The Playstation 1 might not look so good to modern gamers given how far the industry has come in the roughly quarter century since its release. However, in terms of the story told and the designs used, there are still PS1 games that hold up incredibly well today when it comes to the quality of cutscenes used between levels.
From the many great Square games that preceded the company’s merger with Enix to produce some very memorable cutscenes and games in the PS1 era, to more forgotten but equally impressive animated games for the time, there are plenty of games PS1 which have nice cut-scenes and are worth revisiting today.
An easy choice for one of the best video games of the PS1 era in general, Solid metal gear took the already beloved metal gear franchise in 3D animation format and has made leaps and bounds along the way. For sheer cinematic presentation of a game, it’s hard to beat Solid metal gear at that time.
It wasn’t just the graphics that helped Metal Gear Solid’s the story and outtakes caused a stir at the time and through gaming history ever since. The story told around Snake’s infiltration of the nuclear weapons facility and the intriguing characters inside was taken to another level by the cutscenes, all of which were built using the engine of the Game.
A somewhat surprising choice from a very surprising source, the vehicle-based combat of the twisted metal games were unloved by critics until they started turning a corner with twisted metal 4. Still not considered an overall gaming masterpiece, the cutscenes helped elevate this game beyond what most fans expected it to be.
For a game that was primarily a demolition derby with projectiles, twisted metal 4 surprised many with the final cutscenes. There were multiple endings to the game, and each provided one of many scenes that were all put together beautifully. Although the graphics for these scenes have aged, they were worth exploring and helped make this entry in the franchise perhaps the most memorable of them all.
3/6 Final Fantasy VII
It’s easy to talk about it Final Fantasy when it comes to cutscenes. The elevation of the story in general throughout video game history is always going to lead back to the classic Final Fantasy Games. Some consider Final Fantasy VII to be the biggest in the series, thanks in large part to its focus on story and the incredible scenes that come together to tell it.
Although the modern remake features updated graphics for these scenes, nothing will beat the original feeling of playing a game that told this magnificent story for the very first time back when such grand and so wonderful stories were almost unheard of in games. It wasn’t even something game makers aspired to before. Final Fantasy VII.
4/6 The legend of the dragon
Whereas The legend of the dragon was compared unfavorably to Final Fantasy series by critics, there are still a lot of good things about this classic game. The game takes place in a world called Endiness and features a group of warriors trying to stop the end of their world. The game was known at the time to be extremely expensive due to the use of realistic CGI cutscenes.
With a solid story and amazing graphics for a PS1 game combined, The legend of the dragon garnered much praise. It’s also garnered a cult following over the years for taking the leap into really caring about how its cutscenes look.
5/6 Resident Evil 2
Praised in that it was eventually brought back in a full-scale remake, Resident Evil 2 is a memorable game that elevated the franchise in a way that has kept it massive with every subsequent release since, leading up to the incredibly popular most recent entry, Resident Evil Village.
The story of Leon and Claire is fascinating because it is completely different for each player character, and because the other characters and the scenes set up are perfectly written and acted out. While most players will now use the game’s popular remake to experience the story, the cutscenes were already a triumph that told a great story in the original.
6/6 Wandering story
With an army of cult fans keeping the memory of this game alive and trying to make it one of the best PS1 games of all time, Wandering story was developed by the team behind Final Fantasy Tactics and is considered by many to be a Final Fantasy game in all but name. While this has kept it from being as well known as it deserves, the game is nonetheless a triumph.
Set in the fictional town of Léa Monde, Wandering story follows Ashley Riot, an elite agent who tries to solve a mystery involving a cult leader and members of parliament. The game was highly praised for its unique RPG style, having no player interaction with other characters and focusing on crafting weapons. Cutscenes throughout the game are gorgeous and have been well revered for their comic book style art and bubbles.
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