Datamining has revealed 36 arguably better games that could have been on the PlayStation Classic…but aren’t

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Sony’s ultra cute, diminutive PlayStation Classic is out tomorrow. Following the trend Nintendo started with its mini NES and SNES systems, Sony’s doing its own cashgrab run of delightfully adorable micro systems. The PlayStation Classic comes stuffed with 20 preloaded games. They’re games that have been (rightly, in my opinion) criticised for not being the best showcases for the PlayStation’s incredible legacy.

Since the system’s announcement, PlayStation fans have suggested games that would be a better fit. It turns out that Sony did contemplate many of those games. A Data mine of the system has revealed 36 other games referenced in the system’s source code.

Here they are:

  • Chocobo’s Mysterious Dungeon
  • Colin McRae’s Rally
  • Crash Bandicoot
  • Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back
  • Driver, Ehrgeiz
  • Fighting Force
  • Gran Turismo
  • Grand Theft Auto 2
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
  • Kaegero, Klonoa: Door to Phantomile
  • Kula World
  • Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
  • Medal of Honor
  • MediEvil
  • Mega Man Legends
  • Mr. Driller G
  • Paca Paca Passion
  • PaRappa the Rapper
  • Parasite Eve
  • RayStorm
  • Ride Racer
  • Silent Hill
  • Spec Ops: Stealth Patrol
  • Street Fighter Alpha 3
  • Street Fighter EX Plus Alpha
  • Suikoden
  • Tomb Raider
  • Tomb Raider 2
  • Tomba!
  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2
  • Toy Story 2
  • Vagrant Story
  • Wild Arms 2
  • Xevious 3D/G+.

Contrary to some earlier reports, these games aren’t on the system, hidden away waiting to be used. The PlayStation Classic only sports 16GB of storage space, and the 20 CD-sized games already on there use up most of that space (there’s reportedly about 730MB left spare). Instead, they’re likely a selection of games Sony wanted to include on the system but couldn’t – either because the rights holders objected, or other licencing issues popped up.

There are some fantastic games in that list that would have made me grab the PlayStation Classic without question – even though we now know that its emulation is spotty at best and many of the games are hampered by PAL’s 50hz refresh.

Last Updated: December 6, 2018

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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