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62 PSOne Classics we want on PSN

43. Vib-Ribbon

Rhythm games are all the rage lately, and in that spirit, we'd like to see Vib-Ribbon hit PSN. Not acquainted with this ditty of a game? Vib-Ribbon was unique for its time in that there was basically no end to the potential gameplay. The game itself could be loaded to the PlayStation's RAM and then, by inserting a music CD, it would construct unique, side-scrolling levels based on the music. The difficulty of the game would differ depending on the style and speed of the music; thrash-metal addicts, beware! The gameplay was relatively simple stuff, but who ever said simplicity was a bad thing? Back in 2007, the game's creators discussed perhaps doing a PSN remake, but little has been mentioned since, and honestly, we'd be happy with just a port.


44. Rakaguki Showtime

Playing much like Power Stone (except with 2D characters in its 3D arenas), Rakaguki Showtime was a game endowed with the sort of visuals that never get old. Remember how people hailed Valkyria Chronicles for its colored-pencils-come-to-life-style visuals? Well, Rakaguki Showtime was the equivalent of a coloring book in motion. Simple but attractive graphics make it a game that has aged splendidly. Never ugly to look at, it would be a fine, quirky addition to PSN.


45. Tobal 2

Although the first game in the series was released internationally, Tobal 2 was sadly a Japan-only exclusive. Why is this so sad? Because in the grand scheme of the fighting genre, Tobal 2 is one of the most unique there is. Amid a field of blocky 3D fighting games that have aged horribly, Tobal 2’s smooth edges and Akira Toriyama character designs don’t look half bad today. Better yet, in addition to its standard fighter-versus-fighter game, Tobal 2 featured an RPG-like quest mode, through which some 200-plus playable characters could be unlocked. We’re not sure why other franchises haven't picked up this idea, but Tobal 2 did it and did it well.


46. Rogue Trip: Vacation 2012

Though many considered Rogue Trip: Vacation 2012 to be little more than a knockoff of Twisted Metal 2, it was a fun and outlandish trip through the vehicle-combat genre. The game put you in the shoes of an “automercenary” tasked with escorting tourists to futuristic vacation spots. Granted, there’s a definite lack of logic to the whole idea of fighting to the death over tourist trips, but we're pretty sure logic stopped being a factor when they started strapping heat-seeking missiles to cars. Featuring crazy characters and quirky vehicles, Rogue Trip: Vacation 2012 is the very definition of an unsung classic. It has loving fans, but was simply lost in the shadow of bigger games.


47. Strider 2

You know what we could use more of? Hardcore action side-scrollers! Besides the DS Castlevania and Contra games, we’ve gotten almost none of these in recent years, and that just sucks. Some of the most exciting moments in gaming were found in titles like this, and as much as some gamers are trying hard to move past the limits of 2D worlds, many of us actually miss them. Strider 2 was one of the last great side-scrollers, and for all intents and purposes, it rocked. A PlayStation revamp of the old Strider games, Strider 2 featured fast, frenetic action with a platforming foundation that’s still strong today. Why this series was allowed to die out a second time is beyond us.


48. Dragon Warrior VII

Dragon Quest IX just hit Japan with the force of a giant radioactive lizard, and while many others around the world might wonder what the big fuss is about, the traditional nature of the Dragon Quest/Dragon Warrior games certainly has its charms. Just look at Dragon Warrior VII. Back in 2001, when everyone was all about gorgeous graphics and high-end production values, Dragon Warrior VII came along with old-style aesthetics that some thought were downright ugly. Did that stop it from being a long, fun and satisfying RPG? Hell no! And the funny thing is that, by modern standards, Dragon Warrior VII has aged much better than a lot of the best-looking games of its time. 3D back in the PSOne’s day was not always a good thing, but 2D? 2D is timeless.


49. Einhander

Side-scrolling shooters are just plain fun, and during the PlayStation era, Einhänder was a good one. With great 3D graphics and awesome action, it perfectly reproduced the fun of a genre then considered on the decline. If you're itching for some simple, hard-as-balls-but-oh-so-good entertainment, Einhänder would be a great game to check out, or better yet, to download onto your PS3 and PSP. The Japanese – those lucky bastards – already get to, and we can only hope the rest of us will be so fortunate in the future.


50. Persona 2: Eternal Punishment

The Persona games made quite the splash in the past few years, with Persona 3 and 4 earning praise from critics and gamers alike. The first Persona game has already been remade for the PSP, but what about Persona 2? The second game was critically hailed in its own right – more so than the first, actually – and one has to wonder why there have been no plans to release this capable beast back into the wild. Endowed with a dynamic battle system and all the dark quirks that many gamers have come to love, Persona 2: Eternal Punishment is a great entry in one of the emerging star franchises of the role-playing genre.


51. Trap Gunner: Countdown to Oblivion

Ever play Spy vs Spy? No? Well, don't you just suck! Anyway, the premise of the game was that you were a spy up against another spy – go figure – and your goal was to set traps with to kill them while avoiding traps set to kill you. Trap Gunner took this idea and expanded on it, putting the player in control of a secret agent equipped with a slew of gadgets and devices useful in the creation and disarming of traps. While the game had a story, it's not at all worth mentioning. The focus of the game was multiplayer, espionage-flavored fun, and in that department, it was a solid success.


52. Diablo

The PlayStation port of Diablo didn't do much more than the original PC version. But considering how good the game was to begin with, we can't really hold that against it, can we? We know all sights are set on Diablo 3 right now, but we'd love to get some more time in with this classic. The idea of this game being available on the PSP gives us all sorts of goosebumps, so please, email Blizzard. Petition them, beg them, bribe them if you have to! We could all use a little more time in hell.

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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