Following the wild popularity of the NES and SNES Classic, Sony released a nostalgia-driven mini-console of their own. On paper, the PlayStation Classic should be the Holy Grail for every gamer who grew up in the late '90s: a miniature PlayStation console that plays the best PS1 games along with some criminally underrated sleeper hits as well. Who could say no?
Since the new console only comes packaged with 20 games, there's no way Sony could have included every PS game fans wanted to see. Even so, many reviewers bemoaned the console for leaving out classic staples like Tony Hawk's Pro Skater or Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.
There are so many great PlayStation games that should have been on the PlayStation Classic, but for various reasons got the cold shoulder.
Crash Bandicoot feels like a no-brainer, as the cartoony platformer was Sony's answer to Super Mario. The 3D-ish levels, often presented as if someone turned the camera around on a 2D level, are a rich experience to play through. Each level raises the stakes from the obstacles you just conquered while always framing new challenges in a fun and bizarre way.
Not a lot of games let you go wild on a hog until Crash Bandicoot arrived. Crash is synonymous with the PlayStation brand, so excluding Crash Bandicoot feels like a big mistake, even though the decision probably had something to do with the 2017 remaster.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater
The revolutionary Tony Hawk's Pro Skater combined rad skateboarding moves with a killer alternative rock soundtrack. Anyone who played the first Tony Hawk can recite the lyrics to "Superman" by Goldfinger from memory. It basically laid out the template for action sports games and took a perfect snapshot of '90s pop culture. Excluding this game is like dissing the Hawk himself, and he certainly doesn't need any more of that.
Back in the '90s, Spyro the Dragon was strongly associated with PlayStation. Spyro offers beautiful levels that grow in difficulty as the player becomes more comfortable flying and spitting fire. In November 2018 (less than a month before the Playstation Classic's release) Spyro got a remastered collection, so that probably explains why the purple dragon didn't show up on the new system, but the original game's exclusion is still a bummer.
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The 2D Castlevania games for the NES and SNES were brilliant, but Castlevania: Symphony of the Night took the monster-slaying franchise to a whole new level. Unlike previous installments, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night emphasizes exploration over a traditional level-select format.
The new layout offers an exciting and frightening atmosphere, filled with great danger and amazing secrets hidden within the architecture. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night took the series in a bold new direction and launched a brand new genre of games - alongside the Metroid games - called Metroidvania. Since the SNES Classic included Super Castlevania IV, the PlayStation Classic should have had Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, despite the numerous rereleases on modern consoles.