Today – 29 September 2015 – is a significant date in PlayStation’s history. Why? Well on this day 20 years ago the PlayStation 1 was first released in the UK. Two decades later and we’re still button-bashing away – although by now we’ve all progressed onto the console’s big brother, the PS4. (OK, I’m lying. I’ve still got my PS1 tucked away in my room).
Now, because we’re nostalgic creatures, we decided that this was as good a time as any to relive our youth. Yes, we like to do that most days, but this is an extra special occasion.
Here are some of our favourite forgotten PlayStation games – and don’t forget to tell us which games you loved, either below or on our Facebook page.
Spyro the Dragon
Kicking off our list of forgotten PlayStation games is this epic beast. First released in 1998, Spyro the Dragon was the pet we always wanted to have. And believe it or not, the game actually had better graphics than any other at the time. Mental.
PaRappa the Rapper
This is one for my boss – he keeps raving about it. But seriously: I have no recollection at all of this game. But he thinks it’s one of the best forgotten PlayStation games. I mean, I think I would remember a beanie-hat wearing dog who takes rapping tips from a moustached, karate onion. (Honestly. What the hell is going on in the above video? What are you supposed to do? I can’t stop watching it. It’s incredible.)
Dancing Stage EuroMIX
This was the one game I used to wheel out at every family get together. Oh, it’s your 90th birthday? Let’s celebrate by flailing along to La Senorita on the dance mat (the dance steps of which, I’m proud to say, are still ingrained in my feet 14 years on.) The only problem with this game was that there were some real musical clangers. Part of the reason why I was the UK’s biggest undiscovered EuroMIX dance talent was because I only danced to about two songs.
The best snowboarding game ever created. Loved going down the slopes and the realistic looking backdrops, absolutely hated getting mugged off by crashing into trees. Or being crap at slalom.
ISS Pro Evolution
One of the original football games. Everyone wanted to be Roberto Carlos – at least that’s who we think we were playing as. The graphics were so bad. We quickly switched to Fifa 99 and probably even worse gameplay.
Ever played a game for too long and been violently sick? You were probably playing Wipeout, the crazy futuristic racing game that’s more fast and furious than Vin Diesel bashing the bishop.
Grand Theft Auto
Bird’s eye view? Check. Rubbish graphics? Check. Hare Krishnas? Check. The start of an obsession. Check, check, and check. Oh, PlayStation 1 games. We miss you so.
If you were like us then the only thing that was a bigger obsession than video games was wrestling. Warzone, its predecessor, was good, but this was so much fun. Still have no idea how to Stone Cold Stunner someone though.
Croc: Legend of the Gobbos
We still don’t know what a Gobbo really is. A little furry…sea urchin? Anyway, this free-roaming world was colourful and utterly mental. No wonder our childhood was messed up.
We still don’t know how to spell this. And we still don’t know what Abe was…But this dark fantasy platformer was solid gold fun.
This was a massive mindfuck, it was 2D gameplay in a 3D world. We have no idea what you had to do, or what it really was. Did we dream it?
Oh man, this is one of the great forgotten PlayStation games – even though I tended to play it more on my desktop computer. It was just so addictive and colourful. Who knew that construction and theme park management was such a fun job. Why did we study psychology at university? Such an unfulfilling life we have.
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