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As a site covering all things PlayStation, it was only a matter of time before this happened. Yep, we’re counting down what we believe to be the ten greatest PS1 games of all-time.
The criteria for a game’s inclusion is simple: We’ve chosen games that were not only great in their time, but continue to be fun even today. For example, PaRappa the Rapper was a good time and had a terrific soundtrack, but it’s hard to go back after rhythm games have come so far since its initial release.
That’s all there is to it. If you feel like your favorite game was slighted, either by exclusion or in rank, yell at us in the comments below.
The word “DualShock” is synonymous with the PlayStation brand, but for a couple of years after the PS1 launched all we had was a generic, stickless gamepad. When we finally got the DualShock that we all know and love in 1999, it was only a matter of time before a game required the new controller. That game ended up being Ape Escape.
Tech demo stuff isn’t usually exciting, or even good — the sooner we can forget games like Little Deviants, the better — but Ape Escape not broke the mold early on by being a legitimately great game that quickly etched itself in the hearts of PlayStation fans everywhere.
It was a fairly simple game, with the right stick mapped to control of several gadgets that you had to use for catching monkeys. But it had a lot of personality, and it’s managed to permeate PlayStation culture for years after. It spawned sequels on PS2, PS3, and PSP; there was even a Snake vs. Monkey mode in Metal Gear Solid 3.