As awe-inspiring as the current generation of games can be, there are some things they just can’t capture. For some of us, its the once-in-a-generation combination of innovation and gameplay. For others, it’s the feeling of nostalgia that can only be satisfied by diving back into our favorite titles from years past. While the reasons for it are many, the fact is that there’s a thriving market for past-gen games, and fans are more than willing to shell out some extra cash for the chance at some well-loved throwback action.
It’s also no surprise that developers and publishers alike have taken notice of this trend, as the market continues to become more saturated with HD remakes and remastered editions of last-gen games. However, a recent ratings leak suggests that Sony might be willing to dig even deeper into their past catalog to provide gamers with a chance at some sentimental replay value.
A report from Gematsu today revealed a select number of the PlayStation 2 Classics collection have been rated for the PlayStation 4. The games that received a PS4 rating are Dark Cloud 2, Ape Escape 2, and Twisted Metal: Black. While Twisted Metal: Black has been available as a PS2 Classic in Europe since 2012, the other two titles have never been re-released for the PS3 or PS4 previously.
If the ratings are legitimate, it seems pretty likely that Sony is planning to port these games, whether it be from the PS2 directly or from a previous emulation for the PS3. It’s also interesting to note the timing of the report to Sony’s Tokyo Game Show, where it’s possible that the electronics giant could announce more detailed plans to carry over PS2 Classics to the PS4.
Of the games announced, the most exciting might be Level 5’s Dark Cloud 2, a 2003 sequel to their debut effort Dark Cloud. Dark Cloud 2′s blend of classic RPG elements with unique town and weapon-building mechanics make it a stand-out title on Level 5’s impressive resume, which features titles like Dragon Quest VIII and the Professor Layton series. While the gaming world holds its breath over the implied importance of Final Fantasy 15‘s sales figures, it might be fun to revisit some franchises from RPG gaming’s glory days.
The Tokyo Game Show already promises to be an exciting weekend for RPG fans and games alike, the latter of which is experiencing a renaissance involving a number of high profile titles. Although there has been no official statement from Sony regarding the ratings, it appears that it’s all but confirmed that the PS4 will be getting some PS2 Classics sooner rather than later.
What PS2 games would you like to see make a comeback on the PS4? Let us know in the comments.