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PlayStation throwing a Retro Sale – Are we sure this is retro?

by Ron Duwell | August 26, 2015August 26, 2015 6:00 am PDT

Luckily, Sony was able to slip the word “throwback” in the name of this Retro Sale because some of these games aren’t retro at all. If they were, I’d start considering my retirement a lot sooner.

I guess the idea is games modeled after retro favorites, so let’s take a look and see what’s up for grabs this week!

Title Platform PS Plus Price Sale Price Original Price
AQUA KITTY – Milk Mine Defender DX PS4 $3.60 $4.50 $8.99
Arcade Archives CRAZY CLIMBER PS4 $3.99 $4.79 $7.99
Arcade Archives MOON CRESTA PS4 $3.99 $4.79 $7.99
Arcade Archives TERRA CRESTA PS4 $3.99 $4.79 $7.99
Bound by Flame PS4 $12.00 $16.00 $39.99
Child of Light PS4 $4.50 $6.00 $14.99
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams – Director’s Cut PS4 $7.49 $8.99 $14.99
Grim Fandango Remastered PS4 $6.00 $7.50 $14.99
Home – A Unique Horror Adventure PS4 $1.50 $2.00 $4.99
Hotline Miami PS4 $3.00 $4.00 $9.99
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number PS4 $7.49 $8.99 $14.99
Jamestown+ Complete PS4 $6.99 $8.39 $13.99
OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood PS4 $7.49 $8.99 $14.99
Putty Squad PS4 $12.49 $14.99 $24.99
Retro City Rampage DX PS4 $4.00 $5.00 $9.99
Rock Boshers DX: Director’s Cut PS4 $2.80 $3.50 $6.99
Rogue Legacy PS4 $6.80 $8.50 $16.99
Schrödinger’s Cat and the Raiders of the Lost Quark PS4 $4.99 $5.99 $9.99
Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut PS4 $6.00 $8.00 $19.99
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth PS4 $11.99 $13.49 $14.99
The Escapists PS4 $11.99 $13.99 $19.99
Titan Souls PS4 $7.49 $8.99 $14.99
Tower of Guns PS4 $7.49 $8.99 $14.99
TowerFall Ascension PS4 $4.50 $6.00 $14.99
Trials Fusion PS4 $8.00 $10.00 $19.99
WE ARE DOOMED PS4 $4.99 $5.99 $9.99
Worms Battlegrounds PS4 $7.50 $10.00 $24.99
Metal Slug 3 PS4 / PS3 / PS Vita $7.49 $8.99 $14.99
SteamWorld Dig PS4 / PS Vita $3.00 $4.00 $9.99
SteamWorld Dig PS4 / PS Vita $3.00 $4.00 $9.99
DJMAX Portable 3 PSP / PSVita $12.00 $20.00 $39.99
Strikers 1945 Plus PSP / PSVita $1.50 $2.50 $4.99
Babel Rising PS3 $2.50 $3.50 $9.99
BEYOND: Two Souls PS3 $6.00 $8.00 $19.99
BIT.TRIP Presents… Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien PS3 $3.00 $4.00 $9.99
BloodRayne: Betrayal Full Game Unlock PS3 $3.00 $4.00 $9.99
Bound by Flame PS3 $9.00 $12.00 $29.99
Call of Juarez Gunslinger PS3 $3.75 $5.25 $14.99
CAPCOM ARCADE CABINET PS3 $9.00 $12.00 $29.99
Child of Light PS3 $4.50 $6.00 $14.99
Cloudberry Kingdom PS3 $2.50 $3.50 $9.99
de Blob 2 PS3 $1.50 $3.00 $14.99
Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition PS3 $4.00 $5.00 $9.99
Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara PS3 $4.50 $6.00 $14.99
From Dust PS3 $3.75 $5.25 $14.99
Hotline Miami PS3 $3.00 $4.00 $9.99
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number PS3 $7.49 $8.99 $14.99
I Am Alive PS3 $3.75 $5.25 $14.99
Jet Car Stunts PS3 $3.20 $4.00 $7.99
Mad Riders PS3 $2.50 $3.50 $9.99
Mega Man 9 & 10 Combo Pack PS3 $4.50 $6.00 $14.99
Might & Magic Clash of Heroes PS3 $3.75 $5.25 $14.99
NAMCO MUSEUM ESSENTIALS PS3 $2.00 $3.00 $9.99
Ninja Gaiden Sigma PS3 $9.99 $13.99 $19.99
Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 PS3 $9.99 $13.99 $19.99
Outland PS3 $2.50 $3.50 $9.99
Pier Solar and the Great Architects PS3 $6.00 $7.50 $14.99
Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus PS3 $7.49 $8.99 $14.99
Rayman 3 HD PS3 $2.50 $3.50 $9.99
Retro City Rampage DX PS3 $4.00 $5.00 $9.99
Rogue Legacy PS3 $6.80 $8.50 $16.99
Shoot Many Robots PS3 $2.50 $3.50 $9.99
Star Wars Bounty Hunter (PS2 Classic) PS3 $4.99 $5.99 $9.99
Star Wars: Racer Revenge (PS2 Classic) PS3 $4.99 $5.99 $9.99
Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix PS3 $3.00 $4.00 $9.99
Superfrog HD PS3 $2.50 $3.50 $9.99
Tecmo Bowl Throwback PS3 $4.99 $6.99 $9.99
The Misadventures of Tron Bonne PS3 $3.59 $4.19 $5.99
The Wolf Among Us – Season Pass PS3 $3.75 $5.25 $14.99
Tower of Guns PS3 $7.49 $8.99 $14.99
Guacamelee! Bundle Fantástico PS3 / PS Vita $6.00 $8.00 $19.99
Disney Pixar Toy Story 2 (PSOne Classic) PS3 / PS Vita / PSP $1.50 $2.10 $5.99
AQUA KITTY – Milk Mine Defender DX PS Vita $3.60 $4.50 $8.99
Dustforce PS Vita $4.00 $5.00 $9.99
Grim Fandango Remastered PS Vita $6.00 $7.50 $14.99
Home – A Unique Horror Adventure PS Vita $1.50 $2.00 $4.99
Hotline Miami PS Vita $3.00 $4.00 $9.99
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number PS Vita $7.49 $8.99 $14.99
Jet Car Stunts PS Vita $3.20 $4.00 $7.99
Joe Danger PS Vita $4.40 $5.50 $10.99
Joe Danger 2: The Movie PS Vita $4.40 $5.50 $10.99
Putty Squad PS Vita $12.49 $14.99 $24.99
Retro City Rampage DX PS Vita $4.00 $5.00 $9.99
Rock Boshers DX: Director’s Cut PS Vita $2.80 $3.50 $6.99
Rogue Legacy PS Vita $6.80 $8.50 $16.99
Superfrog HD PS Vita $2.50 $3.50 $9.99
Titan Souls PS Vita $7.49 $8.99 $14.99

You’d think this sale would be right up my alley, but actually, I’m not that impressed with the selection.

The most obvious recommendation I can make is The Misadventures of Tron Bonne if you want a genuinely wonderful “retro” hit. I’d buy it, but I already did so the day it launched.

Outside of that, Grim Fandango Remastered, the Capcom Arcade Cabinet, and Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara are the best actual retro games on the list. Decent throwbacks to older ones are Rogue Legacy, Hotline Miami, The Binding of IsaacSteamWorld Dig, and the undeniably wonderful Mega Man 9. Think of Mega Man 10 as a bonus.

Again, good games, but I guess I’m unimpressed because I own them all already. Let us know what you want below.


Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...

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