#1 Edited by Jamin724 (194 posts) -

After going through a number of people top lists, duder feedback, sales, and gameranking scores here is my list of PS1/PSX classics that I need to be play. This does not include any fighting or shooters (for the most part) because of my personal preferences. Also these are games that I never played just a list of games I should play (why Crash and THPS are not on here I have beat them). These are based on gameplay, story, and how they have stood up over time. Missing your favorites feel free to leave in the comments below.

  • Metal Gear Solid
  • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
  • Final Fantasy IX
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Final Fantasy VIII
  • Suikoden
  • Suikoden II
  • King's Field
  • Final Fantasy Anthology
  • Final Fantasy Origins
  • King's Field II
  • Persona
  • Persona 2: Eternal Punishment
  • Final Fantasy Tactics
  • The Legend Dragoon
  • Spyro series
  • Tomba series
  • Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
  • Lunar Games Series
  • Vagrant Story
  • Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee
  • Soul Reaver
  • Tenchu 2

Honorable Mentions

  • ~ Grandia
  • ~Mr. Driller
  • ~GTA series
  • ~Breath of Fire
  • ~Xenogears
  • ~ Silent Hill
#2 Posted by BongChilla (222 posts) -

Is Suikoden 2 available on PSN? I thought it was rumored to be at some point but holy shit if its out now than I gotta get on that!

#3 Posted by FLStyle (4701 posts) -

The Legend of Dragoon

#4 Edited by handlas (2682 posts) -

Resident Evil series

Dino Crisis

I tried playing Dino Crisis on Vita... game is hard.

#5 Edited by I_Stay_Puft (3395 posts) -

Incredible Crisis

Parasite Eve

Mr. Driller

Super Puzzle Fighters II Turbo

NBA Hangtime (not showtime, hangtime)

Dragon Quest VII / Dragon Warrior VII

Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness

Diablo I

Ape Escape I

#6 Edited by ShaggE (6456 posts) -

For a mix of genres:

Silent Hill

Skullmonkeys

Deception 1, 2, and 3

Wipeout XL

Twisted Metal 2

#7 Posted by Daroki (712 posts) -

Are you looking for things which are available on PSN as PS1 Classics, or just PS1 games in general? I'd throw in Intelligent Qube but it's prohibitively expensive in North America (Qurashi is on PSN in Japan and I think Europe though).

#8 Edited by Zeik (2441 posts) -

If you haven't played Suikoden 2 that's definitely at the top of my list of recommendations. It's still at the top of my list of favorite RPGs ever. If you're up for it then playing Suikoden 1 first is recommended, since you get a nice bonus for having a Suikoden 1 save, but it's not a necessity. Suikoden 1 is pretty short though. It can easily be finished in like 10-15 hours.

Other PS1 favorites:

  • Final Fantasy 9
  • Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete
  • Lunar 2: Eternal Blue Complete
  • The Legend of Dragoon
  • Legend of Legaia
  • Chrono Cross
  • Wild ARMs 2
#9 Posted by Jamin724 (194 posts) -

@bongchilla: it is not yet I heard the same rumors I will wait for it I mean not like I am going to beat all these games very fast lol

#10 Posted by Turtlebird95 (2390 posts) -

Tomba!

Tomba! 2

Brave Fencer Musashi

#11 Posted by Solh0und (1775 posts) -

Front Mission III

Brave Fencer Mushashi

Parasite Eve 1 and 2

#12 Edited by BrunoTheThird (9 posts) -

I know it's a fighting game, but you should definitely get Tekken 3, even just to own it. Symphony of the Night is my favourite game of all time, so that's a no-brainer, too. Good choice.

Ones that haven't been mentioned:

Vagrant Story

Tomb Raider

GTA, GTA2, and GTA London expansion.

Abe's Oddysee

Mickey's Wild Adventure - A pretty difficult platformer, but I loved its authenticity.

Ridge Racer

Die Hard Trilogy *giggles*

Soul Blade (fighting)

Silhouette Mirage

Bust-a-Move 4

Colony Wars: Vengeance

THPS 2 + 3

#13 Posted by csl316 (8678 posts) -

Jet Moto 2, Vangrant Story, Abe's Oddysee, Chrono Cross.

