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10 Worldwide Studios Creators Name Their Favorite PlayStation Game of All Time

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10 Worldwide Studios Creators Name Their Favorite PlayStation Game of All Time

Get a peek inside the minds of the creators behind some of PlayStation's biggest games.

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As we wind down our week of #25YearsOfPlay celebrations, we wanted to leave you with a special treat. We reached out to a few of the biggest names across SIE’s Worldwide Studios to ask a simple question: “What’s your favorite PlayStation game of all time?”

Read on to get a peek inside the mind of creators from Santa Monica Studio, Sucker Punch, Guerrilla Games, and more — even the new head of WWS, Hermen Hulst, spared a moment to share his pick!

Now that we’ve gotten answers from these 10 creators, it’s your turn: after you’ve read through these selections, hit the comments and tell us: What’s your favorite PlayStation game of all time?

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Cory Barlog
Creative Director, Santa Monica Studio
No single game that appeared on PlayStation hardware over the years has more solidly formed the foundation of how I make games more than Koji Igarashi’s seminal platforming action/adventure RPG mashup – Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.

The tone, world building, mechanics, pacing and level design are absolutely masterful. This game is so timeless that I find myself replaying this game almost yearly and it is STILL compelling!

Honorable Mentions
The Last of Us
Metal Gear Solid


Shadow of the Colossus
Jason Connell
Creative Director, Sucker Punch
Shadow of the Colossus is such a classic. It became an instant favorite the moment I played it. The color, light, atmosphere, and music contribute to a mysterious and eerie mood that’s so somber, yet so beautiful. The mechanics were fresh at the time and are still timeless, and I especially love the way you guide the light with your sword in order to explore. So awesome.

The game goes to great lengths to deliver a cinematic experience that has always stuck with me. The horse-riding animations and the sheer scale of the Colossi all felt so unique and ahead of their time.

To me, Shadow of the Colossus is a masterwork that has provided creative fuel for me throughout my entire career as a game maker.

Honorable Mentions
Bloodborne
Final Fantasy 7


Metal Gear Solid
Nicolas Doucet
Creative Director & Producer, Japan Studio (Team Asobi)
With Metal Gear Solid, it felt like games suddenly took a massive leap forward. Halfway between realism and pure fantasy, it’s a game that totally sucked me in with its stealth action.

MGS’s gameplay was innovative at the time and I loved the many ways it surprised players. It also carried a deeper message that keeps us talking about it years on. MGS V may be the best of the series, but this one is the most iconic.

Honorable Mentions
Ridge Racer
Resident Evil


God of War (2018)
Hermen Hulst
Head of Worldwide Studios, Sony Interactive Entertainment
So tough this, like having to pick a favorite child. Alright, I’m going to go with God of War. What a beautifully woven story that was — so immersive with the continuous camera, focusing on Kratos’ relationship with his young son Atreus. As the father of a 14 year old when it came out, this story was incredibly recognizable. Atreus finally throwing it all back at Kratos in the latter’s dream sequence – ‘I just wish he was better.’ Creative director Barlog had me there.

Reboots can be risky, but Santa Monica Studio succeeded even in making Kratos a likeable character.

I loved God of War’s Norse mythology-inspired world so much, I made a trip to Jotumheim recently.

Honorable Mentions
Uncharted 2
Rayman


Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
Bryan Intihar
Creative Director, Insomniac Games
I went back and forth between choosing MGS1 or MGS3, but at the end of the day I had to choose the latter. I absolutely loved the decision to take the series back in time to the 1960s and its shift to a more natural setting, as well as a greater emphasis on surviving the wild. Oh, and that showdown with the ripely-aged sniper The End—I don’t think I’ve ever been more stressed out during a boss fight!

But it’s the larger-than-life characters that has always kept me coming back to this historic franchise, and Snake Eater has some of the absolute best. From the mad Russian Colonel Volgin to the brash (and now much younger) Ocelot, their unique backstories and motivations were only matched by their memorable performances. Yet, whenever I look back at Snake Eater, it’s The Boss who I will never forget. Snake’s mentor is the very definition of being the “hero of her own story.” And if learning why she was doing all of this wasn’t gut-wrenching enough, having to actually pull the trigger to end her life (or the cinematic wouldn’t end) did the trick. For me, that was an all-time gaming moment.

