Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (SotN) is one half of the Metroidvania genre, one where it still reigns supreme and because it didn't to enter the 3D realm, it's looks are just as beautiful today as they were at the time of release.
Vagrant Story brought something different in terms of gameplay and story. Several tropes of the era bring down the experience preventing it from true greatness. These traits combined with some of the best presentation of the time, may have been unmatched in the land of RPGs.
Fear Effect looked different from the games on the market at the time of its release. Unfortunately, some aspects stand out as poor, especially by today's standards. These factors prevent Fear Effect from standing the test of time.
Crash Team Racing might be the best kart racer of its era. While it borrows heavily from its inspiration, the Mario Kart series, CTR exceeds Mario Kart in several areas which helped to further the kart racer genre.
Often overlooked or under appreciated due to being sandwiched between the genre defining Final Fantasy VII and the old-school influenced with a new coat of paint favorite, Final Fantasy IX, Final Fantasy VIII is just as good if not better than some of the best RPGs on the PlayStation.