Good PS1 classics that still hold up

#1 Posted by TechHits (1353 posts) -

So I'm looking for some good ps1 games to play on my vita and wanted to get some GB peoples opinions on what to get.

Only three important things :

  1. not an RPG
  2. The game still holds up today
  3. lastly no multiplayer reliant games (eg fighting games)

No RPG's because I'm not really looking for 60 hour game that has to be played for three or four hours at time between save points. I would prefer if the game still holds up, cuz I'm not looking for a nostalgic game so much as just a good game, and lastly they must be single player games as I'm going to be playing them on my vita.

any suggestions would be awesome thanks!

#2 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8060 posts) -

The Crash Bandicoot games.

#3 Posted by TechHits (1353 posts) -

@Guided_By_Tigers: funny thing, the crash games don't work on the vita, even with the work around loading them as apps.

#4 Posted by FearMyFlop (97 posts) -

Jumping Flash

#5 Posted by Rasmoss (401 posts) -

Metal Gear Solid. Just played through it and it still freaking rocks.

#6 Posted by Rainbowkisses (472 posts) -

The Spyro games.

#7 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8060 posts) -

I second Metal Gear Solid, still holds up great.

#8 Posted by spiceninja (3052 posts) -

Metal Gear Solid, the Crash Bandicoot games, or the Spyro games.

#9 Posted by Ravenlight (8033 posts) -

Pretty funny that one has to buy a $250 piece of hardware to play PS1 games.

#10 Posted by Omega (819 posts) -

Parasite Eve still holds up really well. I know you said no rpg's but this one is only about 20 hours or so. I convinced a friend to play it a few weeks ago and he really enjoyed it. So at least I can say nostalgia isn't clouding my judgement when I say that Parasite Eve was, and still is a great game.

#11 Posted by hughesman (312 posts) -

The first rayman game is pretty dope.

#12 Posted by mwng (891 posts) -
#13 Posted by GERALTITUDE (2812 posts) -

Definitely MGS; the now mind-blowing weirdness of the camera fades after an hour or so, so don't let that get to you. Best game on that platform IMO.

Soul Reaver is long but still super, super impressive (especially the writing/acting) and has fun environmental puzzles.

Symphony of the Night is awesome if you are into Castlevania at all and the music is famously incredible.

First Syphon Filter has a classic soundtrack and I'd describe it as a light action romp. Crunchy.

I guess Parasite Eve is an RPG? It's an action RPG I guess. Hard to not recommend this game though. It has such a fresh combat style.

Resident Evil 3 and Dino Crisis tend to hold up better than their brothers and sisters, as far as those games go.

That's off the top of my head. While thinking about your question I stumbled on this list, which may or may not be useful to you: List of PS1 Games Compatible on PS Vita @ TrendyGamers.com

#14 Edited by CircleNine (380 posts) -

I think the Armored Core games still hold up, if you can manage to get used to kind of early baddish 3D controls that lots of PS1 games had.

Also recommending Parasite Eve 1 even though you said no RPGs cause it isn't just JRPG stand there and hit each other, a lot more actiony. I also really like Parasite Eve 2, but that's kinda reliant on them taking a step backwards for the series I thought in going to tank style controls that make maneuvering in combat a lot more awkward, and you being okay with tank controls.

Also I'm unreccomending Metal Gear Solid. The series got so much better with time that it's hard to go back to the original without nostalgia being a huge factor I think.

#15 Edited by SaFt (372 posts) -

Tombi! A great little adventure/platformer and to this day there's nothing quite like it out there. Except Tombi 2 of course.

#16 Posted by leafhouse (129 posts) -

Fear Effect 1 and 2! Rough gameplay, but the story is totally worth it

#17 Posted by Zippedbinders (980 posts) -

Tomba! and Klonoa: Door to Phantomile are both charming and inventive 2.5D platformers. Symphony of the Night is awesome, Spyro Year of the Dragon is the best 3D platformer from that whole generation, and Soul Reaver is great too.

#18 Posted by Rastopher (33 posts) -

Alundra fo' sho'. It's an overhead zelda clone, but you can get different weapon types and actually jump!

#19 Posted by I_Stay_Puft (2599 posts) -

Metal Gear Solid, if you can import them and read japanese Kojima's Policenauts and Snatchers.

#20 Edited by Sauson (560 posts) -

I think the Resident Evil games hold up. The voice acting in RE1 is abysmal but the game itself is still great. RE2 is the best in the series and RE3 is great. But other than those:

Dino Crisis

Parasite Eve

Metal Gear Solid

Symphony of the Night

#21 Posted by psylah (2153 posts) -

I am fourthing Symphony of the Night, I bought and played that game to 200% again even when I had more current games that I should have been playing.

And I'd do it again, too.

#22 Posted by Xolare (1257 posts) -

Time Crisis yo.

#23 Edited by Bobby_The_Great (999 posts) -

Crash Team Racing, easily.

Anything that's 2D still holds up really well; Klonoa, Rayman, Tomba, Symphony of the Night, Alundra.

#24 Posted by charlie_victor_bravo (869 posts) -
#25 Posted by SpacePenguin (472 posts) -

I'd say Metal Gear Solid, played though it again recently and it was still amazing.

