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The PlayStation's creation was a bumpy ride. It began as a CD drive for the SNES, but Nintendo noticed too late that the contract was too favorable to Sony, jumped ship, and went to bed with Philips (which ultimately led to the creation of the infamous CD-i and the worst Zelda games ever). Scorned and fuming with resentment, Sony decided to take what they had at that point and make their own console. Many expected it to be an also-ran, at most a distant third place. Yet the angry newcomer came out swinging and crushed the competition, leaving them asking: what the hell just happened?

Here's what: the PlayStation was their perfect storm. While everyone else fucked shit up, Sony got pretty much everything right. While Sega did a complex and expensive design that left even the best programmers scratching their heads, Sony did a simple but powerful machine that was much easier to code for; and while Nintendo tried to gouge third-parties with cartridge prices, Sony offered their CD manufacturing plants and distribution structure to publish their games at much lower costs.

Ultimately, it became the best selling console ever (later surpassed by the PlayStation 2), so you will find a vast game library. Quite a lot of garbage in the pile too, but that's what this wiki is here for, right?

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Yeah you can play PS1 games on a PSP, a PS2 or a PS3*. If you have to get a PS1 get a Yaroze, it plays games regardless of region, unlike the regular PS1s.

Please note that "PS1-PSN" denotes games available on the PSone Classics service on Playstation Network (simplified for space issues).

  • Protip: Contrary to popular belief, ALL PS3 units can play PS1 discs. PS2 games however are out of the question.

Emulation Edit

PSX emulation evolved considerably along the years and the Recommended Emulators section has four capable pieces of software for you to choose from.

Stick to Xebra or pSX if you don't want to waste too much time lurking around and\or doesn't have patience to tweak stuff. Both are very stable and emulate the ol' Playstation pretty reliably. If your PC is dated and you're not sure about its performance, those two will probably work better for you.

PCSX-Reloaded is for those that have a good gaming system, are picky about graphics or simply like messing around. Both have a myriad of plugins to customize video, audio and gameplay settings and can be tricky as hell to set up; however, there are some really neat options for both, like extra filtering for textures and using custom shaders to improve visuals: Check it out.

Look for guides to help you configure everything if you're going with the second option. Also, note that custom shaders that might work for some games can make others look terrible. AA and Color Boosting effects are recommended for pretty much everything but there's fun to be had experimenting with the others (Cartoon Shaders make some polygon-heavy games look like they were cel-shaded, which is pretty cool, although they destroy 2D sprites).

The ListEdit

Box Art Title Genre Description PS1-PSN
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PS1-PSN
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150px Aconcagua Adventure
Point'n'Click
Japanese journalist Kato follows the story of Pachamama, a woman fighting the (fictional) nation of Meruza's oppressive regime. The plane they're on crashes into the Andes mountains, and the survivors must pool their skills to progress. A very short and cinematic game with an unusual setting. Though JP-only, cutscenes are voiced in English, so it can be played easily with occasional help from a guide. Released late in the console's life, some set pieces still look fantastic; the only real drawback is the clumsy cursor interface. Gameplay. n/a n/a
150px Air Combat Flight Combat
Arcade
The first Ace Combat game; the name was changed for America and Europe. Considered to be one of the best flight combat series. Choose from a number of aircraft and go into battle with a "wingman" who you can give commands to. Gameplay. N N
(GER)
150px Ace Combat 2 Flight Combat
Arcade
Second installment in the Ace Combat franchise. A huge improvement over Air Combat, especially in regards for graphics and gameplay. Features a lot of what made future installments in the series great, including named aces, special paint schemes, a phenomenal soundtrack, and tunnel missions. N N
(GER)
150px Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere [NTSC-J] Flight Combat
Arcade

A great game that was stripped of content during localization. The two-disc JP version includes Production I.G. animation, multiple characters and endings, a branching storyline and a mission in outer space. That version has been fan translated. Trailer.

N N
(GER)
150px Alundra Action-RPG Considered a spiritual sequel to Landstalker (GEN), Alundra is a Zeldalike with more prominent RPG elements and lots of tough puzzles. You must dive into people's dreams to save them from fatal nightmares. The plot has its surprises and touching moments. Nice sprite work, cool bosses and lots of secrets. Alundra 2 went 3D and was totally unrelated to the first. Dual Hearts (PS2) is a spiritual sequel by the same team. Trailer. Y
($5.99)
N
(GER)
150px Ape Escape Platformer The first game in a series where you must use your wits and an assortment of gadgets to capture monkeys running amok in various levels. The monkeys have patterns of their own and may require trickery to capture; the games have lots of slapstick humor and pop culture references. Fun Drum 'n Bass soundtrack and bright visuals. Ape Escape 2 is on PS2. Trailer. N N
(GER)
150px Apocalypse Run n' Gun A game about Bruce Willis being Bruce Willis. But besides that, a great game made by those loveable bastards, Neversoft. Controls are something different, but they are best used in analog mode if you can. The story is basically it's the future, and you escape from jail in the middle of the goddammned Apocalypse. For a Run n' Gun, it's very different than other games such as Metal Slug. The bosses are pretty cool, like in the first level, you fight a tank that shoots rockets and has a flamethrower. Has a bunch of one liners from Burce himself, but they're tolerable. N

N

(GER)

150px Arc the Lad Collection JRPG A trilogy of fun RPGs with brisk tactical battles and a common theme of young warriors fighting corrupt establishments. Each game is bigger than the last. Includes a monster arena/casino side-game. Highly recommendable. Gameplay. Y
$5.99
(I-III)
$3.99
(Arena)
$8.99
(II + Arena)
N
(GER)psn slowdown
150px Armored Core Mech Combat Take your mecha out there to blow up stuff; earn money to build better mecha parts and blow up even more stuff. Lots of customization. Gameplay N N
(GER)
150px Armored Core: Project Phantasma Mech Combat A sort of expansion to Armored Core, with new parts, new missions, and an Arena system. Gameplay. N N
(GER)
150px Army Men: Air Attack Action Army Men.. yea you know shit's goin' down! Also available on the N64. Gameplay. N N
(GER)
150px Azure Dreams RPG
Roguelike
A roguelike with dabs of other genres; gameplay mostly revolves around exploring a great tower while capturing and training various monsters to assist you. The monsters can level up, but you can't, which ramps up the challenge. You can also engage in dating sim sequences with the many town girls, along with building up the town itself. The game builds an atmosphere of warmth and familiarity thanks to the town features, though tower action can be grueling. A GBC port stripped down the town/dating sim aspects, but added 100 "basement" floors to tackle. Gameplay. N N
(GER)
150px BattleTanx: Global Assault

Action

Tank Combat

Sequel to BattleTanx (N64). In a post-apocalyptic world ruled by roaming tank armies, a family is divided when their son is kidnapped by a rival gang for his incredible psychic powers. Combat is extremely fun, with an esoteric variety of tanks and weaponry and hectic multiplayer. The N64 version has less tanks and features, but slightly better gameplay.
150px Bishi Bashi Special Mini-games Tons of crazy mini-games, including shaking a can into outer space or disco-dancing to make your afro-hair grow. Awesome. Gameplay. N Y
(GER)
€4.99
150px Blazing Dragons Adventure Based on a 90s Canadian cartoon that parodies Arthurian legend; the knights and princesses are dragons, while men are the monsters. Lots of British humor, fetch quests and puzzles. You can't die and it's mostly painless. Also on Saturn. No PC version, curiously. Gameplay. N N
150px Bloody Roar 2 3D Fighting Hudson and Eighting/Raizing knew that 3D arena fighters had a tight competition, even by 1997, so they decided to have their characters be able to transform into powerful "Beast Mode" versions, making it a whole 'nother critter. This sequel to the experimental former includes a surprisingly robust story mode, and is considered by several fans to be the best of the series. Gameplay. Y
($5.99)
N
(GER)
150px Brave Fencer Musashi Action A comedic action title by Square set in medieval/steampunk mix of a fantasy world. Includes a number of interesting features, such as copying enemies' powers in Kirby-like fashion to tear through foes or solve puzzles. Saving the kingdom's residents, lets you access more features and even gain new upgrades and skills. Lots of in-game collectibles and extras, too. Trailer. N N
(GER)
150px Breath of Fire III JRPG Arguably the peak of Capcom's forgotten JRPG saga. The characters are all anthros of different species, as is typical for the series. Includes a fluid battle system, great sprite work and a long story. Excellent for its time. A PSP port was only released in Japan and Europe. Gameplay. N N
(GER)
150px Breath of Fire IV JRPG Has a Far East fantasy setting that is yet to be matched in beauty by most JRPGs, and includes a memorable main villain who you even get to control in his own escapades leading up to the climax. The cast isn't quite as cool as 3's but they're neat in their own ways (except the main 3, who suck), as are the aggravating mini-games, and the translation could be better, but the gameplay and music are still great despite all that. Ported to PC. Gameplay. Y ($5.99) N
(GER)
150px Brigandine: The Legend of Forsena SRPG A highly replayable SRPG; pick one of six nations and take over the continent with your knights and monsters. Each nation has its own ruler and story, and the AI is competent. A 2000 re-issue made the evil nation playable and added a "true" final boss, but is Japan only. Gameplay. N N
150px Bushido Blade 3D Fighting
Combat Sim
An attempt at creating a sword-fighting sim. Unlike conventional fighting games, the gameplay focus is on where you were hit, rather than combos and health bars. You can also cripple your opponent by attacking their arms or legs, or even score an instant kill with a head hit. Gameplay. N N
(GER)
150px Bust-A-Groove [EU: Bust-A-Move] Rhythm Input commands and time a final button press correctly to bust the titular groove. Includes a delightfully bizarre plot about a dance competition to find out who can out-dance a giant robot wrecking havoc in Tokyo. (Where else?) It's quite rare. Gameplay. N N
(GER)
150px Capcom vs. SNK Pro 2D Fighting Created by Capcom, a 4-button fighting game where characters from both companies duke it out, has an exceptional soundtrack, and you can use the "original" BGM for some characters like the Art of Fighting crew or Fatal Fury and Capcom side songs whenever they apply, you can customize settings to turn run on instead of hop and other useful stuff, adds extra tracks like the DC counterpart (which is superior). A must try if you haven't yet. The sequel is for PS2 and GCN (and arcade). Gameplay. N N
(GER)
150px Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Metroidvania Represented a radical change in style for the series; Ayame Kojima's effete character designs and Michiru's melodramatic score gave Castlevania an overwrought, Gothic flavor. Gameplay gave rise to the term Metroidvania, where the player explores a massive, interconnected castle while scouring every corner for secrets. There are strong RPG elements now and the game is packed full of hidden content, as well as (famously) terrible voice-acted scenes . Also on Saturn (JP-only); Dracula X Chronicles (PSP) has it with re-dubbed voices. There is also a fan retranslation which is strictly faithful to the original. Y
($9.99)
N
(GER)
150px Castlevania Chronicles Platformer A remake of Akumajou Dracula X68K for the Japanese Sharp X68000 PC, with higher-quality music, new sub-weapons and Simon Belmont's leather queen re-design. Also includes the original X68K version so you can man it up old-school, an art gallery and an interview with IGA. Gameplay. Y
($5.99)
N
(GER)
150px Chocobo Racing Kart Racing This game was a shameless advertisement for Chocobo's Dungeon 2, but it is surprisingly fun for a knock-off "kart" racer. Features nice control, fun characters, and upbeat music, including remixed tracks from other Final Fantasy games, even some that hadn't officially come out overseas yet. Gameplay. N N
(GER)
150px Chocobo's Dungeon 2 RPG / Roguelike Chocobo's Dungeon 2 is a surprisingly decent roguelike. You traverse dungeons, find items to increase your strength, and magic books to cast spells. The game can get a little repetitive, but trudging through the dungeons to get to the bosses is also mildly addicting. Trailer. The unrelated spiritual successor is on the Wii and is kickass. That game has a downgraded version with extras on the DS (but the DS is JP only, while Wii came out in all over). N N
(GER)
150px Chrono Cross JRPG Despite the title, this game has almost nothing to do with Chrono Trigger, so leave your lofty expectations at the door. On its own merits, it's a highly experimental RPG with over forty recruitable characters, a grinding-free level-up system (that also makes things very easy), and a story that struggles with its own themes of purpose, love and existence. Selling points include its amazing soundtrack, hyper-eclectic cast, difficult moral choices and strange, melancholy atmophere (supported by its pastel color scheme and beautiful environments). Lengthy, with lots of side-content. An unusual SquareSoft product. Trailer.

