So yesterday, Sony announced the full line up of games on the PlayStation Classic. This was met with immediate outrage in the gaming community with a large number of people unhappy with the games that have been missed off from that list. In fact, a tweet of mine about it got so many comments about people being annoyed that it is now my most “engaged” tweet of all time!
Holy shit, the PlayStation Classic has Persona 1 on it! Along with MGS and Syphon Filter! Sure, it doesn't have everything I want on it, but that's still awesome! #retrogaming #gamersunite #retrogames #retrogamer pic.twitter.com/NL4y3iEMui
— Gareth @ 16-Bit Dad (@16bitdadblog) October 29, 2018
However, I’m actually not upset by the list of PlayStation Classic games. In fact, I think that Sony has done a reasonable job with it. So I wanted to throw my two pence into it and discuss why I am not angry about the PlayStation Classic games.
The PlayStation Library Is Huge
The first point that I want to make is about how big the library of games for the PlayStation is. It’s easy to forget or subconsciously ignore the fact that the console has over 1,000 games on it! That’s a crazy amount of games, especially for the time. Now, if you follow me on Twitter, you’ll probably have seen my Top 101 Games countdown on there (you can check it out here). What isn’t immediately obvious about that list is how much time went into putting it together.
Narrowing down all of the games that I like into just 101 was an incredibly challenging job. And again, that’s just based on the games that I like, personally. That doesn’t involve trying to pick games that I think the majority of people would like.
Trying to please everyone is nigh-on impossible when it comes to these “Mini” or “Classic” consoles. The same thing happened with the SNES Classic when Chrono Trigger wasn’t included on it, for example. No one entity can please everyone. That said, I think Sony did a rather good job at putting a list together that features a game for almost any walk of life.
Crash & Spyro Are Missing, But I Don’t Mind
Now, I’m not saying that I don’t care that Crash and Spyro aren’t on the PlayStation Classic. Naturally, I would prefer it if they were. However, I feel like there is a good reason why they weren’t included on the console.
You see, Crash just got a full HD remaster. On top of that, Spyro has one too. So it would be a completely wasted spot (from a commercial perspective) to include those two games. This is the same for Resident Evil 2 – it was never going to end up on the PlayStation Classic. Instead, we have the full-blown Resident Evil 2 Remake coming out in January. There would be no business sense in releasing the original one beforehand.
The PlayStation Classic Has Some Good Choices of Games
Yes, the list of games on the PlayStation Classic could have been better. That is something I’m not going to deny. However, this could also be said of the SNES Classic as well. There are some games that people certainly won’t be interested in. However, that’s not to say that the PlayStation Classic doesn’t come with some great games!
Here’s a list of the best games on the PlayStation Classic, in my opinion;
- Wild ARMS
- Revelations: Persona
- Syphon Filter
- Metal Gear Solid
- Resident Evil (even if it is the Director’s Cut)
- Grand Theft Auto
Now, there are other games on the list that are really good, but those were the ones that really stood out to me. But of course, I’m not really their target market – the casual, nostalgia-driven game is. So with that in mind, I think Sony managed to find a middle ground between the two extremes of a collector and someone who just wants to play these games.
One complete I see a lot is that it isn’t worth the cost because of the games on the PlayStation Classic. So, let’s take a look at how much the games mentioned above sell for on eBay at the time of writing;
- Wild ARMS – £40 on eBay
- Revelations: Persona – £132 on eBay
- Syphon Filter – £12 on eBay
- Metal Gear Solid – £13 on eBay
- Resident Evil Director’s Cut – £15 on eBay
- Grand Theft Auto – £8 on eBay (for the Platinum version)
So as you can see, based upon the games above and their current prices on eBay, it would cost you £220 to get all of the games. Plus, for Revelations: Persona, you would need to mod your PlayStation or get an American version of the console. Therefore, from a cost perspective, the PlayStation Classic is actually very good value for money as well.
And That’s All Folks
All in all, I’m still rather pleased with the PlayStation Classic. Obviously, I was disappointed that none of my choices that I said I would like to see make it onto the console (you can read that list here). But in the end, it’s really hard (if not impossible) to narrow down over 1,000 games to just 20 and make everyone happy.
I pre-ordered the PlayStation Classic when it was first announced, and I won’t be cancelling the pre-order. I’m really looking forward to playing through Revelations: Persona in its original form and the other games are definitely going to be a lot of fun. Plus, Wild ARMS is one of my all time favourite games, so that’s a big plus as well!
What are your thoughts on the PlayStation Classic? Let me know in the comments below!