Stuff's Best Games Ever: The 25 best PlayStation games of all time

5) Tony Hawk's Pro Skater (PS1, 1999)

One of the most endlessly replayable games in PlayStation history, the first Tony Hawk's Pro Skater not only defined the modern skating game experience, but also helped catapult skateboarding back into the mainstream consciousness. Grinding through a shopping mall and pulling off constant 900s might not be realistic, but it sure as hell was a blast – and the next couple of games took the fun even further.

4) Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3, 2009)

The first Uncharted impressed with its beautiful graphics and modernisation of the action­adventure­exploration mix pioneered by earlier classics such as Tomb Raider – but its sequel turned everything up to 11.

With huge environments, phenomenal voice acting and motion capture and some of the most memorably audacious set pieces ever seen – or rather, played through – in a video game, not to mention a decent multiplayer mode, it established Naughty Dog as Sony’s premier subsidiary developer and became one of the PS3’s must­-own exclusive titles.

The third Uncharted title, Drake’s Deception, was equally ambitious and a superb title in its own right, but arguably lacked the groundbreaking impact of Among Thieves, while the superb fourth, A Thief's End, can be found a few entries higher up this list.

3) Resident Evil (PS1, 1996)

It's hard to underestimate the impact of Resident Evil. There had been scary games before, sure, but Res Evil was a new, cinematic kind of scary in its approach to shocks. The most memorable of them - walking down a seemingly secure corridor you are suddenly pounced on by a bloodthirsty dog who's jumped through the window - is enough to give us chills now, nearly 20 years later. Even when you're prepared for it it shocks you. 

It's dated a lot of course. The graphics now look distinctly shonky, the voice-acting is famously hammy and you do seem to spend a lot of time just walking down corridors. But at the time, it was revolutionary, ushering in a world in which watching games could be as much fun as playing them. And as scary.

2) Grand Theft Auto III (PS2, 2001)

Looking at the highly polished, visually stunning and detailed cinematic masterpiece that is GTA V, it's all too easy to forget about the ancestor that brought 3D shenanigans to Rockstar's manic bullet-spraying crime-fuelled universe.

Jumping into Liberty City back in 2001 was like seeing colours for the first time. Up until that point, we'd only experienced GTA's magic from a top-down perspective, raining chaos down from the heavens. But walking through the grimy city streets, shooting enemies with proper sights and ploughing through traffic with tanks in glorious third-person 3D was a whole new world entirely.

1) The Last Of Us (PS3, 2013)

For our money, there’s no finer PlayStation game than Naughty Dog’s post-apocalyptic action adventure. As a pure gaming experience, it’s an exhilarating blend of stealth, exploration, puzzle solving, item crafting and brutal combat that feels like a darker take on the same developer’s Uncharted series, but it’s when you place that gameplay in the context of one of the most maturely ­written, best-acted stories and most wholly­-realised worlds in gaming history that The Last Of Us becomes something truly special.

Thematically spot ­on, impeccably presented and unafraid of taking its players to incredibly bleak places, it’s a game that felt – and still feels – truly special. Part of us wants Naughty Dog to go ahead with its announced sequel, while part of us wants the company to leave The Last Of Us exactly as it is (but we'll still play the next one, obviously).

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