Wow it's been twenty years, (feels surreal) I can't believe its been twenty years. And to think I turned nineteen a few months ago, that means my favorite console's barely older than me. Just wow, so thinking back on those twenty years of Play Station glory, I started thinking back on my fondest memories of Play Station. So here I go.
DAD AND GAMING
Some of my earliest memories of me my father playing the classic Spyro games, Crash Bandicoot, Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, Dino Crisis, Gex, Prince of Persia trilogy and many others for hours on end with me watching that was our thing back when I was little. When I became old enough to understand how to use the controller, he passed it down to me. At first I was terrible (weren't we all) and then I got better and better.
Those were the good times, well aside from the fact that our gaming marathons drove my mother crazy (she's always hated video games for lots of reasons). And in hindsight it probably wasn't a good idea to spend so much time doing it, I never really did appreciate doing anything outdoors that much (Which is probably why I'm vitamin D deficient now and have to take pills). Probably one our greatest times was struggling and do mean struggling at Prince of Persia the Sands of Time, even with a guide it was agonizing and frustrating, but we kept at it. If I remember correctly the old man handled most of the game I finished the second one, for the most part, and then we had to tag team the third one.
SLY COOPER, RATCHET AND CLANK, FINAL FANTASY X, KINGDOM HEARTS
Sly Cooper was the first game I ever got on the Play Station 2 and one of my favorites, I remember replaying the demo constantly up until the holidays when I opened it.
Next was the original Ratchet and Clank, very difficult for me but still fun, and I enjoyed the world, the characters, the humor, the planets, and the guns! Who doesn't love the guns!?
Then came my first ever final fantasy game FFX, now to be fair I did play a demo of FFVIII on PS1 but this was the first ever full game I had. It was amazing, and difficult because it was the first RPG I had ever played and I didn't understand leveling up with the sphere grid or anything, I was a derp.
Also Kingdom Hearts came out , I still didn't understand the genre of games so my dad helped me through that one. Kingdom Hearts really captured my imagination and I'm still amazed that Disney and Square Enix pulled off such a crossover.
SONIC: THE GOLDEN DAYS
Ever since I can remember I've always been a sonic fan, my older cousin had an old Sega genesis with Sonic 1, 3 and Sonic and Knuckles (the 2nd one's missing for some reason). We never got that far into the games but they were just fun to see how far we could get. And then I turned eight with a Play Station 2, me and all my friends were huge Sonic the Hedgehog fans (Sonic X theme song still in my head) and when Sonic Heroes came out around my birthday, all my friends gathered around after school and came to my birthday to play and watch.
The minute I booted up the disc I was hooked. Then came Shadow the Hedgehog which I also loved, and Sonic Riders, love and hate it at the same time (some of those race tracks at the end of story mode were absurd)
SHADOW OF THE COLOSSUS
I discovered Shadow of the Colossus on a fluke, back when demo disc were still at thing, (I wish people still made demos for consoles), one day he comes home with a magazine with a demo disc, most of the games I don't remember but there was one, and the name just sounded so strange. I booted up the demo and what followed was and still is one of the the best games I have ever played. If demo disc tracked how much time you spent replaying a demo, I probably replayed the demo for Shadow of the Colossus for like a month in total.
When dad surprised me with the actual game one day I think I might have had a mild heart attack (or several). That game probably would be on my list for the game I replayed the most because of how much I loved the spectacle, the music, the story, and the mystery. The fact that I still occasionally break out my 2005 copy and boot it up on my Play Station 2 slim during the holidays proves how much I love it.
RESIDENT EVIL 4
I didn't know a thing about Resident Evil until the old man showed me Resident Evil Apocalypse movie. At this point we learned there was a 4th game out so we drove up to E.B games (they were still around at the time) and bought the premium edition with a hardcover case, bonus disc with bonus material, and some cool artwork.
Mom absolutely hated my dad for buying a M rated game like this but nobody cared we were hooked, and dying a lot. Especially that first battle in the village, (if let's playing was a thing right there we could've done an epic fail montage for that one). Resident Evil 4 was such an amazing game, still is my favorite in the series, although I love 5 and 6.
