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Why Weren’t These Games Included in the PS1 Classic? October 30, 2018

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After Nintendo released the NES Classic console, which bundled thirty of their greatest original games for a reasonable price last year and received incredible sales numbers, many game companies are trying to cash in on that magic. Over two decades ago, Sony made an iconic console with games people still credit as staples of gaming, the PlayStation (or PS1). A few weeks ago, Sony announced they would release their own mini-console preloaded with games called the PS1 Classic. Yesterday we found out the list of 20 games that would be included with the mini-console. People were not happy. Only three of the projected ten games I expected were on the list. While great games like Metal Gear Solid and Final Fantasy VII were included, a lot of the best games from the PS1 were not. Why? Most of these games have already been digitally re-released as a PS1 Classic title for the PS3 and PSP, which should give them a higher probability of appearance.

What games do I think should have been included in the PS1 Classic? For the purposes of simplicity we won’t be including any of the games that were already announced for the classic on this list. That means games like Final Fantasy VII and TEKKEN 3 will not be included. However, we will include sequels from the same franchise as separate games that could be fair game. We also won’t have more than ten games on this list because I want people to add their own picks in the comments section below. No self-imposed limitations will be included either. Since we know the multi-disc MGS is included, Sony must have solved the problem of including multi-disc games in the classic console. The console won’t include Dual Shock controllers, but none of the games on this list will require them.

Now let’s get started shall we? I want to make it clear this list is in no particular order.

  • Silent Hill – A beloved game from Konami’s archives. In it, you play as a man looking for his daughter in a creepy town inhabited by weird creatures and even weirder people. It set a new standard for horror and set the stage for one of the best games ever made. Its controls, on the other hand, take some getting used to but they would have felt fine on the PS1 controller.
  • Parasite Eve – A stylish horror action game with incredible art style and unique gameplay. Square published it while riding high on FF7’s success and their risk paid off. It’s equal parts action game, visual novel, With a smattering of RPG and adventure game mixed in. I would love to play this one during a Christmas break.
  • Pa Rappa The Rapper – One of the first popular games released for the PS1 was also one of the best entries in the rhythm game genre ever made. On top of that the game has some very catchy songs. To this day people still remember the lyrics, “Step on the gas, step on the gas, step on the brake step on the brake.” The game’s protagonist remains forever entwined with the PlayStation brand and that alone should have earned him a spot on this list. When I say boom boom boom you say bam bam bam.
  • Spyro: The Dragon – The incredible PS1 game from the studio that would go on to create Resistance: Fall of Man, Sunset Overdrive and Spider-Man cannot be neglected. One of my first experiences playing on the PS1 came from playing a Spyro demo disc. It redefined the concept of a 3D platformer by adding the ability to glide.
  • Final Fantasy VIII – That’s not a typo, I really want to play Final Fantasy 8 on the PS1 Classic. I know what you’re thinking, why would I want to play a game that has been looked upon so negatively in the last few years? Well, the game has a lot going for it. It has a unique art style and a gameplay system we haven’t seen in any Final Fantasy game since. Its story, while panned in recent years, is still iconic with a beautiful art style which has not been revisited. Also, the game has become hard to find as of late. While it did get re-released as a PS1 Classic on the PS3, PSP, and PC, it is not currently offered on the PS4 or smart devices. Guess I’ll have to hold on to my PS1 discs.
  • Crash Bandicoot – At least three Crash Bandicoot platform games were released by Naughty Dog during the lifespan of the PS1. I’m choosing the first game for the simple reason that it was the game that made Crash the PS1’s unlikely mascot. No joke, many people picked up Crash Bandicoot thinking its titular hero would be the PS1’s answer to Super Mario Bros, and it was a great game to boot. Many gameplay moments first made popular in this game would go on to become staples of the gaming industry. Without Crash there would be no Uncharted and certainly no The Last of Us.
  • Tomb Raider – I know this was hardly a PS1 exclusive game, but so many people remember first playing it on the original PlayStation the fact it appeared on the PC shouldn’t matter. Before its 2013 reboot, the original Tomb Raider has been considered by many to be the best of the franchise, which each sequel getting worse as time went on. Lara Croft was an instant gaming icon precisely because of this game, which defined 3D action shooters. It belongs on the PS1 Classic.
  • Syphon Filter 2 – I know what you’re thinking, why Syphon Filter 2 when the first game is being included in the Classic? Well if I can be selfish for a second, from a personal perspective I think Syphon Filter 2 is a better game than the first in nearly every way. It had a better story, better graphics, and the instant switch to night vision in dark areas was one of the coolest effects I had seen at the time. I loved this game and would have been happy to see it return.

What did they miss that you want to see on this list? Post a comment below with your thoughts


iOS 12.1 Released October 30, 2018

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A system software update has just been released for many of Apple’s iOS-equipped Smart Devices. The new update includes the much anticipated multi-user FaceTime feature, which will allow as many as 32 FaceTime users to communicate with each other at the same time. It also includes a regular set of bug fixes and optimizations.

