Sony Reveals Franchise-Spanning Game Collections

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Sony Reveals Franchise-Spanning Game Collections

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Entire PlayStation franchises will be re-released in $30 Collection sets.

The current console generation is almost eight years old. Let that sink in for a moment. It means that as we approach the end of this generation, newcomers who just purchased their consoles have eight years worth of games to choose from, a difficult task considering that many titles may no longer be available on store shelves. Thankfully, Sony is making the challenge a little easier with an announcement that several popular franchises will be re-released in a new "PlayStation Collections" format. Starting on August 28th, gamers will be able to buy God of War, inFamous, and Ratchet & Clank collections that include most (if not all) games from the series and additional bonuses for $30 each.

The God of War Saga, the most impressive collection so far, will include all three core God of War games as well as the remastered Origins pack, exclusive bonus content, and a 1-Month PlayStation Plus Voucher. The inFamous collection will come with the 2 main games, the Festival of Blood DLC game, extra missions, additional costumes and bonuses. Finally, the Ratchet & Clank Collection includes the first three console titles from the series, a 10th Anniversary avatar, and early access to the Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time Demo. All collections also come with full PlayStation Trophy support and 3D Compatibility for select titles.

While the industry is rightfully looking forward to its upcoming consoles, collections like these are a great way for gamers to enjoy the best titles of the PlayStation's massive library without breaking their wallets in the process. As a gamer who only just bought a PlayStation 3 last December, I can personally attest to the difficulties of hunting for older titles, which sets like these go a long way towards relieving.

With eight years worth of current generation games in Sony's back catalog, only one question remains: What PlayStation Collections will Sony re-release next?

Source: PlayStation Blog, via Joystiq

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I'm sure there will be lots of dramatic arguing about this kind of thing as a rage against companies not making new games and what not, but I'm all for this. It's a great way to shore up game collections. And it's probably the best way for them to fight the so called "scourge" of used games. They include all the extra content and some stuff you can only get from them. Sounds right to me. And the ability to get all the GOW games brand new for only $30, that is a great price. Same goes for the others.

This is an interesting business move on Sony's part, I mean since game devs bang the "second hand market" drum on a regular basis I see this as an answer to that, I mean after all if you've made your money on the game/games already then there's no need to re-release each instalment at full price so this is a nice compromise.

I recently sold my God of War collection for top dollar compared to other quotes I had for other media... so hearing I can rebuy it for less then what I sold it for makes me giggle a bit.

Thanks Sony.

Baresark:
I'm sure there will be lots of dramatic arguing about this kind of thing as a rage against companies not making new games and what not, but I'm all for this. It's a great way to shore up game collections. And it's probably the best way for them to fight the so called "scourge" of used games. They include all the extra content and some stuff you can only get from them. Sounds right to me. And the ability to get all the GOW games brand new for only $30, that is a great price. Same goes for the others.

Great minds think alike!.

Simple minds, me like smash stuff, hurr hurr.

Where's the Jak and Daxter Collection?

I was going to buy the Rachet and Clank HD collection but I might wait now. I hear Sly Coopers pretty good.

Soviet Heavy:
Where's the Jak and Daxter Collection?

Already Released

Honestly, this is nice. But it also kind of sucks for the people who bought them before. The trade-off is that those people got to play the games quite a bit earlier. So it evens out I think.

5 Whole games? They must have counted God of War 3 twice.

Thinking I might buy all three of these at the moment.
I've played some God of War and Ratchet and Clank before but never got to play infamous and that has always bugged me.
I also agree that this is a positive way to combat used games, which I'm fine with so long as gamers aren't the ones getting the short straw.

An Infamous collection? No disrespect against the games, but really? It's got two games in the series, that counts as a collection? Nonetheless, a pretty cool deal, $30 for something like the GoW and R&C series is a bargain if you've never played them all.

PunkRex:
I was going to buy the Rachet and Clank HD collection but I might wait now. I hear Sly Coopers pretty good.

Sly Cooper is awesome! Although I love both franchises I enjoyed Sly a lot more than I did Ratchet and Clank, it's certainly less frustrating to play.

Oh my it's finally happening. The God of War Collection collection. It was only a matter of time.

