Five years ago, I spent an entire month playing and writing about the only console from the 1990s that I bought a brand new in the store, the Sony Playstation. It was the clear winner in the mid to late ’90s 32-bit console wars. The Playstation had to prove itself as America’s console of choice before I would plunk down my hard-earned, fresh out of college cash on it in 1998. I loved the sports games’ realism, the RPGs, and…not much else. Not that I didn’t believe there were other amazing games for the console, but I didn’t give them a chance.
I rectified that somewhat five years ago, but I was embarrassed to highlight only two new game purchases made for my collection at the time. When writing that post in April 2017, I pointed out that I believed the Playstation was the least trendy console from that era to collect for. Well, that was then; this is now. The Playstation appears to have had a collecting boom in those five years since. When revisiting my collection, I noticed sharp jumps in value for some of the most interesting titles.
For example, I owned Clock Tower 2: The Struggle Within, and while it was one of my most valuable Playstation games at that time, the value appears to have doubled since then. Fine by me! Since I love horror movies and horror-themed video games, it was only natural that I’d want to add the first Clock Tower title to my collection, so I bought a complete-in-case copy back in July of 2018 for $68. Rechecking the value less than four years later, Clock Tower now goes for close to $200 complete. That’s just one example of how the retro gaming collecting bubble has grown to obscene proportions.
Other games that I’ve added to my collection in the five years since my last Playstation post:
- Mega Man 8
- Ridge Racer Type 4
- Namco Museum Volumes 1 & 3
- Tetris Plus
- Tomb Raider 2
- Patriotic Pinball
As you can see, there is no theme with these purchases, just (mostly) good games that either piqued my interest or were games that furthered long-standing, well-respected gaming series. None of these games are titles that have seen impressive value increases since purchasing, but that isn’t why I bought them in the first place.
The Playstation is a strange system to collect for. Extremely popular, but common titles like those in the Tomb Raider, Final Fantasy, and Crash Bandicoot series are still very affordable. Then you have Castlevania Symphony of the Night, Silent Hill, and titles in the Clock Tower and Resident Evil series that have skyrocketed in price. Interestingly, all of these games have horror themes.
So what’s next for my Playstation collecting adventures? There are plenty of other RPGs outside of the Final Fantasy series that I could venture into. Games such as Vandal Hearts, Xenogears, and Breath of Fire are intriguing. As for Playstation exclusives, it makes sense to include them on my “want” list. I am also looking to add more Resident Evil titles to my collection and the always fun and quirky Parappa the Rapper. Let’s see if Playstation prices continue to skyrocket for some titles while holding steady for others or if the whole bubble bursts in the next five years.