When I sat down to write this list of the best PS1 games of all time, I figured it would be a piece of cake. 25 of my favourite PlayStation games – easy. No problem at all.
Then I started listing my favourites, and soon I had around 60 titles with more popping into my head every second.
Not so easy after all, then!
The PS1 was, and in many ways still is, a pivotal console in the world of gaming. It’s the birthplace of many of today’s most influential video game characters, a groundbreaking console that changed the way we play forever.
The PS1 wasn’t just Sony’s answer to Nintendo’s home console devices. It was soon to be the home of some of the best games ever made, franchises that are still going strong today. From a child-friendly dragon to dragon armoured warriors, there are so many exciting titles on this console that I’ve had a sweat on trying to whittle it down to just 25!
Still, no task is too great for us here at Retro Dodo. Check out our 25 best PS1 games below. I’m going for a lie down!
25. Wipeout 2097
Fans of Nintendo favourite F-Zero X will love the first game in our list. This futuristic racer has some incredible Star Wars inspired futuristic vehicles and is the second instalment of the series.
Wipeout 2097 is faster and more dangerous than the original game. It’s set four decades later, and it seems that racers have a need for bigger weaponry the further along through time your travel!
The damage bar was introduced for the first time in this game. You’ll be watching it constantly as you use that air brake to zip around corners at frightening speeds.
The graphics on this game are superb and the courses are well thought out and incredibly imaginative. The music really got you pumped up and added to the whole feel too.
There’s no wonder Wipeout 2097 received positive scores accross the critics board, including a couple of 5/5 ratings from reviewers. Looks like we’re kicking off our best PS1 games with a winner!
If you’re a fan of F1 titles rather than family-friendly games such as Crash Team Racing, then give Wipeout 2097 a try. It’s white-knuckle action from the moment you start your first race!
24. Time Crisis
One of the only reasons that I used to agree to go bowling as a kid was so I could play Time Crisis in the arcade afterwards. This game was the coolest, and when a port came out for the Playstation, I could finally give up bowling alltogether.
Standing behind the sofa with the GunCon Light Gun was amazing. It felt like I was really in the action, except for the fact that I was in a house and not a cavern filled with gun-toting enemies.
The duck and reload element of Time Crisis is what made the Arcade game so exciting. That and the mega bosses you had to face up against too. The PS1 port is amazing and great fun to play with a friend.
The game doesn’t differ from the arcade mode that much at all. As the player, you make your way through various stages kicking bad-guy ass. There are various objects to hide behind while you reload, and you have to tactically pick off the enemies one by one to move to the next stage.
The arcade-style time limit is what keeps this game addictive and your nerves on edge. You can’t hide forever, so you make a move, get hit, and start all over again. That’s Time Crisis!
Time Crisis will never win an award for the best storyline in a game, but it is one of my favourite titles and a nostalgic one at that. It’s certainly worth adding into your collection.
23. Klonoa: Door To Phantomile
This next title in our list of the best PS1 games is one that many of you will remember. Big-eared wonder-kid Klonoa and his pal Huepaw are the stars of the show in this side-scrolling platform game. It’s vibrant, it’s fun to play, and it’s well worth taking a look at if you’ve never played it before.
The game is interesting for the fact that it’s a 3D game set on a 2D plane. Does that make it 2.5D?
The whole game kind of reminds me of Goeman: Mystical Ninja. Except Goeman wasn’t an anthropomorphic animal in a dream world. Maybe he and Klonoa could team up for a sequel!
A lot of retro games tend to revolve around a dream world, but this game does it superbly without rehashing old ideas. It’s set in Phantomile, a world based on the dreams we have at night. When an airship crashes and Klonoa finds a guy who wants to turn the planet into a world of nightmares, you know there’s going to be trouble.
There are bosses to fight at the end of some stages, and the grunts throughout the game provide just the right level of difficulty. You can pick up and throw enemies as weapons or turn them into springboards to reach new areas.
The whole 2D/3D thing might seem weird to gamers delving into the PS1 for the first time. Still, once you get a hang of it, Door To Phantomile is a cracking game. Fans of Crash and Mario? Give this a go!