Y
($9.99)

N
(GER)
150px Clock Tower Adventure
Survival Horror
A sequel, not remake, of Clock Tower for the SNES. Works with a point-and-click interface and is divided into scenarios where you play as different characters. All along you must avoid the dreaded Scissorman and solve puzzles to survive. Gameplay. Note: A remake of the original DOES exist though, but some find the original version to be more enjoyable. N N
(GER)
150px Colony Wars Space Sim Hop into the cockpit as you wage war against the savage Earth Empire and its Colonial Navy, and stop its regime of oppression as a pilot of the League of Free Worlds in this epic two-disc space shooter. With over 70 missions, multiple mission paths and endings, there are so many ways the war can turn: each mission can make a difference. Gameplay. N N
(GER)
150px Colony Wars: Vengeance Space Sim Follow the story of Mertens, a pilot in the Colonial Navy, during his struggle against the League of Free Worlds, in this sequel to the first Colony Wars game. With craft upgrades and ground-based missions, Colony Wars: Vengeance adds more variety to the Colony Wars game series. Gameplay. N N
(GER)
150px Command And Conquer RTS A somewhat arcade-ish RTS, but very fun nonetheless. And Kane rules KANE LIVES! KANE REIGNS! Gameplay Y

($5.99)

N
(GER)
150px Command And Conquer: Red Alert RTS A "what if" RTS game where you choose one side, either Allied or Soviet forces, to march on and conquer your enemies. Just be warned: you can get some monstrous slowdown. Gameplay. Y

($5.99)

N
(GER)
150px Command And Conquer: Red Alert - Retaliation RTS The updated re-release of Red Alert that contains both Counterstrike and The Aftermath add-ons released for PC. It's a great "LAN" party game, just drag two TVs and PlayStation's in the same room, plug in the LAN cable and have a blast (the game comes with two discs, you know). Less slowdown than its older sibling. Gameplay. Y
($5.99)
Y
(GER)
€4.99
150px Crash Bandicoot Platform Brilliant platformer. If you haven't played this, go play it now. It even has passwords if you don't have a memory card for some reason or you want to skip ahead. Gameplay. Overshadowed by its sequels, but still pretty damn fun. Y
($5.99)
Y
(GER)
€4.99
150px Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back Platform Better than the first. Tons of fun. Crash has new moves to platform with and in some stages, new rides, including a jet-waterboard, a spacy jet-pack, and a... Baby Polar Bear?! (Protip: said Bear pops up in a certain warp room. Though it's cruel, Belly Slam him multiple times and many extra lives will be yours!) Gameplay. Y

($5.99)

N
(GER)
150px Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped! Platform Crash gets flung in time and must take out the baddies and get home. Crash gets even MORE moves to bust a Bandi-groove with. Now introduced are underwater and motorcycle segments. You really should play this. Arguably the last good/GREAT Crash platformer before Naughty Dog let other developers alter it. Gameplay. If you hanker for more Crash, try Twinsanity on PS2 and consider Crash's first 2 GBA games, especially 2GBA. The ones besides that suck. Y
($5.99)
Y
(GER)
€4.99
150px Crash Team Racing Racing A good racing game for the PSX. If you haven't played CTR, stop gaming immediately. Blatant copy of Mario Kart, but who cares? Gameplay. Y
($5.99)
Y
(GER)
€4.99
150px Crash Bash Mini-games The first Crash game done by someone other than Naughty Dog. It's fun with friends just like Mario Party but with a couple of differences in gameplay. Not as good as the old ones, but it's a suitable party game. At least EUROCOM didn't rape the series. It's available on PSN in Japan but America has yet to see rerelease. Gameplay. N N
(GER)
150px Croc: Legend of the Gobbos Platform Fully-3D, roaming platformer. Gameplay-wise, this is arguably as solid as Mario 64, as long as you use analog sticks. Otherwise, you'll likely run into some hard jumps. Be sure to save your fuzzy pals to get the true ending! Also available on Saturn and PC. Sequel has better controls, but changed quite a few things. Both have some really AWFUL GBC ports. Don't bother with them. Gameplay. N N
(GER)
150px Croc 2 Platform Like the first game took influence from Mario 64, this takes a cue from Banjo-Kazooie. Hub world, characters that talk and collect-a-thons. Generally not as good as the one above but controls are a little better, though at times overly sensitive, and it's a passable closer to Croc's series. Also on PC (and unlike the former it's actually playable on something modern) and GBC, but the Game Boy version is utter shit. Gameplay. N N
(GER)
150px D Horror
Puzzle
Dr. Richter Harris, head of an LA hospital, goes insane and murders the staff and patients, locking himself inside. His daughter, Laura, breaks into the hospital to track him down. Developed by WARP Studios, helmed by the notoriously unstable designer Kenji Eno, D touches on cannibalism and abuse, and had to be sneaked past censors for release. The dated visuals now come off as creepy in an Uncanny Valley way, and the game has to be completed in two real-time hours with no option to save or even pause. Gameplay consists largely of puzzles. There are multiple endings. It can be very frustrating, and is mostly for the curious. Has an excellent, very different sequel (D2) for DreamCast. Trailer. n/a n/a
150px Darkstalkers The Night Warriors 2D Fighting Original game and 1st in the darkstalkers series. Even if you own the superior Darkstalkers 3, this version is still passable as well as enjoyable. Gameplay.

Y
($5.99)

N(GER)
150px Darkstalkers 3: Jedah's Damnation 2D Fighting A folklore and horror flick-themed fighter with a colorful and memorable cast, Darkstalkers 3 marks the culmination of a series that introduced many features which are now standard in 2D fighters. A must-play for any fan of the genre. Gameplay. N N
(GER)
150px Dead or Alive 3D Fighting Tecmo's own 3D Arena fighter to counter Tekken and Virtua Fighter with some slightly different mechanics, a few good ideas, and a larger bustline. Saturn original is better but Japan only. Has sequels which improved the graphics and gameplay and some fanservice-heavy sport spin-offs (read: boobs, volleyball and boobs). Gameplay. N N
(GER)
150px Digimon: Digital Card Battle TCG Sim Remember the Digimon card game? This is that game done right. Over 300 cards to collect, trade, fuse, and battle with. Cameos by all the main Digidestined from the first two seasons. An actual plot (!!) that both retells Season 2 and ties this game to the original Digimon World(!!!). Bad points include a somewhat inconsistent difficulty level and graphics that are a bit sub-par. Worth a try for any Digimon fan or TCG fan. Gameplay N N
(GER)
150px Digimon World Series RPG Essentially, this amounts to Tamagotchi with a lot of exploration. The "Digimon World" is a huge land with tons of secrets. The goal of the game is to recruit Digimon to revive File City. Although a bit unforgivingly difficult at first, once you start recruiting some Digimon, the game is extremely addicting. Gameplay.Digimon World 2 is a good sequel though very different. It's a dungeon crawling RPG where you can recruit different digimon to fight for you(up to three per battle). What's interesting is that there's a cap for each digimon and to raise that cap you have to start fusing them ending up with a different party all the time. Features "SD" graphics instead of the "realistic" (?) designs of 1 and 3. Gameplay.Digimon World 3 is a run-of-the-mill JRPG. Not bad, but load times do hurt it. The EU version is better since you can keep playing after the ending. Features a rather limited cast of playable Digimon compared to the first two and borrow quite a few elements from the portable Pokemon games, like "Gym" battles.Gameplay. N N
(GER)
150px Digimon Rumble Arena 2D Fighting You got some explaining to do for not having this. Probably has some of THE GREATEST SOUNDTRACK ON A PS1. Fun fighting. You get a lot of characters. Not as many as you would need if you're a fan but enough to satisfy you for a long while. Sequel on Xbox/GC/PS2 but I'm not sure if it's good or bad. Go try both if you like Smash Bros. rehashes done good. Gameplay. N N
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150px Dino Crisis Survival Horror More or less Resident Evil with dinosaurs. Special agent Regina infiltrates an island that has brought back dinosaurs via contained time travel experiment; hilarity ensues. It has a number of tweaks to make it more action-packed than RE (Walking and shooting!) and less skewed fixed camera angles. Has multiple endings. The PC and DC ports have cleaner graphics. Trailer. Y

($5.99)

