HD God of War I & II due this holiday

Remastered versions of Kratos' PS2 adventures being rereleased later this year on single $40 Blu-ray; will feature 1280x720p graphics running at 60fps, added PSN Trophies

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Even though its new $299 slim model has drawn praise from cash-strapped consumers, the PlayStation 3's lack of backward compatibility remains a contentious issue. Today, though, Sony announced that two of the most popular PlayStation 2 games will be playable on its younger sibling, courtesy of a Blu-ray rerelease of God of War and God of War II.

Kratos will soon vent his fury in hi-def.
Kratos will soon vent his fury in hi-def.

Due this holiday for $39.99, the God of War Collection will feature both fantasy-action titles, which were developed at Sony's Santa Monica studio. The games' critically praised graphics will receive a high-definition upgrade, running in anti-aliased 1280x720 resolution at 60 frames per second. The remastering is being handled by Bluepoint Games, the Austin, Texas-based developer behind Blast Factor, and will add PlayStation Network Trophies to both games.

(Warning: Reviews below contain spoilers.)

Released in 2005 to stellar reviews, God of War tells the tale of Kratos, a rugged Spartan with a grudge the size of Mount Olympus against Ares, the titular god of war. To take down the renegade deity, players must kill all manner of foes out of the Greek mythological pantheon, including minotaurs, cyclopes, and harpies. The 2007 sequel, which received similar critical hosannas, saw more supernatural slaughter, with Kratos taking on Zeus and other deities from Mount Olympus.

God of War and God of War II were followed by the PSP prequel God of War: Chains of Olympus in 2008. God of War III is set for release in March 2010 and was a central draw at Sony's E3 2009 press briefing in June.

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Wish I had a PS3.

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Meh on the God of War thing. I always thought Heracles: Battle With the Gods was a better game. I guess can be a good thing for PS3 owners though. Things are heating up.

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heard a rumour that this won't be coming out in europe for a while, anyone got any more info?

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Not a bad deal. I rented both of them when they came out. If the pawn shop by me has a PS3 around then, I'll pick it up

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always wanted to play these 2 games, but since my ps2 only worked whenever it wanted to and was almost dead, i never had the chance of enjoying it! now i finally will be able to kill everything in sight without looking for the "other right game" of this sort! =D

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That's an awesome idea Jstation3!

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This is awesome! already bought GOW, but i WILL buy the BR GOW1&2.

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Great idea. Will buy it day 1 as my Ps2 won;t play the original versions XD

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Metal Gear Solid Remake 1,2,& Please!!!

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This is such a good idea. Even better idea than the Metroid Prime Trilogy release. Totally buying it because the experience of playing through those two games was so bloody awesome. One of the most exciting, crazy, kinetic and violent games ever.

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@hyperkass no wii/ds apparently.

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wow SalarianChemist hasn't trolled around here...yet anyway, this is just too badass Sony. hope we get ICO and SoC before the release of The La st Guardian Happy gaming everyone:)

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hyperkass, that would be the Wii version, is already out

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Now a Okami Remake..

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BTW, any MGS HD revamps, soon?

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Awesome. HD GOW in PS3 ASAP, LOL. But why 720p, PS3 has been out for so much time, and still so very few games with 1080p support. This suks. Oh well, two new HD revamped games for the price of a used one is great. Especially HD GOW in PS3.

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im buying this one..

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Maybe that's why they refused to make the PS3 Slim backwards compatible... it opens up the way for so much more milkage from tarting up old franchises.

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This will keep me happy for a long time.

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great idea!

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I'm with you Midnightshade, perhaps this paves the way for future bundled deals. After all, the only thing better than playing through your favourite PS2 games, is doing so with trophies and in HD!

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Day 1 purchase.. and I own both... this is freaknin amazing! More like this sony! WE want ICO collection, MGS collection , FF collecion all the DMC collection, etc.etc.. in hd with trophies!! If everyone buys this they'll do it!

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Hell yeah, I'll be getting this!

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nice one time to buy a ps3

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Cool. Must buy for me. My flat screen hungers for the hd blood Kratos is wanton to spill. :)

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Nice. Hope they up the textures too. Otherwise, the game's gonna look a little underwhelming. Hell, it'll be sharp and smooth, but it won't look too amazing.

