When the Playstation Classic was announced at Tokyo Game Show last September, we were all just as jazzed as everyone else. It seemed like replaying those classic PSOne games and reliving those beloved gaming moments was the perfect way to spend the holidays. However, with our recent hands-on time with the PS Classic at the recent Playstation Media Thanksgiving event, it certainly feels like a blast from the past but for better and for worse. If you’re considering buying a Playstation Classic for yourself, you might want to ask yourself these Five Questions before you do:
The biggest deciding factor in whether you should get the Playstation Classic has got to be the games lineup. As it stands the PS Classic comes with 20 games from the PSone era with a decent mix between different genres, they are as follows:
On the upside, the Playstation Classic has some absolute classics on the roster. There’s arguably the best PSOne game of all-time included in the bundle in Metal Gear Solid. There’s all one of the best RPGs of all time in Final Fantasy VII so that certainly doesn’t hurt as well. There’s also the cult classic Wild Arms and Revelations: Persona reinforcing FF7 on the RPG front while the first iterations of Syphon Filter, Resident Evil Director’s Cut and Grand Theft Auto round out the mini-system’s biggest highlights.
There are also some games that are nice to have to serve up some variety to the roster: puzzle platformers Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee and Rayman add their timeless gameplay and charm to the mix while the fan-favorite Tekken 3 makes sure fighting game fans have something to sink their teeth into. As the only racing game in the line-up Ridge Racer Type 4 satisfies but the nitpicker in me says that it’s no Gran Turismo which would have made a more iconic pick for the system.
Then finally, during our time with the PS Classic we tried some games that didn’t quite age gracefully. These shockingly felt very dated and controlled very clunkily using the original PS controllers. Twisted Metal especially felt very unwieldy with having to aim as well as steer with the directional buttons. Likewise playing a few rounds of Battle Arena Toshinden felt sluggish and clunky in sharp contrast to the technical brilliance of Tekken 3 which is the only other fighting game on the roster. I feel like Soul Edge, Rival Schools, Samurai Showdown or any of the Marvel vs Capcom games would have made excellent additions to the line-up instead. We also put in some play time in Cool Boarders 2 in which the vacant level design and un-intuitive mechanics made it feel very dated in a different way.
This is doubly important since Sony has disclosed to IGN that there will be no post launch games to come for the mini-system. This means that the current 20 game line-up is final and will not be added to. This means there will be no Castlevania, no Vagrant Story, no Spyro, no Bandicoots, no Tomba and no Tony Hawks. The 20 that you get is ALL you get.
The Playstation Classic is priced at a solid PHP 6,495 ($99.99). It comes with the aforementioned 20-game line-up, an HDMI cable, a USB cable, and two (2) wired Original Playstation controllers.
One of the few crucial omissions from the PS Classic bundle is the puzzling exclusion of an AC Adapter which you need to play with the Classic out of the box. Surely, it would have been way more convenient (not to mention appealing) to prospective customers if they’d be able to immediately hook up and play with their newly purchased PS Classic without having to scrounge around for a spare AC Adapter.
While it is very nice that the PS Classic comes with two controllers out of the box, these are Original Playstation Controllers and NOT Dual Shock Controllers. This means no Analog Sticks and no Vibration function. In an age where analog sticks are so ingrained as part of modern gaming, it feels really archaic to revert back to solely using the d-pad especially when it comes to controlling 3D games.
Additionally, Camera Management and Aiming in games such as Syphon Filter and Twisted Metal would have been a significantly more enjoyable experience with Dual Analog controls. Luckily, majority of the line-up can function relatively unhindered without the use of analog sticks- the fighting games, the puzzle games and the platformers all survive the key exclusion-but it would have been better to have have them as well as the vibration function.
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