With the recent release of the PlayStation Classic, a mini version of the original PlayStation 1 console with 20 classic pre-loaded games, it would be easy to get nostalgic about the old pale grey reliable console. PlayStation 1 original consoles are still readily available on sites such as eBay, and games for it are still just as easy to get your hands on. The PS1 was home to some of the best video games ever made, many of which still hold up extremely well even against their modern successors. Here, we take a look at some of the all time best PlayStation 1 games, many of which will not be available on the new mini classic console.
Spyro The Dragon
Spyro was everyone’s favourite little purple dragon, and he still survives today in many PlayStation games. The original game was what’s referred to as a platformer, and was released by Insomniac games in 1998.
Tomb Raider II
The first Tomb Raider game was released in 1996, and basically introduced the genre of the 3D action/adventure game. The second offering from Eidos games, released in 1997, massively improved on the first one. Graphics, game play and story were all ten times better in the sequel. There has been 18 Tomb Raider games produced so far, since its inception.
Silent Hill is arguably the first psychological horror video game. It is a survival horror game published by Konami games and released in 1999. Its clever use of fog provided a menacing atmosphere and there were plenty of jumps scares to be had. The game spawned many sequels across multiple platforms, and even two Hollywood movies.
As one of the earlier PlayStation games, this one is a big favourite among fans. In it you Take control of Crash Bandicoot in his very first adventure to stop the evil Doctor Neo Cortex and Nitrus Brio from taking over the world. It’s a platformer, similar to Spyro but faster paced. It was released by Naughty Dog productions in 1996, and has 14 sequel games and spin offs.
Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee
Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee was a cinematic platformer similar to Prince of Persia or Another World. In it you play as Abe, an enslaved member of the Mudokon race, leading a rebellion against their corporate overlords before they are turned into a cheap food source. It was released in 1997 and has five sequels and spinoffs.
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis
What Resident Evil began, Resident Evil 3: Nemesis perfected. Gone was the clunky game play and blocky graphics. It was better on all counts, and still gave us another installment in the tale of Jill Valentine, Racoon City, and the Umbrella Corporation. It was released in 1999 by Capcom, and to date there has been 7 full Resident Evil games, each one furthering the story. It is one of the most successful games franchises, spawning spin off games, an entire movie series, books, graphic novels and comics, and tons of merchandise.
Final Fantasy VIII
Final Fantasy was already a well established and well loved franchise to most video game players. The 8th installment, which came a year after its wildly popular and successful 7th installment, was a groundbreaking achievement in video game mastery. It contained stunning graphics, and even boasted original music and songs. It was released in 1999 by Square Enix Games.
Metal Gear Solid
Metal Gear Solid is an action stealth game released by Konami in 1998. In it you play a special ops soldier named Solid Snake, who must infiltrate the hideout of a rogue unit threatening the United States with a nuclear strike. Snake has a variety of tools for evading and taking out guards, making it one of the most taut and tactical gaming experiences available at the time. The series has since spawned four more critically-acclaimed main entries and various spinoffs.
Gran Turismo 2
Released by Sony in 1999, Gran Tourismo 2 was a hyper-realistic driving simulation. The sequel expanded on the originals car library, but maintained the game play that players had become accustomed to. This made it one of the best selling driving games in the PlayStation’s inventory. It also boasted the most extensive selection of cars in any game ever, and the Gran Tourismo franchise is still producing games and topping the polls as a gamer favourite to this day.
Medal Of Honour
Before Call Of Duty took over the first person shooter, war game scene, we had Medal Of Honor. It was released in 1999 and, amazingly, Steven Spielberg developed the story. It was the first game to really tap in to the expansive storytelling potential for the game medium. Where previous shooters had been relatively light-hearted affairs Medal of Honor was one of the first serious cinematic shooters. Critics and fans also praised its game play, however, as one of the most generally refined shooters released to date.
If you manage to get your hands on an old console, or simply want to dust off your own one, this is the perfect list of games to keep you occupied for days, and really get you back into the swing of the original PlayStation console.