God of War Collection Vita IGN Review: 6.3/10

#1 Edited by charizard1605 (62659 posts) -

As a God of War fan, I really wish I could recommend the latest incarnation of Kratos' epic PS2 adventures. Alas, God of War Collection for the Vita is a weak port of the 2009 PS3 HD remastering, with muddled graphics, flawed audio, and less than fluid gameplay, all of which renders it the least flattering way to embody Sparta's angriest warrior.

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The trend of lolVita getting shitty multiplats continues!

#2 Edited by cainetao11 (20176 posts) -

I just read it. I have CoO and GoS on vita, they are enjoyable. Just downloadable BC, no adding touch features. I wasn't looking to buy this any how. If it's offered free on plus I'll download it.

#3 Posted by Pffrbt (6601 posts) -

Does any God of War game deserve anything higher than a 3/10? They basically have no gameplay and don't have a worthwhile story or style to make up for it.

#4 Edited by TrappedInABox91 (1141 posts) -

What a shocker... Who could ever know that the Vita is a watered down console experience? Like really lol

#5 Posted by EvanTheGamer (1161 posts) -

Didn't even know this was coming lol

#6 Edited by charizard1605 (62659 posts) -

@EvanTheGamer said:

Didn't even know this was coming lol

Dude, sweet sig

#7 Posted by Blabadon (28957 posts) -

Bluepoint Studios or bust.

This and Jak both seem to be inferior because of the porting company not putting effort. The Vita GameFAQs board isn't really happy about this and they're lukewarm about Borderlands 2's port (which I plan on picking up)

#8 Posted by Blabadon (28957 posts) -

Also I quite enjoy Remote Play for this on PS3

#9 Edited by Xaero_Gravity (9533 posts) -

Even though I got it for free, I still feel ripped off.

#10 Edited by Kaze_no_Mirai (11689 posts) -

Damn, and I was thinking of picking this up.

#11 Posted by turtlethetaffer (17223 posts) -

The only HD port I've seen that has actually had clear effort put in was Metal Gear Solid HD. Two really good ports.

Although I did enjoy the Silent Hill HD collection. I get there were a ton of corners being cut, but I still liked it because both games are so great.

#12 Posted by Blabadon (28957 posts) -

@Xaero_Gravity: Any quick impressions?

#13 Posted by Sweenix (5957 posts) -

Another masterpiece only on the ps vita

#14 Edited by JangoWuzHere (17720 posts) -

Sounds like a terrible port. I expected better of Sony, I didn't think they would hand this job off to someone with little care or experience.

#15 Edited by lamprey263 (26112 posts) -

if they're just going to port PS3 games they should start with the Ico & SoTC Collection, maybe Okami HD. God of War seemed challenging enough given complaints of how they handled the God of War 1 & 2 collection on PS3. The realtime gameplay resolution was upped, but models weren't, the sound was bland, and the cinematics still looked like they belonged on a PS2, and when jumping between the two the graphic contrast didn't make for smooth transitions. Maybe one day they can give us a true God of War collection... but I'm sure they're sick and tired of that at the moment, we got it on the PS3, now it's on the Vita, and they're rumored to bring Ascension to PS4; might be a while. Even if they could get it right, it might not be worth bringing back given the multiple previous collections, there might be substantial consumer fatigue, doubt, and skepticism.

#16 Posted by Slashkice (13737 posts) -
@Blabadon said:

@Xaero_Gravity: Any quick impressions?

The IGN review isn't wrong about the complaints it raises, so it's just a matter of how much that stuff bothers you. I'm at Pandora's Temple in the first game now and enjoying it, for what it's worth. The graphics for instance aren't the best the Vita can do, but they're good enough - it's not another Ratchet & Clank situation. The audio is just like IGN said; weird, but I just shrugged it off. Framerate wise, it's not as smooth as the PS3 version. Up until where I've played though, there's only been one section where the game took a serious hit. As for the touch controls, they're just dumb. They haven't impeded my progress, but there's no case to be made in favor of them.

Basically, it's not perfect, but it's still a functional version of God of War in portable form. I wouldn't pay $30 for it though.

#17 Edited by mgools (1052 posts) -

@Kaze_no_Mirai said:

Damn, and I was thinking of picking this up.

I picked it up yesterday, and couldn't put it down. Started with GOW 1 and am loving it. Great game so far. Not sure why such hate toward the Vita, but I have enjoyed this one thus far as well as, Unit 13, Uncharterd, Pixel Junk, Killzone, Mortal K., and remote play with PS4 is greatness. But 2 great game for $30 is a great deal.

