Sunday, June 24, 2018

My Top 50 Favourite Playstation 1 Games: #20

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#20 - Yu-Gi-Oh! Forbidden Memories
Released: 1999
Genre: Strategy
Rating: ****1/4 stars
Best Moment: When you get the perfect combination of cards to completely destroy your opponent!
Let's just get this fact out of the way - I'm not a Yu-Gi-Oh fan. I'm generally not into my anime anyway, Pokemon aside. I don't even know how I came across to playing this game, I certainly never owned it before I played it. I think my brother may have got it himself, or someone lent it to me... I really can't remember! But I got playing, not expecting to get into it. But it's a really good card game!

Despite that, it's super tough. You have to grind really hard to be successful at this game. The difficulty increases really quickly, and you're expected pretty much fail each challenger and go onto the "Free Duel" mode to go against previous opponents to get better cards, between each challenge. The setup isn't the best, but the card game itself is lots of fun, and trying to break down your opponent and the actual doing so, gives you lots of satisfaction. I do really really enjoy this game and I never really expected to do so, so give it a go if you like Yu-Gi-Oh and haven't played it before!

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

My Top 50 Favourite Playstation 1 Games: #21

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#21 - WWF Smackdown!
Released: 2000
Genre: Sports
Rating: ****1/4 stars
Best Moment: Creating your own characters and finishers, and even giving your finisher it's own new name!
Wrestling games came and went in the nineties but it was a largely hit and miss genre of games. But then in 2000, the WWF Smackdown games changed everything. The first two WWF Smackdown games came out in the year 2000, and were very similar in many ways. The first one, was great but had some awkward flaws, particularly in the Season mode. But despite that, upon release it was just incredible. There was no commentary but you didn't need it, because it was just non-stop action and fun in the ring and heavy music to back it up. The original WWF Smackdown games were just carnage, but in a very good way. What I loved the most about the first Smackdown game was naming your finisher, something that's rarely, if ever, happened since in any of the Smackdown series. I've always wanted to name my finisher, being a huge wrestling fan, so the omittance in future games sucked! This first Smackdown game was great at the time, even if it does look very dated now.

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Friday, June 22, 2018

My Top 50 Favourite Playstation 1 Games: #22

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#22 - Spyro 2: Gateway to Glimmer
Released: 1999
Genre: Platformer
Rating: ****1/4 stars
Best Moment: When you finish the levels, you get very funny outro videos showing you what happens after you leave, they're awesome and hilarious!
Here's another game I played live on YouTube only a couple of months ago, you can watch that stream here if you're interested. Spyro 2 was actually called Ripto's Rage in the US.

As I stated many times in my broadcast live, I never did properly play Spyro 2 until recently. I played the first and third ones many times but not the second. I have no idea why either, it just never happened!

Now that I finally beat the game live on YouTube recently I can say that I do think Spyro 2 is very very good, but for me it's the weakest Spyro game in the PS1 series. What I do love about Spyro 2 is the fact that they started to put the structures in place that made Spyro 3 so great - things like unlocking the abilities, helping people directly in each individual world,  minigames in some of the worlds and putting in characters like Moneybags and Hunter.

I should say that Spyro 2 is probably a better game than Spyro 1 overall, but I do have a strong place in my heart for Spyro 1, because it was the first one I played and I love some of the worlds a lot in that game, as well as saving the dragons in the first place.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

My Top 50 Favourite Playstation 1 Games: #23

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#23 - FIFA: Road to World Cup 98
Released: 1997
Genre: Sports
Rating: ****1/4 stars
Best Moment: I love the intro video with "Tubthumping" by Chumbawamba. All the FMVs are unique in this game, compared to other football games anyway!


I played this a couple of weeks ago live on YouTube actually, in preparation for this year's World Cup. If you're interested in seeing what that was like, click here. Give us a subscribe while you're at it!

This was the first FIFA game I played on the PS1. Of course I played them on the Mega drive as well, but this was the first time I'd seen a 3D football game. I remember borrowing it from a friend and just absolutely loving it. It was so innovative at the time for me, seeing the graphics, creating you're own players, winning a World Cup too. It was weird but also wonderful to see the camera angle actually in the correct place on the side of the pitch rather than vertically like back on the Mega Drive days. I remember seeing all the amazing FMVs showing you the stadiums in France, I'd never seen a football game do that before, and frankly, I've not seen it since either. EA Sports put a lot of effort into FIFA Road to World Cup 98, and you could argue they've never put so much effort into a football game since, because the improvements year upon year are minimal, or at least it feels that way!

