God of War: Origins Collection Review
If you like God of War but don’t have a PSP, well, you’ve been missing out. On that handheld are two adventures worthy of Kratos’ console outings, and in order to bring those adventures to a wider audiences Sony has put together the God of War Origins Collections, which brings Chains of Olympus and Ghost of Sparta to the PlayStation 3.
These adventures take place early in the God of War chronology, with the two games taking place before and after, respectively, the original game. In terms of gameplay, you’d be hard pressed to find much of a difference between these two and the franchise’s PlayStation 2 roots; they are legitimate entries in the franchise, if a bit shorter than their console counterparts.
Obviously, due to the lesser computer power of the PSP, you’re not going to find the epic set pieces of God of War III here, but that’s OK. As I said, they do hold their own against the PlayStation 2 entries. Thanks to the graphical upgrades brought on by this new PS3 collection, they come close to modern graphical prowess, with Ghost of Sparta in particular looking quite attractive in comparison with its original version.
If you haven’t played these games before, you’ll be happy to know that they feature the same kind of epic storylines you’ve come to expect from the series; these are no minor side stories. Chains of Olympus sees Kratos battle the god Morpheus, who has put the other gods to sleep and taken over the world, and Ghost of Sparta has him travel to Atlantis and the realm of Death in order to reclaim his long lost brother. These stories are worthy.
Aside from the graphical upgrade, these new versions of these titles sport support for stereoscopic 3D, and boy am I glad they do. There’s plenty of depth to the effect here, and Kratos’ chains flying out of the screen is probably the coolest 3D effect I’ve seen in a game so far.
All in all, it’s a no-brainer that you should grab this collection if you haven’t played these two games already, but is it worth the upgrade if you have? I’d say probably not unless you have a 3D TV; the graphical upgrade, in the end, doesn’t actually improve the experience. Although it certainly was no chore to play these two games again, the addition of 3D is really all that really made an impression on me this time around.
So that’s it: if you haven’t played on or both of these games, pick it up, and if you have a 3D TV, pick it up. Otherwise, you’ll be fine without it.
You will notice the graphical upgrade
Epic pair of God of War experiences that are worthy of the name
Not particularly worth a second trip if you’ve played them