The original PlayStation (PS1) is a legendary console with legendary games in its library, no doubt.
With games like the Final Fantasy series, Crash Bandicoot series, and Spyro series, this console is one of the best consoles of all time.
How about we try to remember the best PS1 games of all time?
Some of you (90s kids) will probably remember (or even still playing) the best PS1 games on this list.
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#100. Colin McRae Rally
Hit the track in this first game in the Colin McRae Rally franchise.
It features a dozen unique cars and eight drivers, all featured from the 1998 World Rally Championship racing series.
This is a great title for fans of rally racing, who enjoy taking spectacular cars through dangerous courses.
There are three different difficulty levels to choose from, and each offers unique cars to drive.
There are seven rally courses themed after the real 1998 World Rally Championship events, spread across seven unique environments.
Besides single player racing, you can race against your friends with the game’s networked multiplayer modes.
In a land torn apart by war and political turmoil, one hero rises up to recruit a small army of rebels.
This lengthy RPG is one of the PlayStation 1’s best RPG games, and gives players a great story and addictive combat mechanics.
Widely regarded as one of the best RPGS ever made, Suikoden tells an engaging and complex story.
You play as an unnamed hero, and you can recruit over 100 unique characters to your rebellion.
Combat is turn-based, and plays out in random encounters and story-based scenarios.
There are a lot of mechanics to balance, such as character’s abilities, along with weapon and battle types.
Battles come in a few different types, including duel and war battles, which raise the stakes considerably.
Check out this RPG if you like complex stories and engaging combat!
#98. Fear Effect 2: Retro Helix
This action game is big on weaponry, but even bigger on puzzles and exploration.
In this sequel, you follow a futuristic story set in Hong Kong.
By playing as multiple characters, you’ll experience various stories while completing levels.
The gameplay is a mixture of gun-combat and puzzle solving, with an emphasis on puzzles.
The graphical style is interesting, as it’s a mixture of cel-shaded graphics and full motion video.
The game also has some survival elements, which add a level of tension to the game.
#97. NBA Live 2001
Shoot hoops and score baskets in one of the most content-filled and realistic basketball simulators ever made.
This entry in the popular NBA Live series gives you tons of awesome modes to play, guaranteed to satisfy your basketball cravings.
You can play through an entire season of basketball with realistic settings, or score huge dunks and shooting flaming basketballs in arcade mode.
There’s a great collection of mini-modes, such as the three point shootout competition.
NBA Live 2001 does a great job replicating real life athletes and their play styles, resulting in an excellent playable version of the sport.
#96. Um Jammer Lammy
This quirky rhythm game focuses on a shy lamb who plays guitar, rushing to make it to her band’s concert.
Like the rhythm game Parappa the Rapper, Um Jammer Lammy is a colorful and funny collection of levels that feature fun cartoon visuals.
Each level has you playing your guitar, and following instructions from a teacher.
In a classic game of call and response, you’ll follow the button prompts on screen and jam out.
The game can be pretty difficult, but the challenge is part of the fun!
#95. Rage Racer
This is the third installment in the Ridge Racer series, one of the PlayStation’s most prestigious franchises.
Players will burn rubber around corners, overtake their competition, and put the pedal to the floor in this exciting and vibrant racer.
Like past Ridge Racer titles, Rage Racer features great visuals and solid racing mechanics.
It’s the first game in the series to use CGI graphics, which amps up the realism quite a bit.
Your main objective is to earn credits by winning races, which you can then use to upgrade and purchase new vehicles.
You can purchase cars from four different manufacturers, with each car having specific strengths.
Races are broken up across five “classes” of difficulty, and once you’ve completed them all, secret races unlock!
#94. NCAA Football 99
This sports simulation game has the tagline “Desire + Pride = Victory!”, and brings the feeling of true achievement to your PlayStation.
This football game puts players in the shoes of the top NCAA football athletes, facing off to win a variety of championship trophies.
If college football is a hobby of yours, you’ll love this simulation game that’s packed with content.
This title features every NCAA team from 1999; over 110 of them!
There’s a boatload of customization options, including custom athletes, school fight songs, and more.
You can recruit your own team of players and participate in a number of championships, including the Rose Bowl, the Cotton Bowl, and many more.
#93. Lunar 2: Eternal Blue
Go on an epic quest full of magic and mystery as you attempt to stop the destruction of your homeland.
This sequel adds more story, more characters, and tons of cool enemies to battle.
You assemble a party of heroes and set out on an adventure, exploring various fantasy landscapes.
Along your journey you’ll encounter random battles with fearsome foes, and you’ll have to defeat them using your wits.
Lunar 2 uses a turn-based battle system that should be easy to learn for a player of any skill.
#92. Hot Shots Golf 2
This sequel offers arcade-like golfing action within a complex and realistic simulation, pleasing both casual and hardcore fans of the sport.
It improves upon the original game, Hot Shots Golf, in many ways, and will surely please fans of the franchise.
Like the previous game, Hot Shots Golf 2 is simple to learn.
However, there’s a deep tutorial system that showcases just how varied gameplay can be.
There are six different modes to enjoy, some for multiplayer groups and other for solo players.
You can compete in a full tournament, enjoy some head-to-head action, and even brush up on the basics in training.
The mixture of basic controls and colorful visuals makes it easy to hop in and play, but golfing experts will find plenty of reasons to keep playing.
#91. Tomba! 2: The Evil Swine Return
After finding out that his girlfriend is missing, an eccentric pink-haired hero sets out to find her.
This wacky and colorful side scroller is sure to put a smile on your face.
The game has interesting enemies, fun levels, and addictive platforming gameplay.
The story is pretty simple, but its full of humor and will definitely make you chuckle.
Besides hopping on enemies’ heads, Tomba can obtain cool weapons like hammers and boomerangs, as well as fun power ups.
This wild adventure will take you to some awesome environments, each with a personality of its own.
#90. Worms Armageddon
Face off in hectic and outrageous wars between teams of worms in this crazy strategy game.
