I still remember the day my dad took me to the store to get my PS1, I think I must have been about 8. Little did I know I was about to embark on a decades long journey of gaming epicness.
I played the absolute life out of that demo disc, Abe’s Odyssey, Kurushi, Overboard, Porsche Challenge, Hercules, T-Rex/Manta tech demo!
I could never even finish the Abe demo at the time. Years later playing on PC, I realised how ridiculously long and impossible that game really was.
Overboard was a top-down, seafaring rouge-like before it’s time, insanely difficult, but super rewarding to beat the levels.
The first game I got hooked on was Tomb Raider 2 and I’ve been a TR fan ever since. I’ve still never finished the game, that weird last level had 8/9yo me pretty stumped. I tried clocking it on an emulator a few years ago, but only got about halfway before giving up. Super nostalgic to play through it again though.
After that I remember my cousin and I staying up late on Friday nights (and sometimes on week nights, peering through a crack in the door) to watch my dad play Resident Evil 2. Many hilarious jump scares were had. Remember the licker jumping through the one-way mirror?
Then I discovered a game called Civilization 2.
I shudder to think how many hours of my life I spent playing that game, I remember as you progressed through to the end game, the PS1 couldn’t keep up with all the complex AI stuff going on and it would literally take 10 minutes to compute one single turn. That never stopped me though.
Metal Gear Solid, My number 1 game of all time if you can’t already tell by my avatar. I don’t think I’ve clocked any game as many times as I did MGS1. What a masterpiece.
Man… so many games… FF7 & 8, Grand Turismo, Tekken, Ace Combat, Parasite Eve, Syphon Filter, Chrono Cross, Driver, Colony Wars, Crash Bandicoot, Tony Hawk Pro Skater, Silent Hill, Dino Crisis. A couple of those I got through trading games with friends at school, remember those days?
Remembering what it was like to play those games gives me all kinds of warm fuzzy nostalgia feelings.
Happy Birthday Playstation