Staff Reminisces on PlayStation Memories

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We are only hours away from Sony’s highly anticipated conference, as they most certainly prep up the reveal of the PlayStation 4. If you’ve been on Twitter at all today, you may have noticed that “PlayStationMemory” is trending, as well as “PS4”. In preparation of this event, the staff at Gamers Xtreme have decided to share a few of their PlayStation Memories.

Glacier928:

  • Playing the snow level of Jet Moto and being blown away with it back in the day on PS1.
  • Playing through Dino Crisis 2 and Driver 2 with my cousin on the PS1.
  • Experiencing Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 and really getting into the extreme sports genre. Countless hours were spent playing that game with friends.
  • Experiencing a whole new level immersion with Metal Gear Solid. Checking the back of the game case to find Meryl’s codec and switching controller ports against Psycho Mantis was absolutely unique.
  • Getting into the Resident Evil franchise upon playing RE3: Nemesis
  • Borrowing my friend’s PS1 to play Tomb Raider II.
  • Rushing home from high school to play Shinobi on PS2…hard as hell game but loved it!
  • Playing a demo of the original Devil May Cry and thinking how I needed a PS2 ASAP.
  • Playing Resident Evil: Code Veronica X on the PS2 with my brother until 2am.
  • Playing SSX 3 for over 6 months straight until I got 100% completion with every character.
  • Rushing home from class to fire up God of War II and be beyond impressed at the scale of the game.
  • Buying a PSP just to get Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters.
  • Getting my 60GB PS3 when it dropped to $499 with Resistance: Fall of Man and Ninja Gaiden Sigma.
  • Playing Uncharted 2 and thinking no game would compete with the perfection it is.

MJA42X:

  • Buying a PS2 after playing and being impressed by Spyhunter.
  • Playing SSX Tricky for months in order to beat all of its challenges.
  • Experiencing GTA3 for the very first time, and loving the idea of sandbox gameplay.
  • Playing top notch exclusives such as God of War, Ratchet, Jak, and Sly Cooper.
  • Purchasing a PS3 and being blown away by the graphics and gameplay of resistance and motorstorm. It was the perfect use of my stereo surround.
  • The addition of downloadable titles on PSN, which brought back inventive and original 2d platforming games.
  • Playing Sports Champions during parties and people commenting on the colored lights from the Move controllers.
  • The controller port change in MGS. One of the craftiest ways to defeat a boss ever made.

R17:

  • Racing to KB Toys to purchase a PS One and getting mortal Kombat Trilogy as my very first PlayStation game.
  • Playing the entire Syphon Filter franchise (1-3) on one system was a thrill.
  • Experiencing Resident Evil 2 for the first time changed my view on gaming forever.
  • Using my PlayStation to listen to music CDs through my TV Speakers was fascinating to me!
  • Playing Driver with a Mad Katz steering wheel and pedals accessory on the PS One was a thrill.
  • Spending hours trying to beat Sweet Tooth in Twisted Metal 2.
  • Ripping open the package of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis on Christmas Morning ’99 and starting it up on my PlayStation.
  • Seeing Silent Hill for the first time was an unforgettable and horrifying experience, in a good way.
  • Searching the entire Tristate area of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut for the Playstation 2.
  • Playing The Bouncer as my first PS2 game.
  • First hearing about, then finally playing, Grand Theft Auto 3 and Hitman 2: Silent Assassin
  • The excitement and rush of seeing the very first teaser trailer on the internet for Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
  • Playing a Metal Gear Solid game for the very first time, MGS3: Snake Eater.
  • The amazement of being able to watch DVD’s through my PS2!
  • The best start up a SONY console ever had, the Playstation 2 opening sounds and video.

Argus9:

  • Waiting at the mailroom for my PS3 to arrive, and getting a grin across my face after receiving it.
  • Being absolutely blown away by the quality of gameplay and presentation of Uncharted 3, my first PS3 game ever. Never before have I had the experience of “playing a movie” before U3.
  • Buying a PSP and being impressed with having a full multimedia experience in my pocket. Before I had a smartphone, I had my PSP.
  • Playing Final Fantasy Tactics on my PSP into the wee hours of the night – and using it as an ice breaker when meeting my girlfriend of 3 years for the first time. (That’s right boys – video games CAN help you meet girls!)
  • “Fight Night” with my college buddies in my hall – loading up fighting games and facing off round – robin style on our PS3s.
  • Waiting anxiously every Tuesday night for the Playstation store to update so I can see what’s on offer for Plus members each week.

Any memories you’d like to share? Sound off your PlayStation Memories in the comments below!

The Legend of Dragoon Finally Coming to PSN in North America

The original PlayStation was notorious for their numerous and classic RPG titles. While Final Fantasy is the most common franchise of the genre, there was one particular RPG that garnered a cult following, The Legend of Dragoon. For years, fans have been demanding that the game be brought to the PSN as a PS1 classic. While Japan received the PSN version of the game back on December 22nd, 2010, the US never got a digital version of it. Well, thanks to Shu Yoshida, President of SCE Worldwide Studios, making a post on the PlayStation Blog, he confirmed that we will indeed be getting the game via PSN. Now for fans of the game who have been dying for this to be released on PSN, I’m sure you’re wondering how much longer you have to wait now that it is confirmed. Well, have your PSN wallet ready because it will release on May 1st.

To be honest, I was never much of an RPG fan, especially those with turn-based battles. However, The Legend of Dragoon was one of the few rare RPGs that I was able to get into and have been clamoring myself for a PSN version of it. Looks like we only have to wait less than a month until we can get our hands on it. Can’t wait to hear that battle music start playing again (the one I posted in my Top 10 PS One Soundtracks article).

Did you ever play The Legend of Dragoon? Sound off in the comments below!

Three Popular PSOne Classics Headed to PSN

For all you retro fans who look forward to the PSOne Classics that are released via the PSN, the ESRB has just approved three more classics that are headed our way.  The critically acclaimed Chrono Trigger is finally seeing the day of light on the PSN, along with Final Fantasy VI and Klonoa: Door to Phantomile.

 

Chrono Trigger:

 

Rating summary: This is an action role-playing game in which players assume the role of a young adventurer who travels through time to save the world from evil forces. From a top-down perspective, players use swords, crossbows, and magic spells (e.g., lightning bolts, ice strikes) to engage fantastical creatures in turn-based combat; enemies blink and disappear when defeated. In one scene, characters can be seen strapped to small guillotines inside a jail cell; another sequence depicts a character sacrificing himself (i.e., turning to dust) to save members of his party. Some cutscenes also depict brief instances of blood: a bloody sword (with dead bodies in the background); a snake monster that emits small splashes of blood when it is split in half.

 

Final Fantasy VI:

 

Rating summary: This is a role-playing game in which players embark on a journey to defeat an evil empire and stop a madman from destroying the world. Players engage in turn-based battles (e.g., selecting attacks/spells from a menu screen) against a variety of enemies (e.g., bears, mech-robots, and knights) that disappear when defeated. Some violent sequences also occur during cutscenes: a jailed character getting punched; a character getting stabbed. During the course of the game, a few female characters are dressed in outfits that reveal some cleavage; a gallery image depicts a female character’s exposed buttocks.

 

There’s still no “rating summary” for Klonoa: Door of Phantomile but it’s certainly on it’s way to PSN.  Here’s hoping that the wait isn’t too long…