22. Mega Man Legends
If you need introducing to the next character in our list, then you must have been living under a rock for most of your life! Mega Man seems to flit between consoles more than I have hot dinners, making him a well-known gaming icon no matter where your gaming allegiances lie.
Most of Mega Man’s previous titles have been side-scrolling games, but legends is more of a cross between Mario 64 and Holy Magic Century. It features some of our space-age hero’s coolest power-ups and abilities and has some exciting worlds to explore.
Legends was later ported to the N64 as Mega Man 64 (catchy title). The PS1 title went on to spawn two sequels. Mega Man Legends 2 looks better visually, but I prefer to play the game that kickstarted his PlayStation career.
For those rock dwellers who don’t know who this blue dude is, Mega Man is a space-age robo-guy. The game is set in the year 80XX, whenever the hell that is. Humans have been replaced by fast-breeding cyborg imitations, and most of the planet is underwater.
Sound’s like we’ve got a lot to look forward to!
Mega Man has to deal with a host of antagonists during the course of the game. Pit your skils against the meddlesome Reaverbots, the fourty-one Servbots, and the Bonne pirate family. The characters are a motley crew, but they helped to make the game an instant hit amongst fans of the blue boy-wonder.
21. Final Fantasy IX
You didn’t think I would leave it too long before bringing in a Final Fantasy title, right?
Squaresoft have made some of my favourite ever titles for the PS1. I would be scared to tot up all of the hours that I’ve spent playing Final Fantasy games; it’s definitely a lot! It’s probably no surprise that I happened to get hooked on what many critics have claimed to be the best game in the series.
FF IX is based on a war in the made-up realm of Gaia, which is the Greek primordial deity of the Earth for any history buffs out there. The story is far too complex for me to fit into these short paragraphs, as is the case with every FF game.
All you need to know is that it’s addictive as hell and an instant winner.
You play as bandit Zidane Tribal (awesome name), as well as controlling a number of other characters that you pick up throughout the game. FF IX has a new item reveal system, a little like the noise that appears in Links Awakening to tell you that there are hidden secrets nearby. It’s perfect for those players that love to explore every nook and cranny.
The game has a top-down perspective for most of the exploration, with close up 3D battle scenes that boast some cool looking monsters and enemies. The worlds that Squaresoft create are always magical, and FF IX is no exception.
If you’re a fan of RPG turn-based combat games and titles where exploring and interacting are the keys to success, then this NEEDS to be in your collection.
20. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
The next title on our list of the best PS1 games is an underworld themed action-adventure game of epic proportions. Set 150 years after Blood Omen, the first game in the series, Soul Reaver brings Dark Souls style fun with some demonic characters and blood-thirsty battles.
The game follows the journey of a vampire/wraith called Raziel. He used to be mates with Kain until the great Vampire Lord bumped him off. Now, the Elder God has revived Raziel and made him his personal Soul Reaver.
There’s more confusing conflict going on here than in an episode of Game Of Thrones!
This game was a classic and gave a nice twist to the kind of gothic gameplay you find in the Castlevania series but in a 3D world. Raziel’s abilities and weapons were awesome and some of the creepy enemies still give me chills when I think about them.
Soul Reaver was, however, a little repetitive. It’s definitely worth a play if you can pick up a copy cheap online, and the graphics are way better than what you’d expect from the PS1.
If third-person horror-themed platformers are your bag, then you’ll soon become enthralled by the immersive worlds in Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver. Give it a shot and let us know your thoughts!
19. PaRappa The Rapper
A game about rapping – that should be enough to make you purchase it straight away!
Before Donkey Konga and Guitar Hero, PaRappa the Rapper was the music-matching game hero that made this title one of the best PS1 games around. Dressed like every cool ’90s rapper of the time, PaRappa must learn how to rap from a teacher that looks a little like a warrior walnut.
I always thought that the makers of Wario Ware: Smooth Moves might have taken inspiration from this game. The bright visuals and quirky theme are super addictive. And while it’s a weird one to play, it’s one of the most memorable and best PS1 games on the console.
