Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage:
I’m going to say this right now, Spyro the Dragon is better than Crash Bandicoot. You’ll see this once the remastered trilogy comes out (I almost cried when it was delayed). Similar to Crash, Insomniac seemed to get a better understanding of what they had with the sequel. More collectibles, a better story, more varied levels, and the introduction of Tom Kenny as the titular dragon all add up to an incredible package. Also similar to Crash, the third game added some unnecessary mechanics like the addition of new playable characters. While the first relied on the D-Pad for control, the second game added analog control, which again could prove difficult with the pack-in controllers.
Yes, there is going to be a fighting game on the console already, but Bushido Blade had an interesting spin on the genre. With the ability to one-hit kill your opponent and the body damage system, matches were tense and added a new level of interest compared to Tekken or Street Fighter. This would be another great example of why there are two controllers packed in.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2:
This one is a licensing nightmare, so it’s unlikely to come to the PlayStation Classic, but this would be an incredible dream. Activision no longer owns the IP, and many of the music licenses have more than likely expired at this point. But, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 improved on the original with the addition manuals and new collectibles. While I prefer some of the levels from the original, the sequel is an all-around better game that I still think about to this day. The multiplayer modes beg for friends to come over and try and beat your score and the level editor can add hours of fun. While the music is important to the game, I’d be fine if Sony could add this game without the tracklist just to replay it again.
I don’t like spooky games, and Resident Evil is to blame. I remember staying up until the late hours of the night and walking through the Spencer Mansion, having my heart race as I turned a corner hoping to not find a zombie waiting to eat my brains out. Let’s face it, the game doesn’t hold up anymore because of muddy graphics and tank controls, but why not give old (and new) players the ability to play the game that basically popularized the survival horror genre. I wouldn’t mind seeing Resident Evil 2 or Resident Evil 3: Nemesis either, but the original is a lock.
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night:
This is another one I think is a slam dunk unless Konami decides to block this for whatever reason. Not much else needs to be said about this classic PlayStation title. Just remember, that when you think the game is done, it’s not.
Another title that doesn’t hold up that well today, but is still a great history piece. The original was a showcase of the PS1 and set the stage for 3D action-adventure games that followed. While her character design is outdated, Tomb Raider has a great chance of being on the console because of the recently released Shadow of the Tomb Raider.
Tenchu 2: Birth of Stealth Assassins:
We live in a world where we are getting new games rooted in Japanese mythology with the upcoming releases of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and Ghosts of Tsushima. Why not dig into the well for the PlayStation Classic and revive the long-dormant Tenchu series. The sequel acts as a prequel telling the story of protagonist Rikimaru’s early years and continues the stealth gameplay from the original. Tenchu 2 adds a mission editor that allows you to set goals and change level layouts to give players more time to spend stealthing around.
The sequel to Chrono Trigger has had an interesting history. Originally, the game was loved by critics, but fans cried foul at some of the differences from Chrono Trigger. Now would be a great time to showcase what made the sequel great, and maybe as an added bonus, Sony could one-up Nintendo by putting the port of Chrono Trigger in the bundle package. This would add a third (and potentially fourth) JRPG giving fans of the genre plenty to play for the price.
So that’s our list. Sony has the opportunity to add 15 incredible PlayStation Classic games to the PlayStation Classic, let’s hope they add a few of these. Did we miss any? What PlayStation Classic games do you think Sony should include? Leave your comments below, and for more on the PlayStation Classic, keep it locked to Mammoth Gamers.