Eight “Classic” games the PSN didn’t need

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Extreme Pinball

Like Hi-Octane, this is another forgettable game that doesn’t stand out at all. Unlike Hi-Octane, though, there’s no PSone alternative. There is, however, Zen Pinball, which is a fantastic PS3 downloadable game that’s been on sale for several months longer, and naturally it features superior graphics, sound, and physics than the elder Extreme Pinball. While it’s a few dollars more expensive at $10, you’re definitely better off splurging a little and treating yourself to Zen Pinball instead.


This doozy of a game came out last Thursday beside Jigsaw Madness, and although I’ve never played it, I remember hearing some bad things about it when it released in 1997. So I dug around YouTube for some gameplay videos and all I can say is… well, just see for yourself.

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Block-man up there is laying waste to a series of larger blocks while jumping around clumsily, but other than that I can’t tell what the hell’s happening up there. Yeesh.

Ten Pin Alley

It seems that someone at Sony enjoys giving the green light to games when something superior already exists. In this case, Ten Pin Alley was released shortly after the simply-named Bowling. While Bowling certainly isn’t a looker, it at least has some decent music. Ten Pin Alley, on the other hand is pure, concentrated ugly meant to be enjoyed by no one. To top it off, High Velocity Bowling predates these games on PSN by over a year. A year! Once again, better to spend the few extra bucks for a playable product.

Bomberman Party Edition

I love Bomberman. I’ve bought or played Bomberman on just about every game machine I’ve played. Quite honestly, this game isn’t even that bad. The problem with this is, you guessed it, fact that a better version pre-dates it. For a few extra bucks Bomberman Ultra gives you HD visuals, online play, and trophies. Even if  you’re buying this for your PSP, you’re better off hunting for the proper PSP version on UMD for probably the same price. As a Bomberman fan, take my word for it- both games are superior to the PS1’s Party Edition.

So there you have it. Eight games ranging from “meh” to “abomination”, and all of them up for sale on PSN instead of my precious Driver. What do you think? Do you agree whole-heartily? Should I be thrown in a snake pit for bashing one of your old favorites? Sound off in the comments below!

Readers Comments (17)

  1. I’d much prefer them to focus on new games (new sequels to PS1 classics is fine) rather than re-releasing PS1 games.

  2. If they do re-release PSone games, they should at least touch up the games. Maybe improve the graphics a little and make they gameplay slightly less atrocious.

    Then again, are WipEout and Warhawk even necessary when we have WipEout HD and the PS3 remake of Warhawk?

  3. VofEscaflowne March 22, 2010 @ 11:41

    Well I’m guessing it costs them next to nothing and releasing these games must mean that some people are buying them… maybe. But during a time packed with high profile PS3 game releases, I don’t think anyone will be looking forward to having a classic release on the PSN. Better to hold off on such titles when there’s not much on the PS3 side of things.

  4. They missed their chance really when the PS3 was in it’s infancy with very few games. People would’ve snapped up the old games. Too many new ones now to care.

  5. i would love if they hurry up bringing spyro to the eu store. Also a bit of rayman 2 would be awesome. They do give us a lot of crap ps1 games i’ve never heard of before. Gd game driver 😉

  6. Hey, 2Xtreme and Bomberman Party Edition were awesome. I loved going to my friends’ house and playing them.

  7. I agree that most PSOne games in the PSN are just plain junk. Instead, they should release less, better games.

  8. Moocows111111 March 22, 2010 @ 14:01

    PsOne games are ok… They should release the very good ones XD
    Also I love totally love it, if they remade the Metal Gear Solid. I’d probably kill myself for that.

  9. I would love to see Road Rash, I don’t remember if that was on ps1, but I played the hell out of it on Sega, the CD version kicked ass!

  10. lol @ ford, that game is trash!

    but bomberman party was awesome back in the days :\

    that one should indeed stay…..

  11. As you are probably too young to appreciate it, at the time One was about the best game you could get in the genre. ReLoaded? Not nearly as good. With over 320 ps1 titles in their original condition as well as being an adult gamer at the time of the PS1 release, next article you write about PS1 games… give me a hit and I’ll throw you some actual information okay? Later sweetie.

  12. Never heard of One, but there was nothing in that video that made me hate it. All of the video comments were positive, so someone is buying it.

  13. @Alissa – FACT: this article features my opinion.

    In seriousness though, I never thought the game was good to begin with, and has aged terribly ever since.

  14. CodeNameSnake March 23, 2010 @ 13:13

    Id love to see Jet Moto 2!

  15. Didn’t mean to come across as a b*$@&, you do have a point that I wholeheartedly agree with. I don’t understand why they can’t put on games like Mechwarrior, Skullmonkeys, Futurecop L.A.P.D., or G Police.

  16. I totally agree with 2Xtreme. That game blew.

  17. Quick question, I haven’t downloaded any games from PS1 games from PStore, wanted to know are these classic titles region locked?

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