Most Desired PlayStation Classics

By Sam Marchello

   The PlayStation Network is home to many unique titles, from indie games to triple-A. It's a service that allows gamers to uncover new creative endeavors, while also being able to download some of the hottest titles. The network is also home to the PlayStation Classics, a section that is full of old treasures and sweet nostalgia, though there are still many greats yet to be acknowledged. These six selections are games that are still in demand, many cost a fortune, and/or are simply wonderful RPG comfort food. In this feature, I'm going to pitch to you all why I believe the following six RPGs deserve a place in the PlayStation Classics section of the PlayStation Network.

Suikoden II

Suikoden II
Pub: Konami | Dev: Konami | Release: 09.29.1999

   While Suikoden has been on the PlayStation Network for quite awhile, the fans of the series have been up in arms in regards to a digital release for Suikoden II. I cannot blame them for their frustrations as a physical copy of the game can easily run someone over a hundred dollars. Suikoden II is a game I've lent many people because it's my favourite of the series and it's the game that got many of my friends hooked on the series. Suikoden II's narrative is all about friendship and war, but it's done in such a way that makes it touching and humble. The political aspects of the story are so strong and easy to connect to certain characters' motivations. This is a game I wish every person had the chance to experience, just once, so they can truly see why people rate this as the best game in the series, and further, one of the greatest RPGs on the system.

Valkyrie Profile

Valkyrie Profile
Pub: Enix | Dev: tri-Ace | Release: 08.29.2000

   Valkyrie Profile is the greatest RPG that ever existed. Okay, that might not be entirely true, but it is for me. It's the only game I've completed more than six times, each time reminding me how powerful narrative can truly be. Valkyrie Profile tells the story of Lenneth Valkyrie, a battlemaiden who must collect souls and send them to the battlegrounds of Valhalla. This narrative entirely takes place in vignettes, as each person Lenneth encounters teaches you about who they are and the sinful deeds they have committed. Valkyrie Profile has made me cry on numerous occasions, as some of the vignettes pack a devastating emotional punch. This is a game you play purely for the story, its cast of characters, and the dying world which it portrays. While Valkyrie Profile was rereleased on the PlayStation Portable, neither it nor the original exist on the network. Every person should play this game if they love an honest story full of wonder and desperation.

Legend of Legaia

Legend of Legaia
Pub: Contrail | Dev: Sony Computer Entertainment | Release: 03.17.1999

   Legend of Legaia is purely a nostalgia choice on my part. I've played it three times all the way through, and I smile every time I play it. There's something so comforting about Vahn, Noa, and Gala's adventure in restoring the Genesis Trees. This is a story about coexisting, in this case between the humans and the Seru, and a mist that threatens to destroy the world's delicate balance. This game was my jam growing up. While the story and world aren't completely original, it was the battle system that really sold me. Legend of Legaia has one of the most addictive and frantic turn based battle systems, and I've yet to see it replicated in any other RPG. Being able to build combos and new attacks through pure experimentation brought me tons of joy as a child. In fact, I loved getting into random encounters just so I could pound the crap out of enemies. It was also one of the first games where I adored the minigames, such as the fishing and arcade fighter that continuously played them until my thumbs were sore. Legend of Legaia has a ton of charm, and it's a game that feels so comfortable and nostalgic that it deserves a rerelease on the PlayStation Network.

Persona 2: Eternal Punishment

Persona 2: Eternal Punishment
Pub: Atlus | Dev: Atlus | Release: 11.30.2000

   With the fate of the PlayStation Portable version of Persona 2: Eternal Punishment looking grimmer as each day passes, this was a game I was surprised not to see appear on the network, especially since the PlayStation Portable version of Persona 2: Innocent Sin already exists for download. There's no denying the difficultly in Eternal Punishment, but the mystery that surrounds the story is so intriguing that it's easy swept up in the narrative. Plus for those who finished Innocent Sin, this would have given fans a sense of closure. Unfortunately, this is another game that's rare to find and expensive to purchase — all the more reason why it needs to be accessible on the network. With amazing characters and a psycho path with the power to give you nightmares, Eternal Punishment is a game that deserves the chance shine once more, even if the PSP version never gets the chance to be localized on this side of the pond.

Vandal Hearts

Vandal Hearts
Pub: Konami | Dev: Konami | Release: 06.01.1997

   Vandal Hearts is a game that holds a special place in my heart. It was the first RPG that my cousin and I played together as a team and beat. We found ourselves invested in the game's story, its politics, and above all, its characters. For the first time, we encountered a protagonist who was an adult, and no less, someone with a distinct and important cause. Ash Lambert was memorable to us for those reasons and we wanted to help him succeed. This was also the first tactical RPG we had both played, and we had countless hours of fun building our characters and using the unique classes such as Hawknights. It was also the first M-rated title either of us played, and we were easily amused by the geysers of blood as enemies were decimated on the screen. We really got a kick out of it. Vandal Hearts not only tells a great story, but also acts as a great introduction to the tactical RPG genre. It's not the easiest game by any stretch of the imagination, but it's one that feels rewarding once the end is nigh.

Lunar 2: Eternal Blue Complete

Lunar 2: Eternal Blue Complete
Pub: Working Designs | Dev: Game Arts | Release: 12.14.2000

   Lunar 2: Eternal Blue is always a bridesmaid and never the bride. It's an amazing game that never seems to get the same amount of love compared to its predecessor, Silver Star. Unlike Silver Star which has had several remakes, Eternal Blue Complete is the only remake that exists. It's an expensive title that sells for a hundred dollars easily, especially if one has the complete Working Designs sets. While I adore Silver Star, Eternal Blue's story is far more romantic. Hiro and Lucia's love story is quite mature and charming, something we don't see in too many RPGs nowadays. Eternal Blue also has a fabulous cast of characters that drive the story forward with such class and humor. This is a game speaks to every gamer's inner-adventurer, and it's so easy to feel invested in the world of Blue Star. Not only is Eternal Blue Complete the definitive experience, but it features so much personality that its deserves to be retold once more. Plus, every person should get to experience the sassiness that is, Ruby the flying kitty-dragon.

Honorable Mentions

   While the above six RPGs are my main desires, there are some honorable mentions. There is no guarantee that these classics will ever make their way to the PSN, but a girl can dream. We hope that you will share with us on the forums, some of your favourite classics that have yet to be rereleased on the Network.

Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete SaGa Frontier Thousand Arms Tales of Destiny II (Eternia)

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