GOD OF WAR & DEVIL MAY CRY 3
God of War came at both the best and worst time in my life. I didn't know about this game and I wouldn't have if my father hadn't once again brought home the demo. I was also really sick at the time with strep throat and pink eye, so the only thing I could do was sit around the house so when we took turns playing a demo for a bloody, fun, and amazing game such as this, I was happy.
However shortly after God of War came out (week before my birthday I might add), things were beginning to go dark for me. Parents were on the verge of divorce and a few years later it happened. Middle School was hell for me I got picked on a lot and was angry all the time, and this is going to sound cool or awful (depending on how you look at it), Kratos' bloody rampages in God of War and God of War 2 got me through sixth and seventh grade without stabbing people or ripping limbs off. Years later when God of War 3 made its debut, I was so stoked that I finished it in two days.
Devil May Cry 3 also helped me get through those times with its stylish action and hilarious protagonist and its metal blood pumping soundtrack .
Things started to look up a little bit for me when the PS3 came out, it was a new era for gaming, an age of beautiful graphics and some crazy ideas like Lair, a dragon game where you ride a huge dragon into these epic medieval battles with hundreds of other dragons fighting and dying around you, or Jericho a dark and intense FPS horror game made by Clive Barker himself. With great games I was able to cope with my parent's volatile divorce, that bothered me throughout high school. It was like my therapy.
I wasn't into horror games, I always enjoyed looking at the grotesque monsters in horror games but I never had the heart to play one. The demo of Silent Hill 3 terrified me beyond belief. But I decided I'd try and man up to play Dead Space. Well I got through it, but I didn't really man up. My first play through went something like this, something would scare me or the fear of incoming scare would become too much, then I'd pause the game calm down hyperventilate into a bag, butch up, and then get back in the game. Dead Space really opened the flood gates and now I enjoy horror games, I waited with anticipation for Dead Space 2 and I was blown away it really was the perfect sequel.
THE QUEST FOR THE PS4
So yeah senior year in high school and this little beauty comes out. Which sparked a "war" between me and my father who felt that a PS4 would be a stupid thing for me to get when college was right around the corner and refused to buy me one for Christmas. But he gave me 200$ and I, through careful planning and hording my cash, as well as selling some things, managed to amass 300$ in January. With a broken Xbox and broken PS3 I hatched the most clever and diabolical plan ever. I took my enormous stash of Xbox games and a ton of PS3 games I no longer wanted loaded them into four bags, got a ride to game stop and turned them all in for store credit. I ran up nearly 300$ in store credit, there was just one problem. Game stop didn't have any PS4's and I had to order it which costed nearly 700$ because it was bundled with 2 games, and 2 controllers and shipping and tax , I only paid 300$ and dad had to pay the extra 100$ to finish the job. He was mad at me for a minute but even he realized I was going to get the PS4 one way or the other. So he broke down and paid the hundred and I became a celebrity at that game stop and am known as "The Hustlah". I had to wait three weeks though and when I saw the slip on our apartment door stating that a package had been delivered to the residence office.
I ran through the freezing cold and probably a foot and a half of snow to their office to grab a ginormous box. By the time I got it back home my fingers were freezing, stupid me forgot my gloves. I removed my heavy jacket and thermal gear (no lie I get cold easily), and began to unbox it. This to me was like opening some sacred chest in an Indian Jones film or something. As I marveled at the machine I then carefully set it up and booted up the copy of Killzone Shadowfall and just stared in awe. When I finally dived into the game I just took a minute to gawk at the beauty of it all.
My PS4 (which has since been named Sonya because why not?) has followed me through freshmen year and will probably follow me through all of college. Believe me there was a war with my parents about bringing Sonya to campus and even I was weary of it, until I saw others had brought their expensive gaming beast with them. Then my father sneaked my PS4 in with a copy of Destiny, which although a tad disappointing, I found enjoyable.
So those are my fondest Play Station memories. I look forward to making more fond memories with FFXV on the way and games like Mass Effect Andromeda, Doom, Kingdom Hearts 3 and whatever else brilliant developers cook up, but enough about me, what are your fondest memories? Please share in the comments below your all are an awesome community love you all!