Sony recently unveiled their plan to begin releasing PlayStation titles on Android and iOS platforms, but which familiar franchises are ripe for mobile?
This year saw the the formation of ForwardWorks, a Sony division aimed at producing new smartphone titles for both iOS and Android platforms, using the already established characters and intellectual property from previous PlayStation games. According to Japanese news site Nikkei, these games are intend to hit the Asian market by March 2018.
Now, this might come as a surprise to some who remember the rather poor performance of Sony's mobile-orientated efforts in recent years. In 2012 we saw the arrival of the short-lived PlayStation Mobile platform that allowed owners of approved smartphones, or the PlayStation Vita, to download a selection of classic and indie PlayStation games. But PS Vita sales were poor and the public reaction to PlayStation Mobile remained lukewarm at best, so the platform was discontinued.
A likely reason for Sony's shift towards mobile is that they're preparing to square off against their great rival, Nintendo. Nintendo has drawn first blood with its Miitomo social app and scored a big win by investing heavily in Pokemon Go. Now with Animal Crossing, Fire Emblem and Super Mario Run slated to release on Android and iOS, Sony has to act fast to prevent Nintendomination.
If Sony is going to make it in the mobile market, they're going to need some kick-ass titles to stand up to Mario and Pokemon. Here are the PlayStation games that we'd most like to see on our smartphones:
Crash Bandicoot was one of the most well-received platformers on the PSX and one of the likelier rivals to Mario in the department of jumping on things and collecting shiny objects.
The antipodean aesthetics and zany humor give the game a visually appealing, distinct style and, with the first three Crash Bandicoot games slated for a remastered re-release on PS4, Sony's likely to spread a lot of love and nostalgia for the genetically enhanced marsupial.
The original Wipeout, released in 1995, was the first non-Japanese game for the PlayStation and the anti-gravity racer quickly became a classic franchise. Aside from the high-speed gameplay, the atmosphere of Wipeout was also defined by a killer soundtrack which included hits from cult 90s UK electronic acts like Orbital, The Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy. The gameplay is simple and 'drop in' friendly for casual play. This accessibility, coupled with a strong soundtrack, would make Wipeout an essential pick for mobile.
Into racing games but prefer real cars to anti-grav fantasy? Frankly, I'd take the hovercar anyway, but it can't be denied that Gran Turismo is a quality game. Sporting a huge list of cars for selection, realistic driving mechanics, and slick production values, Gran Turismo deserves to come to phones.
I.Q.: Intelligent Qube
A tricky puzzler released back in 1997 for the PlayStation One, I.Q. received critical acclaim was hugely successful in Japan, spawning several sequels for the PS2 and the Playstation Network. Puzzle titles are great for passing the time on mobile platforms, and I.Q. already has handheld pedigree, having a successful re-release on the Japanese PlayStation Portable.
One of Sony's most successful franchises, the Uncharted games track the saga of treasure hunter Nathan Drake as he travels the world solving historical mysteries. Aside from its skillful blend of action-adventure, third person shooter and platforming, the Uncharted series is also known for high quality multiplayer in both co-op and PVP forms. Bring that all to mobile and you'll have a huge pool of users prepared to play with each other via their smartphones.
Spyro the Dragon
With a starring role in the new Skylanders animated series, what better time to bring Spyro back to a younger, more mobile-orientated generation? The plucky dragon's a cooler character to play than most humanoid platformer protagonists and there's a solid legacy of world-building from previous games to draw on.
A dark, violent demolition derby game where racers fit their vehicles with guns, missiles, and other weapons. The prize: Have any wish you want granted by the man in charge, Calypso.
The stakes are high and the competitors pull no punches. The Twisted Metal franchise does for cars what Mortal Kombat did for ninjas and bamboo hats. The frantic, fast paced mayhem would make it a good multiplayer title and the gritty aesthetics would appeal to those turned off by the technicolor likes of Spyro or Crash.
Shadow of the Colossus
Shadow of the Colossus is a masterpiece in game design that still stands out amongst the crowd ten years after its release. Beautiful, challenging, and melancholic, like its predecessor Ico, Shadow of the Colossus skews heavily to the arty side of video gaming but never lets up on its engrossing gameplay.
It'd be a tragedy if Sony didn't try to bring such a stellar game to a potentially huge new audience like this.
Which PlayStation games do you want to see on mobile?
[Source: The Guardian]