Best PS1 Classic games on PSN?

#1 Edited by CrossTheAtlantic (1145 posts) -

So I never had a Playstation growing up, and have been eyeing the PS1 Classics on PSN for awhile. Now that I'm feeling sick and just want to veg out while drinking a ton of vitamin C stuff, I'm feeling pretty inclined to buy one. My only problem is I'm not really sure which ones are really worth buying, so I'd like to turn to Giantbomb for help: which PS1 games are the best? 
 
The only two PS1 games I've ever played are Metal Gear Solid and Resident Evil, so I'm pretty much open to all suggestions. 
 
EDIT: North American here.

#2 Posted by Red12b (9084 posts) -

crash bandicoot 2 Cortex strikes back and 3 warped,  
 
first 
on  
your 
list!

#3 Posted by SlashDance (1814 posts) -

Vagrant Story is on there right ? I'd say that one, if you're into RPGs.

#4 Posted by Plasticstars (171 posts) -

Silent Hill, Parasite Eve, MediEvil, Resident Evil 1&2, Final Fantasy if you're in to RPG's, Twisted Metal 2.

#5 Edited by evilrazer (488 posts) -

Metal Gear Solid
 
EDIT:
Oh, you played it already, still, worth mentioning.

#6 Posted by solidejake (484 posts) -

A tie between Spyro 1, Spyro 2, and Metal Gear Solid.

#7 Posted by Darkstar614 (1098 posts) -

Xenogears

#8 Posted by JerichoBlyth (1044 posts) -

Klonoa: Door to Phantomville

#9 Posted by Doctorchimp (4076 posts) -

Vagrant Story
Final Fantasy IX and Tactics if you don't have a PSP for the Tactics remake
Xenogears

#10 Posted by CrossTheAtlantic (1145 posts) -
@evilrazer:  
Appreciate the mention still because that game is great. 
 
@Doctorchimp:  
I've heard great things about Xenogears (and then been told the second half sucks or something). I find it interesting you picked FF IX over the commonly lauded VII. Is IX really the better game? 
 
Also, is the first Dino Crisis any good? I remember being told one of those games was good. Hm. I think I'm going to have to start making a list for these suggestions.
#11 Posted by Redbullet685 (6040 posts) -

DESTRUCTION DERBY!!! I got it with PS Plus, and it's awesome!
Also, RE 1,2,3, Silent Hill, Crash Bandicoot series.

#12 Posted by CandiBunni (465 posts) -

Threads of Fate 
Wild Arms 
Wild Arms 2 
Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain 
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 
Legend of Dragoon 
Resident Evil 
Resident Evil 2 
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis  
Dino Crisis 
Megaman Legends (not sure if it's on there or not, but I'm still posting it) 
MediEvil

#13 Posted by Discorsi (1390 posts) -

One that has been mentioned yet is Grandia

#14 Posted by FancySoapsMan (5826 posts) -

FF VII-IX
Grandia

#15 Posted by ninjakiller (3405 posts) -

@Redbullet685 said:

DESTRUCTION DERBY!!! I got it with PS Plus, and it's awesome! Also, RE 1,2,3, Silent Hill, Crash Bandicoot series.

Oh god...it didn't hold up well, but back in the day that game was the bomb.

#16 Posted by thebunnyhunter (1414 posts) -
@CrossTheAtlantic: I think FFIX is the better game and it holds up better than FFVII, also the ability system is better than FFVII's materia system because each character is unique 
 
Also all of the Spyro games are great
#17 Edited by Doctorchimp (4076 posts) -
@CrossTheAtlantic said:


@Doctorchimp:  I've heard great things about Xenogears (and then been told the second half sucks or something). I find it interesting you picked FF IX over the commonly lauded VII. Is IX really the better game?  Also, is the first Dino Crisis any good? I remember being told one of those games was good. Hm. I think I'm going to have to start making a list for these suggestions.

Well my memory on Xenogears is shaky at best, I remember liking it when I was like 8 so you'd be best to talk to people.
 
I chose IX over VII because that's my favorite FF on the PS1. FFVII is fine for what it is, but the graphics aren't as stylized and it looks kind of ugly. I remember thinking it was kinda ugly when I played it for the first time even. I also really didn't like it that much. FFVIII I didn't like either, that game is garbage. From the story to the graphics to the gameplay. Drawing magic and playing triple triad wore me out.
 
