I just got a PS1 and PS2; Recommend Me Some Games!

Long time, no see.

I just got a couple of the older (but very well taken taken care of) consoles but they have no games, or any cables for that matter. While I scramble to find some cables for the two consoles I want to get my hands on some games for them. Preferably 5 a piece and in a somewhat sequential order in regards to their release dates, relative to the console's release.

What I mean is I want to start near the start of each console's life but nothing is set in stone.

For the PS1 I am thinking Twisted Metal, Symphony of the Night, Ridge Racer, Armored Core, and Resident Evil.

Next, for the PS2:

Armored Core 2, DOA2, TimeSplitter, Midnight Club, and Summoner. - All release titles.

Any alternative suggestions for either?

MOAR INFORMATION!:

The long-list of games that I eventually want to play for the PS1 are Wargames: Defcon 1, Uprising X, Bloody Roar, MDK, Blood Omen LOK, Soul Reaver, Disruptor, Silent Hill, Alundra, The Legend of Dragoon, Rival Schools, Klonoa, G-Police, Future Cop LAPD, Parasite Eve 2, MGS, DOA, FF VII, Soul Edge, and their sequels.

A long list yes but there are a lot of great game for the console. Where do you think I should start?

The list of games I eventually want to get for the PS2 is well, ARGH!!! I do not even know where to start. There are tons of top 100 lists but once again, I do not know where to start.

Hit me with your suggestions!

P.S. No non-autosport sport games please.
P.P.S. What do you guys think of me getting the first dual shock controller as the PS1 just came with the OG controller?

Thanks!

For the PS1:

Driver: You Are the Wheelman


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There's been precious few times where I've played a game that felt like it was made just for me, but Driver is special like that. The car handling perfectly evokes the overpowered, fishtailing car chases of 70's crime movies, and when the cops start chasing you and the music changes, you know it's about to get messy. It's still the most fun I've ever had in a game version of a hollywood car chase. What really elevates the game to legendary status however, is the Film Director mode. Every time you hit the streets, all your actions are recorded and can be played back. Not just like a replay, but you can pause the action, place your cameras, switch between the point of view of different cars in the chase, and have the whole chase play out like your very own car chase movie. For every hour I spent actually playing the game, I probably spent another 5 in the director mode. We need more games that can do this.

(I'd also highly recommend Driver 2 for similar reasons)

For the PS2:

Grand Theft Auto III


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Yes, I know that San Andreas is the richest, most complete and best GTA ever made. But there's something about III that still gets me. It's not even Nostalgia- I didn't play it until just before IV released, I think. But from a game design perspective, III is the purest of vision. It doesn't have any parts that feel unnecessarily tacked on. In particular, this was the first one to have satirical talkback radio and commercials, and even as early as Vice City you could see they were just chasing that initial spark of brilliance it showed in III. Also the car handling is second perhaps only to GTA V, and the level design just seems like a perfect microcosm of a New York you actually want to play in. GTA IV and Driver Parallel Lines should have taken notes, but didn't. Give III an ingame map and it'd be just about a perfect game.

(I'd also recommend Vice City and especially San Andreas)

Timesplitters: Future Perfect


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The last of the great roving crosshair console shooters, Timesplitters 3 was the end of an era. An era where a FPS was allowed to be tongue in cheek, where it arrived in stores as a complete game, where it was crammed with as many characters, weapons and ideas as the developers had time to fit in there. It even had a map and mission editor! On consoles! Debate still rages as to whether the best in the series was 2 or Future Perfect, but for my money it's the 3rd game, mostly because EA (in perhaps the only positive meddling they've ever done) insisted that the singleplayer all tied together under a single protagonist. The fact Free Radical intentionally made the protagonist so stupid resulted in a scathing parody of the standard Vin-Dieselesque action hero. The unique gameplay of fighting alongside another version of yourself from the future or the past is pretty fantastic, too.

