God of War: Origins Collection Review

  • Posted August 29th, 2011 at 14:53 EDT by Adam Dolge

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God of War: Origins Collection brings two of the best PSP games to a single Blu-ray disc for the PlayStation 3 in stunning HD graphics. This is a must buy for any fan of the God of War series.

We like

  • Graphic upgrade works quite well
  • Two of the best PSP games on one Blu-ray disc
  • Extending the God of War storyline

We dislike

  • Occasional graphic pauses and technical issues
  • Seven to eight hour campaigns
  • Minimal bonus content

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(continued from previous page) ...the translation from PSP to PS3, and that is not a bad thing at all. Compared to the console releases, we get to see a different, shall we say less angry, version of Kratos. We see his human side, we learn more about his past, his family, and we even see some compassion for his soldiers.

There are noticeably less boss battles in the PSP games, but they are nonetheless just as epic and gargantuan as you’d expect. For example, one of the opening segments in Ghost of Sparta features a massive encounter, one of the biggest you’ll find—that is, besides the opening from God of War III. Boss battles operate the same as the other God of War games, requiring the player to engage in a quick-time event to put an end to the big baddie. In addition, the puzzles are a bit smaller, almost easier than other God of War titles. This worked just fine on the PSP, and when it’s translated to the PS3, we didn’t really feel like we were missing out on anything.

Both games are relatively short, running between seven to eight hours, and there isn’t a huge reason to play through a second time. For the record, Chains of Olympus is a bit shorter than Ghost of Sparta. Meanwhile, the transition to PS3 has also added the ability to dodge with the right analog stick, which, for obvious reasons, was not available on the PSP versions. It does, however, keep the magic system from the PSP version; you simply hold down R and press triangle, square, or circle to activate your magical abilities. Each game comes with a new weapon that, unlike earlier God of War games, is extremely useful, and in some cases, absolutely necessary. Ready At Dawn did a great job of incorporating these weapons into not only the boss battles, but also the puzzles to boot.

God of War: Origins Collection also comes loaded with bonuses content like DLC and a Game Directors Live roundtable video. There are some other small goodies that we’ll save for you to discover, but the extras are relatively minimal. Diehard God of War fans will enjoy the extras, but they’ll absolutely love experiencing more of Kratos’s tale.

The Origins Collection is a terrific addition to the God of War series, and even if you already own the two games on the PSP, there are plenty of reasons to play them again—even if it’s just to nab some more Trophies. There’s very little to criticize about these games and the Blu-ray collection. For those of us who have played Chains of Olympus and Ghost of Sparta to death, though, it’s a reminder of how great the God of War franchise holds up, and how badly we want to see a PlayStation Vita iteration. Do yourself a favor and pick up God of War: Origins Collection to relive two of the best games on the PSP. Even if you already own both titles, there’s more than enough incentive to pick up this Blu-ray bundle and relive the experience all over again in beautiful high definition.

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