#18 Posted by Kaze_no_Mirai (11689 posts) -

@mgools said:

@Kaze_no_Mirai said:

Damn, and I was thinking of picking this up.

I picked it up yesterday, and couldn't put it down. Started with GOW 1 and am loving it. Great game so far. Not sure why such hate toward the Vita, but I have enjoyed this one thus far as well as, Unit 13, Uncharterd, Pixel Junk, Killzone, Mortal K., and remote play with PS4 is greatness. But 2 great game for $30 is a great deal.

Thanks. Yeah I just also read slashkice's impressions and it doesn't sound too bad. Plus it's cross buy on PSN. So I'll probably get it.

Does the Vita and PS3 versions share trophies? How about transfer saves?

#19 Edited by Kjranu (1324 posts) -

I don't even know why they bothered with this. A new GoW game on Vita would have been far better.

#20 Edited by Slashkice (13737 posts) -
@Kaze_no_Mirai said:

Thanks. Yeah I just also read slashkice's impressions and it doesn't sound too bad. Plus it's cross buy on PSN. So I'll probably get it.

Does the Vita and PS3 versions share trophies? How about transfer saves?

The trophy lists are separate so you can get double platinums. No way to transfer saves means you have to earn them twice though.

#21 Posted by Xaero_Gravity (9533 posts) -

@Blabadon:

Blurry, inconsistent frame rate, and awful sounding audio are the biggest issues. It's worth putting up with if you never played the first two God of War games, but you'll find a much better experience on the PS3. I haven't tried playing the PS3 version via remote play, but I wouldn't be surprised if even that were a better experience.

#22 Posted by inb4uall (6549 posts) -
@Blabadon said:


stuff

IGN said that the PS3 version comes with crossplay. I bought that awhile ago, is there a way I can redeem the vita version even though I don't wasn't in existance at the time?

#23 Posted by Xaero_Gravity (9533 posts) -

@inb4uall:

You have to have bought the PS3 version digitally.

#24 Edited by Funk21312 (39 posts) -

Oh look God of War collection/remake #28

#25 Edited by Netret0120 (2871 posts) -

GOW is meant for PS3. Not Vita.

#26 Posted by freedomfreak (44536 posts) -

A collection that features two games.

Just get one of the many collections that are on Ps3. I'm surprised it took that long to reach Vita.

#27 Edited by SolidGame_basic (19639 posts) -

Got a 92/100 from Digital Chumps. Also, Amazon reviews are solid so far.

#28 Posted by 93BlackHawk93 (6431 posts) -

@charizard1605 said:

@EvanTheGamer said:

Didn't even know this was coming lol

Dude, sweet sig

May is the best female trainer aside from Lyra aka sister of Mario. :P

#29 Posted by Gue1 (11599 posts) -

@Pffrbt said:

Does any God of War game deserve anything higher than a 3/10? They basically have no gameplay and don't have a worthwhile story or style to make up for it.

so you're basically saying that you have never played one, right? Then please do yourself a favor and at least play GOW 1, 2 and 3 because you really have no idea what you're missing out.

#30 Edited by XboxDone74 (2116 posts) -

@Pffrbt:  "They basically have no gameplay "

Dumbest thing I read on here today so far.

#31 Posted by mems_1224 (48979 posts) -

another gow collection? lol

#32 Edited by coasterguy65 (6376 posts) -

Portny strikes again...sheesh.

#33 Posted by speedfreak48t5p (9912 posts) -

@xboxdone74 said:

@Pffrbt: "They basically have no gameplay "

Dumbest thing I read on here today so far.

It's funny, because usually we can say the same about your posts.

#34 Posted by inb4uall (6549 posts) -

@Xaero_Gravity said:

@inb4uall:

You have to have bought the PS3 version digitally.

Damn.

#35 Edited by Blabadon (28957 posts) -

@inb4uall: Cry more

#36 Edited by inb4uall (6549 posts) -

@Blabadon said:

@inb4uall: Cry more

;__;

#37 Posted by Blabadon (28957 posts) -

@inb4uall: Did you buy Spelunky yet?

#38 Edited by inb4uall (6549 posts) -

@Blabadon said:

@inb4uall: Did you buy Spelunky yet?

I need to.

