Top 5 PS1 Classics on PS Plus Premium — July 2022

By Sean Lawson and Lee Brady,

Sony has an ample amount of excellent games to dive into on the PS5 and PS4. Sometimes, though, all you really need is a good hit of nostalgia with some absolute iconic PS1 Classic titles available via PS Plus Premium.

With Sony's new and improved PlayStation Plus subscription service out in full force all over the world, we here at TrueTrophies decided to help you decide by picking out the five best PS1 Classics that you can find in the PS Plus Premium games list right now. PlayStation is set to roll out updates once a month, so make sure to check back as new additions make it into the PS1 classics available on PS Plus Premium.

The top 5 PS1 Classics of July 2022
Tekken 2Tekken 2 is a staple in the legendary fighting franchise

Tekken 2

Tekken 2 really catapulted this fighting game franchise in the right direction. Although Tekken was a fantastic showcase for what the series could become, Tekken 2 helped refine the core gameplay mechanics and introduce some iconic characters into the franchise. Obviously, Tekken 3 would go on to further refine the series and introduce some of the most legendary fighters to date, but, sadly, Tekken 3 is not available on PS Plus Premium — yet.

Namco Bandai's Tekken 2 introduced players to Jun, one of the most beloved and pivotal characters in the series, even if she only truly appeared as herself in this instalment of the series. Tekken 2 gives us our first introduction to Devil Kazuya’s counterpart, Angel, and we get to witness Heihachi throwing Kazuya’s body into an active volcano, one of the most iconic moments in the Tekken franchise.

Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear To The Rescue!Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear To The Rescue! An absolute classic

Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 2 Buzz Lightyear To The Rescue!

Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 2 Buzz Lightyear To The Rescue, is one giant mouthful of a title. Thankfully it is also an incredibly fun and whimsical action-adventure game that will challenge even the most seasoned gamers out there. With well-designed puzzle and combat sections to keep you on your toes as your traverse the gorgeous, albeit pixelated, world of Toy Story 2.

You take control of Buzz Lightyear, the hero of the skies, who we all know actually has quite a hard time getting his feet off the ground. Using Buzz's limited flight capabilities and armed with a "powerful" laser beam, you must guide Buzz across fifteen levels to rescue his best friend, Woody, from the hands of Stinky Pete. So what are you waiting for? Woody needs you to make use of those incredible platforming abilities you have! To infinite and beyond!

Ape Escape TrophiesHistory will never be the same again.

Ape Escape

What’s astounding about Ape Escape is, once you get over the not-insignificant hurdle of how bizarre its (let’s charitably call ‘innovative’) control scheme feels, just how exceedingly well the game holds up as a platformer. As Spike, you utilise a plethora of gadgets and techniques, all in the name of nabbing apes before they, well, escape.

Chasing your simian rivals across wacky and wild ape-altered time periods is as enthralling as it is novel. Catching certain high-level apes can require some genuine strategy, as you need to scout out the primate and suss which gadgets will do the job, which route over the stage makes for the best approach, whether to use stealth or just go in Stun Club swinging and then pray the ape stays put long enough for your brain to remember to use the unnatural-feeling right analog stick to bag it.

Luckily the game was as unnatural feeling in 1999 as it is today, so to compensate, the game is exceptionally well-paced, evenly raising the stakes just as you start to get the hang of it. Plus, with a platinum trophy on the line, there’s really no excuse not to give Ape Escape a shot — there’s just too much solid game design here to pass up.

Worms World PartyYou can hear the classic theme in your head already, right?

Worms World Party

Despite still receiving entries to this very day, the Worms series would, somewhat tragically, peak with Worms World Party. The next entry in the series, Worms 3D, took the Worms into the third dimension in a move that would be remembered as aggressively fine, and from there we wouldn’t have another really good Worms game until 2016’s Worms W.M.D.

Worms W.M.D’s best quality is that it did what Worms World Party had done 15 years before it: take what works from the last good title, and add just enough to the game to make it unique without ruining the more-or-less perfected formula. World Party is basically Armageddon with customisation features and more ridiculous weapons, and that’s all it needs to be.

Granted, the PS1 version of Worms World Party lacks its bigger PC brother’s excellent fire physics, and the game also lacks trophies, which is a staggering missed opportunity. Still, unlike some games that are blasts from the past, Worms World Party is in many ways legitimately the best in the series, having the perfect balance of loads and loads of stuff, yet nothing too distracting or auxiliary like W.M.D’s vehicles.

Resident Evil Directors Cut, a legend amongst horror gamesResident Evil Directors Cut, a legend amongst horror games

Resident Evil Directors Cut

Now you can't get much more classic than the original Resident Evil! I mean come on, this game had everyone yelling "Jill sandwich" at some point in their lives. For anyone who hasn't experienced both the genuine horror of the original Resident Evil game and the most hideous of cringy voice acting you will ever hear, now is the perfect opportunity to do so.

Thanks to PS Plus Premium, you can experience Capcom's iconic first entry into the RE franchise, the game that started it all. Resident Evil: Directors Cut comes enhanced with up-rendering, rewind, quick save, and custom video filters. It is a darn shame however that there are no trophies to be obtained unlike some other PS1 Classic games on this list. If you do decide to dive on into this zombie-infested mansion, then be careful of what lurks around every corner, you never know what may come crashing through a window.

So that is our top 5 PS1 classics of July 2022. Check back next month when we will update this guide with any new and exciting PS1 entries that arrive on PS Plus Premium! Also, don't forget about your PlayStation Plus games lineup for July 2022, because who doesn't love a free game?

What do you guys think of the list? Any glaringly obvious PS1 games we missed off the list? Sound off in the comments below!
Sean Lawson
Written by Sean Lawson
Sean is a Staff Writer with a focus on the geekiest Sony news. He writes stories about PlayStation exclusives such as Demon’s Souls, Marvel’s Wolverine, as well as RPGs. Sean’s favourite games include Mass Effect, Tomb Raider, Tekken, and Persona.