When I first heard about the PlayStation Classic, I thought “Oh, hey, that’s pretty cool.” But I wasn’t sure if it was going to be worth getting and, to be honest, I didn’t think many people would be into it.
It just looks like a quick money grab.
But when I saw me and my friends spending two hours trying to beat all the levels in Tekken 3, moving to the ‘gaming chair’ to have a go with the wired controller, I fully realised the potential that came with the Classic. The nostalgia of watching someone play at the arcade, the camaraderie as we cheered with each win, groaned with every loss and watched with bated breath when someone was in the heat of battle. Our conversations were filled with gleeful recollections of favourite characters and how we used to be really good (or in my case, always and forever completely noob).
But despite this moment being one of my favourite gaming memories, is the PlayStation Classic worth getting?
The first thing you notice about the Classic is how TINY it is. It’s no way near the console’s original size. I have the smallest hands in the office and I can easily carry it around in just one of them. It’s so cool to see how far technology has come in 25 years when comparing it to the PlayStation.
Instead of taking discs, it has 20 games preloaded onto it (full list below). There’s no Crash, no Spyro, but it’s still a pretty decent list! I mean, Tekken 3, for one, is an instant favourite. The original Resident Evil caught my eye, and there’s Final Fantasy VII! And there are certainly games that you might not have even heard of that I highly recommend you give a shot (Intelligent Qube is amazing).
You do have to deal with the frustratingly short length of the wired controllers and the USB power cord, but if you have bean bags or comfy cushions, or a couch that sits pretty close to the TV, you should be fine. Though annoying on occasion, I do actually like that the controllers are wired. Somehow it makes the gaming experience more personal. You play super close to the TV and in multiplayer you have to sit right next to player two; you can’t be on opposite sides of the room anymore!
My only real gripe with the Classic is that, that’s it. The 20 games are all you get. There’s no internet connection, no disc reader, so there’s no way of adding to the game collection, which is sad. One of the coolest things about the Classic is that it’s bringing all these old games back to life. Why haven’t Sony made it so we could add more games? (Having said that, many people have managed to easily hack the Classic to play other games via USB.)
For $169, a whole console and twenty games – the majority of which are definitely worth your time – the Classic is something I know I’m definitely tempted to get. But it really is only good for the collector or the nostalgia factor. You buy this knowing you’re going to try out all the games once or twice and then really only bring it out again for Tekken 3 tournaments.
Here’s a full list of the Classic’s games:
- Final Fantasy VII
- Wild Arms
- Tekken 3
- Ridge Racer Type 4
- Jumping Flash
- Resident Evil
- Metal Gear Solid
- Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee
- Syphon Filter
- Battle Arena Toshinden
- Twisted Metal
- Cool Boarders 2
- Destruction Derby
- Grand Theft Auto
- Intelligent Qube
- Mr Driller
- Revelations: Persona
- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six
- Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo