Review by Psycho Penguin

Reviewed: 04/05/00 | Updated: 07/16/01

The Sony Playstation is the best of the

About four years ago, a serious console war broke out. Sega launched the Sega Saturn, and the Saturn was expected to easily win the console wars. Then came along the Sony Playstation. The Playstation was not as powerful as the Sega Saturn, and most of the first generation ''games'' were waste of precious cd space, so the Playstation was not even considered as a viable contender by some people. Then came the Nintendo 64, and that's when the tides began to turn in Sony's favor.

After the terrible first generation game wave, Squaresoft signed with Sony. This was huge news at the time and eventually led to Sony's savior: Final Fantasy 7. Finally, an incredible game had been released. Millions of Sony Playstations were probably sold based on that video game alone. When Final Fantasy 7 hit the market, the Playstation became the number one system on the market.

Soon after, lots of great games followed, ranging from such sports games as the NBA Live series, and newer RPGs like Capcom's Breath of Fire 3. The console had suddendly started to develop a strong list of great games from top companies such as Atlus, Capcom, SquareSoft, Konami, and more. While some Playstation games have been total crap, and lots of crap has been released for the system, half of the games are still very good.

A problem with the Sony Playstation has always been the long loading times featured in games. This is due to the CD-based qualities of the system. Some good points of the CD based qualities are the quality music and sound effects, plus the fact that CD games are much cheaper to make then cartridge based games. Therefore, more companies were inclined to make inexpensive Playstation games rather than expensive Nintendo 64 cartridge games. This led to more quality games (FF7 and FF8 cannot even be done on the N64) on the Sony Playstation.

Overall I love the Playstation.

Get the PSX if you like:Inexpensive games, and a variety of great games from a variety fo genres and companies.

Do not get the PSX if: You want to wait for the PS2 to come out since it will play almost all PSX games.

Some great PSX games to get: Almost any RPG, Resident Evil 3, Dino Crisis, SFA3, Soul Blade, Vandal hearts 2, Final Fantasy Tactics, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, and more!

Rating:   5.0 - Flawless

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