Best Playstation RPGs – Level Up On The PS1 (PSX)

 There is no doubt that if you are an RPG fan, you should either own a Playstation or have ePSXe running on your computer.

While there are many more RPGs worth playing, here are some of the most popular on the PSOne.

Final Fantasy VII (eBay)
Final Fantasy VIII (eBay)
Final Fantasy IX (eBay)
Final Fantasy Anthology (includes FF V & VI) (eBay)
Final Fantasy Chronicles (includes Chrono Trigger and FF IV) (eBay)
Final Fantasy Origins (FF I & II) (eBay)
Xenogears (eBay)
Lunar Silver Star Story Complete (eBay)
Lunar 2: Eternal Blue Complete (eBay)
Suikoden (eBay)
Suikoden II (eBay)
Vagrant Story (eBay)
Grandia (eBay)
Chrono Cross (eBay)
Tales of Destiny (eBay)
Tales of Eternia (eBay)
Legend of Mana (eBay)
Dragon Warrior VII (eBay)
Breath of Fire III (eBay)
Breath of Fire IV (eBay)
Valkyrie Profile (eBay)
Front Mission 3 (eBay)
Wild Arms
Wild Arms 2

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66 Comments

  1. Ender says:

    I think this needs an article with little reviews for above games since they are all truly classics now of RPG history.

    Just my two gil.

  2. Dan says:

    Was BoF really popular though? I really didn’t notice BoF have much, if any ground at all with FF kicking around. Well Nice list, I consider BoF and Xenogears quite underrated though.

  3. Dan says:

    It’s just so argueable with Xenogears though… Since the sales were hitting the roof and is very well known online. It’s just that every time I went to a friends house, they always had FF sitting there, even if they don’t play it. 95% of em wouldn’t have heard of the great Xenogears. I dunno, probably just culture.

  4. breakwind says:

    Hello,as great as many of the RPG’s listed above may be there’s one such title that deserves mentioning-Brave Fencher Musashi.This 1998 RPG classic in my opinion continually gets overlook by RPG enthusiasts as if it never existed!

  5. SH1PWR3K says:

    @dan,
    i agree completely about some rpg’s going virtually unnoticed by a chunk of the gaming community. But most of which are cult classics. BOFIII and SuikodenII are by far my favorites on the psx. Since i have a ps3 i still replay all of them from time to time.

  6. Ahh, the memories. Final Fantasy VII is what got me into RPG’s to begin with, though Final Fantasy VIII is my favorite. There are many games on this list that I want to collect and play, but some of these games are quite valuable now.

    If only I had started collecting games when the PS was still around…

  7. Greg says:

    I have 17 of those games listed, man I wish I had Valkyrie Profile and Suikoden II those are worth a shitload nowadays.

  8. Ghaladen says:

    Damn, have every one of those except the first Suikoden….

  9. Phil says:

    I also reckon that (The Adventures of)Alundra should also be on there. It got favourable reviews but got mainly got washed away by the bigger titles. It was a little gem of a game!

  10. Phil says:

    Scratch that. I skipped over the part where it said “more popular”. Haha…

  11. james says:

    Where the eff is Castlevania Symphony of the Night?? This list is trassssh!!!

  12. Logan says:

    No Star Ocean: Second Story?

  13. Nick says:

    Legend of Dragoon?

  14. zuh says:

    Symphony of the Night? It’s not a bloody RPG, it has RPG elements. Geez.

    Agreed on the Star Ocean, though. THAT is an RPG, and a good one, too.

