PlayStation Classic Games, Ranked

Actual decades ago, I played every single one of the 20 games included on the upcoming PlayStation Classic all the way to completion. Today, I made this video ranking them all.

Tiny classic retro consoles are a fairly new phenomenon, though Nintendo’s efforts are so good that weirdos like me have already developed idealist criteria for what sorts of games should be included. My criteria is simple: the top priority when selecting games for these things should be to make game collectors cry.

The PlayStation was my favourite game console. It introduced me to so many weird new alternative genres and wild perspectives on existing genres. Its library is a rich tapestry of unique collectables and fascinating curiosities. Its mini console should reflect that.

It doesn’t.

I’d have preferred it if this thing had Mega Man Legends, Alundra, and Suikoden II. Tail Concerto, Vandal Hearts, Vagrant Story, Bushido Blade — I have to physically restrain myself from typing more games I wish were on this thing. You can hear me mention about a billion of them over the course of this video.

If you just want to know which game I put at number one, it’s Wild Arms. Number two is Jumping Flash. Numbers three, four, and five are probably the games you think they are. The rest of the list is highly personal and ridiculously subjective, so you should probably just watch my video.

You could, of course, also read Chris Kohler’s review.

PlayStation Classic: The Kotaku Review

PlayStation Classic is a faithful reproduction of the experience of playing original PlayStation games in the mid-1990s. In that respect, it succeeds. What it lacks is passion.

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Though like, I animated some really wild rotating shapes for my video. Text doesn’t have rotating shapes. So you should watch my video.


  • A few of the choices legitimately mystify me. Where I see Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo, I seriously think there should’ve been something like Colony Wars. Where I see GTA1, I think there should have been Silent Hill. Revelations: Persona? How the heck did they miss out on PaRappa the Rappa? Intelligent Qube? Where’s Tenchu or Tenchu 2? Wtf is with Rainbow Six? Where’s Gran Turismo 2 instead???

    I know they’re calling this a ‘classic’, but there’s nothing truly classic about that selection…

    • It’s almost like picking 20 games from a library of like 8,000 wasn’t going to result in everybody’s perfect selection. Add in decades of music and IP licencing headaches and it’s pretty amazing we got a selection as good as we did.

      • It’s almost like there were actual bonafide classics to pick and some that were chosen were head scratchingly random…

        • We weren’t ever going to get Gran Turismo for example. But I agree that I fail to understand we didn’t get games like Silent Hill & SoTN.

          Whats more infuriating however is A: The Japanese release is a much more solid affair (although Syphon Filter is a goddamned masterpiece AFAIC), and B: Half the games are PAL and run at 50hz.

        • Absolutely. I was going to buy one but the lack of some of the aforementioned games was too hard to overlook. There were some really strange choices. The whole point of these ‘Classics’ systems is to include the games that most people generally think of when they reminisce about the system. That’s the case with maybe a third of the selected games…the rest…some are ok but most are definitely ‘head scratchingly random’ as you said.

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