N
(GER)
150px Dino Crisis 2 Action It's a LOT more action-packed than the first Dino Crisis, so that can be a reason to love/hate this game. The plot follows the story a year after Dino Crisis events. Some facility dedicate to research of the project "Third Enegy" dissapeared from present day and traveled to the past, so it's your mission go back in time to save any survivors and secure the missing files from the research. At first you play as Dylan, but later on you can control Regina too. The gameplay is pretty much running while killing some dinos. If you chain the kills you make a combo, that will earn you points to buy a good variety weapons, ammo and some items. Also has more dinos to kill. Great action game!Also available on PC. Trailer. Y
($5.99)
N
150px Disruptor FPS Pretty fun; looks way better with texture smoothing on on the PS2. Probably one of the PS1's best FPS. The game doesn't give you a lot of ammo for each level so you must shoot carefully and use STRATEGERY. You also get a shotgun that shoots anti-matter, pretty cool. Gameplay. N N
(GER)
150px Doom FPS It's motherfucking DOOM, it doesn't need to be explained. Also, by far one of the best ports of the game, with new lighting, musics, SFX and whatnot. Features levels from Doom 1 and 2, not to count some brand new ones. There is a total conversion of this version for GZDoom if you want to play this on your computer with fancy graphics and stuff or if you just prefer the good 'n old keyboard. Gameplay. N N
(GER)
150px Dragon Seeds RPG In a world flooded by global warming, scientists discover dragon-like creatures long frozen in the now-thawed Antarctica, which are cloned and spliced, resulting in many races of beasts used in battles for profit and sport. A monster-raising sim with more customization than usual, and an engrossing time sink. Gameplay. N N
(GER)
150px Dragon Quest Monsters 1+2 RPG Ports of the two GBC games with updated graphics and sound. Japan only. Tranlated intro N N
(GER)
150px Dragon Warrior VII RPG A very traditional RPG that lacked the shiny, FMV-heavy presentation of its contemporaries. It's huge (huge), so don't start it if you don't have lots of free time. Unfortunately there's lots of unnecessary backtracking. Explore lost continents and travel to the past to solve problems in the present. Note: The Dharma Temple makes many ragequit, but if you can get past it, things get easier later on. Gameplay. N N
150px Driver Racing Fantastic driving (duh) game, focuses more on dramatic inner city getaways/pursuits than simple racing. This game is probably the closest you'll get to recreating the awesomeness of that one chase scene from Bullitt. PROTIP: Get the PC version if you can, it looks much better. Sequels went downhill fast! Gameplay. N Y
(GER)
€4.99
150px Ehrgeiz 3D Fighting A rather mediocre 3D fighting game but notable for having unlockable Final Fantasy VII characters. However, the best feature is Quest Mode, a suprisingly deep roguelike dungeon crawler using the fighting game engine. This means combat is 3D and real-time! Instead of right clicking thousands of times to slay enemies, you actually control your character as if in a fighting game, swinging axes and swords and doing fluid combos. There's even a hunger system and weapon enchanting! Amazingly fun and addictive if you even remotely enjoy dungeon crawlers. Gameplay. N N
(GER)
150px Einhänder Shoot 'em Up What's this? A shooter made by SQUARESOFT? And it's actually really good? Well damn. Also INCREDIBLY rare these days. Play it if you like shooters. Gameplay. N N
(GER)
150px Elemental Gearbolt Rail Shooter A Namco GunCon game with a dreamlike steampunk setting and some RPG elements, such as upgrading your weapons via your end-level score. Rare, but JP copies sell for less and have English menus. The GunCon is optional. Gameplay. N N
(GER)
150px Eternal Eyes SRPG A tactics game in which you use gems collected during battle to bring life into soulless dolls which transform into monsters and fight alongside you. It's an enjoyable game, and upgrading your monsters to change into a more powerful form is always a blast. Gameplay. N N
(GER)
150px Fatal Fury Real Bout Special: Dominated Mind Fighting Port of Real Bout Fatal Fury Special (2nd installment of the Real Bout series) which adds new characters, Alfred who would later appear as a hidden challenge only character in Real Bout 2 and an Alex from Orange Clockwork lookalike who only appears in this game, differentiates from older Fatal Fury games for having only 3 attack buttons, low, mid, strong and a plane switching button, along with quasi magic series for combos, with beautiful sprite art and catchy music, a definite must try for any SNK game fan. N N
150px Final Fantasy VII JRPG

A massively successful game that popularized JRPGs and launched SquareSoft to stardom overseas. Final Fantasy VII was a hit because of its state-of-the-art graphics and FMV scenes, great soundtrack, exciting fantasy-steampunk setting and story, which featured massive corporations draining the planet of its life force. Its cast and important scenes are ingrained in JRPG fans' memory. It has aged quite decently, and while not the be-all end-all of its genre, it's still a really good game.

Trailer.

Y
($9.99)
Y
(GER)
€9.99
150px Final Fantasy VIII JRPG

SquareSoft was under a lot of pressure to follow up FFVII, (see here. ) and what resulted was a strange game with a grandiloquent central romance, crazy (and beautiful) sci-fantasy settings, and a Draw system that still has the fandom split. It seems like Square tried to one-up FFVII in every way and came up with a game that is very inconsistent, but interesting. Has its diehard fans and haters. Worth at least a try for series fans. Gameplay aside, the music is some of the best in the entire FF series. Uematsu delivers some amazing piano work , waltz and the always amazing boss battle theme that get's your heart pumpin' .

Trailer.

Still not enough? Watch this and decide for yourself.

Y

($9.99)

Y
(GER)
€9.99
150px Final Fantasy IX JRPG With the changing aesthetics and themes of FFVII and VIII, this game was a return to the lighthearted fantasy of the NES/SNES titles, with more cartoony characters and lots of callbacks to FFI-VI. A solid game with a shiny coat of nostalgia. Trailer. Gameplay. Y
($9.99)
Y
(GER)
€9.99
150px Final Fantasy Anthology JRPG A collection of Final Fantasy V and VI with some new features and cutscenes. Was the first time V released in the USA with an authentic translation. Has some sucky load times for battles. FF V Gameplay.FF VI Gameplay.

Y
(FFV)
$9.99

Y
(FFVI)
$9.99

N
(GER)
150px Final Fantasy Chronicles JRPG A collection of Final Fantasy IV and Chrono Trigger with new features and cutscenes. Get ready for shitty, 15-second battle loading-times in CT. The DS version of CT is this one with instant loading and some new features, so that's the recommended choice if you'll be playing CT. However, this is the purest release of FFIV, in that it most resembles the Japanese SFC original. The GBA and DS ports add new features, though. Trailer.

N
(FFIV)

Y
(CT)
$9.99

N
(GER)
150px Final Fantasy Origins JRPG Collects Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy II on the PlayStation, with improved graphics and some extra content. The GBA port was a more complete remake; same with the PSP, although those were sold separately. Still a decent collection. FF I Gameplay. FF II Gameplay. Y
($9.99)
N
(GER)
150px Final Fantasy Tactics SRPG A grid-based SRPG set in Ivalice and penned by Yasumi Matsuno. The job system is addictive and fun, but somewhat nullified by the broken characters you recruit later on. The story revolves around political unrest and clashing ideologies, but later devolves into DEMONS! fare. It is still an engrossing SRPG. FFVII's Cloud is recruitable. The translation's quality is famously sketchy. Ported to PSP (FFT: War of the Lions) with a re-translated script and a couple new jobs and characters. Trailer. Y
($9.99)
N
(GER)
150px Frogger Platformer Fun as hell but can be agonizingly difficult. The game is designed as a 3D successor to the arcade original. Probably the only good Frogger game since the arcade original. Unfortunately, there's lots of lag when you play it on console, so if you pick up the disc, using an emulator is highly recommended. N

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150px Front Mission 3 SRPG A long, winding story about war and politics, the Front Mission series is similar to Final Fantasy Tactics in battle mechanics, but faster and futuristic. Each Wanzer (mecha) can be customized. Includes two full storylines. Trailer. No previous knowledge about the first and second games is required to enjoy this one (Except for minor references). Also, beware: FM3 is infamous for having a number of issues when emulated (especially with ePSXe), which aren't immediately identifiable, but WILL prevent you from finishing the game later on (The most common is that, during one of the last missions, the game will hang on the loading screen no matter how many times you load your save file, making it completely impossible to progress). Y
($5.99)
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150px Future Cop L.A.P.D. TPS Action-packed third-person shooter. Great two-player modes including co-op. An absolute must-play. Built from the corpse of the cancelled game Future Strike. Gameplay. N Y
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€4.99
150px G-Darius Shoot 'em Up

The absoulte pinnacle of the Darius series. The capture mechanic from Darius Gaiden is back and better than ever; rather than just picking off the orbs from midbosses, you now store them in reserve and can use them on just about every basic enemy. Once they start to wear out their welcome you can either detonate them like a traditional smart bomb or charge them up into a fuck huge laser beam that grows even BIGGER on contact with other laser beams!

(Taito Legends 2 port is the way to go with this, however that lacks boss rush, so this version is still a viable choice.) Gameplay.

N N
150px Galerians Survival Horror Lengthy, cinematic title about a psychic boy up against a race of genetically-enhanced übermensch, the Galerians. Strongly encourages anal-retentive micro-management and enemy evasion. Very Japanese in looks and story. Sequel (Galerians: ASH) on PS2. Gameplay. N N
150px Gekido Action
Beat 'em Up
A beat 'em up with a lot of playable characters in the style of Power Stone, can be played by 2 to 4 players, it's a full 3D game and looks very nice despite being on the PS1, story mode on the game is also well done, you also have paths to choose that lead to new unlockable characters and so, great game to play with bro's. Has a GBA spin-off story that's more of a straightforward 2D beat 'em up. Gameplay. N N
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150px Ghost in the Shell Action Third-person action game, you control a Fuchikoma Tank that can even walk on walls, the cutscenes don't fuck around with the gameplay (you can just skip them if they annoy you) and it varies from explore/kill to meeting requirements as kill X targets in X time, or rail shooting missions. Gameplay. N N
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150px Gradius Gaiden Shoot 'em Up Arguably the best Gradius title ever. Choose from four different ships in single player or 2-player co-op as you traverse various unique locales with a pumping upbeat soundtrack. This is included in Gradius Collection for PSP (along with the arcade versions of Gradius I-IV). Gameplay. N N
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150px The Granstream Saga Action-RPG Spiritual successor to the SNES Heaven and Earth Trilogy (Soul Blazer, Illusion of Gaia/Time, and Terranigma). A story about a young man trying to prevent his floating world from falling apart. Ugly character models aside, there are frequent anime scenes, the plot is solid and battles are on-the-spot, one-on-one action affairs. An amazing JRPG that no-one played. Gameplay. N N
150px Gran Turismo Racing The start of one of the best racing series for Sony. Realistic drivan ahoy.

Important note: if you have any respect for your ears, be sure to get the Japanese version. It has a sweet ass jazz fusion original soundtrack by Masahiro Andoh and Isamu Ohira, replaced with licensed alt-rock dreck in the west. I mean, compare this to this... what the fuck were they thinking?!

Trailer

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150px Gran Turismo 2 Racing See Gran Turismo with some improvements and whatnot. Again, get the Japanese version for the good soundtrack. Gameplay. N N
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150px Grandia JRPG A rag-tag, colorful cast goes on an adventure to see what lies beyond the literal End of the World. Grandia starts off with episodic, character-centric story arcs, then settles into a larger-scale plot with the usual trappings. Consists of sprites in 3D environments, which gives it a nostalgic flair. Its excellent combat system combines active-time battles with turn-based strategy and is one of the main draws. Beyond the sweet exterior, it's about the end of childhood, and has its share of touching moments, grating voice acting be damned. If you like cartoony, happy-go-lucky JRPGs, this is your Holy Grail. (Check out LUNAR as well.) Great sequel on DC/PC/PS2. Trailer. Y
($9.99)
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150px Guilty Gear 2D Fighting First installment of the series. Has an amazing soundtrack on par with the sequels, air dashes, overdrives and instant kills featured as well like in the successors. Gameplay. N Y
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€4.99
150px Gundam Battle Assault 2 2D Fighting If you're a Gundam fan (or a mecha fan in general,) I strongly recommend this. Other people however might find the gameplay really slow and clunky (you are fighting in 17+ meter tall mechs after all), it is also VERY unbalanced and there are only 6 stages. Graphics are surprisingly good.

PROTIPS: Real men play as Ball, Pick Dark (Devil) Gundam to auto-win every fight {C}Also: If you're curious about GBA1, it is laughably bad. But if you REALLY want to try it, just download it (it's only 15mb). Just stay the hell away from GBA 3 on the PS2, it's even worse. Gameplay.

