I’ve finally been able to sink some time into the God of War: Origins Collection for the PlayStation 3 after picking it up last fall. The package contains remastered versions of Chains of Olympus and Ghost of Sparta, the two PSP God of War games. I’m an unapologetic fan of the series, but I had my doubts going in. Could a portable version of God of War even work? Such fears were quickly laid to rest. Both games are great. Feelings of doubt were replaced with feelings of regret. These games are great and I should have bought a PSP! And since the PlayStation Vita is basically Sony’s attempt at doubling down on the PSP philosophy (traditional console game experiences on a high-tech handheld), maybe I should make the trip to Vita-ville?
Thankfully, a little more time with the games and their unique take on Greek mythology brought me to a realization: much of the traditional handheld market is under the spell of a siren’s song, one that distracts us from the strengths of mobile platforms.