As far as gaming is concerned today is a very special day especially for those who have been long time fans of the Final Fantasy series since the late 90’s. It was on February 11th back in 1999 where Final Fantasy VIII was released on the PS1. Final Fantasy VIII was the highly anticipated sequel of the critically acclaimed Final Fantasy VII game Square Enix released for the PS1 console that was released back in 1997. While Final Fantasy VII ended up becoming the second best selling PS1 title reaching over 9.7 million units worldwide Final Fantasy VIII was not quite as popular as its predecessor. However, Final Fantasy VIII was still very successful and managed to reach over 7.8 million units in sales on the PS1 while becoming the seventh best selling game on the 32-bit console during the late 90’s.
The multi-disk FFVIII game is one that many people have wanted to see receive an HD remake for two decades now and its uncertain on whether or not Square Enix plans on making it a reality. While a series of Final Fantasy games are expected to on the Nintendo Switch including FFVII, FFX, FF Crystal Chronicles and FFXII there has been no talk of FFVIII being ported to the Nintendo Switch. Hopefully, Square Enix will do something special with Final Fantasy VIII within the next year or so especially since the demand of a remastered version of the game is high among those who are huge fans of the series in general.
When we think about some of the most iconic video games consoles to have emerged within the past 30 years there are many names that comes to mind especially the Nintendo Entertainment System which came out in 1983 and the PS1 which came out in ’94. Both game consoles were very popular within their respective decades considering the fact that the NES went on to sell over 61 million units worldwide since its release in the 80’s. While the NES was considered to be the best selling game console of the 80’s the PS1 was considered to be most popular game system of the 90’s since it reached over 102 million units worldwide in sales. Despite, the fact that the PS1 ended up selling more than the NES overall it seems like the NES is considered a more memorable console due the catchy chiptune soundtracks that we have heard in titles such as Mega Man I-III, Castlevania I-III and more.
While the PS1 obviously had more superior visuals and sound fonts in relation to soundtrack development the chiptune sound of the NES required a ton of creativity to make masterpieces in relation to BGM. Also, Mario who is arguably the biggest name in gaming history is just as popular now as he was back in the 80’s despite the fact that the platform genre of gaming has declined in popularity over the past two decades. Even though, some of the greatest video games ever made such as Final Fantasy VII came from the PS1 the console itself dies not seem as iconic as the NES.
As many people know the PS1 Classic was released back on December 12th with at least 20 exciting classics such as Tekken 3, Twisted Metal, Metal Gear Solid and others. While it was cool to get a re-release of the 32-bit game system with at least 20 pre-loaded games it received mixed to negative reviews since it came out which does not come off as too much of a surprise. In this day and age many place emphasis on visuals in relation to gaming which especially been true during this generation with consoles such as the PlsyStation 4 and the Xbox One. While high quality 3D visuals that utilizes powerful game engines such as Unreal are attractive today the basic beta-like 3D gameplay for the PS1 Classic looks highly outdated because it is.
In fact, a set of disks that included HD versions of each game that was included on the PS1 Classic may have been a better alternative than re-releasing a retro based console with 20 pre-loaded games from the mid to late 90’s that were inferior in quality compared to what we have now. Overall, the PS1 Classic may not have lived up to everyone’s expectations but its nice that Sony gave us something in relation to 90’s nostalgia.
When we think about huge games that could have been big on PS1 Classic titles such as Chrono Trigger and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night are games that instantly comes to mind. Its very puzzling why such games were never included on the PS1 Classic especially considering how popular they were during the mid 90’s. In fact, games such as Chrono Cross which is considered to be a highly underrated RPG from 1999 would have been a better choice for the PS1 Classic that some of the titles that we got such as Cool Boarders 2. For those who do not know Chrono Cross is was the direct sequel of the Chrono Cross game which was initially released for the SNES back in ’95.
Despite, receiving positive from critics following its release the Chrono series had declined in popularity by the ’98-’99 time period. Chrono Cross did not sell too well at all and many people in countries like America never got a chance to play it. While Chrono Cross may not have been a huge attraction on PS1 Classic such as the likes of Tekken 3 and Final Fantasy VII it would have definitely of been nice to see an underrated RPG gem like Chrono Cross on the retro based 32-bit console.
When we think about big games that really should have been on the PS1 Classic that never made it Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is one of the many titles that instantly comes to mind. In fact, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night was arguably one of the best games within its series and it was definitely a game that could of replaced the likes of Cool Boarders 2 or even Battle Arena Toshinden which were two titles that many people really did not care much about. The reason why Castlevania: Symphony of the Night was never on the PS1 Classic is something that is still a mystery to many people. Despite, not being a 3D game like many other selections for the PS1 Classic Castlevania: Symphony of the Night was an awesome metroidvania-adventure game that many people would have loved to play on the PS1 Classic.
The idea of releasing a retro based game system with 3D graphics that are way more inferior than what we have for the PlayStation 4 does not make to much sense. In this case, having more 2D games such as Castlevania: Symphony of the Night along with Chrono Trigger could have helped the PS1 Classic become more of an attraction in the long run. But at the same time the price drop of the PS1 Classic on Amazon can possibly help it sell more a lot faster in a shorter period of time.
As many people know the price of the PS1 Classic has dropped on Amazon from $99 to $75. While some people have no problem with the price drop whatsoever other believe that the value of the PS1 Classic has decline very weekly especially since its been out for about a week now. While the PS1 Classic does include favorites such as Final Fantasy VII, Tekken 3, Ridge Racer Type 4, Metal Gear Solid and Twisted Metal there were definitely other titles that retro gamers were looking forward to seeing on the mini 32-bit game system. While the SNES Classic did not include Chrono Trigger it would have bedeviled the perfect opportunity for Sony to have the game on the PS1 Classic.
Chrono Trigger was considered to be one of the best 16-bit RPG’s of the 90’s and would have definitely of been more of an attraction on the PS1 Classic than games like Cool Boarders 2 or Battle Arena Toshinden. The reason why Chrono Trigger was never included on the PS1 Classic or even the SNES will apparently remain a mystery but the game definitely should have been re-release for one of those retro based systems.
For those who have not heard the PS1 Classic which was released not too long for the price of $99 in America has now been reduced to $75. Now the price drop for the PS1 Classic May not come as a surprise to many people especially considering some of the negative reviews that it has received from gamers in general. Despite, having top titles such as Final Fantasy VII, Ridge Racer, Tekken 3 and others many people have complained that the PS1 was underwhelming and did not have as much hype or anticipated as the SNES Classic did. Not only that titles such Tomb Raider, Tekken 2, Spyro the Dragon, Crash Bandicoot, Final Fantasy VIII & XI and others that were also popular on the 32-bit console back in the 90’s were absent on the PS1 Classic as well.
The absence of popular video games aside from what Sony gave us on the PS1 Classic might possibly be one of the many reasons why the price suddenly dropped. But there is no question that the price drop of the PS1 Classic can definitely be a factor in relation to the game system ultimate selling more in the future.