Sony has announced the festive season’s latest nostalgia necessity in the PlayStation Classic which is set to hit store shelves this December. The products will be similar to the NES Classic and the SNES Mini released by Nintendo in previous years.
The compact new PlayStation Classic will come with an HDMI port and two controllers for local multiplayer. It will feature 20 classic PlayStation titles from Sony’s original console that launched in 1995 outside of Japan.
Already announced are Final Fantasy VII, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3 and Wild Arms. The other 15 titles set to be included remain a mystery so we’re going to attempt to build the hype train. Take a look at eight of our childhood favourites we’d like to revisit on the PlayStation Classic.
Metal Gear Solid
Hideo Kojima may not be associated with the franchise or even Konami anymore but that’s all the more reason to go back to the where it all began.
The game was originally packaged on two disks because it contained so much content. By today’s standards, the pixelated espionage thriller should make a concise addition to PlayStation Classic’s repertoire. A great way to tide us over until we can get more news on death stranding.
Oddworld Abe’s Oddysee
The 90’s was era filled with platforming mascots and not all of them were as successful as Crash Bandicoot. Whilst a lot of those characters are better left in the past we’d love to see Abe restored in glorious HD.
A more thoughtful platformer with a surprising cinematic story, Abe’s Oddysee was packed with great features. There was already a ‘ground-up remake’ release for the PS4 in 2014, so there’s certainly still a core audience.
Crash Team Racing
When PlayStation saw Crash’s popularity sore they resorted to borrowing a few other genres from a certain popular plumber. Honorary mention for Crash Bash but if we take off the rose tinted specs it can be somewhat unplayable.
PlayStation is missing a kart racing series from their catalogue of exclusives and hopefully, this could revive Crash Team Racing. The N’Sane Trilogy sold well and was in fact ported to other consoles so why not roll the dice on a return to CTR.
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
The Castlevania series has some great entries one, in particular, being the PlayStation exclusive Symphony of the Night.
The game switched up the typical formula and introduced Alucard as the principle character. The son of Dracula must hunt down Richter Belmont in a classic twist on the story. Alucard also brings a new range of abilities and attacks including turning into a bat. Need we say more?
WWF Smackdown 2: Know Your Role
We’re not sure how the licensing would work with this one what with WWE being a little protective of their content. But this PlayStation exclusive was arguably the first great wrestling game on a home console.
The arcade style, button-mashing gameplay is still incredibly satisfying. As is turning your finishers up to the maximum at the start and wailing on your unsuspecting opponent, not that we’d ever do that.
One of the most significant gaming franchises that was not included on the corresponding Nintendo console.
There is no underestimating Lara Croft’s contributions to the gaming Zeitgeist. Perhaps some updates to the control scheme are necessary but we’d love to revisit the first outing of this action platforming pioneer this Christmas.
Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2
The second best game of all-time according to Metacritic. How could it not be included in the PlayStation hits?
Introducing a number of new mechanics to the series it was the first game to nail down the free-flowing feel the genre is known for. Combining a string of skills and tricks made you feel like a genuine skating pro. If you’re anything like us you probably brought a real skateboard, only to never use because it was much more satisfying to play the game.
Dino Crisis 1&2
Finally, the cult classic that tried so hard but failed so poorly to keep up with the times. It may have lost itself in the sequels (the less said about Dungeon in Chaos the better) but it still holds a place in fans hearts.
After what feels like a lifetime of reboots and remake rumours, PlayStation could score some brownie points with this one. Capcom has dropped Dino Crisis easter eggs in several of their ongoing franchises so there’s clearly an interest from the developers. Let’s make this happen.