Sony's PlayStation 2 is the best-selling console of all time, eclipsing even the immensely popular Nintendo DS by a small margin. The system's support of the DVD format is largely responsible for its early success, but it's the PS2's library of great games that gives many gamers fond memories of the console. Innovative games such as Grand Theft Auto III and God of War have had an important impact on the games marketplace, lasting to this day.
Throughout its life cycle, thousands of games found a home on the PlayStation 2. So, when rumors surfaced that PS2 games would be coming to PlayStation 4, longtime Sony fans were excited by the possibilities. Sony has since confirmed the rumors, indicating that classic PS2 games will be emulated on the current gen hardware. Other than the confirmation, the company offered little information about how the process would work and what games would be available.
Ahead of the PlayStation Experience, Sony has revealed the first PlayStation 2 games that will be re-released, as well as their prices. As of Saturday, December 5th, the following will be released on the PlayStation store:
- 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
More titles are on the way, including PaRappa the Rapper 2 and The King of Fighters 2000. All of the emulated games have been up-rendered to run in 1080p and have been updated to allow for Remote Play, Share Play and Live Broadcast. Sony has even patched in trophy support for these titles, working with the original developers to make the trophy lists feel like a natural part of the game.
It's important to note that the PlayStation 2 emulation does not work like Microsoft's recently launched Xbox One backward compatibility. Owners of the original PS2 games will not be able to simply insert their old discs and play the games. Everyone will be required to purchase the games from the PlayStation store in order to play. It's a shame there's no discount for those who already own the game. While most of these games are well-worth the price in terms of content, $14.99 feels a bit steep for games released two console generations ago.
There are a number of popular games missing from the list, but the most notable exclusions are the PS2 Star Wars games that launched with the Star Wars Battlefront PS4 Bundle. Star Wars: Racer Revenge, Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter, and Star Wars Bounty Hunter were the games that initially kicked off the emulation rumors, when it was discovered they were being emulated on the console. Their absence may simply be a way to incentivize purchasing the bundle over the holidays, but hopefully they're released to the wider public soon.
What do you think, Screen Rant Readers? What PlayStation 2 games do you want to see come to PlayStation 4? Let us know in the comments.
Sony's first batch of emulated PlayStation 2 games are available now.