The Sony PlayStation is home to a lot of classic JRPG’s. One of my favorites was Squaresoft’s release, Chrono Cross. Known as the spiritual sequel to Chrono Trigger, the game delivered on all fronts. Chrono Cross’s gameplay follows the JRPG formula we’ve all grown to love. Throughout your journey, you’ll travel through two parallel dimensions, have up to 40+ different playable characters on your team, engage in a unique battle system, and listen to what is considered one of the best RPG soundtracks around.
Ahh, yes, the big kahuna! Final Fantasy VII, developed by Squaresoft at the time, was released in 1997 for the Sony PlayStation and when it did, the game gained immediate popularity around the world and revolutionized the Japanese RPG genre with its engaging story, cinematic visuals, and one famous scene that touched the hearts of many people, but I can’t just spoil it for you (though I’m pretty sure the whole world knows by now). I had never experienced so many emotions in a game until this game came along. Just ask anyone who has played it. They’ll give you the same exact reaction.
Spyro: Year of the Dragon is a platform game, developed by Insomniac Games and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation video game console. It is the last title in the trilogy of Spyro games for the Playstation. 150 magical dragon eggs are stolen from the land of the dragons by an evil sorceress. Spyro must travel through 30 different worlds while gathering gems and eggs. Spyro: Year of the Dragon also includes new playable characters and mini games.
It’s Ridge Racer! Riiiiiiidge Racer! You know I had to say it. Ridge Racer Type 4 is a Playstation One exclusive racer from Namco. The Ridge Racer series has always been popular around the world. This title was the one that got me interested in the series. R4 features 8 exciting and diverse tracks with 321 vehicles at your disposal. The vehicles are fictional models created for the game and not based on real cars like the Gran Turismo/Forza games.
An increase in human population has resulted in a serious food shortage. Trying to solve this problem, scientists create a new species to use as food and place them in Japan. These creatures eventually mutate and attack the people of Japan. An international peacekeeping organization called the Armed Volunteers tries to stop the creatures, now referred to as “Ruffians”, but they also oppress the Japanese. Another group, referring to itself as the Savior Group and led by a mysterious woman named Achi, rises up to defend Japan against the Ruffians and Armed Volunteers.
The game opens with Richter defeating Dracula on the final stage of Rondo of Blood. Five years later, Alucard arrives at Dracula’s Castle and meets his servant, Death. He warns Alucard, the son of Dracula, to stop his quest to destroy the castle which appears only once every hundred years. During his journey he eventually meets Maria. She is a seventeen-year-old vampire hunter on a quest to find Richter.
Musashi has been summoned to Allucaneet Kingdom by Princess Fillet. She explains to him that her kingdom is being invaded by the Thirstquencher Empire. Musashi wants to return to his homeland so he agrees to save the kingdom. His first task is to head out and recover the Sword of Luminescence before the Empire does. After Musashi recovers Lumina, he finds that most of the people from the Allucaneet, including the Princess, have been kidnapped by the Thirstquencher Empire. Musashi starts searching for the Five Scrolls to strengthen the power of Lumina. Only then will he be powerful enough to take down the Thirstquencher Empire.
It is Christmas Eve in New York City. Aya Brea, a strong rookie detective working for the NYPD, is at an opera with her date at Carnegie Hall. Everything seems normal during the show until a horrific scene happens. When the lead actress, Melissa, finishes her song, the audience suddenly starts to combust into flames. The only ones not burning are Aya and Melissa! Even in her evening gown, she dashes to the scene, prepared to fight.
Star Ocean: The Second Story was released in 1999. It was published by Enix (who is now merged with Square) and developed by Tri-Ace. The studio is known for making unique battle systems like the one featured in Valkyrie Profile. The PlayStation game Star Ocean: The Second Story is no different. It features unique gameplay, great music, and an engaging story. Unfortunately, the game was overshadowed by the mega popular Final Fantasy VII from Square.
Kirby must help Ribbon retrieve the Crystal Shards to save her planet, Ripple Star. An enemy called Dark Matter has taken control of it. Kirby and his friends must travel across the solar system looking for these pieces. Will Kirby save the day? Find out!