  15. Madic says:

    omg they didnt list star ocean?
    im a FF fan and i have to say star ocean on psx is the best console rpg i EVER played.
    Legend of Legaia (cool combos imo).
    Im sure there’s a few missing in that list, i dont recall the names it’s been such a long time and some of them were from japan only hehe

  16. Kratos says:

    Well being a big RPG fan here is my personal top 5, although the first 3 can be called number 1…cant choose between these games lol

    1- Chrono Cross
    2- Final Fantasy 8
    3- Legend of Dragoons
    4- Final Fantasy 7
    5- Final Fantasy 9

    But speaking so much about conventional RPGs we tend to forget about tactics RPGs that litterally were astounding on ps1, here again is my top five Tactics RPGs

    1- Vandal Hearts 2: Trust me you wanna play this game at least once before dying
    2- Final Fantasy Tactics (big surprise)
    3- Arc The Lad 3
    4- Vandal Hearts 1
    5- Hoshigami (Warning: insanely hard)

    And again, never forget about the Action RPGs

    1- Parasite Eve 1 (What else)
    2- Castlevania SOTN
    3- Alundra (Very good rival of Zelda)
    4- Legend of Mana
    5- Alundra 2

    Being the maddest fan of Final Fantasys its really strange because on every console I never called a Final Fantasy game the number 1 RPG, on NES IMO Scheherazade is the best RPG, on SNES well there is no doubt about it: Chrono Trigger, Ps1: Chrono Cross (such a memorable soundtrack), and on ps2, Shadow Hearts 2 is clearly surpassing FFX (again its just my opinion…)

  17. Jason says:

    Ok ok this list is spectacular but my absolute favorite game and rpg of all time is Parasite Eve.

    1. Parasite Eve
    2. Final Fantasy 7
    3. Legend of Legaia
    4. Koudelka (no one ever lists)
    5. Brave Fencer Musashi

    My Opinion but its what I like and if anyone can direct my in the direction of where I can get Originals or Black Labels discs of some of these please email me.

  18. PJ says:

    My list is:
    Final Fantasy VIII that i know.

    I still need to and will know:
    Xenogears (’cause its story is so much elogiated and story is the thing io more like in any art);
    Chrono Cross( ’cause wath i saw about him impressed me);
    Tales of…(in the PS, ’cause ToP is amazing);
    Star Ocean Second Story (’cause of the SO of Snes that is WOW!).
    And i though FFVII and Vagrant Story were not up to their fame. Parasite Eve is nice, but perfect would be Parsite Eve 1 with the graphics of PE2.

    But ’till today i just have patience to play, in RPGs, FFVIII.

  19. PJ says:

    FFIX too looks SO! great! Maybe i’ll love him maybe more than FFVIII. But he disappeared amd i need to acquire another one.

  20. micahburkhart says:

    I personally thought Persona was also a great RPG, it was different.

  21. Serge... says:

    the only addition i could add is Legend Of Legaia, a little known game but one of the greatest i have ever played…close to Chrono Cross in my book

  22. Sieg says:

    Vagrant story?amazing!!it’s story is awsome graphics drive ppl crazy and let’s not forget that we are just talking abo9ut a psx game.What made me fall in love with this game is definitly it’s gameplay.FFVI?it’s graphics have dissapointed me alot as I had heard great things about it.Where is FF tactics?It was the first rpg I’ve ever played and it’s pretty good if you’d ask me.

  23. Dan says:

    Wrong BoF though. Having played them all (even the crappy DragonQuarter on Ps2. There’s a game to drive you insane…)
    Breath of Fire 3 was the best by far. It rivaled FF VII and Lunar SSS complete.

    Totally agree on Vandal Hearts II. It is a must play and total unique, challenging and hella fun rpg experience!

    I had a burned disk of VH 2 that tuckered out after about 5 hours… So I played the same 5 hours at least 7-8 times.

    Every bit as good as Final Fantasy tactics.

    You can trust that. I beat all the VII weapons, the Omega weapon in VIII and got the little certificate to say so, and all the hidden dungeons in Tactics and got all the zodiacs (except the ones you cannot get).

    I’m a staunch and devote fan, but these might just be better!

