If you have ever listened to any of my podcasts or watched any of the Facebook Live shows you know that I am a fan of old school video games. My dad introduced me to games like Pac-Man, Defender and Q-Bert. We played those games on the Atari 2600.

As I got older I was lucky enough to play on a few different video game systems. For each one that I played on a few games will always have a place in my heart. One system that meant a lot to me what the PlayStation One. This system took a huge leap in the evolution of video games.

From NFL Gameday 97 to Tekken 3 these games had graphics that blew the competition away. At times there were games from Playstation One that made you feel like you were in an arcade.

So this year gamers around my age were jumping for joy when PlayStation released the news that the PlayStation One (PS1) will be making a comeback. When I heard the news my first thought was about one of my favorite games of all time. That game is Metal Gear Solid.

Gaming Meets The Movies

Metal Gear Solid took the action-adventure stealth video game genre to a new level. It was one of the first games that I can remember that mixed a video game with an action movie. The cut scenes made you feel like you were part of a movie.

The writing and production on Metal Gear Solid and its influence can be seen in video games today. I remember playing this game for hours. It was one of those game that you could play over and over again. I was psyched to see Metal Gear Solid be one of the games Sony decided to put into the PlayStation Classic.

Twisted Fun

One of the most original games out there, Twisted Metal is a demolition derby that allows you and your friends with each other using all sorts of cool vehicles. Each ride has bombs, guns and anything else to help you win a chaotic derby. The different areas were great too. They went along with one of the character’s vehicle.

A variety of weapons and upgrades are obtainable by pick-ups scattered throughout the stage. The last driver alive is the winner. A man named Calypso is the host of a vehicular combat tournament called Twisted Metal. He promises to grant the winner of the tournament one wish. This game gave me and my friends countless hours of fun on the PS1.

Fighting In 3-D

One game that put fighting games on the map was the Tekken series. The PS1 had the third installment of this fighting series. Many games like myself felt that is was a great conversion from the arcade to a home gaming system.

Tekken 3 is an essential PlayStation title that belongs in every gamer’s library. The 3-D character graphics and a roaming camera viewpoint is one of the reason’s it is a fan favorite. Gameplay is fast and furious, with simple controls that are easy to learn.

The classic game system that was released this week is a miniature recreation of the iconic PlayStation console, pre-loaded with 20 fan-favorite games along with two wired controllers for local multiplayer showdowns and a virtual memory card for vital game saves.

PlayStation Classic also features the same famous logo, button layout and outer packaging – but this mini console is approximately 45% smaller than the original PlayStation and includes a HDMI cable to connect directly to a TV.

Includes 20 Pre-loaded Games:

  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Grand Theft Auto
  • Metal Gear Solid
  • R4 Ridge Racer Type 4
  • Tekken 3
  • Twisted Metal
  • Battle Arena Toshinden
  • Cool Boarders 2
  • Destruction Derby
  • Intelligent Qube
  • Jumping Flash!
  • Mr. Driller
  • Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee
  • Rayman
  • Resident Evil Director’s Cut
  • Revelations: Persona
  • Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
  • Syphon Filter
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six
  • Wild Arms

You can get your PS1 at GameStop. This is a perfect gift for someone on your holiday list that loves classic video gaming systems.

Please note GameStop sent me a PlayStation One Classic, but my thoughts are my own.