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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

5 Favorite Playstation One Games

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   They say you never forget your first love. I'm willing to bet the same applies to when you first learn to love gaming. The Playstation One was my introduction to videogames. Many an hour was devoted to exploring vast imaginary worlds, fighting bad guys, and going just one more level. Even today, with all the high-tech digital gaming masterpieces available, these favorites are still my go-to games.

Spyro The Dragon

   Spyro is an action/platforming game with big worlds, diverse enemies, and graphics that, according to the developers, had Playstations doing things they'd never done before. When all the dragons are imprisoned in crystal by the evil Gnasty Gnorc, it's up to Spyro to free his fellow dragons, defeat Gnasty's minions, reclaim the Dragon Worlds' stolen treasure, and ultimately face Gnasty Gnorc himself. This quest takes you flaming and charging through six worlds, each with its own crop of levels, secret areas, and themes.

   The cool thing about Spyro is that it really focuses on the exploration more than anything else. You can do levels within a world in any order you want. Freed dragons give you hints about the secrets of the game. Terrain is nonlinear, and open to running around, and investigating every nook and cranny for hidden treasure, dragons, or even extra levels. Tempting baits are laid out in areas that seem impossible to reach, until you discover the trick that leaves you wondering why you didn't think of it before. Best of all, the goal-oriented system of advancement (Collect such-and such treasure before moving to the next world, free so many dragons, etc) lets you play as casually or as seriously as you want.

Crash Bandicoot
   This 3D platforming game is about an experimental Bandicoot named Crash who has escaped the lab of the mad Dr Cortex and Dr Nitrus Brio. Crash braves three islands and a total of 33 levels to rush back to the lab, and save his girlfriend Tawna before she, too, falls victim to the dreaded Cortex Vortex.

   When playing this game, prepare to obsess over bonus levels, 100% completion rewards, and simple yet diabolical obstacles. Each basic level challenges you to get from point A to point B without running out of lives, as most platformers do. The boss levels are passed by defeating foes that range from the native chief Papu Papu, who tries to bash Crash for waking him from his nap, to Dr Neo Cortex himself.

TOMBA @ The Evil Swine
   A 3D sidescrolling platform RPG, Tomba is really all over the map. When the evil pigs steal the gold bracelet that was given to Tomba by his grandfather, the pink-haired jungle boy races after them to find it. In the process, he's introduced to all sorts of interesting village folk seeking help from the young adventurer who's brave enough to take on the evil swine.

   Tomba uses a creative mixture of sprite graphics and 3D animation to construct its worlds. Each land is under a different spell from a different evil pig. The resulting environmental diversity keeps the game interesting; as do the quirky NPCs that people the villages and offer quests. A word of warning, the game ends..  like END ends.. when you defeat the final boss. So if you want to go back, and finish other sidequests, save before fighting him.

Star Wars Demolition
   An arena-based vehicular combat game set in the Star Wars universe, Star Wars Demolition is pure nerd candy. In it, the illustrious Jabba the Hutt is hosting a contest in which some of the coolest Star Wars vehicles, and the characters that man them, smash each-other to bits for sweet, sweet credits.

   The main attraction of this game is the virtual toybox of iconic Starwarsiness at your disposal. Yes, you CAN play as Boba Fett, yes he DOES have a jetpack, and no, "No Disintegration" is not a rule anymore. Also, if you play your cards right, you can ride a rancor. The game also lets you play around with all sorts of vehicle weapons seen in the movies and comic books. Tractor beams, proton torpedoes, and thermal detonators are just a few on the list. The arenas in this game are nothing less than planets from the movies. You can blast through the streets of Mos Eisley, the swamps of Dagobah, or even the trenches of the reconstructed Death Star. As you complete the contest as one vehicle after another, you'll unlock more vehicles and locations.

Need for Speed- Hot Pursuit III

   Want to make a racing game even more interesting? Throw some cops in there to chase you down. In Need for Speed, you play as a street racer with an arsenal of cool cars like Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Corvette. You also get to race through mountain roads, city streets, and rural country. And some modes, like the tournaments in which you can unlock new cars and levels by winning multiple races, are played without the cops.

   This game has a great level of immersion for a racing game. The tracks, rather than being run-of-the-mill racetracks, are actual roads in realistic environments. There's even an option to add light-to-heavy traffic to your environment. Going off track is completely acceptable, and there are many shortcuts you can take by doing just that. All the cars have different stats for handling, top speed, and acceleration. Your opponents are named, and each has his own style. You even get to choose the color of your car; which was less common in PS1 games. Finally, there's a two-player, of course, so you can race your friends in whatever combination of settings you have unlocked.

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