If my parent’s hadn’t thought of buying me a PlayStation and settled with a new set of Barbie dolls instead, I probably would have turned out differently. I received my first video game console when I was only four or five years old. I think that because I was exposed to video games at an early age, it heavily influenced my personality and sense of humor among many other things. For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been browsing through the PlayStation store and I felt a flux of both happiness and guilt as I saw familiar PS1 titles.
Why guilt? There was this girl who used to be my best friend and we used to be the two odd balls in the classroom who adored video games. It’s quite understandable since I studied in a gender exclusive private school, so there weren’t any boys to raise the poll count. Sadly, high school happened and I had this phase as a “mean girl” for a while so we drifted apart. After seeing several titles we used to play, I gave her a call and our friendship was renewed after nearly a decade of not speaking. We talked for hours and one of the topics we talked about was ‘PS1 video games we’d like to see again.’ To clarify, we aren’t talking about seeing existing titles remastered for current consoles. It’s about popular franchises or titles that started in the PS1 era which we’d like to see developers continue with either a reboot or a spiritual successor like an entirely new Crash Bandicoot game. So here’s my own list and feel free to leave your choices as well!
1. Syphon Filter
It’s funny how I played this mission several times. I know the map and the lines like the back of my hand like many others in the game. I was too young too understand the story, so I spent most of the time exploring the area and shot anyone who was hostile. This was probably one of my first shooter games, which is why I treasure it so much. In addition, I remember playing the multiplayer part of it with my cousins and friends often. The last title they made was for the PS2 if I’m not mistaken and I’m not sure if the developers have completely abandoned these series. I’m tempted to buy the series in PSN just to understand the story, but I guess I could just go to Wikipedia. However, I still think it would be awesome to see a reboot or a new era of Syphon Filter.
2. Fear Effect
Somehow this game managed to find its way in my library beside Elmo’s Letter Adventure. It was only a few years ago I realized that this game was inappropriate for children. However, I really enjoyed this because I liked the art style was and the whole premise of a futuristic cyberpunk China. I also liked the supernatural element, because it made the game a lot more interesting. I’m intrigued to see how developers could recreate a game like this in present times. I’m hoping that I’m not the only one who enjoyed this game.
3. PaRappa The Rapper
Kick! Punch! It’s all in the mind. I know this game has a sequel in the PS2 but it just didn’t have the same punch as the first one. I liked this game a lot because it was quite entertaining to be rapping as a kid without saying bad words or any sort of profanity. I also have a copy of the spin-off called UmJammer Lammy and it was fun too. Anyway, it would be nice to see this game again using the elements that made the first game a hit.
4. Vagrant Story
I love most of Square’s video games and Vagrant Story is definitely a part of the list. It took me a while to get used to the game since it was hard for me to comprehend the battle system when I was a child. Luckily for me, my cousins walked me through this game during the first hours until I was ready to play on my own. So far, all we have are references in Final Fantasy XII but only as fan service. A lot of films are being rebooted, so why not games as well? Vagrant Story should be near the top of that list.
5. Crash Bandicoot
Anyone who grew up with a PlayStation knows Crash Bandicoot, Aku Aku, and the Wumpa fruit. I remember epic fun times with cousins and friends playing Crash Team Racing as well using the Multitap. It’s quite sad that they cancelled a string of Crash Bandicoot games so hopefully we’ll have a new entry in the franchise. I might be old, but my love for this franchise will never wither.