God of War Collection Volume 2 (PS3)
Based, very loosely, on Greek mythology God of War tells us the story of Kratos a Spartan warrior (you know, those buff guys from 300) and his on-going battle with the Gods of Mount Olympus.
God of War has also had smaller titles released on the PlayStation Portable, as well as a game for the mobile smartphone format. Kratos, the main protagonist in the game, and the aforementioned God of War has also bled into popular culture with artwork, clothing and comic books dedicated to this master of mayhem. There is even talk of a movie in the works, though whether this ever happens is up for much debate. Then, so impressive is Kratos’s death dealing in the God of War series that he even made an appearance as a playable character in the latest Mortal Kombat (MK 9) game as a PlayStation 3 exclusive.
God of War Collection – Volume II, is a budget release for the PlayStation 3 and includes the last two PlayStation Portable God of War games remastered in high definition for the PlayStation 3. In addition to this the two titles, Chains of Olympus and Ghost of Sparta, also feature Stereoscopic 3D (a first in the God of War series).
The combat start out fairly basic with limited numbers of enemies and Kratos using his low level weapons with standard light and heavy attacks. Through both games Kratos will gain new weapons as he defeats end level bosses and the option to increase his combat abilities via blood orbs. Almost everything Kratos kills or destroys provides him with blood orbs so it doesn’t take long to get some really cool abilities.
Magic also plays a part in these games and Kratos will quickly earn a magical ability after defeating early bosses. His magic bar is drained by use however it has an automatic regeneration feature when not being drawn upon.Kratos’s health bar also can be regenerated via health orbs which also flow from the enemies he dispatches to the underworld. In addition throughout the game we find chests which have all the different types of orbs in them if we need a quick boos such as Gorgon Eyes (increases our overall health pool) or Phoenix Feathers (increases our overall magic pool).
This volume also supports DualShock 3 rumble features during combat as well as Trophies, for the completists amongst us.
This game also features Stereoscopic 3D, which is a first in the God of War series. While we didn’t have access to a 3D TV to test this feature out for those lucky enough to own a 3D TV this is another reason to pick up this game.
Additionally, if we hadn’t played any of the God of War games this release would be an excellent place to start as it tells some of the backstory of Kratos for us before we move on to the core games.
So, for pick up and play blood and death this game takes some beating. With some challenging boss battles and interesting puzzle elements thrown in for good measure this game offers something for most players.