The 1990s were a great time for video games. Several different consoles were really popular during this period, including the SNES, the first PlayStation, and the Sega Dreamcast. A lot of these consoles remain popular for gamers that are into playing retro games and it’s easy to see why.
The PlayStation was a console that saw a ton of amazing games in the 90s. A lot of them have been remade or have sequels that have come out, but heading back to the 90s to play the originals is still a ton of fun.
To see 10 of the best PlayStation games from the 90s, ranked, keep reading!
10 Driver: You Are The Wheelman
Driver: You Are the Wheelman, also known simply as Driver, is a video game that was released in 1999 on the PlayStation. It was released at the tail end of the 1990s, but is still a solid game that came from this generation of games.
This game has since been ported to other mediums like the PC and there was even an iOS version of the game that was released in 2009. This game follows a police detective named Tanner who gained incredible driving skills during his time as a racecar driver and is now working undercover and using those skills.
9 Street Fighter Alpha 3
Street Fighter Alpha 3 is a 2D fighting game that was originally released as an arcade game, in June of 1998, but it was released as a PlayStation game in the following year. This game is so popular that was later released on other consoles and even included in the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection and released on modern consoles like the PS4.
This game features most of the favorite Street Fighter characters that fans know and love like Chun-Li, Cammy, and Ryu. Even some like Gulie that weren’t included in the arcade version of the game were later added into the PS1 version.
8 Ape Escape
Ape Escape is the first game that was released in the Ape Escape franchise on the PlayStation back in 1999. This franchise has remained a fairly popular one over the years for the silly humor in the games, but it was one that was really unique when it was released.
This game has become really well-known since its release for being the first game to require players to use the DualShock controller because of the fact that players were forced to use both analog sticks in order to control the character.
7 Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater
The first Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater game was released on the PlayStation in 1999 and ports were released on other consoles from there. This game spawned an entire series of skateboarding games which, like this first game allow the player to choose their favorite famous skateboarder to play as.
This game has either a “Career Mode” or a “Multiplayer Mode.” In the former, players are tasked with completing a number of objectives in each area before they move on to the next one. In the former, a split screen pins players up against one another to play a number of different competitive game modes.
6 Tomb Raider
Tomb Raider was released in 1996 and is the very first game in the now infamous Tomb Raider franchise. This game introduced us to the talented archaeologist Lara Croft and the franchise has become iconic in the world of video games.
Even though the game may look blocky now, it was praised when it was released for being on the cutting edge of 3d video game graphics. In the mid-1990s when it was released, it was known as one of the best PlayStation games to date and has stayed a classic game since then.
5 Spyro The Dragon
Spyro the Dragon was released on the PlayStation in 1998 and is the first game in the Spyro franchise. It was later remastered and re-released as part of the Spyro Reignited Trilogy, so a whole new generation of gamers can experience this game.
This is a 3D platforming game in which the player controls Spyro, a young dragon who is tasked with traveling all over the dragon kingdom in order to defeat the gnorcs and eventually defeat the head of the gnorcs, Gnasty Gnorc and bring peace back to his homeland.
4 Resident Evil 2
If you’re a fan of horror games, then you’re probably already familiar with the Resident Evil franchise. These games started on the PlayStation in the 1996 with the release of the very first Resident Evil game. Although the first game is the one that started the entire long-running franchise, the second game in the series is by far the best of the early games.
This game is so good that it recently got a remake and was re-released on modern consoles. This introduced this game and franchise to a whole new generation of gamers. The game follows Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield who are stuck in Raccoon City after the citizens evacuate due to a zombie outbreak.
3 Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy VII is the seventh main game in the Final Fantasy series and was released on the PlayStation back in 1997. The game follows Cloud Strife as he tries to stop Shinra Electric Power Company from draining his home planet’s Lifestream.
When this game was released, it was critically acclaimed and instantly became a hugely popular game. The Final Fantasy series was already a game series that was relatively popular, especially in Japan, so its success wasn’t exactly a surprise. But, this game remains a favorite for many fans of the series and a remake of the game is set to be released in 2020.
2 Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night
Castlevania is an incredibly popular game series that has gone on to inspire a ton of future games since its release on the PlayStation back in 1997. The series is so popular that it was part of the inspiration behind an entire genre of games, known as Metroidvania – a genre that combines elements of Castlevania and Metroid games.
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is the 10th game in the Castlevania franchise. The game wasn’t super popular in the US when it was first released, but it’s become a cult classic among retro game fans and critics in the years since it was initially released.
1 Silent Hill
It’s pretty much impossible to talk about the best PlayStation games of the 1990s without discussing the number one entry on this list: Silent Hill. This game was released in 1999 on the PlayStation and is the first game in the video game series by the same name. Other adaptations including a movie and a visual novel were also inspired by this game.
This game was revolutionary at the time of its release because, unlike other survival horror games of the time, it didn’t focus on visual horror, but it went for a more atmospheric route. It focused heavily on the psychological aspects of trying to scare players as they guided Harry Mason through the fog-filled town of Silent Hill. It has since become one of the defining titles in the survival horror genre and is regarded by many as one of the best games ever made.
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