PS Classic Reviews

Reviews of PlayStation Classic titles.

MMX5 Title

 

Title: Mega Man X5
Developer: Capcom
Game Type: PlayStation Classic
Download: 344 MB
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Mega Man is an old, classic franchise that has seen a lot in its time.  Although there may not be many games in the future for everyone’s favorite blue-armored reploid, there is a lot to be played in the past.  Looking in the past, Mega Man isn’t a single franchise, but many.  There have been several franchises within Mega Man.  There is the Mega Man series, as well as the X, Legends, Battle Network, Zero, and others, each with their own kind of storyline and style of gameplay behind them.

If you take a look at the fans, the majority regards the Mega Man X series as the best of all of them.  This is due to the characters featured, like Sigma and Zero.  This is also because of how the difficulty of the games come into play, with most of the games being quite challenging, even for a Mega Man game.  While there are some games in the series that are less regarded than others, the X series spanned 9 games, across multiple platforms.

With this month celebrates the inclusion of two games of this legendary series onto the PlayStation Network.  As of last week, both Mega Man X4 and its sequel are available for play on the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation Vita.  Although it is not as regarded as highly as its predecessor by the fans, here is our official review of Mega Man X5.

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MMX4 Title

 

Title: Mega Man X4
Developer: Capcom
Game Type: PlayStation Classic
Download: 371 MB
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There are some game franchises that have seemed to have died down, over the years.  Even franchises that fans think are going well and strong can get replaced in a single moment.  There are many franchises this has happened one.  However, many of them aren’t notable or something that just anyone would be able to recall by memory.  One of the more recent franchises for this situation, though, is memorable.  That name is Mega Man.

While Mega Man seems to be getting replaced by Mighty No. 9, those of us who want to play Mega Man games must look back in time, to games that have already released.  In the handheld market, this isn’t such a hard thing to do.  Both the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita have a good number of Mega Man games that can be played on them.  This is mostly the games from the first generation of games.  The original Mega Man games that were on the Nintendo Entertainment System.

However, that is quickly changing.  Not even a week ago, Capcom made a big announcement for PlayStation fans.  They announced that two of the biggest Mega Man games in the PS1 era were coming to the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, and PlayStation Vita as PS1 Classics.  Going into what is called by some as the Legendary Mega Man X series, here is our official review of Mega Man X4.

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Title: Mega Man / Rockman
Developer: Capcom
Game Type: PlayStation Classic
Download: 156 MB
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There are a lot of classic franchises out there from various generations.  Think about games that started in the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).  There are a lot of franchises from that generation that are still going.  Mario.  Metal Gear.  The Legend of Zelda.  Final Fantasy.  Ninja Gaiden.  There are a lot of franchises that still going.  Even with those franchises, we’ve got new games coming, like Final Fantasy XV, Hyrule Warriors, and Super Mario 3D World.

As many as there are that are still going, there are some that are not still going.  It was very sad news last year that the Mega Man franchise has gotten a spiritual successor, marking the seeming ending of the long-running Mega Man franchise.  A lot of people are sad to see Mega Man go, being replaced by Might No. 9.  So, we must look at the many years of that franchise and enjoy the games that are available.

For the PlayStation Vita, there are options for Mega Man games.  With a Vita version of Might No. 9 incoming, we can look back to PSP and PS1 games.  If you recall, we reviewed Mega Man: Maverick Hunter X, the PSP remake of Mega Man X from the Super Nintendo era.  Beyond that, there are four other Mega Man games available on the system.  Mega Man 1-4 are available as PlayStation One Imports.  As we move into the history of gaming, here is our official review of the PlayStation Import, Mega Man.

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Title: Pac-Man World
Developer: Namco
Game Type: PlayStation Classic
Download: 235 MB
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Think back on the original days of the arcade.  The days before we had portable powerhouse systems like the Vita and the 3DS.  Before the PlayStation and Nintendo 64.  Think back to when Arcades had games that weren’t full of 3D effects, zombie-shooting, and car-racing.  Back to the original arcades, more than 30 years ago.  There were very simple games to be played, and those games were incredibly fun for those people back then.  One iconic name among those few was the ghost-and-fruit-eating Pac Man.

