There are countless exclusives that hit the Sony consoles since the days of the PlayStation 1. With those video game titles at our disposal, it was time for us to dive in and take a look at some of the great exclusive games we would like to see revived.
Within this list, there are one-shot video games while titles that contain a whole franchise, we even included games that may have eventually lead itself into other consoles but is more known for being on a Sony console so we’re letting it slide.
No list is perfect and we’re sure that we missed a few great gems so please feel free to comment down below and let us know what Sony exclusive is worth checking out and deserves to be revived for another video game within the franchise.
5. Bloody Roar
Bloody Roar is one of those fighting games that you just never get tired of playing with. What made the Bloody Roar series stand out compared to other fighters out in the market was the ability to turn yourself into a half-human half-animal beast. The creatures, known as Zoanthrope, gave different abilities making attacks fast paced and gave players the need to think strategic on just who you picked as a character and when to transform to the subs-creature.
Bloody Roar came out in arcades and the PlayStation consoles back in 1997 where it contained five titles the last being released in 2003 on the PlayStation 2. News broke from Hudson Entertainment that a new Bloody Roar was in development on February 9, 2011 but since then Hudson Entertainment closed down and the game canceled.
Developed by Team Ico, Ico grew an instant cult following. Players took control of a young boy named Ico. Being deemed as a bad omen for having horns grown in his head, Ico was soon banished to an old fortress. Within the fortress, Ico finds the daughter of a queen where she was being kept for sacrifice in order to keep the queen alive. The story of this title was a rather simplistic as Ico is left trying to save the young girl but the gameplay and it’s elements made the game a massive success and inspired several other games to get released.
Released on the PlayStation 2 in 2001, Ico received several awards and strong reviews and continues to be a go to classic title for fans of the PlayStation 2. So far there hasn’t been any word on Team Ico going back and possibly making something else within the same mythos. Though we’re sure if the development team ever decided to pick up the story again, it will flock several very happy gamers.
3. Shadow of the Colossus
How could we not put Shadow of the Colossus on the list after Ico? Developed by Team Ico as well, Shadow of the Colossus is sometimes considered the spiritual successor to Ico. The game may sound odd for those who have never played this classic hit as the game really only contains one type of enemy. Before we get into too much detail, lets go over the story as much like Ico, takes the same shape. You play a young man named Wander who must go locate sixteen enormous creatures known as Colossi. Wander must defeat these colossi so that he can bring life back to a girl named Mono.
Shadow of the Colossus has a beautiful landscape to explore but you won’t find any characters to interact with, no enemies besides colossi’s, no towns or dungeons are present as well. What made the game a massive hit was the battles that took place with the Colossi. When players were able to track down a Colossi the game became a puzzle in a sense. To defeat a Colossi, players had to locate its weak spot and almost always had to use the surrounding landscapes as tool to take down the beast. With the massive positive reception, Sony Pictures decided to greenlight a movie production of the game back in 2009 sadly, there has been no word on any cast or a release date as of yet.
Few games are considered to be a true survival horror title. The genre has turned into an action title with creatures jumping out at you from time-to-time. Siren is not one of those games, set in a old Japanese village named Hanuda, locals keep to themselves and practice their religious beliefs. Out of nowhere, one day a number of interesting characters stumbled onto the village where the area suddenly turns into a hellish state leaving locals turned into a more zombified creature.
You take control of a number of players where it sole goal is to escape the area while learning more of the village backstory. The game plays out in several sections where players will take control of one character who must make their way to an exit area, what you do within that area may actually cause an issue or two with another playable character. Given the ability to fight these creatures with a list of different weapons, the game steer you away from seeking out these creatures and avoiding them. You can do this a number of ways though a feature within the game that all character consists is “sightjack” where players can see in a first-person view what an enemy is doing nearby.
The game first developed by Project Siren came out on the PlayStation 2 in 2003 though it spanned over three titles including a reimagining of the first title on the PlayStation 3. Japan even got a featured film based on the game series.
1. Crash Bandicoot
The game that countless gamers played through the PlayStation 1 and PlayStation 2 console lifespan. This side-scrolling adventure became a hit an placed Naughty Dog developers on the map. The story of how Crash Bandicoot became a tangible video game is interesting. Andy Gavin and Jason Rubin, the creators of Naughty Dog, was picked up by Universal Interactive Studios as their publisher and thus the two made their transition to move their studios to California. While on the trip, Jason and Andy discussed the current state of video games and what title could potentially become a hit. During the journey to California, the ideal struck them as a side-scrolling action title that would be rendered in 3D.
Action side-scrolling genre at the time was in 2D so it was a completely new road for the creators to pave. Even deciding just what console to develop the game for was thought out as Sega at the time had Sonic and Nintendo held their prized character Mario so Sony was the ideal route to take. Once production hit for this fury little bandicoot the development team would soon make Naughty Dog a massive studio for years to come. Crash Bandicoot released in 1996 and has since released several titles from platformers, racing to even party games. However, the last title to be released on a Sony console was back in 2008. Since then, development has been turned over to several studios which titles being released on a range of systems with Crash making his way to the mobile platform as of late 2010.
As mentioned, we know that we’ve missed some great classics and that’s where you come in. Let us know what game that was exclusive to Sony, should get revived. For some honorable mentions, check out the gallery below and see some other great titles that came out on the PlayStation and PlayStation 2 consoles.