#14 Edited by egg (1467 posts) -

@jamin724 said:
  • Final Fantasy IX
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Final Fantasy VIII
  • Persona 2: Eternal Punishment
  • Final Fantasy Anthology
  • Final Fantasy Origins
  • Persona
  • Persona 2: Eternal Punishment
  • Persona 2: Innocent Sin

1) Those contain randomly triggered encounters

2) lol you listed the same game twice

3) Final Fantasy Tactics has a glitch where if you save in the middle of a multi-part battle there is no way to back out.

4) Jumping Flash is a PS1 classic

#15 Edited by Rastopher (35 posts) -

I really liked Alundra. It's basically a clone of old school Zelda and the localization was really well done. It also has multiple weapon types and jumping!

#16 Posted by Mortuss_Zero (322 posts) -

I second the Tomba 2 entry, though be forewarned, the PSN version is the japanese import. So if you can't read japanese and want to know what's going on, find a physical disc. I'm also a fan of the Spyro series, at least the first three. Oh, and Legend of Dragoon is pretty great.

#17 Edited by supermonkey122 (817 posts) -

Ape Escape, Parasite Eve, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 and 2.

#18 Edited by Mousse_gallon (178 posts) -

Lunar 1 & 2, Einhänder, Chocobo Racing, Valkyrie Profile, Wild Arms, Pocket Fighter

#19 Posted by Relkin (119 posts) -

Breath of Fire 3 and Wild ARMS

#20 Posted by The_Vein (308 posts) -

@relkin: I second Breath of Fire 3, such a good game. Why do they only have 4 on PSN!?

#21 Posted by I_Stay_Puft (3395 posts) -

Man the original Ape Escape was a truly defining game. I believe it was the first video game on any psx system to only specifically use the analog sticks. Best part of Ape Escape was spying on them while they were doing their thing and reading up on each apes bio.

#22 Posted by believer258 (11914 posts) -

Spyro the Dragon and Spyro 2 were pretty great to elementary school me. So was Mega Man X4 and 5, but even then I knew that 6 was kinda poop.

Chrono Cross, maybe.

Final Fantasy IV and VI, though there are better ways to play both of those.

Also, I still like Crash Bandicoot 2 and 3 quite a bit.

#23 Edited by wolfskind (57 posts) -

@the_vein said:

@relkin: I second Breath of Fire 3, such a good game. Why do they only have 4 on PSN!?

Legal issues. And this thread needs more Grandia.

#24 Edited by CorruptedEvil (3376 posts) -

Final Fantasy 9 is an amazing game and the only 3D game in the series worth playing.

You might also want to check out PS2 classics since they are the same price as the more popular PS1 games. Odin Sphere is one of the most beautiful games ever. Recently Atlus has been releasing every single PS2 game that got released in the west on PS2 classics so if you are interested in any of those it's far cheaper than getting a real copy.

#25 Edited by dagas (2837 posts) -

My first PS game and I played it so much since it was the only game I had for some time. Only released in EU as far as I know and probably not nearly as good as my nostalgic mind remembers it but it was the game that defined the "next generation" in Playstation for me.

EDIT: I just watched a youtube clip and it ruined it...I remember the water as super realistic, but it is just a flat blue texture.

#26 Posted by sub_o (899 posts) -

I recently bought and played Sonic Wings Special, it's a fun classic vertical shmups that features a dolphin as one of the characters.

As a shmup, it's not that hard of a game, but it has around 8 different type of planes to choose from, each with their own variation of projectiles and bombs.

I also find SNK's 2D fighting games age gracefully with time.

#27 Posted by Sinusoidal (1518 posts) -

Surprised at the lack of Xenogears in your stack of PS1 JRPGs.

#28 Posted by mosespippy (4185 posts) -

@jamin724: Persona 2 Innocent Sin is not a PS1 classic. It wasn't released in English until the PSP remake. Actually, the PSN version of Persona is also the PSP remake version and not the PS1 classic. They wouldn't put out the PS1 version because it has a worse translation and would have cannibalized sales of the newer remake.

The Resident Evil games, Hot Shots Golf 2 and Symphony of the Night hold up great and work well on Vita.

