15 Games That Should Be On The PlayStation Classic

The original PlayStation has a legendary library of classic titles. Picking which games make it onto the Classic is like choosing between your children, but since Sony hasn’t chosen the last 15 games yet, someone has to, and that someone is me. Here are the rules:

  • No games that require a Dualshock controller. As much as I’d love to put Ape Escape on this list, the PlayStation Classic controllers don’t have analog sticks.
  • Games with remakes or remasters aren’t allowed. These games easily accessible in modernized forms, and as iconic as Crash and Spyro are, they’re already on PS4.

And with that out of the way, here are the 15 games that should round out the PlayStation Classic’s lineup.

Metal Gear Solid

maxresdefault.jpgThis is an obvious one. Metal Gear Solid is a landmark title that proved games can tell cinematic stories. With memorable characters, strong boss battles, a phenomenal soundtrack, and a selection of cardboard boxes, Metal Gear Solid is an easy choice for the PlayStation Classic.

Silent Hill

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Silent Hill isn’t content with jump scares and horrifying monsters. It aims to psychologically devastate you, making you fear every shadow and every sound. It took technical issues of the era like low draw distances and transformed them into creepy atmospheric elements like the town’s fog. Silent Hill evokes a feeling of uneasiness that few horror games have managed to recreate, and with Resident Evil’s recent comeback with a fantastic seventh entry and a remake of the second, it’s only fair Silent Hill gets a chance to shine as well.

Suikoden 2

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An absolutely massive cast of memorable characters combined with a sweeping, large scale narrative make Suikoden 2 a fantastic RPG. Not enough people played it, but those who have swear by it as one of the greatest role playing games ever developed. A spot on the PlayStation Classic would give Suikoden 2 some much needed, and very much deserved attention.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

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Symphony of the Night is an incredibly influential game. It’s half the namesake of the Metroidvania genre, and that alone makes it worthy of inclusion. However, on top of that, Symphony is also an amazing game. Rewarding exploration, RPG mechanics, and fluid movement blend together to create one of the greatest video games ever made.

Final Fantasy Tactics

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Final Fantasy Tactics strengths lie in its customization. Bold strategies and crazy party compositions pay off in the most unexpected ways. That, in combination with a strong Shakespearean narrative, makes Final Fantasy Tactics a solid choice for the PlayStation Classic.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2

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Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater nailed the arcade skateboarding gameplay, but Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 perfected it. Brilliantly designed levels, a banging soundtrack, addicting gameplay, THPS 2 has it all. It even has Spider-Man in it. It’s the highest rated PlayStation game on Metacritic, how could you not include it?

Vagrant Story

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I first played Vagrant Story as a PS1 classic on my PSP. Even on that 4.3″ screen, I was hooked. It’s introduction is one of the most captivating scenes in any game. The presentation is top-notch, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that the game features an incredibly complex and rewarding battle system and gripping narrative. Vagrant Story needs to be experienced by more people, and it absolutely deserves its spot on the PlayStation Classic.

Bushido Blade

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Bushido Blade is a fighting game without health bars. It’s a one on one sword fight, and one well placed strike can end your opponent. There really hasn’t been much else like it. It’s incredibly cinematic, incredibly elegant, and incredibly fun. Bushido Blade is an excellent choice for the PlayStation Classic.

Final Fantasy IX

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I know there’s already a Final Fantasy game on this thing, but IX deserves a spot on here too. Final Fantasy IX is a love letter to the franchise. It’s constantly overshadowed by VII, but those who have played IX will tell you it holds up. It’s medieval setting also provides a nice contrast to VII’s futuristic technology. Final Fantasy IX is charming and light-hearted, and it needs to be played by more people.

Tomb Raider 2

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Tomb Raider was a pioneer in the 3D action/adventure genre. It’s sequel, however, did everything better, and cemented Lara Croft as a gaming icon. Tomb Raider’s mix of exploration, platforming, puzzle-solving, and combat were perfected in the sequel. Refined controls, interesting environments, and exciting set pieces make Tomb Raider 2 the high point of the original games.

Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver

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Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver is a drastic departure from its predecessor, which was a top-down RPG. Soul Reaver is a sprawling action RPG with an engrossing narrative. The game’s key mechanic of switching between the physical and spectral realms allowed for interesting gameplay, and it’s also one of the first projects written by Amy Hennig, one of the industry’s most talented writers.

Rayman

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Rayman, like Symphony of the Night, ignored the call of the third dimension and instead remained 2D. The result was a gorgeous and incredibly animated game with great music and strong platforming. Rayman’s legacy can be seen in many 2D platformers since its release, and it’s still worth revisiting today.

