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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gr8!!!!!!!!!!!! gow hd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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This is really cool because I don't have my PS2 anymore...I don't have a PS3 either but will be getting it soon and would like to replay GoW1 & 2 before getting my hands on 3. I love these games.

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i want these games on Xbox!

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I just sold off all of my PS2 games GoW and GoW2 included. This is a definite buy for me. For the HD, the trophies, and the enjoyment of playing some of my favorite games. I still hope they come out with a collectors edition for GoW III that includes this disc. That way, if I decide to purchase some other newer games for now, I'll be able to pay a little extra and get these games when I buy GoW III. _

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I'm very happy about this. For those of us who went from the original Playstation straight to the PS3, this is great news.

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i always wanted to ply the other GOW. I only played it on then PSP which was mad!

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best news in last 5 months

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i dont see how this is a big deal. Put 2 15$ games on 1 disc and charge 40$. im passing. Didnt really like GOW2 much, GOW1 was great. both are short anyway.

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Man I can't wait for this. I've played all the God of War games, even the one on PSP. This is gonna be so awesome. :P

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Same boat as you DrKill09. I actually I borrowed them from a buddy and I'm about half way through the first one only. Maybe have to finish playing them in HD!

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@shawdad Damn Straight!

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If they would add a HD version of Chains of Olympus, this would probably be the best news ever :)

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Nice. Now all I need is an HD Shadow of the Colossus and HD Okami.

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Sweet. Good price, good games, and HD. I think I'll see if its a considerable improvement.

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i already have my 80 gig ps3 (the old one) and it plays GoW1+2 just fine so ill prolly skip out on this the trophies and the HD bit of the blu-ray pack seem like something id want though

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I own both of these games already & i think im still gonna get this when it comes out. The God of War series is great & it wont cost as much as the newer games that r comin out so yea when it drops im gonna get this.

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This is so cool... Great way to remember the whole story and get ready to GoW III.

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actually i was happy with my god of war games on ps2 but adding the trophies makes it more enticing for me......yeah that's right....trophies and achievements DO matter....lol

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This holiday season is looking better and better as far as video game releases go. @ mInDsHiFtEr You'd think so but look at how they're handling classic releases on the Wii at $5 or more a pop.

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can't wait to see chopped insides and mutilation in hi-def!!

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i can't wait for this!! i wish it would be released tommorow

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Buying this on day one :)

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OH! MY! GOD! (of war) This has been the most genius idea Sony has had this generation. This is simply pure awesome. I don't think that anyone is able to say, "Bad move, Sony. Bad move."

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they should compile older nintendo games together onto one collection disc, and sell that at a profit...shouldn't be any licensing issues b/c they're so freaking old, right?

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There is no way i can say no to this.

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i am definitely going to buy that.

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The price is God-Like!!!!!!!!

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This is great news and I can't wait to play the first 2 games to get me ready for number 3.

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hol sh*t! this is awesome! :) :) :)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I only got halfway through the first, and haven't played 2 yet (though I bought it recently). Now I guess I'll just wait to finish them.

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Holy dick crap!!! I was thinking the other day, wouldn't it be cool if they released god of war 1 and 2 with blu ray graphics??? that and Oprah have convinced me to believe in "the secret"

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I really hope that GOW chains of olympus can be included in this remastering...that'll really give it a complete trilogy...EPIC!

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I'm definitely gonna pick this up when it comes out, God of War is awesome! :D

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I can't add the God Of War Collection in my wish list.... :(

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[quote="TheDromader"] Can someone tell me why does EVERY single message instantly gets a thumb down [/quote] @TheDromader I'm guessing.. ..a fanboy that doesn't like God of War so he has to express his hate towards the game by minusing others' comments who like the game.- - I may be wrong however. :) Or then the minuses are here, because it's coming on PS3. @feryl06 Trophies for example lengthen the replay value.

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Can someone tell me why does EVERY single message instantly gets a thumb down?

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what added features are they adding besides a graphical upgrade OptimusPrime085?

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there is a GOD

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Thank you Sony, you TRULY listen to your fans unlike others cough*Nintedo*cough. Playing these masterpieces with all these added features is gonna be awesome!!!!!!!!

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This is pure awesomeness. My first God of War broke and I never got to buy the 2nd one as I had too many other games to buy. I'm so going to buy this, HD & Trophies & Great Games. Though I don't yet see this in shops to pre-order from. :/

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Why not a Final Fantasy collection in time for FF XIII while were at it?

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Yes! This is such a good incentive to buy the PS3 but more better for us that already HAVE one so that we're not left in the dark with the beginning of the series (and us anal people so that we can add it to our collection haha). I'm certainly getting this. This was the piece of the God of War puzzle I needed. :p

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Gonna definately get this. Now with updated trophies this will even be more fun to play:D

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Awesome!

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All the more reason to buy a PS3 for those who haven't got one :)

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So glad I held out on the PS2 Versions.

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Wow this is a surprise. In the gamespot e3 stage demo, the game director of GOW III said God of War I & II most likely would not come on blu-ray for all ps3's because the costs to do so would be extremely high, and then this happened! Cool =)

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mazniq exactly mgs!!!!!!!!!!! damn i want play previous...........

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they should have also included chains of olympus

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EEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRAUGH!

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