The best PlayStation games can be split in two groups: the ones that launched franchises that are still relevant today and the ones that have influenced an entire generation of gamers so deeply that over 20 years later, they are still talking about the impact of these games.
The legendary RPG maker responsible for some of the Super Nintendo most revered games became one of the most prolific developers for the PlayStation after questioning Nintendo’s decision to stick with storage limited cartridges as opposed to the spacious CD-ROM embraced by both Sony and SEGA for their 5th generation of consoles.
As the popularity of Role Playing Games grew, so did the PlayStation library filled with quality titles from some of the most talented studios out there. This genre that was undoubtedly part of the success of Nintendo’s 4th generation console was now responsible for the PS1’s success.
The PlayStation’s games library is so vast, that a lot of truly great titles have failed to stand out from thousands of other games.
Fighting games were all the rage in 90s arcades and as home consoles started to have decent ports, the genre was one of the most popular on the PlayStation too; from the best console version to the Mortal Kombat Trilogy to the presence of all the greatest fighting game franchises, and the early beginning of 3D fighters, Sony’s console had it all.
The PlayStation is not a console I grew up with; and discovering its library a posteriori gave me the chance to discover games based on friends’ recommendations rather than by publishers’ marketing.
There are so many good franchises that don’t need to be presented that were introduced on the PlayStation for the first time.