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

20. JOURNEY (PS3, 2012)

Plenty of the games on this list are big, thrilling action experiences, and it's easy to see why those entries resonate with us so much… but Journey very much isn't that type of game.

It's small and meditative, as you guide a little hooded creature through the desert. And then you might find a companion – a real, online person – but you'll never know his/her name or communicate with real words. But you'll still work together to solve puzzles and navigate this dazzling world on your joint pilgrimage. And if you're like us, you'll never forget it.

19. Motorstorm (PS3, 2006)

Before its launch, Sony made outlandish claims about the crazy power of its PS3 console. Motorstorm proved those claims weren't hot air. On the one hand it was a brutally quick arcade off-road racer that pitted hardy vehicles (cars, buggies, motocross bikes, trucks) against terrain that made the Paris-Dakar look like a nip down the supermarket. On the other, it was a thing of filthy beauty.

It occupied the Stuff team for a year's worth of lunchtimes because it was both great to play and brilliant to watch, as its epic stacks resulted in a roar of schadenfreude and a movie-style deconstruction of a vehicle into a shower of springs, wheels and bits of mangled chassis. As much a spectator sport as a killer game.

18. HORIZON: ZERO DAWN (PS4, 2017)

Horizon: Zero Dawn has only been out for a matter of months, and yet it's already catapulted into the pantheon of the greatest PlayStation exclusives to date. Guerrilla's new franchise stars heroine Aloy as a hunter in a time of robotic dinosaurs and other pointy threats, which you'll take down with precise arrow shots or a bit of melee combat. But Horizon's biggest wow moments come from the stunning world and the genuinely interesting storyline. It's huge, but also hugely impactful.

17. LittleBigPlanet (PS3, 2008)

It's rare that a game is labeled an instant classic, but LittleBigPlanet was exactly that, and the series has since become a Sony staple for all ages. Not only did it deliver a unique platform-action experience with an amazingly distinctive aesthetic, but it also provided the tools to create your own experiences from scratch and share them freely online. It was already wonderful, but you could make it even greater.

16. Crash Bandicoot (PS1, 1996)

Where Nintendo had Mario, PlayStation had Crash - a cheeky, rambunctious marsupial with a fondness for collecting fruit, a love of jumping on boxes and a hatred of his creator and nemesis Dr Neo Cortex. While Crash may not have brought much originality to the platform genre, the first game in the series was at the time a high watermark for colourful graphics and the gameplay was perfectly poised between just-one-more-go addictiveness and argghh-how-can-you-do-that-to-me frustration.