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.
See also: Best PS2 Games of All Time
#100. Time Crisis: Project Titan
Blast bad guys in this spin-off of the on-rails shooter arcade franchise, Time Crisis.
The Time Crisis series was a huge hit in arcades, so it makes total sense that they would make a version for home consoles.
This game told a unique story and introduced a few new gameplay features as well.
You and a friend can blast enemies in a tough action story, full of arcade fun and excitement.
#99. Driver 2
As Detective Tanner, you must solve crimes and race around the streets of four different cities.
The original Driver game was tons of fun, and Driver 2 expands upon that experience.
In addition to racing around wide open cities, you can now exit the car and explore on foot.
There are tons of fun missions to complete, with a variety of objectives.
The game delivers a cinematic story with intense missions, and plenty of bonus content to keep you coming back for more.
#98. Alundra 2
In the fantasy world of Varuna, you play as a young pirate hunter named Flint.
Using his sword and shield, he avenges the death of his parents.
This entertaining 3D action title lets players rack up the combos with engaging combat.
As you progress through the story, you gain better weapons which allow you to do more damage.
You’ll have to navigate dangerous environments, but you have some help.
Using a mixture of magical powers, you can perform special moves like levitation.
This is an endearing and interesting fantasy tale with fantastic combat.
#97. Road Rash: Jailbreak
Race on motorcyles in dangerous and violent street races, focused on arcade-fun instead of realism.
This prolific racing series saw a few sequels, and Jailbreak puts the focus on the racing.
Like in other Road Rash games, you can beat up opponents and try to knock them off their motorcycles.
There are five different modes to play, as well as a good number of courses to race on.
If you’re a racing games with a taste of adrenaline-fueled combat, this is a great choice.
#96. Tomb Raider Chronicles
This entry in the popular action series Tomb Raider takes players through various sequences throughout the life of protagonist Lara Croft.
Like the rest of the games in the series, Chronicles sees action heroine Lara Croft navigating tough environments and defeating foes.
This version of the game gives Lara some more mobility options, allowing her to walk across tightropes and more.
It features some interesting storytelling as well as fun and responsive gameplay.
#95. Crash Bash
Get a group of friends together and compete in fun mini-games themed after the Crash Bandicoot franchise.
This game is similar to Mario Party, in that it focuses on a first-party hero (Crash Bandicoot) in a collection of multiplayer mini-games.
You and your friends compete in a wide variety of wacky distractions, from bumper cars to boss battles.
There’s an adventure mode to play through as well, turning things into a more cooperative experience.
This is an excellent game to bust out at a party or friendly gathering.
Protagonist Trey must escape from jail and prevent the forthcoming end of the world.
This third person shooter features voice talent from beloved Hollywood action star Bruce Willis.
The game deals with the end of the world, and puts you in the position to stop it.
The twin-stick control style makes shooting enemies fun and simple, allowing you to focus on the explosions and mayhem in the surroundings.
#93. X-Men: Mutant Academy 2
Battle as your favorite heroes and villains from the X-Men series in this entertaining fighter.
This sequel lets you pick from a wide variety of unique characters and fight it out in exciting arenas.
There are four modes to play, including Arcade, Versus, Survival, and Training.
The game has a surprising amount of cool characters to unlock as well.
Despite the limited amount of modes, the gameplay remains fun and the combos take skill to pull off.
#92. The Italian Job
This game is based on the popular movie of the same name, and sees players driving around the streets of London and Turin in an exciting heist narrative.
This film adaptation contains two modes, one for solo players and one for multiplayer groups.
The solo mode is a retelling of the movie, full of interesting missions.
You’ll have to control your car with expertise and complete several courses throughout the game.
There’s also a sandbox mode, which allows you to explore both cities freely.
If you’ve got a friend along for the ride, you can race against each other using signature vehicles from the film.
#91. Mega Man X5
This continuation of the Mega Man X franchise brings great visuals, fun gameplay, and awesome new weapons.
For the first time in the series’ history, you can now switch between two characters on-the-fly.
Play as either X, the blaster wielding robot, or Zero, the swordsman with a secret past.
You’ll travel through incredibly unique stages, each one ending with an awesome boss fight.
#90. Destruction Derby Raw
Smash cars with reckless abandon in this intense demolition derby game with multiple modes.
This game is the third entry in the Destruction Derby franchise for the PlayStation 1.
It features a good number of game modes to try, including Smash for Cash, Battle, and standard Destruction Derby.
