My PS3 backlog just spiraled out of control and I need to prioritize what to play


I added probably too many PS1 Classics to my digital PS3 library ahead of the shutdown, and now my backlog is in shambles

With Sony cutting off access to the PlayStation Store on PSP, Vita, and PS3 later this year, some of us have been exhaustively combing through recommendation lists to whittle down which digital games we want to grab before we’re no longer able to purchase them. As I’ve covered before on Destructoid, it’s a needlessly drawn-out process. I’m nearing the end of this arguably ill-advised project — I hope!

For me, half the battle was just going through my Download List and getting everything I already owned situated on my PS3 and PlayStation TV. That step wasn’t strictly necessary (the store cutoff date is for making new purchases, not the ability to download your stuff), but it helped me organize my thoughts.

Along the way, I’ve dabbled with PS1 Classics I always intended to play, I’ve messed with a few out-on-a-limb titles, and, to be honest, I’ve fallen head over heels with PixelJunk Monsters again. If you’re in the tower defense mood and the 2018 sequel didn’t cut it, my goodness does the original still hold up.

I’ll likely continue down this “play everything and nothing” path for the near future.

PixelJunk Monsters is a top-tier tower defense game and it should be ported to modern platforms.

I’ve got screw-around saves started in the first three Resident Evils, which I’m justifying as a ramp-up to Village, as well as the original Silent Hill and Dino Crisis, which I’ve seen but never touched. For me, PlayStation was the peak “hang with friends and watch someone else play freaky games” era.

Quick impressions: I died in the diner, and I kind of love that. It felt appropriate. As for Dino Crisis, I said “whoa” out loud when I saw a (surprisingly detailed) dude torn in half, and I’m already more invested than I thought I’d be. If Capcom won’t do a modern remake, it’s about time I checked this one out.

These games are pretty much locked in — I genuinely intend to finish them soon(ish).

Dino Crisis is still fun in 2021.[Image credit: World of Longplays]

Things get much more convoluted when I consider everything after this survival-horror kick, and that’s where you all come in with feedback. Here’s a list of my recent PlayStation Store purchases, as well as some pick-ups I somehow already had but never got very far in, vaguely sorted with notes:

  • Yakuza: Dead Souls — this was my last buy, and it might skip the line. I wasn’t Yakuza-ready when this launched in 2012; now I am. I’m ready for some nonsense.
  • Parasite Eve and Parasite Eve II — these missed my initial survival horror list for whatever reason. I’ll also need to circle back on Dino Crisis 2 when the time comes.
  • Xenogears, Final Fantasy Tactics, The Legend of Dragoon, Suikoden, Suikoden II, and Vagrant Story — big RPG mood. I consider all of these to be substantial commitments.
  • Tomba, Tomba 2, Klonoa: Door to Phantomile, and Pac-Man World — I feel like someone’s going to take offense to having Pac-Man World lumped in here, but I’m into it.
  • Mega Man Legends, Mega Man Legends 2, and The Misadventures of Tron Bonne — I’m convinced I’m going to dig this series. Fun fact: as a kid, I could’ve gotten Mega Man Legends for my birthday, but I ended up getting Rampage World Tour instead, and that was that. It was an either/or situation! I remember being perfectly happy with it too.
  • Bomberman ’94 — this gets its own bullet point because it’s freaking Bomberman.
  • Strider 2 — I messed around a bit and had fun, but I was initially thrown off by being forced into the first Strider. Oh, right, that’s how you swap discs for PS1 Classics.
  • Mega Man 8 — I couldn’t resist buying this before the closure, but I’m also not in a rush.
  • Tokyo Jungle — do I… do I drop everything and replay this can’t-miss PSN exclusive? I’m still missing two trophies (“finish all challenges in a single playthrough” and “survive 100 years in Survival”), which doesn’t sit well with me. My cheetah is calling.

I’m not comfortable making a full-on “buy these PSN games!” list yet, but I’m happy to share my recent buys for fun and also for the possibility that it helps someone else in the mad dash to July.

While there are potentially more PS3 games for me to get before the July 2 deadline — I’m eying various missing entries in the Metal Gear Solid, Ratchet and Clank, and Sly Cooper series — I’m stepping back for now. The question is, beyond surface-level check-ins, what should I strive to finish first?