#39 Edited by blackace (21580 posts) -

@charizard1605 said:

As a God of War fan, I really wish I could recommend the latest incarnation of Kratos' epic PS2 adventures. Alas, God of War Collection for the Vita is a weak port of the 2009 PS3 HD remastering, with muddled graphics, flawed audio, and less than fluid gameplay, all of which renders it the least flattering way to embody Sparta's angriest warrior.

SOURCE

The trend of lolVita getting shitty multiplats continues!

Ouch.. I have the PS3 God of War Saga version. It's the one that also has the PSP games on it as well. That's pretty much all you need.

#40 Posted by EducatingU_PCMR (1176 posts) -

Port Indiestation Vita keeps getting gems.

#41 Posted by MBirdy88 (9203 posts) -

@Pffrbt said:

Does any God of War game deserve anything higher than a 3/10? They basically have no gameplay and don't have a worthwhile story or style to make up for it.

thats sony first party summed up in a sentence.

#43 Edited by Pffrbt (6601 posts) -
@Gue1 said:

so you're basically saying that you have never played one, right? Then please do yourself a favor and at least play GOW 1, 2 and 3 because you really have no idea what you're missing out.

I've played all of them. Not a single one has an ounce of compelling gameplay. It's mindless, mashy combat with zero depth, featuring a useless, frustratingly uncontrollable camera, and a blandly angry moron of a protagonist.

@xboxdone74 said:
Dumbest thing I read on here today so far.
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Look at all this "gameplay".

David Jaffe has gone on record saying he intentionally designed God of War to essentially have no gameplay, and that if he could go back and redesign the game he'd give it even less gameplay than what's already there.

#44 Edited by XboxDone74 (2116 posts) -

@Pffrbt said:
@Gue1 said:

so you're basically saying that you have never played one, right? Then please do yourself a favor and at least play GOW 1, 2 and 3 because you really have no idea what you're missing out.

I've played all of them. Not a single one has an ounce of compelling gameplay. It's mindless, mashy combat with zero depth, featuring a useless, frustratingly uncontrollable camera, and a blandly angry moron of a protagonist.

@xboxdone74 said:
Dumbest thing I read on here today so far.
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Look at all this "gameplay".

David Jaffe has gone on record saying he intentionally designed God of War to essentially have no gameplay, and that if he could go back and redesign the game he'd give it even less gameplay than what's already there.

Totally man. No gameplay.

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Look, im sorry youre not very skilled at action games, or successful like myself, but youre not gonna get better unless you get off welfare, save up, buy a ps3, and play the game,

and youre not getting a handout from me.

Stay mad, citizen. :), and keep making up quotes from developers, and keep raging that a cinematic game is the most awarded in gaming history.

#45 Edited by Blabadon (28957 posts) -

I flag XboxDone's comments for sexual content because they all suck dick

#46 Posted by speedfreak48t5p (9912 posts) -

@xboxdone74 said:

@Pffrbt said:
@Gue1 said:

so you're basically saying that you have never played one, right? Then please do yourself a favor and at least play GOW 1, 2 and 3 because you really have no idea what you're missing out.

I've played all of them. Not a single one has an ounce of compelling gameplay. It's mindless, mashy combat with zero depth, featuring a useless, frustratingly uncontrollable camera, and a blandly angry moron of a protagonist.

@xboxdone74 said:
Dumbest thing I read on here today so far.
Loading Video...

Look at all this "gameplay".

David Jaffe has gone on record saying he intentionally designed God of War to essentially have no gameplay, and that if he could go back and redesign the game he'd give it even less gameplay than what's already there.

Totally man. No gameplay.

Loading Video...

Look, im sorry youre not very skilled at action games, or successful like myself, but youre not gonna get better unless you get off welfare, save up, buy a ps3, and play the game,

and youre not getting a handout from me.

Stay mad, citizen. :), and keep making up quotes from developers, and keep raging that a cinematic game is the most awarded in gaming history.

How can you call yourself successful? You're not even a successful troll.

#47 Posted by XboxDone74 (2116 posts) -

@Blabadon: I flag yours because successful folks, like myself, should not be subjected to sharing sw with such downtrodden, like yourself.

#48 Edited by mgools (1052 posts) -

I am now just under 1/2 way through the game, and must say ...."Greatness"!!!!'

Maybe it is because I have never played a God of War game, but I easily give this an 8.5 if not higher. I have not been able to put this game down. My Vita is in heavy use these days thanks to GOW. I also bought Killzone about a week before, but have not put it in yet because of GoW. Those who say this game isn't good either hasn't played or this just isn't their type of game.