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Classic PS2 games, including Odin Sphere and God Hand, hitting PSN tomorrow for $10

Today Sony via the PlayStation Blog announced its new PlayStation Network promotion. Titled “Only on PSN,” the blog post highlighted multiple downloadable offerings like this week’s Eufloria and Rochard, plus the Infamous 2 DLC Festival of Blood. And tucked away at the bottom, given barely a mention was the real big news: Starting tomorrow a handful of underrated PS2 games will be available for download, including staff favorites like Odin Sphere and God Hand.

Seemingly marking the first times in PSN history that straight ports of PS2 games have been offered on the service, Sony’s announcement made little mention of whether the games had seen any HD upgrades, if Trophy support had been added, or if the games were going to be quick and dirty emulations. But we do know the five games included are God Hand, GrimGrimoire, Maximo: Ghosts to Glory, Odin Sphere and Ring of Red. Here’s a quick primer for the unfamiliar:

Odin Sphere is one of the best late era PS2 games around, though its release date in the twilight of the PlayStation 2 probably meant many missed out. A great mix of brawler action and RPG genres, Odin Sphere was also one of the best looking games on the PS2, with astounding hand drawn graphics.

From the same developer as Odin Sphere, Vanillaware, and with the graphics that were nearly as stunning, GrimGrimoire played a bit differently. This one was an intricate RTS that, again, hit the PS2 too late and was missed by many.

Planned as an update to Capcom’s classic Ghosts ‘n Goblins series, Maximo was a strange beast. A cutesy action game with style, it was infamous for its difficulty and high learning curve. We’re betting this one hasn’t aged well.

Famous as the last game released by defunct Okami developer Clover, God Hand was unloved when it first came out, but has a devoted following that includes GR’s Cheats machine Michael Grimm. Ranked as one of our Top 7 Weirdest Westerns, the unique style and combat make it worth a second look.


Ring of Red is the least renowned of the group, as Konami’s title has been basically forgotten by the gaming world at large. A grid-based, tactical strategy-RPG that sprinkled in some real-time combat, it got good reviews at the time, though several reviewers knocked its localization and translation, which we bet will be unchanged on PSN.

All these will be available starting tomorrow, and by then we’ll know the more concrete facts on price and special added features should they exist. UPDATE: Sony has confirmed that the PS2 games will be basic ports, and that they'll retail for the very fair price of $9.99. In the meantime, are there any PS2 exclusive games you’d like to see added to PlayStation Network now that it seems the flood gates are open?

Oct 3, 2011

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18 comments

  • Shadow Of Death - October 3, 2011 11:30 p.m.

    Just $10? Yesh plz! I was thinking they'd have to be around $19.99 at most to be logical purchases. My poor PS3 probably won't be able to DL these games. I'm stuck with the 60GB HDD. A lot when I first got it, but has been horribly inadequate for ages now. Odin Sphere and Grimgrimoire are the games I'll get though. Heard good things about them, but never got them. When I get the Vita, I might play them then...
  • Balaska - October 3, 2011 10:55 p.m.

    Ring of Red, a game I still occasionally get my PS2 out so that I can play, will definately be my first purchase.
  • revrock - October 3, 2011 8:34 p.m.

    Dang it!!!! there goes any value we had in collecting these games in the physical form.... I'll never forget when Sonic CD went from over $100.00 down to under $10.00 after they released on in the Sonic Gems collection. Speaking of collector's games, will we ever get Guardian Heroes on PSN???
  • quincytheodore - October 3, 2011 8:22 p.m.

    Ah, Odin Sphere was very under appreciated. It was one of the last games that graced my then sick and dying PS2. It's unique, quite challenging and has great art. Too bad it's not more well-known. How about Fatal Frame 2&3 next, are they out yet? They already make SH, RE and MGS remix. It feels appropriate somehow even without HD remastered.
  • rballa2 - October 3, 2011 7:15 p.m.

    Henry, where is TalkRadar?
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  • ThisIsMyFuckingThirdAccount - October 3, 2011 6:59 p.m.

    I WILL GIVE THEM ALL OF THE MONIES FOR THIS.
  • joerevs300 - October 3, 2011 6:32 p.m.

    I would LOVE, repeat, LOVE to see GTA: Vice City get released to the PS3, but what would REALLY make me go gaga would be if they remastered all THREE GTA PS2 games and added trophy support.
  • garnsr - October 3, 2011 6:03 p.m.

    I liked Army of Zin, but Ghosts to Glory never caught me. Same with Godhand and Odin Sphere, I heard so many great things about both, but couldn't get into either for more than an hour or two. I'm not sure what PS2 games I would want to get on PS3, with no trophies, especially since I already have most of what I wanted on disc for PS2.
  • Darkhawk - October 3, 2011 5:07 p.m.

    Disagree with Maximo assessment. Acquired both Maximos - Maximi? - during this generation, and loved them dearly. If you love Ghosts 'n Goblins, try it out!
  • Moonlight_Shadow - October 3, 2011 5:06 p.m.

    I'd rather have remastered versions than ports, however if the price is resonable, than I'll be buying some. Odin Sphere is a must have for me since I enjoyed Muramasa: The Demon Blade and am looking forward to Dragon's Crown.
  • Jackelsburg - October 3, 2011 5:06 p.m.

    i was looking through the comments and it looks like they said that they won't be getting any visual upgrades or trophy support, kinda lame imo but whatever. it might be worth getting some of these since i never played some of them
  • Claymore65 - October 3, 2011 5:05 p.m.

    I'm a huge fan of Grim Grimoire and Odin Sphere, so while I won't be getting these on PSN (I own them), I will look foward to other similar games coming out on PSN. This is a pretty awesome move, at least if you ask me. Plus, having a backwards compatability PS3 gives me the best of both worlds.
  • KielbasaNinja - October 3, 2011 5:05 p.m.

    I was gonna say the Ratchet & Clank series, but the more I think about it, I'd prefer an HD collection. What? All the cool franchises are doing it.
  • Burdmayn - October 3, 2011 4:48 p.m.

    Might this mean that Okami could eventually see a release like this? *holds breath* *passes out*
  • Austin_SJ - October 4, 2011 1:38 a.m.

    A HD re-release would be my prefered option, but either way I want Okami to come out again.
  • Burdmayn - October 4, 2011 7:35 a.m.

    I couldn't agree more. I always imagined an HD re-release with move support, but I'd honestly pay to play it in any form on my PS3.
  • bluelabatt - October 3, 2011 4:45 p.m.

    This would have made a lot more sense four years ago, when people were still complaining about PS3's lack of back compatability. Now it just looks money-grubbing.

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