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For the PAL region and Japanese equivalents, see Platinum Range and The Best range, respectively.
Official PlayStation 3 Greatest Hits Banner used on current and upcoming PlayStation 3 Greatest Hits game covers. Most Greatest Hits titles on other Sony platforms use a similar banner.

Greatest Hits are video games for the American Sony PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Portable consoles that have been officially re-released at a lower price by Sony. While the term "Greatest Hits" only applies to selections in North America, equivalent programs exist in PAL territories (as the "Platinum Range"), Japan and Asia (as "The Best") and Korea (as "BigHit Series").

Greatest Hits titles are colloquially referred to as "red label" (or "green label" for PlayStation titles) referring to the colored band that is added to the packaging to differentiate it from regular releases (which are similarly referred to as "black label"). A game can earn this distinction if it meets certain sales criteria within two years after its release.

The original versions of the game (often referred to as "black label") are often sought after more than the Greatest hits, as many collectors view that the redesigns (Green or red labels) aren't as appealing as the original releases.

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History

When Sony introduced the program for PlayStation in 1997, games could become Greatest Hits titles after selling at least 150,000 copies and being on the market for at least a year.[1] Minimum sales required eventually rose to 250,000.[2] When the program came to PlayStation 2 in 2002, games could become Greatest Hits titles after selling at least 400,000 copies and being on the market for at least 9 months.[3] Suggested retail prices of Greatest Hits titles were initially $24.99, but they now typically retail for $19.99. Though Sony-published games are virtually guaranteed to eventually be Greatest Hits titles after they meet their sales and age marks, other companies are not required to release their titles on the Greatest Hits label even if they meet the criteria. A prime example of this is the case of Working Designs' 1999 title Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete. The game sold very well, enough to make Greatest Hits, but WD director Victor Ireland decided not to re-release it, keeping with the company policy of not re-releasing games to increase their value among collectors. In addition, Sony also allows other publishers some flexibility in the pricing of their own Greatest Hits titles, though most companies stick to the agreed-upon suggested retail price. Games that are multi-million sellers may become Greatest Hits titles much later than 9 months to maximize profits. It is also a common practice for a game to re-release on the Greatest Hits label at a close proximity to the release of that game's sequel or follow-up.

In 2006, Sony extended the Greatest Hits program to the PlayStation Portable.[4] To qualify, a title must be on the market for at least 9 months and have sold 250,000 copies or more. The Greatest Hits price for PlayStation Portable games typically begins at $19.99.

On July 28th, 2008, the program was introduced on the PlayStation 3. A PlayStation 3 game must be on the market for 10 months and sell at least 500,000 copies to meet the Greatest Hits criteria. PlayStation 3 Greatest Hits titles currently sell at $29.99.

Greatest Hits edition of Resistance: Fall of Man

"Special edition" Greatest Hits

While Greatest Hits titles are usually just straight re-releases of the original game with altered packaging and a cheaper price, occasionally a game is given a "special edition" of its original version, released under the Greatest Hits label. Usually these additions are small bonuses, such as the inclusion of new game demos or soundtrack CDs, or slight improvements such as adding analog control or vibration functionality to games that didn't have these features in their original releases. Occasionally, however, significant changes are implemented into the game. Noteworthy examples of this are the Greatest Hits special editions of Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3, Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition Remix, Silent Hill 2 and Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution, which were enhanced significantly from their original releases with added characters, levels, modes, features, etc. However, "special edition" enhancements such as these are typically uncommon in Greatest Hits releases.

List of official Greatest Hits titles

PlayStation

The following titles have been released on the Greatest Hits label for PlayStation.[5]

PlayStation 2

The following titles have been released on the Greatest Hits label for PlayStation 2.[6]

PlayStation 3

The following titles have been released on the Greatest Hits label for PlayStation 3.[7]

PlayStation Portable

The following titles have been released on the Greatest Hits label for PlayStation Portable.[8]

  • Lumines
  • Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary
  • Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend
  • Marvel Ultimate Alliance
  • MediEvil: Resurrection
  • Medal of Honor: Heroes
  • Medal of Honor: Heroes 2
  • Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops
  • Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition
  • Midnight Club: L.A. Remix
  • Mortal Kombat: Unchained
  • MX vs. ATV: Untamed
  • Namco Museum Battle Collection
  • Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes
  • Need for Speed: Most Wanted: 5-1-0
  • Need for Speed: Pro Street
  • Need for Speed Carbon: Own the City
  • Neopets: Petpet Adventures: The Wand of Wishing
  • Patapon
  • Patapon 2
  • Prince of Persia: Revelations
  • Rainbow Six Vegas
  • Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters
  • Ridge Racer
  • Scarface: Money. Power. Respect
  • Sega Genesis Collection
  • Silent Hill: Origins
  • SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo

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