Vita is my first Sony console - Any PS1 games I should play?

Avatar image for ztiworoh
#1 Posted by ztiworoh (910 posts) -

So, I was a Nintendo/PC guy for years, got an XBOX during the PS2 generation and a 360 this generation - basically, I've never owned a Sony gaming device until now. So, since there are some PS1 (and I guess some rereleased PS2 games ala the Metal Gear HD collection) available on Vita, are there any I should try?

I've just finished my first play through of Persona 4 Golden and am getting into Uncharted Golden Abyss, but I was curious if anything in the back catalog is worth exploring and holds up if you don't have nostalgia for it? I was considering finally trying Final Fantasy VII for instance since that's a gap in my gaming experience

Avatar image for mcghee
#2 Posted by McGhee (6128 posts) -

@ztiworoh: I believe WILD ARMS is available and that's one of the greatest games ever made, seriously.

Avatar image for dynablade
#3 Posted by Dynablade (182 posts) -

Castlevania: Symphony of The Night (PSX) is definitely a game you should consider buying, there is a bunch of replayability there. I would also suggest the Metal Gear Solid games because they are fun outlandish games with a crazy story. The games I've suggested were games I played years ago that convinced me there was something fun to play of the Playstation consoles.

Avatar image for gooiegreen
#4 Posted by GooieGreen (466 posts) -

@ztiworoh: I hope you are getting uncharted through PS+...

Avatar image for ztiworoh
#5 Posted by ztiworoh (910 posts) -

@GooieGreen: I am - I picked up the Thanksgiving AC Liberation deal on Amazon which came with 3 months of PS+

Avatar image for the_last_starfighter
#6 Posted by The_Last_Starfighter (440 posts) -

Make sure you check out Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions, think it might be free for you since you have PS+.

Avatar image for mistzero
#7 Posted by Mistzero (366 posts) -

You could try Final Fantasy series. I would recommend Final Fantasy 9, still hold up really well compared to the other ps series.

Avatar image for subject2change
#8 Posted by Subject2Change (2971 posts) -

FFIX as stated above, my favorite FF game.

Perhaps Resident Evil 2 as well

Avatar image for icicle7x3
#9 Posted by Icicle7x3 (1262 posts) -

Resident Evil 1,2,3

Avatar image for noelveiga
#10 Posted by NoelVeiga (1293 posts) -

Avoid RE 1 to 3, I'd say, those games haven't aged well, they have been remade better and they had PC ports, to boot. Silent Hill, if anything, should be the survival horror choice on the platform.

Castlevania is a good one, the Final Fantasies are totally worth it, including Tactics... JRPGs have actually aged better than the action games of the era overall. Vagrant Story was among the latest and best of those, and if you like the tactics angle, Front Mission 3 is a rarity that is worth playing... fooor hardcore fans of the genre.

If you're curious and enjoyed the Legacy of Kain series, you can get Blood Omen on the Vita, which plays like a fucked up Link to the Past.

A few 2D fighting games were well worth it, like the SF Alpha series, but those lose a lot on the Vita, since multiplayer is the whole point.

Avatar image for gooiegreen
#11 Posted by GooieGreen (466 posts) -

@Gunslinger0130: It WAS free... I don't remember seeing it there last night but I wasn't looking for it either. A good PSP game, for sure.

@ztiworoh: Nice; honestly, PlayStation+ would probably be a good investment in the long term, even though you just have a Vita. It really depends on how they continue to support it (probably with PS1 and PSP games for a while until more Vita games get long in the tooth).

I always recommend Final Fantasy IX. It is one of the strongest Final Fantasy games that shows the heritage of classical fantasy while showing how great a PS1 game can look. The CG is certainly dated, but it is one of the few games of any series or platform that I enjoy going back to and playing. FFVIII and FFVII will be harder to go back to, but they are at the very least important from an academic perspective. 9>8>7, but you might want to play it in the order that will burn your eyes the least (7 to 8 to 9).

If you want to talk PSP games, I have a few I could point you toward, but I'll save those gems for now.

Avatar image for bestusernameever
#12 Posted by BestUsernameEver (5026 posts) -


Avatar image for jams
#13 Posted by Jams (3043 posts) -
Avatar image for superfriend
#14 Edited by Superfriend (1715 posts) -

Sure hope you have already played Symphony of the Night. One of the greatest games ever in my opinion.

