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Sony is the world leader in home console video game sales, the PlayStation 2 is the greatest selling console of all time, and the PS4 is running away as the sales leader this generation. Let’s take a look back at where it all started though. The original PlayStation is still the second highest selling home console of all time. According to GameSpot, it sold 102.4 million units. The PS1 hit store shelves on December 3rd, 1994 in Japan, and 11 months later released in the United States and Europe.

For those who do not know, during the life of the Super Nintendo, Sony was creating tech for Nintendo to have a CD-ROM add-on for the SNES. After a contract dispute however, Nintendo decided to try to make an add-on with Philips instead, prompting Sony to focus on making their own home console. Thus, the PlayStation was born. For a more in-depth rundown of the PS1’s birth, check out Lifewire’s article HERE.

Without further stalling, let’s take a look at my personal top 10 favorite original PlayStation games. This list will only contain games I have played, so no, there will be no Final Fantasy VII in here.

10. Resident Evil

Metacritic rating: 91

This was the first game to scare me as a kid. The sight of walking into a room and having the zombie turn around and look at you with blood dripping from its face haunted me as a kid when I first saw it. It was not until years later that I built up the courage to go back to it and play it through. The game has laughably bad voice acting and I have never been a fan of the tank controls, but there is just something about the creepy atmosphere and story that drew me back to it.

9. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater

Metacritic rating: 92

I completely acknowledge that the following entries in the Tony Hawk Series had some really good things going for them, but the first Tony Hawk is still my favorite skating game of all time. It should not come as a big surprise that I am not much of a sk8er boi to begin with, but when this game came out I had never seen anything like it. The music soundtrack is probably my favorite to ever feature in a PlayStation game, and the levels were all unique and fun playgrounds to explore. I still hold onto fond memories of playing this with my aunt, trying to throw my skater into the front of the taxi to hear the driver yell at me and going for the largest trick combo I could manage.

8. Parappa the Rapper

Metacritic rating: 92

Whenever I think of Parappa, I go back to the demo disc where I got my first experience with this game. You were in a dojo with your onion sensei teaching you martial arts, which was turned into a rap. The point of the game is to press the corresponding buttons at the right time. Essentially, Parappa the Rapper was Guitar Hero a generation in advance. This game does not stand up as well today, but it is just so damn cheery. It’s a PlayStation game you “gotta believe” in.

7. Driver 2

Metacritic rating: 62

Driver 2 for me as a kid was what I imagine Grand Theft Auto V to be for kids nowadays. Of course, there was no shooting, and not nearly as much to do as in GTA V, but this was the first driving game I had played where I could leave the car and explore the world on foot. I could steal other vehicles and run away from the cops. This was a game where a friend and I would just trade back and forth whenever we died, seeing just who could run away from the cops the longest.

6. Oddworld: Abe’s Oddyssey

Metacritic rating: 85

Definitely one of the weirder games I played in my kid days. Abe’s Odyssey centered around Abe, one of the slave mudokons in a factory that wants to make him, and the rest of the mudokons into tasty treats. The goal of the game is to save your species and escape the clutches of Rupture Farms. This game was one of the more challenging games from the PS1 days, but still enjoyable with brilliant voice acting for the time. I can still hear Abe saying “Hello” and “Follow me”.

5. Tekken 3

Metacritic rating: 96

Tekken 3 was my first experience with the Tekken franchise. I still believe that Mortal Kombat is the better franchise, but this was an enjoyable game. I loved the guest character Gon, as well as the many other interesting fighters. The side game of volleyball was also very enjoyable. Tekken 3 was one of my favorite games to play in the side room at my friend’s house.

4. Future Cop L.A.P.D.

Metacritic rating: None

Speaking of games to play in the side room, Future Cop was an addicting game. From what I remember, you had to create a small army of mechs to assault the enemy base. It has been a very long time since I have seen this game, so I really could not say if it holds up at all in today’s gaming age, but as a kid it was just so damn enticing. The memories I have of it stand out just so much.

3. Twisted Metal 2

Metacritic rating: None

I cannot explain how bad I want this series to make a big comeback. Twisted Metal was a series focused on vehicular battles. There was a large, diverse group of characters to choose from. The cover guy was Sweet Tooth, a clown who drove an ice cream truck and his hair was literally fire. The single player focused on Calypso’s Tournament where the winner would get any wish they wanted granted. Just like all of those tales how genies taking wishes very literally though, Calypso would trap the victor in their own hell from their wish. It gave this game’s single player replayability to run through with each driver and see their wish unfold.

2. Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped

Metacritic rating: 91

Warped is my favorite Crash Bandicoot game. This was the game that let you play as Coco for the first time and had such a variety of different levels. I loved the motorcycle levels and riding along the Great Wall of China on a tiger. I believe this game holds up so much better than the first game in the series and overall is more interesting than Cortex’s Revenge. This is the game that any Crash game coming out in the future has to strive to be.

Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage!

Metacritic rating: None

Oh boy, I cannot wait for the Reignited Trilogy to come out. Ripto’s Rage was the first video game I ever 100% completed and was my first ever PlayStation game. It just caught me so hard. Spyro was brought back and given so many more cool moves and levels to explore. The characters introduced at the beginning of the game were also interesting and likable. The side quests and mini games were never a waste of time to pursue and there was always something to laugh at in the introduction cinematic for every new level. While the whole trilogy is coming back, this is the game that I am most excited for the in the Reignited Trilogy. I cannot wait to see it in high definition and listen to the great music brought back into the modern age.

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