(Honourable mention to Timesplitters 2, which some fans prefer)

Star Wars Battlefront II


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There are some who say the original is the better of the two Battlefront games. Having recently picked it up I can see where they are coming from, but I still prefer the sequel. It's not perfect, but it has so much love and care packed in with all its content that you don't care about the rough edges. Plus modders have inserted the original game's content into the sequel now so there you go: two games in one. The campaign is what really elevates this title. Using the building blocks of what is essentially an arena conquest shooter vs bots, they've managed to get a story out of it that some have claimed has writing that rivals even KOTOR. These days I see SWBF2 as the ultimate Battlefield game- the final form of the Battlefield style shooter before Battlefield itself went completely off the rails trying to be COD with vehicles.

(I'd also recommend Battlefront 1, for a different, though still highly addictive style to BFII)

Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction


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Mercenaries' depiction of a modern warzone is captivating. Different nations seek to carve up the territory, journalists try to get to hotspots to get good footage, and nobody wants to be seen publicly stepping on too many toes. Enter you, the mercenary that can do everyone's dirty work for them, and get paid handsomely for the trouble. Probably my favourite sandbox, Mercenaries just oozes atmosphere, in no small part thanks to the outstanding soundtrack by Michael Giacchino- mixing bold korean drums with tense strings and haunting chorale during the quieter moments. It's an all-out action game and no mistake, but underneath is the impression that this is a world torn apart, with everyone trying to just do the best they can with the resulting situation. Also, it's refreshingly hard at times. Mercs expects you to learn the tools of your trade and will test you, to the very limit. But when you're perched ontop of a mountain range, using your binoculars to scope out the base you'll soon be attacking... it's just pure magic, especially for players that can think outside the box in their approach to objectives.

(makes a great double bill with The Saboteur, though that's on later platforms)

For PS1 I'd recommend the Dino Crisis games. The first is basically Resident Evil but with dinosaurs while the second is much more action oriented (think RE4 but with tank controls/set camera angles).

For PS2 I would strongly recommend the Ace Combat trilogy. It's not for everyone but try the 4th game (which is the first for PS2) and if you like it definitely try out the next two because they improve on 4 in many ways. If you're into JRPGs I'd also point you towards the Shadow Hearts series, which are some really nice overlooked games with a fun combat gimmick, unique settings, and very likable cast of characters (I've only played the first two though). If you don't have a PS3 there's also God Hand, which is a great goofy asction game with challenging combat and a heavily customisable and varied movelist.

Also, technically it isn't a PS2 exclusive but Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction is my favourite game and I will always recommend it (unless you have an XBox or Xbox One, in which case get the XBox version). Story-wise it's basically the Iraq War but in North Korea while gameplay-wise it's GTA with better designed missions, combat and a fun bounty hunting mechanic.

So there's going to be overlap with what people have posted, but I can reccomend:

PS1

-Crash Bandicoot 1/2/3 (not so much 1 compared to its successors though)
-Metal Gear Solid (seriously, play this)
-Resident Evil 2/3 (and 1, I guess, but 1 hasn't aged well)
-Spyro the Dragon 1/2/3 (similar to Crash)

PS2

-Final Fantasy X (probably an acquired taste though)
-GTA III (probably aged a bit, but had lots of fun back in the day with this)
-Killzone (again, this is acquired taste for me - its successor is much better mechanically, if not plot-wise)
-The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers/Return of the King/The Third Age (yes, I like these games - first two are fun hack n' slash, third is a...actually, maybe scratch the third)
-Metal Gear Solid II: Sons of Liberty (the weak link, but still fun)
-Metal Gear Solid III: Snake Eater (PLAY THIS)
-Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (lots of people seem to love this - had fun, but not that special for me though)
-Resident Evil Code: Veronica (2/3 are better though, but if you like classic RE, there's still fun to be had here)
-Resident Evil 4 (if you haven't played this, what the hell is wrong with you?)
-Timesplitters 2 (lots of fun)

Saulkar:
A long list yes but there are a lot of great game for the console. Where do you think I should start?

