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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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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