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Who Wants PC Classics On The PSN?

The PlayStation Network is pretty well loaded with both new digital games and downloadable classics from the PS1 era. Developers are also on a serious retro kick lately; we've already seen many old-school titles come to life once more on our PS3s or PSPs. And with third-party studios very much in support of both the PSN and XBLA, might it be possible to see a section for old PC classics?

I imagine the idea presents both potential programming and licensing issues but one can still dream, can't he? I really don't care about PC gaming now but during the platform's heyday - the '90s, of course - there were more than a few memorable titles that I will play to this day. Heroes of Might and Magic remains one of my favorite franchises ever, and if I had more time, I'd be interested in starting new adventures in Diablo, Baldurs Gate, Icewindale, and others. Remember 1998? I mean, there are so many PC gems from past generations that could easily be delivered in downloadable form now - you can grab them digitally for your computer, even if it's not exactly legal - and it could prove to be immensely popular.

What PC games might you want to see on the PSN? What would you spend the time and money to download and play? Anything too recent and graphic-intensive is probably out of the question but that's okay; I don't really want any of that, anyway. Who might like the old-fashioned thrill of Heretic? Or the original Fallout? We've got Dreamcast games headed our way and as time goes on, don't rule out the entire PS2 library. Who knows what the future holds? But right now, if we're going to be faithful to all the classics from the PlayStation era, maybe we should think outside the box. Maybe we should grab us some classic PC fun...and I want Trophies, too.

Tags: psn, playstation network, pc on psn

7/27/2010 9:21:42 PM Ben Dutka

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Superman915
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 @ 9:42:15 PM
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Final Doom
Messiah
An HD 1080p Sim City
The ORIGINAL Warcrafts
MDK
Seeing as they're about to make a comeback, Beavis and Butthead in Virtual Stupidity

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 @ 10:51:40 PM

How are B&B about to make a comeback?

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Superman915
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 @ 10:56:34 PM

Theyre coming back to MTV with the original team and animation.

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main_event05
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 12:17:18 AM

Nice.
Duh Duh Duh, Duh Duh Da Duh.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 1:04:40 AM

Sweet, I loved that show. King of the Hill was so lame.

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rogers71
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 5:55:41 PM

How about Phantasmagoria and Ripper. Those were 2 of my favorite games back in the day.

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kraygen
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 @ 9:44:41 PM
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I would absolutely love that. I missed everything from the 90's and I would love to be able to pick up these old games on psn.

Getting some of them to work on vista is a real pain.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 @ 10:52:15 PM

Nothing bloody works on XP, I mean I hear there's a way but I don't want to be anally probed to play a few old games of mine.

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hellish_devil
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 @ 10:53:09 PM

@Kraygen

How old are you??

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kraygen
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 4:48:13 AM

27, but I grew up with 4 siblings and we didn't have much money. My parents never bought us any video games except for christmas one year I got an original gameboy. It was after the colored ones came out tho.

So I didn't really get into gaming until after I got married and started buying them myself. I always liked video games, I just rarely got the chance to play them.

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Reccaman18
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 8:10:38 PM

Get Windows 7. It is so much better and quicker than Vista.

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kraygen
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 11:02:31 PM

I would love to, but it's expensive.

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Alienange
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 @ 9:47:41 PM
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I like the Heroes of M&M as well, but I'd also really like M&M 4, 5 and 6. Those three were awesome. Just give me World of Xeen and then 6. That'd do it for me for a while.

Or hell, give me Ultima 7 and Ultima 7 Serpent Isle. Actually... remake them in HD will you? Would there be a trophy for figuring out how to rob that bank?

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hellish_devil
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 @ 9:48:03 PM
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Doom please!!!

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Alienange
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 @ 9:53:57 PM
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Bought Monkey Island 2 Special Edition. Absolutely amazing what they've done to that game. More PC classics on PSN, remade or not, would definitely get me spending money on digital downloads.

