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PlayStation Launch Titles

PlayStation Launch Titles

Since the PlayStation was the first ‘big’ console of Generation Z, who can remember which games were released on the very first day, this some 25 years since the console’s launch? It turns out a lot of people - especially us Millennials who grew up on the Mega Drive and SNES. But perhaps you don’t. Hopefully this list will remind you which games launched alongside each of the different PlayStations.

PlayStation

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The Japanese launch of the original PlayStation on 3rd December 1994 was a tiny taste of the mahjong to come:

  • A.IV Evolution: A-Ressha de Ikou 4
  • Crime Crackers
  • Gokujou Parodius Da! Deluxe Pack
  • Mahjong Gokuu Tenjiku
  • Mahjong Station Mazin
  • Nekketsu Oyako
  • Ridge Racer
  • TAMA

Whereas the North American launch on 9th September 1995 included much more variety:

  • Air Combat
  • Battle Arena Toshinden
  • ESPN Extreme Games
  • Kileak - The DNA Imperative
  • NBA JAM Tournament Edition
  • Power Serve 3D Tennis
  • The Raiden Project
  • Rayman
  • Ridge Racer
  • Street Fighter: The Movie
  • Total Eclipse Turbo
  • Twisted Metal
  • Zero Divide

Somewhat surprisingly, the European launch a few weeks later on 29th September 1995 was much smaller:

  • 3D Lemmings
  • Air Combat
  • Jumping Flash!
  • Kileak - The DNA Imperative
  • Novastorm
  • Rapid Reload
  • Ridge Racer
  • Wipeout

PlayStation 2

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Five years later, we saw more variety - except for Japan’s 4th March 2000 release:

  • A-Train 6 aka A6: A-Ressha de Ikou 6
  • DrumMania
  • Eternal Ring
  • Kakinoki Shogi IV
  • Kessen

The North America release on 26th October 2000 was a lot more filled out:

  • Armored Core 2
  • DOA2: Hardcore
  • Dynasty Warriors 2
  • ESPN International Track and Field
  • ESPN X-Games Snowboarding
  • Eternal Ring
  • Evergrace
  • FantaVision
  • GunGriffon Blaze
  • Kessen
  • Madden NFL 2001
  • Midnight Club
  • Moto GP
  • NHL 2001
  • Orphen
  • Q-Ball Billiards Master
  • Ready 2 Rumble Boxing: Round 2
  • Ridge Racer V
  • Silent Scope
  • Smuggler's Run
  • SSX
  • Street Fighter EX3
  • Summoner
  • Swing Away
  • Tekken Tag Tournament
  • TimeSplitters
  • Unreal Tournament
  • Wild Wild Racing
  • X-Squad

A lot of those came over to Europe on 24th November 2000, but with some missing and some additions:

  • Aqua Aqua - Wetrix 2
  • Bust A Move 4
  • Donald Duck Quack Attack
  • ESPN International Track & Field
  • ESPN X-Games Snowboarding
  • F1 Racing Championship
  • Fantavision
  • FIFA 2001
  • Gradius III & IV
  • International Superstar Soccer 2000
  • Madden NFL 2001
  • Midnight Club
  • Orphen
  • Rayman Revolution
  • RC Revenge Pro
  • Ready 2 Rumble Boxing Round 2
  • Ridge Racer V
  • Silent Scope
  • Smuggler's Run
  • SSX Snowboarding
  • Summoner
  • Swing Away Golf
  • Tekken Tag Tournament
  • Theme Park World
  • TimeSplitters
  • Wild Wild Racing
  • X-Squad

PlayStation Portable

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With it’s brand new UMD format, Sony’s handheld launched in Japan on 12th December 2004 with:

  • Armored Core: Formula Front
  • Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower
  • Doko Demo Issho
  • Everybody's Golf aka Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee
  • Lumines
  • Mahjong Fight Club
  • Ridge Racer

As you might be able to guess, the North American launch on 24th March 2005 had a wider selection:

  • Ape Escape: On the Loose
  • Gretzky NHL
  • NBA
  • Spider-Man 2
  • Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade
  • Wipeout Pure
  • Need for Speed: Underground Rivals
  • Dynasty Warriors
  • Metal Gear Acid
  • Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower
  • Lumines
  • Ridge Racer
  • NFL Street 2: Unleashed
  • Tony Hawk's Underground 2 Remix
  • World Tour Soccer: Challenge Edition aka World Tour Soccer
  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour
  • Twisted Metal: Head-On

Before the first fully 3D handheld reached Europe on 1st September 2005 with a few more:

  • Colin McRae Rally 2005
  • TOCA Race Driver 2: The Ultimate Racing Simulator
  • Spider-Man 2
  • Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade
  • Virtua Tennis: World Tour
  • NBA Street Showdown
  • F1 Grand Prix
  • Archer Maclean's Mercury
  • Wipeout Pure
  • Need for Speed: Underground Rivals
  • Ape Escape Academy aka Ape Academy
  • Dynasty Warriors
  • Metal Gear Acid
  • Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower
  • Everybody's Golf aka Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee
  • Lumines
  • Ridge Racer
  • Fired Up
  • MediEvil: Resurrection
  • Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition
  • NFL Street 2: Unleashed
  • Tony Hawk's Underground 2 Remix
  • World Snooker Challenge 2005
  • World Tour Soccer: Challenge Edition aka World Tour Soccer

PlayStation 3

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The PlayStation 3 was no less impressive, in quality if not exactly quantity, as the Japanese launch on 11th November 2006 saw:

