Having skipped the PS2 generation, I missed out on the original GOW series and after reading some excellent reviews on Amazon, I thought the collection was worth a try.
For the uninitiated you play the role of Kratos, the Greek Spartan chosen by the Gods to right some wrongs. You'll find much more information on the story on this very page but in order to keep this review relatively brief, I'll concentrate on my experience of the game.
Having only played PS3 games, I did indeed notice some graphical inferiorities. However, they are smooth, glitch-free and polished enough to be worthy of a PS3 release. Only allow this to put you off if you limit yourself to watching pretty games rather than experiencing a game.
Whilst the hack and slash elements of the game are incredibly satisfying, I was delighted when I found out there were puzzles in the form of Greek mythical (or actual, it's not for me to influence your faith) Gods challenges. To me these are pitched perfectly; any harder and I'd be pulling my hair out in frustration, any easier and I'd be wondering what the point is. The end result of each puzzle is that I am satisfied (and kind of proud of myself!).
To expand on that, Greek mythology also provides a rich, deep and attention-grabbing story line and from that perspective, it's done the developers jobs for them. The Gods you'll encounter (some providing a helping hand, others doing their best to dismember Kratos) are all there from the watery Poseidon to the dark lord himself, Mr "I like a sacrifice" Hades.
That leaves the fantastic, most atmospheric, beautifully mastered soundtrack that accompanies Kratos on his travels. It's also varied, so you'll never get bored and if you appreciate a powerful classical score as I do, then you may just take a moment to smash some defenceless pots and boxes just so you can absorb each perfect moment of this game.