Can you believe that it’s been 20 years since the original PlayStation was released? (Who else is feeling old now?)
At the time of writing, there have been approximately 8,324 PlayStation games released across four generations of consoles and handhelds. However, if you had to choose just one game as the best of all time, which would it be?
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Winner: Vu Phan
Game Title: Metal Gear Solid
It’s a classic, a masterpiece, a cinematic storytelling of compelling tactical espionage action. The game that defined a genre of sneaking games. The backstory, some spanning decades prior, amongst each and every character, defining each character, making the player feel and understand each and every one of them whether they are the good guys or the bad guys. Characters aside, the levels are vast and detailed for its time, allowing the player various ways to approach the game, from knocking out the enemy, killing the enemy, or sneaking around the enemy. The game takes skills, patience and a bit of luck at times… The amount of detail that went into this game… Like who wouldn’t have been creeped out having Psycho Mantis reading your memory card!? Hands down, the BEST game, and a game that will withstand the test of time.
Honourable Mention: Finalists
Finalist #1: Matt Koble
Game Title: Parappa the Rapper
Parappa the Rapper not only introduced many of us to rhythm based gaming, but it taught an entire generation that kicking and punching was all in the mind. This valuable lesson, applied to life in general, is likely a large factor in the success of many a gamer. Some say the rhythm gaming fad started with DDR, or Guitar Hero. I’d argue that Parappa was the mold from which all subsequent rhythm games were crafted. Without it, there would have been no DDR phenomenon, our closets wouldn’t be chock-full of now-useless plastic guitars, drums and dreams of making it big. Like Eazy E, Tupac and Biggie, Parappa’s legacy lives on to this day, still influencing games and showering us in dope rhymes.
Finalist #2: Sarah Kingsbridge
Game Title: Abe’s Odyssey
Abe’s Odyssey first and foremost shaped my childhood. Made for the PlayStation 1, Abe’s Odyssey follows the story of Abe. Abe is a worker for Rapture Farms, one of the biggest meat processing plants on Oddworld. Abe learns that his company wants to make food of him next and his people who work for Rapture Farms and beyond so he plans an escape, whilst saving his people along the way. The game offered great challenges and puzzle solving levels that often required multiple tries and hours of healthy frustration. The game taught you about perseverance, patience and timing which would shape a lot of games we know today. Completionists would be well catered for, as you would be required to save every worker in order to successfully complete the game. Abe’s Odyssey provided a great soundtrack, brilliant sound engineering and great graphics well ahead of its time. The side scrolling nature of the game allowed Abe to see aspects of each level that you wouldn’t be able to see in a third person or even first person perspective. This complimented the puzzle solving aspect of the game nicely. I cannot count how many times I’ve played this game, but each time I am constantly challenged and often feel nostalgic. Abe and company are very quotable and to this day, whoever had witnessed me playing this game would often still quote the game. I mean c’mon. The dude can fart. It had no use in the game except to provide comic relief in an otherwise rather bleak game. What I think makes this game the best PlayStation game of all time is the themes it covers. It paints slavery and extinction in a very real light and speaks about the importance of bringing change and savin our world from corrupt practices through big name corporations and how important it is to keep natural things the way they should be.