Playstation Games - ranked by preference
666 8.8 01. Metal Gear Solid - PlayStation
Release Date: September 3, 1998 (JP)
When I got the Playstation in late 1998, my love for video games was starting to fade...Then I ordered a pizza from Pizza Hut, got a promotional demo disk along with it, and discovered Metal Gear Solid and a few other titles on it. Upon playing the MGS demo, I got hooked...And before I knew it, I had reached the cliffhanger ending and NEEDED to buy the game so I could see what happened next. I did, and then played through what ended up being my absolute favorite game of all-time...It pretty much re-sparked my interest in video games and re-taught me what a video game could be.
1440 8.5 02. Final Fantasy VII - PlayStation
Release Date: January 31, 1997 (JP)
Let's face it - when it comes to RPGs in North America, this is the game that was almost exclusively responsible for their success and popularity. Final Fantasy VII is generally seen battling Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for the title of greatest game ever made on most online polls. I wouldn't necessarily go quite that far, but Final Fantasy VII is definitely one of the best RPGs ever created. Fifteen years later, I'm still playing this game at least once a year...And it never gets old. That said, there aren't too many stand-alone titles that have as rabid of a fan base as this game does. If you play it, you're likely to see why.
169 7.7 03. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater - PlayStation
Release Date: August 31, 1999 (NA)
I first played Tony Hawk's Pro Skater a year prior to its release on a demo disk. The game was extremely basic when compared to the final product, but it was still fun enough where a few friends and I lost hours playing the demo. Then, a year later Pizza Hut released a demo much more true to the original game...And I was sold. I went out of my way to purchase this game...And to this day, I can still pop it in and love every minute of my time with it. And I'm not a music guy by any stretch, but I enjoy every song on the soundtrack, which also adds a tad to the enjoyment. While the sequel might be a superior game overall, I'll always have a preference to the simplicity of the original.
410 7.9 04. Chrono Cross - PlayStation
Release Date: November 18, 1999 (JP)
Chrono Cross is a game that people seem to love or hate based on if they expected it to be like Chrono Trigger or not...I've actually heard quite a few people argue that Chrono Cross is terrible simply because it's nothing like Chrono Trigger. That's ridiculous. Chrono Cross is a great game that anyone who goes in with an open mind will likely enjoy. The graphics, the music, the unique battle system, trying to recruit all party members, and switching from one dimension to another...They all come together to create a beautiful and fun game to play...And one that I've happily played through over twenty times since its release.
29 8.3 05. R4: Ridge Racer Type 4 - PlayStation
Release Date: December 3, 1998 (JP)
Never before and quite possibly never again have I ever been so obsessed with a racing game in my life than I was with R4. It takes an obsessed person like myself to unlock each and every car in the game, including the fancy-schmancy Pac-Man car. There's a reason I was so obsessed...This is the pinnacle of Ridge Racer games. The little stories included with each team that you race for, the large variety of cars to choose from, the fun courses to race on, and the amazing soundtrack make this the total package when it comes to arcade-style racing games. Gran Turismo got most of the attention during the PS One days, but Ridge Racer Type 4 is just as good in my opinion...And in some ways, even better.
488 8.5 06. Silent Hill - PlayStation
Release Date: January 31, 1999 (NA)
After Resident Evil was released, a ton of sub-par survival horror clones were published by various companies....Then came Silent Hill, which at first glance may look like a Resident Evil clone, but Resident Evil is like Sesame Street compared to Silent Hill. This game is dark, demented, and relies on psychology to scare the player rather than cheap tricks like a dog jumping through a window. Many people think that Silent Hill 2 is the best game in the series...Personally, I prefer the original and would gladly journey through Silent Hill in the shoes of Harry Mason again today.
917 8.1 07. Final Fantasy IX - PlayStation
Release Date: July 7, 2000 (JP)
I really adore Final Fantasy IX. For a few years after it was released, it rivaled Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VI as my favorite in the series, with my mind consistently changing between the three. In time, it has settled in behind both of those games, but my love for this gem remains. The graphical style, the return to the fantasy roots, the characters (except Eiko...I wanna punt her like a football), the soundtrack...I love it all in this game. Next to FF7, this is probably the game I've played through the most times in the franchise...It's that good.