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Pandacastro
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 @ 9:56:26 PM
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When is sega classics coming out?

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BTNwarrior
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 @ 10:11:15 PM
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what I would give to have Icewind Dale 2, Deus Ex, AVP2, and Diablo on my ps3. But those are all probably never going to grace my living room console

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Benzin
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 @ 10:20:22 PM
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Half-Life would be awesome.

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Killsignal
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 @ 10:27:31 PM
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sierra adventure games!!!

LOOM...

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 @ 10:35:06 PM
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I would love some old school PC games, but I can't think of what I would buy for sure.

Incidentally, if anyone wants to buy my collection they are just sitting in their cases collecting dust:

Diablo
Witchaven
Nascar Racing
Mortal Kombat 3
Beavis and Butthead in Virtual Stupidity
Primal Rage
The Ultimate Doom

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Hezzron
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 @ 10:42:17 PM
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If it could be pulled off properly, I'd be interested in the idea. I think some of the more complex games might have control issues...unless you hook up a mouse and keyboard.

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Jamaican_Heat
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 @ 10:44:52 PM
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Come on people what about Starcraft!

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hellish_devil
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 @ 10:50:45 PM

That only works with mouse and keyboard setup. Besides, I still play my battlechest, so no need to worry about that one =)

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Geobaldi
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 9:34:15 AM

Mouse and keyboard definitely for that one. But the original was released on the N64 and really wasn't AS horrible as I thought it would be.

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Fane1024
Thursday, July 29, 2010 @ 5:42:57 PM

PS3 supports mouse and keyboard.

More accurately, it CAN, but almost no devs use it.

If the PC games come with original controls (M&K) rather than some workaround version poorly mapped to a DS3, then I say the idea has merit.

Understand, I'm no devotee of PC games or of M&K controls, but if the games are built for that control scheme, I don't see why the devs don't just leave the game as is when they port it.

There should be tons of RTS games ported to PS3 by now, but instead we get bastardized versions that don't work right because the 360 version can't use M&K.

That annoys me on principle.

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Epimetheus
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 @ 10:46:10 PM
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The X-Wing series!

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Temjin001
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 @ 10:49:04 PM

X-Wing and Tie-Fighter fan right here. Maybe someday they'll re-release them with a full graphical update.

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Highlander
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 @ 10:57:53 PM

I'm there.

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Scarecrow
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 @ 10:56:57 PM
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Ben, not they haven't
They've still got some amazing ps1 games to cover:

Tomba
Gex II and III
Spyro 3
Resident Evil 3
Ape Escape
Thousand Arms
Crash Team Racing
Silent Hill (?)
Klonoa
Croc

I'm sure there are way more

Don't want PC garbage on my PC
For that I'd just download them on my PC

They're better with a keyboard + mouse (no?)

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Highlander
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 @ 10:58:13 PM

Xenogears...

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mustang750r
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 @ 11:02:16 PM

Crash Team Racing, RE3, and Silent Hillare already on PSN my good sir. Go check it out and spend some cash.

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Scarecrow
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 @ 11:06:54 PM

Oh ok, I have them all on disc format so no need to get them at the moment.

Still, there are so many other classics they haven't put up there.

Xenogears for example

What 'bout Legend of Legaia? Legend of Dragoon? (think it's there, not sure)

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Scarecrow
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 @ 11:14:00 PM

Rival Schools!

Capcom do whatever you have to do, we need Rival Schools!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 @ 11:26:20 PM

Rival Schools was on Dreamcast wasn't it? Maybe it will make it to PSN.

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Scarecrow
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 @ 11:33:06 PM

Nope, only on ps1

Project Justice (sequel) was on Dreamcast only
They should release that one as well. Though the original (Rival Schools) was better imo

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Jawknee
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 10:42:51 AM

I still own a PS1 copy of Rival Schools. Me and my friends in high school spent too many hours playing that game.

Batsu FTW!

