Three Games that Definied My PlayStation Experience

In addition to the limited edition console, Sony has several prominent figures in game development sharing their memories of the original Playstation over on the official Playstation Blog. From President of Sony’s World Wide Studios Shuhei Yoshida (who chose games he explicitly worked on) and Sony Computer Entertainment of America President Shawn Layden to reknowned third party developers Tim Schafer and Keiji Inafune, there are a ton of high profile memories and even better games being recalled.

So without further ado, I’d like to point out three first generation Playstation games that really defined my experience with that platform, so many years ago.

Metal Gear Solid

Metal Gear Solid

There’s not a lot that can’t be said about MGS. It does everything so right. It uses every feature of the console, every little feature of the then brand new DualShock and even found ways to break the wall several times. There was smoke on Snake’s cigarette, individually marked boxes to hide in, a fly by wire rocket launcher and “Whose footsteps are these!?” To this day, I find the ability to run around in the snow in the game’s second screen, is mind blowing. Not only were your imprints left in that fresh powder, but the Genome soldiers would notice the tracks and become noticeably upset. One of the few games whose technical prowess is matched by its gameplay.

Bushido Blade 2

Bushido Blade 2

Many would choose the first Bushido Blade, but I have a particular soft spot for Bushido Blade 2. The environments are a little bigger and the weapon choices a little more varied but it still retains the strict rules from the first game. One killing blow equals match over. In my head, the pixelated polygons will always be stylized samurai clashing swords until one player leaves an opening large enough for an advantageous strike. Square Enix, if you’re listening, this franchise would still make for a fantastic modern reboot.

Final Fantasy VIII

Final Fantasy VIII

I typically get a lot of flak for this, but Final Fantasy VIII is still my favorite mainline Final Fantasy. Sure, Final Fantasy VII marked the turning point of modern 3D JRPGs, but it is Final Fantasy VIII’s fated love story between Squall and Rinoa that really captivated me back in 1999. From the spectacular characters, to the stylized ATB battle system and a more mature design aesthetic that I maintain looks better than FF7’s, to the sweeping score opened by the legendary Liberi Fatali. Final Fantasy VIII was no where near perfect, but I fell in love with that game and all of its quirks. Besides, you get to pilot a school.

The PlayStation was a legendary console that gave origin to many of today’s most long running franchises. From Gran Turismo to Parappa the Rapper, Crash Bandicoot to Resident Evil, there is a ton of history on that gray box.

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4 thoughts on “Three Games that Definied My PlayStation Experience

  1. I can’t say I ever heard of Bushido Blade, and I’m not a Final Fantasy fan, but to this day, Metal Gear Solid is still one of my favourite, all time games (Alongside MGS2. Not a fan of the camo system in 3 and 4)

    • It’s odd how screenshots of the game today look so grainy and low fidelity and I have such clear recollection of the game being a seamless, visual masterpiece. My personal favorite is 3 (Subsistence version), but the original MGS evokes the most memories.

      • I hear a lot of people saying Snake Eater was their favourite, I absolutely hated it. By far my least favourite. Not sure why. Maybe I should give it another shot.


      • I had a similar experience the first time I played Snake Eater. I couldn’t quite adjust to the technology limitations and kind of the odd way that game handled itself, made it hard to get into.

        When I went back and played Subsistence, the new camera control really made the game much more enjoyable. It provided a ton of freedom that really didn’t exist in a MGS before that point. With the freedom the camera provided, I was able to really get into the other sub-systems of Snake Eater, including the camo system.

        Play it, just on story merits alone Snake Eater just may be the best in the series.

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