FFIX not only benefits from being a later release but the graphics are stylized so you can still appreciate it. It's colorful, great looking and it mimics the Super nintendo era of Final Fantasy.
#18 Posted by Quacktastic (1066 posts) -

Soul Reaver or Castlevania: Symphony of the Night are probably the best games not counting MGS.

Unless you want a jrpg, FF9 is the best.  That guy is a Doctor, listen to him.

#19 Posted by CrossTheAtlantic (1145 posts) -
@Quacktastic:  
Oh Soul Reaver! I remember seeing ads for that game (along with some other ninja game where you where purple and the ad would just show broken bones via xrays) in my old EGM magazines and thinking I had fucked up with the N64, but then I'd turn to the next page and see something about OOT and it'd balance out. 
 
@CandiBunni:  
 That's quite a list, thank you. I just checked on Mega Man Legends--I've constantly heard great things about it--and it's not on PSN. As if to rub salt in the wound, though, they do have an extensive list of MML avatars. It's on Amazon for 50, but that seems too much. I've been talking with someone I work with about writing a column on appreciating old games (like film) or one exploring/creating a "cult canon" of video games, so maybe if that pans out I'll plop down money for it. Worth it?
#20 Posted by mosespippy (4161 posts) -

You should probably mention if you are in Europe or North America because Europe has way more PS1 games on PSN, or at least they did in the first year or two that they were available. Maybe North America has caught up since.

#21 Posted by Nottle (1914 posts) -

I was actually looking at the PSN store today and I really want to get either FF tactics, Vagrant Story or Xenogears. I've heard those are some of the best ps1 rpg's. 

#22 Posted by Interfect (980 posts) -

Spyro 2, Syphon Filter 2

#23 Posted by CandiBunni (465 posts) -
@CrossTheAtlantic said:
@Quacktastic:  
Oh Soul Reaver! I remember seeing ads for that game (along with some other ninja game where you where purple and the ad would just show broken bones via xrays) in my old EGM magazines and thinking I had fucked up with the N64, but then I'd turn to the next page and see something about OOT and it'd balance out. 
 
@CandiBunni:   That's quite a list, thank you. I just checked on Mega Man Legends--I've constantly heard great things about it--and it's not on PSN. As if to rub salt in the wound, though, they do have an extensive list of MML avatars. It's on Amazon for 50, but that seems too much. I've been talking with someone I work with about writing a column on appreciating old games (like film) or one exploring/creating a "cult canon" of video games, so maybe if that pans out I'll plop down money for it. Worth it?
You bet your money it's worth it. Megaman Legends is a great game. :D
#24 Posted by Stonyman65 (2698 posts) -

Resident evil 1-3

Silent Hill

Parasite Eve

Dino Crisis 1-2

Metal Gear Solid

Crash Bandicoot

Metal Slug

#25 Posted by CrossTheAtlantic (1145 posts) -
@Stonyman65:  
Well fuck, now I have to download all of those. I can't say no to Snake Plissken.
#26 Posted by Quacktastic (1066 posts) -

Oh yeah, one more.  Alundra is awesome and on PSN.  One of my favorite PS1 games, but it slipped my mind.
It's like the older over-head Zelda games, but more difficult.

#27 Edited by EpochError (75 posts) -
@Redbullet685: I like FF9, 8, then 7 in that order, although I know that's necessarily the prevailing opinion. I think they're all great, though. The second disc of Xenogears was a big disappointment compared to the first, but it doesn't ruin the game. It's still one of the more interesting games out there, story-wise. Supposedly Square was preparing Chrono Cross for a PSN release a few months ago. If it's ever released it would be another RPG worth checking out. 
 
Moving away from RPGs, I definitely agree with the people who have said Soul Reaver and Symphony of the Night. Silent Hill and the Resident Evil games also. The first Rayman is on there and it was pretty sweet, although I don't know how it's aged.
#28 Posted by AuthenticM (3724 posts) -

Parasite Eve

#29 Posted by Twitchey (865 posts) -
@CrossTheAtlantic: Dude seriously. Buy the second and third Crash games. If you can only buy one, buy the third. The gameplay is so fun and nothing like the modern games.
#30 Posted by Omega (835 posts) -

I thought I read somewhere that Breath of Fire IV is coming to PSN on the 16th or something.  
 
That one's pretty good.

#31 Posted by Marz (5651 posts) -
#32 Posted by FesteringNeon (2164 posts) -

Silent Hill,

Castlevania SOTN,

Cool Boarders 3 (yea i said it),

Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver

Syphon Filter 2

and Twisted Metal 2.

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