171 8.9 08. Suikoden II - PlayStation
Release Date: December 17, 1998 (JP)
Suikoden was a great, but short, RPG. The sequel increased the length of the game, introduced a slew of new characters to recruit, and improved on the graphical look as well. The story was also done a bit better, in my opinion, in comparison to the original. If you play your cards right, and have a save from the previous Suikoden on your memory card, you can even recruit the hero from the original Suikoden to join your ranks in this game. Suikoden II can go for over $200 USD online, and if you're a fan of RPG's, then it's definitely worth every penny.
1074 8 09. Final Fantasy VIII - PlayStation
Release Date: February 11, 1999 (JP)
As time passes, and each time I play Final Fantasy VIII, I enjoy the game more and more. That's not to say that I didn't enjoy it when it came out...I did, but I was never a big fan of the story. I considered this to be all about the gameplay. Having to draw spells from enemies and allocate spells to your stats was a unique system, and one that I personally enjoy. I also enjoyed how everything levels up with you. You can literally get to level 99 within a few hours of grinding in the forests once you first hit the world map since the monsters, leveling up with you and getting tougher as you do, consistently offer plenty of experience. It is worth noting that the things that I just mentioned about enjoying are the same things that some folks absolutely hate about the game...But I like 'em, so there. It's also worth noting that this game has my favorite music in the Final Fantasy series.
139 8.6 010. Grandia - PlayStation
Release Date: June 24, 1999 (JP)
Grandia may not have the impressive graphics of the Final Fantasy series, but what it lacks in graphical prowess, it more than makes up for in everything else. Grandia is a memorable RPG that will likely hook you if you give it a chance. I enjoy the gameplay, but I'll mention the leveling up system in particular...The party doesn't just level up, the skills do as well. If you want stronger fire magic, keep using it in battle and you'll eventually get experienced enough in fire magic for a new spell to become unlocked. This leveling up requires a decent amount of strategy in battle...Not just in order to survive, but for getting new skills. If you missed out on this game in the Playstation One days, it's available on the Playstation Network for $6 USD, which is an incredible steal for a game of this quality.
132 8 011. Valkyrie Profile - PlayStation
Release Date: December 22, 1999 (JP)
Valkyrie Profile can fetch for a pretty penny online, but it's a game that is completely worth the cost. The unique setting, story, and combat all make this a worthy title to play for even the most jaded RPG fan. If you want to play it, but are looking for a cheaper alternative, there's always the PSP version, which is basically the same game, except you can play it on the go.
54 7.9 012. Klonoa: Door to Phantomile - PlayStation
Release Date: December 11, 1997 (JP)
Klonoa was a very solid platformer that was unfortunately overlooked by a lot of people...Which is a shame. Klonoa provided a unique platforming experience for fans of platformers, with an ability to pick up enemies and either throw them or use them to perform a double jump to reach normally out-of-reach areas. Door to Phantomile can cost a bit if you search for it online, but if you'd like a graphically updated version, it was released on the Wii a few years ago simply as "Klonoa." And, much like Door to Phantomile, the Wii remake was also overlooked by most consumers. It's a cryin' shame.
174 7.3 013. Dino Crisis - PlayStation
Release Date: July 1, 1999 (JP)
I'm usually in the minority when I say this, but what the heck, I'll say it anyway - I prefer Dino Crisis to the first three Resident Evil games. I like Resident Evil and all, but when you take the Resident Evil formula, get rid of the slow-as-dirt zombies and replace them with lightning quick dinosaurs, it just makes for a more exciting game to play in my opinion. Yeah, the story and characters are kind of corny, but maybe that's where the game charmed me. I like corn.
196 7.4 014. Gran Turismo - PlayStation
Release Date: December 23, 1997 (JP)
I can thank my car-fantatic friends for getting me into Gran Turismo. I've never been big into cars, and I've never been big into realistic racing video games...But dang it, the original Gran Turismo took hours upon hours of my life away. The concept of starting with the least powerful and most basic of cars (after obtaining your driver's license, of course), and through winning races, slowly build your way up to buy more powerful, faster cars and modify them to make them go as fast as possible until you're essentially the king of the racing world turned out to be a great idea for a racing game. Later Gran Turismo games added much, much more to the table, but the first one is still my favorite to this day.