As you smash cars and cause damage, you’re also able to unlock new bonus cars to your collection.
#89. Legend of Mana
This masterful JRPG takes a wonderful story of growth, fantasy, and childhood wonder and wraps it up in a compelling experience.
Unlike other RPGS, you’re at the center of creation in Legend of Mana.
Using a unique system, you create the playfield by placing structures on open spots.
Despite the creative nature of the gameplay, you still get a riveting story with interesting characters and beautiful environments.
#88. Jade Cocoon: Story of the Tamamayu
Lift a magical curse and save the world in this compelling JRPG.
Although Jade Cocoon contains many of the same features of most JRPGs, it sets itself apart with fun pet-management mechanics.
Along your journey, you’ll fight off foes and explore a magical fantasy world.
However, you’re also able to control enemies and get them to fight for you.
#87. Street Fighter EX2 Plus
This fantastic fighting game was released in both arcades and on home consoles, bringing the excitement of Street Fighter straight into your living room.
Like most Street Fighter games, this title pits you in head-to-head battles between talented and skillful fighters.
The game has a few modes to try out, including Arcade, Versus, Practice, and a console-exclusive mode called “Director Mode”.
You can also unlock a bonus character, as well as partake in a fun mini-game.
For fans of the fighting game genre, this is an absolute must-play.
#86. WCW Mayhem
The world of professional wrestling is yours to explore.
Fight in exciting matches and partake in fun gameplay modes that bring professional wrestling to the home screen.
This wrestling game brought a ton of new gameplay features to the table.
It was the first wrestling game to feature a bunch of pro wrestling’s popular Pay-Per-View events.
In addition, you could also explore the backstage areas of arenas, getting into chaotic fights.
Generally speaking, this game puts the “mayhem” in professional wrestling.
#85. SaGa Frontier 2
This interesting RPG contains compelling characters, fun gameplay, and most notably, an awesome art style.
This RPG contains two separate stories, which pull influence from medieval times.
The art style is reminiscent of water color paintings, and it makes the game stand out.
Your journey through SaGa Frontier 2 is mostly non-linear, allowing players to explore the beautiful world.
Players are encouraged to explore the beautiful surroundings and forge their own story.
#84. Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed
Enjoy the high-speed thrills of the Need for Speed racing series with a focus on luxury vehicles.
As the name implies, this Need for Speed titles focuses completely on the car manufacture Porsche.
There are tons of high-value cars for you to use, competing in races on a large variety of tracks.
The game features a decent selection of courses from around Europe.
Although there aren’t a huge number of game modes, each mode offers a different experience that will allow you to fulfill your dreams of racing a Porsche.
#83. Syphon Filter 3
This spy thriller continued the story started in the original two games, containing tons of corruption, political intrigue, and espionage.
If you’re a fan of the spy thriller genre, you can’t go wrong with Syphon Filter 3.
The game plays out from a third person perspective, and has players sneaking their way through numerous locations.
You’ll go out on missions, utilizing stealth and creativity to complete your objectives.
The narrative is complex and full of twists and turns; an excellent start for fans of the genre.
#82. Strider 2
Return to the world of Strider, the explosive and colorful action arcade game that took arcade players by storm.
Like the first Strider, Strider 2 is a crazy side scrolling action game with intense bosses and a cool main character.
This time around, the titular ninja has a bunch of new tricks up his sleeve.
You can now pull off tons of new movement abilities, as well as a few new attack options.
If you love tough action games with cool visuals, give this one a try.
This fighting game manages to shake up the expected formula while also offering awesome guest characters and fun game modes.
Unlike other 3D fighting games, Ehrgeiz plays more like a wrestling game than anything else.
You pick from a wide roster of characters, including some guest characters from the Final Fantasy series.
You can battle in competitive modes in addition to a Quest mode, which focuses more on storytelling and unique gameplay.
It’s a wild and wacky experience that redefines the 3D fighting genre.
#80. X-Men: Mutant Academy
Put your mutant powers to the test in one-on-one fights between the powerful X-Men and popular comic book villains.
This game is an absolute treasure for fans of the X-Men comics, as it features most of the fantastical superheros from the franchise.
This game specifically draws inspiration from the film of the same name, and gives the heroes costumes to match.
Like other fighting games, each hero and villain has their own special list of combos and finishing moves.
It’s an all-out battle between powerful heroes, and you’re in charge.
