God of War

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Title: Dante’s Inferno
Developer: Electronic Arts, Visceral Games
Game Type: PlayStation Portable
Download: 1.5 GB
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The PlayStation ecosystem of systems has been home to many franchises, of various types, over the years.  There are casual, fun games like LittleBigPlanet and Gran Turismo.  Along with those, there are more Mature, violent games like SOCOM and God of War.  Among all of these, there are games that are similar in style on other consoles, or just other franchises in general.

Among all of the franchises that are similar to PlayStation franchises range from franchises that have several games in them to franchises that only spanned one or two games.  Be it a running franchise like Forza or a more short-lived franchise, even the PlayStation Vita has access to some franchises that are like some of the more popular PlayStation-exclusive franchises.  In this case, it’s a game similar to the God of War series.

Electronic Arts and Visceral Games made a bold move four years ago.  They announced a game called Dante’s Inferno, creating a video game adaptation of Dante Alighieri’s famous poem “Inferno”, part of The Divine Comedy.  The game received a lot of criticism within its development, given the Christian elements of the game as well as the violent nature of the game.  Having released on several consoles, here is our official review of the PSP title, Dante’s Inferno.

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Title: Tehra Dark Warrior
Developer: StormBASIC Games
Game Type: PlayStation Mini
Download: 50 MB
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When PlayStation Minis had first come out, they were like tiny Mobile-like adventures on the PSP and, later, the PlayStation 3.  There were games like Tetris and Monopoly and more unique games like Monsters! Probably Stole My Princess.  Most of these games were, as expected, 2D games.  They looked like they were hand-drawn Flash or Mobile games that you could find something similar in a Web Browser.  For many of the library, this is true.

However, this is not true for all of that library.  Every so often, you would not only see a new game coming out on PlayStation Minis, but there were some 3D games that came to the platform.  Some of them not only were 3D, but some of them had visuals that were right on par with some of the full PSP games that were releasing at the time.  Not on the level of, say God of War: Ghost of Sparta or Dissidia: Final Fantasy, but still exceptional.

As we look through the Minis that are available for the Vita, we take a look at one such title that released with 3D visuals that would have looked decent for a normal PSP game, let alone a tiny PlayStation Mini.  Having released on the iPhone only four months before the PSP, here is our review of the PlayStation Mini Action game, Tehra Dark Warrior.

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Title: God of War Collection
Developer: Bluepoint Games
Game Type: PlayStation Vita
Download: 2.1 GB
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EU Availability: Digital Download | Retail

HD Collections and Remasters have been a big deal for more than 5 years now.  Various consoles and platforms have seen HD Remasters of many previous games, though the majority of those games come from the PlayStation 2 era.  On systems like the PlayStation 3, the only non-PS2 HD remasters that I can think of are the remasters of the Resident Evil “Chronicles” games.  Regardless, HD Remasters have been and still are a very big deal.

When you look at the PlayStation Vita, they have been getting HD Remasters as well.  Early on, the portable platform got its own version of Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, which included the remastered versions of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater.  Since then, many other collections have come to the system, from The Jak Collection to Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster.  Not all of them have received the praise their console counterparts have gotten, but the main consensus is that having PS2 games, in completion, in portable form is a big deal.

Recently, Santa Monica Studios, with the help of development team Sanzaru Games, Inc, brought one of the first HD Collections onto the PlayStation Vita.  From back in 2009, the HD versions of God of War and God of War II have come to Sony’s handheld platform.  Critics aside, how does this game stack up?  Is it just as brutal and violent as its console counterpart?  Today, we will find out.  Here is our official review of God of War Collection.

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Title: PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale
Developer: SuperBot Entertainment
Game Type: PlayStation Vita
Download: 1.6 GB
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Back in 1999, Nintendo had an idea that ended up launching a huge series.  They took iconic characters from many of their first-party franchises, and threw them into a 2D brawler called Super Smash Brothers.  Featuring characters from across the Nintendo universe, it spawned three sequels and has become a largely popular game for casually fighting with your favorite characters.  Ever since then, Sony fans have wondered if they would ever get their own game in this genre.

Santa Monica Studios, the developers behind the iconic God of War series, answered that wonder with PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale.  Released both on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, Santa Monica’s game brought together 24 characters across the PlayStation Universe and pitted them in platform-friendly 2D stages, not so different from the stages of Super Smash Bros.  With characters from franchises like Twisted Metal, Metal Gear, God of War, Bioshock, Devil May Cry, and more, fans were started to look up.  How is the game?  How different is it from Smash Brothers?  Here is our official review of PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale for the PlayStation Vita.

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Title: God of War: Chains of Olympus
Developer: Ready at Dawn Studios
Game Type: PlayStation Portable
Download: 1.1 GB
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Greek Mythology has an interesting place in our minds.  Back in school, the only mention of it were in books like The Odyssey as well as some media titles like Disney’s Hercules movies.  As the years go on, there are more and more things that we can think of when we look back on the tales of Zeus, Athena, and everything else that is involved with Greek Myth, even Dante’s Inferno.  What many people think of now are brutally violent video games, the franchise known as God of War.

The God of War franchise is still relatively new.  Having spawned in the PlayStation 2 era, it has spanned six main games, along with a Mobile game.  That’s a pretty good track record for a series this new.  It has gotten two original titles on each of the PlayStation system it has been on, thus far.  God of War and God of War II on the PlayStation 2.  Chains of Olympus and Ghost of Sparta on PlayStation Portable.  God of War III and Ascension on the PlayStation 3.  The story of Kratos and his struggles has become almost iconic with PlayStation fans and, to others, is starting to get a little stale.

The PlayStation Vita is due to get its own version of the HD Remasters of the original two God of War titles sometime next year.  As with all anticipated releases, many gamers want to know a little bit about the series before diving in, though God of War is a great way to start the series.  The PS Vita has access to two God of War titles already.  The PSP titles are available for download, and we have official coverage from the first.  Here is our review of God of War: Chains of Olympus.

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