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News: Let's Remember the Iconic PSone Start Screen Together

Let's Remember the Iconic PSone Start Screen Together

Sony Computer Entertainment presents

Much like Polygon Man at an E3 event eons ago, Sony Computer Entertainment is being taken out into the parking lot and shot. The Japanese giant announced today that it will be merging the iconic organisation with Sony Network Entertainment to create a new company called Sony Interactive Entertainment. It'

Review: Pandemonium! (PSone)

Pandemonium! (PSone)

A pair of 2.5Determined magical hoppers

How could a developer solve a problem like a desire to build a side-scrolling platformer in a 1996 3D graphics obsessed world? The answer was to find a middle ground, which we affectionately refer to as 2.5D today. Published by Crystal Dynamics and created by Toys for Bob in Novato, California close to the...

Push Scare: Resident Evil 3: Nemesis Is an Underrated Survival Horror Smash

Resident Evil 3: Nemesis Is an Underrated Survival Horror Smash

Will you be my Valentine?

Republished on Saturday, 31st October 2015: We're bringing this article back from the archives to celebrate Hallowe'en today. The original text follows. Originally published on Wednesday, 29th October 2014: It goes without saying that in lists of top titles from the survival horror genre, a Resident Evil release is bound...

Push Scare: How Final Fantasy VII's Not-So-Scary Intro Made Me Shelve It for Two Years

How Final Fantasy VII's Not-So-Scary Intro Made Me Shelve It for Two Years

Silver lining

Republished on Saturday, 31st October 2015: We're bringing this article back from the archives to celebrate Hallowe'en today. The original text follows. Originally published on Tuesday, 28th October 2014: Final Fantasy VII isn't your archetypal horror game – far from it – but it does include one of the darkest stories of any...

Review: GEX (PSone)

GEX (PSone)

GEX-sticulates yelling '90s pop culture quips

A game can be an interesting representation of its generation without being beautiful, timeless, and artistically ageless. Released on the EU's PSone in April 1996, GEX was loud, brash, and in-your-face, but so were films like Point Break and ska-punk bands such as Assorted Jelly Beans during the 1990s...

Review: Spyro the Dragon (PSone)

Spyro the Dragon (PSone)

Don't Gnorc it

While Insomniac Games has become one of PlayStation's most recognised developers, it cut its teeth with the little known PSone first-person shooter Disruptor, which launched in 1996. It was a DOOM clone among many others that populated the gaming landscape at the time, but there were aspects to it that made it stand out among the...

Review: Mickey's Wild Adventure (PSone)

Mickey's Wild Adventure (PSone)

Traveller's tenaciously timeless theatrical tales

Every gaming generation has a few genre styles that are dominant, and in the early 1990s scrolling shmups, brawlers, and cutesy mascot platformers were the most prevalent titles on a game shop's shelves. Julian 'Jaz' Rignall was prophetic in his editorial for the February 1991 issue five of Mean...

Soapbox: From Pretender to Major Player - Remembering PlayStation's Rise from the Frontlines

From Pretender to Major Player - Remembering PlayStation's Rise from the Frontlines

Former CVG editor Paul Davies shares his memories of Sony's 32-bit legend

As we all know, the PlayStation is 20 years old this week – at least in Europe. Rather than make this a study in retrospect of what truly happened from that glorious month of September 1995 onwards, I've been asked to plunder my own brain for thoughts on the impact made by...

Review: WipEout (PSone)

WipEout (PSone)

FEISARis, not Surfaris

Republished on Tuesday, 29th September 2015: We're bringing this review back from the archives to celebrate the PSone's big 20th Anniversary in Europe today. The original text follows. Originally published on Saturday, 12th October 2013: When the magazine reviews of WipEout landed a month after its September 1995 release,...

Feature: The 10 Best Worst PSone Covers

The 10 Best Worst PSone Covers

The bad, the ugly, and the beautifully bad

Box art today is not usually all that interesting. You go to the shop to pick up your copy of Call of Battlefield: War with Guns and the cover art is usually a grizzled white guy walking away from the camera, surrounded with brown and more brown – well, unless you're Battlefield, which uses nothing but...

Review: Rayman (PSone)

Rayman (PSone)

Ray-manifestation of UbiArt

Even twenty years ago, any love felt towards PSone Rayman's luscious art style could quickly turn into hate due to its spikily relentless difficulty barrier, but a cathartic sense of satisfaction could also be found by perseverant gamers who endured to conquer all eighteen of its levels. As a December 1995 EU launch...

News: A Very Happy 20th Birthday to PlayStation

A Very Happy 20th Birthday to PlayStation

Birthday bashings

Pull out your party poppers, put on a paper hat, and pick out your best retro game tee – the PSone turns 20 today. Yes, we know that your attention just turned to a certain The Smiths song, but we're confident that this neverending anniversary is finally coming to a close. All the way back on 29th September, 1995, the original...

Feature: The Making of the Sony PlayStation

The Making of the Sony PlayStation

Investigating the birth of a legend

Republished on Tuesday, 29th September 2015: We're bringing this article back from the archives to celebrate the PSone's big 20th Anniversary in Europe today. The original text follows. Originally published on Thursday, 9th August 2012: It's almost impossible to conceive it now but prior to the 32-bit...

News: PlayStation Dominates EDGE's Greatest Ever Games

PlayStation Dominates EDGE's Greatest Ever Games

Cream of the crop

World regarded rag EDGE has compiled a list of the 100 greatest ever video games – and PlayStation has secured four of the top five slots. Dark Souls topped the list, with Grand Theft Auto V, The Last of Us, Bloodborne, and Half-Life 2 rounding out the top five. Sony must be rubbings its hands over that lineup – especially...

Weirdness: There's a PSone on the Way to Pluto

There's a PSone on the Way to Pluto

Do not underestimate the power of PlayStation

If you thought that your yellowing PSone was good for late-night sessions of Crash Bandicoot only, then you may want to have a rethink. NASA engineers repurposed the system's MIPS R3000 CPU back in 2006, using it to control a grand piano-sized space probe which is on its way to Pluto. According to The...