For reasons I can't explain, I was excited at the prospect of God of War Collection being released last year (in the States at least). I purchased two import copies of the game as Christmas presents for friends, and had laboured for weeks over the prospect of owning it myself. I had never finished either title on the Playstation 2, but the prospect of these High Definition reissues with trophy support gave me the horns. I, and the gaming media at large kept thinking of the possibilties: Final Fantasy Collection, Team Ico Collection, Metal Gear Solid Collection, (Insert Popular Intellectual Property Here) Collection; but for nearly a year now, Kratos' PS2 adventures have so far been the only recipients of a current generation makeover.
While The Sly Collection has been announced, this fails to generate much excitement with me because I never played the originals. The rumour of both Splinter Cell and Prince of Persia HD reissues however is infinitely more promising. Not because I played through these games (because I haven't), rather it demonstrates that perhaps third party publishers have noticed the commercial validity of this nostalgic premise. Perhaps that (Insert Popular Intellectual Property Here) Collection isn't that far off.
Why do I care? Is it the trophies? Possibly, I'm a recovering Achievement addict. Is it because no good games have been released in this generation? No! Some of the greatest games I have ever played have been released on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. My theory: I am an advocate for these collections of past generation content because Sony and to a more limited extent, Microsoft have removed backwards compatability from current hardware; and the ability to now play games from that technically lost age of hardware (with all the modern trimmings) is appealing because normally I would not not be able to. I still have a copy of Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance (PS2) sitting in my collection, ready to go. If only my Playstation 3 would read the bloody disc.
Do you want to see more HD collections of previous Playstation 2 games? If so, what franchises should get the treatment? Tekken, Metal Gear Solid, Devil May Cry and Final Fantasy would be at the top of my list.