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150px Gunner's Heaven (J) / Rapid Reload (EU) Run 'n Gun A spiritual predecessor to Wild ARMs, with the same Japanified/steampunk Wild West setting. In terms of gameplay it is an affectionate rip-off of Treasure's Gunstar Heroes, but lacks multi-player. Still a fun solo experience, though. Damn near impossible as the girl. Gameplay. N N
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150px Harmful Park Shoot 'em Up A short, JP-only shoot 'em up with adjustable difficulty levels. You have four food-based weapons (you can throw pies!) which level up separately, and each level is more colorful and ridiculous than the last. Similar to Konami's Parodius. Gameplay. n/a N
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150px Heart of Darkness Platform 2D platformer by Eric Chahi (Another/Out of This World) where a kid and his dog explore an alien planet. Fifty-something different ways to die, all of them a treat to watch. Less serious than Another World, although the story has a twist. Gorgeous sprite work. Very tough and sometimes downright cheap. DEATHS!!! N N
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150px Hercules 2D Platformer A fun platformer based on the Disney animated film. Features good looking 2D & 3D graphics that fit in well with the artstyle of the movie. Herc has access to a lot of special abilities, including a nifty Zeus-style channeled lightning attack. Gameplay. Dat disturbing Hercules voice (grunts, grunts everywhere). Y ($5.99) Y
150px Herc's Adventures Run n' Gun/Beat 'Em Up A humorous and irreverent LucasArts successor to Zombies Ate My Neighbors, with a similar overhead perspective and maze-like levels. Play as Herc, Jason or Atalanta, each with different strengths and weaknesses. You can find various weapons and upgrades for your characters as well. It's also kind of long for the genre. Gameplay. N N
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150px Hermie Hopperhead: Scrap Panic Platform A fun platformer in which you collect multicolored eggs which follow you around and help you throughout the game while collecting stars to upgrade your eggs and allow them to hatch and grow into their respective species. Gameplay. N N
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150px Hogs of War Strategy Hogs of War is sort of like Worms, albeit in 3D. It is a pretty funny game. The pigs all have silly names and voices. You can play as pigs from an assortment of different nations. Over the course of the game, you can also customize how you would like to improve your squadron of swine. Sequel on Wii sometime... whenever it's done. Gameplay. Y N
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150px Hokuto no Ken: Seikimatsu Kyūseishu Densetsu Action A 3D action game released by Bandai which adapts the storyline of the manga from the beginning to Kenshiro's final battle with Raoh. The game features most of the same voice actors from the TV series reprising their roles. Trailer. n/a N
150px Hotwheels Turbo Racing Racing/Stunts Fun racan and stuntan. Gameplay.

Also on the N64.

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150px Intelligent Qube Puzzle
Action
Capture the cubes advancing towards you without being crushed or falling off the stage. Makes you feel great (PEEEEEERFECT!) until you get to the real challenges and want to die. Also has a great soundtrack. Gameplay. N N
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150px Jojo's Bizarre Adventure 2D Fighting Made by Capcom, quite possibly the best manga-based fightan of all time. Based on the Stardust Crusaders arc from the manga and features interesting fighting mechanics. Extremely combo heavy. A better version is available on Dreamcast. WRYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!! N N
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150px Jersey Devil Platform Fuckwin 3D platformer made by some French Québécois company. Collect letters to spell out KNARF to get to the next level. Also basketball. If you like this, consider trying its spiritual successor from the same company: Bugs Bunny: Lost in Time. Gameplay. N N
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150px Jikkyou Oshaberi Parodius ~forever with me~ Platform A fresh helping of shmup parody only for the consoles! This may very well be the best of the Parodius titles with stages based on other Konami games (FUCK YEAH Lethal Enforcers stage with KITTY TRAIN Boss!) and a hundred hidden fairies to collect. WARNING: You might want to turn off the annoying voiceover guy and the menu is a moonspeak. An updated port of the original Super Famicom release. Also available for the Sega Saturn and in Parodius Portable on PSP with some changed music. Gameplay. N N
150px Jumping Flash Platform First-person platformer where you play a robotic rabbit jumping on shit. Crazy. Gameplay. Y

($5.99)

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150px Jumping Flash 2 Platform Much like the first game. Crazier. Gameplay. Y

($5.99)

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150px Kartia: The Word of Fate SRPG An obscure SRPG with character designs by Final Fantasy's Yoshitaka Amano. Entirely linear, you play through two separate stories with different protagonists which eventually intertwine. Summoning and upgrading your troops all revolves around Kartia, magical cards. Very tense and melodramatic plot. Gameplay. N N
150px Kagero: Deception II Puzzle
RPG
The unique Deception series revolves around setting up deadly traps in your castle to kill uninvited guests in the most points-racking way possible. This time traps can interact with each other for combos, and there are multiple endings. Gameplay. N N
150px Kaisoku Tenshi: High Tension Comical Action Game The Rapid Angel Beat-'em-up Three girls who work for a mysterious delivery service fight their way through bizarre enemies with distinct fighting styles. (You can unlock two additional characters.) A JP-only budget game now on PSN's PSOne Imports section. Presentation has a doujin game charm. Voice-acted scenes with branching paths and endings, though these remain in Japanese. Pretty easy. And fun! Gameplay. Y N
150px King of Fighters 98, The Fighting 5th Installment of the series and regarded as the best, has a huge cast of fighters from all different SNK games such as Art of Fighting, Fatal Fury among others like Ikari Warriors, Psycho Soldiers and such, with beautiful graphics that haven't dated much, arranged music and a gallery mode, the game is Japan only but the menus are fully in english, the game has no story mode since it's a "dream match", KoF 98 takes the Advanced and Extra gauges from KoF 97 and is far more balanced, a definitely must try if you're a fighting game enthusiast. Y Y
150px King of Fighters 99, The Fighting 6th Installment of the series and released in US as well on PS1, KoF 99 has a darker mood/ambiance than 98 and has a full fledged story mode per team, the coloring is quite nice as it resembles somewhat in Garou MoTW on those tones, the gameplay remained a bit untouched with the exception of changed rolling system into a hop system or a mix of the old dodge move with the addition that it moves forward this time, has max modes that let you perform specials at any given time or armor mode that provides you a quasi-super armor like Hulk has in MSH-MSHvsSF-MvC,etc., Kyo(The original) and Iori are hidden from the start and must be unlocked though. N N
150px King's Field

