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Where Are All the PSone Games?

The PS3 is coming up to it’s 1st anniversary in Japan and North America, and it’s almost 6 months old in Europe, so I’m left wondering where are all the PSone games?

The Japanese store has a whole load of big name PSone classics headed by the likes of Resident Evil Directors Cut, R Type, Tekken 2, Everybodys Golf 2 and AI.

The North American Store has less content but still has classics such as Castlevania SotN, MediEvil, Destruction Derby and Syphon Filter.

That leads me to the UK Store which has Crash Bandicoot, WipEout, Jumping Flash and er…a couple of other games that weren’t on the PSone that not many people care about.

Spyro 2, Crash Bandicoot and MediEvil were all pulled from the Store because of bugs, while MediEvil and Crash are back on the Store, I don’t think Spyro 2 has been fixed yet. Not a great start.

I know it’s early in the PS3’s life but when you look at the back catalogue of genuine classic PSone games, you’d think Sony would put more effort in making these titles available to buy from the various PS Stores. It’s a back catalogue that Microsoft and to a lesser extent, Nintendo, can’t compete with.

It would be a big boost to the PSN if the following titles were made available to download:

Resident Evil 1, 2 and 3, Final Fantasy VIII and IX (I still have VII), Gran Turismo 1 & 2, Destruction Derby 2, Vagrant Story, Broken Sword 1 & 2, Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill 1*, Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee, Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus, Parasite Eve and Tony Hawks Pro Skater 2.

I know there are localisation issues (amongst other things) in getting these games onto the various Stores but if they just released one or two titles per week, then it would add fresh content to the Store while people wait for playable demos and other PS3 related content.

I didn’t buy my PS3 to play PSone games on it, but it would be nice to have the option to download some games that I missed because they weren’t released in the UK. Some of the games I’ve mentioned above, are going for ludicrous prices on eBay aswell.

There’s also the option to play PSone games on your PSP if you have one, which can’t be overlooked. I’d be tempted to get a PSP again if a lot of those games were available. Broken Sword and FFVIII on the go? Hell Yeah!! C’mon Sony make it happen.

*Silent Hill 2 was on PS2. Cheers Videospel.