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!

Top 10 PSOne Soundtracks

Sony’s PlayStation was first introduced to households in 1995 and took the market by storm.  Within roughly nine years, it shipped over 100 million units and had a library of over 2400 titles (worldwide).  It was clear that Sony was extremely successful with their first home console.  With so many great titles that are still seeing sequels this generation, it was a stepping stone for many new franchises.  With so many titles on the PSOne, it was certainly no easy task to choose the “Top 10” soundtracks for this console.  Well, here’s my Top 10 PSOne Soundtracks…

– Dino Crisis 2

Capcom’s alter-ego survival horror sequel may have gone the route of pure action but that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing.  Dino Crisis 2 was an intense game with a very good story and excellent soundtrack.  Whether you were exploring the jungle taking down some velociraptors or fighting a T-Rex in a missile silo that was about to self-destruct (real original Capcom…), the songs perfectly sculpted the scenarios.

 

– Resident Evil 2

What is considered to many as the best Resident Evil installment of all time, Resident Evil 2 was a massive upgrade to the original.  With much better voice acting, better visuals, better gameplay mechanics and a much better soundtrack, it was everything an excellent sequel should be.  I’ll never forget the first time I heard the music that initiated upon entering the Raccoon City Police Station to when I heard the awesome “Escape from the Laboratory” song that played during a…you guessed it, self-destruct sequence that Capcom staples into practically every game they make.

 

– Parasite Eve

Now, this one was a title I’ve always wanted to play when it was originally released but thanks to the PSN releasing it on the PlayStation Store, I bought it and had the opportunity to finally play it.  Parasite Eve is an excellent action/rpg hybrid with a gripping story, addictive gameplay and brilliant soundtrack composed by Yoko Shimomura.  The soundtrack is absolutely genius and was one of the main factors for pushing me to keep advancing through the game.  The boss battle music alone is, well…just take a listen to it below to hear how dark and awesome it is.

 

– Syphon Filter 2

I clearly remember back in day that PlayStation fans would have debates about which stealth game was better, Metal Gear Solid or Syphon Filter.  I personally felt they were two entirely different games but that’s just my opinion.  Either way, Syphon Filter 2 was my introduction into the franchise and was a great game.  Great conspiracy theory story, impressive gameplay mechanics and an intense soundtrack that suitably fit each set piece that the game had to offer.

 

– Metal Gear Solid

A PS1 classic that redefined the way we watch…er…play cinematic games.  Metal Gear Solid had excellent stealth mechanics that were second to none at the time as well as an extremely well written story.  Solid Snake, one of the most popular characters in video game history was also one of the most likable thanks to great voice acting from David Hayter.  However, not only did Metal Gear Solid have outstanding voice work, it had one of the most exhilarating soundtracks ever made for a video game.  From the menu music, to Psycho Mantis’s hymn, to the incredibly intense boss battle music, Metal Gear Solid had an astonishing soundtrack from beginning to end.  If you’ve never experienced the original Metal Gear Solid, be sure to download it ASAP from the PSN.

 

– Wild 9

Now many of you may be wondering what Wild 9 even is.  Wild 9 was a 2.5D action/platformer from the team that brought you Earthworm Jim and was as comical as that game.  In this inventive title, the core gameplay element was to find ways of torturing your enemies with “The Rig” that Wex Major (the main protagonist) weilds.  This allows you to grapple enemies with an energy-like whip and throw them into dangerous environmental objects to help you advance throughout the levels.  The soundtrack was also a big standout for this title.  It was an energy-infused soundtrack that really nailed the feel of the game.  Just take a listen below at the opening stage’s song…it’s “wexcellent!”

 

– The Legend of Dragoon

Now the PSOne was very well known for it’s enormous selection of RPGs, many of which had outstanding soundtracks.  However, there was one in particular that stood out for me…The Legend of Dragoon.  Throughout your journey of Endiness, the songs played throughout the game are very catchy and the battle music would easily get stuck in your head.  Take a listen below…

 

– Final Fantasy VII

Ah yes, Final Fantasy VII…the one game that so many fans keep asking an HD remake for.  Final Fantasy VII is considered one of the most classic titles that ever graced the PlayStation.  With it’s gripping story, to it’s enormous world to explore, to the captivating soundtrack, there’s plenty of reason to believe why it’s so beloved by fans of the franchise.

 

– Jet Moto 2

Sony’s futuristic racer was a creative, fun title that certainly could use a new installment for this generation.  Jet Moto 2 was a sleek racing game that gave your hoverbike an energy grapple that you could use to quickly swing around bends, adding a unique mechanic to the game.  The level designs were very impressive, the AI was challenging and the soundtrack was an adrenaline rush.  Just take a listen at the track attached below to the level where you’d be racing on a snow peak that even Sylvester Stallone wouldn’t climb (“Cliffhanger” reference for those of you who remember that movie).

 

– Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

What is considered the greatest Castlevania game in the existence of the series, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night puts you in the role of Alucard, son of Dracula, to stop the Lord of Darkness from being resurrected.  Castlevania: SotN was the first Castlevania title to have a completely new style of play that was along the lines of Metroid and borrowed heavily on RPG style elements.  It was still a Castlevania game at it’s heart despite the massive change from the originals, but it worked so well that it set a new standard for later entries in the series.  The soundtrack was brilliantly composed, having some old classics remixed to having new pieces to listen to that perfectly captured the gothic-esque environment, adding a very creepy feel to the game.

 

There you have it.  There’s an abundant amount of games the PSOne had with such excellent soundtracks but these were the 10 that stood out to me the most.  Sound off your thoughts in the comments below!