Chrono Cross

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Chrono Trigger is widely regarded as one of the greatest games ever made. Its sequel doesn’t quite reach the same heights, but it’s still a phenomenal RPG and one of the best games on the PlayStation. In true Chrono fashion, the game features multiple endings and a journey that will send you across time and space.

Tenchu 2: Birth of the Stealth Assassins

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Metal Gear Solid and Tenchu were the tentpoles of 3D stealth on the PlayStation. Tenchu 2 featured a mission creator where you could build your own assassination missions and customize every feature from objectives to level layouts. An endlessly replayable stealth game with ninjas? Yes please.

Klonoa: Door to Phantomile

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Criminally underrated, Klonoa is an exceptionally designed platformer that didn’t go fully 3D, instead opting for a 2.5D approach. The result is a challenging and deliberately designed platformer that uses the PlayStation’s graphical power to create gorgeous scenery. It’s up there with the platforming greats, and a spot on the PlayStation Classic could finally give this game the recognition it deserves.

 

Got any suggestions for the PlayStation Classic lineup? Did I miss something? Be sure to let me know down below.

You Can Now Download PS4 and PS2 Games on PlayStation Now

A small chunk of Sony’s subscription service is now playable offline.

A post on the PlayStation Blog earlier today announced that, in addition to being able to stream PS2, PS3, and PS4 games through PlayStation Now, subscribers can now download PS2 and PS4 titles to your PS4 system. Downloaded games will support user-purchased DLC, microtransactions, and add-ons, and will even feature PS4 Pro enhancements on applicable titles. Games played through PlayStation Now also don’t require PlayStation Plus.

44791871711_5ef3c34c9a_h-755x425If you’re looking to download a game you’ve been previously streaming and want to keep your save data, you’ll need a PlayStation Plus member ship to do so. You’ll also need to connect to the internet every few days to verify your PlayStation Now subscription if you want to play offline. Some of the highlights of the downloadable offerings include Bloodborne, God of War 3 Remastered, and Until Dawn.

Allowing users to download titles puts PlayStation Now in a similar realm to Xbox Game Pass, but the latter includes downloadable seventh generation titles, while the former does not.

Sony is currently running a promotion on PlayStation Now subscriptions through September 25. You can get a month of PlayStation Now for $10 or a year for $100 if you’re a new subscriber. Current subscribers can get a discounted 3 months added to their subscription for $30.

 

 

The Fortnite Cube Just Dissolved Into Loot Lake

After its appearance almost four weeks ago, Fortnite’s mysterious cube has ended its journey across the map by plunging into Loot Lake and dissolving, turning the entire lake into a bouncy playground.

At 1PM PT, the cube dropped into the lake. The cube immediately began to dissolve, and within a minute, the entirety of Loot Lake had become a flat, bouncy surface.

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The cube was zapped into Fortnite’s world back on August 24. Shortly after its arrival, it began to slowly move every half hour or so, starting out in the desert biome and passing through Fatal Fields, Wailing Woods, and Tilted Towers, leaving strange runes in its wake at various locations.

It’s unknown if this is the last we’ll see of the cube, or if this is the start of another overarching narrative in Fortnite’s world. We should find out the greater implications of this transformation soon, as Season 6 starts next week on September 25.

 

A Game From 2009 Was A Bestseller For August 2018

The August NPD report is here, and Madden NFL 19 was last month’s top seller. Madden has been the best selling game every August since 2000, except for 2011 and 2012, but they only missed being the best-selling games in August because they launched during the September tracking period. Madden NFL 19 is the best selling entry in the franchise since Madden NFL 13.

Monster Hunter World made a resurgence last month thanks to its PC release, taking the number two spot, followed by Rainbow Six Siege, Grand Theft Auto V, and Mario Kart 8, which came in third, fourth, and fifth respectively. GTA V continues to remain a powerhouse for sales, with last month marking its 59th month on the top seller charts. To put that in perspective, the game has been on the market for 60 months.

Also notable for August 2018 was 2009’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 charting at the eighth spot, compared to ranking 321st in July. The game’s substantial boost in sales can be attributed to its addition to the Xbox One backwards compatibility catalog toward the end of the month.

Here are the top twenty best-selling games for August 2018:

  1. Madden NFL 19
  2. Monster Hunter: World
  3. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
  4. Grand Theft Auto V
  5. Mario Kart 8
  6. Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker
  7. God of War
  8. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  9. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  10. Super Mario Odyssey
  11. Minecraft
  12. Crash Bandicoot: N.Sane Trilogy
  13. Far Cry 5
  14. Monster Hunter: Generations Ultimate
  15. Call of Duty: WWII
  16. Mario Tennis Aces
  17. Overwatch
  18. Lego The Incredibles
  19. We Happy Few
  20. The Crew 2

Castlevania Requiem: Symphony of the Night and Rondo of Blood rated for PS4

Just like most early announcements, the Game Rating and Administration Committee of Korea rated a previously unknown Castlevania collection entitled Castlevania Requiem: Symphony of the Night and Rondo of Blood. Both a Japanese and English version of the game were submitted, so it’s likely the duology is coming to the west.

