The PlayStation Classic is out now and everyone has had their say on the questionable lineup. It’s something of a mixed bag all be told and there seem to be some pretty glaring omissions for whatever reason. It’s definitely not a must buy for me that’s for sure. With this in mind it got me thinking about what I’d like to like to see from the inevitable PlayStation 2 Classic, so here are The Top 10 Things The PlayStation 2 Classic Needs To Include.
10. Gran Turismo 3
The lack of a Gran Turismo game on the PS1 seems a massive dropped bollock as it was Sony’s main driving game for the longest time. I assume it’s down to licensing that it wasn’t added, but the third entry in the series was excellent and would be a worthy inclusion to the follow up classic console.
9. Rumble Racing
This was a hell of a lot of fun, it was essentially SSX with cars and was great to play multiplayer. It’s a shame it’s never had a sequel or a HD port to more recent consoles but popping it on a PS2 classic release might make up for that somewhat, it’d definitely be nice to be able to play it again.
I’ve talked about my love of Okami quite a bit at the point but it’s worth noting that it was originally released on the PlayStation 2 so it feels like a good fit for a classic machine. It also has the added bonus of exposing it to an entirely new audience and this is a game that deserves to be played by as many people as possible.
7. God of War
Ideally they’d shove both PS2 games on there, seems a little redundant not to put them all on there especially given the battle with the Colossus of Rhodes in the second game. It would also be a decent shout overall as these games were a couple of the signature PS2 exclusives way back when.
6. Suikoden 3
Never released in Europe sadly, this would be an excellent RPG addition to the lineup. I love the Suikoden series so not getting to play this was a huge disappointment at the time and I’m sure other people felt the same way. I also think one of the nice things about these classic machines is adding in some obscure stuff for people.
5. Jak & Daxter
Possibly my favourite 3D platformer ever created, it’s incredibly well made. This is to be expected from a Naughty Dog game. I’m not overly keen on the follow-ups but the original is one that’s definitely worth playing and it’s again it’s a key PS2 exclusive so feels like a no-brainer to include.
4. SOS Final Escape
I’d assume this game isn’t massively well remembered but it was good fun. It has you trying to escape from an island that’s gradually sinking after a natural disaster. It’s a game that’s never had any kind of digital re-release outside of Japan so it’d be an inclusion that I’d appreciate as it’d be a great opportunity to play it again.
3. Silent Hill 2
In my opinion, this is the finest example of survival horror made on any platform. It’s got a pretty amazing plot and it’s scary as hell, and it’s another game that was originally published on the PS2 and that correlation makes it an ideal candidate for inclusion.
2. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
Possibly the best story of any Metal Gear game, coupled with unusual restraint from Hideo Kojima makes this my favourite game on the series. It also acts as a prequel to the so there’s no game before, if you were to only include the one game though obviously knowledge of the series is useful.
1. An improved PS2 Controller
The original PS2 controller was horseshit, the analogue sticks too loose and the buttons too spongy. I’d like to see an improved controller that takes lessons learned and applies them in this instance. I don’t want an exact replica of what is possibly the worst controller ever made just because of nostalgia, I’d rather something a bit more in line with the PS4 pad which is superb.
Now I appreciate I’ve missed off a crapload of games for the purpose of making a top ten and because of this here are some honourable mentions should be considered. With a longer list I’ve have definitely included games like ICO, Shadow of the Colossus, Ratchet & Clank, Resident Evil 4 and GTA Vice City. There will no doubt be countless others I’ve completely forgotten about so feel free to correct me in the comments below.