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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I so hope the same would happen to the MGS series

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a great bundle, even thought I have both of those games for my PS2 I will probably buy this as soon as I get a PS3 :D I recommend to everyone ;)

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I actually am stoked to see these kind of bundles. Between this and the Metroid Prime Collection, we gamers can get some great game-time with truly amazing games for our money, and thankfully the prices are quite reasonable for those that may have missed these the first time around.

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I wonder why it can't be done @ 1080p.... the detail is WipeoutHD is stunning in full 1080, and above the PS2 quality of God of War... I guess we'll have to cross our fingers that they add in 1080p scaling ala Ninja Gaiden Sigma.

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@ rcm_da_best but this game wouldnt be half as good if the graphics wernt there. graphics is what brings the gore to this game and trophies makes it more challenging. take infamous for example......who would do all the stunts if there wasnt a trophy for it??? not many people......

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I, as a player who enjoy exciting plots and beat 'em up gameplay, enjoy God of War's exciting plots and violent beat 'em up style brutality. Graphics and trophies are at the bottom of my priority list.

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omfg, ive been looking for this game on PS2 but i cant find it anywhere. now its in high def with trophies!!! w00000000tttt!!!!! ill buy the full bundle if their selling all 3 versions together. btw it says "this holidays"....does that mean it releases in like a week???.....or tomorrow???

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That's so kickass it's not funny.... Definately getting this

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Sold! Excellent news!!!

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They really should have included Chains Of Olympus as well, because less people have played that since the PS2 was way more popular than the PSP. However, if they did that it would have probably knocked down sales of the PSP even more lol. Probably a smart move from Sony, I might still get this too.

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Oh and for those of you complaining; grow up, you sound pathetic.

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cool....so now i can get GOW 1,2 and 3.... i thought i wouldnt get GOW3 cuz i sold my ps2 and dont have the first 2 anymore ..but maybe i might just get it now

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getting this instantly, this is great news. Also could be a huge seller for christmas. Thank f*ck SONY are finally thinking.

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Well, I don't own either of the first two but I love Chains of Olympus for my PSP. This is the perfect opportunity to get my chance with them so I can catch up with the storyline before GoW 3 is released. Definite buy.

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OMG BUNDLE WITH GOD OF WAR III PLEASE!!!

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i played through both games TWICE. who cares. i'll play it a third or maybe a fourth time. if anyone out there hasn't played gow, you are missing a lot.

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omg:shock: I'LL BUY THIS ONE!

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@Kittonick I don't see many people saying this was a bad idea. Most people here and on other websites seem to think it is a great idea and I think this could be a very good seller.

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Excited about this

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Yes, this is the way to go, I'm sure this will be a huge success. Who knows what we might get in the future, remastered Resident Evil series or Final Fantasy series?

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People who are saying this is a bad idea. You do realise this was voted for by the public?. Sony are giving the people what they want and voted for. Stop your whining and conspiracy theories.

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This is why sony took out ps2 backwards compatibility, so we can buy hd versions of ps2 games! Yaaayy!!

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FFS i just bought the normal ps2 versions for my 60 gig ps3

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Nice, I'll pick this up for sure.

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AWESOMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE :D

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Yes, my PS2 busted when I tried playing Dog of War on it. I guess my PS3 can handle it. Finally I can play GOW 1 and 2.

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Wow this is great news. I bought a component cable just to play GOW (in 480p on my LCD tv) when it first came out in 05. Now playing it in 720p would be awesome

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wonder what the platinum trophies will be for this ones...and the timing is right, this holiday, right before march GOW III... SONY was making some stupid and alienated moves, but looks like someone got a facepalm and now they are going things right

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good stuff. i missed the first one.. i look forward to this, hopefully we can see more old classics on the psn soon.

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Thank Heavens. After giving my cousins both my god of war games, I was gonna replace them. Good thing i waited till now. I hope these new HD ones are compatible with the god of war 1 and 2 saves I've already got on my PS3. I dont think I can be bothered playing through the Titan modes again. They were really annoying. (The gow multi-Kratos and gow2 Theseus fights anyone?!!!!)

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they need to do this more that is amazing will definitely buy this

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good timing

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i luv God of War, poor xboxers, like me,

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This is awesome.

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HD versions and Trophies? Ok, I'm sold.

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good deal i guess cuz its in blu-ray so probably going to pick this up to catch up on the story

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I already have to buy Assassins Creed 2, Uncharted 2, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 and this all of these are coming out around the same time. damn you Sony...releasing all these games in Holidays 2009, my pockets are gonna be really empty this holiday season. not that I'm gonna complain about it, these games are worth it.

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@iGam3 If your PS3 is not BC then yes it is worth it. I'm buying this as a gift for my cousin who has played part 1 and loved it.(His copy was stolen) Might get a copy for myself as well.

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great, I always wanted to play GOW2 and now I can.... in HD, even better

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I don't understand the complaints. God of War 1 & 2 already retail for $20 each so it's still the same price but now it comes with HD support and trophies. This is a great deal and if you don't think so don't buy it.

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Oh this is awesome, I've been wanting to play the series but I never had a ps2, and a fairly reasonable price too I think.

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VERY VERY COOL..... They should released God of war Trilogy DVD..instead of God of war 1 & 2 disappointed FAN

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good idea to get more cash very nice....dont be surprise if sony comes up with Grand Theft Auto San Andres in blue ray lol

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yay and will be getting god war 1 and 2 remaster this year when I get ps3

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Definitely getting this. And to all those people going omg, theyre tricking people into buying old games ohhh, stfu. Its good for them to release old classics and exclusives as those who had not previously played the games are able to pick up the story line for the sequels. The more games the merrier.

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Excellent! I don't have a PS3 (or plan to get one), but one of my friends has one - if he hasn't played the GOW games I'm definitely going to have to buy this for him! :)

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I have finished these games time and time again! I will be buying this if it is released here in the uk. Wasn't this originally being bundled with God Of War 3?

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I'll wish this for Christmas

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Excellent! This is going to boost sales of GoW2 and even PS3. If only Sony remaster ICO in 1080p/720p, I buy it for my wife cause I'm always leading her around, lol

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interesting, but is it really worth it if you already own the ps2 versions and you've played and finished both series ..... hmmm

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