Honorable Mentions
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
God of War (2018)


Resident Evil series
(Resident Evil 2 if I have to choose!)
Siobhan Reddy
Studio Director, Media Molecule
I grew up in the era of “strange things happening” stories – the Bermuda triangle and UFOs were big features. I loved choose your own adventure stories, ghost stories, mysteries, and scary fairy tales. These things all terrified me but I loved them. It’s possibly no surprise then that I love horror and the idea that the unexpected can happen and totally change everything around us.

In real life, Resident Evil would be really scary. In a video game, it allowed us to suspend belief and just be in that world and help save it. I loved that I felt like I was in some kind of crazy X-Files episode but I was badass with my zombie killing and then when I was able to be nifty with my crafting potions. It changed my perspective of what games could do, and I could see before me that they would join films, theatre and literature as mediums to express a wide range of experiences, emotions and motivations.

This series is the reason I make video games, and it has inspired so many other creators. I have loved seeing the horror genre develop in Dreams. Long may the enjoyment of exploring “strange things happening” continue!

Honorable Mentions
Oddworld: Abe’s Oddyssey
Dark Souls 3


Ico
Dominic Robilliard
Creative Director, Pixelopus
Ico is such a memorable game for me, not just because of how beautiful the world, audio and narrative are but because it was the first time an actual gameplay mechanic had affected me emotionally. This story about a young boy trying to save someone is underwritten by a compelling and innovative gameplay ability – holding someone by the hand to guide them and solve puzzles together. The resonance of this game is pinned together by it and makes it so coherent in a truly player-driven way.

The experience of playing the game has stuck with me as a ‘feeling’ ever since I finished it for the first time. All of Team Ico’s games have a similarly powerful and memorable emotional quality to their gameplay and worlds, (all of which I love!) but Ico remains my favorite. It absolutely blew me away when I first played it, and expanded my horizons for what games can achieve as a medium.

Honorable Mentions
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Tearaway


The Last of Us Remastered
Jeff Ross
Game Director, Bend Studio
A case of gameplay and narrative working together in perfect harmony.

Naughty Dog’s brave design shattered conventional power fantasies by building mechanics around each character’s physical and developmental limitations, which led to highly immersive and relatable encounters. In the final fight through the hospital corridors, as I cut through waves of Firefly soldiers, my mind raced with grief about Ellie’s fate to the point I engaged in rapid-fire emotional bargaining trying to rationalize an outcome I could live with if she were to die.

In Left Behind, I played as Ellie on a fateful night with her best friend in an abandoned mall and peeled back layers of their relationship through creative gameplay like taking pictures in a photo booth, trying on Halloween masks, and a playful water gun battle. I felt first-hand what it’s like for someone born into a bleak and dangerous world to yearn for universal human desires like freedom, idealism, and love.

I’ve never inhabited any character’s mind and feelings so fully in another game, but Naughty Dog accomplished this feat twice in one package, and that’s why The Last of Us is my favorite PlayStation game of all time.

Honorable Mentions
Red Dead Redemption
Syphon Filter 2


Journey
Angie Smets
Studio Director & Executive Producer, Guerrilla
A game that moved me tremendously, and has always stuck with me is Journey. It is visually stunning with impeccable sound design, and takes you to a unique and mysterious world while creating emotional connections to its characters and events. It beautifully combines subtle game design and storytelling into a deeply meaningful experience.

A profound classic.

Honorable Mentions
Shadow of the Colossus
The Last of Us


Demon’s Souls
Stuart Whyte
Director of VR Product Development, SIE London Studio
Demon’s Souls, at least in the UK, was a sleeper hit for the longest time. I remember getting my hands on a US copy and loading it up with very little awareness of the challenges ahead… From the opening section through to the end game Demon’s Souls was a breath of fresh air – an original action RPG with no safety net – no hidden walls to stop you falling off cliffs, no restrictions on being able to accidentally murder a key NPC with a slip of a controller press, and no ability to even pause the game!

