PSOne Ports: Most Wanted
The PSP has been home to many ports that didn't make much sense, but many classic Playstation titles would be right at home in the portable arena. Here's our most wanted...
Ports. It's something that we're going to see on the Sony PSP. We might as well accept it. Parappa the Rappa recently got released in Japan and is currently selling pretty well, and other games, including Hot Shots Golf and Tekken 2, are currently available for download at the PlayStation Store. So, with that, we've composed a list of games we wouldn't mind seeing on the PSP that have already seen their glory days on the PlayStation. Whether as a download through the PS3 or as a separate release, we feel that each of these games make some kind of impact that would do good business for the PSP library. If you have choices you feel we missed, feel free to submit your comments as to what you think would be a good release.
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (Konami)- There's really no better time for this game to come out for the PSP than now. Its popularity is about to pick back up with a release on Xbox Live Arcade during 2007, and the classic PlayStation game is still heralded as a must-play to this day. A new release would be ideal, perhaps in the form of a remix with the two additional levels that were previously only available in the Sega Saturn game release from years ago. Hell, for that matter, let's add another playable character, Trevor Belmont, right from the start. C'mon, Konami- give PSP owners some Castlevania loving.
Klonoa: Door To Phantomile (Namco)- Namco's classic platformer is sought after feverishly by the PlayStation elite, and for good reason- it's a terrific game. Players take control of a young cat-kid with a magical bracelet that can pick up enemies and launch them like they're balloons. The game works in a 2.5-D fashion, with 3-D graphics blended in with 2-D gameplay. This is an ideal format for the Sony PSP, as more side-scrollers would really do wonders for this little machine. Namco can even go as far as to do a Klonoa Greatest Hits release, with levels mixed from the first PlayStation game and Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil for the PlayStation 2. If Namco's wise, they'll pick up on this idea and give Klonoa another chance.
R-Type Delta (Agetec/Irem)- This 2.5-D shooter is probably amongst the best that Irem's ever made, feeling every bit like a classic R-Type game while also having the kind of visuals that really bring it to explosive life. Players control a space vessel through dangerous territory, blasting bits and pieces of the Bydo Empire while struggling for their own survival. The reason this game would be perfect for the PSP is with its nostalgic value. Yeah, the R-Type saga already came to a close with R-Type Final for the PS2, but this still stands as a strong entry in the series. It wouldn't hurt for Agetec to give it another chance on the PSP, and give people the opportunity to pick it up without spending $40+ on a copy on Ebay.
Final Fantasy Chronicles: Chrono Trigger (Square Enix)- Know what the PSP could really use right now? An old-fashioned RPG from Squeenix's classic library. What could be more classic than the original SNES favorite that started it all and found a new life in the Chronicles collection? Chrono Trigger is an ideal RPG experience, tripping all over the time rift with a number of memorable characters and massive battles. Of course, nothing's wrong with having any of the classic Final Fantasy games either. But there's something about the likes of Trigger, as well as Secret of Mana, that gains a more widespread appeal, instead of just to the hardcore audience. Hopefully, Squeenix will see what kind of open window of opportunity they have here.
Xenogears (Square Enix)- For that matter, let's revisit another classic RPG, the fan favorite Xenogears. This struck out on a different tone than most of Squeenix's other titles, but it nonetheless contains a classic quality that can't be denied, even by today's more massive RPG standards.
Bust-a-Groove (Square Enix)- This could probably be the most cherished of all of Square Enix's back library of games, an addictive music/rhythm game that's sought after very highly by collectors. The gameplay is simple, following a waving bar as it goes over buttons that need to be pressed, but the rhythm of the songs is undeniable and the format strikes a chord of its own. A two-player versus match via AdHoc would make this a must-buy, if the content in the game didn't do that already. Either this or the sequel, Bust-a-Groove 2, would hit the spot. Hey, if Gitaroo Man can succeed, why not Bust-a-Bust?
Warhawk (SCEA)- With the PS3 version coming around sometime this year, the reintroduction of the original PS1 classic is probably in order. And since Incog, formerly known as Singletrac, still knows their way around programming, porting this game to the PSP should be a cinch. The game features a powerful hover jet that's armed to the teeth with all kinds of weapons, blasting enemies off the ground and out of the sky in droves. Sure, the game's only six stages long and has some of the most painful FMV acting ever conceived in a game, but it's all about the action here. And Warhawk has plenty to shake the battery out of your PSP.
Brave Fencer Musashi (Square Enix)- Now here's something you don't see out of the Squeenix catalog every day- a ninja adventure that's every bit as comical as it is sword-slicing. The game features a young ninja battling all kinds of dangers on an epic quest, one involving platforming techniques and fun battle tactics that make the game enjoyable to play for hours on end. The PS2 sequel may not have done as well, but then again, it was a different kind of game. The original stands on its own two feet, and should be considered for a re-release.
Soul Blade (Namco)- The fighting game that started it all for the Soul Calibur brand still deserves a nod to this day, due to the large selection of characters and the design of the game in general. The gameplay can probably be done on the PSP pad with ease, while the AdHoc options for multiplayer would be a nice touch. Let's see if the Soul can still burn on the PSP.
So what favorites did we miss? Hit us with suggestions and we'll revisit for a future article!