PlayStation 1: What are the greatest games in PS1 history?

  • Tom Kelly

Right, make sure that you’re sitting down for this one. Ready? The PlayStation 1 is officially over 25 years old.

If that doesn’t make you feel old, then personally I don’t know what will. 

Although you may view this as a poignant reminder of life travelling too fast, this also presents an opportunity to reminisce on the nostalgic games that featured on the revolutionary console at the time.

In honour of this notable anniversary, Shortlist writer Ian Dransfield took the liberty of revealing the 20 greatest games from an unforgettable period of gaming. 

So without further ado, here are the 20 greatest PlayStation 1 games of all time…


20 – Silent Bomber 

19 – Parappa The Rapper

18 – Wipeout 3 

17 – WWF Smackdown! 2: Know Your Role 

16 – ISS Pro Evolution

Well, where do we start? The one thing to take away from all of these iconic games is the graphics. On reflection, it’s a fair criticism to say that they’re obviously not the best, with a range of current iPhone games arguably having better displays. However, it just adds to that element of warming nostalgia, doesn’t it? 


Wipeout 3 is certainly a notable name to make the list, almost a collaboration between Formula 1 and sci-fi-themed rockets which were raced against the computer. In addition, in terms of graphics, Wipeout was arguably far ahead of many competitors at the time. 

For WWE fans, the introduction of ‘WWF Smackdown! 2: Know Your Role’ was a revelation in itself. Along with three friends, players were able to follow a WWE-themed storyline which was fairly reflective of the wrestling events which were going on at the time. 

ISS Pro Evolution was almost the teaser before the recognised Pro Evolution series that is widely known today. Although you can barely recognise the difference between Roberto Carlos and any other Brazillian footballer, at least you could freely slide tackle the goalkeeper. 


15 – Castlevania: Symphony of the Night 

14 – Syphon Filter 

13 – Tenchu Stealth Assasins 

12 – Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee

11 – Sypro The Dragon 

10 – Driver


Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee is one of those games that many people during the dawn of the PS1 played at least once. Whether it be through buying the game, playing the demo or at least playing at a friend’s house. The platform-based game was frustratingly challenging, but let’s face it – it never deterred you from putting the controller down. 

From a personal standpoint, Spyro is an iconic PS1 game. Sharing the same family as Crash Bandicoot, Spyro caused havoc as a troublesome dragon which resulted in endless hours of fun, with the series continuing for two further installments. 

One notable progression for gaming across the years is the expectations of the gamer themself. For example, in Grand Theft Auto V you’re a thief, bare-knuckle fighter, hitman, even muscle for a car dealership. Honestly, the list goes on and on. 

In Driver, you do what it says on the label. You quite literally work as a driver and to much credit to the game, you’d never get bored. 


9 – Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3

8 – Resident Evil 2 

7 – Crash Bandicoot 

6 – Silent Hill 

5 – Tekken 3 


Around the same period when the PS1 was released, skateboarding skyrocketed in popularity amongst children and young adults. Intriguingly, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 helped bridge the gap between the skatepark and the gaming industry. At the time, the game was unrivalled and versions of the original have been remastered but admittedly not to the same level of success. 

Spyro is arguably staring at the seventh-placed Crashed Bandicoot with an element of envy, but respect is deserved for such an exemplary PS1 game. The adventures that Crash and his comrades endured were certainly unforgettable and will always live long in the memory of hardcore gamers. 

Silent Hill was the complete and utter epitome of your friend coming to stay round and them nervously saying ‘should we play a scary game?’ – predominantly to seem just a bit cool. An edge-of-your-seat thriller which provided a mixture of a dark, frightening fog alongside terrifying killer babies. This was soon followed by pre-pubescent teenagers being rocked to sleep by their mothers.  


4 – Tomb Raider 2 

3 – Final Fantasy VII

2 – Gran Turismo 2

1 – Metal Gear Solid 


It’s incredible to think that even though the game was launched back in 1997, Tomb Raider 2 is the second best-selling PlayStation game in the UK. And in all fairness, for good reason. The adventures of Lara Croft was a groundbreaking moment for gaming, many thanks to the truly eye-catching graphics for its time and equally impressive storyline. 

Gran Turismo 2 has to settle for a silver medal on this occasion, however, this is a true testament to the game’s brand. Gran Turismo was one of the early franchises in the gaming industry which has ultimately lasted the test of time through the PlayStation 2, 3, 4 and most likely will feature on the new console – which is expected to be released before Christmas. 

Now, for the top spot. It could only be Metal Gear Solid. A handful of games during the infancy of the PS1 attempted to follow the steps of Metal Gear but, to be honest – it couldn’t be done. 

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