A little over a year ago, I was playing a game that was already six months old, which was a compilation of games that were years old. It was the God of War: Collection on PS3. It was the game I was playing the day my PS3 stopped working. I never had the cash to get my PS3 fixed, and in fact I still have it laying around… along with these games. I recently decided I missed watching things on Blu Ray and picked up a PS3 Slim. Having only 3 PS3 discs still in my possession, I decided to pop in God of War Collection again.
I finally sat down and made my way through the first 2 parts of Kratos’ epic journey. And I have to say: wow. These games are fun. They may be frustrating in some points, but as someone who only owned a PS1 for hacking and playing with exploits, and has never owned a PS2, I think there actually might have been a game I missed out on.
Being the God of War Collection they provide the buyer with a lot of bonus content on the Blu Ray movie portion of the disc – you can watch a good deal of behind the scenes materials, During the “making of the game” interviews, they kept saying they wanted the game to be raw, visceral, and down right violent. While you start to get the feeling of it in God of War, when you start playing God of War II, it really feels like they nailed what they were going for. The animations are more fluid, the moves are more devastating, and everything simply feels more rewarding.
The enhanced graphics seen in the God of War Collection, I believe, were not specifically made for the game but rather they used the textures that they used in the FMV cut-scenes in the original games. Now that they have the hardware, they just slapped that layer on every model and called it a day. I’m sure there was more to it than that, of course… but even though it doesn’t come across as a true high-resolution treat, the responsiveness of the game and smooth controls make chaining together a 50+ hit combo surprisingly easy. And at one point in God of War II, yes, I even accomplished a 500+ hit combo. Brutal isn’t even the word for it.
If you missed out on these titles the same way I had, there’s no better way to pick them up. You can get both games for twenty bucks on a disc at Amazon, or i f you’re too impatient to wait, you can pay $30 for a code to download the content straight from the PlayStation Network.
After spending a few days a week for the last two weeks chugging my way through these campaigns, I can’t wait to get my hands on God of War III– it’s long overdue for me!