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Top 10 Best PlayStation 1 Multiplayer Games

VO: Dan Paradis
Script written by Nathan Sharp There was nothing like sitting in your friend’s basement and powering up the ol’ PlayStation. Join WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the top ten PlayStation 1 multiplayer games. For this list, we're looking at our favorite games released for the PlayStation which incorporated a significant multiplayer aspect. Any form of multiplayer is welcome here, whether it be co-operative gameplay or competitive; as long as two or more players were able to take part at once, the game will be considered. Special thanks to our users Martin Tollberg and AXHP for submitting the idea at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Script written by Nathan Sharp

Top 10 PlayStation 1 Multiplayer Games


There was nothing like sitting in your friend’s basement and powering up the ol’ PlayStation. Welcome to Watchmojo.com, and today we're counting down our picks for the top ten PlayStation 1 multiplayer games.

For this list, we're looking at our favorite games released for the PlayStation which incorporated a significant multiplayeraspect. Any form of multiplayer is welcome here, whether it be co-operative gameplay or competitive; as long as two or more players were able to take part at once, the game will be considered.

#10: “Jet Moto 3” (1999)


Serving as the third and final entry in the “Jet Moto” series, this installment improved on its predecessors in many ways and provided gamers with a unique racing experience...and probably a few broken controllers as well. In this game, players control not the cars or motorcycles typical of racing games, but hoverbikes, which can be used both on land and water. The graphics were gorgeous for the time, and the game took players to such beautiful exotic locations like a volcano and real-life World Heritage Site Machu Picchu. The courses provide hours of entertainment and plenty of opportunity for a little friendly rivalry. While sales were poor, it was still a blast, and you can't tell us any different.

#9: “Soul Blade” (1997)


Originally released to arcades in 1995 as “Soul Edge,” this game was upgraded and ported to the PlayStation, where it became “Soul Blade” and kicked off a hugely successful series of fighting games. While fighting games had been popular for many years before its release, “Soul Blade” had various gameplay elements which made it unique, including the weapon gauge which would deplete upon consistent blocking and force the player to finish the round without their weapon. The fighting was chaotic and visually stunning, giving players a feast for the eyes as their characters duke it out on screen. The game was a huge success and proved that you don't need excessive amounts of blood and gore in your fighting game to have a good time.

#8: “Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit” (1998)


While the first game in the series incorporated police chases, they were limited to only one car which had very rudimentary AI. Enter this third installment, which provided a racing game like no other at the time. The police’s numbers were much greater and their AI was significantly improved, as they were able to create roadblocks and deploy spike strips in order to stop your car. What resulted were some magnificent and highly intense races. Not only did players have to out-race each other, but they also had to evade the brutal and relentless police cars. It blended the thrill of a race and a police chase together into one complete and exhilarating escapade.

#7: “Street Fighter Alpha 3” (1999)


Another popular arcade game that was ported to the PlayStation, “Street Fighter Alpha 3” was a cornerstone of the “Street Fighter” series and proved to be one of its best outings. In the transition to the PlayStation, new characters joined the roster, giving fans a reason to play on consoles. That, and you could stay inside. The animation and production qualities were top notch for the time, and all the classic characters were accounted for, providing a rich and complete package. The game had tons of depth and unlockables, giving fans an excuse to play for countless hours as they unlocked new characters and locations. It is, without a doubt, one of the quintessential 2D fighting games.

#6: “Vigilante 8: 2nd Offense” (1999)


If there's one thing multiplayer is good for, it's blowing up your friend and laughing as you drive over their car’s scattered pieces. That's really all this game is about. While there was a co-operative mode, the core fun of the game came from the simple deathmatch, which saw players driving around courses and blowing up their friends with various weapons, including homing missiles and mines. New to this installment were the salvage points, which were earned by killing others and used to upgrade your car.

#5: “Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2” (2000)


While the first Tony Hawk game was successful and made skateboarding cool for a generation of kids, the sequel improved upon the gameplay in every way. The result was one of the finest PlayStation games ever released. Everything about this game was ramped up from the original, including more skateboarders, larger courses, and more complex objectives. There's simply nothing like cruising around the game’s numerous locations and doing insane tricks with your buddy, complete with exclamations of “Oh man!” and “Did you see that!?” While the series would eventually crash and burn, there was nothing like this game at the time, and it was fantastic.

#4: “Metal Slug X” (2001)


Another port of a popular arcade game, “Metal Slug X's” transition to consoles smoothed out some gameplay elements for a more rewarding playthrough. For example, the arcade version's infamous slowdown was fixed, giving PlayStation players a smoother and more enjoyable adventure. The gameplay was always frenzied, complete with nonstop enemies and constant explosions as the environment crumbled to dust around the players. The game also came equipped with a unique sense of humor, most notable of which is the ability to get fat and stab your enemies with a fork. The game provided countless hours of co-operative fun, and it was one of the best run and gun games on the fifth generation of consoles.

#3: “Twisted Metal 2” (1996)


Drive around and shoot eachother: there might not be that much nuance to the gameplay here, but it's still a thrilling and memorable experience. This game sees players duke it out in ballistic missile-equipped cars throughout various arenas, with the simple objective of blowing up your enemies and surviving until the end. While the premise sounds simple, the gameplay is nevertheless extremely fun, as there's nothing more exhilarating than playing cat and mouse around the arena with your friends. It was the most successful of the “Twisted Metal” games, selling over 1.5 million copies and becoming a Greatest Hit on the PlayStation, proving that players couldn't get enough of the gleeful vehicular carnage.

#2: “Crash Team Racing” (1999)


Even though it is arguably a blatant ripoff of “Mario Kart,” “Crash Team Racing” was an outstanding racing game and a fantastic sendoff for Naughty Dog and Crash Bandicoot. Amazingly, the four player splitscreen ran incredibly well, as the game was able to keep pace with the incredible speed of the karts and the gorgeous, detailed landscapes that they raced within. The gameplay was frenetic and challenging, and the maps were enormous and varied, with many different routes to explore and obstacles to overcome. It's one of the best kart racing games ever released, and certainly one of PlayStation’s greatest achievements.

Before we look at our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

“Cool Boarders 2” (1997)

“Ehrgeiz” (1999)

“Bloody Roar 2” (1999)

“WWF SmackDown!” (2000)

“Point Blank” (1998)

#1: “Tekken 3” (1998)


The last “Tekken” game to be released for the PlayStation, “Tekken 3” sent the series off in style and gave players one of the greatest fighting games to ever grace home consoles. This third installment brought many things to the series which led to its acclaim, including better graphics, fluid animation, and new characters who are now staples of the series, including Jin Kazama and Julia Chang. It was one of the best games to play with friends and proved to be incredibly popular, selling 8.5 million copies and becoming the fourth best selling PlayStation game of all time. There's no other fighting game like it, and it's now rightly considered a masterpiece of the genre.

Do you agree with our list? What was your favorite multiplayer experience on the PlayStation? For more co-operative top tens published every day, be sure to subscribe to Watchmojo.com.
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