Using a wide array of ridiculous weapons, you’ll attempt to take out the other eight-player team before losing all of your comrades.
This is a fantastic and often hilarious strategy game, that’s tons of fun to play with friends.
There’s training missions and a lengthy single player campaign, but the real fun is in multiplayer.
Here, you can face off against friends or AI opponents, choosing a variety of options.
Each team has eight worms to move around, and can attack and position one of their worms per turn.
The weapons you obtain are super powerful and unique, such as the holy hand grenade, missile launchers, and ninja stars.
This is a competitive game that never gets boring, and will keep you and your friend entertained for hours.
#89. Valkyrie Profile
This intense and unique RPG is full of Nordic folklore and compelling storytelling.
Valkyrie Profile is unlike most RPGs, with a unique turn-based combat system and dungeon exploration.
There are over two dozen playable characters in the game, as well as multiple difficulty options.
There’s tons of content to enjoy, and the game will take you dozens of hours to complete.
There are multiple villages, towns, and dungeons to explore, as well as multiple endings.
If you’re a fan of vikings, gods and goddesses, and turn-based RPGs, then this is the game for you.
#88. TOCA Championship Racing
Experience the 1997 British Touring Car Championship like never before, playing as one of sixteen drivers.
Race against your friends in a variety of realistic locales, and experience the thrill of professional circuit racing.
This racing title places you in the 1997 BTCC, racing as lead driver on one of eight works teams.
Players participate in nine different championship circuits, racing against fifteen AI controlled opponents.
As you progress, you’ll unlock new features and game modes.
Besides the hefty single player mode, there’s also multiplayer offerings for local competitive play.
This is a racing title that features high-end graphics, excellent physics, and a great attention to detail.
#87. Final Fantasy Tactics
Play Final Fantasy like you’ve never seen it before; with a brand new perspective and battle system.
There’s still tons of great lore and world building, but the addictive new combat makes the experience completely refreshing.
Like other Final Fantasy titles, this game has an intricate plot set in the fantasy world of Ivalice.
During a period of war, two major factions battle for control of land, with small rebellions breaking out.
The biggest difference in Tactics is the battle and exploration system, which are completely new to the franchise.
Battles play out in an isometric 3D view, with characters attacking based on their job/class.
Fights occur on a grid-style battlefield, instead of the standard two-sided encounters.
Exploring the world is slightly more linear, but there are still tons of side quests and random encounters to participate in.
#86. Madden NFL 99
Kick off a fun game of football in this excellent entry in the massively popular Madden franchise.
This was the first Madden game to feature Franchise mode, one of the most beloved modes in the entire series.
Madden NFL 99 is a well-rounded and comprehensive football package, great for any fan of 2000’s era football.
The game features fully 3D rendered graphics, and contains all licensed NFL teams from the 2000 season.
In addition to playing as your favorite team, you can also try out one of the twelve historic teams included.
This Madden introduced Franchise mode, which lets you pick a team and simulate 15 year-seasons of football.
Combined with an impressive multiplayer suite, this is a football game that any sports fan will enjoy.
#85. Sled Storm
Take to the slopes in the premiere snowmobile racing game of the generation.
This was one of the first games to focus on snowmobile racing, and it is jam packed with content.
There are fourteen different courses to race on, as well as multiple playable characters and vehicles.
You can upgrade your vehicles too, improving their turning, speed, and more.
There are two main modes of play, Championship and Quick Race.
Both can be played either solo or in multiplayer.
#84. Dino Crisis
Dive deep into a sci-fi survival tale, full of time travel and dinosaurs.
This dinosaur focused survival game uses very similar mechanics from the Resident Evil series.
Controlling the main character Regina, you slowly search through creepy research labs.
When enemies pop up, you’ll most likely want to find a way to run away rather than fight them.
You’ll have to manage an inventory full of keys, items, ammo, and weapons.
It’s a tense action adventure game with a hint of horror, and it’s definitely one of the most unique games on that PlayStation 1.
#83. Dance Dance Revolution
Play the Japanese arcade game sensation on your home console, grooving to the beat and dancing to the music!
This rhythm game will have you moving your feet unlike any other rhythm game has.
This is the first appearance of Dance Dance Revolution on any console, beginning the worldwide dancing sensation.
Players step to the beat of the song as notes appear on screen, using a pad peripheral.
This port of the Japanese arcade game features all the original songs, as well as some exclusive ones only available on the PlayStation.
In addition to normal play, you can also create your own dance charts in Edit mode, or increase the challenge in Arrange mode.
Embark on a mind-bending adventure through the realm of dreams, as the hero Alundra.
Stranded on an island, Alundra attempts to rid the local villagers of their reoccurring nightmares using his dream-walking abilities.
This adventure game offers great gameplay variety as well as an inventive and unique story.
Players assume the role of Alundra, a young man with the power to enter people’s dreams.
After shipwrecking on an island, Alundra must explore the nearby environment and aid a hospitable village.
Gameplay is viewed from a top-down perspective, and players explore the environment solving puzzles and fighting creatures.
This is a fun and colorful adventure game, but don’t be fooled; it’s wicked difficult puzzles might leave you stumped!
#81. Front Mission 3
Enter a world full of mechs and dangerous machines, where you and your friends battle for your lives.
This entry in the Front Mission franchise features two major storylines, each one focuses on a Japanese scientist.
Some changes have been made to the existing formula; most notably the addition of more RPG mechanics.
The game plays out in a linear fashion, as you complete missions and watch cutscenes.
The combat is really awesome, since you’re mostly smashing in heads with your giant mech.
#80. NCAA Football 2000
This entry in the NCAA Football series brings the same great modes as the past titles, while offering better customization options.
As a sequel to one of the best sports gets ever made, it holds up quite nicely.
You can enjoy a match of college football playing as over 120 different teams in NCAA Football 2000.
If that’s not enough variety, there’s also an extensive create-a-player and create-a-team modes to explore.
You can take your favorite college team through a full season, play exhibition matches, or dive into the lengthy dynasty mode.
The 3D graphics are an improvement over previous years, including a variety in physique type for players.
