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 “K”.
Kagero: Deception 2
The Deception series is still one of the most unique to come out of the PSOne era. It somehow still lives to this day. Kagero was the first to take it third-person, and while the traps weren’t as inventive as the first game, it is still a blast to set them up.
Kileak: The DNA Imperative
Kileak is not a good series. Being a PSOne launch title, this FPS was full of boring corridors and uninspired game play, yet I remember it fondly. The sequel fared no better, and the title is a mess of words that make no sense. Still I can’t help but have a spot in my nostalgia bank for it.
That’s right, I was into Dark Souls before Dark Souls was cool. Kings Field is essentially the spiritual predecessor to the now beloved Souls series. The catch? It was entirely in first-person. It was still hard as nails and full of interesting encounters.
Klonoa: Door to Phantomile
Klonoa had the unfortunate fate of being released at a time when character platform games were all the rage. This is still one of the better ever made, and even got a recent entry that rekindled my love for the 2.5D action.
This is another game that if I returned to today, I would likely have a hard time playing. But who doesn’t love the idea of an exaggerated hero with a Russian accent driving a mech into combat? Krazy Ivan fits its name, and I fondly remember the great CGI also included.
Tune in next week for the next collection of titles.