History Behind PlayStation Purchase
Who would have ever thought it? Cap Scott, a staunch Nintendo supporter, owned a Sony PlayStation (PS One). Yes, I decided to purchase a PlayStation in order to review games for a short-lived video game magazine called "Intelligent Gamer." I got my system on January 15, 1996. The system cost $299.99 and the first game I purchased, Twisted Metal, was $59.99. I got the system at Babbage's. The PlayStation was a nice stopgap in between the Super NES and N64 for me, because I got a chance to play what turned out to be two of my all-time favorite games, the Twisted Metal series and the original Need for Speed, quite a bit with my friends.
But you'll probably notice that I now have zero games for my Sony PlayStation. Why? Well, I decided to sell it to my older brother. I needed some money, and I almost never played it, anyway. Besides, the PlayStation was always like the unwanted stepchild in my video game family.
Do I think I'll ever get PlayStation again? I highly doubt it. Yes, the PlayStation did give me Twisted Metal 2, which is a game I'm sure will be forever an all-time favorite, and the Need For Speed series. It also got sequels to many cool games from the 8- and 16-bit eras. But the system just didn't do much for me. Maybe it's because of my loyal support for Nintendo? Maybe it's because I can't stand long loading times? Maybe it's because I mostly like playing multi-player video games now? Whatever the case, just about everyone else will have more fond memories of this system than I will.
Retrospectively, I will admit that the Sony outmaneuvered Nintendo 64 with its PlayStation. The year head start on Nintendo was certainly a factor, too. For me, the PlayStation was something that I used to fill the time while waiting for new N64 games to be released (you may or may not recall some lengthy gaps and delays between N64 releases). As a gamer, I certainly can understand the appeal of the PlayStation. For me, though, I've decided that I will limit my collection and library to Nintendo home consoles.
All-Time Favorite PlayStation (PS1) Games
Sony PlayStation Collection (0 games)
What lies below is a listing of my PlayStation (PS One) collection along with some history behind the system's purchase. One thing to keep in mind is that these are all the games I currently own. I've actually had other games throughout the years. But I got rid of some of them for whatever reason. Please also note that all of the games listed below are actual CDs. I am neither into getting emulators for the classics nor am I into pirating the latest games.
Twisted Metal 2 is definitely one of my all-time favorite game. It's the epitome of combat racing. For starters, unlike the first game, it lets you partake on a two-player cooperative quest. Then it had awesome vehicles and incredible level design-with more secrets, better variety, and larger areas. I could go on and on. I absolutely love this game.
The Need For Speed represents the first game I played that truly took advantage of the CD-ROM format—full-motion video, red book audio, and multimedia extras. Interestingly, I almost returned the game after a few days. Then the game grew on me. And grew on me. And grew on me some more. In the end, it was the second most played PSX game I had.
I loved the NHL series since it first appeared on the Super NES. As you'll see later, I even owned Sony's NHL FaceOff at one point. Nothing can compare with the EA Sports' series, though, and NHL 2000 is probably the best edition on the PlayStation. Compared to other versions, this one plays the best and runs the most smoothly. Gotta love the sound, too!
Twisted Metal is the first PlayStation game I owned. Everything about the game screamed originality at the same time, from the gameplay to the theme to the mature artwork. Although the game pales in comparison to the sequel—mostly because it doesn't have a two-player cooperative quest—it still got a ton of playtime by my friends and me.
Aside from racing or sports games, I played Castlevania: Symphony of the Night more than any other PSX game I ever owned, including Final Fantasy VII, Resident Evil, and Metal Gear Solid. By injecting more adventure into the series, the designers created an incredibly awesome quest. This challenging and rewarding game also was helped by its old-school feel.
5. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Honorable Mention: Final Fantasy VII and Metal Gear Solid
Because I purchased a PSX not long after it came out in early 1996 and tend to purchase a lot of games for my systems, I've had many different games in my possession at one point or another. I have since traded in or sold every single game listed here.
Here is a list of the games I've owned over time for PlayStation: Twisted Metal, Battle Arena Toshinden, Goal Storm, VR Soccer '96, V-Tennis, Loaded, Alien Trilogy, The Need For Speed, Resident Evil (GCN), ESPN Extreme Games, International Track & Field, Tecmo Super Bowl, Twisted Metal 2, Project: Horned Owl, NHL FaceOff '97, Madden NFL 98, Final Fantasy VII (NS), NHL 98, Rayman, Street Racer, Buster Bros. Collection a.k.a. Pang, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Need For Speed III: Hot Pursuit, Rogue Trip, and Metal Gear Solid (GCN).
The following bulleted points are some random notes and thoughts about the Sony PlayStation (PS One). In the list, you will find information about the system and games that I could not place anywhere else.
Last Updated: January 21, 2012
- Just for kicks, let me mention a few other games I enjoyed when I owned the system. I thought ESPN Extreme Games was quite fun with two players. I thought Battle Arena Toshinden was an interesting fighting game for its time. I thought Rayman took platforming to the 32-bit level.
- I really do not enjoy the Resident Evil series. I think it is a combination of the lacking control and the extreme difficulty. Maybe I will get into the series one day…
- Looking back, I probably should have played more Final Fantasy VII and Metal Gear Solid. Then they may have rated higher on my lists.
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