Flashback Friday: Top 10 Playstation 1 Games!
This was probably one of the hardest lists I’ve ever had to come up with. When while discussing this with the team everyone kept coming up with more and more titles that we loved and to be honest we could have a top 50 list and still have games we left out. But enough wasting time, lets get to the list!
10. Syphon Filter 2
This was such a great game and improved on the original. Syphon Filter 2 is a third-person stealth shooter. My friends would joke with it as the poor man’s ‘Metal Gear Solid’. Being chased by the Agency now that Gabe has exposed their connection to Syphon Filter its a fun story a with a few twists to keep you into the game.
9. Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage!
Spyro kind of had a Sony mascot battle with Sony in the original Playstation days. Spyro Ripto’s Rage excelled on what made the original Spyro platformer amazing. Followed by your dragonfly partner Sparx, you get warped to the world of Avalar to find out that Elora and crew managed to warp Ripto to their world and hes raising hell. With the addition of learning new skills through out the game makes this one a easy top 10!
8. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2
Tony friggin’ Hawk. One of the first games on the Playstation that made me rage so hard. Only having 2 minutes to accomplish 10 tasks was extremely frustrating, but damn so satisfying when you were able to complete them. Pro Skater 2 (Like all of the sequels on this list) completely dominated the original and took the series into phenom status. You were able to create skaters, improve their stats, they added the option for ‘manuals’ allowing for linking more combos, and even a park editor. Can’t forget the soundtrack in this game, powered by Rage Against the Machine, Powerman 5000, and Papa Roach…Made the replay of this game so awesome.
7. Twisted Metal 2
Extreme. Vehicular. Combat. This game was just mass chaos and I loved it. The Twisted Metal tournament is basically destruction derby with weapons. I cant remember how many characters I beat it with but I know each one had its own story. I also don’t think I’ll ever not be somewhat frightened by Sweet Tooth…
6. Ape Escape
Ape Escape! This took my brother some talking into to grab this game, but once I got him on board there were no regrets. The premise is simple, capture all of the apes with your time net. Specter the white haired aped has a helmet that makes him super intelligent and controls the other apes as he tries to take over the world. Armed with your net and the gadgets you pick up along your path to assist you in capturing all of the…well escaped apes. This was the first game to utilize both sticks on a dual shock controller. The left one allowed you to move while the right controlled what ever gadget you had in your hand. It was difficult at first, but very well done!
5. Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back
How can you do a top 10 PS1 list and NOT add the man Crash Bandicoot?? This game was an amazing platformer and like I mentioned already, took what was great in the first game and dominated it. Adding secret levels to gain extra lives and the epic Aku Aku mask which gets rid of one damage you’d take other wise. Jump, swim, and body slam your way to saving the world from Cortex again.
4. Chrono Cross
Chrono Cross is a personal favorite of mine. Taking similar elements from Chrono Trigger, there are no random battles, you see all of the enemies on screen. The graphics were great and there were plenty of characters to fall in love with and add to your party. By making attacks three tiered allowed you to change up attacks combos. You can also change the magic fields in battle making your spells more powerful or the enemies weaker. This had an amazing story with some great twists mixed in.
3. Metal Gear Solid
Metal Gear Solid. The game that defined stealth games. You play Solid Snake and arrive on ‘Shadow Moses’ as Fox Hound threatens to use Metal Gear Rex and destroy the world. This game had so many ways to play. Did you want to be sneaky and not alarm anyone? Not kill anyone? KILL ALL THE PEOPLE? You could do that. The addition of the Codec was amazing, making calls and finding those secret frequencies. Also you can’t forget the fight against Psycho Mantis, and having to switch the controller port so he doesn’t ‘read’ your mind!!
2. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Castlevania games have always been pretty awesome. When Sony got Symphony of the Night it looked amazing, and it played amazing. In SOTN you play Alcuard going after the vampire Dracula (ah name plays). What was great about SOTN is that it added RPG elements to it, so you have HP and magic bars. You also have four attributes too, strength, defense, resilience, and luck. You could also summon familiars as well. This game was difficult for me but I still loved playing it to see how far I could get each time.
1. Final Fantasy VII
This game. What can I really say about it. I spent a ton of hours into this game trying to find everything. Hell I even had the Prima guide. The story followed Cloud Strife as you travel to defeat Sephiroth. The story was great. Deep story telling and twists filled the story and kept you playing. The battle system with Materia was weird at first but once you got summons and you start leveling the Materia up it was game on. The game rewarded you if you took the time to grind or do the side quests to gain another character or breed Chocobos. It was over all an amazing game with one of the most memorable scenes in gaming history…the death of Aerith. It’s still easily one of the better RPG’s out there.