#79. Threads of Fate
Fantasy characters Rue and Mint hunt down a mystical artifact in this exciting platforming adventure.
This epic adventure lets you choose between two characters with unique gameplay and personalities.
You can play as the more serious Rue, or the upbeat and charming Mint.
Both characters fight in different ways.
Rue can shapeshift into the form of different creatures, while Mint can utilize magic to unleash powerful spells.
This fun combat mixed with exciting platforming makes Threads of Fate a treat to play.
#78. Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare
This horror game focuses on two characters, each with their own abilities and strengths.
Both characters are deeply tangled in a supernatural mystery that’s as terrifying as it is fun to play.
This is the fourth entry in the Alone in the Dark series, one of the first horror franchises ever made.
The game gives you choice between two main characters to play as.
One character uses weapons to defeat monsters, while the other focuses on solving puzzles.
The paths intersect occasionally, providing a narrative with branching paths.
This unique horror game is totally worth a look.
#77. Parasite Eve
A cop must stop a woman named Eve, who threatens to end the world using human combustion.
This RPG focuses on telling a modern crime thriller instead of a fantasy epic, and it’s a nice change of pace for the genre.
The game is played in turn-based battles, giving you time to choose your next move carefully.
When you’re not battling, you’ll spend time exploring Manhattan’s open world.
The game also includes an extra mode after you beat the game, which adds tons of randomized content and an extra boss fight.
#76. Incredible Crisis
A Japanese family attempt to find the perfect birthday gift for Grandma Haruko, and chaos ensues.
This insanely quirky and oddball game is mostly filled with wacky cutscenes and entertaining mini-games.
The story is just as ridiculous as the gameplay, with the entire narrative centered around finding a perfect birthday gift.
The game offers over 20 unique mini-games, which are usually simple and easy to learn.
If you want a fun and absurd game with a healthy dose of Japanese culture, this fits the bill.
#75. Thousand Arms
A blacksmith with the ability to forge magical weapons goes on a journey to recover the five Sacred Flames.
This role playing game is full of style, due to its cool cyberpunk and robotic world.
You embark on a lengthy quest with multiple playable characters, and must recover magical artifacts while fighting off enemies.
The combat system is a bit different from other JRPGs, with only main party member being able to attack.
During the turn-based battles, you can use other characters to support your main character.
There’s a fun level of strategy and world building that makes this game stand out from the rest.
#74. The Legend of Dragoon
This epic tale tells the story of Dart, an adventurer who goes on a quest to rescue his childhood friend.
This game was a major success when it released, eventually selling over 1 million copies.
The RPG is acclaimed for having an interesting story and likable characters.
The gameplay is standard turn-based combat with a fun mechanic called “additions”.
As you progress through the game and become more powerful, you’ll earn new additions that let you perform better combos.
#73. Legend of Legaia
10 years after a strange mist turned humans into monsters, a small band of survivors set out to reverse the effects.
This RPG stands out thanks to its compelling narrative and focus on accuracy in turn-based combat.
The story has your party traveling to dangerous worlds, including traveling through time.
In your effort to defeat the mist, you’ll engage in fun turn-based battles.
Legend of Legaia uses a fun combat system that gives you control over where on an enemy you attack.
You also get to use awesome powers, which will destroy your enemies and lead you to saving the world.
#72. Grind Session
Grab your skateboard and let loose in this crazy, trick-filled simulator.
Like Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, Grind Session lets you pick your skater and go wild in levels built to be skated.
There are over 15 different skaters to use, with most of them being unlocked through gameplay.
You can tear up the streets in 11 different levels, some modeled after real world locations.
This, combined with awesome unlockables and cool secrets, make Grind Session a great time for skateboard fans.
#71. Parasite Eve II
Police officer Aya Brea is faced with another outbreak of terrifying creatures that threaten humanity.
Although the story and setting is similar to the original Parasite Eve, this sequel changes things up with the gameplay.
Now, players are no longer restricted by the RPG mechanics from the first game.
In this sequel, you can move around the environment freely, shooting and attacking enemies.
The game takes you to several interesting areas, which are now less restricted and more open to exploration.
#70. Metal Slug X
This amped up version of Metal Slug 2 is a mixture of utter chaos, challenging side scrolling action, and awesome bosses.
The Metal Slug series is known as one of the most challenging, yet incredibly enjoyable, arcade series.
This game is a remake of Metal Slug 2, which lets you and a friend demolish enemies across numerous awesome levels.
