PS1 essentials

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But but but but but but it's all Chemical Brothers and Cold Storage and Prodigy and FSOL etc. It's just an omgawesome compilation, really.

PS1 games came with music as CD audio (track 2 onward), so you could stick the discs in any old CD player and they'd play normally.

Autumn Almanac, Tuesday, 18 December 2007 23:08 (twelve years ago) link

The list so far then...

Ape Escape
Bushido Blade 1 & 2
Buster Brothers Collection
Castlevania: SoTN
Chrono Trigger
Colin McRae
Colony Wars
Devil Dice
Dragon Quest VI
Final Fantasy VI
Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy VIII
Final Fantasy Tactics
Front Mission 3
Gran Turismo
Hogs of War
Intelligent Qube
Metal Gear Solid
Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee
PaRappa the Rapper
Rage Racer
Resident Evil
Sexy Parodius
Silent Hill
Soul Reaver
Suikoden 1&2
Tekken 2
Tekken 3
Time Crisis
Tomb Raider
Tony Hawk
UmJammer Lammy
Vagrant Story
Wipeout 2097

Jeff LeVine, Tuesday, 18 December 2007 23:54 (twelve years ago) link

A few I disagree with:

Colony Wars was what graphics whores of 1997 were jizzing over; the gameplay is nothing special.

Spyro gave me headaches (literally).

Resident Evil: the Gamecube version is supposedly a big improvement.

FFVI and Chrono Trigger should not be played in their PS1 versions as they are poorly emulated with long load times.

abanana, Wednesday, 19 December 2007 00:13 (twelve years ago) link

crash bandicoot 2?

webber, Wednesday, 19 December 2007 03:58 (twelve years ago) link

adidas power soccer, the first football game i can remember that let you kick people in the head

webber, Wednesday, 19 December 2007 04:02 (twelve years ago) link

micro machines v3 was awesome; if you had a multitap you could play 8 player simultaneously (each person took half a controller each)

i remember toshinden being THE reason i wanted a ps1, which is weird because i never bought it and it's pretty much the worst game ever

webber, Wednesday, 19 December 2007 04:05 (twelve years ago) link


Pleasant Plains, Wednesday, 19 December 2007 04:37 (twelve years ago) link

Pro Evo 6

darraghmac, Wednesday, 19 December 2007 15:29 (twelve years ago) link

the only reason everyone got toshinden is because it was:

1) 3D!!!!!!!!!!
2) manga girl with knives and diaphonous clothes

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 19 December 2007 15:38 (twelve years ago) link

bushido blade 2: not essential

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 19 December 2007 15:38 (twelve years ago) link

colony wars was AWESOME

i don't know what you mean by the gameplay not being special?? you control a spaceship that does NOT move like an airplane - it took me a few hours just to get the hang of that

then you had to fire EMP weapons at giant battleships, tow them off by some distance, fire rockets into other things, and race away while they exploded behind you - god that game was awesome - it was also very very hard. i would coug my jorts to play an updated version

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 19 December 2007 15:40 (twelve years ago) link

oh my god yes - tomb raider

was TH4 on psone?

sunny successor, Wednesday, 19 December 2007 16:47 (twelve years ago) link

second grind session. thrasher: skate or die was awesome too. matt hoffman pro bmx. THPS4 was indeed on ps1. gran turismo 2 brought me as much pleasure as gt1, i think. dance dance revolution 3rd mix + ps1 + two cheap dance pads duct taped to plywood = a fifty dollar ddr machine with the best mix. i remember enjoying 3xtreme a bit. no love for coolboarders 2 and 3?! I'm so sure that ps1 = the reason that "extreme" sports exist because those games were usually the funnest :/

Will M., Wednesday, 19 December 2007 17:01 (twelve years ago) link

oh, and syphon filter. although that probably feels mad dated by now (hell, it even felt dated after MGS)

Will M., Wednesday, 19 December 2007 17:02 (twelve years ago) link

gah reading stuff about colony wars: vengeance (which i never played) makes me want it so bad:

Examples of missions include defusing mines that lie in the path of the mothership you are guarding. Free floating asteroid rocks must be found and then mined for an essential crystal. Collect radioactive objects with your grappling hook and then drop them off at the entrance to a black hole. Of course there are several dog fights and planet-based missions, where the battles will take place across a range of highly detailed landscapes.

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 19 December 2007 17:16 (twelve years ago) link

then you had to fire EMP weapons at giant battleships, tow them off by some distance, fire rockets into other things, and race away while they exploded behind you - god that game was awesome - it was also very very hard

so hard. i never got very far, but i still thought the game was cool. it was a good wing commander substitute.

Jordan, Wednesday, 19 December 2007 17:18 (twelve years ago) link

have there been any similar games for gamecube/ps2/etc.?

