plays­ta­tion An­thol­ogy – clas­sic edi­tion

PUB­LISHER: geeks-line

Games TM - - THE VAULT -

This is a pure ex­er­cise in fan ser­vice and nos­tal­gia bait­ing. Geeks-line’s lat­est in its pop­u­lar an­thol­ogy se­ries is ded­i­cated to the orig­i­nal Plays­ta­tion, and it’s re­ally some­thing. The over­sized hard­cover collection is

458 pages of love, ded­i­cated to one of the great­est videogame sys­tems of all time; packed with in­ter­views, his­tory lessons, and in­for­ma­tion that have been pulled from the vaults.

it’s a to­tal cel­e­bra­tion of the con­sole, the era, and the vi­sion­ar­ies that made it what it is to­day. 26 in­ter­views with the cre­ative minds be­hind some of Plays­ta­tion’s big­gest and most im­por­tant games fea­ture, giv­ing in­sight into how de­vel­op­ment teams were grap­pling with new hardware and new ideas. While the ac­cess is in­deed fan­tas­tic, the best part of the an­thol­ogy comes in the form of the archive ma­te­rial; pho­tog­ra­phy of all of the weird and won­der­ful col­lectibles, spe­cial edi­tions and pe­riph­er­als trans­forms this book into some­thing of a de­light­ful time ma­chine.

Of course, with over 100 pages ded­i­cated to the his­tory of the con­sole, how it came into be­ing, and the mark it left on the in­dus­try, you’ll also find plenty to be learned in these glossy pages. Hon­estly, for the Plays­ta­tion fan it doesn’t get much bet­ter than this. Sure, the de­sign could be a lit­tle tighter and per­haps, yes, the type­face is a lit­tle large for our lik­ing, but that’s nit­pick­ing for the sake of it. The Plays­ta­tion An­thol­ogy is a com­pact and de­tailed his­tory les­son of an im­por­tant con­sole and an im­por­tant time for the in­dus­try. geek­sline-pub­lish­ 8/10 Ver­dict

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