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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BUMBO CLAAAT! I was just telling my friend why I was not gonna get the PS3 slim because I still have the original GOWs 1&2 now its gonna be on Blu-Ray, I was hoping they would bring it out on PSN but either way this is still an awesome day to hear this news.

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If this is successful I can see Sony pushing for more HD updates of PS2 classics. MGS Collection, Final Fantasy Collection etc.

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@Sendmn23 Actually, it's not a rip off. maybe YOU don't want to pay to get those games again. You know what, then Don't! People that still have the GoW games but don't have a ps2, and their ps3's dont have b/c they've been dying for this. For all we know, they could have been planning this as early as 2007. And, what about the people that have always wanted to play them that have a ps3. Why should they go out, spend $100 to get a ps2, and another $30-$40 to get the two games. Does THAT make sense to you? Did you ever think of that? Well this CUSTOMER/GAMER thinks god of war blu ray is a smart idea. (Take this in mind, all ps3's do NOT have b/c)

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I own the first God of War, so I'll won't be re-buying the enhanced version of that copy, but I don't have God of War 2, so I'll have to check that one out for sure.

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@Valen_Ca I don't see why people don't understand this. The reason Sony doesn't add PS2 backwards compatibility anymore is because they are still selling the PS2. Is the original Xbox still selling? No. Is the Gamecube still selling? No. Case closed.

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@ freonterror really you like paying for yester years left overs.... you like paying for products that we've all bought before, AGAIN. when we can have it for free with "backwards compatibility"... you like Sony selling you the same old game with a fresh new spray of clear coat? c'mon dude this is what sony is looking for...suckers! If this God of war blu ray p2 games are successful do you actually think sony is going to release a "bc' update for the ps3? Why would they do that when they could just milk all the unsuspecting customers like you. I own every God of war thats ever come out... psp included, but I'm not going to be duped into buying these games again no matter how great they are. If Sony is going to be like this maybe we should just send them donations.... because this CUSTOMER/GAMER thinks this god of war blu ray is a rip off!

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"A PC port of this collection would be absolutely awesome." I disagree. God of War should stay a PS exclusive. For the sake of the systems.

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A PC port of this collection would be absolutely awesome.

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alex navaro is beast wat a legend

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I never played the first 2, so when I get a ps3, I'll get this and the 3rd

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First day buy! It is simple as that. ;)

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OMG ALEX NAVARO its been so long since we've all seen him hahaha

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well GOW3 was enough to persuade me to get a PS3 but including GOW1&2 for less than normal price of ps3 game making for the whole trilogy $100 is not that bad!

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If that is their reason benjy117 then that is a major cop-out on Sonys part. Take a look at the Xbox 360, there is no part of the original Xbox in it and yet Microsoft has managed to provide some backward compatibility for that console and if the Cell and RSX are really as powerful as Sony would lead you to believe then it should be fairly simple for Sony to figure out software emulation for the PS2, after all, it does it with the PS1 without issue.

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great! GOW is an amazing title, and seeing it in 720p would be even cooler.

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wow sony clearly is pushing this new ps3.it's all good,but i would really like to see more of this if we are not getting backwards compatibility

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GoW the ONLY-ONLY-ONLY thing that Make me want/NEEEED a PS3. Yet it still is now WAY TO Much unless the make GoW1,2,3 a Pack in with console and HDMI for 250!

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They can't do the backwards capabilities because of the cell processor. The older console packed both chips, which made it more expensive. It's easier for developers to throw it on blu-ray instead. I admit it now. MS may have some competition finally with the price drop and 45nm fabrication.

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i think metroid prime trilogy is a better deal, although the complete remastering in hd and all is pretty sweet. its great for those who never got to play the games and dont own a ps2. i think sony took a tip from the big N on rereleasing updated games. i wouldn't be surprised if M$ did this eventually too with some of its bigger titles such as Fable and Halo. on one hand i like this trend for a few reasons. 1. it gives those who never played the games a chance to do so 2. the updated features may breath new life into games for those of us who have played them, esp on the wii w/ new controls. but i don't like it because it's sort of just milking our money again, but hey, if theres still money to be made off a game, i guess it's a good thing they at least give it an update for us, eh? and come to think of it, Ninty did this on gcube too...think about those releases of OoT and master quest and MM and all those discs, with crisper, brighter graphics and progressive scan support?

