Sony have taken us on one hell of a journey over the past four console generations. And there have been so many highs and lows from a life revolving around all things PlayStation.
Celebrating the entire array of reactions we’ve all had to those unforgettable gaming experiences over the years, here are 21 emotions every PlayStation fanboy will have experienced.
1. Frustration at the trickiness of Crash Bandicoot
Edging closer and closer to a constantly sideways-moving crab has never been as scary as on the original Crash Bandicoot on the first PlayStation console. This platforming classic was seriously tough to beat.
2. Awe at the work of Team Ico
Remember the first time you played Shadow of the Colossus? Then you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about. And if you can’t remember the first time you played Shadow of the Colossus, then you need to go play Shadow of the Colossus. Right now.
3. Horror at realising memory cards were essential
Believe it or not kids, there was a time when we didn’t just save all our games to an internal hide drive, but instead used little plastic cards that we inserted into a slot in the console, like a flat-bread USB stick. Without them you were doomed to try and keep your PS1 on for three months straight, so you could try and complete X-Com.
4. Pride at being one of the ‘cool kids’
Back in the early days, owning an original PlayStation made you pretty famous in school. It was the hip new kid on the block – and so were you.
5. Melancholy at two-player restrictions
“Just two players? Just two? Dave down the road has a new N64 thing and that can have four.”
6. The relentless hunger for a slim console
The first time you saw one of these…
7. Pain at pressing the ‘analog’ button
It was harder than taking the battery out of an old Nokia phone, and we’re sure everyone remembers what an ordeal that was.
8. Amazement at the first God of War boss
At no point did any of us expect to be taking on a huge Hydra on the dock of a sailing boat… oh how little we knew back then…
9. Empathy for those without Metal Gear Solid
You can mock Xbox users as much as we want, but when there’s a gamer that has no way to enjoy the Metal Gear Solid games, that’s just sad.
10. Love for the PS2
The extent to which the PlayStation 2 changed the gaming world can never be underestimated. PS2: gone, but never forgotten.
11. Confusion at the browser
Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t. Hey, everything is a gamble when you buy a PlayStation… apparently.
12. Unspeakable envy at not being able to play Halo
Whisper it, but EVERY gamer wanted to play Halo in its prime, and if you say that you didn’t, then you’re either gravely misguided, or 10th prestige on Modern Warfare.
13. Euphoria for backwards compatibility
Same old clunky dialogue with smoother finishing and cleaner contrast? That sounds like some PlayStation 1 original titles coming to save the fortunes of the PlayStation 3, and we liked it.
14. Relief at how good Uncharted was
We can’t have been the only ones praying for Uncharted’s good fortune. It could have been Indiana Jones with a less likable protagonist, so thank god those prayers came through, and we got a first-rate franchise perfect to add to our PlayStation catalogues.
15. Repressed anger at being held back
Back in the day, PlayStation got all of the GTA IV expansions much later than the Xbox did. We also had to settle for second best when it came to Call of Duty Map Pack release dates.
16. Disappointment at PlayStation Move
Remember when PlayStation Move was supposed to be Sony’s revolutionary motion-gaming system, and what we got was a ball on the end of a stick? Luckily, Kinect sucked as well.
17. Smugness at the current gen’s launch
After a full generation of the PS3 lagging behind the Xbox 360, the PlayStation 4 is now leading the console war.
18. Eternal longing for a decent controller
And yet, we still have to play games with this weird control pad, which is about as ergonomic as a porcupine’s pin cushion.
19. Feeling spoiled for choice
The PlayStation Network currently has, approximately, 2 billion games worth playing, including some of the best indies around.
20. Exhilaration at WipEout
From its heart-pounding electronic soundtracks to its hi-octane feats of speed, this sci-fi racing series was an absolute rush to play.
21. Endless nostalgia
With classic games constantly being remastered, and a huge collection of treasured gaming memories stored in our memory banks, whimsical musing on the past – while embracing the present and future – has never been more genuinely satisfying.