With last week’s surprise news that Sony is following in the footsteps of Nintendo and releasing a classic version of the near 25-year old PlayStation 1, it emerged only a selection of 20 pre-loaded games will make it to the console. Sony have no plans to offer other games in the future meaning the offering is all we are going to get.
This begs the question of what games will make the cut. As it stands, Sony has revealed five, which are Final Fantasy VII, Wild Arms, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer Type 4, and Tekken 3. Here is our pick of 8 games that we desperately hope land on PlayStation Classic.
Metal Gear Solid
Sony not including Metal Gear Solid would be a grave error. In many respects, we can quite comfortably expect Kojima’s seminal masterpiece to feature. Although, if Sony need encouraging then Metal Gear Solid’s more or less uncontested title as the best PlayStation 1 game ever released should do the trick. And how can we let a whole generation of young gamers miss out on the joy of switching the controller to a different slot to evade a boss’ mind reading abilities?
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2
We’ll employ an overused refrain among gamers of a certain age when it comes to Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2; they don’t make them like this anymore. Arguably the best Tony Hawk and even skateboarding game ever made, it would be a colossal shame if Sony omitted it from the PlayStation Classic lineup.
PaRappa the Rapper
The original musical rhythm game by definition, PaRappa the Rapper is a must have if we’re being honest. Add to that a zanny cast of characters, great tunes, as well as hours of button bashing fun and you can’t go wrong.
When it comes to the psychological horror genre, games don’t generally age well due to dated graphics and the technical limitations of the time. However, Silent Hill omits to align with such accepted wisdom and still stands among the most terrifying games ever made. If that isn’t enough, this is the game that kick started the whole Silent Hill franchise with clever atmospherics and a grim nightmare-inducing narrative.
Final Fantasy 9
With the confirmed inclusion of Final Fantasy VII and the current generation (or next, no one knows) remake of the same game in the works, Final Fantasy IX isn’t as much of an imperative as the others on our list. However, in this humble writer’s estimation Final Fantasy IX still stands among the most illustrious Final Fantasy alumni 18 years later.
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
By far the best action-adventure title for the console, Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver is a mesmerizing and dark game with a rich narrative and in many ways set the tone for similar adventure titles to come culminating in the Dark Souls series and even Nathan Drake’s adventurous antics.
Tomb Raider 1, 2, or 3
Shadow of the Tomb Raider is great and all, but nothing beats the original PlayStation 1 wave of Lara Croft games. They set in motion a cultural phenomenon and cemented a female protagonist among the male-dominated pantheon of iconic game characters.
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
If you get round to playing one game on PlayStation 1, by all that is good in the world let it be Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. A classic through and through, for the uninitiated Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is an epic platformer RPG with huge sprawling levels brimming with a compelling story. You know the term Metroidvania everyone throws about? They are referencing Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.