Ah, the Playstation. Sony's first foray into the console market, and quite a good one as they manage to scoop up nearly all of Nintendo and Sega's strongest third party companies in one big coup. Its FMV capabilities and massive storage capacity in comparison to the old cartridges got nearly everyone turning their heads; hell, even I, as a die-hard Nintendo fan, couldn't help but watch in awe at some of those cool visual effects. Sure, they've mostly aged terribly by today's standards, but back in 1996 even grainy, low-resolution FMV starring plasticy, stiffly-animated characters was a pretty big deal. The platform also managed to carry quite a few quality titles in both 2D and 3D, even if it did take a while for Sony to jump on the analog control platform and its chunky, pixelated 3D models did leave a bit to be desired.
I was debating for a long time whether I should even do this list, as I'd never tried a great many of the "popular" Playstation games in their heyday (Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, Ape Escape, etc) and I just plain disliked a lot of others (Valkyrie Profile, Wipeout, Final Fantasy 8 etc). But I did end up playing quite a few games for the system regardless, and I eventually figured that having a lot of unknown and unpopular picks would only make it better because you wouldn't be seeing a lot of the same stuff you see on every other top list out there. So that said, let's dive in.
20. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 (Neversoft, 2000)
19. Devil Dice (Shift, 1998)
18. Monster Rancher 2 (Tecmo, 1999)
17. Tekken 3 (Namco, 1998)
16. Parasite Eve (Squaresoft, 1998)
15. Omega Boost (Polyphony Digital, 1999)
14. Chrono Cross (Square, 2000)
13. Strider 2 (Capcom, 2000)
Fun fact: The game was packaged with a second disc that contained the original Strider arcade game; however, the labels of the discs were mistakenly switched, meaning that the disc labeled "Strider 2" was really Strider 1 and vice versa...
12. Resident Evil 2 (Capcom, 1998)
11. Final Fantasy IX (Squaresoft, 2000)
10. Bust a Groove (Metro Graphics, 1998)
9. SaGa Frontier (Square Product Development Division 2, 1998)
8. Lunar: Silver Star Story (Game Arts/Japan Art Media, 1999)
7. Final Fantasy VII (Squaresoft, 1997)
6. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (Konami, 1997)
Ghaleon punching puppet. Fun stuff.
3. Metal Gear Solid (Konami, 1998)
2. Grandia (Game Arts, 1999)
to this day. Grandia is a true classic.
1. Suikoden II (Konami, 1999)
(Update: It was finally released on the PSN as of December 9, 2014. Six years after the original game!)