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My Top 10 Playstation Role-Playing Games (RPGs)

Updated on August 4, 2014

Role-playing games are definitely my favorite type of video games, and the original Playstation gaming console had some of the best ones. Here are my top ten choices for RPGs on the original Playstation. (Remember, these are just my personal favorites, and there are way too many great ones to list here!) If you want to check out some of the games on this list, look at the Playstation Store online. They have many PSOne Classics available for download. You can also play some of these games on PC.

10) Persona: Revelations

This game started off the incredible Persona series. It has a few issues, and it is very challenging. However, it was completely innovative and it had such a great storyline that it definitely makes my top list!

9) Final Fantasy Tactics

Final Fantasy Tactics is a tactical RPG. The graphics in this game are beautiful, the soundtrack is amazing, and the storyline grips you. There are so many different classes to play and master, making it really fun to keep playing. There have been quite a few spin-offs, but the original is still the best.

8) Suikoden

This game has a great plot, and the most fun part for me was going around the world trying to find all the different characters. The combat system was fun and easy to understand. Suikoden spawned a lot of sequels that are also really fun to play! Suikoden II, also on the PS1, is definitely worth checking out as well.

7) Final Fantasy VIII

Final Fantasy VIII is certainly a classic featuring all the best FF creatures you expect. It has fun characters and an engaging storyline. The extra side quests available in the game make it really long-lasting, and the card game is like a game inside a game! FF8 is not everyone's cup of tea, but the characters and gameplay really pulled it together for me.

6) Legend of Mana

Legend of Mana is another Square game, and it has a pretty unique gameplay style. You get to create your own world with artifiacts and go on all kinds of different quests. The game doesn't really have a major main plot, but rather several mini-plots. The world building aspect is a nice touch too.

5) Lunar: Silver Star Story

Lunar is an awesome role-playing game with an anime style. It has a gorgeous soundtrack. The game features an in-depth plot and really well-developed characters. The combat system is simple to use and makes for a great game! There's another Lunar game, but it's basically a re-hash of this one. Play this one first.

4) Parasite Eve

This game is more of an action RPG, although it still has a turn based combat system. The plot of Parasite Eve is meant for a mature audience, and it definitely brings something new to the gaming world. It is based on the novel by Hideaki Sena. Fleshed out characters, gorgeous graphics, an intense storyline, and an innovative combat system make this game a gem. The second one has more action elements, but is still an awesome RPG that I highly recommend.

3) Breath of Fire III

This RPG is simply a classic. It has fun, quirky music and the storyline is unique - you get to play as children and adults. There is a lot to do in Breath of Fire III other than just the main plot; you can fish, find mentors, build your Fairy village, and more.

2) Legend of Legaia

Hands down, one of the most underrated RPGs on the Playstation console. Legend of Legaia features an amazing storyline to follow, as well as a totally unique combat system. Instead of simply ordering a character to attack, players put in a combination of buttons in order to have the character use special moves.

1) Final Fantasy VII

My top choice is Final Fantasy VII. For me, this game sums up what a RPG should be. It has an amazing storyline, characters you fall in love with, endless side quests, an amazing soundtrack, and a fun combat system. You could put 100 hours into this game and still have something to do. Even though this game has aged, I could still play it today!

Which one is your favorite PS1 RPG?

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    • Willsummerdreamer profile image

      Will English. 4 years ago from Marietta, Georgia.

      You, madam, have great taste in RPGs ^_^.

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      shin_rocka04 5 years ago from Maryland

      What a great list you have up here. My girlfriend at the time Persona came out loved that game. It was pretty intriguing. I was also a major fan of Breath of Fire III.

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      CCahill 5 years ago from England

      Had no idea you'd already written an article like this before me, so its funny to see what you picked also, a lot of different choices but there was at least one thing we agreed on ;)

      Will share your hub cos you have a great taste in games :)

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      melfina 5 years ago from WI, USA

      Thanks for the comment! I love FFIX as well, I just couldn't decide whether to put it on the list or not! I decided not to, since I already had three FF games on here =P

      Us girls are out there, we're just hard to find! ;)

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      ivade 5 years ago

      Thumbs up for Final Fantasy 7 and 8, since I am a huge fan of the series. What about Final Fantasy 9 then, have you tried it before? When I saw your hub, it did surprise me a lot because it is really rare to see a gal who loves to play games a lot as guys do.

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      melfina 5 years ago from WI, USA

      Thank you all so much for your comments and votes! Maybe I will go back and add more about the titles and their development; it was hard to talk about the games and what I remember without spoiling anything.

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      Geofferson Dean Sexton 5 years ago from Nowhere Land, Ontario, Canada.

      I'm a huge fan of all of those titles . . . especially FFVII!!!

      Great hub voted up!!!

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      J Antonio Marcelino 5 years ago from Illinois, USA

      Nice list of PS1 games. Every time I see a list of PS1 + RPGs I always see Lunar: SSS or Lunar SSS: Complete. Never got a chance to play the game though. Must be really good.

      I still Play Parasite Eve from time to time. "New game plus" is a handy feature in the game. Love the music composed by Yoko Shimomura, she would later go on to composing Kingdom Hearts. She also composed the music for another game on your list, Legend of Mana.

      Breath of fire III has some "jazzy" music in it. 2 Other things I remember from the game were how different the combat animations were for Ryu when he's a child and then later in his Adult form. Transforming Ryu into the different dragon forms was a lot of fun.

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      RolyRetro 5 years ago from Brentwood, Essex, UK

      Great list of games, some excellent RPGs here for Sony's first console. I would have liked a bit more historical context, such as how some of the series developed, and moved between platforms. Also some a consideration of the move from 2d to 3d in some of these games from previous titles. Butvthere are so many great games I wouldn't know where to start if I were to write something similar!

      Voted up.



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      John Roberts 5 years ago from South Yorkshire, England

      Very nice article, glad to see some more choice on the Playstation. I'm hoping to find some more for my brief collection, so I'll be on the hunt for some of these. Personally I'd love to try Diablo one and/or two on the PS1. And I have to agree on FF7 - while I didn' t wholly get the story, it was still a fun game nonetheless. In fact, I think it's been said on numerous occasions that FFVII is the best FF game out there, and with the way they're going, I can't agree more.

      Voted up, interesting, awesome and useful. Anymore PS1 articles and I'll gladly follow!