Slick Anthology

A video game collection in blog form… a constant work in progress

Category Archives: PlayStation 1

Austin Powers Pinball

Austin Powers Pinball CoverSystem: PS1

Genre: Pinball

Release: 10/25/2002

Completed: No

Remember Austin Powers? The movies were pretty great when they came out, and I was a definite fan. Remember any of the Austin Powers video games? Yeah, there were a few, and yeah, I didn’t think so. Austin Powers Pinball doesn’t really belong in any collector’s library except the truly hardcore, as it’s the most basic a game can get. I picked it up online for two dollars: that’s one dollar per pinball table this game offers. I haven’t played it yet, but I can only assume it’s riddled with digital sounding quotes from the movie, reused jokes again and again, as well as shameless humor strewn about the entire game. I bet I’m close to correct.

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Apocalypse

Apocalypse CoverSystem: PS1

Genre: Shooter, Action

Release: 10/31/1998

Completed: No

One of the (surprisingly) handful of games starring action movie star Bruce Willis, Apocalypse doesn’t get a lot of recognition these days. You’ve likely never heard of it unless you’re a die hard Bruce fan (get it?), or you really follow your game companies, as this was developed by Neversoft, the company that became famous for creating the Tony Hawk series. This game doesn’t feature skateboards, but does feature third-person shooting and an early form of twin-stick shooting!

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101 Dalmatians II

101 Dalmatians II CoverSystem: PS1

Genre: Action

Release: 11/20/2003

Completed: No

I don’t even remember how I came into possession of this game. Probably from a random lot of games I picked up. Regardless, 101 Dalmatians II is based on the Disney movie of the same name, and features 3D platforming and gameplay. Honestly I’ll likely never get to this one. So if you like it, let me know!

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007 Racing

007 Racing CoverSystem: PS1

Genre: Racing

Release: 11/20/2000

Completed: No

Perhaps to catch up on the popular “every gets a racing” trend of the late 90s and early 00s, James Bond himself jumped on the bandwagon with 007 Racing. Being one of the biggest recurring elements of the James Bond franchise has been his teched out cars, it kind of makes sense we’d see him in a car themed game, but maybe not a racing combat game. Despite this, it’s one of the few Bond games that allows for multiple rides from the series to be accessible and playable!

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The World Is Not Enough

The World is not Enough Cover

System: PS1

Genre: First Person Shooter

Release: 11/6/00

Completed: Partially

I’ve played this game on the Nintendo 64 at my friend’s house. Naturally we played it because of the immensely awesome Goldeneye on the N64 and hoped this would be something similar. While it’s definitely a better game than the follow-up PS1 exclusive to Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, TWINE isn’t nearly as great as the N64 original. Funny story though: You begin the game in a bank and have a few mission objective thrown at you. Being a totally new game I didn’t know exactly what button did what so I experimented. What ended up happening what James’ fist going right into the face of the unaware female bank teller in front of me. Oh man… we laughed so hard we cried!

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Syphon Filter 2

Syphon Filter 2 Cover

System: PS1

Genre: First Person Shooter

Release: 2/29/00

Completed: No

As with the first game, I’ve not played this one. But I do remember the commercial that accompanied the game’s release. It’s not really a display of the game’s content, but rather a funny approach to the game’s combat. From what I’ve read this game picks up right where the first one ends, which is something that I like with sequels: developing plot and characters through consecutive games is a good device. So long as the first didn’t leave on a cliffhanger. Anyone have the verdict on that one?

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Asteroids

Asteroids Cover

System: PS1

Genre: Arcade, Shooter

Release: 11/13/98

Completed: No

Being on a classic game reboot kick as of late, it doesn’t surprise me in the very least that I spilled some cash for Asteroids. The original Asteroids is the definition of a classic video game: vector graphics, fun and simple gameplay, and a game that you can play for hours or minutes and still have a great time. The remake here features 3D graphics, missions having you do more than just survive in an asteroid field, and more. My hopes aren’t high for this one, but I actually think as a collection with other remakes (Frogger, Pong, etc.) it’s a fun one to have.

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Wipeout XL

Wipeout XL Cover

System: PS1

Genre: Racing

Release: 9/30/96

Completed: No

The second game in the series and the second to be released on the PS1, Wipeout XL is a futuristic racing game. I don’t think the series has been incredibly successful in terms of sales, but each game in the series is always heralded as a quality title, this being no exception. I’ve only played the PSP game and I have to say it was pretty fun. It reminded me of games like Extreme-G on the Nintendo 64 with its fast paced racing and blurred graphics making it hard to determine exactly what you’re doing. I think the intensity of the races made the game stand out, and whichever version you have it’s worth checking out.

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Vandal Hearts

Vandal Hearts Cover

System: PS1

Genre: RPG

Release: 3/27/97

Completed: No

Can you get a more epic cover than Vandal Hearts? There’s a party battling a gigantic dragon on top of a pillar, above the clouds! If that doesn’t make you want to play the game then I don’t know what will. Vandal Hearts is a lesser known RPG on the PS1 and one of the earlier role playing games to come out. For reference, Final Fantasy VII came out around the same time as this one. I think that’s the real reason this game isn’t as well known. Also, interesting to note that the game is rated Mature, something not too common with RPGs. It did spawn a sequel on the PS1 as well, but I haven’t heard anything from the game since.

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Tetris Plus

Tetris Plus Cover

System: PS1

Genre: Puzzle

Release: 10/18/96

Completed: No

Another Tetris game on the PS1. As with The Next Tetris also on the system, this game includes a playable version of the original Tetris. It’s even featured on the cover of the game! Anyway, Tetris Plus includes a redone version of the original game as well as a puzzle mode which has you guiding that Mario-like guy on the cover through a grid of blocks to the bottom of the grid. This mode reminds me of a similar mode in the more recent Tetris Party on the Wii, which has you doing essentially the same thing but instead of guiding your little guy to the bottom of the screen you go to the top. Tetris Plus is really just another Tetris game though, so you’re enjoyment of it will likely stem from how much you enjoy Tetris. For me, that’s a lot!

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