Overall, this is a great sequel and a fun college football title.
#79. Persona 2: Eternal Punishment
In the fictional Japanese city Sumaru, a mysterious curse is plaguing citizens.
Join investigator Maya as she explores the city and uncovers the truth in this epic fantasy RPG sequel!
This interesting RPG combines unique storytelling and entertaining turn-based gameplay for a completely new experience.
Players traverse the city of Sumaru with a party of characters, uncovering rumors and investigating sub-plots.
Along the way, you’ll battle frightening other-worldly foes in random battles and story encounters.
Combat plays out similarly to other RPGs, but the fun summoning system makes things feel distinct.
This is an RPG for people who want something darker in tone than your average Final Fantasy game.
#78. NHL 2000
Take to the ice and smack some hockey pucks in this solid entry in the NHL franchise.
This entry in the franchise has a good collection of modes, some new and some old.
Each mode will have you competing in realistic hockey matches.
You can enjoy a full season mode, with features like player trading, retirement, and more.
You can also check out the tournament mode, which sees 16 different teams in a round-robin tournament.
Overall, the game contains over 25 different NHL teams, so it’s a good possibility your favorite team is included!
#77. Dead or Alive
Face off in brutal one-on-one fights in this exciting 3D fighter.
Wickedly cool combos and awesome characters make this a fighting game you shouldn’t miss!
If you like fighting games like Tekken and Virtua Fighter, then this is a game for you!
There’s a roster of over 10 unique fighters to choose from, each with their own fighting style and moves.
Unlike other fighting games of the time, Dead or Alive utilized a special countering system instead of a block button.
Along with the fun modes and competitive multiplayer, this interesting take on the fighting game formula makes Dead or Alive a winner.
#76. Colony Wars III: Red Sun
Set in the distant future, you play as a humble miner who turns into a space mercenary.
Controlling an offensive fighter ship, you set off into epic space battles.
This space shooter is all about completing mission and upgrading your ship.
The easy-to-learn controls make its arcade-like combat fun to play.
There are nine different ships to choose from, and you can upgrade them by completing missions and hunting down specific targets.
Each ship has its own set of weapons and skills, so be sure to pick the one that fits your play style!
#75. NHL 2001
Put on your skates for the final entry in the NHL hockey series on the PlayStation.
This ultimate hockey experience puts you directly in the action, scoring goals and skating fast with the world’s best teams.
This hockey game has everything a fan would want, with extensive modes and customization.
As the final NHL game on the PlayStation, NHL 2001 delivers the ultimate package.
You can play single exhibition games, compete for the Stanley Cup, customize your own tournaments with created characters, and much more.
The gameplay remains easy to learn and fun to play, with tight controls and a great sense of speed.
#74. Tenchu: Stealth Assassins
Become a ninja in feudal Japan, using your stealth abilities to overcome foes.
This tale of two ninjas lets you play as two distinctly different characters.
Both characters have their own storylines, which are told over 10 levels of exciting gameplay.
As a ninja, your greatest weapon is stealth.
You’ll sneak through levels and dispatch enemies using a wide variety of signature ninja weapons.
#73. WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role
This best-selling wrestling game introduced customization modes and a slew of fun gameplay features.
This sequel to the original WWF Smackdown! game builds on the foundation of its successor while adding new features.
There are now a great selection of “Create-A” modes.
These let you create your own moveset, wrestler, manager, and more.
This, combined with a great season mode and some awesome athletes makes this game a must-buy.
#72. Need for Speed: High Stakes
This fourth entry in the Need for Speed series introduces real-time damage in addition to some awesome cars.
Need for Speed games are always great for fast racing and awesome action.
High Stakes makes the racing more exciting by showing car damage as you ram into other vehicles.
The “Pursuit” feature makes a comeback, which involves you outrunning police cars.
There are several different pursuit modes in addition to a standard single player mode, so there are plenty of modes to enjoy!
#71. Jarrett & Labonte Stock Car Racing
This racing game doubles down on the realism and the freedom given to the player.
Although this game doesn’t have a ton of modes, it makes up for it by including an insane amount of customization.
Racing in Jarrett & Labonte feels incredibly realistic.
Your cars take damage, feel heavy going around turns, and need constant tuning.
This is a game for car junkies who like to get under the hood.
#70. Bust A Groove
This fusion title combines rhythm and fighting game mechanics to form a wildly unique game.
Choose your character and tap to the tune in this exciting and colorful arcade title!
Like a fighting game, Bust A Groove has a ton of cool playable characters.
The funky visuals and cool costumes set the mood for a wacky experience.
Players tap to the beat of the song, attacking the enemy player throughout the song.
Each character also has a special move, which foil your opponents in a huge variety of ways.
If you like games like Dance Dance Revolution, check this one out!
#69. Final Fantasy Anthology
This fantastic collection bundles Final Fantasy V and Final Fantasy VI together, with some improvements to boot.
Besides containing two games in one, the Final Fantasy Anthology updates some older mechanics as well.
There are now beautiful cutscenes in the game, as well as some bonus materials in the menu.
Both of these games are hundred-hour epics that will take you on fantastical turn-based journeys.
If you’re a fan of the RPG genre, this is a high coveted collection.
#68. MTV Music Generator
This music creation software lets you make your very own songs without the hassle of complex software.
You can even import your favorite samples and create songs with friends!
This piece of software lets users effortlessly generate their own unique music by mixing together a huge variety of pre-recorded samples.
There are over 4,000 different sounds to pick from, including guitar riffs, bass lines, and drum beats.
You can even create a song with friends in the special multiplayer mode by passing the controller and inputting your own creative spin.
#67. Fear Effect
Three mercenaries are sent out to retrieve the daughter of a high-ranking criminal in Hong Kong.
This game combines the survival controls of games like Resident Evil with the action and adventure of common third person shooters.
You can play as one of three playable characters, and venture out into dangerous levels.
Here, you’ll have to fend off enemies both human and non-human.
The game also contains a some puzzles as well, but you’ll likely be more focused on your health bar.
