Sunday, June 17, 2018

My Top 50 Favourite Playstation 1 Games: #27

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#27 - Gex 3: Deep Cover Gecko
Released: 1999
Genre: Platformer
Rating: **** stars
Best Moment: Time attack levels are lots of fun, and I just love bouncing on my tail as Gex!
I never did play the first two Gex games, and I only played this because I saw it in a video game renting shop (oh, those were the days...). But it was a really good platformer. It's actually not particularly PG, despite it being a platformer that looks and plays like a game for kids. Gex is a smooth talking gecko who must try and save Agent XTra, who is played by Baywatch actress and model Marliece Andrada, the only live action character in the game. The game is just a fun little platformer, where you go through TVs which act like levels to collect items, sometimes in a time limit, and defeat enemies. It's not the most original platformer, but the fact that you're a gecko who can bounce on his tail is quite unusual I suppose. It's a fun game, one you should consider if you're looking for a left of field platformer on the PS1 that's not called Spyro or Crash Bandicoot.

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

My Top 50 Favourite Playstation 1 Games: #28

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#28 - Ehrgeiz: God Bless the Ring
Released: 1998
Genre: Fighting
Rating: **** stars
Best Moment: Just Quest Mode, I get so addicted to playing that!
I'm not going to lie, I'm probably rating this game to highly. Thing is, Ehrgeiz isn't the best fighting game. But... there's two things that make me love this game. The first, of course, is the fact that there's many Final Fantasy VII characters in the game. But the second thing is Quest Mode.

Quest Mode is basically a dungeon crawler RPG game with randomly generated levels. On Normal mode you can escape the dungeon and regroup, before tackling it again and again, where as on Hard mode you're not able to escape and have to take on the 20 levels in one go. It's highly addictive but it's also really hard. This Quest Mode is the main reason why I play Ehrgeiz.

As for the main game, it's an okay fighter. The characters, aside from the Final Fantasy ones, are quite bland, and their movesets aren't that great. It just doesn't feel that groundbreaking at all. At least it helped form the base for future Final Fantasy fighting games in the Dissidia series.

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Friday, June 15, 2018

My Top 50 Favourite Playstation 1 Games: #29

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#29 - Parasite Eve II
Released: 1999
Genre: Horror
Rating: **** stars
Best Moment: Just the combination of RPG and Survival Horror genres. The monsters are pretty messed up too!
Parasite Eve II was a gem of a game. At the time of release, it was given good reviews, in fact both the first two PE games were. I only did play the second one though. They released a third one a few years ago but that had mixed reviews.

The games have largely been forgotten, which is a damn shame. Squaresoft (now Square Enix) did a great job of creating a pretty damn messed up Survival Horror game with RPG elements, and, at the time, the concept was unprecedented. Clearly Squaresoft, the King of RPGs in the nineties, wanted to get in on the Survival Horror genre that was starting to really establish itself with Resident Evil and Silent Hill games coming out at the time, and their RPG spin on the genre was really good. It's such a shame that they don't get the attention they deserve. If you're ever wanting to play an alternative horror game of this era, give this a go, you won't regret it.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

My Top 50 Favourite Playstation 1 Games: #30

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#30 - Soul Blade
Released: 1996
Genre: Fighting
Rating: **** stars
Best Moment: Edge Master mode. It's all about Edge Master mode!
Soul Blade was actually called Soul Blade in America and, confusingly, the game series is called SoulCalibur. Lots of fans who played the Soul Calibur games seemingly forget this absolute gem on the PS1 and it's such a shame. For me, this game is better than any other Soul Calibur game, but, I'm aware I'm in the minority here.