Each combat encounter was a battle of wits, every trap avoided was a near miss – the experience was stressful but highly unique. The multiplayer was truly pioneering – completely integrated into the single-player experience, black phantom invading and that boss fight, the Old Monk, where you had to battle another player to progress – so original even now.

This was the spiritual prequel to games like Dark Souls and Bloodborne. It was, and still is, a masterpiece.

Honorable Mentions
Final Fantasy VII
The Last of Us


What a lineup! Our thanks to everyone who participated in this story, and to you for reading it.

Finally, thank you for your support over the past quarter-century. In the same way that a console is only as good as the games you can play on it, PlayStation would be nothing without its fans. Happy 25th, everyone.

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  • -Gran Turismo 2
    -Gran Turismo 4
    -NFS Underground 2
    -CastleVania SOTN
    -Assassin’s Creed Origins
    -Red Dead Redemption 2
    -Uncharted 3
    My best games of all times.

  • It’s too hard to just choose one! But it’s either FFVII or The Last of Us, that much is sure. No game has ever come close to being as impactful for me as those two.

  • RiotJavelinDX

    Valkyria Chronicles

  • Wellll if I had to pick my top favorites
    Final Fantasy 7
    Horizon Zero Dawn
    Metal Gear Solid Series (but if I had to choose, I would say Snake Eater)
    The Last of Us
    … and part of me wants to say Legacy of Kain Soul Rever…. that series had such an awesome mythology.

  • I can’t pick just 1 so my top games are

    -God of War II, III, Ghost of Sparta, 2018
    -The Last of Us
    -Horizon Zero Dawn
    -Uncharted 2 and 4
    -Castlevania Symphony of the Night
    -Metal Gear Solid 1, 3, 5, Peace Walker
    -Devil May Cry 1 and 3
    -Final Fantasy VII, VIII, Crisis Core
    -Ico
    -Heavy Rain
    -Infamous 1
    -Death Stranding
    -Detroit Become Human
    -Shadow Hearts Covenant
    -Yakuza 0 and 5
    -Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner
    -Asura’s Wrath
    -Persona 4 Golden
    -Diablo III

  • BlueBl1zzard

    Of course there are way too many great games to pick from, but if I’m going to be true to myself, I’m going to have to go with Demon’s Souls.

    Honorable mentions:
    Monster Hunter Freedom 2
    LittleBigPlanet 1

    Thank you to all the people at Playstation and the different development studios who make this all even possible <3

  • Ginger_Ragazzo

    Dark Souls 3
    Final Fantasy VII
    Metal Gear Solid
    Tomb Raider

  • last of us, forsure! same with horizon zero dawn. two amazing games

  • furymachine325

    Suikoden 2
    Dragon Warrior 7
    Persona 5
    Resident Evil 4
    Final Fantasy 8,9
    Silent Hill 2
    Days Gone
    Uncharted
    Infamous
    God of War
    Assassins Creed series
    The Last of Us
    Last Guardian
    Sly Cooper
    Breath of Fire 3
    Devil May Cry

  • Final Fantasy Tactics. It began my love affair with strategy RPGs. But Jeanne d’Arc is a close runner up.

    • Justin Massongill
      Justin Massongill

      Yes! Tactics is one of the all-time greats for sure. And that soundtrack <3

  • Very tough decision, but I think I’m gonna have to go with The Last of Us.
    (Though I must confess that I still haven’t gotten around to playing many titles realeased within the last few years including God of War 2018, Spiderman, Horizon, UC4)

    Honorable mentions:
    MGS 3, 4, & 5
    Witcher 3
    GTA V
    Arkham City
    Assassin’s Creed 2
    PoP: Sands of Time
    Shadow of the Colossus
    R&C: A Crack in Time
    Infamous 1 & 2
    (in no particular order)

  • I have to confess countless overnights and complete weekends have evaporated from my lifetime because of Persona(s) 3, 4, and 5. I have to throw Dragon Quest VIII and XI out there, too.