Jordan, Wednesday, 19 December 2007 17:18 (twelve years ago) link

second grind session.


sunny successor, Wednesday, 19 December 2007 17:35 (twelve years ago) link

I remember my roommate playing through Colony Wars with an invincibily code and unlimited weapons on THE WHOLE TIME.

antexit, Wednesday, 19 December 2007 17:52 (twelve years ago) link

Resident Evil 2 not on here yet? It might be a little annoying to play now, as there's a lot of backtracking in it, but it's the first game I ever really had the experience of total cinematic immersion. It's also the first game that scared the shit out of me (the licker in the interrogation room). I played the whole thing through THREE TIMES.

antexit, Wednesday, 19 December 2007 17:57 (twelve years ago) link

(the licker in the interrogation room)

So much money! I have probably related this story, but owell, I was playing a friend's house where I got to that part of the game, had the gooseberries scared out of me and everyone watching me, and where I promptly died. I played through again, and my friend's bro came in and I guess wanted to show off their then-advanced hi-fi surround sound system. He put the sound on the speakers, and I was all, "WTF are you doing? This is the scary part!" And he was all, "What scary part?" CUE LICKER CRASHING THROUGH GLASS AND EVERYONE FREAKS!!!!! I think I had to give up the controller at that point.

Leee, Wednesday, 19 December 2007 20:17 (twelve years ago) link

Is that the one that only appears when you walk past it the second time? Great trick. Silent Hill has a room where you can here something moving in a cabinet, but if you open it it's just a cat. Then when you go to leave the room along the same path as you entered it, a monster pops out of another cabinet.

abanana, Thursday, 20 December 2007 03:31 (twelve years ago) link

I just loved on Grind Session how every time you timed out on the Detroit level, you heard "No hip-hop connection between us and Janet Reno."

Pleasant Plains, Thursday, 20 December 2007 04:49 (twelve years ago) link

When I said "second grind session" i meant, like, i second the motion. i did not mean to get your hopes up. i always liked it more than the tony hawk games!

Will M., Thursday, 20 December 2007 15:40 (twelve years ago) link

yeah, resident evil 2 was pretty sweet. i guess it has been eclipsed in my mind by res evil 4, which is all-time.

Jordan, Thursday, 20 December 2007 16:36 (twelve years ago) link

I kind of forgot you can download some ps1 titles pretty cheap via the ps3. In the US so far there isn't a lot (but there are some titles from the essential list)...

2Xtreme ($5,99)
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night ($9,99)
CoolBoarders ($5,99)
Crash Bandicoot ($5,99)
Destruction Derby ($5,99)
Hot Shots Golf 2 ($5,99)
Jet Moto ($5,99)
Jumping Flash ($5,99)
Medievil ($5,99)
Rally Cross ($5,99)
Spyro the Dragon ($5,99)
Syphon Filter ($5,99)
Tekken 2 ($5,99)
Twisted Metal 2 ($5,99)
Wild Arms ($5,99)
WipEout ($5,99)

Jeff LeVine, Thursday, 20 December 2007 17:32 (twelve years ago) link

Resident Evil 2's definitely the best RE on Playstation 1

latebloomer, Thursday, 20 December 2007 17:33 (twelve years ago) link

AWWW JET MOTO!!!!! That game ruled! Well, the second one anyway. Twisted Metal also k-classic.

Will M., Thursday, 20 December 2007 20:46 (twelve years ago) link

BET was incredibly stupid in all of the right ways.

HI DERE, Thursday, 20 December 2007 22:04 (twelve years ago) link

There was some game called Iznogoud, which reviewers hated and loved saying so using the obvious pun over and over and over again.

Autumn Almanac, Thursday, 20 December 2007 22:12 (twelve years ago) link

You know what else is the Point Blank games!!! This is now sullied by the moronic DS port, but these were some majorly awesome games, probably the best shooting gallery-type games, i.e. nonviolent light gun games, ever. Better than Duck Hunt by a mile. Was it only the first one that was on the PSX with the Namco gun bundled in? God what a great game. I wish I was playing it right now.

antexit, Friday, 21 December 2007 03:17 (twelve years ago) link

The original Warhawk is up for download this week in the US. Did anybody on here ever play it before? Is it worth checking out (for six bucks)?

Jeff LeVine, Friday, 21 December 2007 18:49 (twelve years ago) link

Man. It's a trap. It's all a trap. None of those are worth getting except maybe Symphony of the Night, and EVEN THEN, there's a superior updated version on Xbox 360 Live Arcade, or you can get it on the PSP with Dracula X Chronicles. But if you don't have those systems, then it's definitely worth $10.

Nhex, Friday, 21 December 2007 19:02 (twelve years ago) link

<i>You know what else is the Point Blank games!!! </i>

i bought one of these but then could never find a gun peripheral - a year later i sold it on ebay for 3 times what i bought it for!
a Point Blank Wii is a licence to print money, why have they not released one?

zappi, Friday, 21 December 2007 19:06 (twelve years ago) link

Parasite Eve!!

And I second Xenogears.

Mordechai Shinefield, Friday, 21 December 2007 22:03 (twelve years ago) link

I can't remember what it was like, but I do remember that I liked City of Lost Children.

Mordechai Shinefield, Friday, 21 December 2007 22:07 (twelve years ago) link

I hated Parasite Eve! First play-through was ok, but the Chrysler Building in the second play-through equals giant eff you.