Castlevania: Rondo of Blood originally saw a Japanese only release on the PC Engine, but was later remade for the SNES as Castlevania Dracula X. Symphony of the Night is the direct sequel to Rondo of Blood and was met with critical acclaim, with many citing it as one of the greatest video game of all-time.

Tokyo Game Show starts soon, so expect an announcement there. PlayStation’s showcase is September 19 at 9pm EDT and 6pm PDt. Konami’s is September 21 at 3:30am EDT and 12:30am PDT.

 

 

PlayStation Classic Coming This December

Sony announced a miniature console similar to Nintendo’s NES and SNES Classic Editions. The mini-console will launch on December 3 at an MSRP of $99.99 and will come pre-loaded with 20 games, 5 of which have already been revealed. As of right now, Sony has shown Final Fantasy VII, Tekken 3, Wild Arms, Jumping Flash, and Ridge Racer Type 4. They promise other “legendary titles” to be announced prior to release.

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Sony’s mini-console is 45% smaller than the original PlayStation. Similar to Nintendo’s Classic offerings, Sony has attempted to mimic the console’s original packaging as much as possible. Each PlayStation Classic comes with the console, two original controllers, an HDMI cable, and a USB cable. Interestingly, the console does not include an AC adapter, so you’ll have to snag one from a phone charger or something in that vein. The controllers are also pre-Dualshock (sorry Ape Escape fans).

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The PlayStation Classic launches on December 3, the same day the PlayStation launched in Japan, at an MSRP of $99.99. Pre orders are currently available at Best Buy and Gamestop. Other retailers like Amazon, Walmart, and Target should soon follow.

Changes Happening to Blackout Before Launch

The Blackout beta ended Monday afternoon after a very busy week, and Treyarch has detailed some of the changes they’ll be making for the game’s launch next month thanks to player feedback.

The armor system in Blackout was met with criticism, with players feeling that Level 3 Armor provided too much defense and made some gunfights unwinnable. During the beta, armor underwent numerous adjustments.

  • Level 3 Armor saw its spawn frequency reduced by 75% and was relegated to stashes and supply drops, although occasionally spawning as floor loot
  • Level 3 Armor now breaks sooner, and Level 2 Armor saw minor adjustments to health
  • In the future, players will be able to see the condition of the Armor they are wearing as well as their teammates’s Armor in the HUD

Audio was another common complaint during the beta. Things were way too loud, and things like vehicles sounded much closer than they actually were. Luckily, Treyarch detailed the audio changes they’re planning for launch.

  • Sounds will be properly impacted by walls, ceilings, floors, and other objects. Now enemies a floor above or below players won’t be as loud
  • The plane, punching, and other loud sounds are being looked at. Treyarch pointed out the game has not yet had its final audio mix
  • Teammates’ footsteps won’t be as loud as enemy footsteps
  • The Awareness Perk will make friendly footsteps even quieter while amplifying enemy ones
  • The final game will feature audio presets

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Console players also complained about Blackout’s inventory management and looting systems. Treyarch heard all the feedback and laid out some changes.

  • Treyarch is evaluating the interface for looting stashes and crates
  • A method will be added to quickly strip a weapon of all its attachments
  • There will be a way to swap attachments between two weapons if both weapons support the attachment

Call-of-Duty-Black-Ops-4-Blackout-beta-grenade_trans++qVzuuqpFlyLIwiB6NTmJwfSVWeZ_vEN7c6bHu2jJnT8Blackout saw some performance issues on Xbox One, but thankfully Treyarch acknowledged the problems and is currently investigating the choppiness. Of course, Blackout wasn’t all bugs and problems, far from it, actually. Treyarch released some fun statistics to cap off the past week.

  • 7.5 million Zombies were killed
  • 26 million teammates were revived
  • 3.3 billion items were picked up
  • 64 million stashes were spawned
  • The longest Combat Axe kill was 698 feet
  • There were a total of 123 basketball kills

Most kills by an individual player:

  • Solos: 25
  • Duos: 29
  • Quads: 25

Most kills by a team:

  • Duos: 32
  • Quads: 38

Blackout will launch with Call of Duty: Black Ops III on October 12 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The game will be the first in the series to ditch a single player campaign in favor of a completely multiplayer experience.