Definitely Underestimate The Power Of The PlayStation Classic

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Posted by NateDoktor (1 posts) -

So I'm assuming that Sony saw the amount of money, money, money and money Nintendo is getting for their classic mini systems and they want some of it, this wouldn't be a problem if they didn't make it so blatantly obvious that the console will come packaged with the word "rip-off" written all over it in permanent marker.

But I will try not to shove my entire foot up it's ass. The PS1 was a game changer and had many titles that we know and love today. Maybe it won't be so bad.

The console is a tiny version of the original PS1, obviously, and includes 20 built-in games. One of my complaints is that it's powered by a USB cable instead of an AC adapter and I really don't get why these mini consoles do it. It's just making it a bit inconvenient when I have to take out the plug that I use to charge my phone or when I have to use another console. It's like being allowed to keep the pen from the bank but you have to buy the ink separately.

Anyway, let's take a look at the games. I'm going through them in alphabetical order.

Battle Arena Toshinden

Never heard of it but it does look fun. I hope there are a few hidden gems in the system. The PS1 had a lot of obscure titles that were very fun so I want a few of them to get a chance shine here.

Cool Boarders 2

Not really sure how I feel about this one. I enjoy sports game as much as I enjoy jamming nails down my throat and vomiting on my crush but since I've never played it, I can't judge it, but I don't see many people claiming it as the best thing since Breaking Bad.

Destruction Derby

I played this game, it sucks, Sony, why?

Final Fantasy VII

I wanted this game more than any of them so I'm very happy this is here. One of the best RPGs ever and deserves it's spot here.

Grand Theft Auto

The game that started the group of moms who want to burn Miyamoto at the stake. I know it's one of the most popular games ever so it really does deserve to be here.

While I'm on the subject, this and two other games have given the system the kiss of death known as the "M For Mature" Rating. In my opinion (not that it matters) this is well deserved. The Playstation is known for being the big kids club when it comes to content in it's games so a classic console like this should at least have something for the people who grew up with that stuff against their grandmother's will. Anyway, back to the game list.

Intelligent Qube

Unfortunately, the biggest flaw with the PS1 classic is that some very obscure titles are arguably taking the places of the title that people would want. This is probably the most obscure and I don't think it fits.

Jumping Flash!

Another frontrunner for the "Nobody Cares Awards" presented by Piers Morgan. This one, I don't think anyone recalls playing.

Metal Gear Solid

Another essential for this system. Everyone knows and loves this game. It's still amazing today and deserves it's spot.

Mr. Driller

You've gotta be joking. Of all the amazing games on the PS1 you had to pick this? This seems like it was done as the result of a bet with Microsoft. See what I'm talking about with the "stealing spots" thing?

Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee

Another great game that deserves to be here. Not much to say.

R4: Ridge Racer Type 4

Well, I guess one racing game couldn't hurt. I'll accept this. Wouldn't play it myself but I'll give it a pass.


Definitely good, definitely popular, but not really what I think of when I think "Great PS1 games". But again, couldn't hurt.

Resident Evil: Director's Cut

Now you can see why this was rated "M". But it's an amazing game. Sure it hasn't aged well but I don't really care. It's a piece of history for the PS1.

Revelations: Persona

Persona isn't a series I've played but it seems popular so I'll give this one a pass too.

Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo

Sony, what the hell are you on? I'm sorry for repeating myself but of all the amazing games that you could've added, you added the Street Fighter equilivent of Mean Bean Machine. Now this is really starting to grind my gears.

Syphon Filter

Pretty popular and beloved, let it pass.

Tekken 3

Haven't played a Tekken game but they are popular so I'll give it a pass. I know I'm giving a lot of games the pass but it's the only thing I can do if I can't judge it properly but it looks good.

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six

I've heard good things about Tom Clancy's games. So yeah, why not.

Twisted Metal

Here's the nightmare version of Mario Kart's battle mode. I love this game and I'm glad it's here.

And finally...

Wild Arms

It's a western RPG, it's okay.

And that's it. Shockingly disappointing. No Crash Bandicoot, no Spyro The Dragon, no Tomb Raider, instead we get Mr. Driller and Super Puzzle Fighter.

I don't have high hopes for the PlayStation Classic, there isn't enough to keep people satisfied. It does have some high quality content, I'll give it that.

I supposed I might've judged it unfairly considering it's not even out yet. Maybe someday I will write an actual review of the console itself, listing the good and bad of the system.

But for now, I'm not seeing this going anywhere but we'll see. I hope this starts another war with Jack Thompson so we can really believe we're back in the 90s.

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#1 Posted by DEVILinIRON (4777 posts) -

A few of those games had sequels that were far better. Destruction Derby 2, Twisted Metal 2, Syphon Filter 2, Resident Evil 2 etc... It really does suck that this PS Classic has only those 20 games. It would only be worth it if all 20 were solid titles. Oh and I remember Battle Arena Toshinden being pretty shallow.

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#2 Edited by psxfanboy (8 posts) -

Why didn't they include Klonoa, Gran Turismo or Crash Bandicoot. Those were pretty popular.

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#3 Posted by Speeny (1507 posts) -

Yeah I won’t be buying it.

If they do a PS2 version which is inevitable it’ll be interesting to see what roster they have in mind.

Sure, there’s some good games that come with the PS1 classic but it doesn’t have the majority of games I remember enjoying.

To add, most of the games that come with the console I already own on the PS3’s PSN. The games most, if not all have some kind of port available on newer systems regardless.

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#4 Posted by psxfanboy (8 posts) -

I'm cancelling my preorder and sticking with my PSIO Cartridge instead. I'm very happy with that little device on my original console.