Twenty years ago, Sony gave birth to the Sony PlayStation. The console marked a significant milestone for the world of video games. Needless to say, the industry has never been the same since its fruition. Throughout the course of its life, the company has achieved significant milestones, as well as set precedents for various aspects of the business. Together, we took a look at some of the PlayStation’s greatest achievements in all regards of its existence.
By Rafael Serrato and Zach Nonnemacher
10. Top-Notch Advertising
Sony has quite the history regarding bizarre, yet inventive commercials. Some notable ads featured the man in the Bandicoot suit. Almost comically bad, the ad certainly became a staple in PlayStation’s history. Continuing with the funny theme, Sony unveiled Mr. Kevin Butler to the world. Kevin possesses an M.B.A (Master of Being Awesome) and is known for such titles as Director of Rumor Confirmation as well as VP of First-Person Shooter Relations.
More recently, we saw one of the more memorable ads in gaming with “Long, Live, Play.” The ad featured real-life actors portraying many of PlayStation’s most iconic characters such as Solid Snake, Cole McGrath, and Kratos. Together, the characters celebrate the idea of the gamer behind them through the face of “Michael.” There is, indeed, a Michael in all of us.
9. Playstation’s Vast Breadth of Indie, Arcade and Obscure Games
Sony’s 2014 E3 press conference hit hard with a promise to bring an array of indie games for PlayStation fans. That promise continues today through releases like the 8-bit, bloodbath tempo of Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number and the well-received side-scroller Axiom Verge. However, the arsenal of indie and offbeat games aren’t limited to current Sony consoles. Smaller, obscure titles have found homes throughout the lifespan of each generation of PlayStation. The PS3 can claim the majestic, desert-wanderer adventure of Journey as one if its golden indie titles, the quirky Katamari Damacy and Disaster Report found a home on the PlayStation 2 and, not to mention, the original PlayStation library was filled with weird and obscure games such as Ore-no Ryouri, a funny cooking sim that only found American soil as a part of a demo disc, and the absurd, mini-game carnival that is Incredible Crisis. The ocean of unique titles that found its place in the PlayStation franchise is definitely a grand achievement.
8. Metal Gear Solid Series
Metal Gear’s roots stretch all the way back to the eighties. The original game was released on the MSX2 in 1987 followed by its direct sequel, Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, in 1990. Within a decade, consoles shifted from cartridges to discs and Metal Gear Solid arrived on Sony’s PlayStation. Solid Snake and the MGS series since then has garnered a huge following. The tactical espionage and conspiracy-driven tale of Snake, Big Boss and, of course, Metal Gear found releases across each new PlayStation console; even Sony’s hand-held systems were homes to Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker and the turn-based card game Metal Gear Acid. Today, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is available for all current-gen platforms. However, the Metal Gear Solid series matured and found its identity on the Sony consoles, becoming as popular and synonymous as the PlayStation franchise itself.
7. Shuhei Yoshida
On May 16, 2008, Shuhei Yoshida replaced Kazuo Hirai as President of Sony Worldwide Studios. Since then, Yoshida has solidified himself as a prominent face and personality in the world of PlayStation. The man is not only a strong leader for Sony, but is an avid, dedicated gamer as well. His personal investment in quality video games has helped PlayStation continue its march of success. He is frequently seen speaking at major events such as E3 and the PlayStation Experience as well as interacting with the game journalism community. Before serving as President, Shuhei also had his hands in many memorable titles such as Jak and Daxter, Twisted Metal: Black, and The Legend of Dragoon. His warm personality and devotion to the medium makes him one of the best leaders in the business. The elevation of Shuhei Yoshida marks a prominent moment in Sony’s history. PlayStation can look forward to continued achievement with him at the helm.
6. Pushing Graphical Boundaries
With each new console, Sony was always at the forefront when it came to pushing video games to their graphical limits. The original PlayStation saw Resident Evil 2 paint its streets with so much gore, grime and atmosphere that opening a door to a new area was as tense and adrenaline-filling as fighting through the zombie-infested streets. Games such as Final Fantasy X, God of War II and Okami exemplify not only the PS2’s power, but versatility of graphical style. From the very first Uncharted game to the PlayStation 3’s Magnum Opus The Last of Us, Sony showed just how far graphics may go within a single generation. Now with the PlayStation 4, Sony has yet another graphical avenue to conquer; and with games like The Order 1886, it seems like they are already on the right track.