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When Sony announced the PlayStation Classic, they teased only five of the 20 included games: Final Fantasy 7, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3, and Wild Arms. The original PlayStation has plenty of great classics to get excited about, so we’re listing the 15 other games we’d like to see on the mini emulator. Some of these games face an uphill battle given licensing and company restrictions, so consider this our dream list representing multiple genres and gameplay styles.
The PlayStation Classic is launching December 3.
Final Fantasy 8
The Final Fantasy series was on a roll throughout the 90s. Final Fantasy 7 gets a lot of love and attention as one of the first big 3D JRPGs, but 8 is beloved by many as a worthy followup. It portrayed characters in a more realistic art style and featured a complex battle system that involved ‘drawing’ magic instead of using MP. Even with Final Fantasy 7 already announced for the PlayStation Classic, few PS1 fans could complain about including FF8 as well.
Final Fantasy Tactics
While the main series put out some of the greatest RPGs of all time, Final Fantasy also enjoyed an excellent strategy spinoff in Final Fantasy Tactics. The 3D chessboard-like battlefields provided fun tactical opportunities. Each character could switch between 20 different classes, creating endless combinations and replay value. It also introduced the world to Ivalice, a popular Final Fantasy universe that would later be utilized in the later Final Fantasy MMOs.
Metal Gear Solid
A relative late-comer to the PlayStation One, the action series Metal Gear Solid became renowned for its excellent stealth mechanics, practically inventing an entirely new subgenre of stealth games. The series went on to spawn bigger and better sequels through multiple generations of PlayStation consoles, making series director Hideo Kojima a household name for many gamers.
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Speaking of inventing genres, Symphony of the Night reinvented the platforming of classic Castlevania games into something else entirely. It, along with Super Metroid (featured on the SNES Classic), are considered the progenitors of the ‘metroidvania’ genre, creating an open 2D world full of secrets, hidden paths, extra bosses, and numerous abilities, weapons, and spells to unlock.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2
Skater culture was all the rage in the 90s. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater was the perfect confluence of tight controls and great game design that took full advantage of popular culture. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater was the Madden Football of its day, and the sequel is often considered one of the best sports games of all time.
Resident Evil 2
The original PlayStation era witnessed the birth of the now classic horror series Resident Evil. The original was memorable but rough around the edges. The sequel opened up the action from beyond the mansion into the surrounding city in the grips of a zombie apocalypse. It remains a masterclass in creating uneasy tension through graphics, sound, and pacing.
The emergence of 3D was rough for many genres, yet racing games made an excellent transition thanks in large part to Gran Turismo. The racing simulator quickly became one of best-selling games on the console, featuring a staggering 140 licensed cars and cementing the genre’s popularity for years.
PaRappa the Rapper
Without the dance pad there’s not a good way to include Dance Dance Revolution but that doesn’t mean the PlayStation Classic should turn a blind eye to the then-emerging rhythm game genre. PaRappa fills that requirement nicely, as the titular anthropomorphic dog matches symbols flying across the screen to right beats.
With the success of the recently rebooted trilogy, it would be more than appropriate to revisit the game that started it all. Tomb Raider was one of the best 3D action-adventure games of its time, spawning a host of sequels and immortalizing beloved heroine Lara Croft for decades to come.
Chrono Cross was the highly anticipated sequel to one of the best RPGs on the SNES (and best RPGs period). The time-traveling adventure explored alternate dimensions with a ridiculously huge cast of characters and a highly customizable spell system. It also features one of the best soundtracks ever produced.
Some may only know Crash Bandicoot from Skylanders, or maybe from that certain sequence in Uncharted 4. But back in the day, Crash was considered the Mario of the Sony PlayStation. He never quite achieved the popularity of the mustachioed plumber, but he still starred in some solid 3D platformers, spawning several sequels and spinoffs.
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
Hack and slash action games were still in their infancy in the early days of 3D gaming. Legacy of Kain helped pave the way by putting you in the shoes of a powerful vampire. Raziel could employ a large variety of weapons, glide with his wings, and use the environment to defeat his enemies.
Medal of Honor
One of the biggest and most popular shooter franchises today, Call of Duty, can be traced all the way back to the PS1 with the original Medal of Honor. Originally developed as a video game version of the seminal World War 2 Steven Spielburg film Saving Private Ryan, the series really took off thanks to its split-screen multiplayer mode.
Metal Slug X
Our dream list is woefully short on cooperative games. Thankfully the perfect series exists for couch co-op. The Metal Slug games were 2D, arcade-like shoot ’em ups that reveled in over-the-top 80s and 90s era action movies. Players could find different weapons as power-ups and even command vehicles against gigantic bosses.
Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysse
True to its name, Oddworld was a 2D platformer in a bizarre alien world. At a time when many games were experiencing the technical woes of early 3D design, Oddworld gave us refreshingly beautiful 2D art and animations, with a great balance of action and puzzles.
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If you’re itching to get your hands on Final Fantasy XV’s fancy PC version ahead of its March 6 release, Square Enix has you covered. Today they announced that a free demo of the upcoming Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition is coming February 26 to Steam, Origin, and the Windows 10 Microsoft Store.
The demo will include the tutorial and all of chapter one. Any save data from the Windows 10 version will be cross-compatible with the Xbox One version of Final Fantasy XV. A later update will enable Windows 10 and Xbox One players to play together with the Comrades multiplayer expansion.
Square Enix also announced pre-order details for the Final Fantasy Windows Edition, organized by which digital store you purchase from.
Purchasing the game before May 1 grants the Half-Life Pack. The Half-Life Pack provides a costume for Noctics that turns him into Gordon Freeman, the silent, bespectacled protagonist of the Half-Life series. The costume will also be available for multiplayer avatars when playing the Comrades expansion.
The last Half-Life game released in 2007. Valve, rather infamously, has no plans to make any more despite leaving the story unfinished.
Steam players will also receive the FFXV Fashion Collection, which includes some more outfits for Noctics in the forms of T-Shirts showing off the various DLC packs. These shirts actually have in-game benefits, from increasing strength to improving health recovery.
Pre-ordering from Origin grants the FFXV Decal Selection, letting players decorate the Regalia car with colorful details. Other pre-order bonuses will be announced later.
You will receive the FFXV Powerup Pack if you purchase via the Microsoft Store. The pack includes 10 phoenix downs, 10 elixirs, and a legendary sword called Dodanuki.
Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition will support up to 8k resolution with HDR10 and Dobly Atmos, as well as mod support and all released DLC and updates. Console owners interested in this version can upgrade to the Royal Edition. Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition will be available March 6, with the demo coming February 26. It’s rated T for Teen.
Square Enix has released Final Fantasy XV for iOS, Android, and Amazon devices. It’s called Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition, and includes the full game, built for mobile devices. The…