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Recently, Sony finally revealed which games were going to be on the PlayStation Classic, and the choices they made were... interesting, I think is the right word? Here's the list of them

  1. Battle Arena Toshinden

  2. Cool Boarders 2

  3. Destruction Derby

  4. Final Fantasy VII

  5. Grand Theft Auto

  6. Intelligent Qube

  7. Jumping Flash

  8. Metal Gear Solid

  9. Mr Driller

  10. Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee

  11. Rayman

  12. Resident Evil Director’s Cut

  13. Revelations: Persona

  14. Ridge Racer Type 4

  15. Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo

  16. Syphon Filter

  17. Tekken 3

  18. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six

  19. Twisted Metal

  20. Wild Arms

And... I'm kind of confused by some of the choices. Let's go with the good ones first. Metal Gear Solid and Final Fantasy VII, yeah... you gotta have those, no ifs ands or buts about it. Tekken 3 and Ridge Racer Type 4 also are known as some of the system's strongest hits. Also, Intelligent Qube is one of my favorite puzzle games of all time, and it's the quintessential "oh yeah, that's what that game was" if you've ever see the game play.

And then there's Resident Evil Director's Cut... this one can be iffy. If it's the non-Dual Shock version, then yeah, that'd be a reason to buy this thing, because the only RE: Director's Cut available on PSN is the Dual Shock version. The Dual Shock version of Director's Cut has abominable music... for complicated reasons. Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee is pretty classic, although some say its sequel is better.

Mr. Driller is also a really good game, but it's an arcade port. And like most arcade games, I don't think you're going to be playing it for more than an hour at a time. And I hear that Wild Arms is really good, although I've never played it before. It's a bit on the obscure side, which kinda goes against the nature of "classic."

Then there's Twisted Metal. Most people would agree that the sequel is better. Same with Grand Theft Auto and Rayman. Speaking of that, the PlayStation was the golden age of 3D Platformers, and the only one on this system is Jumping Flash, which is one of the most 5/10 games I've ever played because it was one of the first 3D platformers ever made. I know that Crash and Spyro would have been redundant with their remakes, but where's Ape Escape? Pac-Man World. Maybe one of the Gex games.

Yeah, there's... a lot missing here. Where's MediEvil or PaRappa the Rapper? They made it into PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, why wouldn't they have made it onto this compilation? Hell, how can you have a Playstation classic without a single Tomb Raider game? Why not Silent Hill (besides the Konami reason). Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is also missing. They have Ridge Racer, but not Gran Turismo.

I mean, this is just basic stuff before asking for something special, like LSD Dream Emulator or Pepsiman which would make this thing a must-buy.

So, why is this? Honestly, I think the reason is... why the original PlayStation dominated the first time around - third party support. If Nintendo or Atari wanted to make a retro revival system, they could easily look in the backlog and pick out 30 games that they were the owners of.

However, most of the things we most identify with the PlayStation were not first party games. Crash Bandicoot was made by Naughty Dog. Metal Gear Solid and Silent Hill, Konami. Resident Evil, Capcom. Tomb Raider, Core Design. As opposed to Nintendo. Zelda, made by Nintendo. Mario, made by Nintendo. Metroid, Nintendo, etc, etc.

Sony probably would have always been at a disadvantage here, but I do wish that they tried a little bit harder. But, if you're wondering, what are the games that I would have put on this system?

  1. Metal Gear Solid
  2. Resident Evil 2
  3. Silent Hill
  4. Final Fantasy VII
  5. Tekken 3
  6. Intelligent Qube
  7. Tomb Raider II
  8. Twisted Metal 2
  9. Ridge Racer Type 4
  10. Gran Turismo 2
  11. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
  12. MediEvil
  13. PaRappa the Rapper
  14. Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee
  15. Crash Team Racing (I'd put one of the platformers, but this way it wouldn't be redundant with the remakes)
  16. Ape Escape
  17. LSD Dream Emulator
  18. Legend of Dragoon
  19. Final Fantasy Tactics
  20. Tetris Plus, or the Next Tetris

Honestly, 20 games is... or should be too small to give a good representation of the original PlayStation's library. Seriously though, how do you include Final Fantasy VII, but not Tactics?