You’ll be pleased to know that you don’t actually need to rap out loud. Like Guitar Hero, you have to press different symbols to make PaRappa Rap in time with the teacher. Get a good score and progress to the next round.
The whole game revolves around PaRappa having to rap against teachers to reach the front of the line for the bathroom. Then you go on to compete in a rap battle to profess your love to a female pooch named Sunny.
I know it all sounds bizarre and a bit like a psychedelic trip gone wrong, but it’s worth it. Trust us, you’ll be dressing like PaRappa and busting out rhymes in no time.
18. Street Fighter Alpha 3
Everyone knows about Street Fighter. There have been so many different games on multiple consoles, and the series is so popular that it can even be recognised by its individual characters.
The Alpha series is a sub-series following Street Fighter 2 and one of the best PS1 fighting games to date.
The game largely follows the same mechanics but has a couple of differences. The graphics look a little more cartoony albeit more put together, and the game has some new characters added to the roster.
Alpha 3 brought back Street Fighter favourites such as Ryu, E.Honda, and Blanka. It also featured new characters such as the Zangief-obsessed R. Mika, who would go on to become a firm fixture in future games.
Alpha 3 also brought in a new feature that allowed gamers to change fighting styles. Players can choose between ‘A-ism’ – 3-level super combo gauge moves, ‘X-ism’ – the same playing stye used in Street Fighter Turbo, and ‘V-ism’ – variable style like in Alpha 2.
Street Fighter Alpha 3 is great for multiplayer madness with your friends. It’s also perfect for blowing off a bit of steam when you don’t want to think about engaging plot lines or puzzle solving.
Besides, what more of an excuse do you need to shout ‘HADDDOUUUKEN’ at the top of your voice?
17. Chrono Cross
It’s time for another RPG game! Chrono Cross is the sequel to Chrono Trigger, a game that some of you may have read about in our list of rare SNES games. It’s visually perfect, so much so that it received a score of 10/10 from many critics when it first came out.
I love the plot in Chrono Cross because it deals with parallel worlds in a very clever way. You play as a boy named Serge who died in an alternate reality. You and your companions must try to avoid that other world and work out the truth of how the realities are intertwined.
Obviously there’s bad-guys trying to stop you along the way and important onjects that need to be collected. Why can’t games developers make these things easy for the poor characters, eh!
As with other RPGs, conversing and exploring are the keys to success. The turn-based combat works well, and the different abilities that the characters possess complement each other nicely.
There’s an elemental magic system in Chrono Cross like all the best RPG games, and abilities can be enhanced as you progress through the game. The characters backstories all help to draw you into their world and the levels are all richly textured.
If you’re a fan of parallel worlds, three-dimensional play, and games with over 40 influential characters, then get on the internet and start hunting a copy of this game down!
Driver is the first thrilling car game that I can remember playing. It was so different to everything that had come before it and encapsulated every element of the car chases in my favourite movies. Speed, reckless driving, and a plot that could have been taken straight from the series ’24’.
What more do you when looking for the best PS1 games?
Driver follows an undercover cop named John Tanner who infiltrates a notorious gang. What starts off as a means of finding out about the shady stuff they get up to soon turns into the discovery of their intent to assassinate the President.
Talk about things escalating quickly!
Unlike Crazy Taxi where the cities are loosely based on real places, Driver is based around four real-life cities. The player must travel around Miami, New York, San Fransisco, and Los Angeles. As a cop and former racing driver, you make yourself useful as a getaway driver for the various mob activities, proving your skills and trying to stay one step ahead of the game.
You can even unlock the city of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK, with a cheat code. I love a good hidden Easter egg!
Driver is renowned the world over as being one of the best PS1 games ever made. It’s one of the PlayStation platinum collection and went on to spawn multiple sequels.
Fast cars and undercover police work is what every citizen dreams of being involved with. Driver makes those dreams come true!
15. Tomb Raider II
If Link was Nintendo’s signature warrior, then Lara Croft is undoubtedly PlayStation’s most kick-ass character.