Action

Dungeon Crawler

Actually King's Field II in Japan, the first game was never localized (but has been fan-translated). King's Field is the grandaddy of Demon's/Dark Souls, and has the same claustrophobic, dreadful atmosphere and sadistic difficulty. You are dropped on a cursed island with no backstory and have complete freedom to progress, which is made by finding keys, secret doors and new weaponry. The aged graphics and rudimentary, first-person interface haven't dampered its charms, but it's not for everyone. Gameplay.
150px Klonoa: Door to Phantomile Platform Bright and colorful Japanese platformer in 2.5D where the main mechanic consists of using enemies as inflatable stepping stones to surpass obstacles. Fair length and difficulty, with a couple post-game extras. The series is noted for jarring plot twists in an otherwise whimsical setting. It was ported to the Wii with glossier graphics. The sequel (Lunatea's Veil) is on PS2; there are some GBA spin-offs. Gameplay. Y
($5.99)
N
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150px Koudelka JRPG A XIX century story with Gothic stylings, where the party must plunder a monster-infested castle to prevent a forbidden ritual. Prequel to the Shadow Hearts series. Combat is original, but unrefined. Has a very distinct atmosphere and style. Gameplay. N N
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150px Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen Action/Adventure Started the venerable series; here you play as the titular anti-hero, a snobbish noble turned into a vampire and charged with saving Nosgoth from total ruin. Snicker-worthy voice acting awaits you. A great and polished game with awful load times. Gameplay. Y
($5.99)
N
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150px Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver Action The next chapter in the Legacy of Kain saga. This time you play as Raziel, one of Kain's followers who is betrayed by his master. It's also in full 3D now. As usual, great storyline and voice acting. Much more adventure than action-oriented compared to Blood Omen or Defiance (you can almost feel that battles in game are put just for have some fun with Reaver). Also on Dreamcast with better graphics and such. Gameplay. Y
($5.99)
N
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150px Legend of Legaia JRPG The world has been covered in evil mist, and it's up to you to go from town to town figuring out ways to push it back and ultimately, destroy the Mist Generators in each region. A beautiful 3D RPG with lots of great extras, and a wonderful fighter-like combat system, which allows each playable character to perform several special moves right from the moment you recruit them (Think Sabin from FF6, but without knowing the commands right off the bat). As you level up, the amount of moves you can perform per turn increases and more powerful\complex combos can be executed. Also features a "Magic" system that involves copying the abilities of regular critters and using them in your favor. Definitely give it a shot. Sequel on the PS2, but that one doesn't really live up to the original. Gameplay. N N
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150px Legend of Mana JRPG Atmosphere: the Game. Another way of describing it is Side Quests the game, almost all quests feel like side quests, but actually contribute to the main story while usually leading you to the ending, all without you knowing it. The harder modes are absolutely beyond brutal. Gameplay. Y
($5.99)
N
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150px Lemmings Strategy It's fucking Lemmings, if I have to say more you need to get off your ass and play Lemmings. Not as good as the PC version(s) but still worth a play. Gameplay. N N
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150px LEGO Racers Racing Build and race shit. PC version is better. Gameplay. N N
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150px Lomax Platform It's a Lemmings platformer. 'Nuff said. Plays like Donkey Kong Country, it looks good and you can free the Lemmings to take on their abilities to traverse the platform world. Also avilable on PC if you're handy with the DOS box. Gameplay. N N
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150px LSD: Dream Emulator Action
Exploration
First-person game based on the designer's dreams where you explore a surreal world. Sessions last for up to ten minutes and touching anything in the gameworld warps you to a different location. The number of days you play are recorded and the world's textures change with time while the acid techno soundtrack adapts to changes in your "dream." Chunky PS1 polygons and constant, grating footstep sounds may turn some away. There are no objectives or explanations. JP-only. Also on JP PSN. Gameplay. N N
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150px Lucifer Ring Beat 'em Up Not many have heard of this game mainly due to the fact that it was only released in Japan. It's a fun Beat 'em Up game with a variety of enemies to hack your way through, with well spaced out power ups for your sword. Gameplay. N N
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150px LUNAR: The Silver Star Story Complete JRPG Enhanced remake of the SEGA CD original (which plays a bit differently and has some notable story differences), LUNAR is a classic JRPG love story. Combat is fluid and without transitions; Bosses level up with you, so you'll have to use your wits over grindan. PSP remix looks nicer with more vibrant sprites and animations, and even added some extras, but it's really easy compared to this. Was also semi-ported/semi-remixed as Lunar Legend for GBA, but that one's kinda weak and stupidly easy. Gameplay. N N
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150px LUNAR 2: Eternal Blue Complete JRPG Direct continuation of the previous game, this is also an enhanced port of the SEGA CD original, though this time it's closer to the source material. If you liked LUNAR, play LUNAR 2. It's really that simple. (And play Grandia later, which is like a spiritual cousin, but a bit more fast-paced.) Gameplay. N N
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150px Macross:VF-X2 Flight Combat
Arcade
HOLY FUCKING SHIT DAT SOUNDTRACK! But seriously, this sequel to Macross Digital Mission VF-X is an excellent game, fly around and shoot things out of the sky and on the ground. Your craft has 3 modes, each suited for different situations. Dialogue is in moonspeak, but it doesn't interfere with the gameplay. FUNFACT: Although the game is Jap only, the demo was released in the US in the July 1999 issue of Official Playstation Magazine Gameplay. N N
150px Martian Gothic: Unification Survival Horror A sci-fi horror story that plays very much like Resident Evil. You play as three different characters who must never run into each other, or "unification" occurs. Enemies cannot be permanently killed and puzzles can get tough. Won't run on emulators. The PC port is tougher. Gameplay. N N
150px Marvel vs. Capcom 2D Fighting The title is pretty self-explantory, but just in case: Choose two characters (from either side) then duke it out with others. Switch at will, and if you're hyper combo meter's max'd you can simultaneously rip the enemy apart! Unlike the sequel, this has leitmotifs for each character, which really pump up the action.Gameplay. N N
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150px Marvel Super Heroes 2D Fighting Port of the arcade version. Classic Capcom fightan. You know the deal, magic series combos, super jumps, and gem usage that boosts your characters attributes depending on each gem. Pretty fun with a buddy like always but there's always a better fighter out there. Gameplay. N N
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150px Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter 2D Fighting Just like above but with new characters. A.K.A. - Street Fighter characters. On the Saturn in Japan, the only downside being that you can't tag partners in normal mode, but there's a special mode that lets you tag them in, the bad part, the opponent gets to pick one of your characters as well. Gameplay. N N
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150px MDK TPS Made by the same people behind Earthworm Jim. Fun game with a quirky sense of humor. PC version is superior, but good luck getting that to run properly on Vista/Win 7 (it's available on Steam for $5 along with MDK2) Very common around flea markets if thats your thing. Gameplay. N N
150px MediEvil Action 3D action platformer where you play as a skeleton, it's really good, the art style is nice too. Perfect Halloween game. Check out the sequel too, both are awesome games. Gameplay. Y
($5.99)
Y
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€4.99
150px MediEvil 2 Action Sequel to the first, picks up with Dan and a new female ally fighing evil and shit again. Don't question it. It's got MOTHERFUCKING SIR DAN. Gameplay. N Y
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4.99
150px Mega Man Legends Action/Adventure Alternate-universe game where Mega Man and Roll hunt for treasure in a world inspired by Miyazaki's Castle in the Sky. Airships and colorful settings abound. Help out Kattelox island's residents on the surface and scour labyrinthine ruins underground packed with treasure and parts to build new weapons with. Lots of warmth and personality. Some clunky shooting. It's quite tough. Gameplay. N N
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150px Mega Man Legends 2 Action/Adventure Combat's been streamlined and the game is no longer restricted to a single island, although this does lead to some crappy underwater dungeons. Still an entirely worthwhile successor to a charming and unexpected game. Still tough, too. The cliffhanger at the end may never be solved. Gameplay. N N
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150px Mega Man 8 Platformer This MM entry ditches the Rush Adaptors of 6 and 7 in favor of customizable busters, new functions for Rush (such as a motorbike and search unit), and some new shmup-like Rush Jet sections. Has a shop function like older games, but beware, as Bolts come in limited number in this game. Horrendous Voice Acting. But dont let it stop you from buying this game. Also on the Saturn with some cool extras like extra Robot Masters. There's also a free PC fan-demake to make it play and feel just like the NES games. Gameplay. N N
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150px Mega Man X3 Platformer Remix of the SNES version. CD Quality music and gameplay with cool added movies as well. Also on Saturn. Both of these are PAL/NTSC only. But Mega Man X Collection on PS2/GC/Xbox's got you covered with this version in America for the first time ever. X's buddy Zero can be summoned to fight for a brief while in stages, but make sure he doesn't get killed, or he's lost forever. Keep him alive to exploit a neat end-game trick that has him give you his saber for a kick-ass charge shot finisher. Gameplay. N N
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150px Mega Man X4 Platformer Arguably one of the best MMX games. This also lets you play as Zero, who gets his own boss weapons in the form of techniques, but, doesn't get armor parts like X. X also gets the choice between two busters. One lets him fire a massive sparkshot, and another lets him charge up to 4 blasts to fire at will. Entering a code in this, X5, and X6 gives X an exclusive armor set that's a superior version of the set in this one with the sparkshot buster. And you still got Sailor Venus voicing Mega Man. N N
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150px Mega Man X5 Platformer This has you race against time (1 stage attempt, pass or fail, is 1 in-game hour passed, regardless your real-life time spent) to prevent world destruction. Saving reploids in stages grants you various rewards. 2 new armors for X: Falcon, weaker and faster and lets X fly for a bit, and Gaea, stronger and slower but lets X survive spikes and break certain objects. Depending on your chosen hero, the other will lose an ability: Choosing X loses Zero's buster. Choosing Zero loses X's Force Armor (an X-exclusive bonus, which makes the game almost too easy at times). Ultimate Armor and Black Zero can be unlocked by two different means, but it is advised that you avoid them on your first playthrough, since both are very, very broken. Arguably, the best MMX on the PSX. N N
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150px Mega Man X6 Platformer Picks up about 3 weeks after X5 where Earth is pretty much ruined. Plays alot like X5 with new aspects that alter level layouts. X has 2 new armors: Blade, which focuses on saber-slashing and has a cool air-dash, and Shadow, which is a modified Gaea made to be more agile (but can still survive spikes). You can unlock Zero later on. The hardest X game for some. Buying wise, this one is kinda rare, but all pre-X7 X games are on Megaman X collection for Gamecube/PS2. Very criticized and bashed, but still a lot better than MMX7 and, maybe, MMX8. N N
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150px Metal Gear Solid Stealth/TACTICAL ESPIONAGE Action Inaugurated modern stealth and the awfully deep, cinematic MGS series. Although it feels outdated, it's still playable today. Notorious for its lengthy cutscenes. The GCN port improved upon most things, though some fans dislike it for changing some aspects that were perfectly fine. There's also the Integral update released on PC, which adds a few things but lacks the controller gimmicks of Mantis. Y
($9.99)
Y
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€9.99
150px Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions Stealth
Action
Basically a Metal Gear training game with alot of missions that weren't in the first game. It's fun to play especially if you liked the whole VR Missions concept in the original and if you want more Metal Gear sneakan action. Contains 3 levels that let you play as the Gray Fox. N N
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150px Mizzurna Falls Action
Puzzle
You are a young man trying to figure out a string of grisly murders in your sleepy hometown over the course of three days. A predecessor to titles like Shenmue, the game's world lives and breathes; the townsfolk have paths and activities of their own and everything is lovingly detailed. Exploration is encouraged. JP-only. N N
150px

Monster Rancher 2

Monster Sim/RPG

A monster raising game with a fun battle system, Monster Rancher 2 improved upon every aspect of the original. You can create new monsters by inserting any CDs. If you play it on PS3, you can even use DVDs and Blu-Ray discs! Monster Rancher 4, on the PS2, is the definitive sequel to this, allowing you to raise multiple monsters at the same time, go in adventures with them and featuring some of the coolest designs in the series.

They missed out on the first game, so it's called 'Monster Rancher' in PAL regions.

N N
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150px MOON Remix RPG adventure RPG In 1997, Final Fantasy VII came out and took the gaming world by storm. The same year, a much less successful company released a much weirder game that never made it out of Japan. In MOON, a boy playing a generic 16-bit RPG is sucked into the gameworld, where he has become invisible and teeters on the edge of disappearing. The only way to solidify his own existence is to earn Love Points from the game's inhabitants, learning about their routines and problems, then finding a way to fix them. An RPG that runs on kindness and perseverance rather than stats and equipment, MOON's mellow color scheme, hand-drawn characters and eclectic, user-selected soundtrack will draw you in. The language barrier is a problem, but can be overcome with detailed guides (which do exist.) Gameplay. See also: UFO (PS), L.O.L. (DC).
150px Mortal Kombat Trilogy 2D Fighting Follow up to Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3. Features EVERYONE from the previous MK games (including old school versions of Raiden, Jax, Kano and Kung Lao). AI can be cheap sometimes even on easier modes. Also released on N64 and PC though the N64 version is really gimped. Recommend version 1.1 (Greatest Hits) because it fixes some gameplay and loading issues. No matter the revision, however, the game has freezing issues when played on the PS2 during the continue and ending screens. These bugs are also present on the PS3. NOTE: Don't ever pick Shang Tsung unless you like load times Y ?
150px Mortal Kombat 4 3D Fighting The sequel to MK3, now with 3D graphics. You'd probably be better off on PC, for this one, but this is acceptable because it has codes, if you're into that sort of thing. N N
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150px Motor Toon Grand Prix 2 Racing Sequel to the Japanese only "Motor Toon Grand Prix", kids racing game. Another Mario Kart knock off complete with power ups and a cartoon style of racing. Designed by Kazunori Yamauchi before he moved on to Gran Turismo. Y
$5.99
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150px Mr. Driller Puzzle Drill your way through coloured blocks without getting crushed or running out of air. Don't let the cute design fool you, this game is both quite difficult and quite addictive. Also has sequels on other systems. N N
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150px N2O: Nitrous Oxide Rail Shooter Tempest on an acid trip. Plummet through psychedelic insect-infested tubes collecting "E" coins, shrooms and other drug-related things. Features a soundtrack composed by The Crystal Method. Y
($5.99)
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150px Need For Speed III: Hot Pursuit Racing Third installment of the series, where you get to pick either being a Cop and chasing down racers or running out for sport in illegal races, pretty fun and graphics almost on par to the PC counterpart. Exceptionally addicting for its time. N N
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150px Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee Platformer
Puzzle
Set on an alien planet, you play as Abe, a slave, and your only power is to take control of your enemies. You can also interact with other slaves to lead them to safety (or to their death) using pre-set sentences like "follow me" and "stop" (and farting). Pretty hard game, but very well done and satisfying. Get ready to think. A lot. Also on PC. Y
($9.99)
Y
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€4.99
150px Oddworld 2: Abe's Exoddus Platformer
Puzzle
Like the first one, but longer and with a lot of new stuff. Must have if you liked the first one. Also on PC. Y
($9.99)
Y
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€4.99
150px Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen - Limited Edition SRPG An enhanced port of the SNES tactical classic, this is actually easier to find than the "non-limited" edition. Part of a long, incomplete fantasy saga. Great combat and story. Made by Quest, which would later develop Tactics Ogre and FFT. Also, in case you weren't paying attention, this is NOT a Tactics Ogre game, and the gameplay here is a lot closer to the N64 game than the isometric style seen on Let Us Cling Together or Knight of Lodis. N N
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150px Omega Boost Shooting You're a mecha, IN FUCKIN SPACE. Came out near the end of PS1's life, so the graphics are pretty good. No simmin or levelin here, just straight blastin. Controls may scream for a bit re-binding for some people. N N
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150px Pandemonium Platform

Dated but fun platformer. Play as one of two characters, a jester called Fargus, or a woman called Nikki. Ancient password system is used sadly instead of memory card saving. Games gets damn hard later on. Also available on a few other platforms including, Saturn, PC, Ngage, Iphone and PSN.

