NFL Blitz - Still one of the best football games of all time! Blitz was an over-the-top sports game with unrealistic plays, extreme violence, and outrageous touchdown celebrations. After a tackle was made you could continue the pummel the ball carrier with wrestling moves like leg and elbow drops. This was the ps1’s equivalent of NBA Jam.
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night - A side-scroller, which was rare on the ps1, it had addicting combat and castle exploration. Why was it fun? You guide Alucard (who could shape shift into a wolf, a bat, and mist) through the huge castle to find and defeat Dracula! Who wouldn’t want to kill Dracula?
Final Fantasy VII - This was the first “3D” game in the Final Fantasy series. You are Cloud, and you recruit a team to defeat Sephiroth, one of the best villains in videogame history. I easily put 300+ hours into this game when it came out in the late 90s.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 - Tony Hawk's Pro Skater was the game that put skateboarding back on the map in the late 90s/early 00s. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 took that great formula and added the ability to manual (think wheelie), which allowed you to string tricks together with great ease. Also, Spider-Man was a secret character, along with his own set of specialized tricks.
Metal Gear Solid - This is one of my favorite games of all time! Play as the stealthy Solid Snake (yes, I know it’s ridiculous) with the goal of sneaking through various levels without being detected by enemies. The stealth gameplay, mixed with fun boss battles and lengthy Hollywood-style cutscene = the perfect formula for fun.
This was an extremely hard list to create with others games like the Resident Evil, Medal of Honor, Syphon Filter, and Crash Bandicoot series also appearing on the ps1. Let me know what I’ve missed. Also see our Top 5 NES Games, Top 5 Genesis Games, and Top 5 Worst Atari Arcade Ports and if you like this post, don’t forget to Tweet and share on Facebook with the links below.