Arguably the gnarliest woman in gaming, Lara Croft has gone on to commercial success in both gaming and Hollywood. She’s a cosplay go-to character and the second-hottest video gaming character according to a recent poll. (She lost out to Bayonetta if you’re interested in that sort of thing).
We’re only interested in how good her games are, and they were spectacular! That’s why she’s in our list of the best PS1 games, after all!
Tomb Raider II was a huge success. It sold over 8-million copies in total as of 2003 and helped to prove that women are far more than side or supporting characters. It’s a shame it’s taken so long for the rest of the world to catch up…
Tomb Raider II has all of the exotic locations and dangerous dungeons that we’ve come to expect from Lara Croft’s exploits. New weapons, moves, and vehicles are available to enhance the gameplay, and you can save your progress pretty much anywhere you like without having to find one of those annoying crystals from the first game.
In this adventure, Lara is on the hunt for a dagger that, when plunged into the heart of its owner, can turn them into a dragon! I’m not sure stabbing myself and becoming a dragon is entirely worth it. But if that’s the kind of thing that floats your boat, then who am I to judge.
Lara will always be one of the coolest gaming characters of all time, and Tomb Raider II is a must have for any PS1 collectors gaming arsenal.
14. The Legend Of The Dragoon
Speaking of dragons, the next title in our list of the best PS1 games of all time is rife with them! With a production cost of over $16-million and well over one-hundred staff members, Legend of the Dragoon could well be one of the most epic PS1 games of our time.
The original soundtrack for this game was astounding. The monsters were incredible, and the character abilities were super cool. It’s essentially an RPG with the same turn-based action as other games in the genre.
But in Dragoon mode, the characters can develop armour and wings, giving them extra powerful attacks and improved defence capabilities. How cool is that!
Play begins following a character named Dart. He’s been hunting a monster that killed his parents. There’s a dragon attack, and then bad stuff just starts happening all over the shop. He’s got his work cut out for him, but the various characters that you meet along the way are they to help you put things in order.
Collectibles, interaction, and exploration are the keys to completing Legend of the Dragoon. It’s not that different to other RPGs for the system, but I really like the whole dragon armour element and the dragon references throughout.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that if you’re a nerd like me, then you’ll love this game.
13. Resident Evil 2
Now, this is a game that will forever make people feel freaked out when alone in dark rooms. This survival horror title was certainly not for the faint of heart. Although it looks pretty tame now, it was creepy beyond belief when it first came out!
Resident Evil 2 is set just two months after the events of the first R.E game. You have to escape the fictional Racoon City and avoid being eaten alive by zombies, using your wits to stay alive and big-ass weapons to destroy hordes of undead.
Sound like something you’d be into? Then keep reading!
The game mechanics are pretty similar to the first title, though now you have to cope with solving puzzles as well as pumping zombies full of lead.
There are a couple of instances where you can experience events from the different characters perspectives, which makes for cool gameplay and some nice ’cause and effect’ storylines.
Fans of The Walking Dead and World War Z will love Resident Evil 2. There are so many sequels out on different consoles now, but Number 2 will always be one of my favourites.
12. Crash Team Racing
Crash Team Racing is one of the only titles to come close to knocking Mario Kart off the family-friendly racing top spot. It’s a genius little game with all of the favourites from the series showing up for some Kart-based madness.
15 of the series’ most famous characters appear in CTR. The players are all racing against the tyrannical Nitrous Oxide in a bid to save their planet from being blown to smithereens.
The game mechanics are very similar to Mario Kart, with weapons to stop other opponents appearing in crates and apples to collect instead of coins.
Players can drift, boost, and in some cases soar over massive ramps as they drive around the various courses. There are five modes to choose from – Adventure, Arcade, Time Trial, Versus, and Battle.
There are 16-tracks in total, and more unlockable content can be discovered as you progress through the game. It’s fast paced and certainly a game that you can keep coming back to time and time again.
All you need to do now is decide which is a cooler invincibility shield – the Mario star, or the Aku Aku mask. My money’s on the second one if you’re still reading this article!
