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62 PSOne Classics we want on PSN

If you were to look at the PlayStation Network a few years ago and compare it to its competitors, there wouldn't be very much to say. “It's free” was usually the best argument you could offer. With time, however, Sony's online gaming network has come into its own, adding in features and content that have helped to make it – if not exactly a match for the likes of Xbox Live – at least a worthy contender.
 
Easily one of the coolest features that PSN boasts is its growing library of downloadable PSOne games. Playable not just on the PS3 but also on the PSP, the selection has grown to include some of the original PlayStation's most prominent titles, including Final Fantasy VII, Resident Evil and Metal Gear Solid. With even more awesome games already confirmed to be on the way, the future of PSN is looking great and we couldn't help but think of a few more games that would help to sweeten what’s already a great deal.


1. Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions

If there was one thing missing from Metal Gear Solid 4, it was virtual-reality missions. Sure, Metal Gear Online was fine (sort of), but the true fun of the game came from figuring out all the ways Hideo Kojima and company put in for you to mess with those dopey mercenaries. Does it get any better than distracting a guy with a Playboy so you can sneak up on him and do God knows what?

VR missions, which in previous games were short stealth levels built around messing with enemies, don’t  seem to be coming to MGS4 any time soon, but it would sure be nice if they could find their way to PSN. Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions, like the original MGS, is a bit dated nowadays, but if you're not the type to whine about old gameplay conventions, there's a lot to be had here, starting with some 300 stealth missions. When you've beaten those, you can unlock a slew of other features, including “mystery missions” that have you playing detective and, perhaps coolest of all, missions where you play as none other than ninja Gray Fox. If nothing else, it's another opportunity to hear someone yell, “SNAAAAKE” every time you screw up.


2-4. Colony Wars series

It's a basic tenet of science fiction that if spaceships are involved, something is going to explode. Videogames especially take this to heart, and the Colony Wars games are no exception. For their time, Colony Wars, Colony Wars: Vengeance and Colony Wars III: Red Sun all sported quality space-dogfight action rendered in lush graphics. We could recommend other space sims, and do, but Colony Wars stands out even today for its smooth controls and challenging missions. Where other franchises could bore gamers with generic, sweep-these-nav-points-and-come-home missions, Colony Wars offered deft challenges and action that could switch gears from breezy to intense at the drop of a hat.


5-7. Armored Core series

Robots are cool. Giant robots are even cooler, and when you throw guns and wanton destruction into the mix, you have us salivating like dogs at a barbecue. There were mech games before this, but few offered as much control over your tools of carnage as Armored Core did. Sitting around and tweaking your robot to perfection could get boring, but the result – a destructive experience personally tailored to your tastes – was worth it. There were three PSOne Armored Core games – Armored Core, AC: Master of Arena and AC: Project Phantasma – but to date there seem to be no plans to bring them to PSN.


8. Dino Crisis 2

Capcom recently dropped an awesome bomb by announcing a slew of classics for PSN. There are some big names, of course; Resident Evil 2 and 3 fulfilled the dreams of more than a few survival horror fans. Others were stoked to hear that Dino Crisis was on its way as well. Don't remember Dino Crisis? For shame. Just envision playing Resident Evil, but instead of slow, lumbering zombies, you have to deal with fast-as-shit dinosaurs chasing you down. Dino Crisis is a great addition to the PSN library, but why not bring Dino Crisis 2 along with it? We'll just try to forget about Dino Crisis 3.


9. Suikoden II

The PlayStation had a lot of great RPGs, so why not bring a few more to the party? The original Suikoden has long been available to PSN customers, but Suikoden II remains woefully absent from the ranks. Suikoden II took some hits due to its lack of gameplay evolution, but was still a critical success, and it remains a fan favorite thanks to its excellent story, great bad guys and huge, colorful cast of characters. So if you’ve wrapped up Suikoden and still have a hankering to recruit way more playable characters than you could ever need, join us in wishing for Suikoden II on PSN.