There are also some really nice Japanese RPGs on the PSX. Like Final Fantasy IX or the sorta-remakes of FFVI and Chrono Trigger, even though they were SNES games. So many great games on that system! Your enjoyment of the more 3D games will depend on your tolerance for aged graphics, but some of the great 2D games still look amazing.

Also shout out to

Avatar image for fancysoapsman
#15 Posted by FancySoapsMan (5919 posts) -

Final Fantasy Tactics is excellent, can't go wrong with that.

Make sure you try Chrono Cross as well.

@Superfriend: I wouldn't recommend the PS1 port of Chrono Trigger, especially if you have a DS.

Avatar image for bourbon_warrior
#16 Posted by Bourbon_Warrior (4569 posts) -

Final Fantasy 7 and 9. Still great games that are perfect for the PSP. I used to do all the main story before bed and would just go out and grind on my train ride.

Avatar image for aetheldod
#17 Posted by Aetheldod (3914 posts) -


Avatar image for zirilius
#18 Edited by Zirilius (1441 posts) -

Vagrant Story

Final Fantasy Tactics

Final Fantasy 8

Final Fantasy 6 (if you haven't played it)

Breath of Fire IV

Castlevania Symphony of the Night



Avatar image for jjor64
#19 Posted by JJOR64 (19685 posts) -

Crash 1 thourgh 3, Tomba (I think it's on there now), Crash Team Racing, Castlevania: SOTN.

Actually thought about getting a Vita just so I can get a ton of PS1 games on it.

Avatar image for avenlaya
#20 Posted by avenlaya (131 posts) -

I think most people will agree to grab any PS1 game from Square Enix if you enjoy RPGs, including Xenogears, Vagrant Story, PE 1 and 2, Chrono Cross, and all the Final Fantasy would be a worthy investment.

Avatar image for evanbower
#21 Posted by evanbower (1247 posts) -

Yikes, you picked a good one!

As for maybe some PSP games you could check out: Disgaea, Loco Roco, and Patapon 2.

Avatar image for superfriend
#22 Posted by Superfriend (1715 posts) -

@FancySoapsMan said:

Final Fantasy Tactics is excellent, can't go wrong with that.

Make sure you try Chrono Cross as well.

@Superfriend: I wouldn't recommend the PS1 port of Chrono Trigger, especially if you have a DS.

Really? Granted I never played it on Playstation, but the other Square ports seemed fine to me. Is there something wrong with Chrono Trigger on PSX?

Yeah, Chrono Cross is interesting.. as long as you don´t expect it to be exactly like Chrono Trigger.

Avatar image for spoonman671
#23 Edited by Spoonman671 (5767 posts) -

If you're not already playing Vagrant Story, then you deserve to be punched in the prostate.

Avatar image for artisanbreads
#24 Edited by ArtisanBreads (8085 posts) -

All the Square stuff people have mentioned is good (I think Final Fantasy Tactics holds up especially well).

I also recommend Grandia. Really fun combat system. A lot of the other stuff I liked back then... not sure how it would hold up really.

Avatar image for fancysoapsman
#25 Edited by FancySoapsMan (5919 posts) -

@Superfriend: the main problem is the loading times.

there's like a 5 second load whenever you exit a menu or finish a battle. It doesn't sound too bad but it gets annoying really fast.

Avatar image for superfriend
#26 Posted by Superfriend (1715 posts) -

@FancySoapsMan said:

@Superfriend: the main problem is the loading times.

there's like a 5 second load whenever you exit a menu finish a battle. It doesn't sound too bad but it gets annoying really fast.

Damn, that sounds pretty bad. The Final Fantasy VI version on PSX I played was more or less exactly like I remembered it on SNES.. why would they screw up Chrono Trigger so bad? That reminds me of the stupid load times some fighting games had on Playstation. Or Metal Slug.. even though Metal Slug X is pretty well done on Playstation.

Avatar image for sub_o
#27 Posted by sub_o (967 posts) -

Retro Sanctuary has its own list of top 100 PSOne games over here:

It's a good list, but of course it's subjective. So I implore you to find more information about the games that caught your interest. You can find more information of retro games from watching YouTube videos or reading articles from Hardcore Gaming 101

Personally, I think PSOne has lots of interesting JRPGs and Japanese games. Try to look into Square RPGs, Metal Gear Solid, Castlevania SOTN. Or maybe try King of Fighters 98 and 99.

