5 PSOne Classics Worth Playing On Your PS Vita

Are you finding yourself with no games to play on your PS Vita? Aced all the ones currently available? Or maybe you’re just a bit strapped for cash and can’t afford to shell out on an expensive game at the moment, we know, we’ve all been there. Fret not, there are alternatives. They may be “antiques” in some people’s eyes, but to the true believers these are “classics” that need to be passed down the generations.

PSOne Classics support on your PS Vita is a saving grace in times where you just need something new to play. The 5 games in this list are in my opinion the best 5 available at the moment. Read on and enjoy…


1. Tekken 2

Tekken 2 first graced our Playstation 1’s back in 1996, making it older than some of our readers.

Old doesn’t mean bad though. Tekken 2 has managed to stand the test of time with its solid fighting mechanics that will still be familiar to players of today’s Tekken offerings. Fight your way through the ‘King of the Iron Fist Tournament 2’ or take on the time attack mode and improve your scores. With a roster of over 20 characters, some which must be unlocked, this is a cheap and cheerful time killer worthy of the space on you memory card.


2. Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue

OK, this might seem like a joke, but trust me when I say you will not find a more challenging, fun and friendly movie licensed platforming game, at least not in the PSOne Classics…

For a game over 10 years old, you would be surprised to find it plays pretty well and wouldn’t look out of place on the rival handheld platform, Nintendo 3DS. Obviously it hasn’t got the graphical fidelity of todays games but it looks good none the less and puts you in sandbox environments where you must complete tasks to gain Pizza Planet tokens to progress further through the game. With enough replayability to keep you entertained for at least 15 hours, it’s a no brainer. Plus, who doesn’t want to be Buzz Lightyear?


3. Ridge Racer Type 4

If you need a racing fix but are put off by the somewhat less than stellar reviews of the Ridge Racer available for the PS Vita, this will give you what you need.

Critically acclaimed when it released back in 1999, Ridge Racer Type 4 takes the honor of being one of the greatest racing games to ever grace the original Playstation. It was pure arcade racing with fast cars, big drifts and a massive amount of cars to unlock and collect, over 300 actually. So whether you are looking for a bit of gaming on the cheap or just some nostalgia from the golden age, look no further.


4. Driver

Before there was Grand Theft Auto III there was Driver. The first 3D open world game to call the Playstation it’s home took the capabilities of the humble console to the limits.

Take to the streets of Los Angeles, New York, Miami and San Francisco in some of the most fun driving you will ever partake in. Heavily inspired by the likes of Dukes of Hazard and Starsky And Hutch, racing around a city in a beat up old banger has never been so much fun. The graphics are lacking, but the gameplay is solid and should satisfy your hunger for a free roaming experience on the go. There is a remastered version available for iOS devices with upgraded visuals and voice acting in the cut scenes, but without the physical controls of the PS Vita it suffers. I strongly recommend purchasing the PS Vita version, you won’t be disappointed.


5. Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped

Ask anybody what they played on the Playstation back in the day and 9/10 will tell you Crash Bandicoot. He had a good run with a trilogy of games that kept us entertained for hours.

The trilogy is available on the Playstation Store, but Crash 3 is the one that stands out as exceptionally good, even by todays high standards. Tight platforming and a variety of levels that include bike racing, flying an airplane and riding a tiger. Riding a tiger. No game today lets you do that. Just remember that. There’s more than enough to keep you playing for a while, and even longer if you go for 100% completion. For less than the cost of a beer you can get hours of quality gaming that you can stuff in your pocket or your bag and take it out on the road. What more can you ask for?


Check back in tomorrow for ‘5 PSP Games Worth Playing On Your PS Vita’

Have you played these? Or do you think something else should be on the list? Add your favorite to the comments below!

  1. Applying that only 5 PS1 classics are worth playing on a platstation vita feels unjustified!

    Cheers Gamers & Happy Gaming!

    1. Right you are! There are of course many that are worth playing, but these are my 5 stand out titles. Feel free to let us know which are your favorites

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