Considering that there are roughly 1300 PS1 games and 4000 PS2 games, that isn't really a long list.

Saulkar:
P.P.S. What do you guys think of me getting the first dual shock controller as the PS1 just came with the OG controller?

Unless my memory is foggy, the PS2's DualShock2 will work on the PS1 so there's technically no need to get an original DualShock.
Now if you want your controller to color-match and you don't want to keep plugging the controller around...

As for game recommendations, I think it's safe to just open a few top 100 lists and go through them, but this might get a little pricey as you're apparently trying to buy all the discs.

Anyway, enough of the back-of-the-classroom-talk, here are a couple of games I personally enjoyed a lot back in the day for the PS1;
I can't vouch for their absolute quality, they are just some of the games I enjoyed.

Ace Combat 2
Alundra
Alundra 2 - A big departure from the first one and not as good, in my opinion, but can be fun
Ape Escape
Chrono Cross
Crash Bandicoot
Crash Bandicoot 2
Crash Bandicoot 3
Crash Team Racing
Digimon World - Probably only best played if you enjoy(ed) the Digimon franchise
Digimon World 2 - ^
Digimon World 3 - ^
Diver's Dream - A silly little game about wreckage diving, looting treasures
Driver
Driver 2
Final Fantasy 7 - You could actually play it on a PC nowadays, which might be better
Final Fantasy 8 - ^
Final Fantasy 9 - ^
Final Fantasy Tactics
Future Cop LAPD - Best played co-op
Grandia
Guardian's Crusade
Heart of Darkness - Probably better to get a PC version
Jade Cocoon
Kingsley's Adventure
Klonoa
Legend of Mana
Lost Vikings 2
Medi Evil
Medi Evil 2
Mega Man X4
Mega Man X5
Mega Man X6 - Wouldn't actually bother with this one if you're planning on buying the discs, same could be said about X5
Mega Man Legends - This game suffers a bit in the control department because it was developed for the original controller and the N64 controller, so you'll find yourself moving the camera around with R1 and L1
Mega Man Legends 2 - A great series that is sadly overlooked
Metal Gear Solid
Monkey Hero
MrDomino - No one can stop him!
Rayman
Rosco MqQueen
Odd World 1&2
Skullmonkeys
Symphony of the Night
Spider-Man
Spider-Man 2
Spyro
Spyro 2
Spyro 3
Suikoden
Suikoden 2
Taifu - Wrath of the Tiger
Tenchu
Tenchu 2
Tomba! - alternatively known as Tombi! if you're in Europe
Tomba!2
Wild Arms
Wild Arms 2

And because this post is getting too long as is, I'll refrain from adding more PS1 games and forgo the PS2 games entirely (for now).

OP, question, is the reason you've mentioned Parasite Eve 2 and not the much better first game because your consoles are PAL region systems? If not, get the original instead of sequel. If yes, guess Chrono Cross is out of the running too.

Also a word of warning that several games you listed can get pretty pricy. Off the top of my head: Symphony of the Night, Legend of Dragoon and Klonoa: Door to Phantomile. Especially if you need PAL versions. Those can sometimes go over €100 for copies with case and manual in good condition.

Anyway, since people have already posted a lot of the usual suspects, I'll focus on games that are lesser known, unique/interesting, or both. Also, no region-specific games just to be sure.

I am shocked at the complete lack of Silent Hill here.

And Dragon Quest 8.

All of the Silent Hill.
Resident Evil 1-3.
Devil May Cry 1 & 3.
Bujingai
Gungrave & Gungrave Overdose.
Burnout 3 & Revenge.
Time Crisis series & Crisis Zone.
The Warriors
Crazy Taxi

Samtemdo8:
I am shocked at the complete lack of Silent Hill here.

And Dragon Quest 8.

The OP already mentioned Silent Hill in his list.

OT: Myst

I mostly played JRPG so that's what I'll mostly recommend.

