Small but mighty
The design of PlayStation Classic perfectly mirrors the original console, with the same logo, button layout and packaging – but 45% smaller than 1994’s PlayStation. This miniature console comes complete with two wired controllers, an HDMI cable to connect to your TV, plus a virtual memory card to save your adventures as you switch between titles.
Relive the moments that changed gaming forever, It comes with 20 built in games and inbuilt memory capacity so these are in fact redundant but kept, we assume, for nostalgia reasons.
The game selection itself is quite good though remarkably there was no room for any real retro legend games like Tony Hawk, Gran Turismo or WipEout — all of which I’d consider classics of the console and defining games of the generation.
These are the games included:
Battle Arena Toshinden
Cool Boarders 2
Final Fantasy VII
Grand Theft Auto
Metal Gear Solid
Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee
Resident Evil Director’s Cut
Ridge Racer Type 4
Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
The controllers, revolutionary in their time, remain functional despite the leaps made in the industry, though analogue control is sorely missed.
All the games remain playable, though returning to childhood classics such as Grand Theft Auto and Syphon Filter is somewhat jarring given just how far console storytelling and gameplay has developed since they were made.
It does however give a reminder of the pioneering nature these games had for modern day first and third person shooters, for example, or the open expansive environments we saw in later Grand Theft Auto titles.
Some of the emulation could have been done better — and is done better on some third-party devices we’ve seen.
The games’ dated graphics feel all the more dated for being rendered and then upscaled–a little added visual fuzz or similar to more accurately reflect how they would have looked on the CRT tellies they were meant for would have gone a long way.
The box is rated 18+ because of games such as Grand Theft Auto and Resident Evil, and there’s no way of locking out the adult-oriented games if you want to share the joy of the games of your childhood with your children.
Not being able to leave a child with great games like Intelligent Qube, Rayman and Oddworld because there’s no way of stopping them switching on GTA instead feels careless, and like a significant missed opportunity.
Sadly its not on our top 10 must buy Christmas gifts this year……