PlayStation, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation 3 have all had characters that helped define each generation — some more than others. It’s a weird situation because some mascots most commonly associated with PlayStation have moved on to be featured on other platforms as well. It’s rare to see this type of thing happen, but it does. Unlike the earlier generations, the PlayStation 3 didn’t really have a set mascot or two, it had several, so it’s difficult to pick just one and run with it, but we’ve chosen which one we think fits the generation best.
Are we missing anyone? I know many will say Nathan Drake and we’re not surprised, but anyone else?
When people think of Naughty Dog, they immediately jump to Uncharted and The Last of Us, but these great developers made their mark a long time ago on the PlayStation with Crash Bandicoot. Crash was not only the face of the console, but appeared in a bunch of great television commercials promoting the product. It’s a shame that Naughty Dog stopped developing Crash Bandicoot games because they were never the same once other developers too over.
Like Crash Bandicoot, Lara Croft was a huge contributor to the PlayStation’s success in the 90s. In fact, most people didn’t even know that Lara Croft wasn’t a PlayStation exclusive during the 90s either. Despite this, she was pretty much a face of the console and she represented very well. The first couple of Tomb Raider titles did platform, puzzle, and shooting games justice, but outside of the recent reboot, Lara hadn’t been doing so well. She was a cruel mistress, but at least she’s found her way home to excellence.