For PS1, outside of the more well known stuff (obviously final fantasy, 8 is the only one that I'd say put toward the bottom of the backlog) I'd recommend:

-Star ocean 2nd story, massive JRPG with a bit of an action focus, there's a cool system where your party split up in town so you can talk to them and advance side quest. The rest of the franchise is not really worth bothering with.
-Threads of fate (dewprism in jp) a fun cute little action jrpg (maybe takes 10-15 hour to complete), has a lots of humor and great character in general, I recommend playing with Mint as your main character.
-Vagrant story, sorta kinda like a turn base dark soul ish game, the combat is a bit weird so look up video to see if you'd like it, but exploration is great
-Xenogears is great if you want massive, ambitious story, gameplay is very so-so.
-Breath of fire 4 has an interesting story that's explored trough two character at the same time, gameplay is also a bit so-so
-Legend of mana, beautiful to the eyes and ears but very repetitive to play
-Megam man legend, 3rd person RPG mega man, it's cool, a bit like a metroidvenia it has a large interconnected world

Most JRPG were great to good so it's pretty hard to go wrong with them, but since all of them are 40-80 hours there's not much point to recommend that many so I'll leave it that.

You mentioned armored core, the PS1 one are very clunky so I'd skip them and go straight to the PS2 one, they're pretty much all good (although AC2 another age is so-so). For ace combat, I'd recommend starting with 5, it's probably the best but it's not hard to branch out to the other one if you want to.

For PS2

-Persona 4, imo the best of the persona, if you never played the mroe modern one, it has a time management aspect where you have to interact with people as a normal student to get stronger in the dungeon
-Xenosaga, if you played xenogears and want more, you're in luck. The first one is the only one I'd fully recommend though
-Shadow hearts covenant, pretty weird but very interesting, if you liked legend of dragoon combat system, this is pretty similar. The setting is this world early 20th century.
-Tales of abyss, tales of is a large franchise so it's hard to narrow it down to one, but abyss has a good story is decent gameplay.
-Grandia 2, pretty good, but much much too easy which waste the gameplay potential
-Odin sphere, beautiful and actually okay gameplay (2d side scroller)
-Mana kehmia, cool game where you go to alchemist school, big focus on crafting
-Wild arms 3, most of the franchise is good, I'd say 3 is the most interesting one. It's western (ie cowboy and desert) style JRPG

Squilookle:
Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction

YES! An absolute must play!

I'd recommend all the GTA games, but I'd especially recommend GTA Liberty City Stories and GTA Vice City Stories, in case you're a PC gamer and never got to play them. Mobile versions just don't compare to the originals.

Scarface: The World is Yours

The Godfather: The Game

Shinobido: Way of the Ninja (might be very hard to get, but it's one of the best, if not THE BEST ninja game ever made)

Bully

Metal Gear Solid 2 and Metal Gear Solid 3 (Subsistence version, not the original Snake Eater)

Soul Calibur 3 (only the best Soul Calibur game)

ICO and Shadow of the Colossus.

I'll think of others, probably. I have over 150 PS2 games.

Tomba!

Valkyrie Profile for PSX

Valkyrie Profile 2 for PS2

And get Black cuz it is the loudest FPS ever.

I've only played a couple PS1 games so I'll just recommend for PS2.

Destroy All Humans! There aren't too many games where you play an alien overthrowing humanity. Also you anal probe people until their heads explode, it's great!

Katamari Damacy was great too. It's so satisfying to roll your ball bigger and bigger going from picking up staples to people to buildings.

Okami is also a must play. I played it for the first time a couple years ago and had a blast. Unique aesthetics, good story, fun world to explore.

For PS1 I'll second Ape Escape and also suggest Brave Fencer Musashi, Jumping Flash, WipEout, and Jet Moto.

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Oh boy! I got so much more than I had hoped for. Let's see if I can replay to everyone.

Squilookle:
For the PS1:

Driver: You Are the Wheelman

I actually have all the other games (except for the Timesplitter series which I already intend to get) for different consoles but thank you for suggesting Driver as I would have definitely overlooked that one and thanks for the write ups.

