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 letters “Q and R”.
The PSOne era was certainly not known for its first-person shooters. The PC was still dominating and while some games got ported, most did not. Quake 2 on PSOne was an anomaly, while not nearly as smooth as its PC counterpart, this stripped down version was still a heck of a lot of fun to play.
Rally Cross 2
I adore off-road racing games, and few drum up better memories for me than the Rally Cross series. The first was great, but the sequel (much like all games in that time) just amped it up in every category. I am still waiting for Sony to bring it back.
Resident Evil 2
No list is complete without a mention of the grandaddy of survival horror. While the original game made the mark, its sequel is still considered by most as the greatest of all-time. Fans are still pining for that HD remake of the game, and I am right there with them.
Ridge Racer Revolution
This is another series that I could have chosen any number of entries for this list. The reason for Revolution is simple. It was essentially the original game, with added features and of course the infamous angel and devil cars. Nothing screamed perfection like the original Ridge Racer titles.
Rising Zan: The Samurai Gunman
Easily the most obscure title on this list, Rising Zan is the best parts of a spaghetti western meshed with insanity. There is really nothing like it, and that theme song is still stuck in my head to this day.
Racing games were a dime a dozen on the PSOne, so for one to stick out, it needed a hook. Rollcage was an insane title that mixed traditional racing with Wipeout-style futuristic features. Cars would flip and roll, how the driver never got sick, is beyond me.
Tune in next week for the next collection of titles.