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PS1/2 Classics Still Not On PSN
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The PSN Store for Classics has come a long way. In 2014, there are very few great games from both the PS1 and the PS2 that haven't been either released on the PSN, or are available as HD remakes.

Which makes the fact that these games aren't on the PSN even more upsetting.

Let me start by listing down 5 games that I really think should be on PSN, as well as their availability on other media.

5. Tales of Destiny and Tales of Eternia (Destiny II in NA)
Team Wolf/Namco, Action JRPG
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHkUdq-jZAU

The Game:While stowing away in an airship, Stahn Aileron comes across a sentient sword named Dymlos. When Dymlos chooses Stahn to be his new master, Stahn is caught in a world-spanning conflict between Heaven and Earth.

Like FFVII/FFVI and the FF fanbase, most NA and EU Tales fans started with Symphonia on the GCN, or Abyss on the PS2. A lot of people overlooked Tales of Destiny, and that's both understandable and a real shame. The US localization team removed all skits from the US release (if you played other Tales games, you know how bad that is), and the translation work was by all accounts terrible. However, ToD is one of the 2 Tales games (the other being the first one, Phantasia) which have less of a combo-based action style, and a more strategic action style (mainly because no one attacked in a combo unless it was a special move). Since they also didn't bother to cast any dubs, the game one of the few Tales games to have the Japanese audio intact in the NA version (the other is Symphonia Chronicles for the PS3). On the other hand, Tales of Eternia is the first game that looks, feels and acts like a modern Tales game. The combo-based system originated in Eternia, and is being perfected by the dev team up to this day.

Both Destiny and Eternia (Destiny II) PS1 discs are fairly expensive: expect to shell out at least $200 for a new copy, or $50 for a used copy. Eternia's PSP port, available only in Europe or Japan, costs about the same as a PS1 disc.

4. Einhander
Squaresoft, Side-scrolling Arcade-style Shooter
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuPxA24j70E

The Game:When war breaks out between the Earth and the Moon colonies, a pilot from the Moon launches a dangerous mission against the Earth forces using the prototype craft "Einhander".

Einhander is great because it didn't have to rely on Bullet Hell mechanics to make it a good shooter. Since the game was rendered in 3D, the visuals not only make the game look more vibrant (and some boss battles much more fun), but the various gunpods (subweapons) and the ways you could use the gunpods all contribute to a really fun shooter. It also helps that the music is pretty darn awesome.

You can find the game for $150 new on average, as well as $40 used. If you have a Japanese PSN account, you can download Einhander on the Japanese PSN for 700yen.

3. Legend of Legaia
Contrail/Sony, Turn-based JRPG
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NO0TLhZ74Qs

The Game:Vahn and his two friends, Noa and Gala, must journey through the land to revive the Genesis Trees and rid the world of the Mist, which caused the gentle Seru creatures to go berserk.

Legend of Legaia was my first JRPG, and one of the first fully 3D JRPG's (VII was mostly pre-rendered backgrounds except for the World Map). The game had some pretty good mechanics, including multi-hitting attacks that link into special moves called "Arts", as well as charging mechanics to unleash even bigger "Arts" (basically, a turn-based Tales game with primitive "Brave" and "Default" mechanics from Bravely Default). The game is also pretty darn hard: not only do you have to do a fair bit of level grinding to progress, but enemies doing lots of damage through combo attacks, expensive items, and complex boss mechanics (for the time) all make for a fairly challenging game. Nevertheless, Legaia is a very solid RPG, and is worth a playthrough.

The game is not very expensive; there are some places that sell the game for $30 or less for a used copy, while some may charge up to $150 for a new copy.

2. Valkyrie Profile
Tri-Ace/Enix, Turn-based Action JRPG

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXghsV7t9KM

The Game: With Ragnarok fast approaching, Odin awakens the Valkyrie Lenneth to recruit souls that can become Einherjar, soldiers of Asgard.

