The PlayStation 1 is undoubtedly one of the most iconic consoles of all time. It was Sony's debut in the gaming industry , providing some of the best digital games in history. From the forgotten Dino Crisis to the famous Gran Turismo 2 we have there a series of titles that deserve highlight.
So let's check out this nostalgic article for a list of the best PS1 games. Remind us of the big names of the first PlayStation, in descending order to the most remarkable of all
20. Spyro The Dragon
Simply known as Spyro , this game is cherished in the hearts and memories of many players. With a light, exploratory footprint, it was necessary to guide the little purple dragon and its dragonfly friend through various kingdoms. Spyro needed to defeat enemies and solve intriguing puzzles to continue the game.
We could make leaps and horns and spit fire. Using this, Spyro went from kingdom to kingdom saving other frozen dragons. The game marked so much that a trilogy of the little dragon was relaunched for the new generations, totally remastered.
Driver was the game of a generation. In it you took on the role of a policeman infiltrated in the world of crime. His mission was to wipe out all the gangs and criminal organizations in the city. John Tanner, his character, is known for his ability as a driver, and as such must accomplish almost impossible missions for crime bosses.
This game is set in 4 different cities. In each location the player controls a different car. Miami, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York are the stages of Tanner's actions. Four other cars can be used for specific missions, and there are secret cars to discover.
18. Medal of Honor
Better known as Medal of Honor , this is an almost legendary game. Designed by Steven Spielberg, it puts the player in command of Lieutenant Jimmy Patterson. The background of the gameplay is the end of World War II. At the time it fell in the taste of many players, as it was a complicated game , difficult and quite complex from a narrative point of view.
For 1999, the game's release time, Medal of Honor was revolutionary in terms of gameplay. Today we see elements of this gameplay in many war games of the present generation. No wonder many consider the Medal of Honor franchise the forerunner of games like Battlefield and Call of Duty .
17. Dino Crisis
Dino Crisis has been around for years to win a remake . No wonder, since it is super original in its theme. Some consider it a mix of Jurassic Park with The Resident Evil . Regina, the main character, is on an isolated island filled with deadly dinosaurs, and her mission is to get out of there alive.
The plot is super interesting and the gameplay is really much the same as The Resident Evil franchise games . The few moments to save the game, low-capacity inventory, and low-bullet weapons are some of the challenges Regina must face. As if giant dinosaurs weren't enough.
16. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
Another game that certainly deserved a remake . We could compare it to Journey today , as it was a deep, contemplative game with a complex and very well constructed narrative. The whole game was developed using almost the full potential of the console. The graphics at the time were beautiful!
The narrative was very heavy, with a gothic ambience and a difficult gameplay . The journey in search of the Soul Reaver sword, unfortunately, had no end. The story is still open, waiting for a sequel or even the long-awaited remake .
15. Digimon World
The nostalgia for Digimon World is strong. Anyone who played this title on PS1 will agree that no game of digital monsters made after this one could beat it. In it you are a human boy, taken to File City to save the Digimon world. You must create, train, and digest a little monster by getting into increasingly difficult battles.
The game is super fun because it invites the player to create a city of Digimon. In it each Digimon assumes a function. It's very cool to see File City taking shape. In addition, there are several achievements and secrets to unravel as you explore Digimundo's most inhospitable corners.
For nearly two decades PlayStation 1's Sipder-Man has been in the rank of Spider-Man's best game ever made. Sure, the graphics weren't there, but the gameplay was really insane. It was a fan-made title for fans, allowing them to wear classic comic costumes.
The number of characters in Peter Parker's stories is enormous. In addition to many villains such as Venom, Carnage, Mystery and Doctor Octopus, there are other heroes, such as Daredevil. Anyway: it is a game that is in the memory of many players and yielded tens of hours of fun on the late PS1.
13. Crash Bandicoot: Warped
Crash Bandicoot: Warped is the coronation of a very successful trilogy. We couldn't leave this game off the list, after all Crash is practically Sony's mascot. And in that particular title he's even crazier than ever. Besides him we can still control his sister Coco for the first time.
The game allows us to access phases divided into themes. There is Ancient Egypt, as well as the prehistoric United States and the future, as well as China, Atlantis, and other very cool scenarios. The game remains challenging, inviting the player to obtain all gems in all missions, to reach not 100% but 105% completion.
12. Tomb Raider II
Any Tomb Raider franchise game for PlayStation 1 could be on this list. The second title of the series was chosen because it represented a great evolution in relation to the previous one. It has added new weapons, as well as allowing you to find several secret locations, some of which have never been found. Case of the dinosaur valley.
Not only that, archaeologist Lara Croft is more adventurous than ever, taking us to the Great Wall of China, the canals of Venice and other magical places on the planet, such as Tibet. In graphic terms, Lara also looks less square, and the character's movement is much more fluid.
11. Castlevania: Symphony of The Night
This is a game that has marked generations since 1997, the year of its release. At the time it was a milestone for the franchise as it was no longer played in stages. It is a game with strong RPG elements that progresses scenario by scenario, accomplishing tasks, facing enemies and collecting important items and powers.