ChupathingyX:
For PS1 I'd recommend the Dino Crisis games. The first is basically Resident Evil but with dinosaurs while the second is much more action oriented (think RE4 but with tank controls/set camera angles).

I will definitely take a look at that one.

ChupathingyX:

If you're into JRPGs I'd also point you towards the Shadow Hearts series, which are some really nice overlooked games with a fun combat gimmick, unique settings, and very likable cast of characters.

I will have to do research on this one as I have heard of it but know nothing about it.

Hawki:
So there's going to be overlap with what people have posted, but I can reccomend:

PS1

-Crash Bandicoot 1/2/3 (not so much 1 compared to its successors though)
-Metal Gear Solid (seriously, play this)
-Resident Evil 2/3 (and 1, I guess, but 1 hasn't aged well)
-Spyro the Dragon 1/2/3 (similar to Crash)

I should have worded my OP better because I intend to play all of the sequels to each game I listed. On the flip side I am currently playing the Reignited Trilogy and worry that I may burnout if I tried the classic Spyro games too soon.

Hawki:

PS2

Lots of sequels I intend to play

My bad for wording myself like total butt.

bluegate:

Unless my memory is foggy, the PS2's DualShock2 will work on the PS1 so there's technically no need to get an original DualShock.

A did a quick search it this seems to be the case though the PS2 I got came with 2 controllers so I can always spare one.

bluegate:

As for game recommendations, I think it's safe to just open a few top 100 lists and go through them, but this might get a little pricey as you're apparently trying to buy all the discs.

That is the problem though; I am constantly overwhelmed by such lists and am hoping to do some distillation here. I also just learned the hard way how pricey this could get after searching for more than just a couple of minutes. Symphony of the Night is damn near a hundred dollars for a decent running copy on Ebay! I can see myself paying 30 dollars tops for some of these classics but the price of the rest has me shaking my head.

bluegate:

Depending on your PS2 model I'd personally invest into a Free MC Boot Memory Card, this memory card tricks the PS2's boot sequence and allows for running games through alternative methods; through USB, through HDD ( if the model allows ) or through Ethernet.

If you have the tools you could even install it on a memory card by yourself.

I may have to do just this.

bluegate:

Good list;

Some on here I never even knew existed.

CoCage:
All of the Silent Hill..
Devil May Cry 1 & 3.
Bujingai
Gungrave & Gungrave Overdose.
Burnout 3 & Revenge.
Time Crisis series & Crisis Zone.
The Warriors
Crazy Taxi

Hmm, some familiar names here that I had completely forgotten about but how in the hell did I forget about Crazy Taxi?!

CaitSeith:

OT: Myst

Will Do!

Meiam:
I mostly played JRPG so that's what I'll mostly recommend.

Most JRPG were great to good so it's pretty hard to go wrong with them, but since all of them are 40-80 hours there's not much point to recommend that many so I'll leave it that.

I get world anxiety, i.e.: Just like books, I find it difficult to jump into a story rich setting without doing ample research first. It feels oddly like I am trespassing and unwelcome in this regard, as strange as that may sound. For most games it is not a problem but sprawling RPGs, and JRPGs to boot, are on another tier. So as good as many of these games could be they will likely take a while before I attempt them (Both PS1 and 2) but thanks for the list.

Meiam:

You mentioned armored core, the PS1 one are very clunky so I'd skip them and go straight to the PS2 one, they're pretty much all good (although AC2 another age is so-so). For ace combat, I'd recommend starting with 5, it's probably the best but it's not hard to branch out to the other one if you want to.

I guess that explains why Armored Core is so cheap on Ebay and gave me the wrong impression of PS1 game prices. I will keep the rest in mind.

Adam Jensen:

I'd recommend all the GTA games, but I'd especially recommend GTA Liberty City Stories and GTA Vice City Stories, in case you're a PC gamer and never got to play them. Mobile versions just don't compare to the originals.