10-11. Final Fantasy VIII and IX

Speaking of PlayStation-era RPGs, Square Enix was kind enough to bestow upon us the glory of Final Fantasy VII, but where are VIII and IX? Neither VIII nor IX have ever achieved anything near the rabid devotion that VII enjoys, but both were still great games that some fans actually prefer over that particular sacred cow. Now, granted, VIII was plagued by some bizarre plot points, and IX still holds the award for the most effeminate villain of all time. But even with their flaws, they're still better than a lot of the RPGs coming out today. So please, Square Enix, milk the franchise some more. We swear we won't complain.


12. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver

Looking and playing almost nothing like the original Legacy of Kain, Soul Reaver took the franchise to new heights of action and narrative. Kain from the first game has transformed from a vengeful anti-hero to a full-blown, world-conquering prick. Accordingly, Soul Reaver follows the wraithlike Raziel who, tortured and exiled by Kain, spends the game fighting his way back to his former lord for, you guessed it, revenge. A stellar 3D action-adventure game in its day, Soul Reaver would be a fine addition to PSN.


13. Valkyrie Profile

Where most games build their story around saving the world, Valkyrie Profile has the player participating in its end. For the uninitiated, the game follows Lenneth, a valkyrie tasked by the Nordic god Odin with gathering warrior souls to participate in a war between the gods and basically help bring about the end of the world. In place of a more typical storyline, Valkyrie Profile focuses on the backstories of the souls that Lenneth collects, which for the most part are dramatic and well-realized. Throw in fast-paced, combo focused battles, and you have a gem of a game. An OK PSP port of Valkyrie Profile already exists, but that's no reason not to release it on PSN.


14-15. Fear Effect and Fear Effect 2: Retro Helix

Boobs! It's funny how one word can catch your attention, isn't it? Fear Effect and its sequel took this idea to heart and built two full games around it. The games controls like a drunken version of the original Resident Evil, but make up for this fact with a quality cyberpunk story centered around Chinese mythology, nice cel-shaded visuals and more cleavage then a Hooters convention. Every time it frustrates you, boobs just seem to show up. Get shot by a guard? No worries, you'll probably be rewarded with an FMV depicting heroine Hana in a same-sex grope session. Oh, the joys of political incorrectness.


16. Legend of Dragoon

One of Sony's earliest attempts at making a homegrown RPG, Legend of Dragoon received some mixed reviews from the videogame press at the time of its release, but its fans know it was yet another role-playing gem lost in the shadow of Final Fantasy. For its time, Legend of Dragoon had fantastic graphics, a solid combat system and a story that many either loved or tossed to the curb as pure, generic tripe. Whatever your take on it, there are surely less deserving games already on PSN.

70 comments

  • RebornKusabi - November 4, 2009 8:06 p.m.

    Oh god, I own them already but I agree with the mentioning of Parasite Eve 1 and 2 as well as both of the Fear Effect games!
  • RebornKusabi - November 4, 2009 8:15 p.m.

    After reading the entire article, I gotta say that this entire feature is made of yummy nostalgia goodness that threatens to unravel the very fabric of the intarwebs lol In all seriousness, great article!
  • Amnesiac - November 4, 2009 8:15 p.m.

    Soul Reaver has already been confirmed, and FFVIII is available on the JPN store, so a US release is inevitable.
  • Cyberninja - November 4, 2009 8:24 p.m.

    i want parapa the rapper reliesed so i wont have to pay 20 dollars for it and great list
  • Xtapolapopotamus - November 4, 2009 9:33 p.m.

    Chrono Cross being released on the PSN would make me such a happy boy. I hear great things about Vagrant Story and Xenogears and would love to play them as well. Please make it happen, Sony!
  • Cyberninja - November 4, 2009 9:37 p.m.

    i am pissed i want to be able to play persona 2 innocent sin because its the game that comes before enternal punisnment but it was never reliesed i america they already are making persona 3 portable in japan and now they dont give us a lot of psx games time to go to japan and demaned our games
  • Ell223 - November 4, 2009 9:44 p.m.

    ape escape want!
  • JackSkellingtonsSkin - November 4, 2009 9:47 p.m.

