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12 underrated retro PlayStation games we want to see on PS Plus

These hidden gems need a new home.

PlayStation

PlayStation

Sony’s upgraded PS Plus plans include access to hundreds of PS1, PS2, and PSP games at the highest tier. That means there’s hope for some underrated gems in the lineup along with PlayStation’s biggest hits.

Here are 12 amazing retro PlayStation games we want to see on PS Plus.

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Square Enix

12. Einhänder

PS1

Square Enix is almost synonymous with turn-based RPGs, but it also made the best side-scrolling shooter of the PS1 era. Wide weapon variety and satisfying bosses elevated it to the peak of the genre.

11. Ehrgeiz

PS1

Along with space shooters, Square Enix dabbled in off-the-wall fighting games in the ‘90s. Ehrgeiz doesn’t have the best combat ever, but its deep RPG Quest Mode and stable of Final Fantasy characters make it an oddity we’d love to revisit.

Square Enix

10. Crisis Core

PSP

Crisis Core tells an action RPG side-story to FF7 from the perspective of Zack Fair. While the Compilation is being remade for mobile as Ever Crisis, getting to play the original games would be a treat for FF7 fans.

Square Enix

Activision

9. Nightmare Creatures

PS1

Like a proto-Bloodborne, Nightmare Creatures features fast-paced combat against mutated monsters in a gothic horror setting. The game split reviewers with its intense difficulty.

8. Drakengard

PS2

If you like the bizarre, irreverent NieR series, you have director Yoko Taro’s Drakengard to thank for it. Playing out through ground and air battles, the idiosyncratic RPG got a lot of attention for its great but convoluted story.

Square Enix

7. Xenosaga

PS2

You could be forgiven for not knowing Xenoblade Chronicles is a spiritual successor to PS2’s Xenosaga. The sci-fi RPG epic was released in installments and canceled before its conclusion, but its philosophical story and streamlined battles still hold up.

Namco Bandai

Atlus

6. Persona 3 Portable

PSP

Persona 3 was beloved on release, and the PSP-only Persona 3 Portable makes it even better. It adds a female protagonist, new difficulty options, an expanded soundtrack, and even combat changes inspired by Persona 4.

5. Bushido Blade

PS1

In an era of button-mashing fighters, Bushido Blade focused on ultra-precise combat that could end with a single blow. Its realistic sword-fighting paved the way for games like Ghost of Tsushima and Sekiro.

Square Enix

4. Gitaroo Man

PS2

Early PlayStation consoles had some incredible, quirky rhythm games. But the guitar-strumming Gitaroo Man remains rare and underappreciated, despite its wacky brilliance.

Koei

Team Ico

3. Ico

PS2

Team Ico’s Shadow of the Colossus is a critical darling, but the studio’s first masterpiece doesn’t get as much credit. Ico’s clever puzzles and the emotional bond between its main characters make it a cult classic.

Activision

2. Tenchu: Stealth Assassins

PS1

Although the series went downhill quickly, 1998’s Tenchu: Stealth Assassins is one of the best stealth games ever. FromSoftware’s Sekiro was even inspired by the series.

1. Vagrant Story

PS1

Vagrant Story is an experimental RPG that adds real-time elements and the ability to target specific body parts to its combat. Its fantastic story is even referenced in Final Fantasy XII and XIV.

Square Enix