Sony has recently revealed their new mini system the PlayStation Classic. Like Nintendo’s own NES and SNES classic systems, it’s a smaller recreation of the original Playstation featuring a selection of classic titles. With the currently announced titles being Final Fantasy VII, Tekken 3, R4 Ridge Racer, Jumping Flash, and Wild Arms there are 15 more unannounced titles that will be revealed before launch, leading to speculation as to what names we could be seeing on the system.
This is a wish-list of various games that could make the cut, ranging from well known to slightly more obscure. For the sake of variation, this list will be excluding titles that have recently received/will be receiving faithful remakes and remasters such as Crash, Spyro and MediEvil.
When thinking of Capcom horror titles on the PlayStation, there’s one series that usually comes to mind – Resident Evil. However, that wasn’t their only foray into the genre at the time. Being helmed by Resident Evil mastermind Shinji Mikami, Dino Crisis has players surviving tense encounters with prehistoric beasts, with a play style similar to its zombie-focused older brother. With Capcom’s recent revivals of old franchises such as Devil May Cry and Onimusha, it would seem logical that they’d eventually revisit this once beloved title as well. If it doesn’t appear on PlayStation Classic then we can hope it will one day get the remaster or remake treatment.
Final Fantasy Tactics
It’s odd that one of the more beloved Final Fantasy games has been given the shaft in recent years. While Final Fantasy VII and to a slightly lesser extent Final Fantasy IX get most of the attention from Square Enix, Tactics often gets the short end of the stick having only received new versions and sequels on handhelds. While it’s unlikely that we will ever see a true sequel to Final Fantasy’s strategy spin-off in the form of Final Fantasy Tactics 2, it would be reassuring for fans if the title was represented next to VII on the PlayStation Classic.
This racing sim franchise has been eclipsed by Microsoft’s Forza Motorsport series in recent years but was once the undisputed king of racing realism in video games. While it doesn’t look like much nowadays, Gran Turismo received numerous perfect scores upon its release and shipped over 10 million units worldwide, making it a crowning jewel in the PlayStation’s library that deserves to be represented amongst the systems top titles.
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
When discussing classic PlayStation titles, Silicon Knights’ action adventure series Legacy of Kain is often brought up and shortly followed with a statement along the lines of “Sony should totally revive the franchise“. While maybe not the full revival some would expect, including Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver – which is generally considered to be the strongest installment receiving universal praise – on the PlayStation Classic would be sure to satisfy a lot of fans as well as establish a new fan base for the series.
Metal Gear Solid
Here’s a title that needs no introduction. Widely to be considered one of the greatest and most influential games of all time, Hideo Kojima’s “Tactical Espionage Action” masterpiece, feels like a necessity for any PlayStation collection, and is the perfect fit for the system with the weird and wonderful ways it utilizes every aspect of the hardware throughout the course of the game.
Persona 2: Innocent Sin and Eternal Punishment
With Persona finally becoming more recognized in the mainstream thanks to the success of Persona 5, it would be exciting to see the earlier entries being embraced and given some of the spotlight as well. While Persona 2: Innocent Sin got a PSP re-release in 2011 that was available worldwide, the original PlayStation release was never localized, and its sequel Eternal Punishment never received the re-release treatment outside of Japan. It’s time to finally give fans an easy way to access these desired titles before they fade into obscurity forever.
Resident Evil 1-3
Die hard fans may have been arguing over which Resident Evil title is the best since internet forums became a thing, but everyone can agree that the franchise as a whole is legendary, being cited as coining the term “survival horror” and effectively being responsible for the creation of a sub-genre as a result. Whether it’s the slow exploration based gameplay of the first, its more action-focused sequel, or the third entry featuring the un-killable Nemesis, each title has its own unique strengths and qualities making a definitive entry almost impossible to decide on.
While not quite as influential to horror games as the previous entry on the list, Silent Hill is noteworthy due to its focus on psychological horror, as opposed to more conventional monsters. Although it certainly has its share of those as well. The franchise has almost been completely abandoned at this point with the cancellation of Hideo Kojima’s, Guillermo Del Toro’s, and Norman Reedus’ collaborative effort Silent Hills in 2015, so why not at least give fans the opportunity to revisit the title that started it all instead?
Suikoden I and II
Suikoden and its sequel Suikoden II are relatively unique RPG’s that are generally known for having an absurdly large cast featuring over 100 recruitable characters. While critically well received, the first title was unfortunately eclipsed by juggernaut RPG Final Fantasy VII being released just a short couple of months afterward in the West. Due to this and other Final Fantasy titles being released frequently throughout the PlayStation’s life cycle, the Suikoden games were never able to gain much mainstream attention outside of a very small and dedicated fanbase, and as a result, were missed by a lot of players. With original copies of the games fetching for extremely high prices nowadays, it would make sense to use this as an opportunity to give more players access to these underrated gems.
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
With the Metroidvania sub-genre becoming increasingly popular over the years (especially in the indie scene) it would be the perfect time to introduce new players to one of the titles that started it all. Symphony of the Night not only marked a shift in the Castlevania franchise but was also a showcase of truly creative and inspired level and game design that still manages to impress with its mid-game twist over 20 years after its initial release.
While Tomba’s flavor of platforming isn’t quite as recognizable as Crash’ or Spyro’s, there’s still a lot of merit to the pink-haired caveman and his games. Opting to focus more on a variety of different events to advance as opposed to just progressing forward through a level, Tomba almost has an adventure game element to it, even including an inventory and a variety of different items. While it’s unlikely we’ll ever see a sequel, it would be nice to see the PlayStation Classic give some attention to one of the less talked about PlayStation platformers instead of just the usual suspects.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2
It feels like a lifetime ago since the last truly great skateboarding game hit the scene, but during the late 90’s and 2000’s, it was impossible to escape the constant influx of skateboarding titles, with the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater franchise being the definitive leader of the bunch. Over-the-top arcady tricks and alternative rock soundtrack makes this critically acclaimed extreme sports title a great blast from the past, and a perfect timestamp of the era it thrived in.
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