226 7.9 015. Parasite Eve - PlayStation
Release Date: March 29, 1998 (JP)
I remember when I first played Parasite Eve, I thought it was so cool...Nearly fifteen years later and I'm still a pretty big fan. Parasite Eve was an attempt by Squaresoft to toss some survival horror elements into an RPG...and it turned out pretty dang well, in my opinion. While it wasn't necessarily scary, the game created a unique atmosphere...one that made it hard for me to put the controller down. The unique, turn-based combat is also pretty fun. The overall package results in a solid game that I'm a pretty big fan of.
49 7.2 016. WWF Smackdown! - PlayStation
Release Date: March 2, 2000 (NA)
After WWF Attitude was released, the WWF ended their relationship with Acclaim and partnered up with THQ. The result was WWF Smackdown! a huge step-up in terms of gameplay from the Acclaim games, resulting in a much smoother execution of moves. The season mode was also tremendously done...In fact, everything in Smackdown! was done really well with the sole exception being a very, very limited create-a-player mode. But that aside, this was a very impressive debut for the WWF Smackdown! series.
34 7.5 017. Dance Dance Revolution - PlayStation
Release Date: May 9, 2001 (NA)
Different from the game with the same name released in Japan, the North American Dance Dance Revolution game includes some of the more popular songs from the various "Mix" editions of the game in Japan. I was first exposed to the DDR series in college, where a friend of mine had imported a copy of Dance Dance Revolution 3rd Mix...She would set up DDR parties and we'd have a jolly ol' time. Shortly afterward, I went out and picked up this game so I could A) get some practice in and B) have a copy of DDR that I could enjoy if I had the urge to play when no party was going on. This is also one of those games where it's just as fun to watch someone else play as it is to play yourself...Especially if they're absolutely terrible at it.
31 9 018. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2: Innocent Sin - PlayStation
Release Date: June 22, 1999 (JP)
Persona 2: Tsumi (also known as Innocent Sin), until recently via the PSP, was never released outside of Japan...Probably due to an appearance by Adolf Hitler and the option for the main character to have a homosexual relationship, which back in '99 was a bit more controversial than it would be today. As a result, anyone who enjoyed Persona 2: Eternal Punishment outside of Japan only got to see half of the story of Persona 2. Innocent Sin looks and plays just like Eternal Punishment, which is to be expected as they were made to be played together. Fans of Persona 3 and 4 may not be as enthralled with the gameplay as I am, but both games in the Persona 2 pair are personal favorites of mine.
84 8.4 019. Persona 2: Eternal Punishment - PlayStation
Release Date: June 29, 2000 (JP)
I enjoy Eternal Punishment quite a bit, but if I had to choose between this and Innocent Sin, I'd pick Innocent Sin. The games play very much the same, but I prefer the story in Innocent Sin to the story found here...But that's not a knock to this game as the story here isn't too shabby, either. Anyway, like I said with Innocent Sin, this isn't like the very popular Persona 3 or 4...So if you're new to the series, you may not be as enthralled with this game as I am, but it's still a quality RPG worth plaything for fans of the genre.
81 7.4 020. PaRappa the Rapper - PlayStation
Release Date: December 6, 1996 (JP)
Master Onion. That's really all I need to say. From the minute you start playing this quirky game, and see Master Onion, it's hard to not fall in love with it. From the various songs and the various characters that help PaRappa sing them, this game is utterly charming from beginning to end. It may not be the best music game that I've ever played, but it's easily one of my favorites.
81 7.6 021. Tenchu: Stealth Assassins - PlayStation
Release Date: February 26, 1998 (JP)
I was never into ninjas when I was young, so the concept of Tenchu never really appealed to me until after I had played Metal Gear Solid and really got into the stealth-style of gameplay. Once I began to play Tenchu and silently crept along rooftops and slithered from shadow to shadow to avoid detection as I fulfilled assassination contracts, I was hooked. The often gorgeous, Asain environments and wonderful soundtrack just helped add to the experience - an experience that I don't think any other game in the franchise has been able to match.
