Back in November 2015 the first lot of PS2 Classics for PS4 surfaced, these were three Star Wars games which you could get by buying a certain edition of Star Wars Battlefront.
One-month later announcement at PlayStation Experience (PSX) 2015 about PS2 Classic’s coming to PS4 with them being up-scaled to 1080p for modern TV’s, include trophies and the ability to share streams & screenshots with the first wave consisting of Dark Cloud, The GTA Trilogy, The Mark of Kri, Rogue Galaxy, Twisted Metal: Black and War of the Monsters.
At the time of the announcement these made some sense to come to the PS4 especially right after PSX where Level-5 showed Ni No Kuni 2 and some people like myself may have wanted to go back to play some of their older games such as Dark Cloud.
Before all that though and when PS2 Classics were just a rumour or something you got for buying Star Wars Battlefront. I did an article about some PS2 games I would like to see come to the PS4, I put some rules in place at the time, so it wasn’t just filled with the likes of Shadow of the Colossus due to fact it can actually be played on a PS4.
Four of the games I brought up then are now either on PS4 or coming soon as a PS2 classic, I’ve bought two out of three from the ones currently available I wanted back in December.
Which are Dark Cloud & Rogue Galaxy with Dark Chronicle being the one I’ve not currently downloaded, I’ve played very little of both but due to aesthetics both of these hold up fairly well especially 16-year-old Dark Cloud from I have played. Being launch PS2 Classics, I bought them due to the novelty and the buzz around PSX, that I wanted to be part of it sat here in England.
Over the months since games have steadily becoming out and it has included some more I’ve thought about downloading, PS2 launch game from the mind of Shuhei Yoshida FantaVision, Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits a RPG series I’ve never played and would like to try, Rise of the Kasai if prequel or is it a sequel Mark of Kri is as good it’s meant to be and if I ever download & play it, Okage: Shadow King which looks like RPG made by Tim Burton and Wild Arms 3 again like Arc the Lad is a RPG series I know about but have never played but I have heard mixed things about WA3.
But due to lack of play time with Dark Cloud & Rogue Galaxy, I’ve decide against just downloading them to sit on a virtual shelve on my PS4.
Now this week a PS2 Classic we’ve talked about on Pod of War in a forgotten PlayStation game segment was released the action-adventure title Primal. I was a fan of Primal when it was released back in 2003 from what is now Guerrilla Cambridge about a young woman Jen who searches for her boyfriend through a series of demonic realms, on her journey with the help of companion Scree, she will learn about her past and the demon worlds.
As I had talked about it and said that I wanted the game on PS2 Classics on Pod of War, I felt I sort had to download the game. Well that was not the best decision as after it finished installing, I set about giving it ago and unlike Dark Cloud, I had played Primal before and have got some nostalgia for the game. Simon “Zero” Ball has talked about nostalgia before on here, and most of the time I feel some of us including myself have rose-tinted glasses and we just can’t see the flaws as the game is still as great as it once was.
Unfortunately, this is not the case with Primal, the flaws of the game which may have been acceptable 13 years ago and now very apparent with graphics that just don’t hold up due to the slightly realistic gothic style, clunky controls, poor camera, frame rate issues & I’m playing the American version and worse of all the gameplay and how slow everything is. It takes what seems like a week to actually get to the gameplay and it just feels like laboured plod.
Only good point’s is the voice over work, soundtrack and its fairly unique story & style which was coming of the likes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Primal shows nostalgia can’t fix everything and there is a time & place to experience things which was 2003 in Primal’s case, now we wait to see what is on the horizon for the PS2 Classics range as it can’t be any worse or can it.