June may well turn out to be a very memorable month for those of you who have been fond of PlayStation since the PSone days. Sony's first console launched in Japan all the way back in 1994, which seems like a lifetime ago. The success of the system is well documented, and its popularity saw Sony form an iron grip around the console market - a grip that wouldn't loosen until the PlayStation 3's rough start in 2006.
When looking back at the Japanese giant's most successful machines - the PSone and PlayStation 2 - you simply can't ignore just how many games these systems had. The sheer amount of variety was, and still is, ridiculous. An aspect that Sony is clearly trying to recreate with the PlayStation 4's already vast library, there was something for everyone on PSone - and that variety is echoed even today in three games that are launching in June on Sony's current-gen console.
We are, of course, talking about Tekken 7, WipEout: Omega Collection, and Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. Three properties that started life on PSone, Tekken, WipEout, and Crash Bandicoot defined PlayStation back in the day - and funnily enough, they're all returning to the PlayStation Nation [We need to stop writing that - Ed] within 30 days of each other. Pretty crazy, isn't it?
To help celebrate the existence of this hopefully glorious trio, we're going to take a look at all three titles and have ourselves a nice little nostalgia trip. Won't you join us?
Publisher: Bandai Namco
Release date: 2nd June
First PSone appearance: Tekken (1995)
Other PSone titles: Tekken 2 (1996), Tekken 3 (1998)
It's been six years since we last got a Tekken title on a PlayStation platform, and even then, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is a spin-off. With that in mind, it's actually been a whopping eight years since the last mainline Tekken game, Tekken 6, arrived on the PS3. It's been a long, long time coming, but Tekken 7 is just around the corner, and by all accounts, it's shaping up to be something quite special.
The Tekken series as a whole has had its ups and downs throughout its 22 years on the market. The very first game was rough around the edges even back in 1995, but it only took Namco a few years to seemingly perfect its 3D fighting formula with the revolutionary Tekken 3. A seriously impressive technical showcase for the time, Tekken 3 is still widely regarded as one of the best, if not the best Tekken title ever made. In 1998, Tekken was a household name, and for a good while, it dominated the fighting game scene as far as sheer popularity goes.
Unfortunately, the franchise didn't have the best of times on the PS2, and ever since, it's never quite managed to recapture the glory that it had found with Tekken 3 - even if Tekken 5 and the aforementioned Tekken Tag Tournament 2 still stand as fantastic fighters.
Enter Tekken 7, which seems to have once again caught the eye of a wider audience, at least to some extent. Tekken 7 originally launched in Japanese arcades back in 2015, so Namco's had a lot of time to tweak and balance the game's combat system. Speaking of which, several new mechanics have been introduced, and look to add further depth to the system regardless of your skill level. All new rage arts are essentially super moves, and the newly introduced screw mechanic makes it a little easier to keep your combos going. As for modes, a healthy amount of single player content should keep more casual players happy, while the competitive scene will no doubt get a kick out of brand new online tournaments.
Tekken 7 seems to have all the right ingredients, then, but will it be enough to bring lapsed players back into the fray? For those of you who enjoyed the series when it was in its prime, this could be the return to form that you've been waiting for.
WipEout: Omega Collection
Release date: 6th June (NA), 7th June (EU)
First PSone appearance: WipEout (1995)
Other PSone titles: WipEout 2097 (1996), Wip3out/WipEout 3 (1999)
WipEout brought futuristic racing to PlayStation in a big way. Technically impressive and hard as nails, the first game immediately made an impression back in 1995, and its sequel, WipEout 2097, refined the series' brand of anti-gravity madness. The inevitably named Wip3out took this refinement even further, and it's still regarded as a high point for the property.
As hinted, WipEout has never been an accessible racer, but that's an undeniable part of its appeal. Back on the PSone, the games quickly gained a reputation as titles that only the most skilled of players could handle, but that only helped define the franchise as a whole. Its no-nonsense approach to futuristic speeding allowed it to cultivate an especially hardcore following - a following that's no doubt excited to see the series make a return on PS4.
So, what actually is the Omega Collection? Well, it's essentially a mash-up of two relatively recent WipEout games: PS3 title WipEout HD, and Vita release WipEout 2048. It includes tracks from both games, and retains their brilliantly polished gameplay. You can expect a suite of single player modes as well as your usual dosage of online carnage, hopefully resulting in a rock solid racing package.
