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 “S”.
The PSOne popularized the survival horror genre and birthed some of its most memorable entries. Konami’s Silent Hill is just another example of how revolutionary that console was. The original game is still considered one of the most twisted, and creepy games ever made. Those babies in the school…ugh.
You might be thinking this game looks and sounds familiar. Well this is essentially the first Soul Calibur game. Actually called Soul Blade in arcades, the name danced around until the sequel finally set it in stone as what we know today. That intro song, still so, so awesome…and cheesy.
Capcom used to make a ton of games, especially fighting games. Star Gladiator is another one of my favorite ones that no one remembers. Although a character from the game did make an appearance in one of the later Vs. games, most people had no clue who he was.
Street Fighter Alpha 3
There are a lot of fighting games on this list, but for good reason, the PSOne was a monster in this genre. Street Fighter is well-known, but Alpha 3 is easily the best in the series. I will still argue that to this day. I bought both the US and import versions. Still play it. It is sublime.
Sony also had several first party titles in the PSOne days. Syphon Filter felt like an answer to Metal Gear Solid, with a bit more action. I loved all three titles, but the first remains my favorite. They have tried to bring it back several times without success, but I hold on to hope that one day Gabe Logan will return.
Tune in next week for the next collection of titles.