  24. Roger says:

    Suikoden 1&2, Persona 1&2, FF VII one of the best Gaming experience of my life, Brave Fencer musashi is Also Pretty Awesome,Good For some Quick Rpg Fun. Star Ocean is Just Ridiculous, the things you can do in that game are Amazing Also a Great Game

  25. Scotty says:

    Seems to me NoOne Likes LightGun Games as much as me. Elemental Gearbolt was RPG Contributes Based On BetterShooting (Hundreds of Hours/Know Everything). But Where are the others(Not House of the Dead/Virutal cop-Crap). What Happen to the RPG LightGun Class of Games. Oh, Ya I Almost forgot, I Love FF7 +VagrantStory +ChronoCross and even Suikoden. I Love CoolRoms for allowing my to replace my (50-60) Worned, scratched Discs!

  26. Ian says:

    Dude, lesser known, very fun game: Thousand Arms. Yeah sure, lots of toilet humor, whutev, it knew what was going on, had great environments, battle was fun. Atlus, man… Atlus.

  27. Riker says:

    In my opinion Alundra should hold the number one spot for best rpg ever. Many people bacame very frustrated with the difficult puzzles but to me I rather enjoy using my brain to try to gigure these out. It’s not just a game that you buy and beat on a day or two. It’s a very rewarding experience when you finally complete it.

  28. Neoshinryu says:

    As usual, little known and/or underrated games aren’t listed. People Seriously need to try the games below. All of which are of high caliber.

    Legend of Legaia – great gameplay, combines normal attacks into combos (better than in xenogears IMHO) Very fun and challenging game.

    Legend of Dragoon – best battle mechanics in RPG history. like above game except with precise button pressing instead of mixing moves to perform beautiful combos.

    Wild Arms 1&2 – I like both (but prefer 2) Many great sidequests, customizable special skills (guns, raves, guardian summons)and Lots of hidden secrets & bosses and great music. Must haves for any RPG gamer.

    Legend of mana – If you enjoy exploring a world you create, and customizing your characters skills, playing style, magic, equipments, and even your party; this game will get you hooked. 100 potential hours of enjoyable gaming.

    At least look up the games above. They aren’t well known or well received but they are GREAT games.

  29. randomness says:

    where’s legend of dragoon on that list?

  30. Adam says:

    Noone ever seems to remember Shadow Madness.
    It was supposed to be Craves take on the Final Fantasy RPG after seeing its success. Admittedly not as brilliant as the FF series but nevertheless a great RPG.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadow_Madness

  31. d.inata says:

    man, suikoden II is really damn good.. no special graphic, but story and music are very excellent so i cried many times.

  32. Sighonyx says:

    Ok, BoF3 was way better than 4, mho anyway. And where is brigandibe?

  33. Sighonyx says:

    Ok, BoF3 was way better than 4, mho anyway. And where is brigandine?

  34. thumbsuck says:

    techno mage?

  35. SteveB604 says:

    Good list. The ones EVERYONE seems to skip past though is Azure Dreams, Tactics Ogre and Jade Cocoon. I wouldn’t say they’re the BEST games out there but Azure Dreams at least would definitely make my top 10 list. Something like:
    1. Lunar Silver Star Story Complete
    2. Suikoden 2
    3. Breath of Fire 3
    4. Tactics Ogre (best strategy ever imo, blows FF tactics out of the water with the story)
    5. Final Fantasy 9
    6. Final Fantasy 7 (7 and 9 would hold the same spot imo, both equally amazing)
    7. Azure Dreams
    8. Legend of Dragoon
    9. Vagrant Story
    10. Vandal Hearts 1 (2 was good but got too easy to manipulate the AI once you understood the mechanics)

  36. Drunken Sage says:

    SaGa Frontier people. C’mon… SaGa Frontier, Vagrant Story, Xenogears, Legend of Mana, Musashi. Best on PSX…. I guess FF7 is decent enough.