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I hope that Resident Evil IV be remastered by Capcom for the PS3, excellent game, a lot better than Resident Evil V...in my opinion...

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Wow, great move by sony, how I wished Resident Evil IV and Burnout Takedown do the same... There are so many Hall of Fame titles in PS2, I hope these publishers start to realize that they can still earn by remastering their famous ps2 titles into HD for the PS3, people will still buy for collection purposes...

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$40 so no rip-off...HD graphics...neva played either(have beaten chains of olympus tho)...and it comes out when im old enuff to not have to beg the damn cashier...now DATS wassup

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Beautiful! I was going to go out and buy GOW for ps2 conmsidering I never played the game. BUT this is even better! Good job Sony, you've impressed once again.

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DUDE THEY SHOULD SO DO THIS FOR MGS TTS, MGS2, AND MGS3!!! DEFF FOR RESIDENT EVIL 4, DMC 1 AND 3 TOO!!!

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@Sendmn23 - Well said. Ima snatch that right up ! I still play both on my PS2 and very much enjoy doing so... To see these games in HiDef is be going to enormously satisfying. This is a hell of a deal for fans of the series and anyone who's ever wanted to check it out...

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@Sendmn23: If you're gonna try to post another "logical" complaint, please consider the situations of ALL consumers ... not everyone is like you. In fact, most people are not like you. This is a great value for two great games. People who haven't played GOW before, for whatever reason, and have a PS3 with no BC, have a great alternative to buying a PS2 to play these games. And to release this a few months before the much anticipated GOW3 releases is great for Sony and the consumers alike. Maybe this re-release is a rip-off to YOU, but many people will appreciate this. I own and thoroughly enjoyed GOW1 and 2, and I'm still gonna get this because $40 is a great value IN MY OPINION.

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is this for download or do you have to buy it at a store because if its for download, that would make it even better

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omg this is awesome im definately buying it. god of war was amazing but i never had the chance to play god of war 2.So this is a must buy for me

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Now see, this is what they should've done for the Devil May Cry, Resident Evil, Metal Gear Solid, and King of Fighters collections they put out. Redo them in HD with trophy support, and I guarantee folks will snatch those bishes up quick. Why publishers don't see that PS1 and PS2 games are still near and dear to our collective gaming hearts is beyond me.

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A band-aid for BC. Still nice for newer ps3 owners.

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i have the first one on ps 2 i must get round to finishing it because it is a good game but my xbox 360 takes up most my gaming time.

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its fantastic news and i`ll problee buy it, if and when it comes out in the uk, but why oh why cant they add software compat. to the current ps3`s, i only want it for gow 1 and 2 and the mgs 2 & 3, i suppose now this has been announced they wont bother.

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This is similar to the metroid trilogy. Looks like sony is bringing good competition. So many good deals from sony now.

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@ -KU- - of course it'll be out for PS3 and PS3 Slim - they're the same machines, just one weighs less than the other and is cosmetically different... it's not like PSPGo that can only have downloadable games and no UMDs, any game that comes on PS3 will play on any version of their console. I agree with some that they should whack in Chains of Olympus too... that'd be just awesome to play in 1080p

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is this actually happening? my prayers were answered HELL YESSSSSSSS

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So is this out for all PS3 or just PS3 slim. Because I never got to beat GOW2 since it always froze up on my ps2. @ Hobbitslayer18 Don't oyu mean FF7?

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While this deal is awesome, it would be an epic WIN if they bundled 1,2 and 3 plus Chains of Olympus for one massive bundle. Throw in a miniature Kratos and it will sell like hotcakes. they are doing it for Assassin's Creed (the statue thing) so why can't they do it with GOW? I got the red PSP, the GOW trilogy would make my day.

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Great news for PS3 owners.

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Best News Ever :) :) :)

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Now we still need a FF8 remake and we got some of the best games Sony ever hae on their consoles.

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Why not also include Chains of Olympus in that pack? would be nice to be able to play that title on a bigger screen.

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i am getting this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it is going to be the bees knees!!!!!!!

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I will buy this as soon as it get out. They are my favorite games in PS2 and one of the reasons I choose PS3 instead of XBOX 360,besides Shadow of Colossus...with uncharted, LBP and Trico...i love this system...I just wanted the models and textures get a make up too...but it is great anyway...

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