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10 Games That Prove The PlayStation Classic's 20 Titles Will Never Be Enough

More classics than you can shake a stick at

Sony getting in on the mini retro consoles game is great for those of us with a glimmer of nostalgia for the good old days of video games, before we had to worry about software updates, online gaming, DLC and microtransactions.

If the last few years have proven anything, with modern remakes of some 90s classics, it’s that some of these games are still absolute gems even by modern day standards. The graphics might not have held up, but the gameplay can still bring people in droves.

Even so, 20 games was never, ever going to be enough for the PlayStation Classic, and Sony’s roster of titles misses out some really damn obvious games that are truly iconic. Here’s 10 games that prove exactly that:

WipEout

PlayStation has had a few poster-boys over the years, but if there was ever a game that was utterly synonymous with their brand, it’s WipEout. Presumably it’s the licensed soundtrack that would cause the biggest issues after all this time, because Psygnosis’ assets should all merrily belong to Sony. It’s a shame not to see it, not just because of its indelible link with PlayStation, but because it’s still a genuinely good racing game.

Hogs of War

Anyone that ever played Hogs of War might well tell you it was the best game to ever grace the PS1. Any game that featured the voice talents of Rik Mayall was always going to be something special, but with strategy action that borrowed liberally from the Worms school of warfare and placed it in a 3D world, Hogs of War was a brilliant game that managed the tough trick of actually being funny.

Final Fantasy VIII

It would have made more sense to see Final Fantasy VIII appear here after its recent no-show amongst the Final Fantasy games making the jump to Nintendo Switch, and yet once again it has been shoved under the digital carpet.

Reputedly the original FFVIII files have been lost, but I’m sure that sticking the ROM onto a retro console would have been easy enough. On the other hand it looks very, very ugly by today’s standards, and your 55” 4K TV won’t do it any favours whatsoever.

Klonoa: Door to Phantomile

Another character who had a brief few years in the spotlight, Klonoa brought colourful Japanese-flavoured platforming to the PS1, and at times nearly gave Nintendo a run for their money. Created by Hideo Yoshizawa – director of Ninja Gaiden – the game certainly had the right heritage, and it’s a crying shame that Klonoa has currently disappeared from view.

Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver

If there was ever a game crying out for a remake or an HD remaster it’s Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver. The unequivocally cool Raziel and his ability to shift between planes of existence made for some hugely enjoyable puzzling and brawling in a dark gothic world that was amongst the best-looking games for the PS1.

Gran Turismo 2

Likely another victim to licensing deals that have run their course, the early Gran Turismo games were, for many, the first time that a racing game approached the experience of actually racing a car. Starting off in a terrible hatchback and working your way through the licenses was a formula that I often miss in today’s releases, and it would have been brilliant to take one more shot at either of the originals, even if the visuals likely aren’t anywhere near as good as they are in my head.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2

If we’re picking the Tony Hawk’s game that we’re really missing out on, it has to be number two, which obviously had the best soundtrack (Powerman 5000 ftw), and the best levels (Venice Beach). I know we’ve had some of these things remastered for us – and the license has long gone from Activision’s books – but Pro Skater 2 is pure PlayStation history, and a spot of two player SKATE collection would be just the thing to bring memories flooding back (or fights to start).

Tomb Raider II

Again, we’re picking the sequel over the original, but any of the four Tomb Raider games that graced the PlayStation would do to represent not only one of the most iconic women in video games, but one that became synonymous with PlayStation. Tomb Raider II did a lot to build upon the success of the first game, with new weapons, moves, vehicles and, of course, Croft Manor to explore.

Spyro the Dragon

Look, we know exactly why Spyro and Crash aren’t on the PlayStation Classic, it’s because there’s no need when there’s the two trilogy remakes of the games. Even so, it’s a real shame that the original versions of these games haven’t been preserved in some way, and with the timing of the PS Classic’s launch, this would be a neat way to show to all the kids getting Spyro Reignited for Christmas just how the game used to look.

Silent Hill

The PlayStation might have brought 3D gaming to the masses, but it had its limits. Keiichiro Toyama and Team Silent didn’t see these as a creative block, but an opportunity. Making liberal use of fogging to obscure the short draw distance, they instilled a real fear of the unknown and psychological horror in players.


Even with these ten extra games, there’s still plenty more that could easily have featured on a PlayStation Classic. What would you pick and add to the machine, if you could?

10 Comments
  1. tactical20
    Member
    Since: May 2010

    That THPS2 pic isn’t from THPS2, but yeah, that’s an essential game.

    Comment posted on 30/10/2018 at 12:09.
    • Stefan L
      Community Team
      Since: May 2009

      I simply cannot believe that Google Images would lie to me like this.

      Comment posted on 30/10/2018 at 12:18.
      • tactical20
        Member
        Since: May 2010

        Lol! Would have liked Driver and GTA2 on there. Music2000 for lolz as well! Make some grime riddims, ha!

        Comment posted on 30/10/2018 at 12:59.
  2. Foxhound_Solid
    Is a smart cookie.
    Since: Dec 2009

    We genuinely need fully remastered Gran Turismos and THPS series for the Pro.

    THP2 was incredibl, what a game that was.

    Comment posted on 30/10/2018 at 12:30.
  3. kjkg
    Member
    Since: Apr 2010

    FFVIII is a bummer but man, Hogs of War. Now I’m devastated. I’d have been so over the moon to play that game again.

    Comment posted on 30/10/2018 at 12:38.
  4. Jag
    Member
    Since: Feb 2009

    This would have been a great selection of games to include.
    Off the top of my head two other essential games to include would have been Colony Wars and Castlevania Symphony of the Night.
    It’s a shame as thinking about all the games they should have included has left me feeling a little down on the PS mini.
    Still going to get it though!

    Comment posted on 30/10/2018 at 12:57.
  5. TSBonyman
    Member
    Since: Dec 2009

    I think as games became more complex and genres more varied with the advent of 3 dimensional graphics, choosing the right games for a celebratory collection like this is made even more difficult than choosing the same for the SNES mini etc. I would definitely have expected Wipeout and Gran Turismo to make the cut though.

    Comment posted on 30/10/2018 at 13:09.
  6. Eldave0
    andUandU
    Since: Aug 2008

    Hadn’t spotted the absence of Tomb Raider 2 when I saw the list yesterday. Yep, that one should 100% be included.

    Comment posted on 30/10/2018 at 13:32.
  7. DeadlyChipmunk
    Member
    Since: Jun 2011

    Problem is there’s WAY too many great games to satisfy everyone to the point where this isn’t even retro fun but more a simple novelty to own.

    If someone discovers it’s possible to “amend” the games that are installed then this would be a hotter product.

    Where does it end though? Would you want dual shock support as well?

    Comment posted on 30/10/2018 at 14:38.
  8. ron_mcphatty
    Member
    Since: Sep 2008

    Spot on TSA, haven’t played Klonoa or Legacy of Kain but the rest are exactly the absences I was upset about. Licensing seems to be the reason the PS1 Classic won’t achieve that level of completeness and it’s such a huge shame. Ah well, roll on the next Raspberry Pi.

    Comment posted on 30/10/2018 at 21:44.