  37. Leemark20 says:

    this is my top 3 fav rpg games in ps1 ,

    1.Final Fantasy 8
    2.Final Fantasy 7
    3.Legend 0f Dragoon __

    simply rockz!!

  38. AnderelEver says:

    Omg…I’m surprised that none listed Ogre Battle as a Strategy Rpg Game in like…almost 3 years?
    Top 5 List:

    1- FFVll ( can’t live without a omnislash or Knights of the Round xD)
    2- FF Tactics ( i’m playing it for about…. 12 years…..i enjoy it so much =p)
    3- Xenogears ( that robot combos is literally godly!)
    4- Vagrant History ( few words about it…it’s just a magnific art of the mankind)
    5- Castlevania :SotN ( Best game ever made for ps1, FFVll is my best rpg =p)

    A lot more comes in my mind, but can’t put al the rpg i love here, dont have enought space…
    I’ll try just now Vandal Hearts 2, i never played any BoF of ps1, just snes BoF but one of my best friends said BoF lll is one of the best Rpg Ever made for ps1 o.o”’ gonna try it too sometime =D

    Just to Finish, Parasite Eve 1 & 2….especially PE1 (this one’s in my heart forever), Aya is just so lovely and that custom Shotguns and Pistols…omg….i’m almost crying here….gonna catch my scratched cd and play it again…just love Aya and Eve( and Aya is so damn hot!!!).

    Hope someone still post here besides me =D

  39. NyASH says:

    Chrono Cross FTW

  40. Kiwi says:

    WHERE THE FK IS LEGEND OF DRAGOON!! :|

    Shame on you!!

  41. Desaint says:

    I 2nd Crono Cross. They’re going to release it soon on PSN :)

  42. Saint RPG says:

    Has anyone ever said Valkrie Profile, Legend Of dragon…..WTF….This list should get more than 25 couse there many RPG legend off PS 1

  43. Franck says:

    Very good list as for the more popular rpgs. However, I don’t know how so many people missed games like Hoshigami, Star Ocean the Second story and Vanguard bandits. I swear these 3 sucked away my soul for a good while. They are easily on par with titles such as Final fantasy VII, Chrono Cross and Lunar 2.

  44. meteyus says:

    This just sucks, iv played all the ones that came out here in the Uk however it would seem i need a fecking chipped ps1 to play most of the games as they didnt even come out here -_-
    even psn is not releasing them on psn here if they were not originally out here :L thats fucked up

  45. Vince says:

    WTF? The Hell? Here’s Mine

    1. Tales Of Eternia / Destiny 2 <~~ Must Play This Before You Die
    2. Final Fantasy IX <~~ One of the best FF series i've ever play
    3. Final Fantasy VIII <~~ Not quite impress but the storyline and the graphics are good
    4. Final Fantasy VII <~~ This one not too quite impressive. that's all

    That's my top4 list. better to play it before you die :D

  46. Atlas says:

    First off I always hated Legend of Dragoon….. just sayin’, and I’ve played alot of rpg’s.

    Buddy who said Tactics Ogre -thank you, your awesome.

    Ok so top 5

    Obviously FF anthologies -FF VI (Best game ever)
    Suikoden 2
    Lunar SSS
    Dragon Warrior VII (Not sure how everyone missed that one….)
    FF VII

  47. Matt says:

    Anyone remember kartia!? Or mainstream saga!? Or brigandine!? Those are true gems and well worth playing as much as anything on this list

  48. Matt says:

    Correction saga frontier*

  49. Solim says:

    First of all, i want to point out to all those that rate RPG’s based on graphics dont like RPG’s, you like graphics. I own 48 ps1 rpgs and they are missing quite a few up here. They need to release more of these on PSN asap, because i speak for everyone with a ps3 when i say were tired of waiting.

  50. lunguyen says:

    my top5 is
    FF VIII
    Breath of Fire III
    Grandia
    Legend of Mana
    tactic orge

    my top3 favorite psx game is
    FF VIII
    Brigadine
    legend of mana

  51. MonolithicVomit says:

    duuudes. really. saga frontier. especially the second one. easily my fav rpg on the psx.

    if i had to list them..

