With the announcement of the PlayStation Classic, Sony is following Nintendo by releasing a diminutive console packed full of nostalgia. There’ll be 20 games on the device in total, all played with an authentic replica of the console’s original controller which, lest we forget, was released without the dual analogue sticks that have graced every mainstream controller since.
But rather than announce all the games at once, Sony has teased us with a small handful of them. Whether this is because it still needs to get the relevant parties to sign on the dotted line, or that it’s simply holding them back for marketing reasons, there’s been a lot of speculation in The Verge’s office about which games might end up joining Final Fantasy VII, Tekken 3, Ridge Racer Type 4, Wild Arms, and… uh… Jumping Flash?
Read on for our staff’s personal picks of what they’d like to see:
IQ: Intelligent Qube
IQ: Intelligent Qube was a puzzle game that could feel like survivor horror. The premise was simple: you had to clear away cubes by marking a spot in the level, and waiting for the cubes to roll over it. But IQ wasn’t abstract like most puzzles; you actually controlled a tiny character, and had to avoid being crushed by the rolling blocks. As the difficulty ramped up, this turned IQ into an intense survival experience, as you had to play both smart and fast to stay alive. It was also a game that showed how 3D graphics could elevate a seemingly simple concept into something much more immersive. — Andrew Webster
This is easily my favorite rhythm game ever made. Minimalist, stylish, and completely addictive. You play Vibri, a stick-figure rabbit who has to navigate a two-dimensional track filled with obstacles to climb up, flip over, or tip-toe through in time with the music by hitting the right combo of buttons. The stand-out feature for the PS1 was that you could load the game into the console’s RAM then put your own CD in and the game would generate new levels based on your music. Imagine this, but with Spotify integration. A perfect party game, and one that a lot of people didn’t get the chance to play. — James Vincent
Metal Gear Solid
Yes, the series may have technically started with Metal Gear on the MSX2, but for many it was this PS1 title that solidified the features that would come to define Solid Snake’s adventures. The cutscenes may have been basic, blocky, and oh so lengthy, but MGS completely changed how we think about stories in games, and its stealth gameplay hasn’t aged nearly as badly as many other titles from the era. — Jon Porter