More than 30 years ago, Pac Man was around in arcades, showing off a simple 2D Maze, where you collected dots and fruit and tried to avoid ghosts until you got a powerup which could devour them for big points.  The point of the game?  To get a higher score than last time.  It was a very simple thing, and people loved it.  As time and console progression went on, though, a lot of more deep games were coming out.  Little Pac-Man wasn’t left in the shadows of time.  In 1999, 20 years after the original Pac-Man debuted, he came back in the form of Pac Man World.

Pac Man World was on the Sony PlayStation and offered new depth to the world of Pac Man, offering 3D Platforming and Adventure, along with incorporating every element that made Pac Man unique in its original incarnation.  Dubbed “20th Anniversary Pac Man World”, it was a celebration of the franchise’s 20th anniversary, and has been on the PlayStation Network for some time, playable on the PlayStation 3 and the Vita.  Has it withstood the test of time?  Here is our official review of the PlayStation Classic, Pac Man World

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Title: Final Fantasy IX
Developer: Square Enix
Game Type: PlayStation Classic
Download: 1.5 GB
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This is it, people.  With the release of Final Fantasy X| X-2 HD Remaster less than a week away, we are onto our final Countdown Review.  It’s been a long wait and we’ve amassed reviews for Dissidia 012: Duodecim Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy Origins, Final Fantasy III, Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection, Final Fantasy V, Final Fantasy VI, Final Fantasy VII, and Final Fantasy VIII.  There is only one more review to go before we will have reviewed every main game available on the Vita that is currently out in anticipation of Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster.

After Final Fantasy VIII released, Square looked back on the series and wanted to make a game that was a new game, but was also something more.  The series had seen a lot of games and they wanted to make a game that was a big nod to the series, as a whole.  Something that took the greatest elements of the original six titles and combining those with the greatest elements of Final Fantasy VII and VIII.  The result was the ninth entry in the series.  Here is our official review of the PlayStation Classic, Final Fantasy IX.

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Title: Final Fantasy VIII
Developer: Square Enix
Game Type: PlayStation Classic
Download: 1.8 GB
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March is upon us.  This is very good news for PlayStation Vita owners.  In two short weeks, Square Enix is finally going to release the HD Remaster Collection of PlayStation 2 hits Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2.  You know what that means, right?  Final Fantasy fans can rejoice, and it also means that it’s time, once again, for us to give out another review on the remaining Final Fantasy main titles available for the Vita.  You can already guess what this will be.  After all, there are only two main series games left that we’ve not reviewed as of yet.

A couple weeks ago, we submitted a review for Final Fantasy VII, the first of the PlayStation Final Fantasy games.  This marked the series’ entry into 3D gaming, and expanded on a lot of things.  After that, Square Enix started work on two more titles in the main series, which were both being developed at the same time.  The first of these games, which debuted in 1999, is considered the “Black Sheep” of the series by many fans.  This game, featuring the Gunblade Mercenary Squall Leonheart is none other than Final Fantasy VIII.

Many fans will tell you to avoid this game, as it is considered one of the lowest of the series.  In my honest opinion, there is no low to the series.  Every game is unique in its own way and each one is worth playing at least once.  If you’re a fan of summon magic, then I would definitely not skip out on this game.  For our reasons why you should check it out, here is our official review of the PlayStation Classic, Final Fantasy VIII.

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Title: Final Fantasy VII
Developer: Square Enix
Game Type: PlayStation Classic
Download: 1.3 GB
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The weeks are rolling by quicker than I can seem to count.  It seems like it was just the other day that I was writing a Final Fantasy review.  Now, two weeks have gone by, and we are ever-closer to the impending release of Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster.  It is exactly one month away, to be exact.  With only four weeks left until the collection releases and three mainstream Final Fantasies not reviewed on this site, it’s time to move onto our next review.  The game that many RPG fans hold as the greatest game of all time.  Final Fantasy VII.

