PS1’s big­gest games are back

The games lineup for Sony’s PlayS­ta­tion Clas­sic is in; fans re­act…

PlayStation Official Magazine (UK) - - THE BIG 10 -

Pick­ing 20 games to ex­am­plify a con­sole that had al­most eight thou­sand re­leases was al­ways go­ing to di­vide fans. The games in­stalled on PlayS­ta­tion Clas­sic will be: 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, and Wild Arms. So, let the de­bate be­gin…

OPM reader Tom Knowles says: “This is such a good lineup. They were never go­ing to fit ev­ery­one’s favourite game on here but I’m way more in­ter­ested in get­ting one now.”

Chloe Haynes says: “Metal Gear Solid was a deal breaker for me – if it hadn’t have been on there I would have can­celled my pre-or­der. So I’m

very happy.”


It’s not a lineup that will make ev­ery PlayS­ta­tion fan happy. The need to run the fine line be­tween clas­sics and rar­i­ties has meant some big names are ab­sent while games few played back in the day hold pride of place – Tom Clancy’s Rain­bow Six is an odd­ity, and Rev­e­la­tions: Per­sona is only known via its bet­ter PSP port.

For many PS1 fans it’s the omis­sion of a cer­tain green plat­form hero that has caused a stir – and we’re not talk­ing about Gex.

“There are no words to de­scribe my dis­ap­point­ment in the lack of Croc!” Nicole Hall says.

“I agree, where’s my boy, Croc?” asks Ben Wes­ley.

Plat­form fans do get Ray­man, one of PS1’s big­gest sell­ing ti­tles, and one of its tough­est chal­lenges.

Some gems on the list re­call the PS1’s Ja­panese ap­peal, such as Mr Driller. This clas­sic has you mov­ing down through screens of blocks while main­tain­ing your air sup­ply and avoid­ing be­ing flat­tened.

Metal Gear Solid makes the list, which proved a de­cider for many read­ers, though Patrick Beauchamp queries how the stealth clas­sic will per­form on the orig­i­nal con­trollers in­cluded with PlayS­ta­tion Clas­sic:


“I can’t think how well Metal Gear Solid will play with­out ana­log sticks and DualShock…”

The ad­di­tion of Syphon Fil­ter im­presses. Sony Bend Stu­dio’s ac­tion-stealth shooter has its fans. Reader Matt Woods ex­plains: “All you need to know is you get a taser gun that you can use on bad­dies un­til they burst into flames!”

Though Res­i­dent Evil Di­rec­tor’s Cut and Ridge Racer Type 4 make the fi­nal list, Jon Felling­ham is “Dis­ap­pointed that WipE­out didn’t make the cut.”

When you con­sider Grand Theft Auto, Cool­board­ers 2, and Wild Arms are pre-in­stalled, there is a var­ied spread of clas­sics and cult hits, from east and west. In some ways it is PlayS­ta­tion per­son­i­fied. See PlayS­ta­tion Clas­sic’s 20-game lineup at at­sic.

A mix of clas­sic and cult favourites, the 20game retro ros­ter has di­vided PS1 fans.

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