After months of speculation, Sony Interactive Entertainment has finally unveiled the full PlayStation Classic games list. The mini version of Sony’s console is set to ship worldwide on 3rd December 2018 with a selection of 20 original PlayStation titles built in to the console. While the announcement itself has been welcomed, not everyone is enthusiastic about the choices.
The First Announcement
When the console was first announced, just five games were confirmed. This teaser was intended to get people interested. The initial batch included Tekken 3, Jumping Flash!, Final Fantasy VII, Ridge Racer Type 4 and Wild Arms. A varied selection and something that genuinely generated positive interest amongst would be buyers. What started further speculation was two things – the 18 rating given to the console, and the surprise disappearance of several major PSOne games from the PlayStation Store including JRPGs Suikoden and Suikoden II.
That started people wondering what the remaining 15 games were going to be. Were they going to include some of the deleted titles? More importantly, what exactly was going to warrant the age rating?
The Full PlayStation Classic Games List
So what are the final 20 games included with the console? It’s an interesting mix spanning the first few years of the PlayStation’s lifespan, right from it’s first day of release in the West. The games include:
- Battle Arena Toshinden
- Cool Boarders 2
- Destruction Derby
- Final Fantasy VII
- Grand Theft Auto
- Intelligent Qube (known in Europe as Kurushi)
- Jumping Flash!
- Metal Gear Solid
- Mr. Driller
- 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
This is quite a strange mixture of games and has raised a few eyebrows. What has surprised people isn’t just what is on the list but rather what isn’t. Fans have been delighted to see the inclusion of Grand Theft Auto and Resident Evil and genuinely surprised to see the first instalment in the Persona saga. But at the same time have been left bewildered at what many feel have been wasted opportunities.
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