PS one game top 15! which is your favourite?
The PSOne just turned 15 years old. Sony’s first video game system produced some of the best titles ever made since it launched in 1995. Here are the top 15 PSOne games of the last 15 games, how many of them have you tried before?
01. Final Fantasy VII
The JRPG genre was at its prime with the PSOne. A large part of that is due to Final Fantasy VII. The first 3D entry in the series shows off the CD format on the system with impressive pre-rendered background graphics and cut scenes. In turn, the already riveting story got even more poignant. Moreover, the epic journey packs plenty of memorable moments. The PSOne wouldn’t have been as successful without Final Fantasy VII. For that reason alone, it is the best game on the system.
02. Metal Gear Solid
The classic Metal Gear series was revived on the PSOne with Metal Gear Solid. The stealth action title set the benchmark for its cinematic presentation due to the stellar voice-acting to go along with the excellent storyline. The gameplay, especially the many memorable boss encounters, was equally as good. Even by today’s standards, Metal Gear Solid is still an excellent experience.
03. Resident Evil 2
Although the first Resident Evil created the survival horror genre, the sequel took it to new heights. Resident Evil 2 further intensifies the action by brining the zombie outbreak to the streets of Raccoon City. Moreover, beating the game once with one character would also unlock new scenarios for the other, which increases replayability. Resident Evil 2 is everything a sequel should be.
04. Suikoden II
Chances are, you have never heard of Suikoden II. This role-playing game features three types of fights: the traditional turn-based battle system, the strategic war clashes and a one-on-one dueling. What really makes Suikoden II special is the gripping story that will have you trying to find all 108 recruitable characters to get the best ending. Suikoden II is easily the most overlooked game on the PSOne.
05. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Symphony of the Night refined the classic Castlevania formula by adding a non-linear design and, thus, adding the exploration element into the gameplay. Depth was also improved due to the ability to level up in addition to being able to use familiars to help. Thanks to these additions to the already classic formula, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night became the most popular title in the series and one of the best games on the PSOne.
Square Enix, known as Sqauresoft at that time, also produced several excellent role-playing games aside from the Final Fantasy brand. Perhaps the best of which was Xenogears. The unique RPG features a unique combo-based combat system when you are on foot or piloting a giant robot. With a deep and engaging story to boot, Xenogears remains one of the most beloved role-playing games on the PSOne.
07. Final Fantasy Tactics
Although Final Fantasy Tactics may not have a number attached, it certainly deserves one. The turn-based strategy game features a deep job system that will give you an almost limitless character customization options. Furthermore, the deep and engrossing story will also keep you engage despite the bad localization. Final Fantasy Tactics is best strategy game on the PSOne.
08. Crash Team Racing
Crash Team Racing was Sony’s answer to Nintendo’s Mario Kart. Naughty Dog’s last game with Crash Bandicoot left a lasting impression as the kart-racing game dazzles many with its creative power-ups and track designs. Not to mention that it was also one of the few PSOne games to support four players. So while Gran Turismo 2 may have more content, Crash Team Racing’s fun factor makes it the best racing game on the system.
09. Final Fantasy IX
The Final Fantasy series definitely made its mark on the PSOne. As the final numbered title on the system, Final Fantasy IX mixes the old school gameplay elements (four-member parties and character art design) with the new cinematic approach that the series is known for on the PSOne. Final Fantasy IX is easily one of the best games in the long-running series.
10. Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped
Crash Bandicoot was once considered by many as the official mascot for the Playstation brand. His finest platforming moment for the system was Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped. With polished graphics, multiple playable characters and creative levels, the final title was not only the best in the original series, it was also the best platforming game period on the PSOne.
11. Tekken 3
The 3D polygon capabilities of the PSOne resulted in the birth of several new genres, one of which was 3D fighting. Tekken 3 was easily the best of its genre on the PSOne due to its large cast of fighters, wide array of extra modes and excellent fighting system based on juggling and side-stepping. You won’t find a better finding game, 2D or 3D, on the PSOne.
12. Gran Turismo 2
The Gran Tursimo series is by far the best-selling first-party franchise for Sony. It is hard not to see why, especially when Gran Turismo 2 was released on PSOne. The racing simulation game features close to 650 different vehicles along with over two dozen tracks. Racing enthusiasts definitely got their money’s worth with Gran Turismo 2 during the PSOne era.
13. Chrono Cross
Being the sequel to the classic Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross was very much scrutinized. Fortunately, the role-playing title stands up well on its own. The one-of-a-kind combat system adds plenty of depth and strategy to the game while the lush graphics and stirring soundtrack gives it plenty of personality. Chrono Cross is certainly one of the finest RPG on a system that had some heavy competition.
14. Ape Escape
Sony launched the DualShock controller, which added dual analog and rumble, for the PSOne in 1997. No other PSOne game took advantage of the controller more than Ape Escape. The platforming title uses the controller in creative ways to control the numerous monkey-catching devices. Add in some wackiness and you have one of the best platforming PSOne games.
15. Spyro: Year of the Dragon
Year of the Dragon is the third and final Spyro developed by Insomniac Games. Fortunately, the acclaimed developer closed off the original trilogy on a high mark thanks to the polished level design in addition to new playable characters and mini-games that diversify the gameplay. Even if you include the later titles, Spyro: Year of the Dragon was the pinnacle of the series.