Almost 25 years ago, a certain games console named the PS1 (short for PlayStation) was released, and changed the way our generation plays games today.
The PlayStation 1 was very important in moulding the future of Sony’s gaming experience, with the very early foundations of the PlayStation Network, that we know today, originating from the PS1.
With that in mind, let’s wind back the years, take a trip down memory lane and go through the best 25 (representing 25 years) PS1 games ever released by Sony.
Of course, everyone will have a differing opinion when it comes to the best ever PS1 games, but these have been ranked by Games Radar.
So without further ado, let's dive right into it by starting with 25 to 16!
25. Tenchu 2: Birth of the Stealth Assassins
24. Klonoa: Door to Phantomile
23. Suikoden 2
22. Driver: You Are the Wheelman
21. Spyro The Dragon
19. Vagrant Story
18. Mega Man X4
17. R4: Ridge Racer Type 4
16. Street Fighter Alpha 3
Some of these games were the building blocks for games that are played by millions of people across the world today.
'Spyro The Dragon' was like Mario for the PlayStation and really kick-started having the idea of things that weren’t human being a narrator or speaker and in some cases, like Spyro The Dragon, the main character.
Even games produced 25 years ago can still be widely regarded as the best of their series, and this is the case with the likes of 'Spider-Man'. Many avid gamers and Spider-Man fans believe this is the best Spider-Man game released ever.
Another game that inspired a generation was 'Driver: You Are the Wheelman'. This game alone motivated creators today to make games like 'Forza Horizon'. You could even go as far to say that without 'Driver: You Are the Wheelman', driving/racing games wouldn’t even be a thing on consoles of today.
15. Tomb Raider 2
14. Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee
13. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
12. Final Fantasy 7
11. Ape Escape
10. Tekken 3
9. Worms Armageddon
8. Gran Turismo 2
7. PaRappa the Rapper
6. Silent Hill
Like 25-16, a lot of these games really inspired a generation of games creators and designers.
Let’s take 'Worms Armageddon' for example, you can still find people across the country playing that game and it was made over 25 years ago. The amount of games that is under the name of ‘Worms’ that have stemmed from Armageddon is mental and one of the original creators Lennie Moore is estimated to be worth $14 million.
'Gran Turismo' is much like 'Driver: You Are the Wheelman' in the respect that it inspired the next generation of games makers to make racing games.
Then there was 'Silent Hill'. This was the first of its time, a horror game. With its dense fog and smothering darkness, 'Silent Hill' created one of the most terrifying (and memorable) environments ever seen in a video game.
Even more unsettling was that the game’s protagonist Harry Mason wasn’t some chain-smoking space marine, he was a normal dude who was awful at fighting.
5. Twisted Metal 3
4. Resident Evil 2
3. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2
2. Metal Gear Solid
1. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
'Castlevania: Symphony of the Night' takes the top spot on the list of top PS1 games ever!
Not only is it regarded as one of the best PS games ever, it’s widely regarded as one of the best games ever, period.
Konami (the game developers) decided focusing on using the PS’s power to amplify the 2D graphics instead of delving into the trendy territory of early 3D gaming was a good idea, and thanks to that decision alone from the team at Konami, it positively affected the game.
'Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2' was also a very good game, played by many people across the globe, and no, not just by skateboarding fans. The game inspired games that we have today like 'Skate 3', and was enjoyed by almost everyone who played it, even if the skateboard looked like a piece of paper, with the 2D graphics that was popular at the time.
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