Has a cool soundtrack. Here's a link to download it! http://www.mediafire.com/?dak3fq25psq4ab6

150px Pandemonium 2 Platform A wonderful game. Really good and intuitive gameplay, very dynamic, cool bonuses, and very addictive. A really good game. N N
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150px Panzer Bandit Beat 'em Up A short beat 'em up with crisp sprite work and bright colors. Playable characters include a mech-riding loli and a cigar-smoking robot. It can get rather repetitive, but is very fun in short spurts. Japan-only, but that hardly matters here. N N
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150px Parappa the Rapper Rhythm One of the first rhythm games where you must press buttons with correct timing to succeed. A likeable cartoon aesthetic tells the story of a rapping pup trying to win over his crush. Only six stages, but timing becomes punishingly strict halfway through. Can still be beat in an afternoon. Very nineties. You can return to beaten stages and do some freestyling if you're good. Sequel on PS2; UmJammer Lammy (PS1) is a spin-off. N N
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150px Parasite Eve Action-RPG
Survival Horror
SquareSoft jumped on the Resident Evil bandwagon with an excellent survival RPG based on hit Japanese sci-fi/horror novel Parasite Eve. Has the fixed-view camera, item scarcity and exploration of Resident Evil, but tempered by heavy RPG features and very linear progression (and FMV scenes). Takes place over six days in Manhattan, and while the plot is ridiculous, the fun dialogue, Cronenberg-level body horror, active-time combat, detailed environments and great soundtrack sell it thoroughly. Short, with New Game+ content. Y
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150px Parasite Eve 2 Survival Horror
Action-RPG
Closer to the Resident Evil formula, with more static camera angles and big, grotesque boss fights. Continues the story directly and features some Aya fanservice as well as quite a bit of replay value, and is in general underrated.

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150px Persona 2: Innocent Sin JRPG Includes some mainline SMT elements like demon conversations. Some controversial elements, like Hitler as a boss and the option of a gay relationship, stopped it from being released overseas, but it's been fan-translated. A PSP remake is available with nice improvements. N N
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150px Persona 2: Eternal Punishment JRPG This one did come out in the US. It directly follows the story of Innocent Sin and plays almost exactly like it, spell cards and fusion spells included. However, it also introduces a full new cast. Play them in order, though! Y

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150px Pocket Fighter 2D Fighting Pretty fuckin neato game featuring large amounts of DAWWWWWWWWWWW. Solid like other Street Fighter games out there. Also on the Sega Saturn, but Nippon Onry. N

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150px Point Blank Shooting A great, and at the time the only, port of the crazy fun arcade shooting gallery from the 90s. Not only can you blast your way in arcade and vs mode - there's also an adventure mode that helps to flesh the game out a bit more than just being a quick gratutious arcade experience. Great fun. N N
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150px Policenauts Adventure A pre-MGS Kojima game that plays like a point-'n-click with some action segments. Somewhat of a pulp sci-fi drama, or more accurately Lethal Weapon In Space, it has been fan-translated by the Internet. N N
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150px Psychic Force 3D Fighting Despite the generic looking anime cover Psychic force is a really fun fighting game developed by Taito. You and your opponent float around a 3D arena beating the shit out of each other with psychic energy attacks and physical attacks. Really fun and dirt cheap.NOTE: There is a sequel on Playstation but it's just a slightly altered port of Psychic Force 2012 for Dreamcast. N N
150px R-Type Delta Shoot 'em Up R-Type in 3D! that sounds like it would be a pain in the ass to play, but Irem wisely sidestepped that issue by making terrain contact non-lethal. In addition to that, you now have Image Fight style speed control instead of having your movement being restricted to powerups. You can choose between 4 ships, (including the powerup carrier!) each including their own force devices and special abilities. One more important thing to note is the dose system, which allows force pods to absorb collisions with projectiles or enemies and turn them into bomb energy when you max out the gauge. N N
150px Raiden DX Shoot 'em Up The beastly remix of Raiden II with added level select and a deepened scoring system. Training is a 15-minute endurance course on three lives only, with Novice/Expert being several remodeled levels from Raiden II. Medals decay now which forces you to factor in travel time to maximize scoring. Multiple unlockables in the form of bonus stages, an in-game encyclopedia and new soundtracks. If you found the other Raiden titles off-putting, try this. It's fun as fuck with the toothpaste laser. N N
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150px Raiden Project Shoot 'em Up Badass Grandaddy of Shmups was released with a warning not to turn your TV on its side to get the 3:4 aspect ratio of the arcade version. Raiden DX, above, is a remix of Raiden II found in this. N N
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150px Rayman Platform Very nice 2D platformer, great art style. Port of the PC version. Has very unique worlds and excellent music. Y
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150px Rayman 2: The Great Escape Platform One of the best 3D platformers of its era, with art that looks like a Pixar film. Also on N64, PC (with better graphics and framerate), Dreamcast (better graphics, solid 60fps and downloadable content! The DC version is being slightly remixed on 3DS as Rayman 3D) and PS2 under Rayman Revolution. Y

($5.99)

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150px RayStorm Shoot 'em up Vertical shump with 3D graphics but played in typical 2D. Has a neat feature where you can lock onto background enemies and destroy them with lasers. Plays well and looks nice, but the screen can get cluttered with the explosion effects. Also available on the Saturn as Layer Section II in Japan. Has a prequel on the PS1 called RayCrisis that is also good but criminally short. N ?
150px Resident Evil Survival Horror Capcom's zombie-mansion adventure kicked off the "survival horror" craze with lots of puzzles, item scarcity, horror movie ambiance, fixed-view camera and tank controls, all of which became genre staples. You can play as Jill Valentine or Chris Redfield, whose paths differ considerably (Jill's is easier). The game's indoors setting generates a sense of building tension and makes resource management a must. The dialogue and voice acting are notoriously, hilariously bad. Get the Director's Cut (DualShock ver.), which has great extra features but comes with an absolutely terrible, immersion breaking remake of the original musical scores (Mansion basement). The GCN/Wii remake, also excellent, has new features, amazing graphics and a re-voiced script. Also on Saturn (nicer graphics), PC, and a weird, but interesting NDS port. Y
(DirCut DSVer.)
$9.99
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£7.99
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150px Resident Evil 2 Survival Horror Mostly follows the formula of the original, but now you must make your way through Racoon City as Leon or Claire; your actions in one scenario will affect the other. Again, look for the DualShock Ver., with has an easy mode and other extras. Has been ported to N64, PC, DC and GC. Best version regarding visuals, sound and extra content is the DC one. Y
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150px Resident Evil 3 : Nemesis Survival Horror Takes place at the same time as the previous game; this time you just play as Jill, who is stalked by titular mutant Nemesis, which adds tension. Introduces several series mainstay elements and the first incarnation of "The Mercenaries", as well as branching paths based on real-time decisions. Ported to PC and DC with minor extra content, and to GCN with none. Not as fondly remembered as RE2. Y
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150px Revelations: Persona JRPG Although it started off the now popular Persona series, it is extremely cumbersome and was horribly localized to the point where they omitted a huge plot arc. The PSP remake remedied these issues and generally smoothed things out (it's also on PSN). Some still play this one for the original soundtrack and goofy-as-fuck translation. N N
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150px Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure SRPG An early effort from NIS (Disgaea, Phantom Brave). A short, colorful and lighthearted SRPG about Cornet, a girl set on winning her Prince Charming's heart, rivals and witches be damned. Takes a lot from fantasy comedies like Slayers, and shoujo anime, and even has its own recurring gag villains. Cornet can magically command various puppets, who serve as her allies in combat. However, battles are incredibly easy all the way through and dungeons are very bland. It's worth it for the amazing musical numbers and fairy tale ambaince. Ported to NDS with some extra features, and bugs. Loosely related to La Pucelle. N N
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150px Ridge Racer Type 4 Racing Solid controls, Inhumanly awesome, funky music, and the story (if you care) is decent. Choose 4 racing teams and get to the top. Multiplayer is great.
Graphics were surprinsingly good for it's time, and the game has stood well against the test of time.
Drifting takes a little time to master, but once you get it down, you'll be unstoppable. Shitloads of cars with almost laughably idiotic (but fun as fuck) designs waiting to get in story mode.
Also, Reiko Nagase.

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150px Rising Zan: The Samurai Gunman Action Fight demonic ninjas, robots, and other weird Japanese-made shit in a Wild West setting as a gun-shootin' cowboy-swordmaster in this fun action game. KATANA FIGHTAN, GUNSLINGAN, and BLOWAN SHIT UP. Also, cowboy hostages in undies, sexy meter, and one catchy intro N N
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150px Rival Schools: United by Fate 3D Fighting Prequel to the DC game Project Justice (Justice Gakuen) tag-team fighter where characters are hot-blooded teenagers fighting for justice, using styles based on sports. Voice-acted story mode and multiple endings. Fighting is tight and feels more 2D than 3D. Excellent setting and cast. Graphics are looking long in the tooth. Had a JP-only update with a school life sim mode and character creation, also extra characters like Daigo and the hot blooded PE teacher Hayato. Don't expect to see it on PSN due to legal tangles. N N
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150px Romance of the Three Kingdoms VI Strategy Romance of the Three Kingdoms 6 is a strategy game by Koei. You control a warlord. Your goal is to conquer China during the Three Kingdoms era. There is a lot of strategy at play here. You will have to manage diplomacy, warfare, personnel recruitment, and many other things in your bid for supremacy. N N
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150px Saga Frontier JRPG Guide one of seven people through seven different quests and countless worlds in a quest...well, to do a lot of things, really. Highly customizable characters and a fast-paced battle system; suffers from high difficulty and the developers running out of time/money at the end. If you like this, consider playing Romancing SaGa for PS2 and Romancing SaGa 3 with a translation patch for SNES. N N
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150px Saiyuki Strategy Based on the nineties anime Saiyuki, which is in turn based on the classic Chinese epic Journey to the West. You play as the human priest/ess (you can pick) Sanzo, who travels along with his/her motley crew of were-buddies. Similar to FFT in presentation and combat, though the learning curve is very uneven. The Auto-battle is awesome though, and makes any grinding you need to do (if any) a breeze. Give it a try and you might be surprised.

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150px Samurai Shodown IV Fighting The fourth installment of the series, Samurai Shodown 4 incorporates new elements like quick dial a combo after an attack that all the characters have, heavily based on pokes and zoning most of the times with enough variation to make this game stand for its own, also with beautiful graphics and a full fledged story mode that has a time limit. Recommended for people just getting to know the game, characters have suicide moves just for fun, can lose their weapons and fight barehanded and all the characters have extra modes selectable right off the bat, Japan only though but you don't need it since it's a fighting game. N N
150px Sentinel Returns Puzzle If you understand what the fuck is going on, then all power to you. This thing is simple, yet incredibly fun, and there are over six hundred levels. You enter an alien landscape, and from the eyes of a stationary robot "host", you absorb trees [the local form of energy] and build a linear tower of boulders until you can see eye-to-eye with the titular Sentinel. This succeeds the Atari game "The Sentinel", and features a vast improvement in graphics. Perhaps the most outstanding point in this game is its incredible, thick-as-molasses atmosphere, to which the score, composed by none other than famed director John Carpenter, contributes in no small way. An excellent way to pass long hours when you're too jittery to read Lovecraft but you want something with the same vibe. N N
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150px Silent Bomber Action Run around and blow shit up. A REALLY fun game with plenty of explosions, enemys, bosses and a pretty entertaining storyline. Works like shit on emulators, though. N N
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150px Silhouette Mirage Run 'n Gun The Edo Computer has gone berserk, and it's up to you to set things right. Clever polarity-platformin' game made by Treasure that got a fucked-up difficulty curve when localized by Working Designs. Expect hours of money grinding unless you play the Japanese version. Port of the Sega Saturn version with a few less detailed backgrounds and longer loading times, but still plays fine. When you're done, throw it in your CD player (you do know what that is, right?) and listen to that CD Audio soundtrack. N N
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150px Silent Hill Survival Horror Harry Mason is looking for his daughter after losing consciousness in a car crash. Things only go downhill. Less focused on inventory management than Resident Evil, with challenging but less obtuse puzzles and heavy atmosphere that conveys a sense of deep dread. Graphics look dated, to say nothing of voice-acting. Multiple endings and New Game+ extras. Great horror. Series continues on PS2. Y

