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With the advent of augmented reality, mobile smart devices, and other techie wonders of the world, it is amazing to look back at the path which has lead us to this point. Now, this listicle is not about the single button Atari controllers or even Pong, but the more recent past—almost twenty years ago as of this writing. On the original Playstation gaming console, there existed whimsical video games such as Crash Bandicoot (1996) and Spyro the Dragon (1998). But then there remained the technical games. These products engaged the mind in a different way than the fantastical adventures of a marsupial and a mythic creature. Such fare delved into the technical aspects of espionage and infiltration and the other a way to understand the basics and advanced world of automobile racing. For all of the games that Sony Entertainment produced, the two most enthralling and suspenseful games permit the user to enter into a realm of challenging opponents on the asphalt in souped-up engineering wonders or use an arsenal of equipment to enter into spaces guarded by armed soldiers. Each video game stands as a testament to the imaginative thrust behind Sony Playstation developers at the height of the original console’s popularity. By making the games relatively simple to navigate, the folks behind Playstation knew that they had winners on their hands. So, go grab your DualShock controllers (with the wire intact) and those Playstation Memory Cards for Why Are You Ranking: Best Technical Playstation Games Listed from Ready to Play to Hell of a Ride.
The Classic Video Game as Figurine
2. Metal Gear Solid (1998)
This behemoth of all action-adventure stealth games brings into the child or adult who plays it a sense of what it is like to employ a battery of equipment to end terrorist activities, save two hostages, and prevent a nuclear strike. Throughout the game, the player discovers such weaponry as fictional as the Nikita and as real as the Heckler and Koch PSG-1. The journey from the waterway that the main character emerges from at the beginning to his confrontation with Liquid Snake in Metal Gear Rex is one fraught with intrigue, deftness, and even humor. One of the cheat codes that the game allows includes Solid Snake in a tuxedo. The video game’s strengths far outweigh its flaws. In the entire series, this may have been the turning point for the developers. They probably wished to see a game as comprehensive and intense as this yet still accessible and fun to play.
Rank: Ready to Play
The Lotus Hugs the Curves
1. Gran Turismo 2 (1999)
As the digitized vehicle speeds past your opponent, your heart thumps with anticipation. This video game provides that thrill over and over and over again. It is a relic that continues to get better with age. From the soundtrack that drives the player to race ever faster around those red and white corners, to the ability to use actual parts and services to construct the greatest racing machine. Street legal and raceway only vehicles populate this game. If one earns enough credits (or utilizes the cheat codes) that player can become a bonafide virtual race car driver. Speed and agility combine to make the pace of the game seem like you actually turn that curve or bolt down that straightaway. With all of the different vehicle makers from around the world available to the player, the possibilities are up to the user. He or she is emboldened to build up a garage (complete with a car wash) of reputable racers. The fun to the video game is in crafting the best cars for the specific tracks and matching wits with the computer and human opponents.
Rank: Hell of a Ride