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PS1 REVIEWS: Tomba!

Designed and directed by a previous Capcom visionary, Tomba! was meant to be a unique game that defies description. While ostensibly being an Action-Platformer, it also included several RPG and Adventure game elements that it is closer...

 
 
 

PlayStation 1 REVIEWS: The List

It came, it saw, and it sure as hell bloody conquered. With its entry into the console race, the electronic giant, Sony, was a pro athlete competing against high school kids. Not only did Sony convincingly "win" the 5th generation cons...

 
 
 

PS1 REVIEW REPORT: A60-A51

The PlayStation 1 had such a massive library of games that it is impossible to do it justice with a simple top 100 games list. As such, I decided to supplement my usual review of a top 100 games list (this time, I used the top 100 PS1 ...

 
 
 

PS1 REVIEWS: The Misadventures of Tron Bonne

The original Mega Man Legends game introduced fans to a charming world that strongly evoked Saturday Morning cartoons and anime, and that unique charm earned it a deserved fandom despite its gameplay shortcomings. One of the biggest ch...

 
 
 

PS1 REVIEWS: Mega Man Legends 2

The first Mega Man Legends game had a unique charm that made it a cult favorite despite what I consider to be some significant flaws and limitations. It looks like it was just a dress rehearsal for Capcom though, as the second Legends ...

 
 
 

PS1 REVIEWS: Mega Man Legends

I think it's weird how much people like Mega Man Legends. Objectively, I don't think it excels in any one thing that it does. It has charming graphics that are terribly constrained by technical limitations. A well-realized world that i...

 
 
 

PS1 REVIEWS: Brigandine

Brigandine is one of the few late 90's games that attempted to combine the Grand Strategy genre with Tactical RPGs. Oddly, all of those games, like Dragon Force on the Sega Saturn, feature a similar anime-inspired character design and ...

 
 
 

PS1 REVIEWS: Incredible Crisis

Incredible Crisis may be one of the weirdest games released on the PS1. In fact, it may be one of the first games to showcase a typical brand of Japanese humor and wackiness that would later be replicated by games such as Captain Rainb...

 
 
 

PS1 REVIEWS: Guardian's Crusade

Not having RPG games of its own, Activision in the 1990s attempted to latch into any obscure RPG properties from Japan and support localizing it. Surprisingly, these localization efforts were highly competent but were honestly mostly w...

 
 
 

PS1 REVIEWS: Kartia: The Word of Fate

The most striking thing about Kartia: The Word of Fate is immediately apparent, and it is the distinctive artwork and character design of Yoshitaka Amano of Final Fantasy and Front Mission fame. Attempting to support Amano's art is an ...

 
 
 

PS1 REVIEWS: Legend of Mana

Despite the stellar reputation and good commercial performance of the first three Mana games, all of which followed a similar formula and gameplay template, Square never returned to that style with the remaining games in the franchise....

 
 
 

PS1 REVIEWS REPORT: 70-61

For me, the top 70-61 games according to Retro Sanctuary's Top 100 PS1 Games list are proof of the strength of the PS1's library. It includes genuinely very good games like Klonoa and Fear Effect as well as games with the respectable l...

 
 
 

PS1 REVIEWS: Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus

Just a year after the release of the first game and envisioned as a spin-off sequel, Abe's Exoddus isn't actually a much different game. Yet, it is improved in many small areas that is a much more enjoyable game to play.If you loved th...

 
 
 

PS1 REVIEWS: Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee

There is no doubt that the Oddworld was a unique breath of fresh air (despite Abe's foul farts) when it was first released on the PS1. It was an interesting Puzzle-Platformer with a unique look and a subversive story. Also, it had huge...

 
 
 

PS REVIEWS: Fear Effect 2: Retro Helix

Fear Effect 2 is a prequel that is very much in the image of the first game but with some additions for better or worse. It has more action, story complexity, puzzles, well-directed cut-scenes, and more cleavage. Originally, I thought ...

 
 
 

PS REVIEWS: Fear Effect

While the name and tank-style controls may suggest a Resident Evil-like Survival Horror game, Fear Effect in fact has more in common with the cinematic action games Naughty Dog likes to produce today.This is a relatively short game tha...

