Some flaws prevent it from being a terrific experience: directionless exploration & minimal storytelling but Hyper Light Drifter is a must play.
Until Dawn finds more gameplay variety combined with its stellar cinematic influence than most others, especially in the adventure genre it occupies.
Helldivers is one in a long line of recent twin stick shooters, and also one of the best in a genre striving for AAA status.
Broforce is a straight forward not exactly clever, side-scrolling action game built off of the mindless action movie tropes of the 80s and 90s.
The Order: 1886 features Arthurian knights fighting mythical beasts set in a steam-punkish version of London that doesn't quite meet expectations.
Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor almost perfectly combines LoTR & the Batman Arkham series in a game which really exceeds expectations.
Metal Gear Solid games take place all over the world over fifty years, the Metal Gear Chronology is a visual representation of this global journey.
Ranking them is nigh impossible, but the best PS1 RPGs can be put into tiers of quality with the Top 3 standing out on their own.
Because the Samurai game genre is not extensive, these have been chosen as some of the best Samurai games spanning multiple generations and platforms.
Metal Gear Solid is full of convoluted plots, iconic storytelling & generation leading graphics. Here are the best Metal Gear Solid games in the series
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (SotN) is one half of the Metroidvania genre where it reigns supreme because it didn't to enter the 3D realm.
Vagrant Story was different in terms of gameplay & story. These traits combined with some of the best presentation are unmatched in RPGs of the time.
Unfortunately some aspects of Fear Effect stand out as poor, especially by today's standards, preventing Fear Effect from standing the test of time.
Crash Team Racing might be the best kart racer of its era. Borrowing heavily from the Mario Kart series, CTR exceeds Mario Kart in several areas.
Often overlooked or under appreciated due to being sandwiched between FFVII & FFIX, Final Fantasy VIII is just as good if not better as other PS1 RPGs.
Guacamelee! exudes style & confidence as it takes the Mexican inspired cultural setting and combines it with a colorful story of love, honor & revenge.
Rogue Legacy features the charm of 8-bit gameplay combined with procedurally generated dungeons & is perfectly designed to pick up and go with the Vita.
Freedom Wars does a lot of things well but does struggle in some crucial ways to hindering its ability meet its lofty expectations.
DominantTrek rates its games on a 20 point scale, 10 being the highest, and 1 being the lowest.