#26 Posted by jayjonesjunior (1084 posts) -

007 tomorrow never dies

#27 Posted by RazielCuts (2711 posts) -

What a great system the Playstation was.

legacy-of-kain-soul-reaver - Darksiders before Darksiders and IMO has a much better story, characters and style.

#28 Posted by TechHits (1353 posts) -

So it seems like MGS, and Symphony of the Night are well loved. Also Alundra and Soul Reaver sound interesting.

#29 Posted by TheHBK (5407 posts) -

Cool Boarders, duh. The only reason ever to own a PS1

#30 Posted by mosespippy (3753 posts) -

I played Resident Evil 1 for the first time earlier this year and I think it held up really well. I only got about 1/4 through RE2 before I got bored of it though. It felt like I was playing the exact same game but with less exploration and discovery with more of the clunky combat.

#31 Posted by TooWalrus (12978 posts) -
@Ravenlight they all work on PSP, right? I've been thinking about picking up one of those, lately...
#32 Posted by plaintomato (598 posts) -

Is there anything that was done on PS1 that wasn't done better on PS2? Road Rash maybe?

The birth of the third dimension wasn't pretty. There's Super NES, and then PS2, and there isn't a lot of stuff between that appeals to me...but that's just me. I'm sure all this stuff would be great to play if I could stand to play it.

#33 Posted by Raven10 (1596 posts) -

I just played Metal Gear Solid for the first time off of PSN and it held up just fine. The camera is obviously pretty bad but just make good use of the radar and the game isn't hard to play at all. I'll also second the original Rayman and Castlevania Symphony of the Night. I didn't like Spyro when I tried playing it again on PSN a couple years ago. It's okay but 3D platformers just get a lot better than Spyro. I think all of the rest of the PS1 games I have on PSN are RPG's. If you want something super hard and offbeat the Oddworld games are fun. But they are just ridiculously hard.

#34 Posted by bushpusherr (714 posts) -

MGS and Spyro, I could still play through those even those the number of times I've beaten them is double digits.

#35 Posted by SoldierG654342 (1682 posts) -

Metal Gear Solid and Symphony of the Night are both great, and I would also recommend the first Silent Hill.

#36 Edited by ExplodeMode (852 posts) -

SoTN has save points spaced really well for 30 minute play sessions.

Alundra holds up, but I don't remember it being friendly for short bursts.

MGS is save anywhere. So that would work, but it might be more nostalgia goggles than still being really good. If you are going into it fresh the camera would probably seem rough.

#37 Posted by monkeypox (3 posts) -

metal gear solid for sure. also, not a classic, but check out silent bomber. incredible game that no one played.

#38 Posted by JackSukeru (5817 posts) -

@mwng said:

Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee is on the psn store right?

Yup! as is it's superior sequel Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus, a similar but improved game with more tricks up its sleeve including the much appreciated ability to quicksave. It's a puzzle platformer in the vein of Flashback or Prince of Persia only tighter and more puzzly than those games. Artstyle and mechanics hold up really well, only issue is if you're into its gameplay or not.

Soul Reaver is pretty cool and is probably among the best 3d metroidvania style games that have been made conceptually to this day, which is sadly less attributed to it being well designed and holding up and more just a factor of there not having been a lot of better designed 3d metroidvania style games since. It's got a whole lot of potential but is rough, tedious combat and bad platforming are its biggest failings, good atmosphere and unique style its biggest strengths.

I remember really liking and playing the Tomba demo a lot back in the day, but I haven't picked up the PSN version yet since I've heard that it sufferes from the same "running at 50hertz on 60hertz TV's and thus running at a reduced speed" problems that Alundra had and still has as far as I know. I'm not sure if either of them work on the Vita yet either.

#39 Posted by Solh0und (1680 posts) -
@JackSukeru said:

@mwng said:

Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee is on the psn store right?

Yup! as is it's superior sequel Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus, a similar but improved game with more tricks up its sleeve including the much appreciated ability to quicksave. It's a puzzle platformer in the vein of Flashback or Prince of Persia only tighter and more puzzly than those games. Artstyle and mechanics hold up really well, only issue is if you're into its gameplay or not.

Soul Reaver is pretty cool and is probably among the best 3d metroidvania style games that have been made conceptually to this day, which is sadly less attributed to it being well designed and holding up and more just a factor of there not having been a lot of better designed 3d metroidvania style games since. It's got a whole lot of potential but is rough, tedious combat and bad platforming are its biggest failings, good atmosphere and unique style its biggest strengths.

I remember really liking and playing the Tomba demo a lot back in the day, but I haven't picked up the PSN version yet since I've heard that it sufferes from the same "running at 50hertz on 60hertz TV's and thus running at a reduced speed" problems that Alundra had and still has as far as I know. I'm not sure if either of them work on the Vita yet either.

I second Abe's Exoddus
#40 Posted by TechHits (1353 posts) -

I think I'm going to go with metal gear, but it's good to see that if I wanted to pick up more there is alot of quality psx games.

#41 Posted by xaLieNxGrEyx (2580 posts) -

Final Fantasy

Resident Evil

Metal Gear Solid

Dino Crisis

Silent Hill

#42 Posted by Dynablade (154 posts) -

@TechHits: Castlevania Symphony of the Night. It's a straight up action platformer that looks great, has a fantastic soundtrack, and will last you between 7-10 hours depending on if you want to find every little secret or not.

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