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

My Top 50 Favourite Playstation 1 Games: #24

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#24 - Crash Bandicoot
Released: 1996
Genre: Platformer
Rating: ****1/4 stars
Best Moment: Hog Wild! When you ride a pig throughout a level, it's so much fun!
Well, if you followed my website last year, you know exactly how much I love the Crash Bandicoot games. I covered my Top 30 Favourite Crash Bandicoot Levels, which you can read about here.

Based on the fact that I covered the Crash series so much on my website last year, it's pretty safe to say that all three Crash games will feature in this listing. And with this being the first one, it's also a safe bet to say that this is my least favourite of the Crash trilogy. But just because it's my least favourite doesn't say it's a bad game, not in any way, shape or form at all. It's a good game. But Crash 2 was a HUGE improvement on Crash 1, so was Crash 3. It's definitely the weakest of the three games in terms of quality. But it's a fine platformer with some wonderful levels, and, of course, if it wasn't for this game we'd never get Crash 2 or 3. It's also ridiculously HARD. Getting all the gems is even harder. But despite that, it's a great game, it really is.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

My Top 50 Favourite Playstation 1 Games: #25

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Before I reveal what #25 is, let's recap the games between #50 and #26...
  • #50 Spiderman ***1/2
  • #49 Sled Storm ***1/2
  • #48 Brunswick Circuit Pro Bowling 2 ***1/2
  • #47 Kula World ***1/2
  • #46 Destruction Derby ***3/4
  • #45 Hogs of War ***3/4
  • #44 Tekken ***3/4
  • #43 Team Buddies ***3/4
  • #42 Psychic Force 2 ***3/4
  • #41 Crash Bash ***3/4
  • #40 Lego Racers ***3/4
  • #39 Bust a Move 2 ***3/4
  • #38 MediEvil ***3/4
  • #37 Tekken 2 ***3/4
  • #36 Tombi! ****
  • #35 Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver ****
  • #34 WWF War Zone ****
  • #33 Wu-Tang: Taste the Pain ****
  • #32 Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee ****
  • #31 Driver ****
  • #30 Soul Blade ****
  • #29 Parasite Eve II ****
  • #28 Ehrgeiz: God Bless the Ring ****
  • #27 Gex 3: Deep Cover Gecko ****
  • #26 Rage Racer ****
Okay then! So, what will start off the Top 25? Well it's none other than...

#25 - Street Fighter EX2 Plus
Released: 1999
Genre: Fighting
Rating: ****1/4 stars
Best Moment: Getting your ass handed to you by Bison II - he's nearly indestructible!
Street Fighter isn't my natural fighting game but it's one that I have played over the years. I do prefer Tekken and even Mortal Kombat, but the SF games are tremendous too. I never did play Street Fighter 3, instead I played Street Fighter EX2 Plus. It's a spinoff of the main SF games and for some reason I just loved playing this. I loved playing as Sagat, he was always my go-to character, where as back in the original Street Fighter II days I was always Ryu. I love the Super Combos you can do in the SFEX2+ game, and for me that's what makes this game stand out well against the many, MANY other SF games. But also, going against the secret Bison II boss is an awesome moment, even if it's ridiculously hard to even give him a good fight, nevermind actually beating him! Apparently you can unlock him in SFEX3, although I never did play that entry in the series. Anyway, if you're looking for a good Street Fighter game on the original Playstation, in my opinion, this is the best.

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Monday, June 18, 2018

My Top 50 Favourite Playstation 1 Games: #26

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#26 - Rage Racer
Released: 1996
Genre: Racing
Rating: ****1/4 stars
Best Moment: Customising cars and logos, at the time I'd never seen it done in such detail!
"Racers, start your engines, and let's get it on!"

Maybe I'm bigging this game up too much but for me, this was one of the first PS1 games I had ever seen. I never played the Ridge Racer games, but this spinoff game in the series was the first time I'd seen a racing game done with such incredible graphics at the time. I love the female in the game (I don't know her name), doing her commentary and holding up the cards between races. I loved the car modifications you could do, and specifically the fact that you could create your own logos. At the time it was just simply bigger and better than any racer that I'd ever seen, and it'll always hold a strong place in my heart, being one of the first, if not even the first ever PS1 game I saw.

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