Update: Cristian Cardona has raided the comments section of the PS Blog post to correct a few mistakes:
1.) Both the inFamous Collection and the God of War Saga will be priced at $39.99.
2.) 3D Support will only be available for the God of War Origins titles. Not God of War III.
If you’re a PlayStation 3 owner, August 28th is going to be a good day for collections. The previously announced Ratchet and Clank Collection, containing Ratchet and Clank, Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando and Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal, alongside a demo for the upcoming Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time will be hitting store shelves on that day for $29.99, but if that’s not quite enough for you, a post made today on the PlayStation Blog confirms that there are two more collections you’ll be able to grab on that date as well.
The first is (yet another) God of War collection, this time titled The God of War Saga. It includes every game in the series so far – God of War, God of War II, God of War III, God of War: Chains of Olympus and God of War: Ghost of Sparta – as well as unidentified “exclusive bonus content,” a voucher for a one month trial of PlayStation Plus, and 3D support for the God of War: Origins titles. If you haven’t played the previous entries in the God of War series yet, this collection is a huge incentive to do so: five titles for $39.99 is a pretty good deal. The only problem is, with God of War: Ascension releasing next March, it will probably be only a matter of time before Sony puts out yet another God of War collection with that title included. Having already purchased the previous God of War Collection, as well as the Origins Collection, I’ll probably hold off until the series is entirely finished before I pick up another collection. Unless that bonus content is really good…
The other collection dropping on August 28th will be the Infamous Collection. This one, also $39.99, will contain inFamous and inFamous II, the downloadable Festival of Blood, as well as “extra missions” and “additional character costumes, power ups and weapon styles.” Most PlayStation 3 owners have probably played one or both of these titles already, and I’m sure a great many of them downloaded inFamous for free as part of the Welcome Back package after last summer’s PSN hack, but, even so, these are excellent titles, and the extra content and low price tag would most likely make this collection worth your money, if you don’t own all of the titles individually already.
Sony is doing a really good job of keeping classic PlayStation franchises alive with these collections, but I have to wonder if they’re starting to miss the point. The reason collections like God of War, Sly Cooper, Jak and Daxter, Ico & Shadow of the Colossus and the upcoming Ratchet and Clank are so great is that, in each case, those titles existed on the PlayStation 2. Since you’d be hard-pressed to find a PS3 that is backwards-compatible, if you didn’t have a PS2, these collections were the best way to get your hands on those classic games again.
But God of War III – currently the most notable addition that The God of War Saga is bringing to the table – and the inFamous games are PS3 titles. You can still buy them and play them without much difficulty. Sure, it’s nice to see them bundled, and the price is right, but they aren’t as immediately desirable as collections with older titles are. There are other classic titles you could be focusing on that would sell a lot better as a bundle, Sony. I’m sure more than a few gamers would sell their soul for a Kingdom Hearts collection.