PunkRex:
I was going to buy the Rachet and Clank HD collection but I might wait now. I hear Sly Coopers pretty good.

I think that might be the already announced Ratchet and Clank collection since I'm pretty sure that was supposed to come with the Thieves in Time demo as well.

Damn it, Sony. Why couldn't you bundle the Ratchet and Clank Future titles as well? Plus Deadlocked?

DVS BSTrD:
5 whole games? They must have counted God of War 3 twice.

Nah, there is 5 seperate games (actually 6 as I just learned)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_of_War_(series)#Games

OT: This makes me almost wish I never bought either of the infamous games, actually no thats a stupid thing to say. Having never bought them would have one of the stupidest things I could have ever done...

Although I wouldn't miss out on the DLC an extra costumes if I had of waited.
As Snoop Dogg said about not being allowed back into Norway: "I can live with that".

Not bad. It's not enough for me to stop holding no backwards compatibility against Sony, but at least its something. Plus, HD and bonuses for a lower cost. So it can justify its existence.

One nitpick: we have had two GoW collections, and now we have a third one containing the contents of the other two, but with GoW3 added, while another one is coming out.

DVS BSTrD:
5 whole games? They must have counted God of War 3 twice.

GoW Origins is the remastered PsP games released on the PS3. there are two of those.

PS3 released in November 2006. It is currently August 2012. By my math, that is five years and nine months. I'm pretty sure that's less than eight. Even the 360 was first available in November 2005, still just under SEVEN years.

Or are we going by handhelds? I suppose the PSP's December '04 release in Japan is only four months shy of eight years... but none of these collections appear to include any handheld content.

So where does the eight-year figure come from? The device nearest to its eighth birthday is the Nintendo DS, hardly relevant to Sony... unless we're using it as a measuring stick for the console generation as a whole, for the sake of more impressive but less meaningful numbers, but that doesn't explain "With eight years worth of current generation games in Sony's back catalog".

P.S. Thanks

I really want the Ratchet and Clank HD collection because I love that series to death and my copies of the game are really scratched from being overplayed. And at $30 I find that a steal, especially since some of those games are really long, not really God of War because those games were pretty short.

Considering that the Ratchet and Clank collection will actually have a cover FROM the PS2 games (well, the 3rd game), I'm not against that.

I mean, the cover for the PAL release of that collection was all the PS3 models. Ratchet's model from Tools Of Destruction, and then Qwark and Nefarious' shots straight from the cover of All 4 One.

Damn this sounds awesome! Definitely picking these up :D

DVS BSTrD:
5 Whole games? They must have counted God of War 3 twice.

God of War
God of War 2
God of War 3
God of War: Chains of Olympus
God of War: Ghost of Sparta

OT: I WANT ME SOME KINGDOM FUCKING HEARTS!

Sometimes (not often) Sony can come out of nowhere with an awesome bit of marketing.

Too bad I already own all of these games.

That's nice and all Sony, but where is Fatal Frame Trilogy HD!

...Come to think of it, who has the rights to Fatal Frame?

jollybarracuda:
An Infamous collection? No disrespect against the games, but really? It's got two games in the series, that counts as a collection? Nonetheless, a pretty cool deal, $30 for something like the GoW and R&C series is a bargain if you've never played them all.

and the festival of blood dlc (which is great fun)
I'm more interested by the

Fanghawk:
The inFamous collection will come with the 2 main games, the Festival of Blood DLC game, extra missions, additional costumes and bonuses.

what extra missions? Need to know more!

Clearly Blu-ray was so essential for their original release.

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DVS BSTrD:
5 Whole games? They must have counted God of War 3 twice.

God of War
God of War 2
God of War 3
God of War: Chains of Olympus
God of War: Ghost of Sparta

OT: I WANT ME SOME KINGDOM FUCKING HEARTS!

How do they make a Kingdom Hearts collection when half the games are on Nintendo consoles?

Kinda hard for Sony to want to toot Squeenix' horn when they decided that the Kingdom Hearts IP was too good for their consoles.

"The current console generation is almost eight years old."?

Someone needs to learn maths Xbox 360 first release date November 16, 2005 so in 3 months the oldest console of this generation will be 7 years old where the hell does 8 years old come from?

Wait.

When did they make InFamous 2 move compatible?

