PlayStation Turns 25: Here Are the Video Games That Defined the PS1 Experience
Wed, April 14, 2021

PlayStation Turns 25: Here Are the Video Games That Defined the PS1 Experience

Recently, the PlayStation brand celebrated the 25th anniversary of Sony’s arrival into the world of gaming. December 3, 1994 was when Sony launched the first PlayStation in Japan / Photo by: Hlynz via Wikimedia Commons

 

Recently, the PlayStation brand celebrated the 25th anniversary of Sony’s arrival into the world of gaming. December 3, 1994 was when Sony launched the first PlayStation in Japan, according to Slash Gear, a website that covers everything from cutting-edge tech gear to the latest digital lifestyle trend. People from other countries were said to have to wait another 10 months to get their hands on the hottest new gaming console then. 

At the time when the PlayStation launched, both Nintendo and Sega were busy working out their respective strategies to assert their dominance in the video game industry. The fourth generation of consoles was a witness to the emergence of competing machines such as the Philips CD-i, the TurboGraphx-16, and the Neo Geo. However, it couldn’t be denied that the top dogs in the console wars at the time were the Genesis/Mega Drive of Sega and the Super NES of Nintendo. 

The PlayStation also sought out the best classic games released during its era. These included well-known titles such as Final Fantasy VII, Resident Evil, Crash Bandicoot, and the Metal Gear Solid as well as Parasite Eve and Legend Dragoon. As a result, the PlayStation One flourished in the face of tough competition from the Super NES and Genesis/Mega Drive, mainly because it offered a vast, eclectic library of games that players might not find anywhere else. 

 

Final Fantasy Series

Before our rooms were filled with huge posters of our favorite Final Fantasy characters, we were always looking forward to having our hands on the PlayStation console to play the Final Fantasy game. The Verge, an American technology news and media network, mentioned in their article that Square Enix’s legendary RPG franchise made a huge splash on Sony’s first home console. 

It was also reported that the most beloved video game will finally have its remake. The Final Fantasy 7 is scheduled for a March 3, 2020 release. Even though it will only cover a portion of the story, it will nonetheless have an additional game that will be needed to tell the whole Final Fantasy original plot. The new version of the Final Fantasy 7 will be released digitally for the PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android mobile devices.

The Verge, an American technology news and media network, mentioned in their article that Square Enix’s legendary RPG franchise Final Fantasy made a huge splash on Sony’s first home console / Photo by: BagoGames via Flickr

 

FIFA Soccer 96

PlayStation consoles have become a favorite among sports aficionados because of the games they offer that are realistic versions of popular sports. An example of this is the FIFA Soccer game that was also released on the Mega Drive in the older format that featured an isometric, purely sprite-based design. Metro UK, the United Kingdom's highest-circulation print newspaper, shared on their website that this title on the PlayStation had a ground-breaking presentation, which included real commentary from familiar pundits of the day. 

Because of this, the PlayStation became a part of a potential mainstream audience. The title also became an instant best-seller in the United Kingdom. FIFA might not be the top sports video game in some players’ minds, but for a larger population of more casual players, it is one of a handful of the most sought after games. 

FIFA’s influence has increased as the years passed by, and it is now one of the best-selling video games year in and year out. FIFA 19 is all about the prestigious UEFA Champions League, and it now offers enhanced gameplay features that allow players to control the pitch in every moment. 

Resident Evil

Originally released on the PlayStation in 1996, the Resident Evil franchise had its first remake for the Nintendo GameCube in 2002. Resident Evil 2 had a big relaunch and a total makeover in early 2019 when it was released for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. If you are looking for a more modernized version of the story told in Resident Evil 2 with great new tweaks, excellent graphics, and better controls, it is recommended to try the latest version of the Resident Evil. 

The nostalgia still remains as GameStop sells the PlayStation One version for $14.99. Meanwhile the Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is only available on a few consoles. When it launched originally on the PlayStation One, digital sold for $11.99 while it is physically available for the Nintendo GameCube for $39.99. 

The game that coined the term “survival horror,” Resident Evil became an instant hit and it did more to popularize the idea of mature-theme video games. It was also able to mix goofiness with genuine scares that made it stand above other games in the genre.

Metal Gear Solid

Metal Gear Solid is one of the greatest action-adventure games ever created for the PlayStation. From the genius mind of its creator, Hideo Kojima, Metal Gear Solid was released in 1999 and moved the franchise into 3D territory. Its detailed movements of characters and polished presentation set a new standard for action games. The game also featured Solid Snake and this time he needed to face his twin brother Liquid Snake alongside a great rogues’ gallery that included Revolver Ocelot, Psycho Mantis, and Sniper Wolf, according to The Guardian, a British daily newspaper.

For many gamers, the PlayStation One was an important part of their youth, and 25 years hence, it’s role in the development of modern-day video gaming still reverberates.

Metal Gear Solid is one of the greatest action-adventure games ever created for the PlayStation. From the genius mind of its creator, Hideo Kojima, Metal Gear Solid was released in 1999 and moved the franchise into 3D territory / Photo by: BagoGames via Flickr