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fazbear1980 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
The PlayStation Classic is very disappointed.
Romdroid-OwO Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sad because they doing have parappa 2
Romdroid-OwO Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Wolfboy1020 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 8, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I couldn't agree with you more;

Here's my ideal list of pre-loaded games for the Playstation Classic: 

1. Crash Bandicoot
2. Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back
3. Crash Bandicoot: Warped!
4. Gex
5. Gex 2
6. Gex 3
7. Intelligent Qube
8. Jersey Devil
9. LSD: Dream Emulator
10. Spyro the Dragon
11. Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage
12. Spyro 3: Year of the Dragon
13. Tekken 3
14. Thrill Kill (as Nintendo had released the previously completed by cancelled Star Fox 2- which was originally intended to ben SNES title- on the SNES Classic)
15. Tomb Raider
16. Tomb Raider 2
17. Tomb Raider 3
18. Tomb Raider 4
19. Tomb Raider Chronicles
20. Twisted Metal 2

Maybe Sony will feature the option of purchasing digitally downloadable versions of this game in a Playstation Classic store using Playstation Store money.

What do you think (of both my list and my theory)?
RedBlueIsCool Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No Spyro? That's a disappoint.

Not that I'm big on PS anyways, but...
RandomPancakeStudios Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
I honestly never got the appeal of these Classic Mini-Consoles, whether it be Nintendo or Sony.  Most of those games, you can get on their respective online stores.  The novelty kind of wears off when you've played through all the games you were interested in and can't add more.  Granted, the SNES Classic at least stepped things up by adding the unreleased-but-pretty-much-finished "Star Fox 2," but what game is the N64 classic going to throw at us?  Was the N64 version of "Mother 3" pretty deep into development?
MomokoTuHarumaki Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Where's Legend of Mana? SaGa Frontier? Chrono Cross? The countless RPGs that made the PlayStation for a lot of people?
parappa376 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 3, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I completely agree with you, there are choices I did accept, but so many games were left out to make room for more obscure ones. While I’m okay with giving obscure games some attention, it seems wrong to leave out the classics. If they extended the library to 30 or 35 games, the classics would’ve been able to make it on the console. Although, I’m sure the PlayStation Classic will be an easy to modify console, like the PSP, and Nintendo’s Classic consoles.
SilverStarApple Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018  Professional Writer
WHAT THE FUCK, where's Ape Escape?!
worldpowerkeeper Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018
So will the selection of games expand over time? Because there are so many games that should be on there.

Persona 2: Eternal Punishment (maybe Innocent Sin as well)
Mega Man X4 and X5 (forget X6)
Mega Man 8
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Final Fantasy VIII and IX
Gran Turismo 1 and 2
Valkyrie Profile
Lunar: Silver Star Story
Street Fighter Alpha Series
Brave Fencer Musashi
Gex: Enter the Gekko
Croc: Legend of the Gabbos
Tomb Raider 1, 2, and 3
Breath of Fire III and IV
Chrono Trigger

Just to name a few...
FrancisJeremyXavyer Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2018  Student Writer
I'd have put Pac-Man World on it, too. That was my childhood.
The-Special-Psycho Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2018
I am utterly elated you mentioned Legend of Dragoon! So few people even mention it.
Abei34 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2018
No Slient Hill or Parasite Eve?
BLUPROPAGANDA Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
no jak?
worldpowerkeeper Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2018
The Jak and Daxter games were all PS2 games.
TheAssInTheMask Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2018
I was really hoping Soul Reaver would be on there. 
Wakeangel2001 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2018  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I never owned a playstation and barely played it, so aside from the most famous titles I don't know anything about it.  Without a personal stake in the nostalgia I can't make a judgement.
SGTsector Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2018
I’m too focused on Red Dead Redemption 2
Flutterbunny76 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2018
Please tell me you are joking?
Ape Escape? Seriously!?
It would be IMPOSSIBLE to play without Dualshock analog sticks!
wolffang719 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2018
I think Medievil was left out because they have the remake slated for a release in 2019 (supposedly at least, it was originally planned for late 2018) as for tomb Raider I think they left that out because of conflicted interests... (they don't want to bring back the Lara with the large polygons that piss off tumblr)
whypipo Featured By Owner Edited Nov 1, 2018
that's a tired and untrue stereotype, there's actually a lot of porn on Tumblr, so they don't hate breasts nearly as much as those stupid edgelord channers would lead you to believe.

Personally i'm glad TR moved beyond "LOL look at how huge her boobs are!" that would've felt tone deaf and out of touch in the 2010s.  Besides if you want that kind of game, just play those DOA Extreme Volleyball games.