#29 Posted by Spoonman671 (4640 posts) -

Vagrant Story

But play it last, otherwise it will ruin all the games you try after it.

#30 Posted by Aquablak (194 posts) -

Awesome games listed by everyone. What a great system. No wonder Playstation's got such a devoted following.

Alundra was one of my favourites, along with so many games listed here.

#31 Edited by Yesiamaduck (1074 posts) -

Jumping Flash

Oddworld: Abes Odysee/Abes Exodus

Crash Bandicoot series

Jade Cacoon

Final Fantasy 9

Pandemonium 2

Ridge Racer

Crash Team Racing

Parasite Eve

Tekken 2

Dino Crisis

#32 Edited by HerbieBug (4212 posts) -

Bushido Blade!

Vagrant Story is the notable I missed at the time but I'm not sure if I can go back to that one. Not that it's old. It's that it is an RPG and a pretty long one. It has been some time since I have been able to manage a long game of that sort. Perhaps next time I take a vacation I will see about it. Maybe plow through it in a week.

edit--- so I went to PSN on my PS3 just now to get Odin Sphere. That is one I missed during PS2 era and have not been able to find a reasonably priced copy on disc. Didn't know it was on PSN until today. So it's been about a month since I last turned on my PS3. System update I expected. 12 minutes to download and install that. Select the store. The fucking store tells me it needs its own 65mb update. So fine. 6 minutes later I launch the store. Store takes -i timed- one hundred and thirty-three full seconds to fucking load its own front page. So, 20 minutes from console turned on to me having access to the store's front page.

The whole business chugs just as bad as it did when this new version launched last year. Frame rate issues. On a store. Comprised solely of menus and static images. WTF? Does it run this bad on PS4 too?

#33 Posted by I_Stay_Puft (3395 posts) -

Bushido Blade!

Vagrant Story is the notable I missed at the time but I'm not sure if I can go back to that one. Not that it's old. It's that it is an RPG and a pretty long one. It has been some time since I have been able to manage a long game of that sort. Perhaps next time I take a vacation I will see about it. Maybe plow through it in a week.

edit--- so I went to PSN on my PS3 just now to get Odin Sphere. That is one I missed during PS2 era and have not been able to find a reasonably priced copy on disc. Didn't know it was on PSN until today. So it's been about a month since I last turned on my PS3. System update I expected. 12 minutes to download and install that. Select the store. The fucking store tells me it needs its own 65mb update. So fine. 6 minutes later I launch the store. Store takes -i timed- one hundred and thirty-three full seconds to fucking load its own front page. So, 20 minutes from console turned on to me having access to the store's front page.

The whole business chugs just as bad as it did when this new version launched last year. Frame rate issues. On a store. Comprised solely of menus and static images. WTF? Does it run this bad on PS4 too?

Think it's improved considerably on the ps4, also I remember seeing there are some recommended fixes out there on improving the download speed on psn for ps3 on this site somewhere.

#34 Posted by Yesiamaduck (1074 posts) -

@dagas said:

My first PS game and I played it so much since it was the only game I had for some time. Only released in EU as far as I know and probably not nearly as good as my nostalgic mind remembers it but it was the game that defined the "next generation" in Playstation for me.

EDIT: I just watched a youtube clip and it ruined it...I remember the water as super realistic, but it is just a flat blue texture.

The number 1 rule when it comes to playstation one games, don't watch them on youtube..... they all look super janky*

*other than Naughty Dog Games, they seem to have aged incredibly well

#35 Edited by Jamin724 (194 posts) -

is the Tenchu series any Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver good?

#36 Edited by Jamin724 (194 posts) -

Anyone? Want to know if I should add these games to my list. I see Tenchu and Legacy of Kain on a lot of top PS1 lists.

#37 Posted by Chaser324 (6546 posts) -

Tenchu 2 and Soul Reaver are both great games, but I played Soul Reaver on Dreamcast and generally associate it with that platform.

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#38 Posted by STUVNING (141 posts) -

I would recommend Syphon Filter 1 or 2 for some classic third-person shooting.

Ace Combat 2 is good if you want a solid arcade flight sim.