Battle Arena Toshinden
Cool Boarders 2
Final Fantasy VII
Grand Theft Auto
Metal Gear Solid
Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee
Resident Evil Director’s Cut
Ridge Racer Type 4
Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six
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?
- Metal Gear Solid
- Resident Evil 2
- Silent Hill
- Final Fantasy VII
- Tekken 3
- Intelligent Qube
- Tomb Raider II
- Twisted Metal 2
- Ridge Racer Type 4
- Gran Turismo 2
- Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
- PaRappa the Rapper
- Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee
- Crash Team Racing (I'd put one of the platformers, but this way it wouldn't be redundant with the remakes)
- Ape Escape
- LSD Dream Emulator
- Legend of Dragoon
- Final Fantasy Tactics
- 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?