#66. NBA Live 2000
Enjoy this excellent basketball game with a collection of unique modes and great features.
Play as your favorite all-stars or even scan in your own face and become the game!
This version of NBA Live is the first to feature NBA all-star Michael Jordan, and also contains a handful of other historic athletes.
You can play against these timeless legends in one-on-one or five-on-five competitions.
Using facial scan technology, you can also attach any face to a virtual player, allowing you to make endless teams of fantasy players!
In addition to all these awesome features, the game still has a full length Franchise mode for plenty of replayability.
#65. Silent Hill
A man named Harry Mason goes searching for his missing daughter, and ends up in a town that might as well be hell itself.
This prolific horror game kept many gamers up at night for years.
Like Resident Evil, Silent Hill limits the ways you can defend yourself.
You won’t have tons of weapons or guns to fend off the creatures that you encounter.
Instead, you’ll have to flee, hoping to find some hints and clues during your exploration.
The game is ripe with tough puzzles and even tougher enemies, so it’ll take a strong heart and skill to make it through Silent Hill.
#64. Madden NFL 2002
This entry in the Madden football series has all the bells and whistles you’d want, plus an awesome retro mode!
Toss the pigskin to your heart’s content in a variety of fun modes with officially licensed teams.
Like always, Madden offers a great football game with exciting gameplay and plenty of options.
You can play as your favorite NFL team, playing full seasons, play-off games, and more!
It’s the additional modes, like collectible Madden cards and Classic Madden that make this game stand out.
In Classic Madden mode, the whole look and feel of the game transforms into a retro 16-bit style, giving you a nostalgic perspective of play.
#63. Rally Cross
Speed through hazardous conditions in this tough off-road racer!
Six modes and local multiplayer provide countless hours of extreme racing.
This racing title gives you six unique tracks with varying environment hazards like sand, water, and mud.
You’ll race across twisting courses in a selection of rally cars, carefully navigating the tough terrain.
Modes include a full season, local split-screen multiplayer, time attack, and more.
Fans of games like Sega Rally will appreciate this more challenging racer.
#62. Civilization II
Build the world’s most advanced civilization before your competition in this exciting and complex strategy title.
In this iconic strategy game, you have to build your own civilization from the ground up.
Collect resources to craft better units, strengthening your hold on the land.
As you encounter other civilizations, you’ll have to prove your worth in large scale battles.
Be the first civilization left standing or achieve technological wonderment to win!
#61. Spyro the Dragon
In the Dragon Kingdom, all of the elder dragons have been cursed by an invading orc army.
It’s up to the young Spyro to dash, glide, and fire-breathe his home back to order.
Spyro is one of the PlayStation’s most iconic characters, and this is the game that started it all!
You’ll explore five unique worlds, collecting gems and locating the cursed dragons.
Gameplay has a great sense of speed to it, and the clear visuals make it easy to navigate levels.
Spyro’s moves are easy enough to learn, so even novice gamers can tackle this original Spyro adventure.
#60. FIFA 2001: Major League Soccer
This entry in the fantastic soccer simulation franchise made some small adjustments, and delivered an excellent experience.
Although the actual gameplay of FIFA stayed relatively unchanged, this entry introduced a new physics engines.
Athletes look better than ever, sporting custom clothes and appearances.
There are also some minor upgrades, such as power bars that indicate shot strength, and the ability to intentionally foul.
#59. NFL Blitz 2000
Play football like you’ve never experienced before, in this hard hitting arcade port!
Dive, tackle, and dirty hit your way to the end zone in this scrappy take on American football.
In this surprisingly violent football game, you control a slew of licensed NFL teams in hard-hitting matches.
New features like the play editor and four-player modes flesh out an already awesome experience.
If you perform well, you can even catch on fire, giving you infinite turbo and a hearty boost in strength.
#58. Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit
It’s you versus the police in this all-out race to own the streets.
Enjoy arcade-like racing with awesome graphics and cool stunts in this excellent entry in the Need for Speed franchise.
This intense racing title puts you behind the wheel of dozens of exotic and expensive cars, racing through the streets of North America.
This Need for Speed title added a few exceptionally fun modes, such as Knockout and Hot Pursuit.
Races have an added element of surprise, as police cruisers will try to stop you during illegal races.
This is one of the tightest controlling racing games on the PlayStation, and one of gaming’s best.
#57. Medal of Honor Underground
In Nazi occupied France, soldier Manon takes up arms against the nazi regime.
This fantastic first person shooter offered an intense look into the second World War.
As female soldier Manon, you get to travel to a variety of environments and engage in gritty warfare.
Medal of Honor games usually focus on objective based missions rather than run-and-gun, making the experience feel much more realistic.
#56. Dance Dance Revolution Konamix
This version of the arcade rhythm game sensation hits the PlayStation console with better songs, better menus, and more great gameplay.
Although the gameplay is similar to normal Dance Dance Revolution, this version includes over 50 unique songs to dance to.
Players dance on a pad peripheral or use the controller, tapping button prompts to the beat of the song.
You are ranked on your timing and consistency, and it’s addictive to try and reach the best score on every song.
This game will give you a great workout and an awesome gameplay experience at the same time.
#55. Vigilante 8
In an alternate 1975, the United States is in ruin due to an oil shortage.
A group of vigilantes take to the roads and try to preserve the law in this car combat title.
Engage in exciting vehicular mayhem in this 1970’s themed car combat title.
In either Arcade or Story mode, you’ll go bumper-to-bumper against other automobiles in cool environments.
You can even duke it out in Area 51!
If you like games like Twisted Metal, this frantic action game will surely hit the spot.
#54. Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete
A young boy named Alex sets forth from his humble town to fulfill his destiny as the Dragonmaster.
This game is a remake of the original Lunar: Silver Star, and it features some new mechanics from Lunar: Eternal Blue.
Combat options like “auto-attack” make a return, as do animated cutscenes and refined characters.
Overall, this is a roleplaying game full of interesting and personable characters.
It also has a fun gameplay loop as well, so the hours upon hours of gameplay will fly by!
