When Sony entered the home video gaming console market in 1994, few could have predicted the PlayStation growing in popularity to eventually overtake the market. After all, the Japanese company was a late entry in the video game wars. Hardware aside, one of the biggest factors in the PS1's dominance in the industry was its insanely expansive gaming library. After all, it was the system that introduced the world to the likes of Final Fantasy VII, Metal Gear Solid, Tekken 3, and a litany of others. While the PlayStation had a ton of classic games, most won't fetch a whole lot, but there are a handful of rare PS1 games that are worth a small fortune today.
With so many games released over the years, several rare PlayStation 1 games are considered extremely collectible, as there weren't as many made or sold as Sony would have liked back in the 1990s. These 15 examples are some of the most sought after and valuable PS1 games around, and people are still clamoring to collect them.
As is the case with most collectibles, prices often vary, which is why when confronted with various prices we've opted to list the higher numbers. After all, if those valuable NES games are any indicator, these expensive PS1 games will only increase in value over time. These prices also don't reflect professional-grade copies, which are known to fetch even higher prices.
Suikoden II is a role-playing game developed by Konami for release on the PS1 in 1999. The game had a plethora of playable characters and was incredibly popular among the RPG community.
The game is highly collectible, and a loose disk without the jewel case can go for as much as $160 on eBay. Of course, collectors want the whole package, so a complete game with the case and booklet can sell for as much as $500 in an online auction.
New, unopened copies are considerably rarer than the open ones, so when they do turn up in an auction, they tend to sell for as much as $835.
- Release: 1998
- Developer: Konami
Elemental Gearbolt, or Genseikyokō Seireikidōdan Elemental Gearbolt, if you want to get technical, is a light gun shooter game for the PS1. The game has a beautifully designed science-fiction fantasy setting, and with the incorporation of RPG elements, it made for a rather outstanding game.
There are multiple versions of Elemental Gearbolt, and like anything, the value is dependent on which one you might have lying around. The standard version is worth as much as $400, while the game with light gun can sell for around $250, but the real money comes from the Assassin's Case edition, which came in a silver briefcase that included both the game and the light gun. These are rare and don't pop up in online sales often, but when they do, they can fetch a price of around $2,200.
- Release: 1997
- Developer: Alfa System
The third game in the Syphon Filter franchise was released in November 2001 for the PlayStation, and while the game itself isn't bad, it's not worth much money. The real money comes from the first release, which has come to be known as the 9/11 Edition.
Originally, the game's cover art featured the two characters, Gabe and Lian, inside a courtroom with a U.S. flag displayed prominently amidst a swirl of gas. Due to the very real threat the anthrax scare posed at the time, the cover art was changed to one featuring just the character's faces.
As a result, copies of the 9/11 Edition are almost impossible to find. A complete copy will usually run around $385, and a new game is typically valued at $655. That being said, condition does matter, and one 9/11 Edition sold on eBay in May 2020 for $2,300.
- Release: 2001
- Developer: SCE Bend Studio
Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes is the third title in the famous crossover series that pitted the best Marvel and Capcom had to offer against one another. The game was well designed, and while the Sega Dreamcast version received higher praise than the PS1 version, it still stands as one of the best fighting games on the console.
Loose copies sell for close to the original price, with most selling for around $55, while a complete copy can sell for around $80. A complete copy sold on eBay in mid-June 2020 for $170, but it came with the registration card, which is often missing from these games. New copies are rare, but when they do sell, it's often for more than $500. In fact, a June 2020 eBay action racked up more than $1,000 for an unopened copy.
- Release: 1998
- Developer: Capcom