition the console deserved with its exclusive AAA releases. Both of these action packed games have been transferred to one Blu-Ray disc in a spark of genius by Santa Monica studios and reworked aspects of the games.
God of War Collection may have been released 2 months after God of War 3 so you may think this is a cheap cash-in method of marketing, on the contrary it is anything but this. Santa Monica studios have given gamers the opportunity to play the 2 games that many people didn't get the chance to play or found God of War through the latest instalment, but they have also made drastic changes to parts of the games.
By utilising the capabilities of a Blu-Ray disc they have spent time extensively anti-aliasing the graphics so that the picture is clearer and edges are much crisper and smoother so they can run at an impressive 60 FPS (frames per second) that produce stunning HD graphics that most modern PS3 and Xbox360 titles are expected to produce.
The classic gameplay hasn't changed with the perfect formula of free-flowing combo's and elegant decapitations looking better than ever with the new graphics plus the extra abilities such as magic obtained from the gods makes the gameplay more varied and enjoyable.
The first God of War still suffers from puzzles that still remain one of the small downsides to the games not because they're poorly done but due to the limited and unvaried tasks you're presented with. It's not as though I don't appreciate them but with most of the puzzles consisting of pushing a block onto a switch it leaves you wondering how much creative empowerment there was in that department. Another possible detraction from the quality of the game is the CGI cut-scenes which couldn't be adapted to match the quality of the in-game graphics so the change from cut scene to actual gameplay is quite shabby and apparent.
Aside from these small negatives the game (God of War 1), is a joy to play with its engaging story and intuitive combat system whilst providing the player with much more content to be watched and played in the extras section. From videos of hidden content that was removed from the game to the patience sapping Challenge of the Gods which adds even more credibility to the game with 10 challenges of varying difficulty that unfortunately have to be completed in one sitting. No matter as it's a delightfully challenging addition to an almost flawless game featuring pulsating battles.
God of War 2 resumes from where God of War left off with an instant boss battle that occupies the first part of the game and it's the first of a few as the enduring set-piece scenarios where somewhat absent from the first game but they're aplenty in this instalment and they are better than ever. As you endure periods of time choosing the best moments for offense and defence, you'll eventually be cast into a quick-time event of violent yet awesome proportions.
The game has also improved on other fronts by offering more varied puzzles, even more combat options with new and returning powers and weapons that stand defiantly better over the first God of War selection. Similarly, God of War 2 has extra features to add a bit more content to the game including a familiar sounding Challenge of the Titans which will again test the player's ability.
Whilst linearity remains an issue with the game it is more than overlooked with the process of getting from A to B with the introduction of new forms of travel such as flying on Pegasus which may deviate from the usual on-foot form of transport but even this has been made fun and unique.
With both of the games together the disc adds to its unique selling point with the addition of Playstation Network trophies that add a bigger sense of achievement to the game along with the shockingly great value of money for 2 fine games; this is a contender for the greatest game ever if not for the price alone than for its content.
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