PlayStation 1 was revolutionary when it was released in 1994, eventually selling over 102 million consoles. It came in a couple of different form factors and had cool peripherals like a screen that could be attached to the PS1 itself. Bringing 3D graphics to the forefront of the industry, the PlayStation 1 was the beginning of a console line that is constantly trying to push boundaries today. Let’s look into 5 of the best PlayStation 1 games that started it all!
Do I need to justify this one? Because I will! Final Fantasy VII stands as a revolutionary masterpiece in the RPG genre, earning its place among the best PlayStation 1 games of all time. Launched in 1997, it not only redefined storytelling in video games but also set new standards in technical achievement. The iconic status of characters like Cloud Strife, who’s even a fixture in Super Smash Bros. now, attests to the enduring impact of Final Fantasy VII.
Metal Gear Solid
Released in 1998, Hideo Kojima’s masterpiece not only redefined the stealth-action genre but also set a new standard for narrative in video games. With its cinematic storytelling and memorable characters, Metal Gear elevated gaming narratives to unprecedented heights.
Without this game, we wouldn’t have great entries such as Metal Gear Solid 5, Snake Eater, or Metal Gear Survive! That last one may have been a joke, but Hideo Kojima was well on his way to being a household name after this game.
Released in 2000, this skateboarding masterpiece not only refined the formula established by its predecessor but was a cultural phenomenon. The game’s intuitive controls, diverse level designs, and the freedom to perform an array of tricks contributed to its addictive and enjoyable gameplay.
With a soundtrack that captured the essence of the skateboarding subculture, there are now certain songs players hear and immediately think of this game. Papa Roach, Rage Against The Machine, Powerman 5000 and more were now a permanent fixture in both gaming and skateboarding history.
Lara Croft became a cultural phenomenon, symbolizing the advent of strong and independent female characters in gaming, and also a polygonal sex symbol for boys across the globe. The game’s groundbreaking use of 3D environments, intricate puzzles, and engaging platforming set a new standard for the genre.
Tomb Raider’s atmospheric level designs, from ancient tombs to perilous landscapes, created a sense of exploration and discovery that captivated players. With its mix of action, exploration, and puzzle-solving, Tomb Raider remains a timeless classic, showcasing the PlayStation 1’s capabilities and influencing the trajectory of video game design.
Selling over 10 million copies, Gran Turismo for the PlayStation 1 is the console’s best-selling game. It took five years to make, which back in the 90s was pretty wild. The time was well worth it, earning the title of “21st Best Game of All Time”.
Games these days can easily take five years to develop. Back then putting that much time into developing your game only spoke to the dedication the team had to shake up the racing game scene. Gran Turismo was the most realistic racing game at the time, making it easy to immerse yourself in the action!
Did you ever play Gran Turismo? Did you own a PlayStation 1? Sound off in the comments, we’d love to hear from you!