With its full motion video and infamously cheesy dialogue, the original Resident Evil remains one of the corniest games ever made. It's incredible then, that even after all these years, the original survival horror game can still spook the shit out of you. Whether it's reading increasingly haggard journal entries of a man slowly turning into a zombie, or scrounging up barely enough ammo to make it by, there are still some great experiences to be had even for a first-time player in 2014. Jill Sandwiches never get stale.
The game that inspired thousands of knee scrapes and ass bruises, there was really nothing else like the original Tony Hawk's Pro Skater on release. Its inspired combo system, combined with tight controls and a goofy sense of humor really left a mark on the games industry. You know, until Activision ran it into the ground so hard that they tried digging it up with a plastic skateboard peripheral. But for a few sweet years, even the demo was good for hours on end. You can thank Neversoft for game is the reason that Goldfinger's "Superman" will be in your head until the day you die.
Tekken 3 is up there with the Dreamcast version of Soul Calibur for one of the best arcade fighter ports ever made. The tight mechanics and huge roster would have been more than worth the MSRP, but then Namco added a full Final Fight-style campaign and a ton of other additional content. There was even a beach ball mode for absolutely no discernable reason. Even today, you'd be hard-pressed to find a fighting game fan who wouldn't be willing to plop down on the couch for a few matches. Just don't pick Eddy Guerrero.
While Resident Evil veered off into the action/boulder-punching genre, the Silent Hill series has always been about horror. The first game in the series remains one of the best, thanks to its fantastic atmosphere and truly creepy enemy encounters. Sure, the whole town is super foggy because of the PS1's technical limitations, but that endless mist added another layer of mystery to an already spooky town. It's too bad that later games in the franchise (and the movies) ruined that mystique with unneeded explanations. Maybe we can just pretend all of the UFO endings are canon.
The third Crash Bandicoot game is the lowest on the list, but it's no slouch. Warped is the best-selling game in the PS1 Crash trilogy -- it even outsold the original Metal Gear Solid, if you believe the people who have the time and resources to edit a Wikipedia page. Changing up the scenery with an array of levels in different time periods, Warped let you play as Crash or his little sister, Coco Bandicoot. Don't think too hard about their last name.