The PlayStation Classic Game List Is Here With Some Very Notable No-Shows

Before we begin here, we need to preface this article: Not every game you want is on here. There are some extraordinary glaring omissions. And some of the stuff they have put on there is a little strange to say the least. But we’ll get to that a bit later because, by and large, the list of games Sony has included on their upcoming nostalgia box aka the PlayStation Classic whips significant sack.

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The Mini PS1 was announced just over a month ago with the promise of coming pre-loaded with 20 classic PlayStation-era games, much akin to similar re-releases like the NES Classic or SNES Classic that have enabled Nintendo to make money hand-over-fist off of titles that were previously collecting dust on their shelves.

Overnight, Sony unveiled the list of 20 games the tiny PlayStation Classic box has, and it covers all of the crucial bases. Albeit in a round-about way.

For those playing along at home, the list reads thusly:

  • Battle Arena Toshinden
  • Cool Boarders 2
  • Destruction Derby
  • Final Fantasy 7
  • 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 2 Turbo
  • Syphon Filter
  • Tekken 3
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six
  • Twisted Metal
  • Wild Arms

Coupla points of contention there. In Metal Gear Solid and Final Fantasy 7 you’ve got two of the best games ever released on the platform. Abe’s Oddysey is a demented masterpiece of video game artwork. And dropping the original Grand Theft Auto onto there is a monumental surprise.

But to address the elephant in the room, there’s some absolutely wild omissions.

Firstly, you would’ve bet hands-to-houses that at least one of the Tomb Raider series would’ve been on here.

Secondly, it seems strange they were able to wrest Metal Gear Solid off of Konami for this but stopped short of pushing for Castlevania: Symphony of the Night; even wilder when you consider MGS came on two discs originally while the seemingly larger Symphony of the Night resided on just one.

Thirdly, and perhaps the most glaring of all, is how on earth could you ever compile something like this and LEAVE OFF both WipeOut 2097 AND PaRappa The Rapper.

It is insane. Insane to me.

Ahh well. Maybe, after all this time, kick punch really was all in the mind.

The PlayStation Classic is due for release in Australia on December 3rd, and will carry a price tag of $149.