Tuesday, 2 December 2014

20 Years of PlayStation: My Favourite Playstation Titles

So today marks the 20th anniversary of PlayStation, and many of us, especially on social media, are feeling a little nostalgic. For me, it reminded me of so many games I had fond memories of growing up. I was six years old when the original PlayStation was released. 

It is crazy to think how far gaming has come since then, but I still like to think back to some of my first proper experiences. Whilst plenty can be attributed to Nintendo's SNES, GameBoy and consoles thereafter, the PlayStation still holds a special place in my memories. 

Here are some of my favourite games I enjoyed playing during the PlayStation One years. 

Tomb Raider, Tomb Raider 2
Tomb Raider was one of the first games myself and my brother got for the PlayStation. Whilst I don't recall either of us completing it back then, we both have fond memories of watching our dad complete the Tomb Raider series, especially the first two. 

Not only did the first two games in particular help to cement Lara Croft as one of gamings most celebrated heroines, but they were damn fine games to boot too.  

Crash Bandicoot
Ah, Crash Bandicoot. I speak for all of us here, but I am sure so many of you reading this have fond memories of Crash Bandicoot, particularly the first one, too. The first game, created by Naughty Dog and released in 1996, the first game in the series introduced players to the fun and frantic levels and characters. I still have fond memories of the Hog Wild level!

Soul Blade
Whilst subsequent titles became known as the Soul Calibur series, Soul Blade was the second 3D beat-em-up to feature characters that fight with weapons (Battle Arena Toshinden being the first). Released in 1995, the game featured fighters that would soon become synonymous to the Soul Calibur series, such as Voldo and Siegfried. Also, who remembers the theme

Tekken 3
The last instalment of the series for Playstation 1, Tekken 3 is still widely considered one of the best fighting games of all time. The third game in the series contained improved graphics, more fluid gameplay and a larger character roster. 

Speed Freaks
Who doesn't remember that Jamiroquai theme tune? Speed Freaks, another game clearly influenced by Nintendo's trend-setter Mario Kart, featured a whole host of vibrant courses, which were a delight to zip around. 

Worms
The first game I received for the PS1, Worms may have evolved somewhat since then (especially in power-ups), but I still have fond memories of the d├ębut game. Worms saw players attempting to take down the enemy army with any of the available weaponry and actions. 

Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee
Come on, who didn't like Oddworld, honestly? Oddworld featured classic stealth gameplay, mixed with elements of puzzle and platforming gameplay. The protagonist who you control, Abe, is also impossible to dislike. "Follow me!"

Resident Evil, Resident Evil 2
Like Tomb Raider, personally, I never actually completed either of these Resident Evil games when they were released (sorry, guys!). However back when they were released on the PS1, I have fond memories of watching my dad work his way through them. Resident Evil was an instant classic, but Resident Evil 2 successfully built on the formula, adding a new spin via the addition of two discs with separate storylines. 

Toy Story Racer
Similar to Mario Kart, Toy Story Racer allowed players to race around tracks based on familiar settings from the film, such as Pizza Planet, Andy's House and Sid's House. The Smash mode, like Mario Kart's Balloon Battle, was particularly fun. 

MediEvil 
Released in 1998, MediEvil sees players take control of Sir Dan, who faces zombies, monsters and other enemies as he attempts to take back the land of Gallowmere from the reign of his nemesis, Sir Daniel Fortesque. This game also makes the list, because it is one of the first games to use the PlayStation's DualShock controller. 

Disney's Hercules
Video game adaptations of films are often rather dire, so Disney's Hercules, released on the PlayStation in 1997, was something of a rarity. Following the same storyline as the film, Hercules features the same artwork, with mostly 2D side-scrolling platforming. As well as it being a fun game to complete, there are plenty of memorable moments too. Now, everybody say "Herculade!" 

Frogger
A retro classic already, Frogger made its leap onto the PlayStation in 1997. The game introduced a brand new set of courses to guide Frogger across to safety, providing a brand new spin. 

Micro Machines V3
This racing game shrunk you down to the size of the tiny Micro Machine toy cars, and placed the player on one of several innovative and memorable giant courses. From racing across kitchen worktops, pool tables, back gardens and messy bedrooms, this was a fun choice of racing game for the PS1. Which leads us to the next related game in this list...

Micro Maniacs 
Released in 2000, Micro Maniacs expanded on the miniature gameplay made famous by Micro Machines before it. In this version, players do not choose a racer to zip around in a mini vehicle, instead they control the character themselves, who run around a series of courses. The characters were creepy looking, Mesme, the girl with the exposed brain head, stuck with me the most. 
Point Blank 1 & 2 
Namco's Point Blank became well known to the PlayStation due to its use of the light gun peripheral. Made up of plenty of short and sweet mini games, the Point Blank series was a memorable, albeit zany experience, and I loved the second game in particular.  