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mustang750r
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 @ 11:03:17 PM
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I would LOVE to see Starcraft on the PSP and PS3... Besides they owe us one for SC Ghost. D:

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StangMan80
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 12:02:22 AM
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Doom!!!

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CharlesD
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 12:11:35 AM

Ha, doom most certainly. I remember when I thought the very same thing, the PSN needs to put up some PC Classics for sale.

Heroes of Might and Magic would be downloaded asap, then some really old school titles like Rocket Jockeys, maybe some Axis and Allies, certainly a few other RTS games (seriously lacking on the PS3) maybe even Wolfenstein and some other old shooters as well. CoD classic I played on Computer many a time and that's available on the PSN. Beat that game on veteran with a touch-pad on a laptop once O_o* crazy I know

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main_event05
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 12:23:18 AM

Isn't Doom owned by MS?

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Geobaldi
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 9:37:27 AM

MS does not own DOOM. id Software owns DOOM. And id Software is owned by ZeniMax Media which is the same company that owns Bethesda.

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main_event05
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 2:29:21 PM

Ok, let me rephrase that. Hasn't Doom become a MS exclusive?

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mehrab2603
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 12:11:02 AM
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heart of darkness would be great

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TheCrazyMerc
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 12:11:06 AM
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Itd be so awesome to see PC classics on the PS3, Starcraft?

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Kangasfwa
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 1:44:10 AM
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Duke Nukem?

The only classic games I would really like to see are Super Metroid and the Lost Vikings 1 and 2 (I don't have a Wii).

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Xombito
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 2:18:03 AM
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The Blood games. I'll throw in the Postal titles just for the heck of it.

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FlyingKickPunch
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 4:42:20 PM

Blood was awesome. Shadow Warrior too.

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Naztycuts
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 3:05:13 AM
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Oregon Trail! haha couldnt resist

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kraygen
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 4:50:23 AM

Nooooo, my wife would never give up the ps3 controller.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 10:34:36 AM

Kraygen, if you have DSi you can download it for 8 bucks. Thats what i did for my wife. I hand her the DSi when ever i want to play my PS3 in peace and quite. ;)

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kraygen
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 4:19:28 PM

No dsi here, I had the money for ds or psp, I went with psp.

Glad I did, I get to play tons of old rpgs I missed with updated graphics and cut scenes.

I love it.

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___________
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 3:45:46 AM
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WHO DOESN'T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
id love to see doom 1,2 and if possible 3.
all the duke nukem games.
far cry.
prey.
crysis, but thats never going to happen the ps3 cant handle that id go up in nuclear blue flames!

but i would much rather have more ps1 classics, i spent today rummaging through my old ps1 classics box and found point blank.
by far the BEST! arcade shooter ever released!
10 times better than time crisis!
or even better give us some PS2 games on there, though id much rather them re released in collections ala the GOW and sly cooper collection!

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Highlander
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 9:13:06 AM

Um....Crysis 2 is coming to Ps3, does that count? I mean why worry about Crysis when Crysis 2 is coming to the console?

Doom 1 & 2 sure, but Doom 3 is hardly a classic like the original Doom, it's far too contemporary to be considered in that league. Besides I';m pretty sure Ben mentioned the 90's and unless your corner of Oz exists in a weird time warp, Doom 3 arrived in 2004. Personally though I thought that the visual presentation of Doom 3, although obviously technically superior to Doom 1 & 2, was inferior as a game when compared with Doom 1 & 2.

You know, judging by the list of games you are a PC based shooter fan, so my question to you is, why bother with a console anyway? Also, why didn't you list Quake?

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Jawknee
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 10:33:32 AM

Yes this is a great idea. Sell your PS3 and get a nice PC gaming rig, then leave this place and go troll some PC forum!

Oh highlander your a genius!

