Friday, December 03, 2010

Sweet 16 for Sony's PlayStation

Remember those halcyon days when SEGA and Nintendo fought it out to dominate the world of gaming, when the Master System and Megadrive were pitted against the NES and SNES?

Remember how everyone baulked at the idea of Sony muscling in on the act, the Japanese electronics maker trying to grab some market share from those two gaming giants? Well who’d have thought that 16 years after its launch, Sony’s PlayStation brand would have cemented itself as one of the biggest platforms in the world?


Happy anniversary, Sony! December 3, 1994 marked the birth of a gaming legacy.

According to the Guinness World Record's Gaming edition, the original machine was the first console to sell 100m consoles globally!
And how the tables have turned… the long-anticipated return of SEGA’s mascot Sonic the Hedgehog in 2D form finally came in October – but it wasn’t on one of its own consoles but on Sony’s PlayStation 3.

From the original grey PlayStation to chunky PS2 and the sleeker PS3, the three generations boast thousands of titles that have redefined gaming. From Gran Turismo and Metal Gear Solid on the PSone, to Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and God of War on the PS2 or Uncharted 2 and LittleBigPlanet on its latest incarnation, Sony’s huge achievement is clear to see. And what about Sony turning its hand to portable gaming with the PSP?!?!

Here, Megabits picks 16 of the best games from the past 16 years.
These key titles have obviously spawned sequels over time that are equally worthy of mention, but those listed are those which I think "defined" each console and the PlayStation brand in general.

Let us know if you'd replace any of these by leaving a comment below...

In no particular order, they are:

FINAL FANTASY VII
Arguably the best of the long-running RPG series. This made use of the PlayStation's revolutionary graphics and processing power.

WIPEOUT
Psygnosis's futuristic racer was all about speed. Eye-bleeding speed. Since the original in 1995, there have been countless sequels, and it's become a massive seller.

METAL GEAR SOLID
Favourite memories? Hiding in a box and having to move my controller from one port to another to outwit Psycho Mantis!

GRAN TURISMO
Awe-inspiring at the time and more realistic than anything before it. Brought "photo realistic" graphics to the PlayStation.

RESIDENT EVIL
Still good few a few shocks to this day - the moment those dogs burst through the windows and the zombie grabs you from the floor... and what about the crows sending shivers down your spine?

TOMB RAIDER
The game that made people sit up and take notice of the PlayStation and encouraged many a model to slip into tight shorts and strap pistols to her hips. Uncharted has a lot to thank Lara for.

GRAND THEFT AUTO: SAN ANDREAS
The best GTA so far? Many think so.
In fact, it's perhaps the most significant sandbox game of all time... Huge and massively addictive.

GOD OF WAR
The game that brought Greek Mythology and Kratos to the masses. Showcased the PS2's power and started a series that's still going strong today.

ICO/SHADOW OF COLUSSUS
Big, bold and beautiful... and soon heading from the PS2 to Sony's PS3 in HD!



UNCHARTED 2
Some say this is the best PS3 game, other say it's the best of all time... Certainly, many of the critics think so. It's won countless awards including best game, story, music score..

LITTLEBIGPLANET
Cute, creative and compulsive, LBP on the PS3 highlighted the potential of user-created content in extending a game's lifespan and appeal. The sequel is soon to emerge.

JAK AND DAXTER
Another classic for the PS2 in 2001, this time from Naughty Dog. A great platformer with plenty of humour, this remains a fan favourite.



RESISTANCE FALL OF MAN
Sony's FPS for the PS3 was a huge hit. Set in the 1950s you were tasked with fending off an alien invasion. Resistance 3 is said to be on the cards...

TEKKEN
This great-looking fighter on the original PlayStation took on Virtua Fighter and emerged as one of the biggest series ever to grace our consoles. A huge roster of fighters, special moves and game modes kept us coming back for more.

RATCHET & CLANK
Insomniac Games achieved yet another hit with this platform/shooter hybrid on the PS2 featuring a robot and a catlike-alien as the lovable protagonists.

DEVIL MAY CRY
Capcom's classic features Dante, death, destruction and demons. What more could you ask for? Great combat encouraged players to string together devastating attacks.



HONORABLE MENTIONS:

GTA III
Marked the most significant leap forward for the series with the move to 3D

CRASH BANDICOOT
The PlayStation’s iconic mascot was first developed by Naughty Dog and proved hugely successful, spawning plenty of sequels and variations. Crash Team Racing and Crash Bash remain firm favourites!

HEAVY RAIN
Felt like a Hollywood blockbuster and looked like one too. Find out who the identity of the Origami Killer in this involving PS3 thriller from Quantic Dream.

KILLZONE 2
Take on the might of the Helghast in this fantastic shooter on the PS3. A fantastic single player campaign and addictive multiplayer justified its critical acclaim.

3 comments:

No mention of the move controller? how odd.

You should mention move mate also 3D gaming. PS3 is more then just a games console remember

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