God of War: Ascension collector's edition revealed

$80 premium bundle includes Kratos statue, soundtrack, multiplayer double XP, and pass for upcoming DLC; preorders score Mythological Heroes Multiplayer Pack.

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Sony has announced a God of War: Ascension Collector's Edition that will bring Kratos out of the screen and literally into the living room. The $80 premium bundle includes a statue of Kratos (below right), displaying the merciless fighter wielding swords and donning iconic apparel.

Also included with the God of War: Ascension collector's edition is the game's official soundtrack, a "multiplayer double XP unlock," and a pass for upcoming downloadable content. Additionally, it includes a PlayStation 3 dynamic theme and a PlayStation Network avatar pack.

Sony also revealed preorder bonuses for God of War: Ascension. Those who plunk down a reservation fee for the new action game (either the standard version or the collector's edition) will receive the Mythological Heroes Multiplayer Pack. This offering includes four characters for the game's multiplayer component, including Perseus, Orion, Achilles, and Odysseus.

God of War: Ascension is a prequel to the original trilogy that will tell Kratos' origin story. It is due out March 12, 2013 exclusively for PlayStation 3, and includes a series-first multiplayer mode. For more on God of War: Ascension, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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carnivalshow
carnivalshow

pre ordered this along time ago can't wait...!

chang_1910
chang_1910

or statue (asumming no plastic looking) is worth it...

Metallicwolf29
Metallicwolf29

Meh.... Only good thing is the statue I guess.... Am I really going to be jamming to the soundtrack on my ipod or in my car? Hell no. I couldn't  honestly care less about 49 cent avatars either

EPaul
EPaul

This is kinda of tempting

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

These statues are always built down to a budget. I'd rather pay more and get a proper figure like Square Enix's Play Arts figure. The digital content will probably be available at a later date too. Not sure if this will be worth it. Then again, $80 is a pretty good price for such an edition. // As for the pre-order bonus pack, it's kind of lame. They might be big names in Greek mythology, but they're nobodies in the God of War universe. Why not give us Zeus, Hades, Poseidon and Ares? They are the gods you fight for in multiplayer afterall.

alhadba
alhadba

god of war is back xbox is out

dRuGGeRnaUt
dRuGGeRnaUt

What?!~? it IS possible to sell a special edition that has more than a book for under $129?!?!!? BLASPHEMY!!! /sarcasm

=-=-=I wish more games had more realistic price tags like this for special editions. Me likes da collectables 

soulless4now
soulless4now

Maybe I should just wait until they do another GoW collection with this game included...

alenth
alenth

The GoW franchise should have died on GoW3.

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

Oh look, preorder DLC announced 5 months before launch.

saiyan689
saiyan689

This will look good with the Pandora's Box I already have, as they both look to scale. If I remember correct, Pandora's Box was rather big for a box, right?

franzito
franzito

Limited editions always make my fingers itch! !

pokecharm
pokecharm

oh, so glad I pre-ordered this!!

MW2ismygame
MW2ismygame

Im not cutting on GOW, but in general am i the only one who just doesnt even think to buy collectors editions ?

solidine
solidine

Multiplayer double exp? WTF is going on?I thought Kratos' story was explained more or less in the first one? He kicked down a door and killed everyone without looking and, whoops, murdered his family??

TimboII
TimboII

This was just announced? I read about this months ago somewhere...

Alex323
Alex323

Kratos doesn't fuck around! I cant wait for this!

SolidTy
SolidTy

I'm shocked it's only $80, considering we've been seeing C.E. games go for $100 and even $150+. Good price for the fans.

 

It looks like a neat Kratos statue, I have too many C.E.s and don't really collect them anymore though.

Heartagram_03
Heartagram_03

I'm shocked that Total Recall isn't bundled in this collector's edition. :P

Stiler
Stiler

I think I'll just stick with my nice Sideshow statue that's actually good quality.

 

These game CE's are almost never worth it. The "statues" in most games are cheap hollow PVC statues and worst of all many of them don't actually have a limited edition number on them, sot hat makes them as far as "collector's items" worthless.

 

Only ever buy a game CE if it's actually said to be Limited nad they say by how much.

 

Many games "CE's" aren't even limited, you'll find them months later on shelves marked down a LOT (Because they take up so much space the stores want to get them out of there asap for new things).

 

Blizzard is one of the few developers that still make CE's that are actually limited along with a few others (like the Bioshock 1 CE and Mass Effect 1 LE).

 

 

the_real_VIP
the_real_VIP

Halo 4 Limited Edition is $100 and you barely get crap, while this is ONLY $80 and you get more.

PStrife
PStrife

They had me until it clearly became download DLC codes left and right.  Statue and unsellable resale DLC is not winning me over, publishers don't seem to get the whole resale aspect of these things being "collector editions". 

 

Which makes them pointless and worthless.  You just try and resell the statue in a few decades, that is all that is worth anything long-term.  If anyone still cares at that point.

DarthLod
DarthLod

I wont be buying this. Adding MP ruins the game.

Spartan_1004
Spartan_1004

 @Metallicwolf29 It might be worth it depending on what the upcoming dlc would be. if it is just avatars or multiplayer characters than maybe not

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

 @alenth Because you are done with it everyone should be done with it? You can leave the franchise at any point, there's no reason for a series to stop just because your interest is waning. In fact, I did check with the science community and they said the world doesn't revolve around you.