31 7.6 022. Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo - PlayStation
Release Date: November 30, 1996 (NA)
Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo was an interesting concept; take the head-to-head fighting of the Street Fighter games and put it into a puzzle game setting. Games like Puyo Pop had been doing this head-to-head model of puzzle games a few years earlier, where you can actually 'attack' your opponent by eliminating blocks in combos, but Puzzle Fighter underlined the fighting aspect by giving each character their own "move sets" in the form of different patterns that they drop blocks on you...Essentially making this what the title makes it sound like - Street Fighter in puzzle form. In many ways, the game borrowed ideas from the Puyo Pop games, from the gameplay itself, to many of the ideas...But in many ways, Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo also improved on those ideas and/or gave them a unique twist to deliver a moderately unique experience, and one well worth playing. This game is a gem...Pun intended.
303 7.7 023. Spyro the Dragon - PlayStation
Release Date: September 10, 1998 (NA)
In the days before Grand Theft Auto III made wandering around and doing nothing fun, Spyro the Dragon was a game that I have fond memories of just doing nothing in. I remember doing everything I needed to do...And then I would just wander around and explore the well-designed levels. But this game wasn't just about wandering around for me - the game itself is just fun. And as someone who enjoys hunting down and collecting things, rescuing all of the dragons was a blast to do. Year of the Dragon really perfected the Spyro formula, but the original game was a fantastic start to the franchise.
123 6.8 024. Driver - PlayStation
Release Date: June 30, 1999 (NA)
This style of game has evolved tremendously since Driver came out, with the ability to the the missions outside of the car, on foot, swap cars when need be, etc...But the original Driver, for its time, really was an absolutely amazing game. You couldn't just fly around at top speed, ignoring traffic laws like you can in the Grand Theft Auto games...Ignore the traffic laws, and the police will be after you. Run a red light, go faster than the speed limit, and drive on the wrong side of the road all you want...Just make sure that no police are around when you do it. That aspect of realism included in the game is really a big part of what made this game so fun.
143 8.3 025. Suikoden - PlayStation
Release Date: December 15, 1995 (JP)
Suikoden was a great early RPG for the Playstation. Though graphically, it looked a generation behind, the gameplay more than made up for any visual unpleasantries. The game is short by RPG standards (20-25 hours for most folks), but the ability to find and recruit 107 other members for your party helps add the the replay value a bit. Most of the later Suikoden games are better than the original in most aspects, but with how solid the original game was, that's more of a compliment to later games in the series than an insult to the game that started it all.
13 8.7 026. Resident Evil - PlayStation
Release Date: March 22, 1996 (JP)
Resident Evil wasn't the first survival horror game, but it was definitely the first one to take horror games mainstream. The game itself is pretty fun to play, but as a fan of B-movies and lame acting, I can't help but love the live-action cut scenes found within the game as well. Fans of the action-based Resident Evil 4 and 5 may not appreciate the earlier games in the series as much, but this fellow is a pretty big fan.
17 6.8 027. Street Fighter Alpha - PlayStation
Release Date: December 21, 1995 (NA)
There are some Saturn snobs that like to say that this game is terrible in comparison to the Saturn version. It's not terrible in any sense of the word, but it is slightly inferior to the Saturn version in terms of graphics and frame rate. That said, Saturn is the preferred way to play this game, but if all you've got access to is the Playstation version, you're still getting a quality 2D fighting game that can steal hours away from your life.
2 8 028. Fire Pro Wrestling G - PlayStation
Release Date: June 24, 1999 (JP)
Fire Pro Wrestling G is a good entry in the Fire Pro Wrestling series, but it's not really a step up from Fire Pro Wrestling S on the Saturn, which was released a few years earlier, by any means, so it loses a few points with me as far as being ranked in this list. It's also not nearly as good as Fire Pro Wrestling D, which would be released on Dreamcast a few years later...So, it's a great, solid wrestling game sandwiched between two really outstanding, stand-out entries in the franchise...As a result, it kind of gets lost in the shuffle. But still, if Fire Pro G is the only game you can access from the series, it's still a great wrestling title, far deeper than any other wrestling title available on Playstation at the time.
25 7.8 029. Intelligent Qube - PlayStation
Release Date: January 31, 1997 (JP)
Intelligent Qube isn't your average puzzle game...'Cause failure can be quite deadly. In Intelligent Qube, you're basically trying to survive as blocks tumble your way. Fail to find a way to avoid 'em and you get crushed to death. To avoid them, you need to destroy 'em...But alas, it gets tricky as you advance, as some blocks can't be destroyed, and you've gotta use your brainpower to make your way through each level. It's also got a scoring system so you can gloat to your friends how much smarter than them you are...Or vice versa.