 
 
 

PS1 REVIEWS: Klonoa: Door to Phantomile

Klonoa is different from the other mascots introduced in the late 90s in that Namco balanced the edgy style of the era with a classical Japanese focus on cuteness and personality. That saved the character from being as dated and cringy...

 
 
 

PS1 REVIEWS REPORT: A70-A61

The PlayStation 1 had such a massive library of games that it is impossible to do it justice with a simple top 100 games list. As such, I decided to supplement my usual review of a top 100 games list (this time, I used the top 100 PS1 ...

 
 
 

PS1 REVIEWS: SaGa Frontier 2

Seeing the recent remaster of SaGa Frontier anyone might think that it's obviously both a better game and a more regarded title. That can also seem the case if you consider the vast amount of love for the first game compared to a relat...

 
 
 

PS1 REVIEWS: SaGa Frontier

Despite routinely selling and scoring less than average for a Squaresoft JRPG, the SaGa series continued to be developed by the company since its inception as the second Final Fantasy game. That must mean that the series has some reall...

 
 
 

PS1 REVIEWS: Saiyuki: Journey West

Saiyuki: Journey West is one of the rare titles that deserve the "hidden gem" classification since it fulfills both parts of that qualification. It is hidden in the sense that few people have heard of it, with fewer actually playing it...

 
 
 

PS REVIEWS: Clock Tower

One common mistake used when discussing the Clock Tower series is to claim that it is a derivative of the Resident Evil games, which is false both from a chronological and gameplay perspective. This series actually started on the SNES,...

 
 
 

PS REVIEWS: Thousand Arms

Many PS1 RPGs with heavy Anime aesthetics had dating sim elements in the game. Yet, very few of them were ever localized west. Thousand Arms, which was published by Atlus, is one of few such games that was ported West.Honestly, if this...

 
 
 

Top 10 Games I Played in 2020

2020 sure was a shitty year. The entire planet was engulfed in a pandemic with never-before-seen consequences. My heart goes to the many people affected by both the health and economic impacts of COVID-19. I was lucky in only being con...

 
 
 

PS1 REVIEWS: Vanguard Bandits

Vanguard Bandits, known as Epica Stella in Japan, is one of those obscure quintessential Japanese games that would have never been released West if not for companies such as Working Designs which thrived on porting them. It's a Tactica...

 
 
 

PS1 REVIEWS: Croc: Legend of the Gobbos

With the massive success and revolutionary impact of Super Mario 64, it was natural for more 3D Platformers to be developed. Platforming was proven to work in a 3D environment. However, most of the early attempts at 3D Platformers outs...

 
 
 

PS1 REVIEWS: Dragon Valor

Released relatively late in the PS1 life cycle, Dragon Dogma was touted as an Action RPG with some relatively decent graphics and combat. I don't know if that genre classification is what caused it, but the game was considered to be a ...

 
 
 
 

PS1 REVIEWS REPORT: 80-71

The PS1 proves to have a strong library with a pretty solid top 80-71 games according to the Retro Sanctuary List. However, the list continues to select poor titles among those that deserve the honor. Of the below game, two are outrigh...

 
 
 

Where the Hell is Breath of Fire?

(Since I just finished my reviews of both Breath of Fire III & IV, I decided to repost my "Where the Hell is Breath of Fire?" blog with some modifications, the original post was nearly five years ago on 11/29/2015) In many ways, th...

 
 

About Lord Spencerone of us since 5:57 PM on 01.12.2014

Hello all, I am Lord Spencer, your friendly neighborhood royalty. Yes, the ancient bloodlines are letting absolutely anyone in these days.

Being the lurker that I am, I have been following Destructoid for more than four years. Well, its 3 AM where I live now, and I just plunged in getting HUGE in the way.

Here is hoping for a fun time.

Oh yes, here is a little more info about me that is probably not as interesting as I think it is:

-I owned and played about 1000+ games.
-I owned and read about 2000+ books (I counted comic books I read as a kid so this is not as impressive as it sounds).
-I absolutely love Legos.

Out of all the games I played, I only regret playing a few. I am a big fan of gaming, and thus I really like most of what I play.

Thanks to the excellent work of community member Dango, now I have a cool infographic of my top 20 games. This list is not my final one, but what I thought off at the moment. If you notice, they are presented in chronological order:





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