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This review is from: God of War: Collection - Playstation 3 (Video Game)
Because I never had a PS2 I never had the opportunity to play the God of War series. Everyone I spoke to said they were some of the best games, they have ever played, but because I never really wanted a PS2, God of War I and II were two games I figured I would never be able to play. Even after purchasing a PS3 I still was unable to play these games because the new PS3 systems do not have backwards compatibility. Luckily these two games were re-mastered and re-released for the PS3 so I finally had the opportunity to play these games. Long story short, I realized that the raving stories about the God of War series were correct.
God of War I looks really good considering it's a fairly old game. The developers did a very good job in remastering it and this is very apparent when you view the cut screens (which were NOT re-mastered). Though not true surround sound like other PS3 games like MW2 or Drakes Fortune the sound is still pretty good.
Game play wise Kratos' movements are very fluid, and its not hard at all to pick up the game and start playing without having to learn complicated moves. Even though this game is basically a hack and slash, it's a step or two above a pure button masher. While you can kill some enemies by just mashing buttons, other enemies require a little more thought in how you fight and defend against them. For example, the minotaurs will always give you health if you kill them a certain way, but if you just mash button to beat them, you will probably wont get health and in certain parts of the game, this health is crucial to your survival. Other enemies require you to press the right button at the right time in order to finish them off. Miss a button or take too long and you have to start the sequence all over again. On paper this does not sound fun, but actually playing the game it flows flawlessly with the combat sequences.
The storyline is very well written, you are Kratos a Spartan warrior looking to defeat his master, Ares after the God of War causes him to slaughter his own wife and daughter in Kratos' blind quest for power. As your journey progresses you are aided by the other Gods such as Poseidon, Athena and Zeus in order to defeat the insane war god.
This game is more difficult than other games and it requires patience and persistence to prevail. However, because the game was so fun and rewarding to me, I never got to the point where I just became so frustrated and give up altogether. There is an extremely difficult and frustrating area in Hades' realm where you are forced to climb spinning pillars of knifes and just being grazed by one of these knifes causes you to fall down to the bottom forcing you to start all over again. But after 15 tries or so, I finally got through it and saved immediately to prevent having to do this all over again.
Speaking of saving, God of War does an EXCELLENT job of managing checkpoints and save points. In WAY too many games you are at the mercy of the developers that seem to like having gamers repeat certain tasks over and over and over again before they reach a checkpoint. In addition, save points (if there are any) are also too far apart. However in GOW it's quite refreshing that you are hardly ever forced to do tedious tasks repeatedly thanks to a generous checkpoint system. This comes in very handy when you are in the later stages and die often. Once you get by a difficult part you are almost guaranteed to cross a check point and so when you die again, you don't have to do the difficult task you just took 10 tries to complete. In addition to checkpoints, you also have access to save points. Though not as numerous as checkpoints the save points are also quite forgiving, and you can use them multiple times whenever you like provided you can find a way to get back to them.
God of War I has an amazing storyline, excellent cut sequences (though low graphical quality), and near flawless combat system. Put all these things together and you have a game worthy of 5 stars despite some extremely difficult sections. But wait! There is another game in this collection, God of War II.
God of War II takes place a few years after Kratos' defeat of Ares, the Gods have rewarded Kratos for his services, but later on he is betrayed and he is stripped of all his powers so he now he is intent on revenge of the remaining gods of Olympus. As the gods have aided him the first time around, Kratos now gets aid from the Titans as they are also enemies of the Gods.
God of War II offers slightly better graphics and a more polished look. In addition the cut screens this time around seem to have also been re-mastered and look much better than the cut screens of the previous title. Though God of War I is quite graphic in its own right, God of War II steps it up, and should be enough to satisfy those of us who enjoy seeing Kratos ripping bodies in half and snapping the necks of anyone who dare oppose him. Kratos is ruthless, and this game does an extremely good job in capturing that in both combat sequences and the cut screens.
Other than the better graphics, the combat system and game play remain virtually unchanged. However there was no need to change them, as it was already great. So there is no need to fix what wasn't broken.
The difficulty of God of War II while still quite difficult doesn't seem quite as hard as the original one and if you were able to defeat God of War I, you should be able to beat God of War II as well. The most difficult part for me in God of War II was when I had to defeat 7 endless waves of enemies with only a couple of health and magic chests. Even this became easy once I changed my approach in fighting instead of mashing buttons. If you go into this game thinking you can just mash buttons to advance you will be disappointed. Just like the first game, some combat sequences require careful planning, timing, and PATIENCE.
Luckily in God of War II the checkpoint/save system has also remained virtually untouched, and this is a good thing. As I said before this was a god send especially in the more difficult areas. I really wish more game developers would do the same thing, instead of thinking gamers really enjoy having to do things over and over and over again.
To me God of War II seems to be shorter than God of War I and the spectacular ending to this installment is not really and ending at all, but a precursor to God of War III which will be out in a couple of weeks.
If you have already played and beaten these games on the PS2, then you may be able to do without playing through them again on the re-mastered versions. However, if you haven't played these games yet, then I urge you to go ahead and do so. Usually I don't go back and play old games that I never played before, but with God of War: Collection I am glad I made an exception. Now that I have beaten them, I am suffering from withdrawal symptoms and am eagerly awaiting the 3rd installment. In the meantime, God of War II does have a challenge mode which should keep me occupied until March 16th.
This collection is HIGHLY recommended especially if you have never played the series before, and with two weeks to go until God of War III, you should have just enough time to beat them and be caught up.
Really a no-brainer here; 5/5 starts and at this price for TWO excellent games, it is a steal.