God of War: Collection
Getting revenge is so much fun.
I absolutely despise reviewing games years after their release. However, as a person who doesn't buy brand-new games often, I don't have much of a choice. Regardless, since this is a collection of two separate games, I will review them as so. In God of War, you play as Kratos. Without spoiling anything (which is pretty hard), you fight through waves of Greek mythological creatures to eventually obtain revenge for your target's actions against you. Accordingly, that target is Ares, the Greek god of war. While killing a god seems like an impossible challenge, the trek there is a satisfying experience like no other. God of War is a beat-'em-up hack-in-slash. Using Kratos' swords (attached to his hands by chains as a result of punishment), you will chop, beat, and rip your way through hordes of enemies. And there are incredible boss fights that remind me that modern gaming is not yet entirely devoid of them. As the game progresses, you can upgrade your abilities and every aspect of combat, including the damage you can inflict and how much you can take. And there are plenty of puzzles to solve throughout the game. There is also a generous amount of environments in this game, including a siren-ridden desert and temple containing Pandora's Box. God of War is incredibly gory and raunchy, but remains a satisfying experience nonetheless. I specifically appreciated that God of War follows the Greek mythology very closely and integrates an original plot utilizing it. This was a PS2 game, so no one should expect Bioshock-esque graphics. The developers have improved them considerably and there are now no frame rate issues unlike in the 2005 PS2 game. All positive qualities, some puzzles are a little to difficult, especially in the context of this game, one I consider to be mostly about hacking and slashing your way through various types of enemies. While God of War generally manages to dodge an expected repetitive nature, but I still found a hint of it in the over-the-top combat. God of War is a masterpiece. Not once was I bored or angry with the game. The experience kept me enthralled the entire time. Also in the package is God of War II. Once, again, you are put in the boots of Kratos who is now the God of War. But, of course, the game needs a conflict right? Kratos becomes war-happy, which is something the other Gods at Mount Olympus are not appreciative of. Kratos spends his days often smashing cities to smithereens even while the citizens themselves are fighting against each other. (As a god, Kratos can be 1,000 feet tall, which makes destroying cities so much easier) Zeus, the God of Gods, has had enough of Kratos' war-like nature, something I found to be ironic. I figure: isn't the God of War supposed to encourage wars? I guess Zeus finds tradition to be unworthy. So Zeus takes away your powers as a god and you are now the vengeful, angry, and yelling-everything-at-the-top-of-his-lungs human you once were. Going over gameplay would be like going over that of two side-scrolling Mario games. It's very much the same, but you eventually acquire new powers and new weapons, something unseen in the last installment. For example, one of the new powers is wings that help you cross different platforms, as well as a segment where you get to ride on the saddle of Pegasus. God of War II does mix up the basic game's mechanics, which is very welcome, adding a breath of fresh air. Also new to the franchise in this installment are titans, a very intriguing part of Greek mythology. Titans really increase the sense of scope in the game, given their...titanic quality. One section of the game requires you to traverse the area outside of Atlas' body, merely showing you what the PS2 was capable of. Of course, now we have God of War III and Ascension, pushing the PS3's power to the limit, but that doesn't take away from God of War II's expansive environments. And once again, this collection improves the original game's frame rate and makes the graphics very crisp and clean, along with the sound. All this being said, the puzzles are still incredibly frustrating, as well as some boss fights. While I enjoyed every single one in the original, some of these had me pulling my hair and yelling at my TV, especially the final boss fight. However, when you beat the last boss, satisfaction overwhelms you. At the end of day, God of War II is everything God of War was, but with more diverse content. Still leaning on Greek mythology, God of War II tells a unique story. However, it uses time travel, an element of story-telling that it must use cautiously. God of War II can get confusing with it, but it still weaves an interesting tale once again in the boots of Kratos. With the God of War Collection, you get God of War and God of War II. While there is no extra content, this re-release polishes up the two games included in it, thus making for a more streamlined and refined experience. This is indeed a must-have for any PS3 owner that did not play the originals. If you have, however, and still own the two games on PS2, you have little reason to buy this collection. That being said, God of War and God of War II are excellent games all their own. I would go as far as to say that God of War is Sony's shining star.
