The Sony PlayStation launched in Japan in 1994 and within just a few short years would become one of the most successful, groundbreaking video game consoles of all time. Much of the PlayStation’s success can be attributed primarily to one important factor: the games. With over 1,200 games released worldwide, the PS1 certainly had a ton of different software to offer consumers and as is usually the case, the best games rose to the top of the pile. Games like Metal Gear Solid, Final Fantasy VII, and Resident Evil 2 would to go on to influence game design for years to come but there were many other games that, while also very good, never reached the same level of critical mass or popularity.
As such, there is a plethora of underappreciated games on the PS1, many of which you may have never even heard of. If you’ve already played through and beaten the best PS1 games but are looking to see what else Sony’s first home console has to offer, the following 15 hidden gems should be the ones you seek out first.
One of the most exciting experiences when you buy a new console or piece of gaming hardware is showing it off to your friends and yelling “Look at those graphics!” Of course, no one is going to be impressed by the original PlayStation anymore but back when it was the hottest console on the market, there were few games better able to show off the console’s capabilities than G-Police.
Developed by Psygnosis, the Liverpool-based studio behind the Wipeout series, G-Police is a shooter that puts players in control of a gunship as they dogfight with other aircraft and bomb enemies on the ground. G-Police is a technical powerhouse but it’s not for the faint of heart and has earned a reputation for being one of the PS1’s most difficult games. Overall, G-Police is something of a diamond in the rough but has managed to become an underrated classic all the same.