With that in mind, Team USG has pooled its collective wisdom and come up with 20 PSOne games that we'd love to see incorporated into the PS Now library. Which ones would you chose?
Parappa the Rapper
Yeah, its gameplay is tap-along-to-the-beat simple, but it's much more than that. This is a game that makes you laugh and smile. And if it doesn't, you should probably be shuffling along moaning, "brraaaaaiiiiiiiiins."
Listen, guys. Tomba is the best. It's the story of a feral child who runs around biting pigs in order to save the world through a free-roaming "metroidvania"-style setup filled with interlinked quests presented almost like game show minigames. It was weird and kind of ahead of its time (its open, overlapping quests are closer in style to current RPGs than to a '90s platformer), and it's a load of fun. Sadly, I never did beat the original game. Maybe PlayStation Now could change that.
Rival Schools -- and its Dreamcast sequel Project Justice -- remain my favorite fighting games of all time, largely because I can still understand them. Modern fighting games are full of complex systems that I don't really understand, whereas Rival Schools played very much like Street Fighter 2 -- the old, simple versions of Street Fighter 2 -- with slice of life anime-style characters rather than the exaggerated caricatures of its stablemate.
It was also the first time I saw a fighting game have a coherent story mode -- something that we still don't tend to get all that often, with a few exceptions such as Persona 4 Arena and Aquapazza. Okay, the story was complete nonsense -- as I recall, it concluded with you fighting your headmaster in space -- and one of the best things about the Japanese version of the game -- the custom character "School Life" mode -- was conspicuously absent from the Western release, but I'd still love to play this game again.
Final Fantasy 9
Final Fantasy 9 caught me off-guard. Eight was a soppy love story, in a high-tech college of magic. Nine had chibis. I remember spending the first hour of Final Fantasy 9 completely bewildered. Chibis. Bobble-headed people everywhere! While it deviated from its predecessor's slightly bleaker tone, Final Fantasy 9 wasn't completely made out fluff. Vivi's awkward confrontation with death still stands out as one of my most poignant memories of the PS One. I loved the world of Gaia, the rat people who are enamored of dance, the bumbling Steiner and his even more awkward crush on a certain lass in the game. Most of all, however, I want an excuse to get into the whole Tetra Master habit yet again because man, the Final Fantasy series are amazing at those mini-games.
Actually, could we just have a greatest compilation of the mini-games? Please?
To read the rest of the list, head over to US Gamer.