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.