Going for a budget price, WipEout could well find a whole new audience on PS4. Its eye-watering speed may seem daunting at first, but settle into the many twists and turns of its tracks, and you'll struggle to find a more rewarding experience. Sony will be gauging interest in the property through Omega Collection, so if you want a future full of Feisar, you may want to give this upcoming release a shot.
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
Release date: 30th June
First PSone appearance: Crash Bandicoot (1996)
Other PSone titles: Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back (1997), Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped (1998), Crash Team Racing (1999), Crash Bash (2000)
Once PlayStation's undisputed mascot, Crash Bandicoot was the coolest anthropomorphic character in gaming back in the 90s. The 'coot had attitude, didn't take himself too seriously, and his games were pretty darn good. The original Crash Bandicoot launched in 1996, and for the property's first outing, it was really quite impressive. A lengthy platforming adventure that boasted loads of memorable stages and boss fights, it laid a very, very solid foundation for future titles to build upon.
Crash really hit its stride with Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes back and Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped, however. Introducing more depth to the series' platforming with unlockable abilities and harbouring more secrets than the diary of a serial killer, these two sequels transformed Crash into PlayStation's most recognisable star. For a time, at least.
The fall of everyone's favourite orange marsupial doesn't make for an especially exciting tale, but the short version is that once the series left the caring embrace of Naughty Dog, it slipped into a long period of irrelevance. That period continues to this day, but at least the N. Sane Trilogy promises a reunion with the Crash that we know and love as we once again guide him through his very best adventures.
This isn't a simple remaster of the first three games, though. Developer Vicarious Visions has remade each title from the ground up using modern assets, and the budget priced package contains not one, not two, but three Platinum Trophies for you to collect. This is one release that should be bursting at the seams with value.
Crash has endured many years of mistreatment, but with the N. Sane Trilogy, we're getting a chance to relive the glory days of a 90s icon. If all goes to plan, the release will set the bar for nostalgia-driven remakes and remasters.
Will June be stuffed full of PSone nostalgia for you? Vote for the game that you're most looking forward to in our poll, and then relive the good old days in the comments section below.
Which release are you most looking forward to? (64 votes)
- Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy58%
- Tekken 711%
- WipEout: Omega Collection31%
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And none of them were ever owned by Sony.
As usual, making their name of other companies. Their own IP are good enough to float tge ship which is more baffling. I guess its their way of controlling third parties.
@BLP_Software These games defined PlayStation back in the early days. Sony didn't have access to a stable of first party developers like it does now.
Crash and wipeout remastered will be mine
Great article, it's amazing how these trio of titles are all coming back in the same month. It's hard to vote for a favourite as I'm looking forward to them all, but I went with WipEout.
Now how long until Spyro makes a return?
Don't fancy any of these, I was an Xbox guy at the time, I might pick up Wipeout on the cheap.
Had to vote WipEout. Far too excited to play WipEout on PS4.
Mostly looking forward to Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy.
They should release Tekken 3 on PSN as a PSOne Classic.
So excited for WipEout.
@Sinton From what I understand, licensing issues regarding Gon (the little dinosaur that you could unlock) prevent this from happening, at least to some extent.
An interesting read and Crash gets my vote obviously..am so hyped for that game
Was never a fan of Tekken but looking forward to Wipeout too.
@ShogunRok That's too bad.
Are you guys allowed to say when reviews will be up for these? Looks like June will be a great month.
Can't say I am looking forward to any of these in particular. The only 'new' game here is really only Tekken 7 as both Crash and Wipeout are 'remasters'.
I know they may well be some of the more memorable PS1 games for many and maybe coincidence that all 3 happen to be arriving in the same month.
Its not that different in essence from say GT Sport arriving in the same month as a remastered Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and an MGS collection that will more than likely end up on Switch and Xbox too.
I am sure there are people here whose first memory of Crash is Wrath of Cortex or Tag Team Racing and played these on Xbox. Whilst 2 of these may have 'debuted' on Playstation 1 - mainly because of circumstances or 'money'. only Wipeout to me is synonymous now and the only one likely to remain exclusive to PS4 but Wipeout also appeared on N64. Tekken 7 is releasing on other platforms and its expected Crash will too.
I'm all over Crash and Wipeout. Tekken perhaps less so, I used to love a fighting game but I'm less into them these days. But never say never, I'll get it at some point and see if I can't rekindle the love I had.
