playstation classic

Back in September, Sony announced that they were going to launch a retro PlayStation Classic. This is also known as the PSOne. When the announcement was made, it was unclear as to what 20 games would be released with the console. There were hints, but nothing that was confirmed.

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Sony, gearing up for the holiday season, released the 20 games that will be coming to the PlayStation Classic. These games will be built-in titles, much like the Nintendo retro consoles, NES and SNES Classic.

Here is the full list:

  • 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
  • Rayman
  • 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

This is actually a pretty impressive list. You need to bear in mind that many of these games are provided online and you can play in an emulator. However, many console fans don’t do that sort of thing, so there you go.

It is nice to see games that aren’t available readily and fan favorites on this console. I know some that would grab it for the mere presence of Final Fantasy VII, Metal Gear Solid, and the original Grand Theft Auto.

For younger fans this console could be a bit jarring from the graphics of the PlayStation 4. This will not be a retro console for the young fans, but the older ones. Sony hasn’t had backward compatibility since the original launch of the PlayStation 3. Since then, it is off the table. Even on their PlayStation Now service.

Rayman, Tekken 3, Rainbow Six, and Twisted Metal are other reasons to grab those games. While the consoles is a cool idea, they are running off Nintendo’s lead. They denied the retro market for so long claiming that fans don’t really use it. This could bring back some of their old games, but for the wrong reason. Why release the individual games for fans when we can just release a retro console?