Scarface: The World is Yours

The Godfather: The Game

Shinobido: Way of the Ninja (might be very hard to get, but it's one of the best, if not THE BEST ninja game ever made)

Bully

ICO and Shadow of the Colossus.

More games that I cannot believe I forgot.

Adam Jensen:

Soul Calibur 3 (only the best Soul Calibur game)

I heard that this one is really good but is it not also the one with the console bricking glitch?

Yoshi178:
Tomba!

Pumbaa!!!

Second time in this thread this game is mentioned. Never heard of it, know nothing about it, I will have to check it out.

Marik2:
Valkyrie Profile for PSX

Valkyrie Profile 2 for PS2

And get Black cuz it is the loudest FPS ever.

Even more games (sans Black) I have never heard of. My list of games to check out is getting redonkulous.

Drathnoxis:
I've only played a couple PS1 games so I'll just recommend for PS2.

Destroy All Humans!

Katamari Damacy

Okami

All classics but I am now eyeing up my wallet. I hope to get a lot of games on disk but with the rising prices that seems very, very unlikely. I should have started this a decade ago.

RelativityMan:

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O.M.G.H.F.S.W.T.F?!!!

In grade two/three, almost two decades ago, I saw a strategy guide for games on a library shelf and decided to go pick it up and look through it. I stumbled upon a character that was immeasurably striking for my preteen mind and it has to this day influenced my aesthetics when designing aliens and monsters but I never saw the magazine again nor could I find out which game that it had come from as I kept searching for the term "Dark Lumen". It was "Dark Lumina", final boss form, rendered in a detailed anime style!!! Even right now I cannot find the original picture with the correct search terms but I am that much closer to reviewing how much my personal aesthetic evolved from that one picture. This is definitely the first game that I will pick up for the PS1.

Thank You So Much!!!!!!!

Saulkar:

Yoshi178:
Tomba!

Pumbaa!!!

Second time in this thread this game is mentioned. Never heard of it, know nothing about it, I will have to check it out.

game is the shit!

also get Jedi Power Battles too.

Saulkar:
All classics but I am now eyeing up my wallet. I hope to get a lot of games on disk but with the rising prices that seems very, very unlikely. I should have started this a decade ago.

Pretty much. Used to be you could get a lot of common PS1 classics for $10 or less. Tho you can keep things more affordable if you're willing to compromise and put in a bit of work.

Basically, only buy loose discs. Either keep them in a cd/dvd wallet, or if you really want cases, buy a bunch of cd jewel/dvd cases and some plain glossy photo paper, download a (custom) cover from places like The Cover Project, and print them yourself. Does require access to a decent printer, but in the long run it is easily cheaper than getting everything complete in original case.

Does come with a few downsides. First off, no case often also means no manual. Secondly, buying loose discs is riskier in regards to disc condition, unless you buy from a reputable retro seller, who usually don't offer a lot of choice because collectors tend to disdain loose game discs/cartridges.

Most of my favorite games are on PS2:

Beyond Good & Evil
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
God of War I & II
Ico
Katamari Damacy
Killer7
Kingdom Hearts I & II
Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction
Odin Sphere
Okami
Resident Evil 4
Shadow of the Colossus
Silent Hill 2
Silent Hill 4: The Room

Some of these weren't exclusives or have been re-released but I still think the PS2 versions hold up.

Saulkar:
I heard that this one is really good but is it not also the one with the console bricking glitch?

As long as Soul Calibur 3 save file is the first one created on the memory card, it will be fine. I used to have a (probably still do, somewhere) CD that can boot into the memory card and transfer save files from and to a USB drive and back. It's how I used to manage hundreds of save files. There's probably still a tutorial about it somewhere.

I can't give you a long list of PS2 games since I only played them at a friends house, but I can recommend one that stood out:

The Red Star
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It's both a Bullet Hell and a beat-em-up, has a performance-based upgrade system, and even 2-player co-op. Lots of fun, gets super difficult after the half-way point, and really unique.

 

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