Ask PSLS: What’s Your Favorite HD Collection?

January 9, 2013Written by Jason Dunning

A new weekly feature we wanted to debut for 2013 is ‘Ask PSLS’. The purpose of this is to allow you, the reader, to ask the staff of PlayStation LifeStyle any question, and we’ll give you our varied answers.

Since we’re just starting this today, we chose the very first question: What’s Your Favorite HD Collection?

Alex Osborn – Lead Writer (@a_charlez)

Believe it or not, I haven’t gotten around to playing any of the HD collections. While I love the Jak and Daxter series and adore what Kojima did with Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3, I simply can’t justify shelling out the cash and sacrificing the time to replay these games again—in some cases for the third or fourth time. That said, I may have to make one exception… on behalf of Sora and his pals. I’d happily replay Kingdom Hearts in HD without thinking twice. Please Square, bring KH 1.5 HD Remix to North America!

Cameron Teague – PR Manager/Reviews Coordinator (@Cameron_PSLS)

I really wanted to have the option to say the Yakuza 1 & 2 HD Edition that released in Japan, as I know I will love it more than one of my cats, but sadly it has yet to see a Western release. So in its place, I am going with the next best thing and that is the Ratchet & Clank Collection. This to me is the perfect type of game to translate well over time, as they are extremely fun and the dated visuals don’t really matter because of the characters and the gameplay.  Now if only Sony and Konami could get started on a Suikoden HD Collection, but that is for another post at another time!

Chandler Wood – News Writer (@FinchStrife)

I have to go with the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection (the PS3 one with Peace Walker included). Metal Gear has always held a special place in my gaming history and this was one of the collections that was the most nostalgia inducing, while still maintaining a fresh feel. The games have really aged well and this HD collection looks and plays great. I spent time getting my Platinum trophy on each game, which required a ton of dedication that I was more than happy to put in to this HD collection.

Dan Oravasaari – Lonely (@FoolsJoker)

My favorite HD collection has to be the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection on the PS3, even though it does not contain the original MGS, the collection contains enough content to be required for any fan. Having hated the original MGS Peace Walker on the PSP due to its lack of dual analogs, the collection not only serves as a visual upgrade, but also a way for me to finally play one of the game I missed out the way it should have been from the beginning.

Jason Dunning – News Writer (@Jasonad21)

For me, it’d have to be the Jak and Daxter Collection. I played through each of the three games multiple times when they came out on PS2 and picking them up again on my PS3, trying to get all the trophies, is something I love. Though Jak II still leaves something to desired when stacked up against Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy and Jak 3, it did serve as a great way to move the series from ‘short, but sweet platforming’ to full-fledged adventuring.

And even though I know the odds of a second Jak and Daxter HD Collection featuring Daxter, Jak X Combat Racing, and Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier are extremely low, I wouldn’t mind seeing some HD re-releases via the PSN!

Jesse Meikle – News Writer (@Jesse_WM)

Having never played the original God of War titles, I felt like I would be missing something truly special in the hype building up to God of War 3’s release. Fortunately, Sony decided that was the time to test the waters with the very first HD collection consisting of the first two God of War games. What I originally purchased as a means to properly understand, and partake in the excitement of God of War’s first full foray onto the PlayStation 3 almost immediately became one of my all time favorite gaming series.

I’ve played every single God of War game since then, and I get a peculiar blood lust when I go for a long period without playing a God of War, or a similar blood drenched hack and slasher. Here’s looking forward to God of War: Ascension, with DmC Devil May Cry and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance serving as good ones for the back pocket when the “craving” kicks in.

Sebastian Moss – Editor-in-Chief (@SebMoss)

It’s got to be the Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection, two of the greatest games on the PS2, or any platform. The only problem with this collection is that it makes waiting for The Last Guardian to (not) come out all the more difficult. If people started gaming this gen, or just missed out on the games back then, then they should stop reading this sentence and go buy the collection. Come back afterwards to thank me.

Sebastian Moss – Editor-in-Chief (@SebMoss)

(As written by Dan)

It is really difficult for me to choose a collection, especially for the fact that I do not play games, so any product that contains more than a single title automatically becomes overwhelming. Also, due to the fact that I am full of spite, it is against my nature to have a favorite, as that would require me to like something.

Since the life of this piece requires your participation, we encourage you to leave us a comment below, send an @ reply to @PSLifeStyle, or fire off an email to [email protected] with whatever question you’d like answered next week. If yours is then chosen, we’ll be sure to give you credit.

Thanks for reading and be sure to check back next Wednesday for the second edition of Ask PSLS.