In 2005, Sony’ Santa Monica Studio released a game that would quickly become one of the must-own series of games for the PlayStation brand. The hack n’ slash type of adventure gameplay was somewhat of a different concept than what was previously seen and it worked well with the general story of the game. Now, Sony has released yet another collection of games after the previous God of War Collection and God of War: Origins Collection. Can this Saga prove to be worthy of a spot in your collection or is this one Saga that has gone on far too long?
Unlike many people, I didn’t start my God of War experience on PlayStation 2. My first foray into the world of Kratos was actually in the PlayStation Portable title, God of War: Chains of Olympus. This instantly made me a fan of the series and I began playing the rest of the games in the series and I ended up buying God of War III upon its release. The question I’m going to try to answer is why you would want to be buy this collection over the other ones already out on the market. First off though, let’s take a look at the backstory of this great series.
In God of War, the player controls the protagonist Kratos who is a Spartan warrior serving the Olympian Gods. Kratos is summoned by the goddess Athena to kill Ares who is responsible for Kratos accidentally killing his wife and child. As Ares ravages Athens, Kratos is out to find Pandora’s Box which is the only thing that can stop Ares. In God of War II, the player controls Kratos once again who is the new God of War after defeating Ares. Kratos is then betrayed by Zeus,who strips him of his godhood. Kratos is saved by the Titan Gaia who tells him to find The Sisters of Fate, who will allow him to travel back in time to change his fate. God of War III sees Kratos as the former God of War after the betrayal by Zeus. The Great War has been reignited and Kratos ascends Mount Olympus in a search for the flame of Olympus and for Pandora which is the only thing that can stop the Flame surrounding Pandora’s Box and is the key to defeating Zeus.
In Chains of Olympus, one of the downloadable adventures, Kratos is guided by the goddess Athena. She tells him to find the Sun God, Helios, because in the absence of the Sun, the Dream God, Morpheus, has caused the rest of the gods to fall to sleep. The Queen of the Underworld, Persephone, aligns herself with Morpheus and gets the help of the Titan, Atlas. They attempt to use Helios’ power to destroy the Pillar of the World . In Ghost of Sparta Kratos is haunted by the visions of his mortal past and explores his beginnings. He journeys to the city of Atlantis and finds his mother, Callisto. She claims his brother, Deimos, is still alive. Learning that Deimos has been detained and tortured in the Domain of Death, Kratos attempts to rescue him and confronts the God of Death, Thanatos.
So now you kind of know the backstory for the games which centers around vengeance and retribution. Why does everyone love this game? Simply put, the combat is spectacular and there is a large emphasis on leveling up, acquiring magic, and collecting different thing such as Gorgon Eyes, Phoenix Feathers, and Minotaur Horns. There are different quick-time events to defeat certain foes and there are no shortage of different combos to take down even the biggest and baddest enemies. That’s another thing too, the enemies. Some of the enemies in these games are larger than life, others have incredible powers, and some can out-think your every move. That’s what makes this series so great, it’s loosely based on greek mythology which means that while some things are factually correct, the team allowed themselves the creativity to make some of the most exciting settings and characters you’ve ever seen.
Most of you already know all of the stories and combat behind the God of War series so, let’s get to the value of this Saga. For $39.99, you’re getting five complete games, access to the God of War: Ascension Beta, and exclusive bonus content (which I still haven’t figured out but, am assuming it’s the one month of PlayStation Plus. Basically, it’s a pretty great collection in the grand scheme of things but, there is one little problem. The two PSP games from this collection are not included on a disc and this will pose a huge issue to players who have less than around 18-19GB on their hard drive because these games are download heavy, and what about players who have a download cap from their ISP? This is a big problem to an otherwise great collection.
With as much as you’re getting, this is a great collection. My problem is that, this is a collection of two collections. In reality, you’re not getting much extra and you’re really not getting anything more than you would in the other collections minus GOW III. The God of War Saga is a great collection for someone who doesn’t own any of these games but, for someone who already owns one of them, it’s probably better to just get whatever game you don’t have out of the collection separately.
God of War is a great series but, this collection really wasn’t needed with all the other options out there.