11. Syphon Filter
The next title in our list of the best PS1 games is one that went on to span across 8 glorious years. It’s a third-person shooter, and it’s hard as nails!
If you’ve read my best games articles before, then you’ll know I’m completely rubbish at stealth games. Still, that doesn’t mean that I can’t pretend I’m good at them, right? Syphon Filter is secret-agent spy action at its finest. We’re talking biological outbreaks, terrorist attacks, and saving the United States.
Looks like the stakes are pretty high then!
Players control special agents Gabriel “Gabe” Logan and Lian Xing. They’re on a mission to stop a German terrorist from wreaking havoc in America (sounds a little like another franchise loved by ‘die-hard’ action fans).
The stealth and puzzle action in this game is second to none, and the way in which you can engage with the game’s multitude of enemies keeps the action fast-paced.
You’ll travel everywhere from cramped American streets to the deserts of Kazakhstan in Syphon Filter. It has a compelling storyline and more than deserves a place in our best PS1 games compendium.
10. Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee
We’re down to the final 10 titles in our list of the best PS1 games. Up next is an odd character in an Oddworld oddysee. I am, of course, talking about Abe.
This title is even developed by a company called Oddworld Inhabitants. The whole game is odd from start to finish, but that’s why we love it.
For those people still wondering what Abe is, he’s a Mukodon slave who works at a meat processing plant. So that’s why he’s got his mouth sewn shut! Abe revolts when he realises he and his fellow Mukodons are going to be executed (and probably tinned with the rest of the meat).
The game follows Abe’s attempts to save his persecuted race, freeing as many weird and wonderful beings as he can while travelling through perfectly designed worlds and engaging levels.
The design elements in Oddworld: Abe’s Odysee are spectacular. It’s a perfect 2D platforming experience that simply works, and the detail in the background is just as impressive as what you see in the foreground too.
Abe, however, is a bit of a wuss when it comes to his own game. You can die so easily, pretty much by anything that touches you. You can throw rocks and jump or sneak past enemies, but if one of them grabs you or you fall from a great height (or hold something for too long), then you’ll return to the last checkpoint.
Oddworld might be an odd world, but it’s one that defined my PS1 experience. There are few characters as weird as Abe out there; he’s a Sony institution!
9. Gran Turismo 2
Number 9 in our list of the best PS1 games is a racing classic. Selling close to 10-million copies worldwide, Gran Turismo 2 is one of the most successful games on the PS1 and considered by many to be the daddy of all racing games.
GT2 doesn’t differ that much to other racing games in terms of mechanics. It’s the well thought out tracks, the large array of cars, and addictive gameplay that separate it from other titles in the genre.
Players can choose from 27 tracks to play on, some of these being rally tracks. The best part of this game, however, is the sheer number of cars that you can choose from. There are 650 available – that’s insane!
GT2 had the largest collection of classic cars in any game at the time of release. It was never hard to find a favourite with all of those vehicles to choose from, and it made replaying all of the courses with the different cars super fun too.
Which such impressive sales records, it’s no surprise that GT2 received positive scores of around 9.8/10 across the board when it first came out. Tournaments, single races, and multiplayer modes made this game a huge success, and it remains one of my favourite racing titles to this day!
If that isn’t a good enough pitch, then I don’t know what is!
8. Spyro The Dragon
Here he is; everyone’s favourite dragon. Smaug tried to take the title in the second Hobbit movie, but he’s no much for the purple-winged wonder.
I think everyone who has ever owned a PlayStation has either bought or played a Spyro game in their time. Like Number 6 on our list, he’s a quintessential Sony character and one that is synonymous with the PlayStation brand.
Spyro is a 3D platform game with five magical worlds. Together with his dragonfly friend, Sparx, they must defeat the evil Gnasty Gnorc and free the trapped dragons throughout the various levels.
Spyro was Sony’s answer to the family-friendly Nintendo 64 which was known for having games that appealed more to younger players. But Spyro didn’t just capture the hearts and minds of children. It hooked big kid gamers too!
