My adventure with video games started with the 5200. Then the NES came along teamed with the Master System and 7800. I had the Super NES but only after I got a Model 1 Genny. Then Saturn came and I was stunned! I picked one up and took it home. While browsing a used video game store I noticed they had this rather odd console. The game being played was a Street Fighter-style game I couldn't pronounce. So I grabbed the controller and tried it. Keep in mind that the console was concealed inside custom-made cabinets that resembled arcade-style cabs. You couldn't see the system.
Normally I'm not a fan of the Virtual Fighter, Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat person but I was liking this game. It was fun! So I asked the clerk at the counter if they had one. He pulls out this box that has the Sony Logo and the word "PlayStation" in large letters. Sony made a game system? And I hadn't heard about it for almost 2 years? $259 later I was the proud owner of a new Playstation console and I was wondering if I had made the right choice.
At home I quickly setup the system next to the Saturn. I immediately started playing the included game, Battle Arena Toshinden, the game I was playing at the store. I got so excited about getting a new console that I failed to pick up any other titles. After playing a game or two I went back to the store. I found Destruction Derby and Wipeout used but complete in their original packaging. And since it was Friday I also found Tomb Raider. I already had that one for the Saturn and played it some. This would allow me the chance to see which system was better.
Here it is 2016, almost 20 years since my first PlayStation encounter. I have to say that even with the machine issues most people experienced, the PlayStation console has easily earned its rightful place in a video game hall of fame. This console reinvented the way games were played and should be considered as the first successful disc-based console. Sony got it right the first time.
Many great games can be had on the PlayStation console including Crash Bandicoot and Spyro. There are tons of RPGs on this system including some of the best in the Final Fantasy, Parasite Eve and Silent Hill series. For racing you have the arcade style of Ridge Racer with R4 being my personal favorite. And you can't leave off the driving simulation franchise that started on this console known as Gran Turismo. Throw in a nice combat game like Twisted Metal and you're good to go. The library is literally endless with genre types. I'm not saying every title is good as there are some that are below expectations. I am saying that there is enough available to keep any gamer happy for a while.
Today, I was playing PlayStation for a bit when I was thinking back to that time of my first PlayStation. It has been one hell of a journey. It's sad to see just how low valued the console has become due in part to the backwards capabilities of PS consoles that followed. Thanks to the low value I started creating a want-list of PS titles to look for in the future. As long as they are going for that low of a price it is a good time to try to start picking up a few. I only have seven titles now and hopefully I can pick up a few in the future. It will be nice to see my Gran Turismo, R4, and Final Fantasy games again. Plus I look forward to trying games out I never played before. The adventure continues!