Spyro 2: Gateway to Glimmer
There was something really charming about the early Spyro games, especially the second offering. Spyro 2 saw the cool purple dragon enter the fantasy realm of Avalar, where Spyro is tasked with saving it from the clutches of the evil Ripto and his minions. 

What are your fond memories of the PlayStation! Leave your opinions in the comments! 

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Happy Birthday Shigeru Miyamoto!

Nintendo's main man and all-round legend Shigeru Miyamoto celebrates his 62nd birthday today. 

Happy birthday Mr Miyamoto! Thank you for creating so many of my Nintendo memories, both past and present. 


Monday, 10 November 2014

Vote For Me in the UK Blog Awards!

My blog 8-Bit Girl is up for public voting in the National UK Blog Awards!


Being nominated for an award and making in into the voting stage was a good enough achievement for me, but I would love to get further! 

Please vote for me and this blog by visiting the link below. Please note, that whilst I appreciate your willingness to vote, only one vote per person is accepted by the judging panel, so don't go spamming!

Thank you to everyone who votes for me and my blog. I really appreciate that there is a bunch of you out there that enjoys reading my posts, even if they are few and far between when things get a little busy!

Monday, 3 November 2014

Alice's Adventures in MCM Comic Con

This October's MCM Comic Con in London was the second time I have ever cosplayed (I went as Mario a few years ago), and somehow it just made the whole experience more fun! 

During my time at MCM, I sat in on two talks-Tomb Raider and the Temple of Osiris, and the Resident Evil HD talk with Wesker himself, DC Douglas. I also got the chance to hang out with my regular con friends and Comic Village exhibitors, browse the stalls and check out other cosplayers. The queues were mental for the game demos!

Here's some of the photos taken of me as Alice, alongside my friend and fellow Alice, Marisa. It was also nice meeting fellow matching cosplayers!
Meeting Slender Man!
Looking for some heroes?
Me and Marisa as Alice.  

Leaving MCM on Saturday night, me and my friend Deakin bumped into Sackboy!  
Clearly, I'm enjoying being held captive. 
Meeting another Alice! 
I was turned into two stickers by Twin Sword Trading!
There can only be one! 
Alice has a run-in with a zombie Mickey and Minnie! 
Me (left) and Marisa. 
Meeting Hulk Hogan! 
Day 2 of MCM Complete!  
Meeting another Alice! 
Round 2 with Handsome Jack... 
"Off With Her Head!"

Music Monday: Bravely Default Soundtrack

Here's the first Music Monday on 8-Bit Girl in a while! 

Today's Music Monday post is featuring the soundtrack for Bravely Default. Released on the Nintendo 3DS, Bravely Default is Square Enix's latest handheld JRPG. Fun and somewhat addictive, this is one of the best 3DS I have played in recent memory. Positively received by gamers and critics alike, a sequel, Bravely Second, is currently in the works.

Check out the soundtrack below. What do you think of the Bravely Default soundtrack? 


Wednesday, 29 October 2014

National Cat Day: Some of Gamings Notable Kitties!

Today is National Cat Day, a day dedicated to finding cats "forever homes", with an aim to encourage adoption of cats rather that purchasing one from a pet shop/breeder. 

As a cat lover myself (here's my one, Jessie), I have decided to take this opportunity to celebrate some of gamings notable kitties!

Do you have a favourite gaming cat that didn't make the list? Let me know in the comments!


Big the Cat & Blaze the Cat: Sonic Adventure, Sonic Heroes



Rover, Animal Crossing
Cat Mario, Peach, Luigi & Toad: Super Mario 3D World

Cheshire Cat: Alice, Alice Madness Returns


Catwoman: Batman Arkham Asylum 


The Khajiit: The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim

King: Tekken

Evil the Cat: Earthworm Jim

And to finish off, give these cat-themed videos a watch!



Thursday, 23 October 2014

Here's my Alice Madness Returns Cosplay!

I am a big fan of American McGee's Alice and Alice Madness Returns, so when I decided I wanted to cosplay at this October's London MCM Comic Con, it seemed like the perfect time to attempt to dress up as Alice! 

Thank you to everyone who suggested cosplays to me on Facebook and Twitter whilst I was deciding. It seemed a vast majority of you thought I should go as Alice (Lara Croft came up second). 

Here are some photos of my finished costume. I am attending MCM on Friday (in normal clothes), but look out for me as Alice at MCM on the Saturday and Sunday! 

What do you think of my costume? 
Leave your feedback in the comments!


















I can't really pose "normal" in photos for long...

My real-life Cheshire Cat!



As you can see, all the photos got a little silly by the end!

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