I remember the very special day me and my bro unwrapped our PlayStation 1. It was by far the best Christmas we had ever received and signified the death of our outdoor days. OK, so we’d already been rinsing our Sega Megadrive, but the PS1 took gaming to the next level.
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You’ll be shocked to know that the PS1 is over 20 years old now, with the European release dating all the way back to 29th September 1995. But although in homes across the UK the PS4 now sits where the PS1 once did, the memory of its original games lives on.
The true test of a decent PS1 game is if it has stood the test of time (we still play the original Tony Hawk Pro Skater in our house). And while there were dozens of amazing games on the original PlayStation, we’ve managed to whittle the list down to five of our favourites – the ones that still replay in our gaming dreams:
Metal Gear Solid
Metal Gear Solid is just as decent today as it was back in 1998. The gameplay completely engaged its players, while the story of Solid Snake was told through amazing cut scenes. This edition brought video games to the next level of cinematic storytelling and continues to be a key influence on games to this day.
Tony Hawk Pro Skater
Tony Hawk inspired an entire generation of kids to put on a pair of insanely baggy jeans, step onto a skateboard and attempt to land an Ollie. Tony Hawk Pro Skater was originally released for PlayStation back in 1999 and it quickly blossomed into a best seller. Not only was it packed with insane action where players dared each other to rack up high scores via impossible tricks, but it also had some seriously memorable soundtracks.
Tekken was the ultimate arcade fighting game that eventually came out with a PS1 version back in 1995. Namco’s fighting game was a visual showpiece for the system, and it still plays great.
Resident Evil was and still is one of the greatest survival horror games ever made. Hideki Kamiya’s masterpiece was the perfect mix of horror and adventure all packed into one insane mission. The game’s immersive story was enhanced by its haunting soundtrack and striking visuals – this PS1 version was the birth of immersive zombie gaming.
We had to throw a racing one in there and what better game than Gran Turismo? Published by Sony Computer Entertainment back in 1997, this was the world’s first home racing experience to be built from the ground up. For many, this was their first taste of the most realistic, most challenging and most in-depth racing game available on the market.
We hope you enjoyed that trip down memory lane. Now let’s look at the darker side of PlayStation’s history – FIFA rage.