The original PlayStation holds many memories. How it got in the house is beyond comprehension. That actually happened a lot growing up. Multiple Atari and Nintendo systems just kind of showed up from time to time thanks in part to this guy's punk brother. Friends, stealing, gifts: who knows? Either way, as a kid, it didn’t matter.
The first game that sticks out the most was Final Fantasy VII. To no surprise, as a noted RPG and Final Fantasy fan on Examiner (just look back at the articles) it’s on a personal top ten. The graphics, world, music, and story were groundbreaking at the time. Being only ten at the time, a lot of the intricacies went in one ear and out the other. It was still fun and that was only the start of the RPG craze. It was later followed by the other Final Fantasies along with more obscure titles: Parasite Eve, Vagrant Story, Brave Fencer Musashi, Xenogears, and Wild Arms 2.
But to move onto another genre, the PlayStation was also home to a lot of shooters and action games. Tomb Raider, until the recent reboot, escaped this writer. The controls were just too frustrating. But the aforementioned brother and his friends adored it. Being slightly older teenagers, watching Lara slowly flex herself around ridges made those boys go crazy. Sure it was a pixelated girl, but this was pre-widespread Internet and porn, or scantily clad girls, was hard to come by.
On the same note, action games like Metal Gear Solid and the Syphon Filter series were two games that were more of this guy's repertoire. It wasn’t until later that the craziness behind Kojima's work sunk in akin to FFVII. As for Syphon Filter, 2 specifically, that was the best. It may not hold up like MGS, but at the time, it did stealth, gadgets, and shooting right. And of course who could forget the lovable charm of Crash Bandicoot back when Naughty Dog was still in charge. The games were great and the commercials even better.
To sum up, the original PlayStation was a strange system. The real gems wouldn’t reach these fingertips until recently. What gems are these? That is a discussion for another time. For now, look back at the library, pop in a classic, and relive those childhood memories if for only but a day.