Final Fantasy VII is famous among Role-Playing Games and video games in general.  The game was a huge hit on the PlayStation and it has spread throughout the gaming community with an entire compilation dedicated to it, from side-story games to a movie sequel.  If you look into RPGs, you will always see Final Fantasy VII somewhere, and it was the very first game of the series to debut on the PlayStation Network and is the reason this writer got a PlayStation Network account.  How does the game match up to today’s standards?  Here is our official review of the PlayStation Classic, Final Fantasy VII.

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Title: Gex: Enter the Gecko
Developer: Square Enix / Crystal Dynamics
Game Type: PlayStation Classic
Download:  145 MB
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Back in the 1990s, there was a trend of games going on that spawned from what is considered one of Nintendo’s greatest creations, Super Mario 64.  This game set into stone the standards of 3D Platformers and the world-based platforming games.  Pitting a character inside different worlds to complete tasks and collect objects that allowed you to traverse further into the game and having the trend repeat until they’d reached the Final Boss of the game.  It spawned many similar games from different developers, such as Banjo-Kazooie, Spyro the Dragon, and more.

Crystal Dynamics, now the developer behind the Tomb Raider series, joined in this craze and started whipping out games in the “Gex” series.  Gex was a bipedal, talking gecko whom loved to watch TV and fought against Rez, a villain that wished to control the population through their television sets.  The game spawned a trilogy on the PlayStation, and two of its games also released on the Nintendo 64.  It started as a 2D game, but quickly became 3D.

Gex: Enter the Gecko is the first 3D game of the Gex franchise and, until recently, wasn’t available on the PlayStation Network for play on the PlayStation Vita, along with PS3 and PSP.  About two weeks ago, Sony finally put Gex: Enter the Gecko on the North America PlayStation Store for download.  How does it play now that it’s on the network?  Let’s find out.  Here is our official review of the PlayStation Classic, Gex: Enter the Gecko.

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Title: Final Fantasy VI
Developer: Square Enix
Game Type: PlayStation Classic
Download:  134 MB
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Our Final Fantasy Countdown continues today!  It’s been a couple weeks since we did our last Final Fantasy review, which was for the PlayStation Classic, Final Fantasy V.  That was a great game, though some technical issues held the game back from really shining on the PlayStation Vita, especially with the more recent Mobile remake of the game.  Those were unfortunate issues for holding back an otherwise great RPG.  However, the period cycle is over and we are ready for a new review.

So far, we have given out reviews for Final Fantasy Origins, III, IV, and V.  There are six weeks left until Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster releases, and four Final Fantasies left to review.  The next one in the lineup is one of the fan-favorites from the Super Nintendo era.  Straight from the world of the Espers comes the story of Terra Branford.  The last of the 2D Final Fantasy games and renowned by many as one of the series’ greatest entries.  Here is our official review of the PlayStation Classic, Final Fantasy VI.

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Title: Resident Evil 2
Developer: Capcom
Game Type: PlayStation Classic
Download:  745 MB
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The horror genre is actively changing.  Movies are going into trends of taking advantage of popular movies and expanding them into big franchises, most to the point of many fans being sick of how quickly movies come out.  A notable franchise that started this was Saw.  To many fans, Saw should have ended around II or III.  There are some fans that even say that the recent franchise, Insidious, didn’t need a sequel at all.  With games, it’s a bit of a different story.

If you have known the horror genre, specifically Survival Horror, you know that the genre has been changing a lot in recent years.  Resident Evil and Silent Hill were once the top of the top, when it comes to survival horror, and had other franchises inspired heavily and almost playing identical to them.  Resident Evil spawned Dino Crisis and even parts of Parasite Eve.  If you look at recent games in those franchises, though, things have changed.  The newest Silent Hill is a Diablo-like dungeon crawler, and the newest Resident Evils are like Third Person Shooters.

If we take a look back, Resident Evil was very much different.  It had a lot of tank-like controls, severely limited ammunition and save points, and was generally much harder to survive in than the games are now.  There were no “Continue from Last Checkpoint” sections or anything like that.  Let’s take a look at one of those older titles.  We have already reviewed Resident Evil: Director’s Cut.  Now let’s take a look at what many fans view as the best of the series.  Here is our official review of the PlayStation Classic, Resident Evil 2.

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