2 8 030. Cart World Series - PlayStation
Release Date: September 16, 1997 (NA)
Two of my closest friends are racing freaks...They live and breathe racing, including when it's in video game form. A few years ago, I had a hobby of making video game videos and they loaned this game to me so I could make a gameplay sample for it...Surprisingly, I fell in love with it. I generally like arcade-style racing over the realistic stuff, but Cart World Series is done so well that not only did I keep playing it well after the video was made, I went out and bought my own copy shortly afterward so I could continue to play.
26 6.5 031. WWF Attitude - PlayStation
Release Date: July 31, 1999 (NA)
WWF Attitude may not have aged all that well in terms of gameplay, but for its time, in North America, it was amazing. The Create-A-Wrestler from WWF Warzone returned and was much, much larger and more impressive. Several new match types were added, giving more variety to the gameplay. The roster was expanded to over 40 grapplers, and a career mode was tossed in as well, making this not only a fun game to play, but a game that had plenty of replayability. This is the best wrestling game that Acclaim has ever put out, in my opinion.
5 7 032. Jumping Flash! - PlayStation
Release Date: April 27, 1995 (NA)
Jumping Flash! was unique in that it wasn't just a good 3D platformer, it was a good, first-person 3D platformer. While the first-person view does hold the game back a bit, in my opinion, it doesn't hold it back enough to prevent this from being a blast to play. This is a game that's just as fun wandering around the levels and hopping on random platforms as you explore as it is to actually make an attempt to complete each area. It might look prehistoric for some younger players nowadays, but for its time, it was a unique, enjoyable experience that still holds up surprisingly well today.
8 8.7 033. Rakugaki Showtime - PlayStation
Release Date: July 29, 1999 (JP)
Rakugaki Showtime is a very, very rare Japanese import that can go for over $250 USD, if you can even find a copy. Apparently, very shortly after the release of the game, it was pulled off of store shelves, supposedly due to a dispute between Enix, the publisher, and Treasure, the developer. But anyway, Rakugaki Showtime has one of the more unique graphical styles I've seen as it's almost like Paper Mario-ish if Paper Mario's characters were drawn by children. It gives this Smash Bros.-like fighting game (which also has a giant hand as a final boss) a very unique and interesting look to it. The game is quite fun...But probably not worth the cost to get a copy. Thankfully, it was released on the Japanese PSN store as a PS One classic a few years ago, so if you set up a Japanese PSN account and get a card for points to use in the Japanese Playstation Store, you can enjoy the game at a very small fraction of the normal cost.
31 7 034. Darkstalkers 3 - PlayStation
Release Date: November 5, 1998 (JP)
Darkstalkers 3 is a Capcom fighter that plays like the Street Fighter games, but has more of a darker tone to it, with vampires, werewolfs, and assorted other monsters, mythical creatures, and cryptids to play as, it's basically a Street Fighter-like game for the people who enjoy Halloween all year 'round. Darkstalkers 3 also marks the return of the franchise to Playstation, as the second Darkstalkers title was a Sega Saturn exclusive. Darkstalkers 3 isn't the best fighter on the Playstation, but it's a solid game and its gameplay holds up well with age. If you're looking for a solid, 2D fighter on the Playstation, Darkstalkers 3 is a decent game to get.
24 6.7 035. Destruction Derby 2 - PlayStation
Release Date: October 31, 1996 (NA)
Destruction Derby was a decent racing game with some good ideas, but the gameplay wasn't quite all there, in my opinion. The sequel improves on pretty much everything and the end result is one of the most fun racing titles in the Playstation library. With an emphasis on not just winning races, but racking up points by wrecking your fellow racers, the formula of Destruction Derby 2 often leads to lots of fun.
40 6.6 036. Ridge Racer - PlayStation
Release Date: December 3, 1994 (JP)
Ridge Racer really only had one track, but with alternate routes, depending on the race...But gosh darn it, it was a blast to play when it first released. Later games in the Ridge Racer series really refined the gameplay into a very solid racing franchise that could hold its own against many of the top racing games that would later come down the pike, but the original Ridge Racer, which was pretty much a direct port of the Arcade version of the game, was a great showcase for how powerful the Playstation was and how fun the games could be.
