Everything We Wish Was In The PlayStation Classic

Cool Boarders 2, Destruction Derby, GTA 1. These are good. This are fine.

But the PS Classic ... well, it's missing a few things. Here's our suggestions for what the PS Classic should have had.

Full List Of PlayStation Classic Games Is Missing Some Classics

Sony has released the full list of 20 games that will be on its miniature PlayStation Classic, and while there are some nice ones on there (Metal Gear Solid, Wild Arms), there are also some baffling decisions. No Tomb Raider, no Crash and... no Suikoden 2.

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Sentinel 2000

A weird pick out of left field from Lifehacker's Chris Jager, Sentinel Returns was a quirky puzzler from British studio Psygnosis. Psygnosis has some representation on the PS Classic with Destruction Derby, but that's a whole different beast from this sequel to Sentinel.

The general idea was that you could build structures to climb higher and higher, which you could then build robots on. You could them transfer your consciousness into those robots, slowly moving higher and higher.

I have absolutely no doubt that Sony would have never considered this game in a million years. But it's an unusual puzzler from the PS1 era that definitely stands out.

Gran Turismo

How do you not include anything with that soundtrack on the PS Classic. What are you doing, Sony.

Wipeout/Wipeout XL/Wipeout 2097

I know the current gen finally has a Wipeout remaster, but it would have still been amazing to have this on the PS Classic. My guess is that licensing issues were the kicker here. It was part of the reason why Wipeout had a different soundtrack across Europe and North America - Chemical Brothers' Chemical Beats wasn't on the NA version, for instance.

But if I think back to classic PSX games, Wipeout is still close to the top of the list. A pity.

Vib Ribbon

Procedural generation is pretty common these days, but building tracks based off the music in your CD drive - in 1999 - was a different beast altogether. That was the magic of Vibri and Vib-Ribbon though, a wireframe game about a rabbit vaulting over objects, pits and dancing its way to the end.

I like the idea of Vib Ribbon on the PS Classic only because it's so visually distinct, and so different to other games at the time. Most of the fun relies on being able to pick music of your choice, and when the PS Classic has no wireless or ethernet, that's probably a technical hurdle too far.

Shane Warne Cricket 99

Still one of the best cricket games ever released. I don't care if Sony has to re-release the PS Classic exclusively here without GTA or Final Fantasy 7. It's worth it to get Shane Warne Cricket 99 on there.

Silent Hill

Konami was obviously chill with Sony republishing Metal Gear Solid on the PS Classic, even though a remastered version is available. So why not through Silent Hill on there as well? It would have paired neatly with Resident Evil and offered miles more variety than, say, Mr Driller.

Bushido Blade

If Virtua Fighter was off the table, and Street Fighter wasn't the path Sony wanted, I would have gone for Bushido Blade over Toshinden. It's just more interesting across the board for my taste, from the stages to the fast time-to-kill and body damage.

Xenogears

I'd have taken this over Wild Arms any day of the week, but maybe that's just nostalgia talking.

Ace Combat 2

Why did Jumping Flash get included and Ace Combat ignored. I can understand that Twisted Metal might have filled that style of gameplay, but man, Ace Combat 2 still holds up reasonably well today. And there's not been many games like it for a very, very long time. Missed opportunity, really.

Final Fantasy Tactics

The fact that this is on mobiles is probably the main knock against its inclusion. Even still, having Tactics on the big screen again would have made a lot of people very happy.


What games would you like to have seen on the PS Classic?


Comments

    Destruction Derby is fine, but not close to the peak of psygnosis. Colony wars and g-police blew my teenage mind when they came out.

    Also no parappa?

    The real crime is the lack of dualshock pads, and in turn ape escape.

      My brother loved the hell out of G-Police. And Hardwar too.

      Man, if I could play Hardwar again...

      Yes! G-Police and Colony wars were amazing! Both went under the radar a bit incl Castlevania SOTN, one of my all time favourite games.

    Dragon Quest 7, Xenogears, Lunar 1/2... The list goes on... Cancelling Pre-Order

    Would be nice to see Suikoden on the list. Bushido Blade was a great game to play with friends, probably even more fun than Tekken etc.

    Bushido Blade would have made it a guaranteed buy.

    Bust-a-groove would have made it a day one buy. I remember that there was always difficulty emulating bust a groove though, with the music never being in total sync with the visuals, so I imagine that would have been an issue :(

    Alundra would have been a nice inclusion.

