Thursday, December 28, 2006

PSX: The Games You Missed

There are always those releases that slip by unnoticed. Here are some of the more obscure and overlooked PSX games that still deserve your attention. This is not in any particular order…

Motor Toon Grand Prix
(release: 1996)

Years before Sony brought us the ambitious racing simulation known as Gran Turismo they released a humble, enjoyable cartoon-influenced racer in the vein of Mario Kart. Titled Motor Toon Grand Prix, this is one of the most obscure PSX releases but for those who own it, one of the most cherished as well. A nice sense of speed, creative weapons, kooky characters, and well-designed stages round out this underappreciated racer. Although it’s extremely difficult to track down a copy of this supreme PSX racing title, it’s definitely worth it. Maybe Sony can release a sequel on the PSP, as the PSP’s library is pretty lackluster….

Street Fighter Collection

(release: 1997)

When Street Fighter Collection was released on the PSX back in 1997 fighting fans were too busy admiring graphically superior releases such as Tekken 2 to enjoy such a well-constructed fighting title such as this one. A collection of several Street Fighter II releases and the previously arcade-only Street Fighter Alpha 2 Gold, this collection offers the rock solid fighting thrills that Street Fighter is known for. This stellar collection also saw release on the Sega Saturn with superior loading times.

Spin Jam

(release: 2000)

Usually when a game is released as a budget title it is an atrocious, unplayable mess (roughly 98% of the budget PSX games were trash, well-observed statistics prove). That was not the case with Spin Jam, however, a solid, clever puzzle game that offered a good amount of replay value. Hopefully it’ll resurrect as an Xbox Live Arcade release one day.

In Cold Blood

(release: 2001)

This game was a massive hit in Europe but bombed in sales stateside. Blame that on a lack of advertising and bad marketing. Anyhow, this is a fine adventure game, a genre that, despite the PSX’s massive library, mostly lacked. With over 60 hours of game play you’ll definitely get your moneys worth with In Cold Blood.

Bomberman Party Edition
(release: 2000)

When people bring up Bomberman this one always goes by unmentioned. That’s a shame, because this is one of the better releases in the Bomberman series. Although the single player, as usual, is nothing to cheer about (the developers just used the original Bomberman as the single player game), the multiplayer is some of the best that this series has to offer. The options and stages will keep you and a buddy (or buddies, if you own a multitap) up well into the wee hours of the morning bombing away. Chalk that up as a great release.

Animaniac's Ten Pin Alley
(release: 1998)

Sure, it had low replay value, there weren’t many modes, and the Animaniacs characters didn’t really add much to the game, but if offered something that most bowling games don’t: great gameplay.

Strider 2
(release: 2000)

When Strider 2 was released on PSX back in 2000 it went by almost completely unnoticed. That’s a shame, really, because its one of the finest 2D games on any system. Not only did it contain the incredible sequel, but as a nice bonus Capcom added the original Strider in as well for nostalgia and enjoyment.

Dragon Warrior VII
(release: 2001)

Hey, gotta have a role-playing game on here somewhere, right? Dragon Warrior VII didn’t make much of a splash on U.S. shores, but on the other side of the pond in Japan, it went on to be the best selling game for the system. Is it warranted? Well, it is a damn fine, old-school style RPG. If you missed it the first time – and I know you did – then check it out now. I still haven’t completed it…

Grid Runner
(release: 1996)

This little-known, but still incredibly fun arcade-style action game was great in single player, but like Bomberman, truly shines in multiplayer. Grab a friend and enjoy this obscure gem.


At 3:31 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Wow! I did miss those... Never played a single one...

At 1:21 AM, Blogger Ross said...

Friendly spam...?

At 10:10 AM, Blogger gnome said...

It seems so ross... After all, worry not. Spam is our friend.

Oh, and this was a top post. Oh (2), happy new year! Oh (3), in Cold Blood was indeed a decent game... Well, the PC version at least!

At 10:26 AM, Blogger Ben said...

Dragon Quest VII is a MUST have ! I love it so much..

You make me want to play it once again :D


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