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My backlog pacing has improved as of late, so I've recently been able to play and complete both GoW Chains of Olympus and Ghost of Sparta in the HD collection on my PS3. I hadn't gotten the PSP releases, so this was a new experience. Both play-throughs were on Hard difficulty with the 3D setting turned on and hints turned off. It took me about seven hours to complete CoO and about ten hours to finish GoS.
Both games ooze high quality. Despite not getting new textures, the HD upgrades look extremely good on the console. The 3D mode is definitely one of the best examples of the tech and does not feel tacked on at all (great sense of depth, debris floating around looks really good, etc.). The sound FX aren't as punchy as I would like, and it didn't have enough of the traditionally epic soundtrack, but for a port of a portable, there really isn't too much to fuss about when it comes to the production values.
Gameplay-wise, what I appreciated a lot is that on Hard difficulty this game is definitely challenging during the first playthrough. A lot of mid-level enemies and bosses put up a teriffic fight as you figure out the best approach to take them out. I was forced to use quite a few attack strategies to beat it, which adds a lot to the experience. Even though I now have better tactics for the next play through (you can keep your upgrades), God difficulty looks to be even tougher so I'm looking forward to it.
CoO is the more straight-forward GoW release. It is similar to the first game of the series in pacing and structure. GoS has a lot more originality to it, and definitely stands out as the stronger release of the two.
Puzzles in both were rather sparse, but there were a couple of good ones to solve. Nothing to challenging, but they help change up the pace a bit.
Overall I'd give CoO an 8.5 and GoS a 9.5. Fans of the series and beat 'em ups in general should definitely check them out.
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