Sony has been oddly cagey about its upcoming miniature PlayStation Classic, but as we get closer to its December 3 release date, it has finally decided to release the full list of all 20 games that are packaged into the micro console when you buy it for $100.
So what’s Sony’s list of classics that are meant to compete with Nintendo’s mini NES and SNES hardware/software combos? Here we go:
- Battle Arena Toshinden
- Cool Boarders 2
- Destruction Derby
- Final Fantasy VII
- Grand Theft Auto
- Intelligent Qube
- Jumping Flash
- Metal Gear Solid
- Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee
- 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
That’s…certainly a list, I guess. We already knew about bigger games like Final Fantasy VII, Ridge Racer and Tekken 3, but past those, I mean, I’m not seeing a ton to get super excited about here. The original Metal Gear Solid and Twisted Metal are fine, though their sequels are better, but there are a number of obvious misses here. Oddworld and Rayman are cool, though I wonder how they hold up.
There’s no Crash and no Tomb Raider, which are two of the most “PlayStation” series of all time. I suppose Activision didn’t want to put Crash on this thing when the remake has done so well, and Tomb Raider is still an ongoing series with releases as recently as this fall, though I don’t see what the harm would have been by putting the older games on here.
We’re also missing Tony Hawk, Suidoken, Chrono Cross, Xenogears, Gran Turismo, Silent Hill, Spyro and Bushido Blade, to name a few.
I don’t know, it’s an okay list, but I do have trouble believing that the blocky polygons will inspire quite as much nostalgia as the 8/16 bit titles of Nintendo’s NES and SNES offerings. Perhaps they will (and Nintendo’s polygonal N64 era obviously has its own share of classics), but I’m just not sure if this thing will be a runaway breakout hit on the same level. Then again, I didn’t predict Nintendo’s mini consoles would catch fire like they did, so what do I know?
We will see when the PlayStation Classic arrives on December 3. Unlike Nintendo, destined to probably also make mini N64s and GameCubes as well at some point, this may be the only mini console we get from Sony, considering how many classic PS2 games are on PS Now, though if this is a hit maybe we could see a PS2 Classic? I’m not sure.
I don’t think I’ll be picking up one of these myself as there are just too many amazing modern games for me to care about right now, but I suspect this will be a decent holiday hit for Sony, despite some glaring omissions.