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access_time June 2, 2011 at 2:24 PM in Features by Josh "Clyde" McIllwain

PSP Remasters: What I Want #2

Should Kratos’ handheld battles make the transition to high definition?

Sony has announced that they will be bringing certain PlayStation Portable titles to the PS3 in the near future, each containing a high resolution facelift and new console-specific features such as 3D. No titles have been announced for North America yet, but I decided to take the initiative and attempt to determine which PSP games are the most likely to receive an overhauled re-release.

Last week, I talked about the successful portable iterations of the mega-popular Grand Theft Auto series. This week, let’s look at yet another stand-out franchise that did great things on the PSP system.

God of War: Chains of Olympus /
God of War: Ghost of Sparta

Why Should You Care?

Kratos’ adventures on Sony’s handheld were developed by Ready at Dawn Studios, proving their capabilities as developers early on.  When God of War: Chains of Olympus was released on the PSP in early 2008, it was received incredibly well by most critics.  The gameplay was virtually unchanged during its jump from console to handheld, and the graphics were some of the best on the system.  It didn’t innovate much as a sequel, but it provided the familiar mechanics that fans of God of War came to appreciate.

Its sequel, God of War: Ghost of Sparta, was released in November of 2010.  Chronologically, it takes place between the events of God of War 1 and 2.  The game was also well-received, but not quite as strong as its predecessor.  It does feature arguably the best visuals on the entire PSP platform, and a more personal look at the character of Kratos than any other game in the series.

What Are The Odds?

VERY high.  In fact, I would be absolutely shocked if Kratos’ portable adventures did not receive a console port.  They sold well on their original platform, the series is still popular and fresh in most gamers’ minds, and the graphics have much to gain from higher resolution textures and polishing.  Hopefully Sony doesn’t make us wait too long to play these updated gems.

So, what do you think the odds are of the PSP’s God of War games coming to HD consoles?  And stay tuned for more titles from the PlayStation Portable library that just might receive a facelift sometime in the near future!


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