Leee, Friday, 21 December 2007 22:16 (twelve years ago) link

I was checking out the going Amazon prices for JRPG stuff the other day - suikoden, suikoden ii, xenogears, etc - INSANE

El Tomboto, Friday, 21 December 2007 22:36 (twelve years ago) link

well not insane but HIGH

El Tomboto, Friday, 21 December 2007 22:36 (twelve years ago) link

i too hated parasite eve, never even came close to finishing it

Tracer Hand, Friday, 28 December 2007 20:41 (twelve years ago) link

Funny, I loved that game. I beat it in one extremely long sitting in first-year uni. Why did I love it so? I remember cool weapons and being dazzled by the recognizable real-life environments, which I don't think I'd seen up till then.

antexit, Saturday, 29 December 2007 00:37 (twelve years ago) link

I also loved it; but I did finish it and in another massive two day stretch. I loved the world and the creepy shit and the great cinemas and the odd attach scheme.

forksclovetofu, Saturday, 29 December 2007 03:33 (twelve years ago) link


forksclovetofu, Saturday, 29 December 2007 03:33 (twelve years ago) link

one month passes...

"ghost in the shell"!!!!!!!!!!!!1111!!!1111!!!11

not "single cell complex" or whatever

one of the top 10 ps1 games ever without a doubt

Tracer Hand, Monday, 11 February 2008 03:12 (twelve years ago) link

the scenario: third-person shooter in which you control a mechanical spider that can walk up walls and across ceilings and fall any distance without taking any damage

you can strafe endlessly (even forward and backwards), shoot up to six missiles at once, each of which is capable of locking onto a different enemy

a typical level sees you in a city of skyscrapers, at night, needing to destroy four superguns scattered throughout the nieghborhood, which are protected by helicopters, fighter jets, fixed gun turrets, cyborgs with shoulder rpgs, and other mechanical spiders which can shoot blue lasers at you and also crawl up walls

strangely, the closest thing i can think of to this game is tenchu, which is all about stealth, whereas this is a full-on, guns blazing strafe fest. i think it's because both of them allow you to climb on onto roofs and both allow total freedom of 3-D movement (although ghost in the shell does have two thrilling levels on "rails" -- one at sea and one on a highway, where your little spider is always carried in a certain direction and must dodge things and rotate to deal with other things)

probably the best shoot em up PS1 game ever

Tracer Hand, Monday, 11 February 2008 11:59 (twelve years ago) link

another thing: this is one of the few, proud playstation games in which the training level is the most difficult and most satisfying level of all

oh, and the soundtrack is by takkyu ishino!!

Tracer Hand, Monday, 11 February 2008 12:02 (twelve years ago) link

ten months pass...

I recently found an old stockpile of PS1 RPGs. Give me an honest assessment of which of these games are actually worth revisiting in the year of two thousand ought nine:

Chrono Cross
Persona 1
Vagrant Story
Valkyrie Profile

Nhex, Friday, 9 January 2009 16:17 (eleven years ago) link

I haven't played any of them but the ones I remember getting the most positive press were Xenogears and Persona.

^likes black girls (HI DERE), Friday, 9 January 2009 16:32 (eleven years ago) link

chrono cross - disappointing, boring story with a weak battle system. not hard enough. at the time i think it was well-received but i think now the game would same extremely formulaic

persona 1: is this revelation? or the jpn version? this game is kind of a mess and not worth investing time in imo i'd rather play 4.

vagrant story: yes!!! really rad game and i think it would still be extremely challenging. and the look will have dated well. so much to do with this one

Valkyrie Profile - i dont think i ever beat this game fully. it may actually play better now. battle system is the best on this list and i liked the puzzle stuff but there are A LOT of retarded points in this game where yr stuck wandering around and need to just guess at wtf yr supposed to do

xenogears - :D i really loved this game when it came out idk its tied to a specific aesthetic that requires the player to really buy in - i can see how someone trying to play this shit now for the first time would just be O_O at the story and voice-acting and battle system but... i mean i voted for this in that 100 best poll so i would def replay it.

Lamp, Friday, 9 January 2009 16:53 (eleven years ago) link

Vagrant Story: definitely
Xenogears: only if you have a way to speed up the text (emulator, or maybe some sort of game genie device?)
Chrono Cross: I never beat this. I hear it gets better towards the end. Dumb battle system and tons of redundant characters.

Haven't played the others.

abanana, Saturday, 10 January 2009 05:30 (eleven years ago) link

just played the first couple of tomb raider levels again, PS1 version - such a great game

i tried the TR1 remake (legend, or something?) which looked fantastic but which was RUBBISH

Tracer Hand, Monday, 9 February 2009 13:40 (eleven years ago) link

It was anniversary, which I thought was pretty good, one interminable sequence aside.

Andrew Farrell, Monday, 9 February 2009 16:14 (eleven years ago) link

ten years pass...

It was suggested that I bump this over here, hello!

Laugh and Peace - Vib-Ribbon OST

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