OT: 5 GoW games in one? That's almost as good as the Orange Box. Too bad the only one that I semi-enjoyed was 3.

Quiotu:

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DVS BSTrD:
5 Whole games? They must have counted God of War 3 twice.

God of War
God of War 2
God of War 3
God of War: Chains of Olympus
God of War: Ghost of Sparta

OT: I WANT ME SOME KINGDOM FUCKING HEARTS!

How do they make a Kingdom Hearts collection when half the games are on Nintendo consoles?

Kinda hard for Sony to want to toot Squeenix' horn when they decided that the Kingdom Hearts IP was too good for their consoles.

That is a rather idiotic statement. There are only three titles that haven't been remade that can only be found on Nintendo Handhelds: 358/2, Kingdom Hearts 3D, Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded. Re:Coded was a basic remake of the original Kingdom Hearts, nothing will be missed there. The only two that have anything to do with the story are 3D and 358/2.

Now, they already remade one of the games for the PS2, RE: Chain of Memories. So with that knowledge, they would have no issue AT ALL to create an HD Remake of the titles: Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts RE: Chain of Memories, Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix+, and Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep Final Mix. Those are 4 titles that can easily be retooled for an HD re-release.

Oh, to further make your statement completely useless: Kingdom Hearts III will be a PS4 Exclusive.

So yes, Squeenix definitely despise Sony and think they are no good. /sarcasm.

That GoW Col. is an awesome deal

Baresark:
I'm sure there will be lots of dramatic arguing about this kind of thing as a rage against companies not making new games and what not, but I'm all for this.

I'm not evensure why that would be an issue here.

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Quiotu:

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God of War
God of War 2
God of War 3
God of War: Chains of Olympus
God of War: Ghost of Sparta

OT: I WANT ME SOME KINGDOM FUCKING HEARTS!

How do they make a Kingdom Hearts collection when half the games are on Nintendo consoles?

Kinda hard for Sony to want to toot Squeenix' horn when they decided that the Kingdom Hearts IP was too good for their consoles.

That is a rather idiotic statement. There are only three titles that haven't been remade that can only be found on Nintendo Handhelds: 358/2, Kingdom Hearts 3D, Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded. Re:Coded was a basic remake of the original Kingdom Hearts, nothing will be missed there. The only two that have anything to do with the story are 3D and 358/2.

Now, they already remade one of the games for the PS2, RE: Chain of Memories. So with that knowledge, they would have no issue AT ALL to create an HD Remake of the titles: Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts RE: Chain of Memories, Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix+, and Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep Final Mix. Those are 4 titles that can easily be retooled for an HD re-release.

Oh, to further make your statement completely useless: Kingdom Hearts III will be a PS4 Exclusive.

So yes, Squeenix definitely despise Sony and think they are no good. /sarcasm.

Seeing as how I don't care for Disney, and didn't care for KH1 when I first tried a friend's copy, I would still get this and try it out if it ever happened, see if I can be converted.

Also, have Sora & Co. ever visited the world of Studio Ghibli or anything? What about Gargoyles or The Mighty Ducks?

Zachary Amaranth:

Baresark:
I'm sure there will be lots of dramatic arguing about this kind of thing as a rage against companies not making new games and what not, but I'm all for this.

I'm not evensure why that would be an issue here.

I only stated that as there tends to be some level of hostility towards companies monetizing things that already exist versus releasing new products. I was being dramatic when I used the quantifier "lots" in the sentence.. and a little sarcastic.

Too bad those games shown are the Sony games I consider worth keeping.

Give me a full-and-complete ".hack//COLLECTION" spanning from Infection to Link...and we'll talk.

Yay! Maybe they might release collections of franchises and actually include the first game! You know, like Metal Gear and Silent Hill :D Yes, yes I am still bitter about that. And yes, yes I do know neither of those franchises are Sony, move along.

But in all seriousness, considering we're approaching the end of the generation (It's pretty much official, we just gotta accept it now) this isn't a bad move for generating some revenue and getting a grasp of how popular these franchises are and see which ones should be getting priority over the others in the next generation. Plus consumers can more easily get their hands on the games and collectors can more easily get their hands on the original individual titles. All in all, I see no losing so have at it.

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