I'm looking to get all three, but Tekken is top for me, as it's the newest of the bunch (as new as Tekken can get, anyway). I only recently got Wipeout HD, and I've played the PS1 Crash games to death. I'll still buy them, if anything to make sure they still live.
I voted for Crash but I'll be getting both the N. Sane Trilogy and WipeOut Day 1.
I'll pick up Tekken 7 when it drops down to £20 or so. I'm interested in the VR mode, but I've got too many other fighting games atm. I do hope it sells well, but I think Injustice 2 is going to eat up a lot of those 'casual' sales.
Im absolutley hyped for WipEout, One of the defining games of my younger gaming years (along with MK & Sonic) Next week can't come soon enough
crash is easily the best.out of the 3.I would love siphon filter my favorite PlayStation 1 game
All we need now is;
siphon filter best ps1 games ever
@Simon_Fitzgerald yep, the original Spyro games were some of my favorites on the PS1. One of the main reasons I bought a Vita was for portable Spyro as PS1 classics... but Sony had different plans for North America.
@themcnoisy Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiidge Racer!
Great shout, loved the sense of accomplishment when you got proficient at power sliding in the Ridge Racer titles.
Personally, I voted WipeOut as my most anticipated, I just love arcade racers and especially love WipeOut.
@BLP_Software Sony own Wipeout actually. And so what?! Both Nintendo and MS have key franchises that they don't own and it doesn't matter
@Bamozzy Tbh all three of these game are still seen as PlayStation games, Tekken was PlayStation's answer to Virtua Fighter, Crash was the undisputed mascot for the PSOne era that gave birth to the Naughty Dog we know now and Wipeout sold systems to many teens and young adults because Sony marketed it towards them.
Excellent read. Enjoyed all 3 of these series back in the day and am excited they're all coming back.
I am looking forward to Crash, but I will probably pick up the WipEout collection at some point.
I love Crash games but as a character I always thought he had zero attitude and charisma. Still getting the collection day 1 of course.
I have never played WipEout so that is a maybe and Tekken is not a priority yet (itching for those reviews) but I will definitely get it.
Can't wait for all three of these games, but I'm most hyped for Crash.
@BLP_Software Sony acquired Psygnosis in 1993, therefore they have always owned WipeOut.
I'm not really sure why you feel smart licensing is not as valid as first party development. I guess you just relish you're role as the top heel around here.
I can't believe people are debating whether these franchises are associated with PlayStation or not. They may have all appeared on other platforms, but they're all synonymous with PlayStation to a huge degree.
I just looked up the Amazon sales rankings for Tekken 7 and the PS4 version is number two compared to the Xbox One version being 90th. Do you think that's normal? Really?
@get2sammyb Can also be attributed to marketing and hardware sales. PS4 anything usually outsells other versions.
It's not that I enjoy this stance, where I say it like it is, and while they are synonymous with the brand, regardless, they are NOT the brand. The PlayStation brand is it's own stable. It's just these third party exclusives/highly marketed titles were prominent.
You know what, just slap a ban on me before I say something that offends someone else. Simplest solution to a problem.
@BLP_Software We're here to discuss so I won't be banning anyone for doing that. PS4 often outsells other versions, but not to the extent that Tekken's showing — I can't wait to see the actual stats next week.
You're right that PlayStation has its own roster of characters these days, but I still feel like these three brands are part of PlayStation's DNA.
Well, my favorite fighting games are still Mortal Kombat, Eternal Champions, Clay Fighters and for some reason...Ballz...unless you include Smash and Playstation All Stars into that category, then those two too...other than that, I'll wait for Tekken 7 to go down in price to a reasonable one...$20. But, really looking forward to Crash and Wipeout, as it's been a long time waiting for Wipeout the most (have the crash games on PS3, but will buy the remaster for the PS4). Now, on with Jak and Daxter coming out soon and the remasters of the original 5 pyro games, and I'll be set...and possibly Rayman 1-3, a new Sly Cooper, Twisted Metal, Syphon Filter, A new Resistance, Ape Escape 1-4 remastered, Jumping Flash remastered, Medieval (come on, give them another go) and...even though they've been released to death...Sega Genesis classics including the original Sonic titles and Toe Jam And Earls!!!! PS, out of the box, anyone hear any more about the newest Toe Jam And Earl game that was being made by some indie company???
@get2sammyb Do you have any word about the Spyro games getting a remastered re-release yet???
@JLPick Radio silence on Spyro.
@get2sammyb But it's coming...right?
@Simon_Fitzgerald 😂 We can dream.
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