The Most Underrated PS1 Games Of All Time

Over 300 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Most Underrated PS1 Games Of All Time
Voting Rules
Vote up the hidden PlayStation 1 gems you think other gamers have to play.

As one of the best-selling consoles of all time, the original PlayStation has a massive gaming library that includes both blockbuster franchises and plenty of one-off hits. That said, there are tons of underrated PS1 games that you may have missed.

With the PS5 on the horizon, it seems that gamers nowadays are more focused on what's ahead than what's already come before. The original PlayStation may not have kept up in terms of graphics or processing power, but it has an outstanding library of games that players still enjoy to this day. While PS1 series that originated on the console like Final Fantasy, Metal Gear, and Resident Evil have all gone on to be the most iconic in gaming, there are tons of other titles out there that deserve way more love.

Vote up all the overlooked and underappreciated PlayStation 1 games you think deserve more attention, and vote down the titles you think are best forgotten. And if you know of a few great criminally overlooked PS1 games you’re still playing today, add them to the list so other players can give them a go.

Most divisive: Ghost in the Shell
  • Brave Fencer Musashi
    83 votes
    • Developer: Square
    • Genres (Video game): Console role-playing game, Action-adventure game, Action role-playing game, Action game, Role-playing video game

    This action RPG by Square really packs a punch with its engaging story, where you, as Musashi, are summoned to save Allucaneet Kingdom from the Thirstquencher Empire. Combining hack and slash gameplay and mouth-watering RPG elements, it absolutely hit the nail on the head with its innovative 'day-night' system. Exceptionally capturing gamers' imaginations, Brave Fencer Musashi left its fingerprints all over the genre - kick-starting a new era of action RPGs.

  • Future Cop: LAPD
    83 votes
    • Developer: Electronic Arts
    • Genres (Video game): Shooter game, Third-person Shooter, Action game

    Don your shielding as a LAPD officer in this third-person shooter, where the aim of the game is to rid futuristic Los Angeles of crime. With its intuitive controls and thrilling gameplay spanning across two modes - Crime War and Precinct Assault - Future Cop: LAPD spiced things up in the shooter genre. As a trailblazer, the game’s innovation rippled through the industry, setting the stage for countless third-person shooters to come.

  • Vib-Ribbon
    Dec 09 1999
    37 votes
    • Developer: NanaOn-Sha
    • Genres (Video game): Music video game, Action game

    Vib-Ribbon sends gamers on a wild trip down the rabbit hole with its minimalist visuals, rhythm-based gameplay, and a storyline that's charmingly absurd. It pushes the envelope with gameplay mechanics, where the game generates levels based on the music. An avant-garde masterpiece, Vib-Ribbon left an indelible mark on rhythm gaming, sparking a wave of innovative games in the genre.

  • Galerians
    44 votes
    • Developer: Polygon Magic
    • Genres (Video game): Horror, Survival horror

    Strap yourself in for a wild ride with Galerians, a survival horror game where you, Rion, harness psychic powers and go head-to-head against an eerie AI entity set to eradicate humanity. This game throws typical combat gameplay out the window, instead putting your brain to work by solving puzzles and managing limited resources strategically. Frighteningly fresh at the time, Galerians added a jolt of originality to the genre, ensuring that it was not just another fish in the survival-horror sea.

  • Tail Concerto
    Jun 30 1998
    36 votes
    • Developer: CyberConnect2
    • Genres (Video game): Action-adventure game, Platform game, Action game, Adventure, Role-playing video game

    Take flight in an anime-styled world with the action-adventure game Tail Concerto, where players control a police officer dog named Waffle. It flawlessly combines 3D platforming and mech combat gameplay that dovetails beautifully with its whimsically enchanting storyline. A diamond in the rough, Tail Concerto has been lauded by fans for its imagination and uniqueness.

  • Monkey Hero
    43 votes
    • Developer: BLAM!
    • Genres (Video game): Action role-playing game

    Monkey Hero is a top-down adventure game that spins on Chinese folklore, delivering charm in spades. The gameplay cleverly mixes puzzle-solving with action elements, creating an engaging gaming recipe. Despite being under the radar upon its launch, Monkey Hero has swung into gamers' hearts over the years, earning itself a dedicated niche following.