Make all players happy? That seems to be an impossibility with the PlayStation Classic. With a selection of 20 games and the numerous classics in the PSone catalog, one is always disappointed that this or that game is not included. Not a big surprise. Asks Nintendo about the Mini NES and Mini NES. They’ll tell you a song about it.

The list – you can see at the end – includes many well-known titles and brands. Legendary titles like Final Fantasy 7, Grand Theft Auto or Resident Evil. If you look around the Internet and read comments, you will notice that there is a certain consensus about some of the missing games. Others have discussions about why they are there. Some of the games included mean nothing to me, for example Intelligent Qube or Jumping Flash. With which I don’t want to judge their possible quality.

Rather, the question arises: Where are games like Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, Crash Bandicoot, Tomb Raider or Gran Turismo? What about wipeout or silent hill? Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver or Spyro the Dragon? I’m sure you can think of other games that you would have liked to see on PlayStation Classic. As I said, in the end it is not possible for Sony to make all interested parties happy.

This would be the point where Sony could have gone one step further than Nintendo. As with Nintendo’s two mini consoles, it is not possible to expand the PlayStation Classic later. The 20 games that are preinstalled remain. Point. It’s a missed opportunity. Why not bring in an internet connection and sell add-on packages with additional titles, for example?

Or to stick to the retro idea of ​​these consoles: add a USB or card slot. Then later on you publish an add-on with ten games to just throw a number into the room. And that in the form of an SD card, which is designed like one of the PSone memory cards from the past. Would have fit perfectly with the retro idea behind it and would be a cool idea.

In the end, Sony took up Nintendo’s idea without adding any meaningful innovations. That’s a shame, especially since Nintendo fans have wanted this option since the mini-NES appeared. And that was two years ago. So the hope remains that a Mini-64 or a PlayStation 2 Classic will take up this idea if necessary.

The complete list of PlayStation Classic games:

  • Battle Arena Toshinden
  • Cool Boarders 2
  • Destruction derby
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Grand Theft Auto
  • Intelligent Qube
  • Jumping Flash!
  • Metal Gear Solid
  • Mr. Driller
  • Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee
  • Rayman
  • Resident Evil Director’s Cut
  • Revelations: Persona
  • Ridge Racer Type 4
  • Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
  • Siphon filter
  • Tekken 3
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six
  • Twisted metal
  • Wild Arms