Sony’s final State of Play stream of 2019 aired this morning, showcasing several games launching in early 2020, including the announcement of a remake of Resident Evil 3. It was…
Sony announced the date and time for their second ever State of Play live streamed broadcast. The new episode will air on Thursday, May 9 at 3 pm Pacific/6pm Eastern. You can tune in via Twitch, YouTube, Twitter, or Facebook.
The second State of Play episode will only be about 10 minutes long and focus entirely on PlayStation 4 games. Sony confirmed in the announcement that we won’t be getting any more PlayStation 5 (working title) news.
The program will show off an extended look at the upcoming MediEvil remake by PlayStation Worldwide Studios. The remake was originally announced with a trailer last fall. MediEvil is a full HD remake of the original PlayStation action-adventure from 1998. We wouldn’t be surprised if we also got a release date announcement.
This week’s State of Play will provide a “first look at a new title” as well as “updates and announcements from upcoming PS4 games.” We’re not sure if the new title is a brand new unannounced game, however.
We previously learned several intriguing details about Sony’s next console via a Wired interview with console lead designer Mark Cerny. Details include a solid state drive, 8K resolution support, native PSVR support, and backwards compatibility with the PlayStation 4. Cerny confirmed that we won’t be seeing the new console this year, but all signs point to Sony announcing its new console some time later this year, possibly during one of these State of Play broadcasts.
State of Play’s third episode will air later this year.
Sony is airing their inaugural State of Play video series this afternoon at 2 pm Pacific/5 pm Eastern. The broadcast will air on the official PlayStation social media channels, including…
The wave of pre-packaged retro consoles has begun. Last month Sony announced the PlayStation Classic, a miniature replica of their first 90s era console. The announcement only teased five of the 20 included games. Instead of teasing out the rest, they revealed the full library this morning.
The bolded games were the five that were previously announced.
- Battle Arena Toshinden
- Cool Boarders 2
- Destruction Derby
- Final Fantasy VII
- Grand Theft Auto
- Intelligent Qube
- Jumping Flash
- Metal Gear Solid
- Mr Driller
- Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee
- Resident Evil Director’s Cut
- Revelations: Persona
- Ridge Racer Type 4
- Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
- Syphon Filter
- Tekken 3
- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six
- Twisted Metal
- Wild Arms
The result is a bit disappointing. No Tony Hawk, Gran Turismo, Crash Bandicoot, Castlevania, and the only other JRPG is the first Persona game. Licensing is always a major hurdle with older games, which is why Nintendo has such a big advantage releasing its mini-console replicas.
There’s also some overlap with newly released and upcoming ports. In the case of Castlevania, a bundle including new ports of Rondo of Blood and Symphony of the Night was recently launched on PlayStation Store. A similar situation can be applied to the Crash and Spyro remakes, hence their exclusion here.
The good news: Metal Gear Solid, Twisted Metal, Oddworld, and Resident Evil are all solid inclusions.
Comparing the official list to our wishful speculation, only two games made it (Metal Gear Solid and Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee), yikes!
The PlayStation Classic includes 20 pre-loaded games and two classic controllers (NOT the iconic, but later released Dual Shock design). It’s out December 3 for $99.99.
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.
With the huge success of the NES Classic and SNES Classic Editions, it should be no surprise that Sony is following suit. Today they announced the PlayStation Classic, a miniature…