PlayStation Classic games include Metal Gear Solid, Grand Theft Auto, and Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee

Sony has confirmed the list of games installed on its new, fun-sized PlayStation Classic console, prompting some inevitable controversy because why this Final Fantasy and not that Final Fantasy and what about Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and who even likes Intelligent Qube and booooo, this sucks.

Launching in time for the holidays like it’s 1994, the micro console comes pre-loaded with 20 “generation-defining” games, but what exactly defines that generation is obviously going to be different from one person who remembers being a kid and staying up all night on the weekend playing Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 to the next. Because Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 isn’t one of those “generation-defining” games, apparently, and nor is Crash Bandicoot, Tomb Raider, Silent Hill, Spyro the Dragon, or Bust-A-Move, and your childhood was wrong.

So, according to Sony’s marketing team, what are those games? The US version of the PlayStation Classic – which is presumably the same version coming to South Africa – features these “generation-defining” 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
  • Syphon Filter
  • Tekken 3
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six
  • Twisted Metal
  • Wild Arms

The Japanese version of the console, however, has more RPGs and side-scrolling shmups, because, you know… Japan:

  • Arc the Lad
  • Arc the Lad 2
  • Armored Core
  • Battle Arena Toshinden
  • XI (aka Devil Dice)
  • Final Fantasy 7
  • G Darius
  • Gradius Gaiden
  • Intelligent Qube
  • Jumping Flash
  • Metal Gear Solid
  • Mr. Driller
  • Parasite Eve
  • Persona
  • Resident Evil
  • Ridge Racer Type 4
  • SaGa Frontier
  • Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo
  • Tekken 3
  • Wild Arms

The PlayStation Classic is already up for pre-order on some local online shops like Raru, but pricing and availability are a blank for the moment. Also, shut up, Bust-A-Move ruled.

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