Soul Blade was Namco's experiment to try and create a weapons based fighting game. And boy it worked. On the surface, sure, the general fighting in this game stands out well and is lots of fun. But the real magic for me is in Edge Master mode. Consider "Edge Master" mode to be the game's story mode, you take each character on a journey to try and find and destroy the Soul Blade, taking on the world's best fighters along the way. You also unlock new and better weapons to use. For its time, the concept wasn't really done on a Fighting game to have a Story Mode, and for me it's still one of the best story based fighting games ever made, it's so much fun, despite its difficulty. Seriously if you're looking for a gem of a fighting game on the PS1 that's not called Tekken, then this is the one I'd recommend.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

My Top 50 Favourite Playstation 1 Games: #31

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#31 - Driver
Released: 1999
Genre: Action
Rating: **** stars
Best Moment: Driving fast and avoiding the cops. What's more to love??
In a certain way I feel sorry for Driver. The game set a precedent at the time for showing that you can get a game that does 3D driving and illegal/crooked activity and make a big success out of it. Back then there was a little game you may have heard called Grand Theft Auto. In those days the GTA games were 2D over-the-top view, like Micro Machines. Then Driver came out, and showed you can make a fully 3D action driving game that can really work. Look at that screen shot above. You have the "damage" bar but you often also have a "felony" bar, which is practically identical to the "star" rating in the GTA games. Look at the map in the bottom corner? Looks like the GTA radar right? This game came out in 1999. Two years later GTA3 came out and completely changed EVERYTHING. But if it wasn't for this game showing how to do it first, the GTA series may not be the mega blockbuster game series it is today.

This game isn't perfect though, not by a long shot. The training "driving test" at the beginning of the game is HARD. And if you can't beat it, you can't play the game. So many players actually quit there and then before even getting the game properly started. And while the game is tons of fun, the fact that you can't leave the car was very frustrating. In the sequel you could leave the car but it looked awful, and barely added anything to the game play, apart from letting you go into a different car. As I said, GTA games took the ball and ran with it, but Driver did show how things CAN be done, before GTA really took off, and they have my full respect for that.

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My Top 50 Favourite Playstation 1 Games: #32

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#32 - Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee
Released: 1997
Genre: Platform
Rating: **** stars
Best Moment: "Hello. Hello! Follow me. Okay! *farts* Teeheee. Stop it. Okay!"
Let's be honest here,  it's not the game play that most people remember about this game, but the brilliant communication options that are available that people talk about. Why? Because this game was HARD. It's very funny, and it has the pretty damn innovative GameSpeak communication scenario built into the gameplay, but this game is so so difficult. If this game was a little bit easier, it'd be considered an actual genuine classic. But because of the fact that it was so difficult, it became a cult classic instead. Still, it's a fine game, with some really good graphics, a surprisingly dark story and some great humour. I've not played the Remaster that came out a few years ago, but apparently that's awesome too, if you wanted to play a refreshed version of it.

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Monday, June 11, 2018

My Top 50 Favourite Playstation 1 Games: #33

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#33 - Wu-Tang: Taste the Pain
Released: 1999
Genre: Fighting
Rating: **** stars
Best Moment: The fatalities are as brutal as anything Mortal Kombat provided. Also, 4-player mode is just chaotic!
This game (which is called "Wu-Tang Shaolin Style" in America) had very mixed reactions when it came out. Some people said it was actually very innovative, doing 4-player fighting well before anything like Super Smash Bros was created. But others thought the fight mechanics were clunky or that it was simply a Mortal Kombat ripoff. I understand both sides of the story but I'm very much in favour that this game was actually very good.

I was never a big Wu-Tang fan to be honest. I like "Gravel Pit" when it came out a few years later, but other than "Rumble", which is actually the main theme in this game, I can give or take the Wu-Tang clan musically. But this game was really good. It was TOUGH though. The difficulty curve really is uphill on this game, and finishing the game is incredibly difficult too, because you have to collect the "36 chambers", and you can't take on the final boss until you collect the first 35. I never did collect them all, but I did get all the way through the game, although it took a LOT of playing. The fatalities were brutal, in a good way, and the music was really good, as you'd expect from a very well respected rap group. Seriously, check this game out if you had never heard it before, it's a very decent fighting game. It's definitely an 18+ game though!

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