This unique RPG is well known for its interesting battle system and lovable characters.
In this colorful RPG, you play as Justin, a young boy who seeks adventure.
After collecting a few friends, you travel out into three dimensional worlds full of monsters and bad guys.
When joining fights, combat works similar to other turn-based games.
However, your party of characters is set on a rotation, so you’ll have to plan ahead.
Graphically speaking, Grandia made huge leaps when it released, and it’s still impressive to this day.
#52. Madden NFL 2000
This titan of a game franchise entered the new millennium with some updated modes and a whole lot of fun.
Truthfully told, the mechanics behind the Madden series don’t radically change each year, but Madden NFL 2000 did enough to warrant its spot on this list.
The franchise mode received a significant overhaul.
It now allows for multiple team owners to compete at the same time; a feature previously unavailable.
Additionally, players can create custom rosters and trade athletes.
You can also change some players names, which is great for a laugh or two.
#51. You Don’t Know Jack
Answer quirky pop culture trivia questions with your friends in a comedic game show setting!
This is an excellent game for parties, as it’s best played with multiple players.
Following the hilarious host, you answer a series of trivia questions from a variety of categories.
You can choose between shorter 7-question games or a full length 21-question game.
Either way, you’ll surely be laughing out loud when playing.
#50. R-Type Delta
In the futuristic year of 2164, you control one of several space fighter ships navigating through dangerous shoot ’em up levels.
This is the fourth game in the R-Type series, highly regarded as one of the best shoot ’em up franchises ever.
Players can choose from three unique fighter ships, each with their own weapons and ultimate attack.
The levels are tough and exciting, forcing you to dodge tons of bullets with quick reaction time.
There’s plenty of replayability and even some unlockable ships as well.
When an imposter Spider-Man is on the loose and wreaking havoc, it’s up to the true Spider-Man to save the day.
This action game is jam packed with your favorite Spider-Man villains, including Doc Ock, Daredevil, Rhino, Scorpion, and more!
Using your web slinging powers, you’ll traverse difficult levels collecting power ups and defeating bad guys.
It feels awesome to punch criminals in the face and save the day, and what better hero to do it with than Spider-Man?
#48. Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage!
Spyro finds himself on another quest, this time to save the fantasy realm of Avalar from the evil sorcerer Ripto.
This souped-up Spyro sequel introduces tons of new gameplay mechanics, characters, and worlds!
Once again, players must navigate tricky platforming stages and fight enemies using various attacks and moves.
This time, Spyro has to collect green orbs by completing various mini-games and side quests.
This sequel is a great mixture of gameplay variety and classic Spyro platforming.
#47. WWF SmackDown!
This was the very first PlayStation game to hold the brand WWF, and it proved its worthiness with great gameplay.
The game contains a handful of modes, but the biggest focus is the three-part story mode.
Progressing through this mode unlocks new outfits, moves, and generally strengthens your custom fighter.
There are also some fun match types, such as Steel Cage matches, Single Elimination, Tag Team, and more!
#46. Colony Wars: Vengeance
In the midst of a territorial space war, you enlist as a starfighter pilot targeting rogue agents.
This sequel to the massively successful Colony Wars puts you in the hot seat for hectic space battles.
In this space dogfighting game players control a pilot named Mertens, utilizing their starfighter to take down enemy ships.
As you complete the game’s various stages, you can upgrade your ship’s skills.
Missions have branching paths, and are dependent on your overall skill and performance.
The high difficulty and multiple paths make this a space shooter worth replaying.
#45. Final Fantasy Chronicles
This compilation of RPGs contains Final Fantasy IV and the cult-hit Chrono Trigger.
Both of the games included in this collection are regarded as some of the best RPGs of all time.
Final Fantasy IV tells an epic story full of fantasy and intrigue.
Chrono Trigger trades in traditional fantasy for time traveling and mind-bending narratives.
Both games offer hundreds of hours of gameplay, and you’ll surely become addicted to these fine adventures.
#44. NFL GameDay 99
Enjoy solid football gameplay with superior graphics in this Madden NFL competitor.
The GameDay franchise is well known for its solid football gameplay.
GameDay 99 stands out thanks to improved graphics, better animations, and a great visual flow.
Every NFL team from the 1999 season are available to choose from, and there are multiple difficulty options to select.
If Madden NFL isn’t quite your speed, give this football simulator a try.
#43. Syphon Filter
This spy thriller follows secret agent Gabriel Logan and his partner as they search for the group responsible for recent terrorist attacks.
Although Syphon Filter is mainly a stealth game, Gabriel has plenty of ammunition to spare.
You’ll spend most of the game sneaking through levels and dispatching enemies.
Along the way, you’ll complete objectives like hacking, diffusing bombs, and much more.
This game also launched the Syphon Filter franchise, which ended up being hugely popular on Sony-branded systems.
#42. Wipeout 3
Hop into a futuristic world where high-speed racing and terrifying courses make up the day.
This racing game offers players incredibly high speeds and the dangerous that come with it.
Set in the future, you and a group of racers go head-to-head on insane tracks.
You can pick up weapons and collectibles to attack or defend, adding an extra layer to the the craziness.
The game also runs very smoothly, thanks to the muted colors and expertly crafted environments.
#41. Resident Evil
A viral outbreak has unleashed zombies into the world, and police officers Jill and Chris must investigate why.
Explore the terrifying Spencer Mansion in this game that coined the term “survival horror”.
Resident Evil is arguably the best horror franchise in gaming, and this is the game that started it all.
It set a new standard for the horror genre, with intense combat and smart puzzles.
Players control either Jill or Chris, two police officers with varying weaponry and skills.
You explore a vast mansion, packed with nightmarish creatures and the undead.
Keep your ammo in check as resources are limited!
#40. Rayman 2: The Great Escape
The Glade of Dreams is under attack by vicious Robo-Pirates yet again!
Using his floating limbs, Rayman must escape capture and collect the Yellow Lums to restore the Glade.
This sequel takes the great platforming action of the original Rayman and brings it into 3D.
