Back before the Spider-Man movies came along, with their sometimes-good tie-in games, the PlayStation had its own videogame take on everyone’s friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Drawing on the actual comic books, the Spider-Man games had you performing all the essentials: webslinging, pounding criminals and spouting one-liners. The PSOne games might have lacked the open-world freedom of later games, but that didn't stop them from being a blast. If nothing else, they didn't have Peter Parker doing a disco strut through Manhattan.
As many franchises sadly do over time, the Driver games have sunk into mediocre obscurity, growing progressively worse with each new release. That said, the first couple entries were good. Putting you in the shoes of an undercover cop working as a Mafia wheelman, the games were spent racing through the streets of various American cities, trying to outrun the hapless police officers trying to stop you. Fast-moving cars by nature are exciting – just ask the NASCAR crowd. And driving fast cars while being pursued by the police is just plain fun. Exhilarating and challenging, the first two Driver games were enjoyable, high-octane romps and would be a welcome addition to any PSP. Besides, the original’s already been released in Europe; where’s the North American version?
The Guilty Gear games have been around for a while now, but they tend to get overshadowed by some of the bigger-name fighters. That said, the series has seen some excellent games in its time, and it all started with the original Guilty Gear. While casual observers might dismiss it as a Street Fighter clone, the game features some beautifully animated visuals and layered, combo-focused gameplay that have garnered the series its own following of hardcore enthusiasts.
The Parasite Eve games fizzled out a long time ago, but with a third game on the way for the PSP, the series seems up for a little more life. What better time, then, to re-release the first two games to PSN? Combining elements of survival-horror games with RPGs, the Parasite Eve games followed a New York City cop out to save the world from human-hungry mitochondria threatening to drive our happy little species into extinction. With excellent gameplay, a good story and (for its time) fantastic visuals, Parasite Eve impressed a lot of gamers and has left many anxiously awaiting the PSP sequel. Now, if only Square Enix would remake the shower scene from the second game...
There were a lot of Tony Hawk games on the PlayStation, but the second was consistently the most highly rated, and therefore our pick for this list. There isn't really a lot of explanation required for this game, is there? You choose a professional skater to play as, and spend your time completing challenges, performing stunts and basically grinding on everything that can be ground upon. You can, of course, be a bit more sinister with your skater; we, for instance, enjoy making really big jumps and then intentionally botching them just so we can watch ourselves faceplant on the pavement.
This was one of the most controversial games ever, and we think it's time publisher EA finally sacked up and just released Thrill Kill on PSN. We get it – it's a despicable title, completely centered around sadomasochistic brutality, but it's not like that's something new to modern entertainment. Has anyone seen the Saw movies, or even glimpsed a bit of Hostel? Thrill Kill certainly isn’t as violent as Manhunt, or even EA’s own Dead Space. This stuff is already played out, and one little bitty fighting game starring a vengeful dominatrix and a cannibalistic hillbilly is not going to bring the world crashing down around us.
As fun as stomping stuff with one building-sized battlebot is, how cool would it be to have control over an entire team of them? Front Mission 1st gave players just that. A strategy-RPG that stunningly doesn't revolve around a hackneyed fantasy world, Front Mission enabled PlayStation owners to customize and command a squad of giant robots in a war between two opposing factions. The first three PlayStation games in the series are currently available in Japan, but we'd love to see some love for the other versions of PSN.
Do you like RPGs? How would you like to make your own? Long before LittleBigPlanet wowed us with its accessible gameplay and focus on user-generated content, this treat of a game used a game-supplied set of tools, graphics and character models to enable gamers to build their own role-playing experience from scratch. The game, sadly, was met with a lot of restrictions back in the day; building your own game took a lot of space on those paltry memory cards, and even if you managed to create a genuine RPG opus, the PlayStation wasn't exactly equipped with the means to distribute the products of your labor. Today's systems are, though. How cool would it be to trade free RPGs with people around the world?
With two new Gran Turismo games on the horizon, some might ask: why? We ask: why the hell not? The PlayStation games obviously had some fine qualities, otherwise we wouldn't be eagerly awaiting the arrival of the current-gen iterations, now would we? Tailor-made for all those car nuts out there whose favorite pastime is driving around in circles for hours on end, Gran Turismo made its mark on the racing genre early in its career. If nothing else, the PlayStation games would be a nice alternative, if the recession has rendered you too poor to afford the new releases when they come out.
People mourning the continued death of old-school survival-horror games might want to look up Galerians sometime. Coming out at the tail end of the PlayStation generation, it played a lot like Resident Evil without zombies or guns. You took on the role of a creepy-as-shit teenager endowed with psychic powers. Though it might sound a bit on the silly side, Galerians pulled no punches, offering up a story as brutal and interesting as it was weird. Because pummeling people with your brain never gets old, Galerians needs to come to PSN.
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