I suspect the original TR games are not on there because they conflict with Eidos current vision for the series.  Couldn't tell you why Gex isn't on there though.
wolffang719 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2018
I'd imagine Gex isn't around because they might have rights issues with his voice since he had like three different actors for Europe alone.
whypipo Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018
Oh yeah I forgot about that, watching a lot of Caddicarus made me realize that using different VAs for European and American versions of games used to be somewhat common.  
wolffang719 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018
Ahh a fellow fan of Daddy Caddy.

wow anyone who doesn't know about what Caddicaurs does is going to find what i just said very strange.
brandonroberts435 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
kinda odd considering some of these are available on psn, and as someone playing through sh1 now it would be awesome to see it get some love.
grimandgrimmer Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018
They're putting Revelations: Persona on the PS classic?!
AGiLE-EaGLE1994 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
No Ace Combat 2/3, Steel Reign, Croc, Breath of Fire 3 or Final Fantasy VIII? I CALL BLASPHEMY!
Nintendorkly Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018
Crash Bandicoot and Spyro confirmed for Smash Ultimate
Masterge77 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 29, 2018  Hobbyist
Other than FF7, Metal Gear, Resident Evil, and maybe Grand Theft Auto, they could have put a larger and much better selection of games. Look at the NES and SNES Classic, they don't have ALL the titles from that console (due to licensing and whatnot), but they pretty much have the best of the best of those consoles, and actually made some of the rarest games like Earthbound more accessible.

I mean, what about Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon, or Tomb Raider? My guess it's because of legal reasons (since all three of them were sold to other companies, and while Mad Dog still exists, the developers of Spyro and Tomb Raider no longer exist, and the developer that made Tomb Raider also made Gex, so that may be the reason why that game isn't here eitehr). In fact, that's kind of the reason why I feel this library is so small, considering Sony isn't a developer like Nintendo or Microsoft are, but a publisher. Also they might be trying too hard to appeal to the "hardcore" gamers in comparison to the NES or SNES Classics.
ShonenHiro Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018
It doesn't completely salvage the list of games they went with, but Wild Arms is really REALLY good for a classic game. 
JCFanfics Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018
As a Twisted Metal fan, I agree they should've added Twisted Metal 2 (either in place of the first game or along with it), and that Resident Evil 2 should be in.  Oh well, at least it has some gems among the trash (like Final Fantasy VII and Metal Gear Solid).
Jediuser Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018
Pepsiman? I think a good reason not to include it is because many people, like the critics feom Watch Mojo, now consider it one of the worst ps1 games. Besides, why release a game that featured a mascot the US would be unfamiliar with?
brandonroberts435 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
plus the games didn't fully hit their stride till 3, i guess because of how popular persona 5 was.
Jediuser Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2018
??? Are you talking about Persona?
MasterSaruwatari Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018  Student Writer
if you can add games to it, then this is a nonissue. Fair point though Enter. 
PoisonSkunkKing Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Battle Arena Toshinden? Really? I mean, I kinda get it, it was one of the first 3D fighting games based around each fighter having a unique weapon, even predating Soul Edge. But even so, that just seems like a very odd choice to me. 
LauraRola Featured By Owner Edited Oct 29, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Looking at the Japanese game list (Japan is getting a different set of games), I can say I'd honestly prefer to import that version over the US version.  Glad to see Intelligent Qube on both, and none of the games on the US version look terrible, per say, but overall, it's not an instant buy set of games.  The Japanese version at least has Armored Core, both Arc the Lad games, and the complete version of Persona, since the english version was cut down to remove the Snow Queen questline/ending entirely.

I'm gonna wait to see how hackable it is and, if expandable, the HD capacity for new ISOs.  Especially considering how much data FF7's 3 discs take up even by themselves.
oldschool1990 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018
Good list on your part, but with RE2 getting a remake as well, I don't know if it should've made the list. I have my fingers crossed that the lack of Silent Hill means that game is going to get a remake.
Ness-In-Pajamas Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018
Then again, Chrono Trigger wasn't part of the SNES Mini library and those who really wanted it just downloaded the ROM hack and placed it into the console. So I won't be suprised if people did the same thing (if not to a bigger extent) with the Playstation Classic.
MrEnter Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018
Ps1 isos are significantly larger than SNES roms (snes roms are below 10 mb, while ps1 games can be several gb), so it'd be a lot easier to limit harddrive space and such.
TheNightWolf38 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018
whats wrong with having reverlations persona on the system?

enter u do realise the persona series has gained a cult following over the years right?
Hexabuttz Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
not even cult in Japan. Shin Megami Tensei is onew of the biggest JRPG franchises. Although, Persona 1 has terrible localization, so that may be why he doesn't want it.

It'd be sick if they had put both Persona 2's on here since the U.S. only got half the game.
TheNightWolf38 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018
id honestly prefer to have grandia on it

i love grandia lol 
Hexabuttz Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
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RamseyBeoulve Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018
No Final Fantasy Tactics, no Ape Escape...bullcrap. Also, you like tactics? You have good taste, man!
Jediuser Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018
'This is the magic punch. It's really powerful.'
RamseyBeoulve Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018
Best words I've ever heard.
Jediuser Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2018
OK, I haven't actually played the Ape Escape games, but that is a great power up line.
RamseyBeoulve Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2018
It helps that the Magic Punch has the stopping power of a small MISSILE.
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