As a staunch Nintendo head in the early console days, I would say my affection for PS1-era games is... present, but not as strong. However, there is no denying the impact and influence that the PlayStation 1, or PS1, had on the gaming industry. Released in 1994 in Japan and 1995 in North America, the PS1 was a game-changer, introducing groundbreaking graphics, immersive gameplay, and a diverse library of games.
A lot of games claim to authentically recreate some beloved old style, whether that's 16-bit RPGs or a particular horror vibe, but few truly capture the essence of the PS1 era. From iconic titles like "Final Fantasy VII" and "Metal Gear Solid" to lesser-known gems like "Vagrant Story" and "Chrono Cross," the PS1 library offered a wide range of experiences that catered to different tastes.
The PS1's impact was not limited to its hardware capabilities or game library. Sony's marketing and branding strategies also played a significant role in its success. The sleek design, the iconic startup sound, and the memorable "PlayStation" logo became synonymous with gaming and helped establish Sony as a force to be reckoned with in the industry.