55 7.1 037. Koudelka - PlayStation
Release Date: November 30, 1999 (NA)
Koudelka is a unique blend of survival horror-style gameplay with random, turn-based battles and a leveling up system found in most RPGs. The end result is a game that is simply average at both and not great at either. That said, it's got an interesting story to help push you through the game, and fans of the Shadow Hearts games should take note that they spawned from this title. In fact, Roger Bacon even plays a role in this game. But anyway, if the concept of a survival horror RPG sounds interesting to you, give it a try. I think there's a decent chance that you'll enjoy your time here.
45 6.4 038. Street Fighter EX Plus Alpha - PlayStation
Release Date: July 17, 1997 (JP)
If you go into this game ready to compare it to the 2D Street Fighter games, you'll probably hate it. If you go into it willing to judge it as its own game, it's not so bad. Street Fighter EX Plus Alpha was the series' first foray into the realm of 3D, and the result was a slower-paced Street Fighter game along with some interesting (and some lame) new characters to toss in along with some old favorites like Ryu, Ken, and Chun Li. EX Plus Alpha definitely could have been better, but for what it is, it's really not too shabby.
4 7 039. Chō Aniki: Kyūkyoku Muteki Ginga Saikyō O... - PlayStation
Release Date: December 25, 1995 (JP)
I enjoy this game mostly for just the bizarre aspects of it. It's such a weird, almost disturbing title full of moments where you just scratch your head to try to figure out what you just witnessed. Like the screenshot above, where the stage boss has a cannon-like thing between his legs where a bald-headed person stretches out (which really resembles the body part between the legs of the male folk) to try to attack you. It's not an overly great shooter by any means, but it's solid...And if you're a fan of the bizarre like I am, you'll probably fall in love with this game like I did...And thanks to MonkeyPaw Games, the game has been released in the North American and European Playstation Stores, so people all around the world can experience the disturbing joys of Cho Aniki.
346 7.9 040. Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back - PlayStation
Release Date: October 31, 1997 (NA)
Crash Bandicoot 2 is an improvement over the first Crash Bandicoot (which was a decent game in its own right), which helped solidify Crash Bandicoot as not only the platforming franchise of choice on the Playstation for its time, but it really helped make Crash Bandicoot a face for the Playstation in a similar but less effective way to Mario and the Nintendo consoles. While it's not my favorite Crash title (Warped! holds that distinction), Crash Bandicoot 2 is still a solid entry in the Playstation library.
4 6.3 041. Mat Hoffman's Pro BMX - PlayStation
Release Date: May 14, 2001 (NA)
What happens when you take the fun of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater and replace the skateboards with BMX bikes? You get an inferior product to the original, but one that's still more fun than a majority of games on the system. Mat Hoffman's Pro BMX was Activision's experiment to see if the Tony Hawk formula worked in other extreme sports, and while it wasn't quite as fun or as polished as Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, it was still quite the good game...Which led to Activision doing something they eventually became known for doing -- going insane and flooding the market with so many games similar to each other that people lose the desire to play them. But anyway, if you're a Tony Hawk fan, Mat Hoffman's Pro BMX is a decent alternative if you're looking for something new.
2 7 042. Zen-Nippon Onna Pro Wrestling: Joou Densetsu - PlayStation
Release Date: July 23, 1998 (JP)
Zen-Nippon Onna Pro Wrestling: Joou Densetsu is a wrestling game based off of the now-defunct All Japan Women wrestling promotion in Japan. Several well known names from Joshi can be found here like Akira Hokuto, Manami Toyota, Aja Kong, Kyoko Inoue, Kaoru Ito, Mayumi Ozaki, and Yumi Fukawa to name a few. The game itself is fun, but not particularly great. The modes are limited to going after the WWWA title, fighting your way up to the number one contender spot or simply having an exhibition. There are better wrestling titles on the Playstation, but this is still pretty good. Wrestling fans may consider importing it just for the novelty of having an All Japan Women game in their library.
95 7.8 043. Dino Crisis 2 - PlayStation
Release Date: September 13, 2000 (JP)
Dino Crisis, like most survival horror games, had a focus of avoiding confrontation and conserving ammunition so that when you got in an unavoidable fight, you'd have fire power to take care of business. Dino Crisis 2 throws that out the window and focuses on simply shooting everything in sight, executing kill combos, and achieving the highest score possible in a game that is much less survival horror and much more arcade-like shooter. Dino Crisis 2 is still a very solid game, but I personally prefer the slower, creepier pace of the original Dino Crisis over the "kill everything in sight and make dinosaurs extinct again" gameplay of this sequel.
