Revisiting My Top 6 PSX Games in 2019, has been a personal journey of rediscovery. The PlayStation era is a time I will look back on fondly, with rose-tinted glasses, steeped in awe, magic, and magnificence. A new age of endless potential and countless possibilities. After all, the 32-bit, fifth generation colossus marked the promise of fully realized 3D worlds flooded with iconic characters and cult personalities. Those of which would later go on to achieve stardom, only to be enshrined in the PlayStation pantheon of immortal greats.
Now, I’ve had a moment to reflect on the era of excellence, does the period stand up to the test of time? Well, I can honestly say with all my heart, that it does. With that in mind, revisiting my top 6 PSX games in 2019 has been an eye-opener. Though I’m sure you’ll agree, the titles speak for themselves. Come hither, a pixelated paradise awaits.
Metal Gear Solid
Metal Gear Solid is a game that will remain with me to the end of days. So much so, that ever since 1998, the year of its Western release, I was no longer referred to via my birth alias. Instead, I was instantly indoctrinated as a Kojima fanboy. What’s the reason for this unhealthy obsession you may ask? Well, the game broke boundaries in many ways. Mainly, this was down to an authentic blend of cinematic story-telling, an all-star cast, and stealth-orientated gameplay.
What’s more, the narrative was deep and impactful, full of espionage and intrigue. Having had the chance to replay it, it only solidifies my firmly held beliefs. That said, the game still evokes the same emotions and delivers the same impact as it did all those years ago — a testament to its enduring charm and spirit.
Spyro the Dragon
The exploits of our loveable, fire-breathing rogue will always bring a smile to my nostalgia-soaked face. I can remember it vividly as if it were yesterday, taking those bold first steps into the Artisan World. I haven’t the necessary fingers to count how many times I’ve traversed the lushly landscaped vistas and color-drenched backdrops.
Despite the countless times I have played this game, there is something inherently rich and soulful at play. Besides, that feeling that derives from torching sheep, accelerating through the turbo-rich Tree Tops and ramming head-on into mages never grows old. True platforming paradise. Well worth a spot on my top 6 PSX games in 2019.
Silent Hill is one of those game’s that haunts you in your sleep and manifests itself deep under the skin. Enveloped by an eerie atmosphere and governed by a sense of dread, the player goes in search of their missing Daughter amidst a sleepy, fog-dense town, packed with mystery and malice. The result of which is a carnival of horrors where vile abominations issue heinous bumps in the night.
Silent Hill is a truly stand-out survival horror, and one of the originators of the sub-genre. One thing’s for sure. You’ll be sleeping with the light on after your time is up here.
Although entries one and two in the series canon where solid, it wasn’t until the third installment that this franchise came into its own. The perfect blend of bare-knuckle brawling and high-octane action that elevated the series to stardom overnight. It was complimented of course, by a killer roster of bloodthirsty heroes each with their unique cinematic tale to tell. From the acrobatic awesomeness of Lei and the hilarious ground-pounding moves of Jack to the lethal swordplay of Yoshimitsu, each character had depth and an iconic presence. Throw into the mix killer combos, lethal finishers, and signature styles. Surely then you’re onto a winner. In truth, Tekken 3 still holds up even by today’s lofty standards. Deserving of a place on my top six PSX games in 2019.
Final Fantasy VII
Moving on, we have Final Fantasy VII, an epic adventure developed by Square and Eidos Interactive. Heralded as one of the greatest role-playing games of all time, it was Sony’s retaliatory strike to Nintendo’s Zelda Ocarina of Time. High praise indeed, if you consider the critical fame of the latter. Mainly though, FF7 swallowed whole large chunks of my childhood. As a young buck, with an insatiable appetite for adventure, I tended to immerse myself in high-fantasy worlds. None one of them stood out, quite like FF7 though.
The impact it had on me growing up was profound. Having returned to the scene all these years later, FF7 still holds a warm place in my heart. Packed with soul and personality, high-stakes turn-based battles and a poignant story, it acts as the perfect role model for the genre.
Tomb Raider 1
Last to grace this list is our beloved Lara and the first entry in the cult series of games. A Far cry from the action-packed reboots of the present day. The original game focused purely on atmosphere and environmental story-telling. As I hark back on the first entry, it’s evident just how much the series has departed from the winning formula. As a result, for better or worse Lara has evolved in recent years. That said, when it comes to puzzle solving and exploration, there are no contenders. Lara is in a league of her own. Plus, those dual-desert eagles pack quite the punch!
That concludes my list of the Top 6 PSX games in 2019. Revisiting my top 6 PSX games in 2019 has been a joyful thrill-ride of emotion. In hindsight, and without meaning to go all teary-eyed, this period of my life was and still is one of the best and most memorable. Which is your go-to retro game? Do you have a fav, or is it too close to call? After all, nostalgia is a powerful drug. Please write in with your views in the comments.
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