Hottest PS1 Game (Winners Finals)

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Winner's Grand Finals

Poll ended at Sat May 23, 2015 1:30 pm

1. Symphony of the Night
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2. Misadventures of Tron Bonne
7
44%
 
Total votes: 16
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Hottest PS1 Game (Winners Finals)

Postby Friday » Wed Apr 08, 2015 4:02 pm

1. Final Fantasy 7
2. Final Fantasy 9
3. Final Fantasy Tactics
4. Einhander
5. Wild Arms
6. Symphony of the Night
7. Metal Gear Solid
8. Chrono Cross
9. Lunar: Silver Story Complete
10. Suikoden 2
11. Parasite Eve
12. PaRappa the Rapper
13. Megaman X4
14. Valkyrie Profile
15. Misadventures of Tron Bonne
16. Front Mission 3
17. Klonoa: Door to Phantomile
18. Bushido Blade
19. Vandal Hearts
20. Tenchu: Stealth Assassins
21. Legend of Mana
22. YOU SHALL BE AS GODS FUCK
23. Mega Man Legends
24. Twisted Metal 2
25. Tactics Ogre
26. Vagrant Story
27. Final Fantasy 8
28. Mega Man Legends 2
29. Resident Evil
30. Soul Blade
31. Ape Escape
32. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater

Stats from first round:

6 Write-ins are in the winners bracket (FF8, MML2, RE, Soul Blade, Ape Escape, Tony Hawk)
15 Games in the winners bracket are some form of RPG (not going to list all)
Resident Evil is in the winners bracket, both Silent Hill and RE2 are not

Our first match:

6. Symphony of the Night
18. Bushido Blade
12. PaRappa the Rapper
1. Final Fantasy 7

All losers will be shunted into the next round of the loser's bracket.
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Re: Hottest PS1 Game (Winners) (Ro32)

Postby Niku » Wed Apr 08, 2015 5:12 pm

Now here we fucking go. I am a relatively ardent defender of Final Fantasy 7. There is a lot that is silly, ham-fisted, and overblown about FF7. There is a lot that is silly, ham-fisted, and overblown about ALL of Final Fantasy. At the time it came out there just wasn't anything quite like it, with the marriage of the anime melodrama to cutting edge cutscenes and far-less-than cutting edge cutscenes, the merging of video and pre-rendered backgrounds working in tandem with familiar RPG mechanics, the customization fun of the Materia system seeming freer and more interesting than the Magicite system, chocobo racing as a minigame that seemed like it could be its entire game -- FF7 gets a lot of flack for all its many flaws, but it's far from an awful game. It's a highly overrated one, but it had its time and its place, and I still enjoy going back to poke at it every couple of years.

Bushido Blade is stealing my FF7 vote.

The closest a game has yet come to recapturing Bushido Blade in my eyes is Samurai Gunn, and it's a fundamentally different beast. The atmosphere and the high stakes gameplay are similar, but the actual way the two games go about recreating a simultaneously patient and ludicrously fast samurai duel feel vastly different. Nothing has ever quite been Bushido Blade, not even Bushido Blade 2. It's astonishing that no one has managed to improve upon it with a slicker, more modern release. Square was at their most wildly creative, like a lot of companies, during the PSX era, and Bushido Blade stands alongside Einhander in their two biggest creative successes for the generation in my eyes.

Symphony of the Night is Symphony of the Night. I'm not sure I could say anything truly bad about that game if I tried.

Parappa is the victim of circumstance here, as my mad respect and appreciation for its existence just don't translate to the short time that I actually played the thing. Maybe if my disc had worked better, I'd be believing' in it a little harder.
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Re: Hottest PS1 Game (Winners) (Ro32)

Postby Esperath » Wed Apr 08, 2015 7:55 pm

I remember being awed by the FF7 backdrop graphics, and then being just dragged out of immersion by the 10 polygon character models. I thought I wouldn't see worse, but then Xenogears happened. Every single zoom-in shot. Man.
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Re: Hottest PS1 Game (Winners) (Ro32)

Postby Friday » Wed Apr 08, 2015 8:15 pm

7's backdrop shit is gorgeous as fuck to this day. I will fight you. With. Uh. Tifa.
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Re: Hottest PS1 Game (Winners) (Ro32)

Postby LaserBeing » Wed Apr 08, 2015 8:49 pm

the amount of detail in FF7's backdrops are the reason they can't do a remake for less than 100 million dollars
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Re: Hottest PS1 Game (Winners) (Ro32)

Postby Rico » Wed Apr 08, 2015 10:13 pm

Yet another round where Niku basically writes my explanation for me.

