A few weeks ago, Sony announced the PlayStation Now service, a Gaikai-based game streaming service that will allow subscribers to play their favorite PlayStation, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 titles on Sony devices (like the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xperia Tablets and Sony TVs among others.) Although Sony showed demos of The Last of Us, God of War: Ascension, Puppeteer and Beyond: Two Souls, it remains to be seen which games are coming to PlayStation Now when the service debuts in Q2-Q3 of 2014.
With that in mind, I decided to compile a list with original PlayStation games that should be on the streaming service. Take into account that it doesn’t matter if these titles are already out as PSOne Classics, since Now is a completely different service. Without further ado, this is what I came up with:
10. Tekken 3
Arguably, Tekken 3 is the best entry in Namco’s fighting game series. Apart from including core gameplay mechanics very characteristic from the Tekken series, Tekken 3 also features a handful of improvements, such as more fluid animations, improved graphics, new characters and some bizarre minigames. Even to this day, Tekken 3 is considered one of the best titles in the fighting game genre and one of the best games of all time.
9. Bushido Blade
In this one-on-one 3D fighting game, battles can take a few seconds or several minutes. Bushido Blade is simply one of the most creative fighting games ever made, since traditional elements from the genre are nowhere to be found here, such as health meters, a time limit and convoluted combos. In the game, you try to kill your opponent as soon as you can, but the most interesting aspect of Bushido Blade is that one well-placed slash can end the battle before it starts.
8. Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
This farm simulation game is one of the most engrossing in the Harvest Moon series. Who would have known that building a farm, becoming friends with the citizens of a small town and taking care of animals could be so entertaining?
7. Crash Team Racing
The other titles from the Crash Bandicoot series might not have aged that well (especially the first one,) but Crash Team Racing is still a terrific kart racing game. Obviously inspired by the Mario Kart series, Crash Team Racing still manages to stand out above the crowd of kart racers. Team Racing features many unlockable characters, numerous power-ups, the races are fast and fluid and there are both single-player and multiplayer modes.
6. Final Fantasy Tactics
In this tactical RPG, you battle a series of enemies in isometric battlefields. Your characters’ statistics are determined by your job, which is definitely one of the best aspects of the game. The gameplay is rock solid, the story is entertaining, the music is fantastic and more importantly, the game has aged remarkably well.
5. Silent Hill
Although Resident Evil was one of the first survival horror games, Silent Hill took most of its concepts and improve upon them in surprising new ways. One of the best aspects is that the story is dark and has B movie elements that emphasize atmosphere and psychological horror above everything else. Silent Hill is a disturbing title that will linger in your memory for years to come.
4. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Usually regarded as one of the best titles of all time, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is one of those games that a lot of people missed back in the day and one that’s worth revisiting. Its unique formula, open-ended gameplay, role-playing game elements and compelling plot, make Symphony of the Night a game that’s hard to put down.
3. Metal Gear Solid
Who said stealth games had to be boring and frustrating? Without a doubt, Metal Gear Solid changed the genre forever. The terrific 3D gameplay, memorable characters and overly convoluted storyline make MGS look and feel like a blockbuster action film that no one should miss.
2. Resident Evil: Director’s Cut
Resident Evil is simply one of the best survival horror games ever made and the title that started it all. The tank controls haven’t aged that well and the graphics look dated by today’s standards, but if you want to experience a true survival horror experience, it doesn’t get better than Resident Evil. The Director’s Cut version, which came out a year and a half after the release of the original, changes the location of vital items and enemies, the player’s handgun is replaced by a better weapon, there’s a beginner mode, the auto-aim is included in every mode, there are new FMVs and more.
1. Final Fantasy VII
Dozens of role-playing games came out for the original PlayStation, but few of them had such a profound impact as Final Fantasy VII did. Memorable characters, a dark story, the inclusion of fully rendered characters on pre-rendered backgrounds, the amazing soundtrack and a tried-and-true gameplay enabled FFVII to popularize the JRPG genre in America. A remake might never happen, but why would you want that when the original is so well done.
Honorable Mention: Twisted Metal 2, Vib-Ribbon, Tomb Raider, Crash Bash, Tactics Ogre and Chrono Trigger.