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150px Skullmonkeys Platform Sequel to cult classic The Neverhood, a clay animation adventure for the PC. This is a platformer, and you won't need to know anything about the first game in terms of plot. Looks completely fantastic and the soundtrack is unforgettable. One of the most visually polished and off-beat platformer titles on the system. N N
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150px Sōkyūgurentai
(Terra Diver)
Shooter It's the future, and Earth's space mining colonies are at war. A truly epic vertical shmup, feels like a mix of RayForce and Radiant Silvergun. Also on the Saturn and arcades. Japan-only.
150px Soul Blade 3D Fighting Prequel to Soul Calibur, using many rougher, but similar elements and fighting. Not as good as the sequel, but damn fine nonetheless. N N
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150px Speed Freaks Racing Another go-karter similar to CTR but with original characters and stages. Art style is a strange mix of Rayman and human, and the character's are quite entertaining to watch. Sports pretty wide, sleek stages with aeroplanes, ferris wheels and all sorts of shit and some loose but very fun gameplay. Called 'Speed Punks' outside Europe. N N
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150px Spider-Man Action Great Spidey game based on the comic-books. Fun spidey gameplay with web-slinging, climbing, and brawling. Everyone is written in character and the game has great Voice-Acting. Also, Stan Lee's the narrator. How cool is that? Pick up the sequel as well. Tons of hidden unlockables and collectables to find. EXCELSIOR! N N
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150px Spyro Platform Go up against the evil Gnasty Gnorc. Awesome platformer by Insomniac. Lots of stuff to collect. Probably the best out of all of them. Y
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150px Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage! Platform Better than the first. Seriously. A pretty chill soundtrack to go along with some fun and quirky puzzles and challenges. Sadly, there are some "RAEGRAEGRAEG"-inducing characters like the Egg Bandit and that fucking greedy ass bear. Y
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150px Spyro 3: Year of the Dragon Platform Better than the second. Awesome minigames and a cool bonus stage. Last good one, sequels appeared on all consoles and sucked. It's a shame really.

PROTIP: Get the Greatest Hits version. The normal version has some game-breaking bugs and lacks some music.

Y
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150px Star Ocean: The Second Story JRPG Sci-fi/fantasy RPG with an action-based, three dimensional battle system. Highly customizable skill system, massive item creation system, and so bad it's hilarious voice acti- CRAWD HAS ADVANCED FORWARD. Also remixed on PSP as Star Ocean: Second Evolution, which has a buttload of CGs, and is fully voiced with slightly better voi-- PEAR INTO PEACHES N N
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150px Star Gladiator 3D Fighting Capcom's less-than-successful foray into 3D fighting, with a setting that parodies Star Wars; lightsabers, Darth Vader stand-ins, the works. Not a technically proficient fighter, although a fun diversion with off-beat characters. Sequel on DC. N N
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150px Star Trek Invasion Shooter Pretty great shooter (with the emphasis on the pretty part) which I've been told plays like Colony Wars. You don't have to like Star Trek to enjoy it but if you do you'll like the references and cameo voice work. If you like flying close enough to the hull of a borg cube (and inside it!) to scrap the paint off or fighting near black holes then you'll like this game. N N
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150px Street Fighter Alpha Warriors Dreams 2D Fighting Pretty good start into street fighter's origins. Not as many characters as alpha 3, but still a good game otherwise.

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150px Street Fighter Alpha 2 2D Fighting Awesome entry in the Street Fighter series. Even if you have Alpha 3, this one is still worth a play because of it's style and gameplay. Gold edition has more features and such.

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150px Street Fighter Alpha 3 2D Fighting One of many people's all time favorite fighting games. Great battle systems, as well as a varied roster make this another great entry in the Street Fighter resume. Someone of your breeding could never defeat Karin Kanzuki. Has extra characters compared to the Arcade version like Guile and a lot of extra modes. Ported to GBA with surprisingly good results and PSP for more visibility and a new fighter, Ingrid from cap fighting evolution + copy-paste Yun, Eagle and Maki from Capcom Vs SNK2. Y

($5.99)

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150px Street Fighter Collection 2D Fighting Collection of some fucking great fighting games. Composed of 2 discs, disc one has Super Street Fighter 2 and Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo, disc 2 contains Street Fighter Alpha 2 Gold, which is a rebalanced version or definite version of Alpha 2, the only bothersome thing is the loading between matches that could be done with in the SSF2 and SSF2T versions, but they're great ports though. N

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150px Street Fighter EX Plus Alpha 3D Fighting

Before SFIV, there was this. Considered the black sheep of street fighter due to it having a different team under its belt, Arika. Along with the not welcome at the time 3d gameplay. All in all, a good game like most Street Fighters, has extra characters compared to the arcade counterpart like Sakura. Suprisingly has one of the greatest game soundtracks of all time that nobody listened too. No I am serious go fucking youtube it.

150px Strider 2 Action Take the concepts of the first Strider, make Hiryu all-around better, and make the level design cooler. That's Strider 2 in a nutshell, and damn is it good. No relation to those other Strider "sequels". Only real problem is, is that the difficulty level in this game is inconsistent but everything is bad ass and you won't care. The game has two discs with Strider and Strider 2, but they're labeled backwards (the Strider 2 game is labeled Strider and vice versa). Strider 2 gameplay. N N
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150px Suikoden JRPG A general's son turns against the empire that raised him to lead the opressed. 108 recruitable characters, six-person combat with quick battles and very little grinding. Customizable magic system. Your HQ gains new features and mini-games as you add new recruits; you'll need all of them for the true ending. Solid plot. Fairly short for a JRPG. All the games have indirect plot ties. Great character and world design. Pro tip: Level up Pahn. Y

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150px Suikoden 2 JRPG The sequel to Suikoden. Play as a solider who ends up leading an entire army against his old allies. Criminally under-rated; is one of the best RPGs on the system. Is considered by most to be the best in the series, and has one of the greatest villains of video gaming, the legendary Luca Blight. Expect to pay through the nose if you want a physical copy. This game had a visual novel continuation called Suikogaiden for PS1 in Japan only. In 2013 it was fan-translated. You can get the Suikogaiden translation here N N
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150px Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo 2D PAZURU FAITING Basically the cast of Street Fighter ditches the Fightan element for colorful puzzles and shit. Ported to PS3/360 as an HD Remix. N

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150px Syphon Filter Action / Stealth Often called a Metal Gear Solid wannabe for a number of plot similarities (including a knock-off of the FOXDIE retrovirus), Syphon Filter as a series is a lot more straightforward and action-oriented than the stealthy MGS, despite billing itself as stealthy. The plot is not nearly as melodramatic or well written as MGS, and instead is more in the vein of your usual spy thriller. All three games are very similar and continue where the last one left off in terms of plot, so what goes for this one goes for the other two as well. They are a worthwhile action-shooting trilogy and they're all up on PSN. Also had some games on PSP you may like (in fact, series bloomed on PSP, each of them is considered to be some of the best PSP games out there). Y
($5.99)
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€4.99
150px Syphon Filter 2 Action / Stealth Same as the above. Y

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150px Tactics Ogre SRPG This is actually a sequel to Ogre Battle 64 and the later GBA prequel, Knight of Lodis. Plays like Final Fantasy Tactics (which is unsurprising since they were made by many of the same people), but more challenging with balanced strategy (Although there are some exploits that might make the game too easy later on, and they aren't exactly hard to notice). Release date confusion had this called an FFT ripoff, which is ironically not the case. Do not overlook this game if you are a fan of the Ogre series or SRPGs in general. PSP remix adds pretty graphics made by the original team, and is a little more fleshed out in battles, along with a different translation. Hell, some say that version is so good it might as well be a remake. Features multiple endings\routes and a hidden level that is actually harder than the plot battles like the "Deep Dungeon" on FFT. N ?
150px Tail Concerto

Action

Platforming

A mech-riding police-dog keeps the peace in a world of floating islands by catching rogue pirate kittens. The setting, plot and cast make it very reminiscent of Mega Man Legends, with added furry appeal. Short, with control and camera issues that make some platforming and boss fights very aggravating. Solatorobo (NDS) is a spiritual sequel by the same team. N ?
150px Tail of the Sun Open world / Action / Exploration

Open world game in which you play prehistoric man. Your only goals are to keep your village fed, keep your lineage going, and kill enough mammoths to build a tower of their tusks that reaches the "tail of the sun". Leveling up different parts of your body by eating stuff will provide different endings depending on what you leveled up. Level up by exploring and advancing your culture.

It's like Minecraft in that you make your own fun, and a lack of an imagination is a surefire way to make this no fun.

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150px Tales of Destiny Action-RPG The second game to be released in the Tales series. Builds up on many ideas from Tales of Phantasia such as the Linear Motion Battle System. There is also a remake and sequel on the PS2. The Tales of Destiny II below is actually the unreleated (story wise, they are still in the same series) game Tales of Eternia. Prepare for some frustration though, the Destiny engine is still unrefined at this point. N ?
150px Tales of Destiny II Action-RPG Really Tales of Eternia and not the real sequel to the game above. You, as a guy who's pretty much only interested in eating, go save the world. Has a fast-paced real-time battle system, colorful characters, and a ton of secrets to find. Ported to PSP. N ?
150px Tales of Phantasia Action-RPG Remake of the SNES classic. Probably the best version of the game with enhanced audio, graphics, and character sprites, as well as improvements on the battle controls. Only available in Japan, but translations exist (more common to find the game already prepatched). Ported to GBA with lesser quality, but most of the extras and graphics intact. However, the GBA translation can be laughably bad at times, if you don't play the fixed up European version that is. The voice acting sucks on GBA no matter what. N ?
150px Team Buddies TPS-Strategy

A top-down TPS starring the "Buddies": pill-shaped soon-to-be-psychopaths who are just chilling in Buddieland, until one day when crates full of guns start falling out of the goddamn sky. Cue wars between the color-based teams. Has a lengthy, challenging campaign and 4-player splitscreen with a variety of modes, character skins, and weapon sets.

The strategic element of the game comes from commanding your squad of 4 (including you) and aquiring crates to use on your stacking pad to build weapons and vehicles.

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150px Tekken 3 3D Fighting Well, it's Tekken 3. It made the series go from good to awesome. Tekken 1 and 2 also on PS1 still good and go get them if youre into collecting (but they have little value near 3). Also, they're very cheap and easy to find these days, sometimes going for 5 dollars at a flea market. Has a lot of unlockable characters and extra modes worth checking out, like Tekken Force mode (beat 'em up style) which was introduced here. N ?
150px Tempest X3 Shooter A good (albeit imperfect) port of Tempest 2000, also known as "the only reason to get an Atari Jaguar". It's not clear if the updated visuals are a good thing - the new effects are so flashy that it gets hard to see shit. Nonetheless, one of the trippiest and most intense rail shooters ever, and the soundtrack kicks ass.

Alternatively, try Typhoon 2001, a Tempest 2000 freeware fan remake for Windows.