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Re: Hottest PS1 Game (Winners) (Ro32)

Postby Esperath » Wed Apr 08, 2015 10:29 pm

Friday wrote:7's backdrop shit is gorgeous as fuck to this day. I will fight you. With. Uh. Tifa's six tit polygons.


what, I said that the backdrops were great. I was complaining of the juxtaposition with low-poly (or low-pixel, in Xenogears' case) character models mucking it all up. YOU COULD POKE AN EYE OUT WITH THOSE
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Re: Hottest PS1 Game (Winners) (Ro32)

Postby Friday » Wed Apr 08, 2015 10:37 pm

no i was agreeing, just noting that they hold up to this day (you said they were impressive at the time)

the "i will fight you" was directed toward Thad, that fucking plebe
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Re: Hottest PS1 Game (Winners) (Ro32)

Postby Friday » Thu Apr 09, 2015 6:49 pm

6. Symphony of the Night [ 13 ]
18. Bushido Blade [ 5 ]
12. PaRappa the Rapper [ 6 ]
1. Final Fantasy 7 [ 8 ]

Advancing: SotN, FF7
Lose: Bushido Blade, PaRappa the Rapper

Next up:

16. Front Mission 3
8. Chrono Cross
19. Vandal Hearts
20. Tenchu: Stealth Assassins
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Re: Hottest PS1 Game (Winners) (Ro32)

Postby ocksi » Thu Apr 09, 2015 7:02 pm

I didn't like Tenchu when I tried it at a friend's, never played FM3, and really can absolutely not bear to vote for Chrono Cross. I tried playing it again when I was alone for those months and couldn't make it out of the first town because everything in the game (everything:dialog, combat, animations, transitions, cut scenes) is so damned slow I just couldn't bear it, even in fast forward. Especially (having played most of the game when it came out) knowing just how much backtracking and busy-work the game requires. It's bad.

Vandal Hearts is a simple joy for a TRPG fan and was like a nice little dessert after I played FFT. It gets the only vote.

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Re: Hottest PS1 Game (Winners) (Ro32)

Postby beatbandito » Thu Apr 09, 2015 7:28 pm

Chrono Cross gets my single vote. As surprised as I still am to see it in the winner's bracket, this is a round it could actually win, and I want to see my baby go as far as it can.
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Re: Hottest PS1 Game (Winners) (Ro32)

Postby sei » Thu Apr 09, 2015 7:33 pm

The sound track and connection to Chrono Trigger will carry it.
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Re: Hottest PS1 Game (Winners) (Ro32)

Postby Mazian » Thu Apr 09, 2015 9:00 pm

I like wanzers and I vote

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Re: Hottest PS1 Game (Winners) (Ro32)

Postby Niku » Thu Apr 09, 2015 10:50 pm

This round goes to Time's Scar and big stompy robots, which just barely win out over ninjas for me in the "games I haven't played getting votes on technical merit".
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Re: Hottest PS1 Game (Winners) (Ro32)

Postby TA » Fri Apr 10, 2015 3:04 am

sei wrote:The sound track and connection to Chrono Trigger will carry it.


Would have to, because everything else about that game is garbage.

Tactical games for the PS1 are basically the core of my existence, so the two of them here get it.
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Re: Hottest PS1 Game (Winners) (Ro32)

Postby Friday » Fri Apr 10, 2015 9:18 pm

16. Front Mission 3 [ 7 ]
8. Chrono Cross [ 9 ]
19. Vandal Hearts [ 4 ]
20. Tenchu: Stealth Assassins [ 5 ]

Advancing: Front Mission 3, CC
Lose: Vandal Hearts, Tenchu

Next up:

21. Legend of Mana
30. Soul Blade
9. Lunar: Silver Story Complete
2. Final Fantasy 9

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Re: Hottest PS1 Game (Winners) (Ro32)

Postby Mazian » Fri Apr 10, 2015 9:21 pm

good lord is FF9 ever long and boring

you heard me

BORING

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Re: Hottest PS1 Game (Winners) (Ro32)

Postby Rico » Sat Apr 11, 2015 2:47 am

LoM and FF9 are the only ones I think of PSX.

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Re: Hottest PS1 Game (Winners) (Ro32)

Postby Niku » Sat Apr 11, 2015 9:25 am

I really really like FF9. I never went back to it again after I finished it, but it exists as a wonderful memory and I kind of want to keep it that way. Iiiii think I like Lunar better though. They're both nostalgic and charming, but Lunar hit me better right in the animes than FF9's monkey tails did. And as good as Soul Blade is, and as much as it was kinda my jam in the arcade, Legend of Mana is just so gosh damned unique and pleasant.
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Re: Hottest PS1 Game (Winners) (Ro32)

Postby Friday » Sun Apr 12, 2015 12:04 am

21. Legend of Mana [ 6 ]
30. Soul Blade [ 4 ]
9. Lunar: Silver Story Complete [ 5 ]
2. Final Fantasy 9 [ 6 ]

Advancing: LoM, FF9
Lose: Soul Blade, And now to end this cheap charade

Next up:

32. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater
24. Twisted Metal 2
31. Ape Escape
15. Misadventures of Tron Bonne
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