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 “G”.
I really love revisiting the PSOne, especially for Psygnosis games. They had some of the most original, and best-looking titles on the system. G-Police was another forgotten gem from that era and even garnered a sequel. Both are worth playing.
Originally a 3DO title, Gex is still one of the more memorable character-action games from the time. Voiced by comedian Dana Gould, and spoofing Hollywood’s finest works, this smarmy side-scroller still gets quoted by me to this day. The sequels diluted the franchise, but the original still remains a classic.
Ghost in the Shell
Little known fact, I used to love anime. Ghost in the Shell is one of my all-time favorite series, so when this game landed on PSOne, I was pretty stoked. It ended up just being a Fuchikoma tank simulator, but I still really enjoyed it, and it still holds up to this day.
Another obvious choice, but one I cannot omit. The original Gran Turismo is still my favorite in the series. I mastered the tracks, played locally with friends, and was still in awe how good it looked on the PSOne hardware.
Probably the most obscure title on this list, Grid Runner is a top-down action title where capturing flags is the main goal. It was addictive with friends, and unique for its time. Another product of the PSOne era where developers took chances on really weird concepts.
Tune in next week for the next collection of titles.