As part of PlayStation’s 20th anniversary, the company will be putting PS2 classics on to the PS4’s online store to be purchased and played in the Americas and Europe. Acknowledging the popularity of their previous console, they seek to do some fan service:
PS2 remains the best-selling console of all time, thanks in part to the revolutionary tech built into the box, such as support for the DVD format for games and movies, a powerful graphics processor, and specialized chips for particle effects and physics. Above and beyond the technical innovations that made PS2 stand apart is the huge catalog of amazing and much loved games, such as Dark Cloud, Twisted Metal: Black, and the PS2-era classic Grand Theft Auto games, Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, just to name a few.
While clearly an attempt to keep up with the backwards compatibility of the other consoles of this generation, the games they are making possible to play on the PS4 are certainly classics. I’d say they hold up to today’s standards with their gameplay.
Here is a list of the eight games they will have available:
•Dark Cloud — $14.99
•Grand Theft Auto III — $14.99
•Grand Theft Auto: Vice City — $14.99
•Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas — $14.99
•Rogue Galaxy — $14.99
•The Mark of Kri — $14.99
•Twisted Metal: Black — $9.99
•War of the Monsters — $9.99
With collaboration with the creators of the original games, there will be trophies (or achievements if you speak Microsoft) that track your accomplishments as you relive your nostalgic moments or enjoy these ones for the first time.
However, trophies wont be the only PS4 feature available:
… you will be able to experience all of these PS2 games like never before — in up-rendered 1080p with the features you expect from a PS4 game including Remote Play, Live Broadcast, Share Play, Activity Feeds, and Second Screen support for game manuals with PlayStation Vita or PlayStation App.
They also announced a list of games able to be played at tomorrow’s event in San Fransisco on their show floor:
•Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
•Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
•PaRappa the Rapper 2 (coming soon)
•The King of Fighters 2000 (coming soon)
•The Mark of Kri
•War of the Monsters
Personally, I agree that these are some of the best games that the system has to offer. I’m excited to see the future of compatibility for this system.