Is the PS1 overated?

Wed, Mar 13th, 2019

In short: I think it is. For those who just wanted to know that, you can now piss off.

For those who want to know what brought me to that conclusion, I suppose I can give you a backstory.

I used to have a PS1 back in the day, and I loved it. There were so many great games for it. The 3D aspect was mindblowing coming from the Mega Drive!

When I got into retro gaming, I naturally went back to the PS1. Those wobbly textures have a charm to them that you can’t recreate with modern games!

So I decided to expland into other retro consoles of that generation, and I got a Saturn, then an N64, then a Dreamcast.

Over time, I found myself playing those way more, and my PS1 was just collecting dust.

It seems I’m not alone. People my age seem to rave on about those consoles more than the PS1. Look at any meme about the 90s, and 9 times out of 10, you’ll see a reference to the N64 there.

Dreamcast obviously has it’s huge fanbase, and the Saturn has a dedicated one, too.

But the PS1 seems completely forgotten. Sure, you have some guys, such as myself, recalling memories of it, but generally, people seemed to have just moved on and don’t pay any attention to it. At least this is from my experience.

This is all despite the fact the PS1 sold about twice as many consoles as the other 3 combined.

Makes you wonder, doesn’t it? From playing all of the consoles, almost on a regular basis, I can give you my reason for doing this myself.

The PS1 just feels… bland. Lifeless. Almost corporate.

The library seems quanity over quality. Absolutely it has it’s classics, but a big percentage of those weren’t even exclusive, and most of the time, in my opinion, the PS1 version wasn’t even the best.

Wipeout is also available on Saturn and PC.

Wipeout 2097/XL is also available on Saturn and PC.

Croc is also available on Saturn and PC.

Destruction Derby, you guessed it, also on Saturn and PC.

Destruction Derby 2 was also on PC, and a Saturn port was in the works, but cancelled.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater was also on N64 and Dreamcast.

Pro Skater 2 was also on N64, Dreamcast, and PC. (There was also 2X on Xbox, but that never got released here)

Final Fantasy VII was also on PC.

Metal Gear Solid was also on PC.

Bugs Bunny Lost in Time and Sheep, Dog n’ Wolf were also on PC.

See where I’m getting at?

Don’t get me wrong, the PS1 has some absolute classics to call it’s own, such as the Crash Bandicoot games, the Spyro trilogy, Klonoa, Wip3out and Ape Escape. I’m not holding anything against those, I love those games! It also has Bubsy 3D… I guess?

But outside of those, the PS1 feels like it hasn’t got anything truly outstanding to offer.

I also respect that the same could be said for the Sega Saturn, many of it’s games were also on PC, but at least those Saturn games had multiplayer that was harder to achieve on PC, so there was a reason to own the games on Saturn, if you had one. Most of the PS1 games listed were singleplayer only.

The other consoles felt like they had personality to them, like you go to one of them to play a specific type of game.

Whereas the PS1 feels like it’s just a generic for everyone console, it lacks such personality.

I’m not knocking the PS1 at all, mind you, I still think it’s a great console, just overshadowed by almost every other console that generation.

So what do you think? Feel free to

 

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