Without a doubt, Valkyrie Profile is Tri-Ace's best work. While the cutscenes are long and some are very painful to watch (I wish this game had an auto-dialogue button so I could eat lunch while it played an Einherjar-recruiting cutscene), the gameplay makes up for it in spades. The game combines 2D platforming and puzzle solving with a turn-based battle system that derives from the more combo-based JRPG's like Xenogears or Tales. The soundtrack is great, with lots of synth and electronic pieces (by Motoi Sakuraba of Tales fame). Finally, fans of old Pokemon dubs will be amused to know that the same team handled the voice acting for the game (don't worry, the dialogue is good ol' JRPG cheese with no 4Kids meddling).

In addition to being really crazy expensive (within the $200-$400 range for a new copy, $80 used), the PS1 discs are very sensitive to damage, and even a slight scratch may render the game unplayable (the game will freeze in some battle animations). However, if you own a PSP, you can buy the PSP port, Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth, for $10 on Amazon. It's pretty much the same game, except the US-version improvements (relatively minor ones; consult GameFAQS for more) are not in the PSP version.

1. Suikoden II
Konami, Turn-based JRPG

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WLyjRex0ac

The Game: The sequel to one of the first JRPG's on the PS1, Suikoden tells the story of two friends, the Hero and his close friend Jowy, who are caught not only in a war between two nations, but also in the fate of the mysterious primordial Rune of the Beginning.

Of course Suikoden II is going to top this list. I know the description above is a little unsatisfying, but that's the best I can do without spoiling any part of its excellent story, characters and narrative. There's also a lot to love about the gameplay: 3 kinds of battles, a unique recruiting mechanic, a town-building system that plays off the recruiting mechanic, and lots and lots of minigames (including a Cook-off one) make the game both memorable and fun. It doesn't help that the music is also fairly great and unique, deriving a lot from Asian and Celtic influences. Suikoden II stands as one of, if not the best JRPG from the PS1 era, and deserves not only to be on the Playstation Network, but also as required playing by any JRPG fan.

Suikoden II is one of the most expensive PS1 classics: A new disc currently costs $450 on Amazon, and $620 on eBay, while a used one will at least be $150 in North America (no European release). If you can read Japanese and are okay with some glitch fixes (including a really good glitch that appears early in the game), you can get a copy of "Suikoden I and II" from the Japanese PSN store, but that will need a Japanese PSN account and either a PSP or a Vita that you can download the game on.

I know I missed a lot of great games, but that's the point. I want the community to both introduce and be introduced to some really great Classics.
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Posted 4/28/14
At least one of those on the list, Suikoden II, will be coming as a PS 1 classic soon.
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Posted 4/28/14

MephitBlue wrote:

At least one of those on the list, Suikoden II, will be coming as a PS 1 classic soon.


I hope so. They took down the ESRB rating a few hours after it was out, so that "release date" looks more like a "release date(?)". But yeah, if it does come out, I'm gonna be all over that.
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I came in here to make sure Legend of Legaia was on this list.

Not disappointed.
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Dark Cloud.

Do it Sony, do it now.
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I would really love to see Ape Escape! Its a childhood favorite of mine
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Dark Cloud is available on the network already isn't it?

I second Ape Escape, love that series! Should sell it as a bundle.

I'd throw Jade Cocoon up here.

I'd also say Star Ocean since I found it to be a very unique game. (I personally have it for PS2 already)

War of the Monsters with some online support would rock.
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Posted 4/30/14 , edited 4/30/14
.hack// would be great since ya know the games are over priced.
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cjb225 wrote:

.hack// would be great since ya know the games are over priced.


Agreed. I still own the 4 original .hack games for the PS2 (Infection to Quarantine), but I never had the chance to get into the G.U. series back then. I'd love to see all three G.U. games on PSN.
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Posted 5/4/14

Lannae wrote:


cjb225 wrote:

.hack// would be great since ya know the games are over priced.


Agreed. I still own the 4 original .hack games for the PS2 (Infection to Quarantine), but I never had the chance to get into the G.U. series back then. I'd love to see all three G.U. games on PSN.


I'm honestly missing quarantine and it's killing me.
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def jam fight for ny
throwing snoop dog out of a window is great
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Posted 5/9/14
Onimusha Trilogy.
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i want ff12 to be on the psn!
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Posted 6/17/14
Spider-Man on PS1.
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I assume the Digimon Games aren't on there
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