68 7.5 044. Marvel vs. Capcom - PlayStation
Release Date: November 11, 1999 (JP)
With the success of X-Men vs. Street Fighter, Capcom decided to up the ante and pit the entire Marvel universe against the entire Capcom universe. As a result, we got to see Mega Man uppercut Juggernaut, Zangief piledrive Cyclops, and Spider-Man make sure that the web on Morrigan's leggings wasn't the only web that she was stuck in. It wasn't the most balanced fighting game available, and the Dreamcast version was superior in pretty much every way, but it was still fun, and really, that's what counts.
3 8 045. Juggernaut - PlayStation
Release Date: November 19, 1998 (JP)
Juggernaut plays a lot like the very popular point-and-click adventure game, Myst...Except Juggernaut is much darker and based more in horror, as the game is basically about a woman being possessed by a demon, and a man who must enter her very soul to eliminate the demon from within it. It's not a perfect game by any means, but the story is interesting enough to push you through to the end. If you like point-and-click adventures, and if you like horror games, then Juggernaut is definitely one to track down and play.
8 6.7 046. WWF Warzone - PlayStation
Release Date: July 14, 1998 (NA)
WWF Warzone, for its time, was a very, very good wrestling game...Well, as far as wrestling titles released in North America go. I like to compare its fighting engine to the original Mortal Kombat games; good for its time, but it hasn't aged well. Better, more simplified, and smoother-playing wrestling games have come along in North America since then, but WWF Warzone (and its deep Create-A-Wrestler, which hadn't been seen to that level on a North American-released wrestling game up until that point) was very good for its time...It's a shame that the gameplay doesn't hold up so well today.
12 6.8 047. Shadow Madness - PlayStation
Release Date: April 30, 1999 (NA)
Shadow Madness receives unfair criticism from people who write it off as terrible due to its graphics or claim that it tries to be Final Fantasy VII due to a mildly similar art style - which at no point in the game would one make the comparison beyond the graphics had they actually played it. That said, it's a solid, decent RPG with its share of faults (like having to swap disks repeatedly) but it has plenty of personality to help overcome some of those faults. If you're not a fan of RPGs, this isn't a game that will turn you into one...But if you like RPGs, you'll likely find something to enjoy here.
39 7 048. Destruction Derby - PlayStation
Release Date: October, 1995 (EU)
The first Destruction Derby, though flawed, was a breath of fresh air for racing titles at the time. Rather than simply trying to finish in first place, the goal in Destruction Derby is to try to finish in first place while racking up points from damaging and destroying the other vehicles you're racing against. The game's sequel really improved on just about everything in this game, but for its time, the original Destruction Derby wasn't that bad.
2 6.5 049. Kensei: Sacred Fist - PlayStation
Release Date: November 19, 1998 (JP)
Kensei: Sacred Fist looks like it would be absolutely awesome...And then you play through 'normal mode' once, and you find out how easy the AI was, and then you figure out that you aren't rewarded with an ending for completing the game...and that character you just unlocked? It's a near exact clone of the person you just played as, just with a different look. Kensei isn't a horrible fighting game, but there's not a whole lot of good here, either...It's just short of passable, and really only worth a look if you're a fighting game fanatic.
9 5.6 050. Alone in the Dark: One-Eyed Jack's Revenge - PlayStation
Release Date: May 3, 1996 (EU)
I want to like One-Eyed Jack's Revenge, but extremely clunky combat mixed with puzzle solutions that, and I say this with all the sarcasm I can muster, make all the sense in the world (like if you place a teddy bear on a camouflaged "X", that somehow gets rid of an "evil power" preventing you from sticking a coin in a jukebox-like thing...makes sense, right?) really just transform this into a game that I just plain got sick of playing after a while. I do enjoy the soundtrack quite a bit, I'll give the game credit for that...But even with enjoying the soundtrack, I can knock it for not being a good one for a horror game. This game does have its charm in parts that may convince some folks to continue to play, but I can't help but imagine that most folks will quit shortly after playing.
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