For those of us who own PS3â€™s, weâ€™ve known that there is a selection of old PS1 games available for purchase on the Playstation Network. Now, Iâ€™ve never felt the need to buy any before, mostly because the selection is a little weak. Do I really need to relive 1996 by playing Jet Moto or Destruction Derby? No, not really (although I have been tempted to buy Castlevania: Symphony of the Night). But starting Tuesday night, you can now buy an absolute classic, Final Fantasy VII.
Ah, the Fall of 1997, I can remember it like it was yesterday. Staying up till 4 in the morning to beat one more boss, skipping class so I could get a few more levels, not eating so I could raise one more Chocobo, those were good times. Looking at the game now, some may scoff at the fairly crappy graphics, but you have to remember this was top of the line back in â€™97. Having started it again, the version on Playstation Network is EXACTLY like the original. They didnâ€™t go back and change any of the music, writing, or graphics which I like because itâ€™s taking me back on the nostalgia trip. Unfortunately, they didnâ€™t update anything to make it more in line with other games. Thereâ€™s no analog stick control, you have to use the d-pad for all movement. You still use the circle button to confirm and the x button to go back, which is opposite of practically every other Playstation game. I suppose it would have taken a bit of rewriting the code to do these things, but it would have been nice.
Small issues aside, fans of this game should have a lot of fun picking it up again, and at $9.99, itâ€™s a good deal. The other nice thing about it is that not only can you play it on the PS3, but if you own a PSP, you can transfer the game to it, and play it on the go (you can do this with all PS1 games purchased from the Playstation Store). Hopefully this will mean other actual classic games will be coming to the Playstation Store (no offense Spryo: Year of the Dragon), perhaps Metal Gear Solid, perhaps Oddworld: Abeâ€™s Odyssey, perhaps Resident Evil 2. Give me the chance and Iâ€™ll buy the crap out of them.