    1. SaGa Frontier II
    2. Suikoden II
    3. FF VII
    4. BoF III
    5. SaGa Frontier
    6. Chrono Cross
    7. FF IX
    8. Suikoden
    9. Legend of Mana
    10. Wild Arms

  52. Joseph says:

    It both infuriates me and breaks my heart that I used to own and cherish each and every game on this list… HOWEVER, I shipped off to basic training, combat training, and tech school in the marines only to come back about a year later on leave to find that my little brother was abysmal at taking care of my PS games. The only one I still have to this day are very scratched and damaged copies of Xenogears and Tales of destiny. :'( :'( :'(

  53. Joseph says:

    @Matt Yeah I remember Saga Frontier, I played and loved the first two on PSX.

  54. HARTMAN says:

    These are all great RPGS. Mine for sure were ff7, ffTactics, boF3 and another that no one else included, being LEGEND OF DRAGOON (great game)

  55. Terry says:

    i think that Legend of Legaia should be added to the list. made by squaresoft . takes about 35+ hrs to beat.
    You roam the world of Legaia playing as the main character Vahn, defeating Seru and reviving Genesis Trees around the world , good boss fights and a different style of battle system makes this game one of my top 10

  56. john says:

    Terry,

    Legend of Legaia was neither developed nor published bySquaresoft. Sony published and a sub group, or even first or second party developer called Contrail made it

  57. Dann says:

    is there anyone know where to download TRPG Hoshigami Ruining blue earth?? i got the game but its broken

  58. Sou says:

    There is ONE game that no one has ever put on their list of RPGs and it’s a very good one too:

    The Granstream Saga

  59. Danneh says:

    PSX was a great console and the gateway for many gamers of this generation, i agree the classics are on the list, Digimon world 2 gets overlooked far too much, even if you dont like digmon, its still a very solid rpg style game and very addicting.

  60. L.J. says:

    I think you guys are missing one of the best if not THE best Rpg……… GUARDIANS CRUSADE!!! That game is awesome!!

  61. Jorgamoundr says:

    I find it odd how many people are like ahh but you didn’t put bla bla bla it wasn’t that well known or received but it was great…It’s a list for a handful of the best on PS1 not a complete, comprehensive list of every great game on the console, and there’s articles for less well know but great games on PS1 on this site so maybe that’s where people should be looking for that…

    Anyway, awesome list. I’d have to give FFVII or IX my top for the console, with the other one as second, I loved those games. I’ve always been more of a SNES fan but there’s no denying there’s some terrific games on PS1. Just playing through Legend of Dragoons for the first time, man that game is awesome.

  62. Sid says:

    What about Shadow Tower?

  63. Aaron says:

    The best Playstation RPG I have played is Xenogears. While MANY know of the greatness of this game (pretty much the entire Chrono Trigger team worked on this one), far fewer have experienced it’s 50-60 hour glory run. It’s epic in every way I can think of. I would pay handsomely for a Dual Shock HD Remake.

    The best Playstation RPG I have not played is Valkyrie Profile.

    Castlevania: SotN is an action game with a few RPG elements. While I do not consider it to be an RPG at all, it is clearly one of the greatest games released on the system, if not the greatest.

    Action RPG’s? The two best are Alundra and Brave Fencer Musashi. Both have maddeningly tough mini games/puzzles but are great, great games.

    Strategy? FF Tactics is the greatest ever made on any platform.

    Old school square titles own my heart, but I enjoy playing Atlus, Enix, etc. I just love RPGs.

  64. Brandon says:

    although the list is not perfect its decent. grandia and front mission 3 are classic!

  65. kamakazeheart says:

    how is legend of dragoon not on this list or star ocean for that matter both in my opinion top notch rpgs