    Croc and the Legend of the Gobbos would have been a fun title to put on there given that it was originally going to be a Yoshi game created by the makers of the Super FX chip used by the SNES. Given the history of how the PS came about and the fact that the SNES mini is already a thing it would have made for a fun little historical throwback.

    I'm sad not to see Driver/Driver 2 on that list. Cheesy tough game but great fun

    Given the car licensing nightmares that would have been needed to get Gran Turismo on there, I'm a bit disappointed but not altogether surprised it's not included. Ridge Racer Type 4 is a reasonable compromise for a racer. I also understand why there are no Crash or Spyro games on there either (blame Activision).

    So given that knowledge the only omitted ones I'm scratching my head a bit at are Symphony of the Night and maybe the original Tomb Raider, unless licensing issues for some reason got in the way of those too. I can't complain about the rest of the choices though, it's a solid lineup.

    I'd like to see Tenchu,Dead Ball Zone,Overboard and Medievil on the machine.

    I think they'll probably hack it like the NES and SNES classic editions and we can just swap out or add games to it. Hopefully a third party can make a dualshock for it or the hack allows PS4 controller support.

    I'd like to see the Suikoden games.
    If I had to pick only one then Suikoden II.
    Also Legend of the dragoon.
    Really if they put out genre themed classics the library is so massive you'd pretty easily get away with it.
    "PS-Classic: JRPG edition" when?

    Was hoping for some 8 player games to be able to pull the Multitaps out again, this is crap :(

    Feeling less psyched after seeing the complete selection. Some of the titles are pretty garbage. There are some gems, but it feels like they phoned it in without titles like Wipeout, GT, Gpolice or Armored Core.

    DIGIMON WORLD 3 WHERE???

    Come on Sony if your listening to me where is Naughty Dog's Crash Bandicoot for the Playstation Classic?!
    Also where is 20th Century Fox's Croc Legend of the Gobbos and BANDAI NAMCO'S Pac-Man?!
    And finally where is Insomniac Games Spyro the Dragon?!
    What is your bloody problem Sony?! I've been growing up playing Crash Bandicoot Spyro the Dragon and Croc Legend of the Gobbos and that's how you bring us those 20 preloaded games to the Playstation Classic?! You guys are complete bastards!
    You guys may think you're going to compete against Nintendo but seriously you're no match against Nintendo.
    Bring us Naughty Dog's Crash Bandicoot, 20th Century Fox's Croc Legend of the Gobbos, BANDAI NAMCO'S Pac-Man, and Insomniac Games Spyro the Dragon to the Playstation Classic please!
    Or else your future plans for the PS5 are going out the window.

    I wouldn't have minded if it was just an empty console + an online store to buy the games I wanted.

    I know licencing would be a bit tricky but if I could make my ideal personal PS1 classic list I believe it would be.

    Tekken 3
    Soul Edge/Blade
    Tail Concerto
    Parasite Eve
    Tomb Raider II or III
    Metal Gear Solid
    Klonoa: Door to Phantomile
    Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
    Crash Team Racing
    Resident Evil 2
    Blood Omen
    Soul Reaver
    Team Buddies
    Ape Escape
    Legend of Dragoon (So I can finally try it)
    Final Fantasy VII or IX
    Dino Crisis
    Tony Hawks Proskater 2
    Bomberman Party Edition
    Tombi! (Tomba!)

    Last edited 31/10/18 8:24 am

    Would loved to have had Worms on there. I preferred Tekken 2 over 3 but I'm good with 3. Also would have been good to have a street fighter game on there. Since EX didn't make the cut on any of the recent street fighter compilations, I'd go with that.

    I wish it had Dino Crisis 1 and 2, Croc, Gex 3D, Tomb Raider, Crash Team Racing, Silent Hill, Final Fantasy VIII, Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, Resident Evil 3, Pandemonium.... just to name a few that would have been great!

    probably would have been better to have Resident Evil 3 instead of 1 Directors cut. and i wish it was FF8 or 9 but i can understand why they went with 7. also TOMBI would have been amazing.

    CHRONO CROSS, END DISCUSSION.

    Chop Suey, has it been so long.. great choice of showcase there Alex!

    When discussing Bushido Blade, the author asks "If Virtua Fighter was off the table...". Of course Virtua Fighter is off the table. It never appeared on the PS1. That was Sega's baby for the Saturn and the Dreamcast, and didn't see a release on a non Sega console til VF4 for the PS2 in 2002.

    For me, it's missing Armored Core, which is appearing on the JPN release of the console. I would also have added Hercules if I could have, but I know that's pure nostalgia on my behalf.

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