411 Games Top 5 4.18.14: Top 5 Playstation 1 Games
Posted by Sean Garmer on 04.19.2014
From Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and Final Fantasy 7 to Resident Evil, Tekken 3 and more, the 411 staff counts down their top 5 Playstation 1 games!
Hello everyone, I hope it has been a good week for all the readers out there. It's time to look back at the system that started it all for Sony, The original Playstation.
Continuing with our on and off series looking at retro consoles, here are the Top 5 Playstation 1 Games
Robert Cooper (Music Zone Reviewer, Writer of Metal Hammer Doom News Report, Regular Contributor to The Official 411 Games Zone Podcast "Cooperative Multiplayer," 411 Podcast Contributor )
Honorable Mention-Metal Gear Solid- The reason that this is only in the Honorable Mention slot is because I've never played it. It's on my "to-do" list and I know that it's one of the best games for the system, but until I play it, it can't get farther than this.
5. Driver: I've never been a big racing guy, it's just not my thing, but something was different about this game. I think it was that this game got everything right, minus that damn training mission. You got the thrill of the chase with cop cars tailing you, you could run around as fast as you wanted to in the free roam mode, tense time limits for the mission, and it even had a pretty good story. This was one of the quintessential car games of the era, that is for sure.
4. Bushido Blade: This is the most recent game I have played on this list, as I got a hold of it one day just out of pure curiosity, and damn was it not a ton of fun. It is probably one of the most unique fighting games I have ever played, with a very realistic system of combat that relied on patience and precision. This is one of those games that is pretty easy to pick up, and not hard to understand, but mastering it would require a very long time, as it is almost like trying to master a sword in real life.
3. Tekken 3: This was THE fighting game for the system if you ask me. While I was never all that great at it, I played so many hours of it that I still enjoyed this game to the fullest. It added SO many new characters from the previous installment, including my favorite character Hwoarang, and fan favorite character Jin. This is probably one of my favorite fighting games ever, and by far the best on the system.
2. Final Fantasy 7: We all knew this game was coming, yeah, I never beat it, and I've probably restarted it like 5 times at this point, but it still stands as being one of the higher points in the eyes of a lot of people with this storied franchise. The characters were memorable, the combat system very well done, and the story (as well as a certain death) are still being talked about and referenced to this very day. I think my project over the summer is going to be to finally beat this damn game, so I can finally say that I have done it. But until that time, it'll still take this spot due to how damn good it is.
1. Castlevania Symphony of the Night: Raise your hand if you saw this coming! Everyone probably knew as soon as they saw the topic for the week what I would have as my #1. This game is the game that I will credit with honestly changing my gaming life as well as changing me as a person to a certain extent. Before I picked this game up last year, I was pretty much done with gaming. Yeah, I would play games every once in a while, but for the most part, I wasn't playing many games anymore, because I had other interests. Then we go to last summer, and I played this game nonstop, I could not get enough of it, the cheesy voiceacting, the cool spells, the RPG elements, the creative monsters, and absolutely FANTASTIC soundtrack (seriously, go listen to "Dracula's Castle" from this game, it's a great earworm) had me hooked like an addict. After beating this game with Alucard, then going back to get 200.6% of the map found, and then beating the game with Richter, I was back to loving gaming. Since then, I have beaten 4 other Castlevania games and started bringing back gaming into my life with Jet Set Radio Future, Mass Effect, Pokemon, and Chrono Trigger being on my gaming horizon at the moment. I know I sound like a fanboy, and I am, but this is probably one of my favorite games of all time, with only two other games contending for the throne of number one. Everything is just so masterfully done (except for the voice acting, which is something else) that I think anyone reading this who hasn't played this game should go download it from the PS3 or 360, if I could pay you to do it myself, I would, because it's just worth it and I think everyone owes it to themselves to go play this game, and I stand by that.
John Cash (Reader Voice, Occasional Contributor to Four Player Co-op)
Note: These are my top 5 personal favorite PS1 games that I've played. There are many games I can think of that I just didn't like or didn't play that may have had more of a historical impact on video games and thus might be considered "better" in the grand scheme of things, and I am totally aware of that.
5. WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role Wrestling games are a funny beast; they are (for the most part) pretty enjoyable upon release, but a few years down the road, after four or five new games that tweak the controls every year, when you go back and play the old ones, it's seemingly IMPOSSIBLE to play. I think SmackDown 2 is remembered most fondly for it's endless season mode, and some of the wacky random booking that would happen. I still have a save on my last remaining PS1 memory card where Kane and Scotty 2 Hotty wrestled each other every single show for about 11 months. That's Raw, Smackdown, and PPVs. It was definitely an arcade style wrestling game, and it was pretty much the only decent wrestling game on the console (excluding any Japan exclusives I might not know about.)
4. Tekken 3: Like I said a couple weeks ago in the Top 5 Threequels column, Tekken 3 holds a very special place in my heart. I think outside of the Tekken Tag games where literally every character is in, Tekken 3 had the best roster (Tekken 5 was alright too). I think Tekken just really nailed it on this one, it was fun, any time you got beat by the computer it didn't feel cheap, and it had a decent split between drama and comedy. Tekken Ball will always be one of my favorite mini-games as well.
3. Fear Effect 2: This was my first introduction to cel-shading in terms of a "serious game". I had played Crazy Taxi before, but as far as a non-arcade/cartoonish game I hadn't played anything with that style before, so this blew me away. On top of the visuals, this one of the first games that I remember being impressed by the writing of it (for video games at the time, anyway.) I hadn't played the first so I didn't really know the full story, but the gameplay was fun enough to keep my attention during some of the more reference filled parts. An all-around fun game, though I can see why some might get frustrated with the controls in this day and age.
2. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2: I'm not entirely sure if I need to expound the virtues of such a legendary game, but I will, one word at a time. GAMEPLAY; an nearly-perfect arcade-style control system that balanced risk and reward effortlessly. LEVELS; School II and Philadelphia are still two of the best maps in any skateboarding game ever. SOUNDTRACK; the epitome of late '90s alt-rock and skate music, the soundtrack to THPS2 is one of the most lauded collections of licensed music in video game history. It was fun for people who didn't even care about skateboarding, and that says a lot because it can be difficult to find people who are just indifferent to the sport.
1. Metal Gear Solid: I have a hard time imagining this being left off of anyone's list. I don't know if Sony would say so, but from my perspective, Metal Gear Solid was the flagship series for Sony and the #1 (by a long shot) reason to buy their consoles when the series was exclusive to them. From the stress of sneaking past seemingly super human soldiers that can hear a pin drop from a mile away, to silly codex calls from Campbell, Naomi, and Meryl, to the epic score, and definitely the memorable and innovative boss fights, I can't fathom anything better on the first PlayStation than Metal Gear Solid.
Sean Garmer (Games Zone Reviewer, Games Top 5 Organizer, Interim Host of The Official 411 Games Zone Podcast "Cooperative Multiplayer," WWE Special Event Roundtable Organizer)
Metal Gear Solid I keep meaning to get started on this series, but I just never find the time or I wind up wanting to play something else. Similar to what Robert said, I recognize how great of a game this is and it is also on my "to do list."
Final Fantasy VII I get it, this game is great, but I honestly like other Final Fantasy titles better
5. Resident Evil 1: Many gamers first experience with the Survival Horror genre and for many it scared them into continuing to comeback to the series for RE 2 and RE 3. I don't play too many games of this type today, but Resident Evil started here and is still a big franchise today because of that.
4. Wild Arms: One of my favorite RPG series started with this game. It was forgotten by many people because it came out five months before FF 7, but this game was great because it had innovative graphics for it's time, a wild west story albeit being a JRPG style game, and memorable characters as well.
3. Castlevania Symphony of the Night: It is still hailed by many as the greatest Castlevania and it is one of the landmark games on the PS1. This was just a blast to play and was my first experience with Castlevania and I loved it.
2. Final Fantasy Tactics: I probably wouldn't play Strategy RPG's today without playing this game. FFT offered gameplay you could sink your teeth into, a story that helped push the combat along, and it inspired a whole genre that took Strategy Games into a whole new direction.
1. Final Fantasy IX: My favorite Final Fantasy game, from the characters and the story to the back to basics gameplay and cool cinematics. This is also the only Final Fantasy game I've gone back and beaten more than once. I just really love this game and is a great game for the PS1.
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