The game itself isn’t incredibly hard, but it is good fun. Collect treasure, burn bad guys, ram sheep. However you play, you’re sure to have a good time flying and bouncing around with Spyro.
The various characters and wise words from the freed dragons help to create a spellbinding plot that hooks you in from the very beginning. It’s PlayStation platforming at it’s finest and is usually twinned well with…
7. Crash Bandicoot
The spinning Bandicoot drops in at Number 6 on our list of the best PS1 games. He’s become a global icon since this first game, with players around the world bearing him on t-shirts, jackets, and even tattooed onto their skin.
I reckon you could say ‘UMBADAGAA’ to any gamer, and they’d get that you were talking about Crash’s witchdoctor mask, Aku Aku. Now THAT is the mark of a successful game!
Crash Bandicoot was a tough game to crack. I remember a level where you had to get past a goat on a bridge than almost made me throw my PS1, and later my Nintendo Switch, through the window!
Players must take crash through a variety of different levels and worlds. You’re ranked by how many boxes you break at the end of each level. Collect apples and search for the hidden icons on each stage to access a bonus area where you can find extra lives.
Crash is another one of Sony’s most iconic characters. He’s been bouncing on explosives and running away from boulders since the late ’90s, and there’s no sign of him stopping or slowing down any time soon.
All the enemies and level dynamics in this game are superb. Crash is a brilliant character, and as long as you can keep your cool, will be a great asset to your PS1 collection
6. Tekken 3
Street Fighter might be one of the most popular names in the fighting genre, but nothing beats the Tekken series. Tekken 3 boasts some of the most memorable characters of all time, including the crazy Yoshimitsu and Eddy Gordo. They’re two of my favourite fighters, hence the picture below!
There were 23 characters to choose from all-in-all, giving you multiple ways to battle.
It didn’t matter whether you were going it alone or fighting against a friend, Tekken 3 packed some serious punch (and not just because it was a fighting game). Its one of the best PS1 games for blowing off steam!
The game mechanics are similar to every fighting game of the genre. There’s a countdown clock, health bars, and special moves that can be pulled out in order to get the upper hand on your opponent.
The characters and the attention to detail on the levels are what makes the Tekken series the best in the business if you ask me. It seems that you all agree too, what with the game selling over 8-million copies.
Critics scored this game highly, with many reviews getting close to or hitting 100%. Ryu doesn’t have to be in every fighting game. Try your hand at Julia Chang or Brian Fury instead. Once you play Tekken, you’ll never be shouting Hadouken again.
5. Tony Hawks Pro Skater 2
The Number 5 spot on our list of the best PS1 games of all time goes to the most famous skateboarder of all time.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 is another one of those games that I reckon we’ve all had a go on at one time or another. For many people, myself included, this was the closest they’d ever get to pulling off a 1080 or cruising down a half pipe.
Don’t get me wrong, the first Tony Hawks game was still amazing. But the updated graphics and gameplay in Pro Skater 2 made it my favourite sports game on the console.
Every Tony Hawk’s game fan will remember how awesome the music was on Pro Skater 2. There was nothing better then cruising around the skateparks and grungy streets while listening to some of the best punk rock anthems.
Man, this takes me back!
Choosing from all of your favourite skaters was always one of the most exciting parts. Watching them on TV and then trying to recreate their most famous moves without face planting the floor was tricky. Still, at least it meant you didn’t have to get hurt in real life!
4. Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night
Konami know how to make addictive games, and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is no exception. The Castlevania series is legendary and spans multiple consoles. It seems that gamers never grow old of killing Dracula and his many relatives, and they never get tired of trying to kill us!
Symphony of the Night is part action-adventure platform game/part RPG. Some of you might think that side-scrolling titles deserve to be further back up the list, but this game is seriously something special.
The player must explore Dracula’s castle and save the famous Richter Belmont from being possessed. This entry in our list of the best PS1 games makes Luigi’s Mansion look like a walk in a brightly lit park in comparison!
You might recognise the famous whip-wielding members of the Belmont clan from other Castlevania titles. In this game, however, you can choose from a variety of weapons and store them in an inventory.
