The 4th Wall: The Next 5 PSOne Classics Should Be…

Hey, 4th Wall faithful.  Finally, the PS Vita is able to play PSone games.  You can play the standard issue Final Fantasies, Resident Evils, etc.  Most of these games are not yet available in the Playstation Store, but can still be transferred to the Vita if downloaded to a PS3 first (just make sure you haven’t actually installed the game yet.  It needs to be in the bubble).   I did some thinking about less well known games PSone games I would like to see on the Playstation Store.  Let me know yours in the comments below.

King’s Field

Before Skyrim and Oblivion, there was King’s Field (King’s Field 2 in Japan).  It was an action RPG with a difficulty that would make Dark Souls cry. The game was slow-moving, the graphics were blocky, and muddy.  But, it was one of the first first-person perspective RPGs for consoles.   King’s Field wasn’t the greatest game ever, but it was definitely one to remember .

Suikoden 2

This game was a rare find: a fantastic RPG during the PSone days not made by Square-Enix.  The battle system wasn’t the typical fare, requiring more of a  strategic way of thinking.  You could have around 108 characters to choose from.  The story was excellent tale of friendship and betrayal.  Suikoden 2 was a real diamond in the rough that I would love to see someday on the Playstation Store.

Monster Rancher

In the same general vein as Pokemon, Monster Rancher was a game where the player collected and fought monsters.  The cool catch was the player used different CDs, both games and music, to generate the monsters.  Then the player would train and care for the monster, all the while battling other monsters.  There were light RPG elements as well.  I don’t know if the monster generation would work anymore, but if the developers could come up with a solution, this would be a great PSone game to relive.

Bust A Groove

Before DDR, Just Dance and Dance Central, Bust A Groove was cutting a very entertaining rug on the PSone.  The game was a hybrid rhythm-fighting game.  The player would tap different button combinations to the rhythm of catchy tunes and would work at reducing their opponent’s energy bar.  It wasn’t a very long or challenging game.  However, in a time where rhythm games are starting to gain some more popularity with Theatrhythm and Rhythm Thief, Bust A Groove would make a cool addition.

Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions

Every other Metal Gear game is available on the Playstation store (save for the Gameboy Color’s Ghost Babel, and the completely off-the-wall and non-canonical Snake’s Revenge), so why not release VR Missions on the Playstation Store?  The game has no story, as it is just an expansion of the VR Missions from Metal Gear Solid 1. There are over 300 missions to play and you get to use the cyborg ninja, Grey Fox.  It didn’t have the finesse of MGS, but it was a fun time.

-The 4th Wall is an imaginary barrier that separates a particular medium from its audience.  It is also a weekly column on born from the Just In Bailey column, written by Joey Alesia.  Each week, Joey looks at video games and the industry as a whole and works to break the 4th Wall armed with over 25 years of gaming knowledge and a twisted sense of humor.  Be sure to follow Joey on Twitter (@wrkngclsswrtr) or email him at



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Author: Joey Alesia View all posts by
Joey's adventure into the realm of video games began at 3 when Nintendo first hit the West. He grew up a Nintendo fan and ended up branching out to Playstation when FF7 hit and XBox when Oblivion hit the 360. He's not huge on first person shooters or sports games but definitely enjoys a good RPG or survival horror game. His all-time favorite series is definitely The Legend of Zelda, followed extremely closely by Metal Gear. Joey has a firm belief that games should be treated with respect when they are made and that the classics should never be overlooked.
  • Don Parsons

    I loved Monster Rancher, and played probably the first half dozen or so games, including the GBA ones, but I don’t think I want to go through storage to find my CD collection and spend hours swapping discs. Loved the concept – as a teenager – but as an adult with less game-playing time, that does not appeal to me one bit. Suikoden II, though, would be amazing. I played one of the Suikoden’s, though I don’t remember which one, and liked it.