God of War Collection PS Vita Review: Milking a cash cow that has been milked to death

  • Posted May 6th, 2014 at 09:12 EDT by Dane Smith

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God of War Collection

PSU Review Score
7.5
Avg. user review score:
9.0

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Summary

Only trophy hunters and hardcore fans of the series will have the need to play through the original games for yet another time.

We like

  • The engrossing soundtrack
  • Various special abilities that liven up the button-mashing

We dislike

  • The wonky touchpad controls
  • Quick-time prompts are cut off due to small screen size
  • Yet another re-hash for the series

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This small change particularly affected me because I take the subway to work. I have to keep my PS Vita in its case due to the hectic nature of getting to work and back on packed Korean subway cars, thus negating my ability to use the rear touchpad. The ease of zipping my case open and shut and easily pocketing it at a moment’s notice was taken away, which made it extremely difficult to play. You might (fairly) note, "But at home, you won’t have to worry about that." But then, I ask, why bother buying the collection for PS Vita when it is already on PS3, other than for its on-the-go accessibility? Another set of Platinum trophies? All told, a simple control swap--or the ability to adjust control settings yourself--could have alleviated this issue.

Due the small size of PS Vita's screen, another problem popped up that became an on-going concern: quick-time event prompts. Sometimes, they are easy to distinguish, but at other times, especially when faced with larger bosses, they are much less visible. This makes those split-second reactions a lot harder due to circumstances outside of the player’s control. On Easy, this is just an inconvenience, but on Titan difficulty, it could mean the difference between life or death (and perhaps a broken PS Vita slumped against a wall).

My other concern with this collection stands in comparison to the God of War Saga Collection released on PS3. Will the same thing, or something similar, be released on PS Vita? Don't get me wrong, I’m all for more and more games being released on a handheld that could use them. However, with just extra trophies as the carrot for a series that is seen on multiple systems, with multiple releases, only the hardcore of fans and Trophy hunters will have a need to pick it up.

All in all, this is God of War. If you are a fan of the series, it's a good pick-up for your PS Vita collection. Need another Platinum for your Trophy collection? Feel free to take on the challenge, which many hunters don’t think is very hard. But if you are not a series fan, or already have the Saga collection on PS3, there is nothing new to see besides wonkier controls.

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Dane Smith is PSU's Reviews Editor, a licensed teacher from St. Thomas University, and has a healthy addiction to Monster energy drinks. Buy his novel, follow him on twitter or check out his his article catalog.
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