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 “P”.
One of the more colorful games of the PSOne era, this 2.5D platformer is still one of my favorites. It even spawned a sequel where they tried to sexualize the female character. It was awkward to say the least.
Parappa the Rapper
I love Parappa. I miss Parappa. I need Parappa to return. Sony’s rapping mascot was one of my fondest memories of the system. The pseudo follow-ups never matched the glory of the original, and I still know the words to almost all of the songs. Butter, butter, butter joins the bowl!
Parasite Eve 2
I could have chosen either entry in the Parasite Eve series for this list, or even both! The collection of Aya Brea’s adventures are still some of my favorite. Sad that the third game in the series wasn’t as memorable, but these action RPGs still hold up today.
What do you get when you mesh the greatest puzzle game with the best fighting game? You get Pocket Fighter. This novel brawler is a lot more fun than it should be and hosts a cast of characters that are just too cute for words.
This game is not great. I have revisited it many times over the years trying to remember why I have fond memories of it, and every time I come up blank. Yet I still play through it every time. This top-down shooter has some of the greatest sound effects though.
Tune in next week for the next collection of titles.