Sony announces the PlayStation Classic


Yes, definitely a PS2 game. It was Square’s “look what we can do with graphics and FMV on a DVD disc!” showpiece. I kinda doubt this will include stuff like Tobal or Ehrgeiz, SQuare’s PS1 fighters. Bushido Blade could conceivably make the cut.


God the PS1 era is so fucking ugly. As it’s only 20 titles (for 100 bucks, heh), it seems unlikely to me they would do something like include all of FF7-9.

That said, I would consider a PS1 RPG machine. Although I probably wouldn’t buy one.


They should definitely get FF8 and promote the fact that it’s only on PlayStation.


Shattered Soldier is a PS2 game!

I honestly can’t think of much I’d be interested in that I don’t already own (Tomba!, Parasite Eve) and that doesn’t have a modern reissue or remake of some sort (Final Fantasy Tactics, Symphony of the Night, Tactics Ogre).

Not that I’d want to spend $100 for a pile of PSX games anyway, for many of the reasons others have already stated.


Here’s the thing people may not realize: PS1 sold nearly twice as much as the NES, and more than twice as much as the SNES. As much nostalgia as there is for those systems, there is an even larger generation of people who came of age playing PlayStation. This is especially true globally. So if you’re over 35 and don’t get it, imagine all the people five or ten years younger than you who will eat this up.


Oh, I am sure it’s going to sell some units. But 99% of the games on the system are fuck-ugly. Even something like SoTN has some 3d objects in it and they are fuck ugly and stick out badly. There’s a reason lots of people are making games right now with “16-bit style” graphics (or variants thereof), but exactly nobody is making games with Ps1 era graphics. It’s not because nobody got the idea to replicate the look and feel of a PS1 era game. I think the amount of pining that exists for this era remains to be seen.

It’s unfortunate that there are games we’ll probably lose to time unless they make it out on this. I’m surprised they included Wild Arms, since I believe it sold modestly outside of Japan. I doubt it will include Breath of Fire III.


Actually, people are making games with PS1 era graphics. See for example

I agree with you that it’s not an appealing era for graphics, though.


D’oh! Well, nevermind, then. I’ll wait for the PS2 classic.

PS1 has what, only the first Silent Hill? Boo.


Those poor kids. Is there anything we can do to help them?


Vote democrat.


The business model of this device is “fortune cookie”. Sony expect hackers to open it, and find a way to install many games on it. Something I hope dont happen.


Here you go.

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
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


Aww, no Bushido Blade or Soul Blade

But it did hit a lot of the high points I remember being jealous of.


Hahahah, no Gran Turismo, no Final Fantasy IX, which are the only two games I was sort of looking forward to seeing on this machine. Instead we get Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six.

I wonder if they’ll have a dual shock controller, which came late in the life of the Playstation, or the original controller, without any analog sticks?

Edit: The image in the OP looks like the original controller. Hahahahah. Brilliant! In that case, I don’t blame them for not including Wipeout and Gran Turismo.


Interesting that there’s no Wipe-Out or Gran Turismo among them. Castlevania: SoTN would have made a good fit as well.


Many fond memories of this game. I guess perhaps they don’t want to cannibalize the newer Soulcalibur sales?


The original Persona? C’mon, guys, you could at least have skipped to the one that wasn’t weirdly racist and quite badly translated. (Persona 2: Eternal Punishment). Sure, you miss a little bit of story context from the first game and a LOT from the never localized Persona 2: Innocent Sin… but so would most people have back in the day.

(Not that Persona 1 is a bad game but you really, really want to play the massively superior PSP remake.)




I don’t have any nostalgia for the system but there are a few surprising omissions (Tomb Raider jumps out, Crash and Spyro are surprising if you don’t consider the remasters).

On the other hand more people will be exposed to Intelligent Qube and Jumping Flash so I consider that a net positive.

The Japanese list is a bit different:

  • Arc the Lad
  • Arc the Lad 2
  • Armored Core
  • Resident Evil Director’s Cut
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • G Darius
  • Gradius Gaiden
  • Intelligent Qube
  • Jumping Flash
  • Revelations: Persona
  • Metal Gear Solid
  • Mr. Driller
  • Parasite Eve
  • Ridge Racer Type 4
  • SaGa Frontier
  • Super Puzzle Fighter IIX
  • Tekken 3
  • Toshinden
  • Wild Arms
  • XI [sái] (Devil Dice)


On the other hand, most people aren’t really going to play the games on these retro consoles, especially longer-form RPGs… The game list just needs to be enticing enough to make people buy it, plonk around with it for an evening, and then forget it’s there.

From a marketing perspective, Persona 1 is great for that, because it’s just “play the first game in the Persona series!” And by the time people realize that it isn’t really all that much like Persona 5, you already have their money.