The 25 best PlayStation games ever

It's the Sony PlayStation's 20th birthday today, so we thought we'd celebrate by agonising for weeks over its best games ever. Here's what we ended up with
The 25 best PlayStation games ever

Well that was a bad idea.

When we noticed it was the Sony PlayStation's 20th birthday today, we thought it might be fun to mark the anniversary by putting together a little list of what we consider to be the best games ever on the platform. But we were wrong. Very, very wrong.

Our longlist included some 150 games, our shortlist numbered 72. Debates raged in the office over the merits of Gran Turismo Vs Gran Turismo 2, over which games should be left out (Shadow Of The Colossus? Heresy!) and over whether we should prioritise PlayStation exclusives over all-format titles.

We were left with only one choice: a vote. And when all the votes had been counted, this was the list we ended up with. We think it's pretty good - hopefully you'll agree. Because if you do, all the arguments will have been thoroughly worthwhile.

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25. Silent Hill (PS1, 1999)

Resident Evil may have been first, but to many Silent Hill was the ultimate survival horror game. You found yourself lost in an eerie, fog-shrouded town as you searched for your daughter but instead discovered all manner of unmentionably horrific... things.

While Res Evil wasn't exactly a gun-crazy killathon, Silent Hill took the survival bit to another level - for large parts of the game you were reliant on just your legs and your wits, plus a trusty iron bar. And if you did find a gun, you weren't very good at shooting it. The atmosphere was unremittingly tense, with the ghostly soundtrack and murky visuals combining to leave you constantly on the edge of your seat. Creepy. As. Hell. MM

24. SSX (PS2, 2000)

You didn't have to be a snowboarding fan to love the original SSX. Combining the addictive trickery of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater with the exhilarating speed of Wipeout, it was the surprise hit of the PS2's launch titles.

The brilliantly designed courses seemed to go on forever, while razor-sharp controls and hidden tracks kept you coming back for one more stalefish. MW

23. Front Mission 3 (PS1, 2000)

It won’t be known to many, but to a certain type of gamer Front Mission 3 was perfect. That’s because it combined Japanese RPG storytelling and drama with turn­-based combat involving mechs. You could customise your giant walking tanks with machine guns, rockets and brutal fists, and when you attacked an enemy the camera switched from the distant isometric layout to cinematic action shots. Well, it was cinematic by PS1 standards, anyway. TP

22. God Of War (PS2, 2005)

Who knew that a gruff, ash-white-and-red guy would become such an engaging lead? Sony did, apparently, and Kratos has driven the God Of War series into the pantheon of all-time great action games. It started with the fantastic PlayStation 2 debut, which delivered epic showdowns against mythological bosses and incredible combo-driven combat, all while pushing the aging hardware to new heights. AH

21. Burnout 3: Takedown (PS2, 2004)

Even with the graphical enhancements of the two console generations since, it's easy to make the case that arcade racing hit its apex with Burnout 3: Takedown. Criterion's amazing entry delivered raucous, explosive racing action with an incredible sense of speed - and poured the resulting tension into wild city sprints and online showdowns. And who can forget the deviously destructive Crash mode? Not us, at any rate. AH

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