In celebrating the 15 years of PlayStation today, NowGamer looks at the many ways it has changed gaming forever...
So many memories. Such a real turning point for the industry.
i remember saying 'meh' to PS2.. and then one day went and picked up PS2 on a lark! along with Prince of Persia 2/3, NFS and God of War... i picked up GOW just for the heck of it because it was just there on the IGN top games of PS2. oh.. that was the greatest decision i ever made!
Using actual bands/musicians in a video game. Up until then music was always done in-house by the respected developer. Sony successfully brought the music industry on board with the PS1. ....i have some really fond memories of playing the original Ridge Racer with Rotterdam blazing in the background.
Great read and so true. I remember my first Playstation one bought it at launch with Tekken 1. Awesome! Later on Granturismo, Resident Evil 2 and Metal Gear Solid. Wow those games were all really good and fun! Better then I could imagine in that time. After PS1 comes PS2 and PS3 it was so obvious to buy, cause of MGS series and GT series.
1 Gran Turismo 2 Resident Evil 3 Metal Gear Solid 4 Castlevania Symphony of the Night 5 Tenchu 6 Tomb Raider 7 Final Fantasy VII 8 Dragon Warrior VII 9 Tekken 10 Tony Hawk Pro Skater 11 Dino Crisis 12 Crash Bandicoot 13 Twisted Metal 14 Medal of Honor 15 Guilty Gear!!!
Who can forget playing launch title Wipeout for the very first time. That moment for me really felt like the future of gaming.
Wipeout, Die Hard Trilogy and Tekken 2 were my starting trio into the world of Sony. PS2 let me down a bit, I felt the games were just sequels to what I has played on PS1... And converted to the xbox brick with Conkers and Halo CE.
PlayStation not only made gaming cool, but made games and the games industry a viable business for the 'big boys' of computing. PlayStation showed Microsoft that there was money to be made here. Therefore without PlayStation, there would be no Xbox.
Those are my first games too..
Gots a PS2 (2 of em) and a PS3. When the PS4 comes out (even though my next PC build will still own it) I'll grab one on launch day. Love live Sony and the Playstation brand!!
Still my favourite console ever. How many of today's most popular franchises started out on the first PlayStation? Resident Evil, Tomb Raider, Gran Turismo... It was a new beginning in so many ways.
and it's not just down to nostalgia. A lot of the classics that came out on the PSOne are still to this day bonafide classics. And there's tons of them.
I still vote Dreamcast for my favourite console. Had a lot of great and original titles that fell under the radar, I thought it was a shame it died :(
Agreed, Kurt. I've been playing games a very long time, and for me the Dreamcast was an awesome beast of a console and is right up there as one of my faves. A lot of the features of the Dreamcast have been influential in the industry. PS2 was awesome though, and the PlayStation brand as a whole has been responsible for turning the games industry in to a legitimate and (almost) respect business.
My favorite will forever be the SNES. Then we have PS1 and N64.
my top 5 are PS1 SNES PS2 NES Genesis
Hmm difficult one... For me: Dreamcast PS2 N64
It only does everything....
I put so many damn hours into the GT franchise, GT5 is going to be epic.
The playstation lies safely, dormant under my bed in the case of mass devastation to the modern game industry.
. One of the biggest game & turning point for PlayStation, if I'm not mistaken. At least... It was one of the biggest game & turning point for PlayStation, the way I remembered it... Along with Resident Evil, Metal Gear Solid, etc.
resident evil was the turning point for me. but i do think final fantasy VII is the turning point for most people
I've had TONS of fun with my PS1. But I still think that generation of consoles (PS1, N64 & Saturn) has aged the worst of all consoles... A SNES/MD game still looks cute and PS2 games still look "real". But this was the first era of 3D games, so the gameplay and graphics were a lot of the time big testcases for what was to come. But no one can deny that the PS1 opened up a whole new gaming world... One point: The comparison between the PSP and the SNES is plain stupid... Comparing a hype-handheld (how many of these 60 million PSP's are used on even a weekly basis) in these years (where gaming is mainstream) to a console from the years gaming was still considered "only for kids" and not even every kid had ONE console (and even when they had, they only had ONE, SNES OR Genesis/MegaDrive)...
The comparison was made to illustrate the point that the PSP is by no means a failure. I wasn't suggesting the SNES and PSP are in competition somehow.
Thing I love about PlayStation (and Sony for that matter) is that it's never content to just say "that sells, let's make more", it always strives (and encourages over developers) to create new gaming experiences. So not only do you get the big hitters like Gran Turismo, Tomb Raider, Metal Gear etc. but also games like Ico, LittleBigPlanet and Vib Ribbon. PlayStation has always respected the art of video games – not just the business.
144+ million Playstation fans agree that Sony is the best thing that ever happend to our gaming industry.
I still remember trying it out for the first time. I think I rented Ridge Racer and the system and was blown away. I went out and bought it soon after.
Ridge Racer and Tekken were the 2 games that pushed me into buying a PS1. I still remember the day as I was in California and the guy was selling it. I tried it out with those 2 games and was sold right there and then. $300.
Had a lot of good memories with the PS1 and it was the console that introduced me to Metal Gear. It was also the console that made me stop going to the arcades cause most of my favorite arcade games went into the PS1. I still have my original working PS1.
Dual analog sticks is one taht changed how we will game for years.
Thanks for finding it TimmyShire...
Sony has changed my gaming life forever the first time I saw ps1 I was 10 yrs old back in 95 and my mom and I was shopping in one of our local malls and I walked by KB Toys and saw a demo of a fighting game which was Battle Arena Toshindon I ended up getting it for christmas with NFL gameday, Tekken,and Battle Arena, as my first 3 games and the rest is history. ... I have owned ps1, ps2, and now ps3 thanks Sony for years and years of great gaming experiences !!!!
lol yea I emotional jus thinkin about it
"the PlayStation has always had heroes to suit all tastes. And not just people who are into faceless, green space soldiers." Classic. "If a pre-PlayStation game wanted to tell a story with any more depth than ‘Italian plumber rescues princess from spiky turtle." OMG! LMFAO! Good read he dug up alot of memories for me.
Tekken 1 Ridge Racer Destruction Derby Crash Bandicoot Warhawk Street Fighter Zero Resident Evil Final Fantasy 7 ...games that defined my early PS1 days. Memories...hehe suddenly I feel old.. :P
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