Sony is getting back into the backwards compatibility game with the announcement that PS4 owners will now be able to download PS2 games from the PlayStation Store. Eight titles, most priced at $14.99 apiece, will be included in the first wave of releases, which features the famed Grand Theft Auto III Trilogy, Twisted Metal Black, Dark Cloud, and several others:
- Dark Cloud
- Grand Theft Auto III
- Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
- Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
- The Mark of Kri
- Rogue Galaxy
- Twisted Metal Black
- War of the Monsters
So what do you get for your $14.99? Sony has confirmed, in a post on the PlayStation Blog, that all PS2-On-PS4 games will be uprendered to 1080p and include support for Trophies, Remote Play, Live Broadcast, Share Play, and Activity Feeds. For the Trophies, Sony consulted with the original development teams to ensure that they “capture the spirit and feeling” of each game.
Sony plans to add new PS2-On-PS4 games to the PlayStation Store “on a regular basis,” and will be showcasing many of them during this weekend’s PlayStation Experience. So if you’re in San Francisco for the big show, you’ll be able to play most of the games listed above (minus GTA3 and Twisted Metal Black) on the show floor, along with future releases PaRappa the Rapper 2 and The King of Fighters 2000.
In case your memory of these games has been lost to the mists of time, more information on all of them can be found after the break.
Dark Cloud ($14.99)
Two great continents, one an advanced civilization driven by progress and technology the other, where nature is the center of all existence and everyone lives harmoniously side by side. Two cultures that have never had contact with each other… until now. An ancient evil has been unleashed. Journey on a quest through time to unravel the mysterious tale of the Dark Cloud.
Grand Theft Auto III ($14.99)
Crime does pay. The hugely successful, critically acclaimed Grand Theft Auto franchise moves into three dimensions in the dark and seedy underworld of Liberty City. With the freedom to go anywhere and jack anyone, Grand Theft Auto III puts the dark, intriguing and ruthless world of crime at your fingertips, if you have enough guts to take it.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City ($14.99)
Welcome to Vice City. Welcome to the 1980s. From the decade of big hair, excess and pastel suits comes a story of one man’s rise to the top of the criminal pile.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas ($14.99)
Five years ago Carl Johnson escaped from the pressures of life in Los Santos, San Andreas, a city tearing itself apart with gang trouble, drugs and corruption. Where filmstars and millionaires do their best to avoid the dealers and gangbangers. Now, it’s the early 90’s. Carl’s got to go home. His mother has been murdered, his family has fallen apart and his childhood friends are all heading towards disaster. On his return to the neighborhood, a couple of corrupt cops frame him for homicide. CJ is forced on a journey that takes him across the entire state of San Andreas, to save his family and to take control of the streets.
The Mark of Kri ($14.99)
Long ago, an evil spell was created that had the power to bridge our world with the one of darkness. Before the spell could be invoked, it was stolen and hidden away, forgotten with time… until now. Follow Rau, a heroic warrior, as he embarks on an adventure filled with conflict, discovery and magic. Accompanied by his loyal friend, a bird named Kuzo, Rau must battle many enemies across lands near and far to uncover the truth about his family’s dark secrets.
Rogue Galaxy ($14.99)
Set Sail on a Space Pirate Adventure. Jaster dreams of exploring the galaxy. In a sudden turn of fate, he is recruited into a band of space pirates and takes flight on an adventure of a lifetime. Set off to discover new worlds on a quest to find a legendary planet that holds the key to the greatest treasures in the galaxy.
Twisted Metal Black ($9.99)
They say the mind bends and twists in order to deal with the horrors of life… …sometimes the mind bends so much it snaps in two. In the ultimate contest of wreckage and devastation, Calypso has plucked a motley crew of contestants straight from the lunatic asylum. As the carnage unfolds, so does the horrifying tale behind each of these tortured souls. Slip into their twisted minds and come out screaming for more!
War of the Monsters ($9.99)
Stare in disbelief! Scream in Horror! Run for your life! 100-foot tall monsters have stormed the world, causing panic and despair! Engage in a savage battle, these behemoths won’t let anything stand in their way. Which one will win this War of the Monsters?