Players must navigate Rayman through a series of platforming levels, collecting Lums and fighting pirates along the way.
The bright visuals and happy-go-lucky style are memorable, giving you a constant visual treat.
#39. FIFA 2000: Major League Soccer
This is the seventh entry in the FIFA franchise, and it brought new features, better graphics, and updated rosters to the series.
Besides the expected modes and teams, FIFA 2000 brings in some cool features to spice things up.
For the first time, you can play over the course of multiple seasons, eventually being promoted to higher ranks.
The United States Major Soccer League was also included for the first time in the franchises’ history.
#38. Triple Play 2000
This baseball game has an awesome selection of modes, great graphics, and some of the sport’s greatest athletes!
Baseball fans will love this simulation game, which contains the full Major League Baseball roster from the 1998-1999 season.
There are multiple modes to choose from, including play-offs, full season, exhibition match, or the beloved Home Run Derby.
The controls offer precise baseball gameplay, both offensively and defensively.
#37. Medal of Honor
This fantastic World War II shooter features multiple modes, and was also written and directed by Hollywood elite Steven Spielberg.
Experience the brutality of the second world war in the years 1944 and 1945.
You play as Jimmy Patterson, an ex-pilot who has taken up arms against the nazis on their home turf.
You’ll run and gun through levels, completing objectives and eliminating the enemy.
In addition to the single player campaign, there are also multiplayer modes to enjoy with your friends.
You play as cop John Tanner, sent undercover by his chief to investigate the criminal underground.
This action/driving game takes place across four different cities, and has you completing missions from behind the wheel.
You’ll engage in races, pursuit chases, and other activities as you dig deeper into the world of organized crime.
As you climb the ranks of various crime syndicates, you’ll uncover a conspiracy that threatens national security.
#35. Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee
An alien slave named Abe discovers that he and his fellow slaves are going to be eliminated.
In an effort to save his people and overcome his captors, he tries to free as many slaves as possible during his escape.
This platforming and puzzle game has a dark and weird style, but great visuals and awesome design.
Players navigate Abe from a sidescrolling perspective, avoiding enemies and solving puzzles.
Abe’s story of redemption is truly great, and the cutscenes are high quality.
Although it might be tough to learn, Oddworld is a rewarding and satisfying puzzle experience.
#34. FIFA 99
The world of European football has never looked better, as FIFA 99 amps up the graphics and fluidity of gameplay.
Like other FIFA titles, this soccer simulator is packed with customization options and modes of play.
This version features the European Dream League mode, which sees 20 of the world’s best teams competing against each other.
Multiplayer is as fun as ever, with some new options like the golden goal setting.
FIFA fans and soccer fans alike will be heads over heels for this great iteration.
#33. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
This action game is full of supernatural beings that can rip and tear their foes to shreds.
You play as Kain, a wraith who has a taste for revenge.
The Legacy of Kain series is a popular third person action franchise that gives players tons of combat and platforming to enjoy.
The violent combat is intriguing, but the beautiful and often eerie environments are what will catch your eye first.
If you’re a fan of the dark and dreary with a dash of deadly, then Legacy of Kain is for you.
#32. R4: Ridge Racer Type 4
Smash the accelerator and drift around corners in this addictive arcade racing game.
This racing game contains multiple modes of play, but more impressively, contains over 320 different cars.
Cars are classified by their drifting power and are sorted into four different leagues.
Your ultimate goal is to progress through each league, becoming the racing champion.
With high-speed action, dangerous drifting, and tight controls, this Ridge Racer is one of the best in the series.
#31. Resident Evil 3: Nemesis
This third entry in the popular horror franchise brings new weapons, new characters, and one fearsome giant foe.
Nemesis is the third game in the Resident Evil franchise, and has players controlling the deft and agile Jill Valentine.
The game is similar to past entries in the series; you’ll collect weapons and items, solve puzzles, and attempt to outsmart and defeat grotesque enemies.
Nemesis also introduces gameplay that forces you to make a choice.
These choices make a difference in the ending of the game, as well as later scenarios.
#30. PaRappa the Rapper
On his journey to gain ultimate hip-hop wisdom, rapper PaRappa must collaborate with an assortment of musical characters.
This rhythm game contains a distinctly funky style and fun visual flare.
Each level sees PaRappa rapping with another character, and the player matching the prompts as they appear on screen.
Unlike other rhythm games, PaRappa encourages you to be creative with your presses.
It’s deceptively tough, but the memorable songs and unique gameplay will keep you coming back for more.
#29. NBA Live 99
The NBA Live series continues to dominate the basketball scene with its multiple modes and satisfying gameplay.
For the first time in NBA Live history, you can now engage in multi-season careers!
Shape up your skills in Practice Mode, or form your own team in Dynasty mode.
This basketball simulator also amps up the realism, with improved player models and graphics.
#28. Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back
Kidnapped by the crazy Doctor Cortex, Crash attempts to retrieve 25 crystals as he quests through the N. Sanity Islands.
The first Crash Bandicoot title is synonymous with PlayStation, and this sequel cemented that.
Players guide Crash through a series of tough platforming levels, spinning to defeat enemies.
Upbeat visuals and music keep the experience joyful, even with the difficulty gets tough.
There are tons of new elements to learn, including a variety of power-up boxes.
#27. Madden NFL 2001
The beloved past-time of football is back, and it’s never been better!
This entry in the Madden franchise is all about customization, allowing players to tweak everything to their liking.
You can create your own athlete, create plays, start your own franchise, and more.
There are “Madden Cards” you can collect, which allow your players to perform special moves during the game.
All in all, this Madden contains dozens of stadiums and over 50 different licensed teams.
#26. Colin McRae Rally 2.0
This off-road rally racing game puts an emphasis on realism and accurate car control.
Rally 2.0 delivers the same awesome rally racing of its predecessor, while introducing new difficulty levels and modes.
For the serious rally racers, there are three modes of difficulty to try your hand out.
Those looking for a more relaxed experience can play Arcade mode, where you can compete against computer-controller opponents.