In addition to the new levels and bosses, there’s a collection of new vehicles and weapons to use.
It might be super tough, but Metal Slug X is tons of fun for hours on end.
#69. Tenchu 2: Birth of the Stealth Assassins
Live the life of a ninja in this prequel to the breakout stealth game, Tenchu.
In Tenchu 2, you explore open environments, defeating foes and completing objectives.
Each level is full of fun opportunities to use stealth and be creative.
You can use a variety of awesome ninja weapons and gadgets to dispatch your foes.
Your performance is ranked at the end of each stage, and high ranks lead to more unlockable goodies.
This game really gives you the feeling of being a ninja, and all the power that comes with it.
#68. Star Ocean: The Second Story
This epic fantasy RPG focuses on a young space cadet named Claude, who finds himself stranded on a strange planet.
Star Ocean is one of the biggest names in JRPGs, and its easy to see why.
This game gives you a compelling story that is complex and interesting.
There are tons of great characters to recruit during your mission to escape the planet.
The gameplay is similar to other turn-based RPGs, but Star Ocean: The Second Story lets you play as two different characters.
The decisions you make as each character will ultimately play a part in the story.
#67. Knockout Kings 2000
Experience the brutal sport of boxing in an entertaining and realistic entry in this prestigious series.
Although this isn’t the first Knockout Kings game, it was the first in the series to include real boxers.
You can pick from a decent roster of athletes, and face-off in a variety of arenas.
The combat is realistic, and accurately depicts injuries.
There are multiple modes to play, including a Career mode, Training, and Event modes.
#66. WWF Attitude
Wrestle your way to the top in this awesome wrestling game with tons of modes and match types.
This wrestling game is inspired by the “attitude” era of the WWF, a time when hardcore stunts and exciting matches ruled the day.
In this content-filled game, you can live out your wildest professional wrestling dreams.
You can climb to the top of the wrestling world in Career Mode, create your own Pay-Per-View event, and battle friends in over 10 different match types.
This game is sure to please any fan of the late 90’s wrestling scene.
#65. Brave Fencer Musashi
Travel to parallel worlds as Musashi, a young sword wielder who seeks the Five Scrolls that will help him save the world.
This fantastical mixture of action and roleplaying invites you to become the best sword wielder ever.
You’ll explore the Allucanet Kingdom and surrounding villages, interacting with townsfolk and completing missions.
As you search for the Five Scrolls, you grow in power, gaining new sword abilities.
A day and night cycle keeps things fresh, and you’ll spend countless hours exploring and having fun.
#64. Mat Hoffman’s Pro BMX
Engage in the exciting sport of BMX, as you race your bike through awesome courses in a variety of fun modes.
This game is very similar to the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater series, but trades skateboards for bicycles.
In the main mode, you attempt to get the best score possible across a variety of levels.
You do this by performing awesome tricks, flying off ramps, and grinding rails.
Each level is created so you can masterfully hop around it, creating awesome trick combos.
The game also contains modes for multiplayer play, as well as a Park Editor that lets you create your own skate park.
#63. Star Trek: Invasion
Blast through the galaxy and live out awesome quests based on Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Fans of the Star Trek series The Next Generation will appreciate this action shooter, since the game heavily features characters and actors from the show.
The game puts you in the cockpit of a ship, engaging in combat with other ships in open space.
The game’s story takes you to various regions of space, encountering characters from Star Trek lore.
#62. Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX
Choose your rider and complete twelve levels full of BMX challenges.
This extreme sports game tasks you with riding your way to greatness, completing challenges throughout its dozen levels.
With two minutes on the clock, you must pull of insane tricks and find collectibles.
Once you’ve completed a level, you’re free to explore it in the other modes.
You can also face off against a friend in 10 fierce tests of biking skill.
#61. Dragon Warrior VII
Go on an epic quest that spans multiple continents and hundreds of hours.
The Dragon Warrior franchise (also known as Dragon Quest) is famous for having lengthy, quality role playing titles.
This entry in the franchise provides hundreds of hours of exploration, questing, and side activities.
The game lets you choose from a huge list of classes, containing things like Warrior, Mage, Dancer, and even Pirate!
Few games on the PlayStation are as expansive and lengthy as Dragon Warrior VII.
#60. NASCAR Rumble
Enjoy licensed NASCAR vehicles and drivers but with a decidedly arcade feel.
Unlike most NASCAR games, NASCAR Rumble delivers tons of arcade racing fun instead of realism.