    I wish you had mentioned Tombi (Tomba for the US folks). It is the most overlooked game of all time and was to the PSOne as Okami is to the PS2. It's my favourite game of all time and has aged incredibly well. Please gr look up Tombi on Wikipedia.
  • devinejoh - November 4, 2009 10:10 p.m.

    no ace combat? :( probably the best arcade flight game series ever, nobody has come close to it.
  • hwangkarlos - November 4, 2009 10:27 p.m.

    we need some decent games on the PSN here in the UK, all we really have is Driver and FF VII. come on Sony bring MGS, RE 1, 2 and 3 and others to the UK. Please, Please, Please.
  • Conman93 - November 4, 2009 11:26 p.m.

    I want ffVII SOO much. Its lokks as good as VII I remember those old spiderman games. They were really good. I remember a cheat where jameson and scorpian play marco polo
  • Conman93 - November 4, 2009 11:27 p.m.

    oops meant ffVIII at the start there
  • teh2Dgamer - November 4, 2009 11:27 p.m.

    Air/Ace Combat, Mega Man Legends series (including Tron Bonne), Akuji the Heartless, Quake II (an extremely impressive PS1 port), every single Squaresoft RPG released on the PS1, Alien Trilogy/Resurrection, Alundra, Armored Core, Ape Escape, Breath of Fire III&IV, Crusader: No Remorse, Descent, Devil Dice, Intelligent Cube, G Darius, Gekioh Shooting King, Grandia, King's Field (yes there actually is someone out there who indeed likes the KF series), Lunar 1&2, Monster Rancher, Nascar Rumble, Need for Speed III&IV, Omega Boost, Ridge Racer series, Rising Zan: The Samurai Gunman, Rival Schools, Sled Storm, Soul Blade, Soul of the Samurai, Doom/Final Doom, Tail Concerto, Tales of Destiny, Tiny Tank, Trap Gunner, Silent Bomber, Silhouette Mirage, Unholy War, Vanark, Wild 9, Herc's Adventures, Skull Monkeys, Heart of Darkness, Legend of Legaia, and so so many more, that I could probably write a feature twice as big.
  • teh2Dgamer - November 4, 2009 11:36 p.m.

    Oops, looks like I mentioned a few that were already up there on your list. I forgot all the games you listed.
  • dahsif - November 4, 2009 11:50 p.m.

    I always believed MDK stood for "Murder, Death, Kill). I had a cool poster of the game in my room back in the time. Also, KONAMI, please give me MGS1 on PAL PSN. Oh, and GT1 is one of the greatest games EVER, the description of it here wasnt reverent enough and didn't do it justice. One last thing: I WANT REZ HD ON PS3!!
  • dahsif - November 4, 2009 11:54 p.m.

    Also, I want this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNzWn5AUwxQ&feature=player_embedded#
  • teh2Dgamer - November 4, 2009 11:58 p.m.

    Team Buddies, Vanguard Bandits, Elemental Gearbolt, C-12: Final Resistance, Delta Force: Urban Warfare, Disruptor, Duke Nukem: Total Meltdown & Time ti Kill, In the Hunt, Metal Slug X, Battletanx: Global Assault, Clock Tower, D, Echo Night, Nightmare Creatures, Sol Divide, Xena: Warrior Princess (no serieously), Norse by Norsewest, Apocalypse, Blast Chamber, Capcom vs. SNK Pro, Die Hard Trilogy, Powerslave (AKA Exhumed), Forsaken, G-Police, Gauntlet Legends (even though the PS1 port was only 1-2 players), 007: The World is not Enough, Croc 1&2, Darkstalkers 3, and once again, many many more.
  • rpc88 - November 5, 2009 12:14 a.m.

    I wish They would add Digimon World 1-3, i loved those games so much
  • Aforextreme - November 5, 2009 12:15 a.m.

    Pardon my French, but... where the fnuck is Intelligent Qube?
  • Ninja-KiLLR - November 5, 2009 12:45 a.m.

    funny how im trying to get the C&C games to work on my computer rite know and one is mentioned in this list. btw the reason i cant get them going is cuz i lost my disc

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