Best game ever this is G!!!!
God of war is my favorite game to play nice gamplay the sound is ok but the graphics stink but i wont argue this is a boss game to get and play!!!
NOT A HUGE GRAPHIC OVERHAUL BUT BOY IS IT GOOD! A MUST BUY FOR ANY FAN. THE TROPHIES ARE ALSO A GREAT ADDITION FOR GAMING INCENTIVES.
I played them on my old PS2 system and I loved them they were lots of fun but i sold it. so having th expiernce on my PS3 system makes me happy. I found lot's of joy playing with my freind's and what not. the priceis fair and the gaming is fun my only problem is I can't go back.
If you didn't play it on ps2 ,your time is now!
I Owned both of them on my old ps2, but it never gets old , i mean this is still amazing. So, that's why i decided to own the collection for my ps3, the graphics do look improved, but what you will be talking about is the gameplay, it isn't repetitive it is fun and absolute carnage. Just imagine how powerful the game was on the ps2, and having both of them on one single disc ?? that's awesome. The best one for me is GOW 2 , it has a more fluid gameplay and a better storyline. I enjoyed it, and yes sure you will.
My Favorite Series
This game has 2 amazing games for a cheap price. The gameplay is fast and awesome. I've never had so much fun tearing through monsters.
Both of these games have great stories and amazing boss battles. I find the 2nd game easier, but it's up to you. The graphics aren't as good as the modern Call of Duty or Uncharted, but they are PS2 games, but the games have been remastered for HD and BluRay. The musical score is absolutely perfect, the grunts of Kratos and the voice-acting was as good as ever. It lasted a very long time for me, as I tried to find all collectibles, beat it on all difficulties, unlock all treasures and costumes. It is worth the money if you like action/adventure games.
If you own a ps3, go out and buy this collection!
I had never played either game back on the PS2 so when I discovered this collection I felt it would be a great way to get into the franchise. All I can say is wow! Santa Monica Studios really knows how to make games: great graphics for PS2-era, exciting, fast-paced gameplay, above average platforming, fantastic boss battles, and challenging, rewarding puzzles make this collection worth every penny. It also helps that Kratos is one of the most iconic video game characters of all time and a testosterone-fueled badass at that. Go out, buy, it and see for yourself--you won't regret it.
Fun warfare, annoying and confusing puzzles
I enjoyed both of these games, II more than I, even though I earned a higher percent of trophies in the first. I'm going to review both games at the same time because there were not any major differences between the two games. The warfare and leveling up system was well developed but thankfully incredibly simple. It's a simple "Hack and Slash" game, you just hit slash at the plethora of bad guys that pop up at you and use the Experience Orbs that you earn to make your arsenal even more powerful. There are lots of bosses to fight, many of which are gods that Kratos, the main character kills in order to avenge his losses. My only complaint with the God of War franchise are the puzzles. I wasn't expecting puzzles, and that may be because of my lack of knowledge on the franchise. I got confused very easily with the puzzles. I spent a lot of time on walkthroughs, and I hate doing that. I enjoy playing the game without outside help. If there were less puzzles or easier puzzles, I would have given the games a higher score. I'm not sure why I preferred II to I but luckily when you buy I, you get II as well. Although the puzzles annoyed me, I'm now a fan of the Playstation exclusive franchise.
TWO EPIC GAMES!!!!
these games i decided to get because i had them on PS2 so i decided wow, i wonder how they have improved? and i bought them i was anxious to rip off the packaging and play it i played for about an hour the first game and an hour the second and boy those games were just epic!!!
this is a great collection of two of the best games ever. the HD graphics are awesome with these games. each of them has a annoying part but the story makes up for that.