The gaming world rejoiced when Sony made the following statement to Wired Magazine, “We are working on utilising PS2 emulation technology to bring PS2 games forward to the current generation. We have nothing further to comment at this point in time,”.
However, the statement has raised many questions in my mind. Will we have to re-purchase the PS2 games from the PlayStation store? Or will our original PS2 discs be playable on the PS4? Will the games receive a graphical update or will they be played in their original quality?
The fact that Sony have said in their statement, ‘bring PS2 games forward to the current generation’, suggests that the games may receive a graphical HD update, in order to bring them into our ‘current generation’. This is incredibly exciting as how I remember my PS2 games looking is probably vastly different to how they actually looked.
There are so many PS2 games I want to see on the PS4, the following is just a selection.
1. Crash Bandicoot Collection
Imagine all of the PlayStation 2’s Crash Bandicoot games being combined into one HD downloadable collection. This would be so beautiful I think I would shed a reminiscent tear. Battling Cortex all over again on the PlayStation 4 in Crash Bandicoot’s greatest adventures would honestly be so perfect.
2. TimeSplitters: Future Perfect
In my opinion, this is the best TimeSplitters game to ever grace the PS2. I spent hours of my childhood playing as Ninja Monkey on the amazing multiplayer mode with my brother and sister.
If Future Perfect got a graphical update and could be played on the PS4 I would buy it again without a doubt and would not be seen again by the outside world for weeks.
3. Silent Hill 2
After letting down the entire world. No, universe. No, actually, the entire galaxy. With the cancellation of Silent Hills for the PlayStation 4, I believe that making the PS2 classic, Silent Hill 2, available to be played on the PS4, may begin to make up for the tragedy of never receiving Silent Hills on PS4.
Silent Hill 2 was a masterpiece. It was even creepier than the original with an amazing storyline and even foggier fog.
The closest to a Zelda game on PlayStation. It was also an amazing game. Imagine a HD remaster of Okami on the PlayStation 4…this would be incredible.
The game was a beautiful tale told by Japanese folklore and myths and the graphics took on the style of a Japanese ink wash painting. With gameplay similar to the style of The Legend of Zelda, where could this game go wrong?
5. Resident Evil 4
Resident Evil 4 defined survival horror on the PlayStation 2 and I think this game needs to grace the PlayStation 4 with it’s awesomeness. It was a massive game that ruined many a player’s underwear with jumpscares and the very spoopy atmosphere.
6. Burnout 3: Takedown
The perfect racer. An awesome soundtrack with crazy boosts and dramatic crashes. This game was amazing on the PS2 and would be even better if made playable on the PS4. The encouragement of destruction in Burnout 3 is something not seen in many racing games and is something very good indeed.
7. Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4
Before Tony Hawk’s become a tragedy in Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 there was Pro Skater 4. I played this game for far too long, a worrying amount of time and I am willing to spend a worrying amount of time on it again, on the PS4 please.
8. The Simpsons: Hit and Run
Essentially this was The Simpsons dropped into the world of a GTA game and it was very good indeed. Hardcore The Simpsons enthusiasts loved this game along with newcomers (if you are a newcomer to The Simpsons you may need to consider your life decisions).
This would be a wonderful trip down memory lane for many gamers and I am sure loads of players would love to have this on their PS4.
9. SSX On Tour
SSX On Tour was the best snowboarder on the PlayStation 2 and I believe would stand the test of time on the PlayStation 4.
SSX was another game that dominated my childhood and I desperately want to play old-school SSX again, bring it back!
10. Shadow of the Colossus
Complex puzzles and boss battles made the Shadow of the Colossus a unique masterpiece that was a pleasure to play.
It was atmospheric and emotional as the lone wanderer and his steed battled the Colossus.
The ending. Oh the ending, that is something that needs to be experienced on the PlayStation 4.
I really hope at least one of these incredible games will be playable on the PS4, with (fingers crossed) a graphical improvement to make the experience feel fresh.
Next year looks set to be a very interesting year for the PlayStation 4.