Updated: Nov 27, 2020
There are many a game that have left a lasting impression on me. Form being a wide eyed youngster watching my older brothers on the Commodroe 64, I have loved watching, and eventually playing games for a long time. With each generation, comes more choice and variation of game. I ploughed so many hours into games such as space invaders, stampede and breakout on the Atari 2600, but now, we expect so much more and the bar keeps being raised higher and higher. With the wide array of choice in genres, there is something out there for everyone. We have never been so spoilt for choice. Between triple A and indie productions all being able to get their games in the market for all to see, there has never been a better time to be a gamer. And with there being an estimated 2.7 billion of us in the world right now, most being able to connect online, it has never given us more opportunity to be so sociable.
No matter which style of game you enjoy, whether it be single or multiplayer, there will be few that stay with you forever, or that spring to mind when asked what your favourite games are. Below are just a handful of my most memorable from the ps one era and the reasons why I love them.
Feel free to post on our forum with your own favourites, from any era. Or even give your own opinions on my choices. Please be gentle though.
FINAL FANTASY VII - original (PS one)
Lets start off with a bang. This is possibly my favourite game of all time. Unparalleled in levels of immersion. This game would easily hold up today as a classic, despite the aged graphics. It has an amazing story, that keeps you on the edge of your seat and develops into an adventure of epic proportions. The characters develop throughout and you can connect with each and every one of them. The battle system was simple enough to pick up pretty quickly, but deep enough to keep learning and progressing your skills and combinations throughout. It starts of quite linear but this helps in setting up the story, then it opens up and there are so many secrets to find and interesting little places to visit. And the rewards for searching can be fruitful. This game offers pretty much everything I needed in a game in my youth and will always be counted as one of my favourites.
My Score 10/10
Resident Evil (PS one)
The first survival horror of the generation that I played. I couldn't believe how amazing it looked and sounded. I didn't enjoy the scare jumps and the awkward controls but it was done so eerily well that I couldn't help but play to the end. I'm not a fan of playing horror games, but this made me realise how far consoles had stepped up in technology. The cheesy voice acting only adds to the creepy atmosphere of the iconic mansion.
My Score 8/10
Metal Gear Solid (PS one)
For a fan of stealth games back in the day, this was a must. I initially played an imported Japanese version. I soon realised that this was a big mistake as the games is about 60% monologue, part of which gives you advice of what to do next at various points in the game. And back then, there wasn't the same availability of guides to help you when stuck. This was a well polished game that impressively used it's in game engine for all of the cutscenes. Most of which were severely elongated and tedious, but didn't take anything away from the quality of the game.
My Score 8/10
Legacy of Kain-Soul Reaver(PS one)
From the studio that made Tomb Raider(which I wasn't a big fan of) came this little beauty. It had similarities to Tomb Raider but for me, this was more of a polished item. The combat was melee based, which is more my thing(aiming guns is never my strong point) and it was fairly gruesome with some of its animations. The graphics were very impressive, especially when using a power which morphed the world into a hell-type version of itself. The world twisted and and darkened around you at the push of a button, showing off the power of the ps one. There were puzzles a plenty and some great boss battles with huge abominations. Much to my delight.
My Score 9/10
For someone that doesn't like beat-em-ups, it takes something extra special to keep my attention in this genre. But this managed to do it. The only game since the original Street Fighter 2 to do it. It is so satisfying to play. The characters, the combos, the fluidity of the combat. It all made for a brilliant game. Don't get me wrong. My button bashing tactics only got me so far before I had to actually learn some moves, but it was a joy to learn and improve my skills and was so satisfying to beat bosses after about 30+ attempts. It's the only game of its kind that I haven't only played for messing around with mates. it took a lot of hours form my youth and was well worth it.
My score 8/10
Grand Theft Auto (PS one)
This wasn't one of my favourite games but I had to include it because I still remember the disturbing satisfaction of mowing down streams of civilians on the 'sidewalks' and being able to jump from car to car on a whim. There was much ado about this around the time due to the violent nature and each one that had followed has been no different. Nevertheless, it was a fun game and has led to some amazing achievements on each of the following systems.
My score 6/10