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God of War SagaDo you know how we can tell that the current generation of video game hardware is starting to wrap up?  Sony is packing its crown jewel PlayStation 3 titles together at bargain prices in what has to be a move to get one last sales push out of great games like God of War III and inFamous 2 before the carnival tents roll up and the circus moves into the next town for the rise of the PlayStation 4.  The company has announced a new Collections line that bundles the hell out of some of its best PS3 releases starting at a mere $29.99.  Latecomers to the PS3 ecosystem stand to save a small fortune.  Check out the contents of each collection from the first wave of releases due out on August 28 in North America:

God of War Saga

  • God of War
  • God of War II
  • God of War III
  • God of War: Origins Collection (which includes God of War: Chains of Olympus and God of War: Ghost of Sparta)
  • Exclusive Bonus Content
  • Voucher For 1 Trial Month of PlayStation Plus
  • Remastered for HD, DUALSHOCK Control, Full PlayStation Network Trophy Support and 3D (3D supported only in God of War III and God of War: Origins Collection)

inFAMOUS Collection

  • inFAMOUS
  • inFAMOUS 2
  • inFAMOUS: Festival of Blood
  • Extra missions
  • Additional character costumes, power ups and weapon styles

It's all content that we've seen before, but if you've dragged your feet on playing these games or you just bought your first PS3, then these are must-own collections.  Sony has plenty of other franchises that are begging for the Collection treatment when the time comes to release the next wave of titles, too.  I wouldn't be surprised to see a Ratchet and Clank Future Collection that packs together Tools of Destruction, Quest for Booty, and A Crack in Time (heck, maybe throw in All 4 One if the company is feeling generous that day) as well as a Resistance trilogy and, of course, the inevitable Uncharted three-pack with included downloadable multiplayer expansions.  These compilations practically create themselves, and as the next generation of PlayStation hardware looms, the time is coming for the PS3 to take on the budget console role currently filled by the aging (but still popular) PlayStation 2.  Don't mourn for the PS3's impending refocus though.  Sony is throwing the console's game library a very nice retirement party, and these Collections releases are the first invitations.