Did Sony miss the mark with the PlayStation Classic’s list of games?

Sony has officially released the names of all 20 games to be included with their upcoming PlayStation Classic, including some big RPG’s the form of FFVII and Wild Arms, and classics like as the original Grand Theft Auto, Metal Gear Solid and Twisted Metal. There are some good games in the bunch, but are there enough to really push this console at launch?

First up, here’s the list of all 20 games on the PlayStation Classic:

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

As someone who grew up with the original PlayStation, there are games that I was hoping would be on there that didn’t make the cut. First, can you even call it a PlayStation Classic without Crash Bandicoot, arguably the most PlayStation-y classic there is? What about the lack of a single Tomb Raider game? No Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Spyro, or Silent Hill? I was also bummed to see no Tony Hawk games, especially THPS2, but as Jett from inthirdperson.com pointed out, the cost of the music rights alone would probably kill that game in its tracks. Also absent are notable names like Suikoden II and Gran Turismo, both flagship entries in the classic PlayStation lineup.

Even some of the games that we’re happy for may turn out to be a little disappointing. I know many people are going to be excited about FFVII on the Classic, but if we’re getting it in its original resolution, it will be nearly unplayable on modern TV’s. Trust me, I’ve tried.

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It makes sense that Sony would leave some of these out, as Crash Bandicoot, Spyro and RE2 all just got remade so there’s really no real incentive to add them. These huge games, however, would truly elevate the console, and help mitigate the fact that many of these games are already available on Steam, PS4, PS3 and Vita in remastered form.

From this list, it seems like a lot of the draw to the PS Classic will simply be the collectable nature of the console itself rather than its great list of games. This brings up the true question, do we really need the PlayStation Classic if we can already get the games in easier and less expensive ways?

What do you think about the PlayStation Classic lineup? Let us know in the comments!

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