You can race on eighteen different tracks, spread across multiple modes.
Your main goal is the shoot for the championship over several different competitions.
This mixture of real life sport and extreme racing is tons of fun.
#59. Final Fantasy Origins
Get double the Final Fantasy adventure in this compilation of the first two games of the franchise.
Not only does this awesome compilation pack two games in one, but it features new graphics that are on part with later Final Fantasy games.
You can play either Final Fantasy I or Final Fantasy II, and each game is full of hours of quality RPG gameplay.
The Final Fantasy series is considered one of the greatest in the RPG genre, so there’s no better place to start than the beginning.
#58. Suikoden II
In the midst of an enemy invasion, you must repel the enemy and complete the epic quest of a young soldier.
This game takes place several years after the original Suikoden, and it’s full of compelling characters and strategic gameplay.
Although you control a single soldier for most of the game, you are also tasked with commanding entire armies.
The main story is a great mixture of military battles and fantasy.
Both the turn-based gameplay and larger strategy gameplay are both addictive and fun to learn.
#57. Dino Crisis 2
After a time-travel experiment gone wrong, the entire town of Edward City is transported to an age full of dangerous dinosaurs.
This action game contains a bit of survival horror elements, tasking you with fighting through countless intimidating dinosaurs.
The game plays similar to the Resident Evil series, containing maze-like levels with puzzles and tough enemies.
The story is a bit ridiculous, but gives you plenty of reasons to kick some dinosaur butt.
#56. Arc the Lad Collection
Experience the entire story of Arc the Lad, in this compilation of the three main games.
This compilation contains all three games from the Arc the Lad series, which tells one continuous story.
Now, you won’t have to switch discs to get the entire tale of the attempted resurrection of the Dark One.
Each game makes significant changes to the upgrade and equipment mechanics, keeping things fresh.
If you want a huge chunk of RPG to dig your teeth into, this collection is a surefire bet.
#55. Knockout Kings 2001
Battle some of the greatest boxers of all time in this electric sports sequel.
This entry in the Knockout Kings series adds a surprising amount of additions to the formula.
In addition to the great graphical upgrade, there are now a variety of new gameplay features.
You can now compete in Women’s Boxing through Exhibition mode, as well as create matches between two computer players.
There are also two new types of boxing, which add a noticeable variety to the normal gameplay.
#54. Syphon Filter 2
This direct sequel continues the story of tactical spy Gabriel Logan, who is now on the run from the agency they once protected.
Syphon Filter 2 picks up immediately where the first game left off, and sees the protagonist and his companion on the run.
You’ll have to survive by sneaking through a collection of expertly designed levels.
If you grow tired of the main story mode, you can battle your friends in the local multiplayer modes.
With a mixture of gadgets and weapons, you’ll become the ultimate master of espionage.
#53. Triple Play 2001
Round the bases in this exciting baseball simulator with multiple modes.
One of the last entries in the Triple Play franchise, Triple Play 2001 provides some fun modes to play.
You can enjoy single matches, play through an entire season, or even try your hand at the home run derby.
Besides the yearly rosters, this game contains a good collection of classic baseball athletes to add to your field.
If you fancy yourself as a manager, you can even swap players around by controlling team trades and more.
#52. Breath of Fire IV
Protagonist Ryu goes on another epic adventure to save the world, using his powers to transform into a mighty dragon.
This expansive RPG continues the story of young Ryu, who now finds himself searching for a lost princess.
Along your journey, you’ll recruit fun characters to add to your party.
These characters can be upgraded individually using the “master system” mechanic in the game.
When you’re not setting out on one of the various quests, you can build your own town and even go fishing.
#51. 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.
#50. 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.
#49. 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!
#48. 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.
#47. 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.
#46. 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.
#45. 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.
#44. 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.
#43. 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.
#42. 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!
#41. 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.
#40. 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.
#39. 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!
#38. 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.
#37. 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.
#36. 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.
#35. 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.
#34. 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.
#33. 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.
#32. 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.
#30. 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.
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?
#28. 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!
#27. 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.
#26. 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.
#25. 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.
#24. 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.
#23. 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.
#21. 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.
#20. 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.
#19. 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.
#18. 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.
#17. 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.
#16. 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.
#15. 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!
#14. 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.
#12. 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.
#11. 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.
#10. 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.
#9. 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.
#8. 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.
#7. 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.
#6. 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.
#5. 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.
#4. 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!
#3. 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!
#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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