Sony PlayStation’s Unofficial Book Containing Retro Games From 1995–2005 Hits Kickstarter

If you are in the market for an image-filled book on Sony's PlayStation One gaming era, then you may want to check out this Kickstarter project.

We all know how amazing PlayStation One games were back in the day and how, still to this day, that little grey box holds such nostalgic feelings for gamers of that era. The PS1 had a hugely varied game library which allowed it to be one of the best consoles of all time. The PS1 was also Sony’s first attempt at a console which firmly put the company on the map in gaming land, ready to take over the world with the PlayStation brand for the last two decades. For those of you who still can’t get enough of the PS1, how about an unofficial hardback book that showcases all of PlayStation’s published games from 1995-2005 which includes 151 games, 730 pages, and 1000+ screenshots? Sounds pretty good to me.

Over on Kickstarter, Darren Hupke who is a Freelance sound designer and comic writer has started up their own project. Their aim is to produce an unofficial book for fans of Sony and the original PlayStation. Inside the book are nearly 1000 screenshots from games released on the original PlayStation, filling over 700 pages. The focus of this book is on all the games Sony Computer Entertainment of America (SCEA) published during the complete life of the system. That spans games from 1995 all the way through the twilight years (and beyond, really) in 2005. Giant screenshots, no fluff, all nostalgia.

The “Sony’s PlayStation: A Chronological Visual Retrospective of SCEA Published Games from 1995-2005″ book is pretty packed sitting at 8″ x 6” and covering 150 different games, 700+ pages, and almost 1000 screenshots. Hupke states that their comprehensive book is “a companion book for fans looking for more simple, nostalgic content.” and that their goal is “to let the games and your own memories tell the story. All of the gaming titles within the book are organized by release date, so with each page, you see the progression and evolution of the technological feats and eras of the original PlayStation.

On the Kickstarter webpage, Hupke talks about being a long time fan of Retro Gamer magazine and Retro Micro Games Action magazine which gave them the inspiration to make their own. Hupke’s hopes with this book is to cover classic games as images to tell a whole story in the same way. So, what games are included in this book then, I hear you ask? Take a look below and check some of them out.

  • 2Xtreme
  • 3Xtreme
  • Ape Escape
  • Aquanaut’s Holiday
  • Armored Core
  • Battle Arena Toshinden
  • Beyond the Beyond
  • Blasto
  • Bloody Roar
  • Bloody Roar 2
  • Bogey: Dead 6
  • Bushido Blade
  • Bust a Groove
  • C-12: Final Resistance
  • Cardinal Syn
  • Carnage Heart
  • CART World Series
  • Colin McRae Rally
  • Contender
  • Cool Boarders
  • Cool Boarders 2
  • Cool Boarders 2001
  • Cool Boarders 3
  • Cool Boarders 4
  • Crash Bandicoot
  • Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back
  • Crash Bandicoot: Warped
  • Crash Bash
  • Crash Team Racing
  • Disney’s Aladdin in Nasira’s Revenge
  • Disney’s Atlantis: The Lost Empire
  • Disney’s Lilo & Stitch
  • Disney’s Peter Pan in Return to Neverland
  • Disney’s Tarzan
  • Disney’s The Emperor’s New Groove
  • Disney’s Treasure Planet
  • Disney•Pixar A Bug’s Life
  • Disney•Pixar Monsters, Inc. Scream Team
  • Einhänder
  • Epidemic
  • ESPN Extreme Games (1Xtreme)
  • Final Fantasy Tactics
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Gran Turismo
  • Gran Turismo 2
  • Grandia
  • Grind Session
  • Hot Shots Golf
  • Hot Shots Golf 2
  • I.Q.: Intelligent Qube
  • Jersey Devil
  • Jet Moto
  • Jet Moto 2
  • Jet Moto 3
  • Jumping Flash!
  • Jumping Flash! 2
  • Kileak: The DNA Imperative
  • The King of Fighters ‘95
  • Legend of Legaia
  • MediEvil
  • MediEvil II
  • MLB ’98
  • MLB ’99
  • MLB 2000
  • MLB 2001
  • MLB 2002
  • MLB 2003
  • MLB 2004
  • MLB 2005
  • MLB Pennant Race
  • Mortal Kombat 3
  • Motor Toon Grand Prix
  • NBA ShootOut
  • NBA ShootOut ’97
  • NBA ShootOut 2000
  • NBA ShootOut 2001
  • NBA ShootOut 2002
  • NBA ShootOut 2003
  • NBA ShootOut 2004
  • NBA ShootOut 98
  • NCAA Final Four 2000
  • NCAA Final Four 2001
  • NCAA Final Four 99
  • NCAA Gamebreaker
  • NCAA Gamebreaker 2000
  • NCAA Gamebreaker 2001
  • NCAA Gamebreaker 98
  • NCAA Gamebreaker 99
  • NFL GameDay
  • NFL GameDay ’97
  • NFL GameDay 2000
  • NFL GameDay 2001
  • NFL GameDay 2002
  • NFL GameDay 2003
  • NFL GameDay 2004
  • NFL GameDay 2005
  • NFL GameDay 98
  • NFL GameDay 99
  • NFL Xtreme
  • NFL Xtreme 2
  • NHL FaceOff
  • NHL FaceOff ’97
  • NHL FaceOff ’99
  • NHL FaceOff 2000
  • NHL FaceOff 2001
  • NHL FaceOff 98
  • Omega Boost
  • PaRappa the Rapper
  • Philosoma
  • Porsche Challenge
  • Project Horned Owl
  • Rally Cross
  • Rally Cross 2
  • Ridge Racer
  • Running Wild
  • SaGa Frontier
  • Saiyuki: Journey West
  • Samurai Shodown III: Blades of Blood
  • Spawn: The Eternal
  • Speed Punks
  • Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage!
  • Spyro 3: Year of the Dragon
  • Spyro The Dragon
  • Star Ocean: The Second Story
  • Steel Reign
  • Stuart Little 2
  • SuperCross Circuit
  • Syphon Filter
  • Syphon Filter 2
  • Syphon Filter 3
  • Tail of the Sun
  • Ten Pin Alley
  • The Legend of Dragoon
  • The Raiden Project
  • Tiny Tank
  • Tobal No. 1
  • Tomba!
  • Tomba! 2: The Evil Swine Return
  • Turbo Prop Racing
  • Twisted Metal
  • Twisted Metal 2
  • Twisted Metal 4
  • Twisted Metal III
  • Twisted Metal: Small Brawl
  • Um Jammer Lammy
  • Warhawk
  • Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: 2nd Edition
  • Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: 3rd Edition
  • Wild Arms
  • Wild Arms 2

That’s quite the list!

The Kickstarter page currently has 48 backers and 9 days left to go. PDF copies of the book will be made available sometime this month if you choose to be a digital supporter and physical copies will be ready to ship in September 2020. You can check out all the ways you can support the “Sony’s PlayStation: A Chronological Visual Retrospective of SCEA Published Games from 1995-2005” book by visiting the options menu right here.

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Rachael Fiddis

Rachael, who is Deputy Editor, has been gaming for many years. Some of her favourite video games include The Witcher 3 and The Last of Us but also loves a good indie title. Gaming Culture is where her heart lies and spends many hours sieving through gaming fan art and cosplay displays. Other than gaming, Rachael is a book nerd and music lover.

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