 

Franchises go on as long the creator and the fans support them, it's up to the individual fan to decide where they stop but there's never a good reason a franchise should stop when it still sells millions. Halo is a perfectly good franchise for example, and if it carried on just doing the covenant stuff it would get long in the tooth but they have changed the focus onto the fore runners which helps maintain a progressive narrative and bigger scope of the universe. Resident Evil on the other hand.... I played Leons campaign fully and Chris' campaign almost to the end and so far and all I know is that they wanted to have some non-descript BSAA chief be the centre of attention for 4 or 5 boss fights.  I'll try and complete chris' campaign and jakes but so far it looks very boring and no story progression. Still if fans are wanting the series it's up to them, I mean if they made another uncharted where drake just strolled around randomly looking for treasure all over again in some as-usual unconnected way (I don't like the franchise due to it's non-connecting narratives that makes it seem like just long random missions) I doubt people would say no.

321FOX123
321FOX123

 @alenth just like Resident Evil, Silent Hill, Gears of War, Halo, COD, MGS and many more.))))

Lhomity
Lhomity

 @Mr_Big_Boss And...? Would you prefer they didn't tell you what you're paying for?

murry_the_skull
murry_the_skull

 @solidine While this is true, we really don't know the reason WHY Kratos decided to go against Ares in the first game. After all, it wasn't Ares' fault that Kratos accidentally killed his own family. He WAS warned not to enter the premises, but didn't listen.

 

So at the end of this new game, we're going to learn what happens between Kratos and Ares which will then lead to the events of Chains of Olympus (which predates GOW 1 in the series timeline).

TimboII
TimboII

 @SolidTy I felt I overpaid for the God of War III collectors edition (it definitely wasn't worth $100) and am surprised to see this for $80 as well...(already looks better than the GoW3 one)

SolidTy
SolidTy

 @Heartagram_03 There have been other Demo's/games in other Blu-Ray packages before the Total Recall/GOW deal. It's not shocking at all if you were aware of this before hand.

iandavidvinoya
iandavidvinoya

 @Stiler Blizzard CE will definitely have LE numbers because those are their serial numbers. -.-' And Blizzard CE is just a box ang soundtrack sitting on your desk almost the same as this one except for the statue (yeah, I'm giving 1 point for GoW). I agree with LEs or CEs having LE numbers. If you'll give examples, do not use Blizzard. LE is like the Bruce Lee Bluray Collection with LE serial number and statue, SF 25th (I'm not 100% sure if this has LE SN).

teh_pwnager
teh_pwnager

 @Stiler I for one found on stock the CE's of Burning Crusade and Cataclysm. Does not sound too limited to me. If i own as a collector something limited is the Guild Wars 2 CE (already sold at every partner in my country) Heroes Compendium Edition and ofc Age Of Mythology CE...now the last one is pure gold. :)

kawaiiflonne
kawaiiflonne

 @DarthLod I agree with you, it is a load of bull. They did the same with a few MMOS, that if you pre-order from Gamestop, It turned me away from wanting to play those MMOS.

Setho10
Setho10

 @Sigil-otaku  I think some franchises would best be served by ending when their story arc is complete. Metal Gear Solid 4, to use an example already talked about, ends the story of MGS. Virtually every question that was ever asked in the series was answered. All the loose ends were tied. Every living character was given a satisfying send off. Yet somehow Kojima is still making MGS games 5 years later by trying to add story in the middle of the franchise. At this point it just cheapens the great story that the series told. I'm not against more stealth action games, but they could set it in a new world and not ruin the great job they did ending the franchise with 4.

 

Warful
Warful

 @321FOX123  @alenth okay hey hey HEY! MGS4 was Solid, end of discussion buddy! But Resident Evil, Silent Hill, Gears and Cod I can agree on! Halo 4 looks a tad more promising than the rest in their current state.

Coco_pierrot
Coco_pierrot

 @Lhomity  @Mr_Big_Boss

 It is just sad they have already planned everything before even starting to make the game. So maybe a section of the game will be cut and you will know it ... or everything that once unpont a time was unlockable will be DLC.

 

Expect costumes and weapons DLC ...

 

So it isn't exacly an expantion of your game ...

SoreThumbsBill
SoreThumbsBill

 @murry_the_skull  @solidine 

 

Didn't you play the first game?

 

Kratos was tricked by an oracle that told him "There is someone in this temple you can't kill" meaning his family but Kratos thought someone stronger than him so he butchered all the innocents who fled in the temple to hide and among them his family.

 

Then Ares appeared and told him I set this up to make you stronger. Your family was holding you back but now you will become death himself.

 

And Kratos did become death himself. The world is destroyed in GOW3!

 

 

iandavidvinoya
iandavidvinoya

 @kawaiiflonne  @DarthLod Wow, have you tried it now? Looks like your opinion has basis. (end sarcasm)

Why won't you atleast give it a try? Rent it or borrow the game. Then judge it AFTER you played it.

321FOX123
321FOX123

 @Warful  @alenth

if you skip half of the cutscenes (all that includes B&B unit, Meryl, Johnny and Raiden), MGS4 truly becomes solid (but not great)...

murry_the_skull
murry_the_skull

 @SoreThumbsBill  @solidine Okay, I admit that I don't remember everything that happened in the first game (since it's been years since I last played and beat it), so I just recounted what I remembered from the first game. Apparently, I forgot that fact about Ares "tricking" Kratos into becoming stronger...