Archive for September 2020

PlayStation Month – Um Jammer Lammy Review

To celebrate 25 years since the release of the original PlayStation in the UK, TigerTails Gaming are making the month of September a celebration of all things PS1.

In this video, TK delves into the madness that is Um Jammer Lammy, the semi-sequel to Parappa the Rapper. A glorious rhythm action game that is as fantastic as it is absolutely crazy. When you have a game about a socially anxious lamb who plays guitar, you know you’re in for a time that was only available on PlayStation. This video will take a look at the story, the game play, and the madness that is Um Jammer Lammy.

PlayStation Month – Beating Driver’s Car Park

Hedgie and Xavier endure what is possibly the hardest challenge on the original PlayStation: Beating the opening to Driver and completing the car park mission. This was originally going to be a stream back in 2018, but Internet issues forced them to record it instead. At first is was going to bed edited down but instead it ended up being released as is so everyone can witness Hedgie’s evolution from total noob to someone who has half a clue on how to control the car. Will he beat the game before giving up, throwing the controller through the screen, and burning down an orphanage? Watch on and find out.

PlayStation Month Live: Wipeout 3 Special Edition AirPad Battle

This was originally streamed on 11/09/2020, however the stream died so this is most of what happened up to that point. It was supposed to be a link game battle, but as the consoles refused to connect Hedgie and Xavier battled via Split Screen instead. There was also a twist – the whole game was controlled using AirPad controllers. Early motion control gaming, which really helps level out the handicap as Xavier is usually better at Wipeout than Hedgie is. This was what happened during the stream before it died.

Backing music by Sanxion7.

PlayStation Month Live: Syphon Filter

PlayStation Month continues as Xavier does battle against Syphon Filter for the first time since he was a young ‘un. Looking to complete the game in 2 sessions, this will be Part 1 of a 2 part series. Unless he beats the game today, in which case it won’t be. So join him and watch a game from 1999 kick his arse again.

PlayStation Month – Kingsley’s Adventure Review

In this video, TK takes on an under-rated game released by Psygnosis which features an anthropomorphic fox as the lead character, always a good sign. This is TK’s first actual review for the channel so why he chose a game from his youthful days about a game that most people haven’t heard of it anyone’s guess. The review includes footage from both the PAL and the NTSC-U version of the game, captured from real hardware, a PlayStation Classic, and the ePSXe PlayStation emulator.

PlayStation Month Live: Spider-Man Part 2

It’s Part 2 of Xavier trying to complete Spider-Man on the PS1… You know this means we get to use this again: Spider-Man, Spider-Man, Xavier plays it as well as he can. Throw a web, fight a guy, swing around, through the sky. Lookout, here comes the Spider-Man!

PlayStation Month Live: Spider-Man

Spider-Man, Spider-Man, Xavier plays it as well as he can. Throw a web, fight a guy, swing around, through the sky. Lookout, here comes the Spider-Man! PlayStation Month continues with Xavier taking on the PS1 offering to the Spider-Man franchise and seeing what it has to offer. Considering the game uses the same engine as Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, there’s high hopes that this game won’t suck. Then again, it’s an Activision game, so anything’s possible.

PlayStation Month Live: Doom (Co-Op)

For the first Friday Stream of PlayStation Month, Hedgie joins Xavier for a spot of the 1995 PlayStation release of Doom, using 2 linked PS1 consoles. The battle buddies were given the option of co-oping it or DeathMatching, and they went for Co-Op, so how far through will they get before giving up and blaming the controller? Hopefully they last enough to make a nice stream, but time will tell. TK will be on hand to lend comment and switch camera angles to show off everyone’s gameplay. Tune in to find out how they do.

PlayStation Month Live: Hard Edge (AKA T.R.A.G)

PlayStation Month is upon us, and so what better way to kick things off than video a stream of a game that’s got a small cult following, and is most likely going to drive Xavier up the wall with the controls? A survival horror style game, without the survival or the horror, and set in a land that could be Midgar from Final Fantasy VII, Hard Edge (or T.R.A.G in the USA) is a reasonably short action puzzle game that Xavier will be trying for the very first time. Will there be technical difficulties abound? Will Xavier curse the world and all it stands for? Or will he actually get on fine with it and have a jolly good time? Tune in to find out…

PlayStation Month

On 29 Sept 1995, Sony released the PlayStation in the UK. Little did we know at the time, but it would go on to change the face of gaming as we knew it. So let’s celebrate it! 25 years is a good birthday to host a month long party for. So the whole month of September is going to be a celebration of all things to do with Sony’s original grey box. See below for the intro video to the month…

The intro to that video is somewhat special. It was burnt to a PlayStation format disc – and would have been run from the disc if it weren’t for the fact the HDMI upscaler used in the studio has a large on-screen display that lingers entirely too long. Everything from the game-play on was edited in afterwards but the opening was ripped from the PS1 disc I had burned. You can see the disc working (and the on-screen display) in the video below:

And if that’s not enough, how about a download link? If your PS1 is chipped (or you have a working disc swap method) you can download the .iso file I made, burn it to a blank CD, and run it in your own console. Bear in mind, this works best on an original (modified) console that’s able to run NTSC video (as I used the NTSC dimensions as it was quicker and easier to do that than work out a PAL equivalent that the PS1 could cope with). So PAL TVs may show a black & white image, even though it’s technically a PAL disc. I guess that warning works both ways – make sure your TV can handle a PAL signal if running outside of the PAL areas. If running in an emulator, don’t enable the bios display as the twinkles on the licence screen may loop in the background forever.

Click the below link to download the .iso file:

The video file is designed to loop until you press Start, whereupon everything stops and you’ll need to reset your console/emulator to restart proceedings. If you have the correct tools, you can also rip the .str file from the disc for your viewing pleasure (like I did to include it in the main video).

If I get the time, I might make a video explaining how I made the disc, but it would not have been possible without LameGuy64 who wrote the code and offered help in the PSXDev forums to those who came before me, and whose problems I learned from when compiling the code myself. Other thanks must go to the other members of the PSXDev forums who made tools and resources to help make creating homebrew PS1 discs a reality – this silly little project would not have been possible without their indirect help.

Stay tuned to TigerTails Gaming, both here and on YouTube, as there is going to be a bit more content coming out over the next month. The usual Friday livestreams have already been planned out and will feature some linked PlayStation titles (2 player games, using 2 consoles networked together with the link cable), as well the first live video in the Mystery Game series. I actually played the game that will be featured to ensure the disc worked, and I had quite a bit of fun with it – what Xavier will make of it remains to be seen. There will also be a new video every Tuesday featuring some videos that I have scripted and recorded. Xavier has also scripted a video which will hopefully be released in time. He will also be doing some Saturday livestreams, and there may also be additional mid-week streams too. So there’s lots of PS1 fun to look out for and enjoy.

Do not underestimate the power of PlayStation.

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