150px Tenchu: Stealth Assassins Action
Stealth
Stealthy ninjas. Had some sequels which improved on the gameplay and concepts, but this one's not bad to get your feet wet. N ?
150px Tenchu 2: Birth of the Stealth Assassins Action
Stealth
More stealthy ninjas. Also, spy on your neighbors through blinds. N ?
150px The Legend of Dragoon JRPG Love-it-or-hate-it JRPG with an interesting combo system: Instead of the regular "Attack" command, you must press the "X" or "O" button at the right time to perform sequences of attacks and new combos are unlocked as you level up. Very long story (4 CDs) with great characters. If you ever see it, get it. It's an awesome ga-VOLCANO. Also, magic dragon armors. The "magic" and item systems are rather lacking, though. N ?
150px The Misadventures of Tron Bonne Action
Puzzle
A spin-off of the Mega Man Legends series featuring the affably evil Bonne family of sky pirates. There are action, combat and puzzle-based missions; the main draw involves raising your 40 Servbots to assist you in your tasks. There was 41th Servbot available only through a Japanese contest but you can gameshark your way in. N ?
150px Thousand Arms JRPG

A parodic, referential JRPG where you date girls to power up your sword. Subtle. The combat and graphics are somewhat barebones, but the humor and ecchi elements manage to carry the game for the most part. One of the few RPGs where flirting with chicks serves some significantly pragmatic purposes (take a guess which is the publisher?).

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150px Thunder Force V: Perfect System Shoot 'em Up If you've played either of the Genesis Thunder Force games you know what to expect: upgradable weapons you can switch on the fly, lush and colorful stages, and wonderful soundtracks filled with that Technosoft flair. Feels easier than the older games, but not by much. A Saturn version that was only released in Japan. It looks nicer than the PS1 version, but the PS1 version has less slowdown and a few bonus features. N ?
150px Threads of Fate (JA: Dewprism) Action-RPG Action JRPG with a guy that can transform into any monster he kills and a little magic girl. Decent platforming, some interesting bosses, the male character has a interesting story, and the female character's story is almost a parody of an RPG plot. There are some decent puzzles in some of the dungeons. Has a Japanese fan-made spinoff, Duo Princess, that plays more like a beat 'em up. Y
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150px Time Crisis Rail Shooter SHOOT ALL THE CROOKS AND SHIT WITH A LIGHTGUN! PEW! PEW! PEW! N ?
150px Tomb Raider 3 Action
TPS
Third and possibly the best. More of the same. Also on PC! Y
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150px Tomba! Metroidvania

Little-known Metroidvania-type game. You run around beating up pigs and doing tasks. Awesome!

Known as Tombi! in Europe.

Y ($9.99)

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150px Tomba! 2 Metroidvania See above, only now with polygons and hair-tearingly difficult minigames (MINECART). You can also retrieve a savegame from Tomba! to unlock a secret quest. Both it and the prequel are horrifically difficult to find, so expect to shill out around 100 dollars for each. Unless you're a filthy pirate. Known as Tombi! 2 in Europe. N ?
150px Tony Hawk's Pro Skater Sports SO HERE I AM, DOING EVERYTHING I CAN, HOLDING ON TO WHAT I AM, PRETENDING I'M A SUPER MAN. N ?
150px Tony Hawks Pro Skater 2 Sports One of the greatest extreme sports games, if not THE greatest, known for its easy to learn but hard to master gameplay and making a bunch of obese neckbeards try to take up skateboarding. Try playing the first one as well if you're feeling nostalgic. N ?
150px Tony Hawks Pro Skater 3 Sports See above. Warning: the PS2/Xbox/GC version is MUCH better, play this version if you love polygon men and pixels. N ?
150px Trap Gunner / Trap Runner Action/Fighting Isometric top-down arena fighter with a number of archetypal characters with separate storylines. Gameplay mostly consists of using, disarming and setting up combos of various traps instead of direct combat. It's a blast splitscreen with traps set to random. N ?
150px Twisted Metal Car Combat The original vehicular combat game. Still holds up well today. N ?
150px Twisted Metal 2 Car Combat Added more depth to the game, such as fighting game style inputs for special moves like a freeze ray. Last PS1 Twisted Metal to be made by Single Trac, 3 and 4 were made by 989 Studios and aren't nearly as good. Twisted Metal: Head On for PSP/PS2 is considered the next "real" game in the series. Y

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150px UFO: A day in the life

Puzzle

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You are an adorable alien who has come to Earth to rescue over fifty of its brethren, scattered in a previous mission gone awry. The aliens are invisible, but can still cause disturbances among earthlings. You must scrutinize a number of different locations, observe for reactions among earthlings, and snap your special camera at the right time to capture these aliens. The game demands perseverance and careful observation, made easy by colorful, pre-rendered scenery full of cartoonish, hand-drawn characters. Gameplay.
150px Um Jammer Lammy Rhythm Spiritual sequel to (i.e. exact same gameplay as) Parappa the Rapper. You play as Lammy the Lamb, rock guitarist extrordanaire for MilkCan, trying to make it to the gig you're late for. Tons of cameos and references to Parappa. Includes unlockable co-op, vs, and Parappa (who you play in a remix of each stage) modes. The original Guitar Hero, at least in spirit. Y

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150px Vagrant Story Action-RPG Another jewel by Matsuno, an action game with a moody Gothic-pop atmosphere and Shakespeare references left and right. Boasts an excellent story and a ridiculously in-depth weapon customization system. Very well received critically but poor sales of this game in Europe and US made FF XII delevopers switch main character (manly male Basch) to androgynous pussy named Vaan. It you're into FF XII and FF Tactics, this game takes place in the same world as those games (Ivalice). Y

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150px Valkyrie Profile JRPG An Tri-Ace title based on Norse mythology; as a valkyrie, you must recruit valiant souls to fight for the side of good as the Ragnarök approaches. Combat and exploration are involving, as they mix platformer and traditional JRPG elements together, and the story is sparse, albeit very appealing. Every recruited character has their own backstory. There are multiple endings: Differently from most games, this title relies on a rather large number of factors to determine which one you'll get; After your first playthrough, a rerun using a guide is recommended, since the A Ending, often regarded as the best, requires a set of specific, non-intuitive measures. A very innovative and bold game which gives a lot of freedom to the player and stray away from the comfort zone set by some of its contemporaries. Ported to PSP with extras. N ?
150px Vanark Rail Shooter Blatant Star Fox 64 ripoff, but it's a very good ripoff, entertaining and polished graphics, nicely done controls and camera, story is meh. N ?
150px Vandal Hearts SRPG Excellent grid-based SPRG with unusual character design for a Japanese title. Chunky polygonal stages with varied victory conditions keep things interesting. Combat is surprisingly violent. Solid plot, distinctive presentation and fair level of challenge make it one of the best SRPGs out there. Sequel's a disappointment as is the PSN-only Flames of Judgment new game. N ?
150px Vandal Hearts 2 SRPG A high quality strategy game. Isn't real-time, but after selecting your actions, they are executed at the same time as the enemies'. This can lead to a lot of chasin' bitches around the map for no reason. Characters are incredibly bland, especially in comparison to the first game. N ?
150px Vanguard Bandits SRPG A fantasy medieval SRPG, except everyone climbs into giant robots to fight! Includes a big, mostly likeable cast and story varying from a total trainwreck to rock-solid depending on which route you're playing. Combat is fun, as individual duels between mechs get very tense. It's not very polished, but what's there is quite entertaining. Also, for a game with barely any voice acting, it has an exceptional American dub (compare the US intro to the original version) Y
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File:Vibri.png Vib Ribbon Rhythm Another title from musical animal connoisseurs Nana-on-sha, this time featuring a stick figure bunny that strolls along a line avoiding obstacles depending on whether or not you press the right button. Comes with some catchy tunes and also allows you to play your own stages from a music CD. (Use PSX if you want to emulate this properly) N N
150px Vigilante 8 Car Combat Vehicle Combat with awesome level and weapon design. Spinoff of the PC game "Interstate '76". Also on N64 and Dreamcast. N N
150px Vigilante 8: Second Offense Car Combat Sequel to the above, more of the same awesomeness, ports also on same consoles. N N
150px Warhawk Flight Combat
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This was made by the same people behind Twisted Metal. Y
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150px Wild 9 Platformer An interesting platformer by Shiny, the guys who made Earthworm Jim, where you do not usually directly attack enemies, but instead have a Gravity Gun ("The Rig") which you can use to manipulate enemies and objects. Killing enemies is done by throwing them into their own traps, spike pits, lasers, grinders, etc. Very fun, very violent, and fairly hard. Also can be found easily if you look around places. Also contains one of the best troll endings ever. N N
150px Wild Arms JRPG The planet Filgaia is under attack by demons. Are you a bad enough dude to save Filgaia? Incredible music, various firearms, learnable sword skills, a neat magic system, and an interesting Wild West setting make this one worth playing. The graphics are kind of weak, but still have many cool visual effects (especially the town on fire) for a VERY early PS1 title. Had a PS2 remake, with better graphics, and more of a WA3 type system, but opinions are mixed about it. Y
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150px Wild Arms 2 JRPG A non-linear sequel to Wild Arms with a notably darker tone and the same excellent style of music. You play as a dude with a bigass bayonet who later fuses with some seemingly evil guy. As a result, he can transform for major asskicking. The translation isn't great, but it's acceptable. Y
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150px Wip3out Racing Anti-gravity racing game with a neat soundtrack. Protip: get special edition with 1 and 2's tracks (UK only). Wipeout and Wipeout 2097 (or whaterver it was called, the 2nd one) are also on Sega Saturn. Wip3out is only on PSX. N ?
150px Worms Strategy Decent port of the PC classic. PSX has all worms from the 1st to armageddon, all are pretty fine ports, though none have online features. If you really wanna play Worms, get Armageddon on PC. If you can't then the PSX version is ok, just not great. N N
150px Xenogears JRPG Convoluted and deep story about religion, existentialism, Jungian psychology and giant robots. Main combat is fun and combo-based, while robot battles put heavy emphasis on corserving fuel and timing your moves well. Great soundtrack. The game is presented with sprites in 3D environments for most of the time, but all robots are poly-rendered. Contains lengthy cutscenes and slow text-scrolling speed, which is why those who prefer faster-paced, action-oriented RPGs might want to stay clear from this one. Highly recommended to fans of series like Evangelion and Soukyuu no Fafner. Has its detractors and diehard fans. The Xenosaga series (PS2) is loosely connected to this. Y
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150px X-Men: Childrem Of Atom 2D Fighting Port of the arcade smash hit by Acclaim. Also done by Capcom. This game is also on the saturn in america. But I guess finding this would be easier considering how ps1 games are easier to find. N N (GER)
150px X-Men V.S. Street Fighter 2D Fighting You take the X-Men and you take the Street Fighter Characters and BAM! A fun fighter for all. Also on saturn which is the better version. That version, however is japan only. N N (GER)
150px Yu Gi Oh! Forbidden Memories TCG This game is fun shit. Not the best game ever but still its fun if you like the show and some good music too. Combine your shit even without polymerazation, which is badass mandatory. Used to have cards included but I doubt you'll find a version including them this day and age. Just be warned: this game should have come with a Codebreaker disc due to difficulty; fortunately, numeric codes available through the internet allow you to acquire powerful cards easily if you don't feel like "grinding" for them. Entirely different from later entries, most rules of the actual TCG aren't present here, as this title works similarly to what is seen on the anime's first season. N
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