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It would be nice if they were remakes in full GoW 3 style. But that might be askin for too much!

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I hope they do something similar for Ico and Shadow of the Colossus as The Last Guardian draws near. Shadow of the Colossus especially in HD would be mindblowing, pure and simple.

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Hmmm.... not a bad deal, not a bad deal at all..... Look at it this way: two great, no freakin awesome games that wud already cost u $20 each on the PS2 for a brand new are gonna be sold at the same price in HD on the PS3. unless u already have both :D

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like seriously what more do you need to buy a ps3? lovin FW 3.00 btw

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@ ChargEd, no, the fact that the PS2 is still a sales powerhouse all by itself is why they don't want to support BC. The expense of remastering a pair of games and rereleasing them for $40 is not a particularly compelling value proposition for Sony compared to that.

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i have never played the games but want to and this will definitly make me get it.

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This, ladies and gentlemen, is why they don't want to support backwards compability. Still a good deal though.

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sweet since i've already paid $100+ for both titles on my PS2 and its currently broken, I can get them for 40 more buck for my PS3.... thats only 70 bucks each for a ps2 game... good deal

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Now when Nintendo does this, everyone complains, but for Sony...its great. got to love double standards.

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2 amazing games remastered in HD + trophies for $40?! im sold

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Beautiful. @ositoPERU God of War 3 is going to be the final game chronologically, but Sony Santa Monica has not dismissed the possibility of more prequels, spin-offs or games between other games. So in other words, no, this is not the last we'll see of Kratos.

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I'm sold

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alien_thats_red, FF7 is on PSN for download, but I don't know if they're going to spend da $$ on a HD makeover. I still have the game on CD meself!! :-)

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Nice! I was thinking of getting GoW I&II ps2 version but having read this, I'll definitely wait for the HD remaster edition.

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thank you Sony for bringing GoW 1 & 2 to HD... it would be even better if you could somehow throw Chains of Olympus into the deal, so we'll have the "true" or complete Collection... though I really hope that GoW 3 won't be the end of the series! :-)

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awesome i would pay $40 to play those games again in HD

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I haven't played GOW games but they look cool! And I'm going to get GOW3 so this is must buy for me :)

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now if we could just get FF 7 please

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I never did play the first two games, but plan on getting GOW3, so now i can plan on buying them all. It will be great to get to play the first to leading up to 3.

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Thats totally awesome!

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Even though I have the two games, as a big God of War fan, I will no doubt be getting this. One thing I have to question is when is it coming to come out in the UK? At least I can import it nonetheless.

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@Shawdad & Du_Metroid Agreed. Shadow of the Colossus would make an excellent HD addition and so would Sniper Elite[or a new one altogether with even better bullet physics].

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I think this is a great deal.

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It's a nice idea. I'd love to see GOD HAND and SHADOW OF THE COLOSSUS in hd.

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Terrific, maybe we will see a trend. I rather spend $40.00 on two 720p enhanced classics than $100.00 for a ps2 and another like $35 for the ps2 equivalents at 480p. News like this makes me happy.

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going to have so much fun replaying these games on GOD and TITAN mode, :P going to be awesome

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I miss Alex Navarro's game reviews

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The God of War series is a classic but I would have really given Sony the thumbs up if the new slim had been backward compatible. That would have been one sweet console and the key to higher sales by far.

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I have a 360, thinking of getting a PS3, i played GoW on Psp, and i loved it, and now... i can't wait for this.

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@ HipnotiKal These games are made by SCEA ( Sony Computer Entertainment America ) ! Do you honestly expect that a game made by Sony to be ported to another console?

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