Garnering experience points and exploring every creepy nook of the castle are the keys to moving forward in this game. The adventure is non-linear, but in true RPG fashion, certain areas will only open up when you have found specific items.
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night was almost a flop back in the day. It was a slow burner, but once critics got hold of it and began shouting from the rooftops, Konami was saved. It’s now one of the most successful selling games on the console and a true classic.
3. Final Fantasy VII
If I had a dollar for every minute I spent playing Final Fantasy VII, I’d be a very rich gamer. It’s the seventh game in the series and the first to receive a PAL release.
You play as Cloud Strife, which is a pretty good name for an ‘eco-terrorist’ who wants to stop corporations destroying the planet. It’s one of the most compelling plotlines in any RPG game to date and never fails to leave you coming back for more.
The game uses 3D characters in a 2D world. It’s the same type of 2.5D feel as Klonoa: Door to Phantomile. FF VII, however, is much more science-fiction orientated with a strong apocalyptic feel.
Play revolves around the massive world map, the field where most of the exploring happens, and the battle screen where you destroy your enemies. It’s very similar to the other Japanese RPG mechanics of the time, and PAL gamers went mad for it.
As with every FF title, the characters, their moves, and the people you interact with are what makes these games so damn addictive. It’s so easy to get hooked playing this game. I remember lying to my friends for the entire Easter holidays when I eventually got a copy because I didn’t want to leave the TV. I was obsessed!
FF VII is considered by so many gamers to be the best of the best PS1 games, but not on this list. It’s been pipped to the top spot by two other titles that are close to my retro gaming heart.
2. Vagrant Story
The fictional kingdom of Valendia was and still is one of the greatest places in gaming history. Squaring off against huge dragons while trying to take down evil organisations – Vagrant Story has it all and more.
It’s an action-adventure RPG, but there isn’t any trading of armour or speaking with every character to find a specific clue. The game concentrates on creating and modifying gnarly weapons, as well as using your brain to solve difficult puzzles and finding strategic ways out of sticky situations.
You play as Ashley Riot, which is easily one of the coolest names ever. You’re an agent referred to as a Riskbreaker, and you’re used to diving headfirst into dangerous situations.
That’s just a normal day at Retro Dodo towers!
Vagrant Story has tonnes of cool features like the Grimoires that you have to find to learn magic spells. Everything from the combat mechanics right through to the original score for the game is wholly epic.
The storyline is so intense I would need a week to write it out in detail, and there’s plenty of action to keep you hooked.
Critics went mad for this game. It sold 100,000 copies in the first 20 days and is the only PlayStation game to ever receive 40/40 from Famitsu Magazine. If that doesn’t prove how good this title is, then I don’t know what will!
1. Metal Gear Solid
For those of you that have been wondering when Metal Gear Solid would finally arrive, here it is. MGS is without a shadow of a doubt the worthy winner of the top spot in our best PS1 games list.
Let’s take a moment to give it a round of applause…
Despite being another stealth game that I was initially terrible at, I knew that this game was worth persevering with. It’s an absolute classic, perfect from the moment you switch on your machine to the end credits.
Solid Snake, the games protagonist, is still one of the coolest characters to date too. I reckon he could even give Lara Croft a run for her money!
What makes Metal Gear Solid so special then? Well, Apart from Solid Snake having a cool name, a cool look, and a bad-ass set of skills, it’s full of organisations with names like FOXHOUND and DARPA. It made me feel like a real-life super spy – that’s even more dangerous than skateboarding down a half-pipe!
Stealth is the aim of the game in MSG. Solid Snake can be detected when he moves into an enemies line of vision, so the player has to duck, crawl, and sneak their way to victory. You can also shoot bad guys too, but don’t risk alerting other guards to your presence.
This game is 3D but is often viewed from a top-down perspective. The camera angle changes in moments of combat, however, giving you the best view of the action no matter what’s going on. Honestly, if you haven’t played this game, then you owe it to yourself to give it a try. It’s a masterpiece, and we can’t give it any higher praise than that!