The game also features brand new visuals, a refined menu system, and easier navigation.
#25. Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped
After the space station Cortex Vortex comes crashing down to earth, Crash must prevent Doctor Cortex from collecting the crystals scattered across time.
The third and final Crash Bandicoot platformer on the PlayStation takes a trip through time.
Crash must successfully collect the crystals across five unique worlds, all set in different eras of time.
Players travel through vibrant environments, performing tough jumps and defeating enemies.
There’s a bigger focus on gameplay variety, with more collectibles to find and objectives to complete.
#24. Final Fantasy VIII
This epic entry in the Final Fantasy franchise sees character Squall and his party going on an epic adventure to save the world.
Like most Final Fantasy games, VIII invites you into a gorgeous and fantastical world.
You’ll assemble a party of wildly personable characters, each with their own strengths and weaknesses.
The turn-based combat has a deep level of strategy to it, and the narrative is complex and enthralling.
As a follow up to the hugely popular Final Fantasy VII, this game does the franchise justice.
#23. Tomb Raider
Archaeologist Lara Croft travels to the mountains of Peru to recover an ancient artifact, setting her on a journey that spans the entire globe.
Regarded as one of the most influential action games of all time, Tomb Raider expertly blends third person combat and exploration.
Players control Lara Croft, traversing tough 3D environments and fighting off enemies with dual pistols.
The layered story sends Lara to several parts of the globe, including Egypt, Greece, and more.
Lara’s first adventure is challenging, but it’s packed with surprisng moments and awesome level design.
#22. NFL Blitz
You’ve never seen football this brutal, as NFL players compete in matches with exceptionally lenient rules.
This game was a smash hit in arcades, and makes the jump to the PlayStation with ease.
Players can choose from a selection of NFL teams, and face off in football matches with easy-to-learn controls.
NFL Blitz sets itself apart with hard-hitting tackles, late play punishment, and a wacky tone.
This is a great game for casual football fans who want to throw the ball and tackle, without all the complexities that come with a game like Madden NFL.
#21. Street Fighter Alpha 3
Street Fighter gets an upgrade in this flashy fighter with excellent animation.
This iteration of Street Fighter is all about fighting the way you want, with distinct playstyles available for all available characters.
You will immediately be impressed by the high quality of the action, which contains awesome animation.
This home console version also features the World Tour mode, which holds secret unlockable fighters to enjoy.
#20. Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus
Once again, alien Abe sets out to foil the plans of the evil Glukkons.
As the Glukkons turn Abe’s species into a special beverage, Abe heads into the production facility to sabotage it.
Although considered a spin-off of the main Oddworld series, this game still gives players excellent puzzles and 2D gameplay.
The gameplay isn’t as challenging as past Oddworld games, as the auto-save and unlimited lives make mistakes less punishing.
Instead of using attacks, Abe outwits the Glukkons by solving a variety of puzzles with his extraordinary abilities.
#19. Ape Escape
A group of apes have escaped captivity, and it’s your job as the monkey trapper to collect them all!
In Ape Escape, you play as a monkey collector named Spike.
Using a variety of fun gadgets and gizmos, you’ll track down the escaped primates over the course of several levels.
There’s an element of stealth to the game, as you’ll have to sneak up on the monkeys to capture them.
As you make it further into the game, you’ll unlock cooler gadgets to use, and become the ultimate catcher!
#18. Spyro: Year of the Dragon
A cute but dangerous dragon named Spyro goes on an adventure to reclaim crystals and restore his homeland.
The Spyro franchise is great for multiple reasons.
First, it offers fun and exciting level design that is split into bite sized chunks.
Controlling Spyro and using his attacks feel great, as does dashing around the level at supersonic speeds.
There are plenty of collectibles to grab, tons of secrets, and an all-around great third-person adventure to enjoy.
A young boy with amnesia finds his hometown under attack, and joins in the fight to save it.
This RPG is a hugely sprawling game that has a massive narrative and hours upon hours of gameplay.
Besides participating in standard RPG turn-based fights, you can jump into a giant robot and take the battle to the skies.
Your journey will take you far and wide across a beautiful landscape full of rich history and lore.
If you like RPGs that you can sink tons of hours into, Xenogears is a great place to start.
#16. Soul Blade
Nine fighters seek out the find Soul Edge, a legendary blade with unstoppable power.
You’ll have to fight your hardest to claim the sword and become champion!
In this fighting game, characters can move in eight directions, which opens up a lot of options.
The quick-paced 3D fighting centers around the various weapons that each character possesses.
There’s a great selection of fighters and weapons, offering a variety of play style possibilities.
This fighting game broke new ground in the genre, and went on to spawn the amazing Soul Calibur franchise.
#15. Crash Team Racing
The characters from the game Crash Bandicoot have all taken up kart riding, and it’s a race to the finish to see who’s the best driver!
Like Mario Kart, Crash Team Racing has you and opponents drifting around colorful and exotic courses.
Along the way, you’ll grab powerups that can be used to harm other players and push them back in the rankings.
There’s multiple modes of play, some focused on single player action and others on multiplayer.
If you like Mario Kart but consider yourself a bigger fan of Crash Bandicoot, this is a no-brainer.
#14. Vagrant Story
This RPG breaks the mold by focusing on puzzles, creating and modifying gear, and employing creative strategy.
Vagrant Story makes huge leaps in the gameplay department by fusing action/adventure and RPG elements together.
In the game, you’ll explore 3D environments from a third or first person perspective.
As you battle enemies, you’ll find new elements that can be used to modified your existing gear and weapons.
Combat plays out similar to a rhythm game, forcing you to time your attacks to the beat.
#13. Colony Wars
In the future the Earth has been drained of its resources, causing an interplanetary war between various factions.
As a new recruit in the League of Free Worlds army, you must fight against the Earth Empire.
Pick from one of seven awesome starfighters and take off into challenging space combat missions!
As you control your ship, you’ll have to blast through enemies using a slew of weaponry.
The missions contain branching paths, depending on your success in battle.
