When it launched in 1995 with a handful of unknown, unproven
titles like Battle Arena Toshinden and Ridge Racer, the original
Playstation didn't look to be much next to Sega and Nintendo.
Slowly but surely, the Playstation became popular and helped
mainstream videogames. Over the years, Sony has managed to
build a huge installed game library. With Sony's first machine
about to see a slow fazing out, even with a small handful
of decent games cropping up here and there, we here at ILS
decided to compile a list of games that gamers should get
in their collection before they become too hard to find.
Role Playing (RPG) - Until the
arrival of Final Fantasy
VII, RPGs were really considered a niche genre. Now, RPGs
are commonplace and a big money maker for most game developers.
Final Fantasy VII,
VIII and IX
- With three editions of this popular series available
for the Playstation, any gamer can find one to their liking.
Varying in style, each is well-produced and has great visuals
Breath of Fire IV - The
first in this series to go into the 3D realm, BOF still retains
the hand-drawn look that made it popular.
Vagrant Story -
While not overly popular with casual gamers, this intense
action/RPG allows players to forge weapons and equipment while
fighting their way through dark dungeons.
Suikoden - One of the first RPGs for the PS, this adventure
allowed gamers to recruit over 100 characters into their party.
Xenogears - Mixing a Street Fighter-like combat scheme
and mech action, this strongly written RPG is a change of
pace for Squaresoft.
Others of Note: Thousand
Arms, Persona 2, Wild Arms
Fighting - The genre that was
born in the arcades found most of it's games fairly well tranlated
to the Playstation. While some of extras and graphical power
may have been lost in the translation, the fun was still there.
Tekken 3 - Easily the best of the series. The story
lines may have been none-existent, but the fighting system
and extras make it worth the buy.
Street Fighter Alpha 3 - While most of the SF series
didn't manage to see a great translation from the Arcades,
SFA3 is the best of this premier 2D series.
Dead or Alive - This 3D fighter gave new meaning to
Others of Note: Soul Blade,
Tobal No. 1, Bloody Roar
Action - The Playstation allowed
game developers a greater brush by which to paint their action
and adventure tales. With the release of Resident Evil, the
Survival Horror genre came into it's own. Likewise, Lara Croft
of Tomb Raider gained instant fame and success.
Resident Evil - The first RE really set the tone for
the Survival Horror Genre on the PS. Still the cheesiest scripts
and cheapest thrills yet.
Resident Evil 2 - A lot like the first RE, just bigger
with two characters to play throughout the game.
Silent Hill - Still the scariest game you'll ever find
on the Playstation. Unlike RE, you don't blast your way through
the game. You run screaming from one locale to the next.
Tomb Raider - Like RE, Tomb Raider set the tone for
3D action/adventure games. Plus, Lara Croft has become a cultural
Others of Note: Tomb Raider
2, Siphon Filter, Fear Effect 2, Soul
Platform - Jumping over enemies
and from platform to platform evolved with more color and
life in the 3D worlds created for the Playstation. While some
developers stuck with their 2D guns, 3D is where PS platformers
really came to life.
Crash Bandicoot: Warped - The best of the Playstation's
unofficial mascot. Great platforming fun.
Spyro - Even though the little dragon may be super-cute,
he still manages to give us a fairly deep and enjoyable game.
Ape Escape - One of the first games to make full use
of both analog sticks.
Others of Note: Croc, Castlevania:
SOTN, Abe's Exodus
Racing/Kart/Car Combat - Vehicles
in all forms and facets fund a huge market. Even though most
were not up to par, there were a few that really stood out.
Both Sim and Arcade Racing found their markets and Car Combat
was born with the Twisted Metal Series.
Crash Team Racing - While there weren't that many
good kart racers, Crash Team Racing was as good as it could
get for the PS.
Gran Turismo (I or II) - As far a racing sims go, this
is the peak. There are none better.
Ridge Racer IV - When it comes to arcade-style racing,
the Ridge Racer series was just as good as Gran Turismo.
Twisted Metal 2 - Car Combat was never really a big
genre until this classic broke it. With great single and multi-player
action, this game is a blast.
Others of Note: Wipeout XL,
Jet Moto, Vigilante 8, Need For Speed 3
Sports/Extreme Sports - Much
like every console before it, sporting games have always been
profitable. Extreme sports, while not always well done, finally
got their chance to shine.
Madden 2000 - Probably the strongest football series
on the Playstation. This is the best one to have.
Tony Hawk Pro Skater - Before THPS, skating games basically
were very little fun. THPS did just about everything right.
FIFA 2000 - EA's sports dominance on the PS is continued
with this excellent soccer game.
Hot Shots - It's sad to say that the best Golf game
was not a sim, but this arcade style game with superdeformed
players and a easy to pick up interface.
Others of Note: NHL 2000
The Rest - With so many games
out there, there were many genres that had a few really good
games that are worth a look at. Here's a list of what else
we though was worth your cash.
Strategy - Final Fantasy
Tactics, Civilization 2, Ogre Tactics, Panzer General
Auto Crime - Driver, Grand Theft Auto
First Person Shooters - Medal of Honor
Puzzle - Intelligent Qube, Devil Dice, Super Puzzle Fighter
Misc. - MTV Music Generator, Parappa the Rapper