Hardcore God of War fans are probably familiar with Ready at Dawn's PSP entries in the series, but even so, you've never seen Kratos quite like this.

The God of War Origins collection puts both handheld titles (Chains of Olympus and Ghost of Sparta) together on one disc. Not only that, but they've received graphical updates, trophy support, as well as a dose of 3D. I got a chance to play both games today, and as a longtime fan of God of War, I walked away extremely satisfied.

First and foremost, the collection addresses my only major complaint with the PSP versions of the games; with the second analog stick on the PS3 controller, you no longer need to tap the shoulder buttons to perform an evade roll. Combat feels more fluid and easier to control as a result.

On the graphical front, the overhaul does more than just make the game look prettier. My favorite aspect of the new look is that now you can see more details on the enemies that previously were tough to see on the smaller screen. The world and monsters in the God of War series have always looked great, and now Ready at Dawn's entries prove once again that they deserve to placed side-by-side with the numbered games in the franchise.

The 3D effect was certainly cool (especially when grabbing and throwing enemies in mid-air), but the main reason to pick up God of War Origins isn't some visual wizardry. It's the fact that you're getting two fantastic games, especially if you haven't already played them on PSP. You can see more screens here, and look for the game in stores on September 13.