This gives the game a lot of replayability, as you simply can’t play every level in one go.
This is one cosmic dogfighting game that sci-fi fans will absolutely love.
#12. Chrono Cross
This sequel to the popular RPG Chrono Trigger changed a few key elements, but managed to be just as fun as the original.
Following up Chrono Trigger is a hard act, but Chrono Cross managed to do it with some smart gameplay decisions.
Firstly, all random battles have been removed from the game, which makes exploration less annoying.
The combat system has had a slight overhaul, allowing for more strategic options during fights.
Additionally, the game features multiple story lines and endings.
This means you’ll have plenty of reason to return to the game once you’ve already finished it.
#11. Final Fantasy VII
Widely considered the best RPG ever made, Final Fantasy VII tells a complex and emotional heart-breaking story that will stay with you for a long time.
Final Fantasy VII excels due to its memorable characters, addictive gameplay, fantastic story, and awesome special moves.
The cast of characters you’ll meet during your journey will stick in your memory for a long time, mostly due to the heart-wrenching storytelling.
As a video game, Final Fantasy VII is an addictive RPG with tons of replay value.
As a story, Final Fantasy VII is one of gaming’s best.
#10. Gran Turismo 2
The most prestigious racing franchise of all time returns for the highly anticipated sequel, now with more features than ever before.
Gran Turismo 2 is a great game for gearheads; people who love tinkering with cars.
This game provides an unparalleled amount of control over your car, and the gameplay feels incredibly realistic.
The game contains hundreds of unique vehicles, each with their own feel.
There are also multiple modes of play, both for solo players and group play.
#9. Final Fantasy IX
A troupe of theater performers plan a kidnapping, only to be foiled and find themselves in the midst of a grand battle.
This entry in the Final Fantasy series allows you to play as eight different characters.
Each character represents a different class, and can help out the party in unique ways.
After escaping their initial run-in with the law, the crew finds themselves stranded and must go searching through the wilds for help.
You’ll encounter enemies along your travels, and defeating them rewards you with new gear and money to spend.
Overall, Final Fantasy IX offers players hundreds of hours of RPG goodness, and an amazing story line as well.
#8. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
The mysterious and magical Alucard pays a visit to Dracula’s Castle, searching for the missing vampire hunter Richter Belmont.
This insanely popular sidescrolling adventure game paved the genre for decades to come.
Players explore the twisting castle as Alucard, fighting off tons of enemy types using a variety of weapons and spells.
As you level up Alucard, you’ll learn new abilities that let you access new parts of the castle.
This Castlevania title is lengthy and complex, with so many secrets that you’ll be scouring the castle for many hours.
#7. Resident Evil 2
This violent and horrifying survival game features Leon, a police officer stuck in the middle of town during a zombie outbreak.
Gameplay wise, Resident Evil 2 plays much like the original.
You move about using “tank controls”, collecting weapons and scarce ammo.
You spend time exploring the city and buildings within it, searching for useful items and avoiding zombies.
The game is truly horrifying, and has received high praise since its original release.
In fact, this game is so popular, fans have been begging for a full remake for well over a decade.
In the year 2019, the game will receive a full remake on the PlayStation 4 console.
#6. Metal Gear Solid
This hugely complex and confusing military narrative introduces us to Solid Snake, one of the deadliest and most steel-nerved special agent in gaming.
Metal Gear Solid has such a ridiculous plot line, it would be hard to sum it up quickly.
Basically, dangerous military weapons are being produced, and the appropriate military branches send Solid Snake in to defuse the situation.
You’ll spend time sneaking through facilities, shooting guards with tranquilizer darts, and even fighting tanks.
#5. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater
This fantastic skateboarding game launched the “extreme sports” genre of the late 90’s and early 2000’s due to its amazing gameplay and catchy soundtrack.
This game is every skateboarder’s dream.
In it, you get to thrash through multiple levels that are based on real locations.
You can shred railings in a school, skate big ramps in downtown cities, and much more.
The gameplay is tied into a competition, where you must score as many points as possible within a time limit.
There are also extra objectives to complete, bonus characters to unlock, and even some super secret levels to find!
#4. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2
This sequel took everything absolutely radical about the first Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and dials it up to ridiculous levels.
In addition to the wild tricks, customizable characters, and awesome courses, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 brings even more to the table.
For the first time, you can build your own skatepark to shred in.
Once completed, you can challenge you friends to your custom challenges.
The story mode is also deeper, containing more objectives and courses to enjoy.
There are also multiple modes that make multiplayer sessions even more fun!
#3. Wipeout XL
The sense of speed and danger is at unbelievable limits in the F5000 Anti-Gravity Racing League.
Strap into a futuristic vehicle and speed your way to victory in this lightning-fast racer.
This crazy quick racing game combines breakneck speeds with rising difficulty, giving players an experience unlike any other!
After picking your aerodynamic craft, you’ll race on increasingly tough courses against AI opponents.
Using your weapons, you can even destroy other racers to eliminate them.
There are four difficulty classes, and each one raises the maximum speed and laps required to win.
This is the stand out title in the Wipeout franchise, due to its great gameplay and awesome course design.
#2. Gran Turismo
Considered the most realistic and accurate depiction of racing ever made, this game made all other racing games look like child’s play.
During this console era, most games struggled between realism and arcade-like controls.
Gran Turismo entered the scene and absolutely nailed the realistic driving experience.
Cars drive, turn, and handle completely differently.
There are over ten courses to race across, so you’ll have to drive perfectly if you want to score the highest rank!
#1. Tekken 3
Few fighting games are as easy to learn but hard to master as Tekken, and Tekken 3 brings that awesome gameplay with even more amazing features.
This masterpiece of a fighting game shows that you don’t need extra frills to sell a quality product.
Regarded as one of the finest fighting games ever made, Tekken 3 defies all odds with its perfection.
You can choose from a wide roster of characters, including some old fan-favorites as well as fifteen new characters.
There’s also an extra mini-game mode to distract yourself with, but you’ll likely be so preoccupied with the fantastic fighting mechanics to notice.
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