The Full List Of PlayStation Classic Games Is Out, And Some Fans Aren’t Happy

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Nintendo’s NES and SNES Classic Editions may have become million-sellers but Sony has gatecrashed the ‘retro’ party with its recent announcement of the swanky new PlayStation Classic, a micro-console based on the legendary 32-bit system which marked the company’s first serious entry into the video game hardware arena.

The pint-sized system – which comes with two controllers and connects to your TV via HDMI – is due for release on December 3rd, and when Sony initially confirmed its existence it only revealed five of the 20 included titles: Final Fantasy VII, Tekken 3, Ridge Racer Type 4, Jumping Flash and Wild Arms.

Today, we have the full lineup of games, and predictably, there are some complaints about what is (and isn’t) included. When you have a system which has sold 102.49 million units during its lifespan, it goes without saying that pleasing absolutely every single fan is going to be an utterly impossible proposition.

Before we get to that, here’s the list:

  • 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
  • Wild Arms

Now, there are some solid gold classics in there. Metal Gear Solid, Final Fantasy VII, Tekken 3, Resident Evil, Ridge Racer Type 4, Grand Theft Auto… these titles alone would be worth the asking price, at least if you spoke to most diehard PlayStation fans. They’re great games that would cost a lot to source today in their original form, even on the second-hand market.

Even the ‘fringe’ games like Twisted Metal, Syphon Filter and Rayman are worth a punt, even if they’re perhaps not quite as essential as other titles. And the fact that Sony has been able to secure the rights to Revelations: Persona – which didn’t even get a UK release – is welcome news indeed.

However, given how many amazing games were released on the PlayStation, it’s inevitable that there have been some complaints online. A cursory browse through Twitter today reveals a host of unhappy fans, which perhaps speaks volumes about the depth of the console’s library.

There’s no Tomb Raider or Wipeout, for example – two franchises which found global fame on Sony’s machine. We’re also missing Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Ridge Racer Revolution, Rage Racer, Final Fantasy Tactics, Silent Hill, Suikoden, Gran Turismo, Soul Blade, Crash Bandicoot – the list is almost endless.

So why are these games absent? Well, licencing will no doubt be one reason. Wipeout and Gran Turismo both featured ‘proper’ music at a time when this was still a novelty, and it’s likely that Sony simply doesn’t think it’s worth the time and effort to regain the rights to those songs again for this release; the same will be true of Wipeout 2097, Wipeout 3 and Gran Turismo 2.

With other games – like Symphony of the Night – the timing is perhaps off; Konami and Sony have just worked together on a special double-pack release which includes that game and its prequel, which is exclusive to the PlayStation 4. Adding SotN to the PlayStation Classic might take sales away from that.

Even so, the fact that there are so many games missing that really should have been included means that some people’s excitement has been tempered somewhat – and given how poorly some PlayStation games have aged over the past few decades, we’re can’t blame them – does anyone really want to play Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six in 2018?

To make matters worse, the Japanese version of the system actually has some more interesting inclusions:

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

The fact is, with over 7,000 different pieces of software to choose from, Sony was never, ever going to be able to make every single fan happy. Everyone was going to have a title they wanted to see included, and it’s not as simple as just clicking your fingers and getting the game. Because Sony relied so heavily on third-party support during this period, it will have had to deal with external publishers to secure the rights and data to these games; taking this into account, it’s perhaps unsurprising that it has gone with some fairly safe (read: boring) choices, despite the fact that the PlayStation had arguably the most diverse and exciting software library of the period.

Sony was never going to be able to please absolutely everyone, but the reaction does seem to suggest that the games it has picked are perhaps a little more divisive than the ones Nintendo included on the NES and SNES Classics. Hopefully, someone will find a way of hacking the console once it arrives and we’ll all be able to load up Ridge Racer Revolution, which really should have been included. Humph.

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