All 20 games have been revealed for Sony’s cash-in on the nostalgia that Nintendo started with the NES Classic Edition a couple of years ago. The PlayStation Classic will come with a number of the most popular games from the mid-to-late 1990s, including Metal Gear Solid, Syphon Filter and Tekken 3 to name a few.
The full list of games were rolled out over on the PlayStation Blog, which you can check out below.
- Battle Arena Toshinden
- Cool Boarders 2
- Destruction Derby
- Final Fantasy VII
- Grand Theft Auto
- Intelligent Qube
- Jumping Flash
- Metal Gear Solid
- Mr Driller
- Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee
- Resident Evil Director’s Cut
- Revelations: Persona
- Ridge Racer Type 4
- Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
- Syphon Filter
- Tekken 3
- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six
- Twisted Metal
- Wild Arms
Most of those are pretty notable games from that era, but it’s a shame that none of the Gran Turismo games made the cut nor the Hotshots Golf games or classics like Jet Moto. I imagine Sony will gauge the market response to the PlayStation Classic when it releases in the U.S., and in Canada starting December 3rd. If the response is positive then the company will likely release a PlayStation Classic Edition Ver. 2 that comes with other popular titles from that era and charge $99.99 for it.
As is typical of the Sony Defense Force (which has been dormant since the royal mess-up that was the PS3 launch) is still out in full force both regarding Sony’s new censorship policy and for the PlayStation Classic.
Thankfully there are some gamers who still have right sense about their heads, noting that Sony should have included more PlayStation One exclusives and games with exclusive content on the system, such as Super Street Fighter Alpha 3, which featured the two-player co-op mode, the World Tour mode with the unique leveling system, and some of the best sprite work that Capcom had produced during that era.
Others also pointed out that Sony missed out on a huge opportunity to include classics such as Drive 2, Bloody Roar, Tomba 2 and Vigilante 8. Others noted that a few other gems from that era, such as Legend of Dragoon and none of the Tomb Raider games have made the cut either.
In a way, the more you think about the list the more you begin to realize that Sony didn’t even bother to scratch the surface of the games that helped define the PSX during that era. None of the multitude of wrestling games that came out during that time are included in the list, nor any of the extreme sports titles like Tony Hawk Pro Skater or Dive Mirra’s BMX, even though the less-than-stellar Cool Boarders 2 somehow made the cut.
It’s an odd list of games that seems more reminiscent of Sony looking to cash-in rather than provide a proper sense of nostalgia. But what do you think? Do you think Sony fanboys have a reason to get excited or is Sony just looking to pick up on the retro retail revenue that Nintendo started with its Classic Editions?