God Of War: Origins Collection Comparison Gives Us A Look At Remastered PSP Games

By Spencer . August 12, 2011 . 4:35pm

Japan’s first PSP remaster series game will be Monster Hunter Portable 3rd. Ours? God of War: Origins Collection, which packs God of War: Chains of Olympus and God of War: Ghost of Sparta on the same disc.


While Bluepoint Games handled the previous God of War Collection, developer Ready at Dawn took care of Origins Collection and converted the two portable games from 480 x 272 at 30 frames per second to 1920 x 1080p at 60 frames per second. God of War: Origins Collection also supports stereoscopic 3D TV’s, but you won’t see that in the comparison video.


God of War: Origins Collection comes out on September 13 in North America and September 16 in Europe.

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  • Kris

    Well, I’m sold on the PSP remastered series. Perhaps it’s because I’m not a Monster Hunter fan, but I was a bit underwhelmed with early footage of MHP3HD.

  • ragnarok989

    I wouldn’t touch this game with a 10 foot pole, but if this is how the PSP Remaster series’ improvement is….I can’t wait to see more remasters

  • That’s pretty impressive! I might bite when it comes out.

  • SolidusSnake

    Wow. I wonder if Peace Walker HD will look this good…

  • Definitely getting this instead of just downloading the PSP games.

  • mikedo2007

    Wow, I’m glad that I don’t have this game on PSP, this is a good opportunity to play all God of War series on the PS3.

  • mind exploding, can’t comment after watching this..

  • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

    Despite already having the PSP versions, I’ll dip again if for nothing more than the trophies.

  • MrRobbyM

    Now do this for Final Fantasy Type-0.

    • SuigetsuHiramura

      Here, here!  MrRobbyM for president, lmao.

      • MrRobbyM


  • jello44

    I don’t care much for graphics, but it is amazing how they unscaled the PSP versions into HD.

    I know I will end up getting these, but not until later like I did with the GoW PS2 remasters.

  • darkfox1

    I think it’s just me but I just can’t seem to notice any big difference with any of these remastered titles and or collections. Idk why but I really can’t. Not that this bothers me though I’m not one to judge games on graphics and like “OMG THESE GRAHICS SUX” yeh i’m not like that.  But I just can’t see the big differences. 

    • MrRobbyM

      You’ll notice a difference when you trying to play a PSP game on a 42″ HDTV and then play an actual “HD” game.

  • So less jaggies and that’s it?
    Meh, care more about remastering games I couldn’t have like Valkyria Chronicles 3.

    • HistorysGreatestMonster

      Actually, on the Playstation Blog, they say they did a lot more than just up the resolution and add 3D:

      “We ended up going through every single character in the game and doubling or tripling polygon count by hand, as well as up-rezing and re-painting every texture across both games at 4x resolution on both characters and environments.

      Being gluttons for punishment, we also decided from the beginning of the project that just re-mastering content from PSP resolution to 1080p wasn’t necessarily challenging enough (as a quick aside…we were wrong), so we also wanted to take advantage of our custom PS3 engine and try to implement full stereoscopic 3D support. After a first pass of 3D implementation and careful playthroughs of both games in 3D, we identified certain trouble areas with and addressed them with techniques such as near-screen fading on certain particles and camera focal plane compensation for a smooth and enjoyable 3D experience. The quality of the final result of the 3D on the Origins Collection so surprised us that it actually sold myself and a number of others on the team 3D TVs in general. Personally I wouldn’t want to play the games any other way after being able to experience it firsthand.

      Besides adding upscaling in-game content and 3S support, there was one other challenge that is worth noting (and elicited groans of despair from both artists and programmers alike). Between Chains of Olympus and Ghost of Sparta we had over an hour of pre-rendered cinematics, and the gap in video resolution between our PSP source footage and full HD was so extreme that no matter how many custom video up-scale solutions we tried, there was just a glaring quality difference between the 1080P real-time gameplay and the video.

      It was pretty demoralizing for us to play the game in beautiful HD and hit a cinematic trigger where Kratos looked like he was rendered through a dirty sock, so we realized we would just have to bite the bullet and properly re-render all cinematics in full 1080p. To do this we ported all of our cinematic scenes to the PS3 and, months and terabytes of data later, had every single frame re-rendered in HD through the new Origin Collection’s engine.

      From there we had to up-rez all of the post production effects and re-composite every single cinematic again in HD, giving us a final result that blended seamlessly with the in-game quality.”

      • doomspeller10

        I just wonder if they corrected those little gameplay bugs in Ghost of Sparta, for example…
        -Challenges glitch, which lets you play the challenges on the difficulty you last saved a game
        -Monster spawning glitch, which allowed you to block a monster’s spawn if you stood right where it would appear. This and the blue walls glitch were very useful when playing on God Mode, almost crucial for that 4x keres wraith – 2 cyclops battle in the temple of thanatos (if you don’t have enough patience).

  • *Gets onto Siliconera to see updates. Sees this article. Shuts off computer.*
    God of war needs to just end already! Its the effing Halo of Hack and Slash button mashers. Even when the say the seriers is over, they pull out more games to take your money. Never cared for the games and now I have more reason.

    • MrRobbyM

      *Gets on Siliconera to see updates. See this comment. Shuts off computer.*

    • FireCouch

      The games are good.  Halo games are good.  What’s the problem? They also can’t take your money if you don’t buy the game.

  • SuigetsuHiramura

    Really not seeing that much of a difference XP

  • PrinceHeir

    might buy this :)

    always wanted to play Ghost of Sparta on HD :P

  • Barrit

    I haven’t played any GoW games, but I’ll wait for the God of War: Master Collection.

  • Covnam

    I have the first game for the PSP but haven’t played it yet, so I might pick this up when it drops a bit in price. The quality does seem to be improved quite a bit so that it doesn’t look like a PSP game anymore.

  • How about God of War HD, for Ps Vita. Holla!

  • kevinposta

    Difference isn’t that big, but you can definetly see new effects here and there; 60 FPS will definetly improve graphical enjoyment, though.
    Polygon count is clearly much higher, too, probably you can see it a lot clearer in the TV (I have played the PSP vers on TV and I can assure you it’s not as good as you’d imagine from the PSP screen)

  • i wonder if they will make another god of war game for PS Vita.. i hope they do

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