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___________
Thursday, July 29, 2010 @ 7:48:33 AM

i did not list quake because i cant list every pc game id like on PSN, id be here for a month if i did that!

crysis 2 is nothing like the original crysis.
crytek have had to cut allot of features that were in crysis which wont be in crysis 2, for example in crysis if you stir up a sh*storm enemies start shooting you, if you leave than come back enemies will remember what you did.
in crysis 2 they will not.
plus crysis 2 is much more open spaced, where crysis was linear, not to mention the lush jungles are gone for the good old gray, gray, gray pate we all love!

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Fane1024
Thursday, July 29, 2010 @ 5:52:23 PM

Don't you have a laptop to play PC games?
Isn't the PS3 JUST for playing PS3 games?

You don't want to use it for anything else, so I don't see why you'd want PC games to come to the PSN.

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Underdog15
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 8:16:13 AM
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Anyone here ever play Freespace on PC?

That was a lot of fun!

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Geobaldi
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 9:01:58 AM

Freespace 2 was even better. A truly great classic.

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booze925
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 8:47:47 AM
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couple that we NEED are counter-strike with mod support, battlefield 1942 and vietnam with mod support, and maybe diablo

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Geobaldi
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 9:17:52 AM
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I still have my PS copy of Diablo here somewhere. It was great with the 2 player co-op. Though the PC version got more playing time. Personally there really aren't any PC classics I want brought to PSN. Between Steam and Gog.com, I can get just about any classic PC game I want already. But if I had to pick some I'd go with DOOM (no brainer), the first two AvP games, Deus Ex, Heretic and Hexen, LOOM, Wolfenstein, Civilization, Baldur's Gate, Heroes of Might & Magic, Blood, Redneck Rampage, MDK, the Gabriel Knight series, Freedom Force, Jagged Alliance, and the Thief series just to name a few.

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Borderline
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 10:07:56 AM
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I'm thinking Dark Forces 1 & 2. I was mostly a consol gamer through much of the 90's so my recollection of PC games of that era is slim at best but I remember loving the Dark Forces series, otherwise I mainly had flight sims. I'd also like to see Panzer General and it's sequel made available from PS1.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 10:31:41 AM
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PS2 classics before PC. No exceptions. :)

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Reccaman18
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 8:14:10 PM

I agree. They could sell them for about $10 a pop.

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Nickjcal
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 10:34:21 AM
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I just found some of my old ps1 games. I still have the original gran turismo.

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superdave614
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 10:43:49 AM
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Man I still play HoMM. Those games just eat your day away. I really hope they come out with a HoMM 6 soon.

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Clamedeus
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 2:27:21 PM
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I don't mind having some PC games on PSN, as long as they keep giving PS1 classics and so on. More games = More happier gamers.

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DeathOfChaos
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 3:05:40 PM
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All of the Sam and Max games would be an awesome addition, wouldn't they?

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FlyingKickPunch
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 4:43:07 PM
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X-Com UFO Defense is one of my favorite games of all time. Bring it to PSN!

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rogers71
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 5:59:29 PM
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The 7th Guest and 11th Hour. Those were awesome.

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Richy
Thursday, July 29, 2010 @ 7:57:55 AM
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hello ...

been long time out of this site, humm nothing's changed ... good! ;)

well i saw heretic in your article & jumped happily.

I re-purchased the whole heretic/hexen pack from the steamy site & i have the Doomsday project so got to play heretic with a quake II engine in windows XP. The old version do work in DOS & DOSBox. I agree would be hard on newer machines with VISTA or Seven though ...

I'm a total fan of Diablo & have all versions & waiting for number III to be out.

now having these games on my PS3 would be tempting, but i don't feel they are meant for, i'd rather wish for more PS1 & PS2 games to be ported & in HD siouplé:P

Now if you think of remakes, make them available on both PC & PS3 & i'll be more than happy ...

an HD version of heretic, doom & Diablo ... i can only be dreaming.

If they are to be released with the original GFX i don't really want.

we can still wish for ...

cheers!

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KNG201
Sunday, August 01, 2010 @ 11:46:20 AM
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i want an HD version of OREGON TRAILS developed by R*.....

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