The iOS 12.1 update weighs in at around 450MB.

All Twenty PS1 Classic Games Revealed October 29, 2018

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It has finally arrived, we have a complete list of all twenty games which will be included in the PS1 Classic console. Let’s take a look!

What’s on this list? Let’s take a closer look!

  • Metal Gear Solid
  • Grand Theft Auto
  • Rayman
  • Battle Arena Toshidan
  • R4 Ridge Racer Type 4
  • Mr Driller
  • Jumping Flash
  • Destruction Derby
  • Revelations: Persona
  • Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
  • Intelligent Qube
  • Resident Evil: Director’s Cut
  • Syphon Filter
  • TEKKEN 3
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee
  • Twisted Metal
  • Cool Boarders 2
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six
  • Wild Arms

With twenty games there was a lot Sony needed, and in my opinion they only got about half of the games I expected. Is this worth the $100 price tag? We will find out soon.

The PS1 Classic is coming December 3rd, 2018.

CONTROL – New York Comic Con 2018 Panel October 24, 2018

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Those of you unable to attend New York Comic Con 2018 (NYCC 2018) missed an incredible panel hosted by Remedy for their next major game Control. The guests on the panel included Remedy writer (and face of Max Payne) Sam Lake, famous voice actor (and voice of Max Payne) James McCafferty, actress Courtney Hope (who played Beth in Quantum Break) and actor Matthew Portetta (who played Will Scarlet in Robin Hood Men in Tights and was the voice of Alan Wake).

Thankfully the guys over at Remedy recorded video taken at the panel and has just posted it online for all of us to check out! Give it a watch if you’re a fan of Remedy’s past work or are really looking forward to playing Control.

Control is coming in 2019 to Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

Pokemon: The Power of Us Theatrical Trailer October 24, 2018

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The Pokémon Company is preparing to release their next animated Pokémon film, Pokémon: The Power of Us, and here’s the latest trailer:

If you’re interested in catching this film in theaters, Fathom Events is hosting a limited theatrical run in November. You can view the latest information and see what the showtimes are here. Sadly, there’s been no notice if Fathom or The Pokémon Company are giving out any special goodies for attending the showing.

Spider-Man PS4 -Just the Facts Black Cat DLC Trailer October 23, 2018

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We have been waiting with baited breath since the release Spider-Man for any news about the first DLC, The Heist. Last week, we got a decent episode of Marvel Becoming, which derailed a cosplayer creating a Black Cat costume inspired by the Black Cat in the PS4 game. Thankfully, earlier today Insomniac and Sony have released this new trailer for The Heist, and it is narrated by the glorious J. Jonah Jameson.

The DLC has been released on the PlayStation Network and while it costs $10 US, anyone with the game’s Season Pass, Collector’s or Digital Deluxe Edition of the game can download it for no extra fee.

Spider-Man and its first DLC are out now exclusively for the PS4. Two more DLC missions are expected to launch over the next two months.

Spooky Research Now in Pokemon Go October 23, 2018

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Looks like Niantic is going all out for this year’s Halloween event. The Legendary Pokemon Giratina has begun to appear in raid battles. Pikachu is now sporting an in-game Witch’s hat. But the biggest deal seems to be research tasks have begun in Pokémon Go. See for yourselves.

The research event looks like it is going until November 1st so start catching now!

Pokémon Go is out now for Android and iOS Tablets and Smartphones.

Master Trainers Coming to Pokemon Let’s Go October 20, 2018

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The Pokémon Company has just revealed a new type of trainer class is coming to Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee. The new Master Trainer class focuses on one specific Pokémon and can only be battled if you have the same Pokémon they do. Take a look at what is at stake!

Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee are coming November 16th, 2018 exclusively to the Nintendo Switch.

New Game Plus Mode Added to Spider-Man PS4 October 20, 2018

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It’s been a while since we posted patch updates on this site but this was a pretty big one for a game we have been following for quite some time. The gang over at Insomniac have just released New Game Plus (NG+) Mode to Spider-Man on the PS4. This mode is being offered completely free and has been anticipated for quite some time. Once it is installed, you just have to highlight a completed save file and push a button to add NG+. Don’t worry, this won’t overwrite your save.

No word has been passed down as of yet if any exclusive goodies are unlocked by beating the game in New Game Plus Mode, however two trophies have been added, one for beating the game in NG+ and the other for beating the game on the all-new Ultimate difficulty. To add NG+ to your game, make sure to download the most recent patch for the game from the PlayStation Network.

Spider-Man is out now exclusively for the PS4.

Generation 4 Pokemon Now in Pokemon Go October 16, 2018

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Fire up your apps trainers, because Niantic is now offering Generation 4 Pokémon like the ones first found in Pokémon Diamond, Pokémon Pearl and Pokémon Platinum in Pokémon Go. Go catch them now!

Pokémon Go is out now for Android and iOS Smartphones and Tablets.