It first started as a rumor when Amazon France posted a listing for a Splinter Cell HD Trilogy, then a few months later Ubisoft confirmed the HD collection was real and would hit stores in early 2011. Now after months of speculation, we finally know when the collection will be hitting the Playstation 3 in Blu-ray form. Starting March 22nd, PS3 owners can pick up the first three games in the Splinter Cell series remastered in HD alongside the Prince of Persia Classic Trilogy HD, which is already available on PSN as individual games.
The Splinter Cell Classic Trilogy HD brings us the original Splinter Cell, the sequel Pandora Tomorrow, and Chaos Theory, all of which currently have a Metacritic rating of 90 or higher. If your only experience with Sam Fisher has been recent games like Splinter Cell: Conviction, this is a great chance to see how the series began.
No mention has been made regarding the multiplayer portion of Pandora Tomorrow or Chaos Theory's co-op missions, but hopefully Ubisoft will include those modes in some form.
The Prince of Persia Classic Trilogy HD will include the Sands of Time, Warrior Within, and The Two Thrones, all three of which can currently be purchased on the PSN store for $15 each.
These three games, while scoring slightly lower than the Splinter Cell games, were also well-received. Seeing how recognizable characters got their start is clearly something that players want more of, and it's only right that Prince of Persia gets in on the action.
This collection is almost worth the price of entry for Sands of Time alone, which was a fantastic title for its time and very influential to the games we are playing today. Take a look at Batman: Arkham Asylum after playing through Sands and you'll get a clear idea of which aspects Rocksteady Studios chose to adopt for their combat system.
The two collections will be priced at $39.99, which for three full games is a decent value, considering that they'll also have steroscopic 3D capabilities for those with 3D-enabled televisions. These re-releases are also a great opportunity for gamers who have only owned Sony consoles, as these games were slightly lacking on the PS2 compared to their Xbox or Gamecube counterparts.
So readers, is anyone planning on picking up these collections? Wish they were on Xbox 360 as well? Are you done with these old collections and wish companies would put resources into new titles?
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Classic Trilogy HD and the Prince of Persia Classic Trilogy HD will hit stores on March 22, exclusively for the PS3.