The 3 secret treasures of the PS1 that everyone ignores

The 3 secret treasures of the PS1 that everyone ignores

The 3 secret treasures of the PS1 that everyone


The undisputed leader of the fifth generation of games is the PlayStation. Although nothing released on the PS1 has had a greater influence on the industry than the best games for the Nintendo 64 (The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Super Mario 64), it is impossible ignore Sony’s incredible library of titles. In terms of quantity, the Nintendo 64 simply couldn’t compete with Sony’s PS1, which offered so many high-quality titles that it outweighed shovelware. More importantly, the PS1’s vast catalog meant that many great games were eventually overshadowed by more accepted titles.

Contrary schools

Rival Schools: United by Fate, a cult Dreamcast sequel to the Capcom fighting game Rival Schools: United by Fate, was the second game Hideaki Itsuno, current director of Devil May Cry and Dragon’s Dogma, has worked on. Rival Schools isn’t terrible, but this latest game is superior to the other.

Outside the US, it’s a compact and engaging fighting game with a surprising amount of content. Mini-games are included in the international editions along with the reasonably complex story mode (for its time) and a character creation option that also functions as a dating sim.

Negative standby

One of the most original PlayStation games is Parasite Eve, a survival horror-action hybrid also based on a book. It received two back-to-back sequels, one of which was released for the PlayStation, but neither is quite equivalent to the first game. It possesses an emotional maturity that modern video games still lack. Unlike, say, the original Resident Evil, it’s also terrifying. Parasite Eve’s horror is perhaps better handled than Silent Hill 1’s. Although it’s not as well known as one of the survival horror games, anyone who’s played Parasite Eve would praise it without any doubt compared to its rivals.

Weapons and ammunition

Because it feels like it’s stuck in a generation in between, Wild Arms is one of the PS1’s most intriguing RPGs. It doesn’t exactly fit the Super Nintendo RPG mold, but neither does it fit the type of presentation that later PS1 RPGs would be known for. It looks like a SNES game that’s only been slightly updated for the PS1. Despite this, the game’s combat mechanics, great music, and truly intriguing universe make it a lot of fun to play. The only Wild West JRPG is called Wild Arms. Even though it ultimately relies on fantasy-inspired shots, the backdrop is enough to make the experience enjoyable.

The second chapter of Star Ocean

Star Ocean: The Second Story is comparable to Wild Arms in terms of its distinctive environment. Star Ocean takes place in a universe that seems underdeveloped but is actually quite sophisticated. Although we have advanced in space travel, the planets that are still forming are not designed for human interaction.

Naturally, the main character interacts with a primeval planet while unwittingly exposing it to modern technology, but that sets up one of the PS1’s best-written role-playing games. Moreover, the action RPG gameplay on the platform is truly unparalleled and always chaotic.