  • Mercenary09

    It’s so hard to pick just one but if I have to I’d go with Metal Gear Solid. It was the game that made me buy a PlayStation and it opened my eyes to just how cinematic video games can be. The acting, graphics, music, gameplay, etc were all masterclass and cinematic, story driven games have always been my favorite ever since.

  • KineticCobalt

    Most certainly The Last of Us, followed close behind with Red Dead Redemption 1. Both are cinematic and impactful in the best ways and easily the top for me.

  • Such a touch choice! (which is a very good thing). If I had to pick one and only one, I think I’d go with….

    The Witness

    :-)

  • We have a great time playing together with firends using 4 controllers. We sit on the couch and play LITTLE BIG PLANET 1 2 3
    I wish there will be more games to play with 4 controllers.

  • Metal gear solid 2 seemed alright. one piece unlimited world red, Gran tourism and auto modalista, I also liked some of the gta games.

  • Armored_Oso66

    There are so many great games that I can mention but I am going to have to say Yakuza for me.

    Playing the first one on PS2 back than was so much fun and ridiculous I couldn’t put it down. And playing through Kiwami with the added story segments for Nishiki about his backstory just made me appreciate the story even more.

    Yakuza is definitely one of my favorite series and even though Kiruyu’s story ended with #6 I am looking foward to what’s instore for Yakuza 7

  • Lord_Orpheo

    My favorite game of all time would have to be “PlayStation HOME.”
    It was an amazing social gaming platform that allowed me to come into contact with fans of totally different genres; I met people there that I still talk to. We formed a group, had game nights, made YouTube videos, Twitch channels, a website, and formed lasting bonds of friendship. I also loved the themed spaces. It was great being able to have fun in environments designed after our favorite games, like Resistance, Buzz HQ, the Disgaea 4 Lounge, inFamous, Journey, the Siren Lounge, Godfather 2, Uncharted, and WarHawk (which was way better than StarHawk). You could hang out in these areas to chat with franchise fans. I also liked the original game spaces to engage with gamers in unique ways like Digital Leisure’s Casino, the nDreams’ Aurora, Granzella’s Great Edo, Sodium Salt shooter, and the crown jewel of HOME’s games, “Xi.”
    One final mention goes to the E3 space, which gave gamers who never got the chance to go to the real thing, an enjoyable experience with videos, mini-games, & virtual swag.

    In so many ways PlayStation HOME was a living, breathing, interactive testament to PlayStation. If I had to choose my favorite overall game of all time, across all platforms, this would be it.

  • Dark_Victrosion

    My one all time absolute favorite video game released on the PlayStation, will forever be The Legend of Dragoon. No game that I’ve ever played from the PS1-PS4 has more replay value to me, than The Legend of Dragoon. Once I decide to pick it up again, I can’t put it down until it’s done. That’s including the hours of grinding to get 3 sets of the Armor of Legend and the Legendary Casque (which if you played the game, know how hard it is to raise so much gold in that game). I absolutely love it!

  • For me it would have been Mass Effect 2 but the third one ruined it a bit for me thus it is Red Dead Redemption 1

    By the way, when are we getting a Demon Souls Remaster for the PS4?

  • BlueDiamond93

    I find it painfully ironic that Stuart has The Last of Us listed under honorable mention considering his exact description for his actual favorite game. That said, my favorite is…

    Jak 3.

    Honorable mentions (I hate the concept of HMs, but following the same format as the devs. above…)
    – Gravity Rush 2
    – Dying Light (shall see if 2020’s Dying Light 2 will top it)

  • ANTROPOMORFO

    It could include other games, but this game shows the maturity solidification of an industry I’ve been following for 30 years. Games should always be created when you really have something to say to the world and that is God Of War. This game made me not only reflect on my mission as a father, but revisit my relationship as a son. A modern, adult and relevant game.

  • Onimusha 2
    Resident Evil 4
    Metal Gear Solid 3

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