The full 20 game line-up for Sony’s PS Classic came out this week, leaving many underwhelmed. Like a kid saying they left the rest of their project at home, a lot of people aren’t buying it or they’re skeptical, to say the least.
Virtually every old-school publisher from Sega to Nintendo has released their own classic console featuring notable pre-loaded titles. PlayStation is now old enough to give it a try and appears to have forgotten big parts in its old age.
Sony pulled a “yeet” on all the people looking forward to this with an announcement basically saying, “ye thought you all were getting actual classics? Yeet.”
The PlayStation Classic is due out on December 3rd for $99.99 and comes with two controllers. 20 games couldn’t ever make every fan’s Christmas wishlist, but this lacking list has many asking for the receipt. Look at the featured Classic’s lineup below and then it is time to understand why this happened.
PS Classic Games
- 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
A Dream Console Turned Snoozer
Sony has many of these games already on the PSN store ready to play on the PS3, PS4 and even Vita. It is possible that many will sleep on the PS classic because of this.
Tekken 3 was never re-released digitally, giving this console some buzz on the initial announcement. Gamers’ imaginations ran wild with other titles that never went digital like Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 or Brave Fencer Musashi.
FFVII is a legendary game on the PS1 that has seen re-releases on numerous platforms. This is why there is a deflated feeling among the community about the list. FFVII was a given that can be gotten at any time, but other lesser seen shoe-ins are missing.
Nintendo drip feeds the deep library they have onto their e-shop, keeping that hunger for them going. Outside of emulation and piracy sites, there wasn’t a way to officially play games like Mother 3 til 2016. This is not counting the 10 year gap to play it at all outside of Japan.
The Super NES Classic featured a never before released StarFox 2 and all-star line up behind it. Yes, there were things left off, yet buyers still got the essentials that the console built its name on.
PS Classic’s problem started years ago with many of those titles being readily available. This is great for consumers, but not so much for a company that wants to make a console off of said releases.
It doesn’t make sense for buyers to purchase this mini-console. The PS3 would be a better option for the bigger PS1 library, PS2/PS3 games and streaming app options. Featuring a couple of first time digital classics could have drawn interest in the product.
Do you want a slice or the whole thing
Licenses with songs, likenesses and products can be tricky when it comes to re-releases. A publisher must feel that it is worth the costs to put old titles again. Situations like Tekken 3 happen because a manga character named Gon prevented it from seeing new hardware due to royalties.
Players typically want the games as they were released with no alterations. THPS2 can’t exist without Guerrilla Radio blasting in the intro. Music in THPS2 is just as important as the gameplay, replacing Superman with a Twenty One Pilots song won’t cut it.
T3 did see an altered PS2 release with Gon and Dr. B removed. Fighters…in a fighter is crucial to whether someone picks it up or not. THPS HD had cut songs on top of altered gameplay that didn’t feel like the original.
Perhaps Sony couldn’t negotiate some rights to games like Crash or Spyro from Activision. However, missing their own big hitters such as Ape Escape and Gran Turismo is mind-boggling.
New Game Plus
For a younger generation that never got to play these games, the PlayStation Classic could be worth it. As for everyone else, they will probably continue to look at the console like this.
It is unlikely the lineup will be changed as these are already in production to be shipped. There are some whispers on another version of the PS Classic coming next year with highly requested games. However, take that with a grain a salt and add it to the pile that forums have for this PS Classic list.
Nostalgia is a big seller in the entertainment industry, so a N64 Classic or a Dreamcast iteration isn’t out of the question for a release in the near future. Maybe using polls for what gamers want to appear would of helped to avoid some backlash. Whatever happens, just know these vintage games are ready to play anytime on their consoles.