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Hands On Preview: God Of War Collection 2

PSPerfect.

How do you take two universally acclaimed PSP games and better them? You move them onto the PlayStation 3, of course, giving them a spritely high definition makeover, Trophies and stereoscopic 3D support before bundling them onto a Blu-ray designed to sit neatly alongside the first volume which, you’ll remember, featured the two equally great PlayStation 2 titles.

Sounds like perfect common sense, really, Sony are pushing remakes harder than Nintendo at the moment and getting original developers Ready At Dawn involved makes even more sense. Thankfully, you’ll be glad to know that after a few hours playtime yesterday we can say it’s a resounding success: both games translate nicely to the console and the porting is exemplary.

Comparison between the PSP and PS3 versions - the difference is clear.
In short: if you like God Of War, this is wonderful stuff.

The build Sony dropped off is the final one – everything’s present and correct and we’re not confined to a PR demo or a limited playtime – so we reckon we’re well placed to pass judgement. I’m personally a bigger fan of the second PSP game (I thought Ghost of Sparta was flawless) but the first, Chains of Olympus, becomes suddenly more playable and – yes – much better looking on PS3.

Naturally, despite a certain amount of claims otherwise, it’s hard to deny the two games’ roots – it’s clear from the polygon counts and sometimes limited animation that you’re playing a game originally designed for a much less capable machine, regardless of how much work the studio has put into increasing the complexity of the models.  It looks like a top-end PS2 game with some current-gen flair, as you’d expect.

That’s not a negative, though – the art style of the two titles lends itself to this kind of process, though, and the newly tweaked textures and impressive middle distance shine through.

The newly rendered videos are a nice treat too – they were re-made and re-rendered using the advanced PS3 version of the game engine rather than simply upscaling the PSP originals, and you can tell. They’re a little soft, mind, and don’t always segue so nicely into the game when the action kicks back to the player, but they do work well and were generally well produced in the first place.

But it’s the stereoscopic 3D that impresses the most. Sure, the game drops to thirty frames per second (instead of the rock solid sixty that the two games now run at) but the depth is fantastic and the in-game slider means that you can adjust the intensity to suit on the fly, something all games should offer. Both games are a delight in 3D, which is a first for Kratos, and really help to show off your TV set.

I’m impressed. This is another great package that God of War fans should absolutely pick up: don’t write the games off as ‘just being PSP titles’ because they’re both brilliant (and I stand by my claims that ‘Sparta is the best in the series), they’re not only canon but crucial to the overall plot, and now they’re better than ever – but if nothing else they show that Ready At Dawn are supremely talented.

The game’s out in September, look out for our review soon.

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26 Comments
  1. MegaBonez
    Member
    Since: Jul 2009

    REALLY looking forward to these!

    Comment posted on 18/08/2011 at 09:02.
  2. Deathbrin
    Member
    Since: Aug 2009

    What framerate the original PSP games had? Is it 30 like in 3D?

    Comment posted on 18/08/2011 at 09:06.
    • nofi
      One for all.
      Since: Forever

      Yes, they were 30.

      Comment posted on 18/08/2011 at 09:08.
      • Deathbrin
        Member
        Since: Aug 2009

        Ah, great. So no point in going 2D then.

        Comment posted on 18/08/2011 at 09:38.
  3. BrendanCalls
    Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc - YOHIMBÉ!!!
    Since: Forever

    Cannot wait for this, I was late to the GOW party and not getting into the series just before the release of GOW3, but how I missed out and having never played these games, its gonna be like a whole new experience for me. Cannae wait

    Comment posted on 18/08/2011 at 09:15.
    • Deathbrin
      Member
      Since: Aug 2009

      I started with GoWIII and i think i like it about the least now.

      Comment posted on 18/08/2011 at 09:39.
      • SpikeyMikey23
        Member
        Since: Jul 2009

        Ive barely scratched the surface of GOW1. I still have GOW2 & 3 to go.

        Comment posted on 18/08/2011 at 09:42.
      • Rocket_345
        Member
        Since: May 2010

        Same i got GOW 3 first for my Birthday then bought the Collection on holiday. 2 is my favourite out of the 3 though.

        Comment posted on 18/08/2011 at 11:31.
    • Kennykazey
      Member
      Since: Mar 2010

      I’m along the same lines as SpideyMikey. I got the HD-collection, but I’m only about 2/3rds into the first game… Atleast I have much to look forward to.

      Comment posted on 18/08/2011 at 13:55.
  4. simplebob
    Member
    Since: Mar 2009

    Have played Chains of Olympus on PSP, but missed out on Ghost of Sparta. May have to pick this up in order to complete my GoW collection. What would be cool would be if they included digital versions of the PSP game to copy over and play on the go….

    Comment posted on 18/08/2011 at 09:38.
  5. tantalus_blank
    Member
    Since: Nov 2008

    Will pick this up if the price is right just for ghost of Sparta – I already have chains of Olympus

    Comment posted on 18/08/2011 at 09:55.
  6. tactical20
    Member
    Since: May 2010

    All over this. Just finished 1 & 2 from the first HD collection this week. Absolutely loved them!

    Comment posted on 18/08/2011 at 10:04.
  7. Crazy_Del
    Member
    Since: Jul 2009

    Never played God of War on PSP so this is an A must buy and I got Ghost of Sparta free ^^ but never did get back onto it =(

    Comment posted on 18/08/2011 at 10:14.
  8. Smallville2106
    Member
    Since: Feb 2011

    I have this preordered. Can’t wait, looks like they have done a great job with. Really glad they have spruced the cut scenes too.

    Comment posted on 18/08/2011 at 10:53.
  9. Gastos84
    Demon.
    Since: Apr 2009

    You know me, I’m not fussed about GoW.

    Comment posted on 18/08/2011 at 10:58.
    • KeRaSh
      Member
      Since: Nov 2009

      Same here. The gameplay footage looks like every other God of War game. If they were all running the same engine I wouldn’t know which one I’m playing. I’m exaggerating but you get the point. I know sequels and spin offs look/play alike but with this franchise I just don’t see any kind of progression. All you get with a new game is more gods to kill and the weapons look slightly different.

      Comment posted on 18/08/2011 at 17:03.
      • Gastos84
        Demon.
        Since: Apr 2009

        Oh…erm…I was being sarcastic! I friggin’ love GoW and your comments have angered me. You will pay. :P

        Comment posted on 18/08/2011 at 17:37.
      • KeRaSh
        Member
        Since: Nov 2009

        Oh, it doesn’t take Kratos as much as someone disagreeing with him to enter rage mode. I assume it’s the same with GoW fans! :P
        Sorry I missed your sarcasm.

        Comment posted on 18/08/2011 at 18:10.
  10. blackredyellow
    Member
    Since: Mar 2009

    Having just played through them all again, currently on GoW3 now, I’m in the mood for some more irrational and uncensored violence!

    Comment posted on 18/08/2011 at 11:04.

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