  • Genji: Days of the Blade
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Target In Sight
  • Resistance: Fall of Man
  • Ridge Racer 7
  • Sega Golf Club

Less than a week later, the North America launch on 17th November 2006 had:

  • Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII
  • Call of Duty 3
  • Genji: Days of the Blade
  • Madden NFL 07
  • Marvel: Ultimate Alliance
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Crossfire
  • NBA 2K7
  • NHL 2K7
  • Resistance: Fall of Man
  • Ridge Racer 7
  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07
  • Tony Hawk's Project 8
  • Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom

Months went by, so it only made sense that a bigger launch would come to Europe on 23rd March 2007:

  • Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII
  • Call of Duty 3
  • Def Jam: Icon
  • Enchanted Arms
  • Fight Night Round 3
  • Formula One Championship Edition
  • Full Auto 2: Battlelines
  • Genji: Days of the Blade
  • Marvel: Ultimate Alliance
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Target In Sight
  • MotorStorm
  • NBA Street: Homecourt
  • Need For Speed Carbon
  • NHL 2K7
  • Resistance: Fall of Man
  • Ridge Racer 7
  • Sonic The Hedgehog
  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Double Agent
  • Tony Hawk's Project 8
  • The Godfather: The Don's Edition
  • Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom
  • Virtua Fighter 5
  • Virtua Tennis 3
  • World Snooker Championship 2007

PlayStation Vita

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What appears to be Sony’s final handheld console arrived in Japan on 17th December 2011 with:

  • Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention
  • Army Corps of Hell
  • Asphalt: Injection Racing
  • BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend
  • Dungeon Hunter: Alliance
  • Dynasty Warriors Next
  • Everybody's Golf 6
  • F1 2011
  • Little Deviants
  • AR Combat
  • Dream Club Zero Portable
  • Lord of Apocalypse
  • wipEout 2048

It was then launched in North America on 15th February 2012 with:

  • Army Corps of Hell
  • Asphalt Injection
  • BEN10 GALACTIC RACING
  • Blazblue: Continuum Shift EXTEND
  • Dungeon Hunter Alliance
  • Dynasty Warriors Next
  • Escape Plan
  • F1 2011
  • EA SPORTS FIFA Soccer
  • Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational
  • Hustle Kings
  • Little Deviants
  • Lumines Electronic Symphony
  • Michael Jackson The Experience
  • ModNation Racers: Road Trip
  • Plants vs. Zombies
  • Rayman Origins
  • Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen
  • Super StarDust Delta
  • Tales of Space: Mutant Blobs
  • Touch My Katamari
  • Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
  • UNCHARTED: Golden Abyss
  • Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition
  • wipEout 2048

Followed mere days later in Europe on 22nd February 2012

  • A-Men
  • Army Corps of Hell
  • Asphalt Injection
  • Blazblue: Continuum Shift EXTEND
  • Cliff Diving
  • Dungeon Hunter Alliance
  • Dynasty Warriors Next
  • Escape Plan
  • Everybody’s Golf 6
  • F1 2011
  • FIFA 12
  • Fireworks
  • Frobisher Says!
  • Hustler Kings
  • Little Deviants
  • Lumines Electronic Symphony
  • wipEout 2048

PlayStation 4

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In a twist to the norm, the latest console was actually launched in North America first, hitting stores on 15th November 2013 with:

  • Angry Birds Star Wars
  • Battlefield 4
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts
  • Contrast
  • FIFA 14
  • Flower
  • Forced
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition
  • Just Dance 2014
  • Killzone Shadow Fall
  • Knack
  • Lego Marvel Super Heroes
  • Madden NFL 25
  • NBA 2K14
  • Need for Speed: Rivals
  • Resogun
  • Skylanders: Swap Force
  • Sound Shapes
  • Super Motherload
  • Trine 2: Complete Story

Shortly after, it arrived in Europe on 29th November 2013 with:

  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
  • Angry Birds Star Wars
  • Battlefield 4
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts
  • Contrast
  • Escape Plan
  • FIFA 14
  • flOw
  • Flower
  • Forced
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition
  • Just Dance 2014
  • Killzone Shadow Fall
  • Knack
  • Lego Marvel Super Heroes
  • Madden NFL 25
  • NBA 2K14
  • NBA Live 14
  • Need for Speed: Rivals
  • Resogun
  • Skylanders: Swap Force
  • Sound Shapes
  • Super Motherload
  • Tiny Brains
  • Trine 2: Complete Story
  • Putty Squad

Before finally arriving months later in Japan on 22nd February 2014 with only a few additions:

  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
  • Battlefield 4
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts
  • Contrast
  • Doki-Doki Universe
  • Don't Starve
  • Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition
  • Escape Plan
  • FIFA 14
  • flOw
  • Flower
  • Forced
  • Guilty Gear Xrd: Sign
  • Joysound Dive 2
  • Killzone Shadow Fall
  • Knack
  • NBA Live 14
  • NBA 2K14
  • Need for Speed: Rivals
  • Nobunaga's Ambition: Sphere of Influence
  • Pool Nation
  • Puzzle by Nikoli 4: Sudoku
  • Resogun
  • Ryū ga Gotoku Ishin!
  • Sound Shapes
  • Strider
  • Tiny Brains
  • Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
  • Tottemo E Mahjong Plus
  • Yakuza Ishin

So there you go, we hope you learnt something!

PlayStation 25th Anniversary Celebration
Andrew Duncan

Andrew Duncan

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