We’ve not too long ago seen the roll out of the first 100 backwards compatible titles from the Xbox 360 moving onto the Xbox One. It’s only a small step and while there weren’t all of the games we’d hoped for it’s great that we’re being given the opportunity to play these games that we have previously owned, once again. For a while, Sony have been trying to push their own backwards compatibility program with a lot less success than Microsoft. The short version is that you would pay a fairly ludicrous price to stream games mainly from the Playstation 1. With Microsoft’s announcement of backwards compatibility, Sony had to act and they have done so by skipping a generation in favour of bringing back upscaled and updated Playstation 2 titles.
The Playstation 2 was a great system. Almost everyone reading this will have had some of their greatest experiences with a PS2 controller in their hand, it really was the start of the golden age for 3D gaming. But that’s exactly what it was, the start. Technology advances quickly with gaming tech almost at the spearhead of that. There’s a reason we don’t still have widespread PS2 games about and that’s because the games are so broad and complex nowadays that there is simply no way a system in the scope of the Playstation 2 could handle it. The only way Playstation 2 games would come even close to being worth putting onto the new system is if developers were going to take the time to completely re-craft and redesign the whole experience, not just touching the graphics up a little.
On top of the fact that the games from 2 generations previous would look out of place on these newer systems, we also have the fact that this doesn’t solve any of Sony’s problems. The reason these games are being brought forward is to combat Microsoft’s extremely popular Backwards Compatibility service. The reason that Microsoft’s service is such a console seller is because we are just coming out of the last generation with many games arguably still looking decent enough on those older systems.
What it comes down to is that people don’t want to play Resident Evil 4 or GTA III or DMC 3, they want to play Skyrim, Oblivion, Fallout, Heavy Rain, all of the Call of Duty games from last gen. Going back and playing older titles only really works if the games graphics are good enough that they don’t look too out of place with modern games and if the stories and worlds are developed to a broad enough scale that there is quite a bit for people to go back and do. Nostalgia for nostalgia’s sake doesn’t work and I think it’s time someone told Sony that.
As a final note, the structure behind it is a joke, quite frankly. $15/£12 for a PS2 game is outrageous. Now you might be saying to yourself “A ha! I already own X Playstation 2 game, so I’m all sorted!”. You’d be wrong, discs will not work with this system, you have to download it directly for the price specified. Good job Sony! I’ll just be over here, enjoying my 9th playthrough of Fallout 3 (which I got for free because I already owned it).
What do you guys think of this system? Will you be happy to see some classics return, or will you be giving this whole situation a miss? Let us know down in the comments!