The From A to Z series lets our editors go back and take a look at games from past generations that are classics, overlooked gems, or just titles they remember fondly. The idea behind this is to pick five games from each letter of the alphabet, once a week to showcase. This delivers 26 weeks and 130 games to talk about. Hopefully it sparks some conversation, and of course plenty of memories.
Our first series will focus on Sony’s first entry into the console business, the PlayStation.
Let’s continue with the letter “C”.
Car and Driver Presents: Grand Tour Racing ’98
There were a lot of racing games on the PSOne, but for some reason this little-known title stuck with me for years. The amount of car types and tracks was amazing, and once I got a handle on the unique physics, I had a blast playing it.
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
This game is a classic. There is little else to say about it, and while most of my list contains lesser-known titles, Symphony of the Night is just too good to ignore. This is required for PSOne collectors, and is still one of the best games ever made.
Sometimes overlooked, but never forgotten, this follow-up to one of the greatest SNES RPGs still holds a special place in my gaming memory. The PSOne was second-to-none in the genre, and Chrono Cross is still one of the best it had to offer.
The Twisted Metal series was one of the marquee titles for the PSOne, so copies were always cropping up. Critical Depth was one of the more interesting ones taking vehicular combat underwater. The results were certainly a blast.
Croc: Legend of the Gobbos
Croc is not the greatest game, but it was one of the first to take advantage of the original analog controller, as well as being the closest thing PSOne gamers had to Super Mario 64. That title screen music still resonates in my head, and heck it even got a sequel.
Tune in next week for the next collection of titles.