The PlayStation burst onto the scene in the early 2000s, not just because it was one of the first successful consoles to pack its games on discs, but because it featured a rather impressive lineup and library of games. Prior to its arrival, gamers had come to expect a certain style and type of title thanks to Nintendo's dominance of the console war.
The PlayStation brought a "grown-up" angle with it and introduced the world to thousands of new and interesting titles. Because of this, some rather fantastic games would fall by the wayside, due to general lack of interest or poor promotion. Here are 10 PS1 games that everyone forgot.
10 Dino Crisis
Capcom cranked out quite a few titles for the PlayStation in the early 2000s, so it's no surprise that a few of them would slip through the cracks. By all accounts, Dino Crisis was a solid game and has developed quite a cult following by the fans that remember it fondly.
The original Jurassic Park games never managed to capture the stress and danger of running from (and fighting back against) a horde of hungry dinosaurs, but the Dino Crisis series managed to emulate the survival-horror elements well. Many argue that this franchise failed to gain much momentum and support because Resident Evil was busy stealing its spotlight.
Finding an RPG to play on the original PlayStation was easy. Tons of Japanese turn-based games and generalized RPG titles were scattered across the system. Yet, even with all the choices and storylines, there weren't many releases that managed to capture the feeling and success that Nintendo had seen with The Legend of Zelda franchise years earlier.
It's unfortunate that Alundra didn't receive as much hype as some of the other RPGs to grace the PlayStation because it's perhaps the best "Zelda Clone" from that generation. It has all the hack-and-slash top-down-stylized combat Zelda fans know and love, paired with a puzzle system that will really challenge your brain at times. All of this is underlined by a beautifully crafted soundtrack.
8 Legacy Of Kain: Soul Reaver
The Legacy of Kain series actual features quite a few titles (currently six, with the multiplayer spinoff Nosgoth closing its servers in 2016), although we haven't seen anything for the singleplayer franchise since 2003. It's a shame, considering it's one of the more interesting video game worlds to ever grace the PlayStation.
Some will remember the title that started it all, Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen, thanks to its Diablo-styled top-down dungeon-crawling gameplay. But Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver deserved more attention. The title introduced us to a great character in Raziel and played like a darker version of Zelda (although it's better compared to Darksiders nowadays).
7 Legend Of Legaia
Although the PlayStation featured a multitude of games from a wide array of genres, it was downright saturated with RPGs. Fans of JRPGS had so much to choose from in the early 2000s, so it's no wonder that some titles didn't receive as much attention as others. For every Final Fantasy VII, there was an equally enthralling turn-based adventure that went unnoticed.
Legend of Legaia is a prime example. This turn-based affair featured a unique combat system that allowed players to target different directions when attacking. These directions would have a greater impact depending on what type of armor the enemy was wearing.
6 Um Jammer Lammy
This entry should be taken with a grain of salt since there are likely quite a few people out there that enjoyed and remember Um Jammer Lammy. Those of you that weren't dedicated to the gameplay and style of PaRappa the Rapper likely paid no attention to this follow up "sequel" that released three years after its predecessor.
Although the titles are related, it is important to note that Um Jammer Lammy takes place in a different "world" and showcases an instrument, this time in the form of a guitar. Specialized machines in arcades came with custom guitar controllers for added immersion.
5 Parasite Eve
The word Squaresoft (or Square) is synonymous with Final Fantasy, but that's certainly not the only RPG franchise the company ever made. Thankfully, the talented developers branched out on a few occasions to bring us other experiences outside of the Final Fantasy universe.
One of their better "side projects" was Parasite Eve, an RPG with survival horror elements that featured an engrossing story and a unique spin on the ATB combat system (at the time). Players could move freely to dodge enemies attacks while waiting for their own ATB gauge to fill. It's like Final Fantasy and Resident Evil had a love child.
The original PlayStation was a "grown-up" console in comparison to Nintendo's, thanks to an array of games that featured darker themes and content. But that doesn't mean it was devoid of the bright, colorful, and exceptionally cartoony. Skullmonkeys was easily one of the better platformers to grace the system, thanks to its beautiful claymation art style and wacky premise.
If it looks familiar, it's because it's a sequel to The Neverhood, a point-and-click adventure game similar to Myst that focused more on player interaction to solve puzzles. Developers decided to take the franchise to a platforming style with their second title.
3 Wild Arms 2
Here we have another entry in the long list of RPGs that were lost or forgotten on the PS1. It really is alarming just how many made their way to the system, and it's no wonder such a large amount got lost in the shuffle. This entry is technically for Wild Arms 2 because it plays and looks much better than the original but the series itself is one that some people have forgotten about over the years.
The story is interesting enough in its own right and it has a decent soundtrack. Bare bones, it plays a lot like most traditional turn-based RPG (which isn't a bad thing).
2 Kingsley's Adventure
Crash Bandicoot and Spyro weren't the only colorful animal-based heroes to get their own titles on the original PlayStation. The console also featured a lesser-known foxlike hero dubbed Kingsley.
The gameplay is rather similar to Banjo-Kazooie with more emphasis on hacking and slashing than jumping around, and there are quite a few enemies and bosses to defeat. It also features a solid soundtrack and solid visuals for its time.
1 Threads Of Fate
Sure, a lot of the RPGs featured on the PlayStation are turn-based or feature a unique combat system, but that doesn't mean the console is devoid of traditional "hack and slash" style RPG titles.
Threads of Fate is one of those "under the radar" style releases that offered up traditional combat but infused it with some unique elements (like being able to transform into a variety of creatures). The end result is a game that didn't receive nearly as much hype or accolades as it should have.