The PlayStation Classic's lineup has just been announced, and at best can be described as a mixed bag.
Everyone's top 20 games of the original PlayStation era will differ slightly, and with Crash's N. Sane Trilogy hitting consoles recently and Spyro: Reignited set to launch in November, it's understandable why those two console mascots haven't made the cut. Excusing the biggest seller on the system (the brilliant and revolutionary Gran Turismo) as well as beloved classics like Medal Of Honor and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater is a little harder though.
Again, fans could debate all day about the perfect 20. The fact is, the actual list has served up some absolute gems from one of gaming's best ever consoles, as well as some lesser known darlings that deserve to find a huge audience.
Since all of these games have fairly dated graphics by today's standards, this won't be held against them too harshly. Instead, factors like gameplay itself (obviously), alongside their legacy, influence and how they stack up to games that are absent have all been used to determine which game tops the lot.
20. IQ: Intelligent Qube
Intelligent Qube is one of a few games included that seem to indicate Sony is catering to the Japanese market with the PS Classic. But by all logic, why wouldn’t they? They’re a Japanese company with a huge player base in that country. Still, with limited nostalgia to aid its average gameplay and core concept, Intelligent Qube comes in dead last.
Players who pick up the PlayStation Classic are likely to try every title once, but Intelligent Qube is the kind of game most in the West will play through a few levels of then abandon for some of the all time PlayStation greats.
The objective is to clear various coloured cubes that rise on the board, while avoiding the black ‘Forbidden’ cubes. By modern standards, it feels more like a great mobile game than it does something off a console.
It’s nice enough and comes with a score that probably belongs on a better title’s soundtrack. Even in the tiny genre of cube based puzzling though, it’s probably second to Kula World with everything the original PlayStation had to offer.