Avatar image for justin258
#28 Posted by Justin258 (14374 posts) -
@ztiworoh Chrono Trigger! I only just beat it this year and can tell you that it does hold up.
Also, Spyro 2 and Crash Bandicoot 2 and Warped
Avatar image for psykhophear
#29 Posted by Psykhophear (1181 posts) -
Avatar image for awesomeusername
#30 Posted by awesomeusername (4606 posts) -

First Sony console?! WAHHHHH?? You must be trolling. Who would get an Xbox over a PS2?! I'm leaving.

Avatar image for grixxel
#31 Posted by Grixxel (920 posts) -

Metal Gear Solid if they have it.

Avatar image for fox01313
#32 Posted by fox01313 (5206 posts) -

Agreed with others who talked about the Legacy of Kain series & Silent Hill. Can't think of others at the moment but those would be a good start.

Avatar image for mosespippy
#33 Posted by mosespippy (4751 posts) -

I played Resident Evil for the first time last year and it holds up. Then I tried Resident Evil 2 and didn't like it nearly as good so whenever people say that one is the highlight of the series it confuses me. After looking over all the PSX games in the Vita store I feel like all the good ones have been mentioned. I'll also recommend a mini. Where Is My Heart? was my game of the year in 2011. I don't see it in the Vita section of the store but I thought I saw news a while back that it was Vita compatible.

Avatar image for do_the_manta_ray
#34 Posted by Do_The_Manta_Ray (1312 posts) -

Legacy of Kain, definitely. But even more so; Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver. One of the very finest games I have ever had the pleasure of playing. The sequal was even better. Oh, the forlorn days when vampires were respectable. Not only is the gameplay fantastic, but the game remains different than anything else developed up until this day, featuring a brilliant, though convoluted story with what is possibly the best voice-acting I've heard in a game. Intriguing puzzles that challenge you in out of the box thinking, and a genuinely terrifying atmosphere without ever resorting to becoming a horror game. The gameplay is also top-notch, and I believe that for it's time, it was the best-looking game out there. Yes, Soul Reaver; go get that.

There is no reason why you shouldn't get your hands on Metal Gear Solid unless you're one of 'em buggers who cannot, for the life of you, appreciate a good story.

And WHY on earth has nobody mentioned Abe's Exodus yet? Huh? I'm asking you sincerely, what is WRONG with you? Final Fantasy? PAH! Give me a real game. (FF9 is pretty damn amazing, though. And Final Fantasy Tactics is superb, especially the PSP version of the game.)

And then you have the plethora of games that everyone has already mentioned; Vagrant Story, Chrono Cross, Resident Evil 2, Silent Hill 2, Castlevania : Symphony of the Night (Also a game where vampires seem like something out of your darkest nightmare, not your kinkiest.)

Avatar image for flymeatwad
#35 Posted by FLYmeatwad (164 posts) -

FF VIII, FF IX, FFT, Chrono Cross. Not FF VII. There are a bunch of others too on there (I want to revisit Tomba and see if it sucks now or if it's still kind of good like my memory says), but those are all like 100 hour games so I mean you should be pretty good for a while.

Avatar image for metalbaofu
#36 Posted by MetalBaofu (1623 posts) -

I'm gonna second the mention of Suikoden. And throw in Tactics Ogre and Persona 3. Also, Persona 1 and 2, maybe, but keep in mind that those are pretty different than Persona 3 and 4.

Avatar image for thebunnyhunter
#37 Posted by thebunnyhunter (1532 posts) -
Avatar image for spankingaddict
#38 Posted by spankingaddict (2940 posts) -
Avatar image for solh0und
#39 Posted by Solh0und (2045 posts) -

All of the Arc the Lad games

Legend of Mana

Parasite Eve 1 AND 2(2 plays like a hybrid RPG/Survival Horror game)

This edit will also create new pages on Giant Bomb for:

Beware, you are proposing to add brand new pages to the wiki along with your edits. Make sure this is what you intended. This will likely increase the time it takes for your changes to go live.

Comment and Save

Until you earn 1000 points all your submissions need to be vetted by other Giant Bomb users. This process takes no more than a few hours and we'll send you an email once approved.