PlayStation, 20 Years Later: We Took A Walk Down Memory Lane With Our Beloved '90s Games

December 3 may be just another day to most, but for hardcore gamers it's a monumental milestone for one of their favorite consoles. Early this month, Sony PlayStation celebrated its 20th birthday. Woot! That means no more awkward teen years for you, PlayStation. From here on out you'll care less about what others think, focus more on your career, and mature into the fully formed gaming console you were destined to be. What the future holds for you is unclear — and exciting, no doubt — but what you've accomplished in the last 20 years is undeniably amazing.

To celebrate its 20th birthday, Sony Computers Entertainment is releasing a limited-edition throwback PS4 in a vintage design paying homage to the original 1994 PlayStation. Remember that Nintendo-like gray color of the first console? Everything on the limited-edition version — from the controller to the power cables — will come in that color. And that's not all. Just to maximize the nostalgia factor, Sony is also offering an anniversary theme in the PlayStation store that will give your PlayStation the look and sound of the original PS1. So if you already have a PS4 and don't want to shell out for the limited-edition version, you can still get your '90s fix with the theme.

Since no one can really ever get enough nostalgia (I basically live in the '90s in my head), we're also taking a trip down memory lane. In honor of PlayStation's birthday, here's a look at everyone's favorite PlayStation games over the years. Remember these??



You play as a feral child who runs through the jungle biting pigs in order to save the world. Enough said.

Final Fantasy VII

The immensely popular Final Fantasy series was the second-highest selling PS1 game of all time. It's also the second-most demanded remake in Japan.

Gran Turismo

As for the number-one selling PS1 game of all time? That would be Gran Turismo, the critically acclaimed racing series.

Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride

People really, really like this game. Maybe because of its touching storyline, which follows the protagonist over 30 years as he escapes slavery and starts a family who helps him save the world. Aw.


Twisted Metal: Black

The demolition derby destruction of the PS1 games was even more brutal on PS2. If you like to break things, this is for you.

Beyond Good and Evil

Though fans loved this game, it was not a commercial success and plans for a trilogy were axed. But it's about an investigative journalist who knows martial arts? What's not to love?

Katamari Damacy

This was the first installment in what may be the weirdest video game series of all time. You're a little man who rolls things into a giant ball, picking up objects that increase in size as you go along — from paperclips to humans to skyscrapers. It's strangely addictive.


South Park: Stick of Truth

Well, if you're a South Park fan, then this is a no-brainer. You're basically playing a very long episode of the show.

Grand Theft Auto V

The latest installment in this sinfully enticing series received wide critical acclaim, despite controversy over its depiction of torture and misogyny.

Soulcalibur IV

From personal experience, this one-on-one fighting game is dangerously addictive. Do not get good at it, because you might not leave the house for 48 hours straight.


NBA 2K14

If you're a basketball fan — and a LeBron James fan in particular — then get your hands on this game. The Miami Heat star is not only on the cover but he also curated the game's impressive soundtrack.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Even though a new one gets released every year, fans can't seem to resist buying each and every Call of Duty game. And this latest release might just be the best one yet with its futuristic twist.

TowerFall Ascension

This game might have come out last year, but it's designed to look and feel like an old-school arcade game from the 1980s. Perfect for the nostalgia-prone.

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