PICKS: Top 10 PlayStation (PS1) Games

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

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As some of you reading this will know, the staff members of Operation Rainfall are big fans of JRPG’s and quirky niche titles. However, we also enjoy some mainstream games, such as Gears of War, Assassin’s Creed and even Call of Duty *cough*. So when it came to voting on what we thought were the Top 10 PlayStation (PS1) games, of all time, you would think the list would offer up a lot of diversity considering the wealth of different genres the PSone provided, wouldn’t you? Well, think again. This Top 10 lists proves that we are nothing but a bunch of narrow-minded-JRPG-whores, and we love ourselves for it!

Every single game of this Top 10 can fit under the genre of JRPG (some of them I’ve never even played or heard of *cough*); but which ones made it and which ones didn’t? Read on as we present to you Operation Rainfall’s Top 10 PlayStation Games.

I’m sorry, but you didn’t make it.

Being a Top 10 list means that there were games that just missed out. Here are some that got pipped at the post:

  • Parasite Eve
  • Resident Evil
  • Valkyrie Profile
  • Legend of Mana
  • Suikoden II

ON WITH THE SHOW:

10. Lunar 2: Eternal Blue Complete

The remake of the SEGA CD game, Lunar: Eternal Blue, starts off our Top 10. Released on the PlayStation in 1999, it was loved for its character development, notable soundtrack and the rich dialogue that pretty much every character possessed.

9. The Legend of Dragoon

Despite The Legend of Dragoon receiving mixed reviews upon its initial release, it has developed a huge following with many a petition asking for a remake or a sequel, and it’s not hard to see why. Whilst it may have had its problems, it actually tried to do something new with the whole turn-based battle system that was popular between JRPG’s of the time. Sure, it had its issues, but imagine what could be done with it with today’s generation of consoles. Operation Rainfall is proud to include The Legend of Dragoon in our Top 10. It truly deserves the recognition.

8. Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete

Like its sequel, Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete is a remake of the SEGA CD game. And also like its sequel, it has a wondrous story, exceptional music, and beautifully done CGI and hand-drawn cut scenes. Definitely a cult favourite. So much so that it was remade again for the PlayStation Portable under the name Lunar: Silver Star Harmony.

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About David Rawlings

David Rawlings, or ‘Rawky’ as we like to call him, joined the Operation Rainfall Campaign at the beginning. He’s British and found solace with us as he was able to understand our pain about Nintendo and their localizing faux pas. He’s a big fan of the letter ‘U’ and refuses to remove them from words, even though we constantly ask him to. He also believes it’s about time Princess Daisy got kidnapped.


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  • Hell Yeah! Legend of Dragoon! One of my favorite game’s on the Playstation, very happy its on the list, though personally I would put it much higher.

    And FFIX as #1 eh? Not bad, definitely one of my favorites of the series, up there with 4, 10, and tactics.

  • Suikoden II is my number 1 😀

  • I was kinda miffed at Suikoden 2 not being on the list but accepted after seeing BOTH Lunar games make it. Xenogears trumped both FF7 & FF8 for me but only surprise was not having Metal Gear Solid.

  • Red XIII

    Can’t believe you guys picked FFIX. It’s my all time favorite game! I agree with most of the picks, except for FFVIII… I also haven’t played the Lunar titles yet, but I’m getting there.

  • Pretty good list there, but I probably would have thrown in Brave Fencer Musashi personally. Would have probably had it replace FFVIII.

  • Why is there never any love for Kings Field 1/2? Those games remain to this day some of my favorite PSOne games.

  • List should have been called “Top JRPGs for PSOne”

  • Hey, in my defense, I also voted for PaRappa the Rapper. I guess I’m the only one who played that game. ;_;

  • davidvinc

    How did Legend of Legaia and Dragon Warrior 7 not even get an honorable mention, but Final Fantasy 8 got placed? No taste.

  • epy

    I love The Legend of Dragoon, probably more than I should, but I can’t believe its ranked higher than Suikoden II. I do agree with FFIX being number 1 though. Best game on the PSX and best Final Fantasy for me.

  • Chris Bard

    Suikoden II really needs more love here.

  • solesirius

    i agree with everything expect vagrant story getting placed and suikoden 1 and 2 getting no buns and what about dragon warrior 7? or wild arms? Legend of Legia? Should have made it a top 15 top 20.

  • You mean the “Top 10 PS1 games with the most fanboys, in no specific order”, right?
    Only half of these are top 10 material, at most.

    • Yeah, I mean “Chrono Cross” and “FFVIII” are just absolutely ADORED by every fanboy on the planet.

  • RyanOPR

    Love Seeing FF IX at the number one spot. Easily my favorite FF game.

  • Nice list, but where is Symphony of the Night?
    I’ve never understood the extreme love for FF9, out of all the FF PS1 games I thought it was the weakest. I still wish to replay it though, maybe I rushed through it or something.

  • “FFIX” on top spot totally deserved. “FFVII” is a great game, but “FFIX” has aged WAY better. Also, though I disagree with putting it in the top 5, “Chrono Cross” was a ballsy, good move

  • This is basically a list of the top 10 RPGs, which is fine and in the spirit of that I won’t bring up the many deserving non RPGs that got omitted. Focusing then o RPGs there are several that should be mentioned. Breath of fire 3, star ocean the second story, wild arms, tales of destiny 1 and 2, and grandia are all excellent. Brave fencer musashi is another favorite that I could play again and again, but definitely my favorite game that could have been on this list but wasn’t is the action RPG Alundra. It is so so good – it’s actually on my personal top 10 games ever list.

  • John Ellis

    You should really rename this “Top 10 Playstation RPGs”

  • Hell yeah! That’s a great list! IX still remains my favorite Final Fantasy and PS1 game to this day, it always seemed so under appreciated… So it is awesome to see it top the list!

  • i feel as though Suikoden 2 should be number 1, though i agree wit FF9 being da best of da franchise.

  • qqqqqqqq

    where is CRASH TEAM RACING?

  • F to the Hell Yeah! FF( is my favorite PSOne game and my second fave FF, after 6 of course. Been meaning to try Xenogears for a while now and it coming so high on a list I totally agree with (except FF8) has inspired me to start a file as soon as I wrap Fire Emblem Awakening.

  • Legend of Dragoon pwns all Final Fantasies >3
    At least in my world, it does

    • …it’s posting with my last profile image . _.” Oh well…

  • aelic7

    Ummm….METAL GEAR SOLID????

  • Mike G. Moran

    Sad to say but go back and actually play some of these games today and it’s like pulling teeth. They weren’t really fun when they came out and time hasn’t been kind to them. Xenogears especially. As a game, it’s awful, even if the story is interesting.

    In terms of games fun to play, I’m sad to see Grandia isn’t on the list. While it’s kind of obvious since it’s a retro list, this seems to me very heavily nostalgia fueled and just what was popular at the time, which doesn’t mean it was good.

  • Lightthrower

    Since it’s missing Suikoden 2, it’s not that great a list 😉

  • Anthony

    This is THE WORST top 10 list i have EVER seen!!! You are clear just a FF fan you clown!