The Four Top PlayStation Games
PlayStation: 1994, Sony Computer Entertainment
Sony's PlayStation (together with the redesigned PSone) was the first console to ship over 100 million units. That's a testament to its immense popularity. Its lifespan exceeded nine years.
The Four Genre Winners
Final Fantasy VII: 1997, Square. FF7 is a beloved RPG that leaned heavily on a compelling storyline, beautiful visuals/models, and a dramatic musical score. Game designer Hironobu Sakaguchi sought to create a world that explored ecological issues, along with strong themes, such as the balance of progress and appropriation of natural resources. FF7 existed in a made-up world, but it very much mirrored our own. Because of its complex story, three-dimensional cut scenes, and beautiful environments, FF7 became one of the most popular RPGs in history.
Metal Gear Solid: 1998, Konami
Einhander: 1998, Square
Final Fantasy Tactics: 1998, Square
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