Its opening is genius and unforgettable, with dialogs very well assembled. After opening, controlling Alucard, son of Dracula, the player must explore a huge castle in order to evolve the character to the fullest. It is a game full of challenges and obstacles, being considered one of the most difficult titles of PlayStation 1.
10. Silent Hill
The first Silent Hill arrived on PS1 in 1999 and was long considered to be the console's best horror game. The franchise's haze was created as a cover for PlayStation's graphic limitations, but it turned out to be one of the scariest things in the game.
The well-constructed narrative, the human protagonist and no special skills and the constant scares made this game one of the console's great titles. It was certainly a remarkable experience for all those who could see the birth of this franchise.
9. Metal Gear Solid
It was at Metal Gear Solid that agent Solid Snake was introduced to the world. Even those who have never played a franchise title certainly know or have heard of that character. Created by Hideo Kojima and released in 1998, this game was one of the early exponents of the stealth action genre. The plot is excellent, with amazing cutscenes for the technology available at the time.
We must also mention Psycho Mantis, the ultimate villain of the first Metal Gear . He stayed in the memory of the players by talking directly to those behind the control. Today's franchise titles are wonderful in everything, but we owe eternal respect to the game that started it all.
8. The Resident Evil 2
Almost 100% of fans of the franchise consider The Resident Evil 2 the best of all titles. This can be confirmed by the remake of the recently released game for the current generation. This game was really revolutionary, allowing players to control two different characters: Claire and the legendary Leon.
The presence of two different points of view, added to the greater freedom of exploration in Raccoon City made this title a true masterpiece at the time. The zombies were even more insane than in the previous game , offering players an absurd level of challenge.
7. Final Fantasy IX
Of course we could put here FFVII and FFVIII . Both are one of the best RPGs ever created, being two of the most symbolic titles in the Final Fantasy franchise . However, it is FFIX that comes closest to perfection. It's a game with dazzling graphics, one of Nobuo Uematsu's best soundtracks, and the most entertaining and complex story in the series.
Final Fantasy IX is an RPG, an action game and at the same time a philosophical game . All characters are well developed, having their bows combined to form a flawless plot. Not only that, FFIX has the coolest summons in the entire franchise.
6. Twisted Metal 3
If you think Rocket League is a car fight, even sporty, it's because you've never played Twisted Metal 3 . This game was simply one of the craziest on PlayStation 1. The ultimate goal is to destroy all other cars. To do this, you must play your vehicle against others, and use weapons in the best Batmobile style.
There are 12 different and bizarre cars to choose from. The most iconic is certainly Sweet Tooth, a car that sells ice cream and has the head of a burning clown on top. No wonder this vehicle appeared especially in the aforementioned Rocket League . And of course, we can't fail to mention that the Twisted Metal 3 soundtrack was just perfect.
5. The Resident Evil 3: Nemesis
Better than The Resident Evil 2 , only 3. When fans of the series thought Capcom couldn't surprise anymore, she introduced Jill Valentine's return to the series, plus a new villain: Nemesis, many players' biggest nightmare. from the late 1990s, which appeared out of nowhere and without warning with a rocket launcher.
For all its evolution in gameplay and for allowing good exploration of Raccoon City, this game was one of the most celebrated on PS1. Many players of that generation await a remake or even a careful remastering of Nemesis for today's consoles.
4. Final Fantasy VII
Of course we could not forget the legendary clash between Cloud and Sephiroth. Without these characters and without all the gameplay evolution proposed by FFVII , the next two franchise titles would not be as successful as they were. This game brought more life to the battles, as well as almost cinematographic cutscenes .
It was a game also known for its narrative and for featuring characters who have become icons of geek and pop culture . For so many reasons, it is only right that they have announced the awaiting remake of Final Fantasy VII .
3. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
Another game known for its excellent background soundtrack, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 has brought challenging gameplay with dozens of rewards and a host of renowned skaters. It is not wrong to say that this game helped popularize skateboarding in Brazil in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
The title encouraged players to make the most complex combos to break record points. Maintaining balance, however, was not for anyone. Maybe that's why they released a secret, never-falling skateboarder, the unforgettable Spider-Man. That alone made the game worth it.
2. Gran Turismo 2
We couldn't forget about the best racing game on PlayStation 1. Gran Turismo may today be a somewhat underused franchise by Sony, but by 1999 it was at its peak. After all, there were 650 cars available, an impressive number. By way of comparison, the first GT and the third were under 200.
In addition to cars, unforgettable tracks challenged all types of racers. Deep Forest, Laguna Seca and Seattle Circuit were some of the headaches for players. To top it off, the career advancement system, with the need to get your driver's license, was a very cool charm that Gran Turismo 2 offered.
1. Tekken 3
Finally, Tekken 3 . All franchise games after this title owe it all they are. In terms of physics, gameplay and mechanics, Tekken 3 was the best fighting game of 1997. We saw the return of classic characters such as Yoshimitsu and Heihachi Mishima, as well as the arrival of unforgettable new fighters such as Eddy Gordo, Panda and Jin. Kazama
Those who played the previous titles certainly felt that this Tekken brought a lot of news. In terms of gameplay, for example, there was the Tekken Ball, in which players should attack a volleyball without dropping it. For fun, it was one of the coolest games.