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  Puzz Loop/Ballistic  
 

The Playstation was blessed with many a fantastic puzzle game during its life span, and Puzz Loop is just one of these many unsung titles. Here the aim is to destroy marbles before they snake their way to your cannon located in the middle of the screen, the only way to get rid of them is to match colours in groups of three or more. Many people will be familiar with the game's concept due to the now popular PC game "Zuma" which essentially copied its main gameplay mechanic.

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  Disruptor  
 

Disruptor is a very polished Doom style corridor shooter made by the company who went on to create the Resistance: Fall of Man games. On top of the shooting action the game gives you some interesting psionic powers which can be used to do a variety of things such as gain health. The game is still quite a playable blaster even now and is definitely one of the best of the brainless corridor shooters on the system.

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  Gex  
 

Gex is a humorous Mario 64 style 3D platform game where you explore the levels searching for remote controls. The comedy can be a bit hit and miss at times, but the fast paced gameplay, varied environments (many of which are cool pastiches of famous movies) and Gex's unique stick-on-walls move all help to make it a very respectable platformer.

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  Vanark  
 

Vanark is probably the closest the Playstation ever had to having its own Starfox style rail shooter. It has you piloting multiple vehicles which automatically move forwards along pre-determined paths, whilst highlighting and deploying missiles to deal with the enemies. Unique to the game are mild exploration elements which have you moving around a home base, and the occasional minigame section. The game is certainly no Starfox or Panzer Dragoon Zwei, but its still a fun diversion.

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  No One Can Stop Mr Domino  
 

What we have here is a quirky and highly original puzzle game which has you playing as a walking domino who's charged with setting up domino runs around a number of different, and interesting courses. Basically you move around the course looking for run opportunities, and watching the elaborate tricks you've set up, until you've gained enough points to complete the level and move onto the next course.

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  Madden NFL 2000  
 

A great American Football game and a huge improvement over the earlier PS1 releases due to its better, more fluid controls, improved computer AI, and more polished gameplay. All this work led to a much faster, more enjoyable game.

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  Return Fire  
 

Excellent port of the classic 3DO game, Return Fire has you playing action packed games of capture the flag. You choose your vehicle at the start (helicopter, jeep, tank, or support vehicle) attack the enemy base, and then attempt to drive back to your own base with flag in tow. The game is very playable, and the 2-player split screen mode is still very addictive.

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  Roll Away/Kula World  
 

Here's another excellent puzzle game which manages to be both absorbing and unique in equal measures. The aim of the game is to simply collect all the stage keys, and then get to the exit, sound easy? well, the problem is in working out how to actually navigate the levels, as the ball that you play as sticks to the levels and defies gravity, allowing you to twist the stage upside down and on its side. The game is loads of mindbending, topsy turvy fun.

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  Wild 9  
 

Here's a very clever, and interesting platform game from the people who made Earthworm Jim. The main gameplay concerns the manipulation of the enemies using a device called "the rig" which is essentially a kind of energy grappling hook. You can do a variety of different things with the rig, for instance the enemies can be thrown onto spikes to be used as platforms, or even be used to break grinders with their...er... bodies (the bad guys in this game get it bad). All in all a fun game which is always throwing new gameplay elements and ideas at you.

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  Syndicate Wars  
 

Involving strategy game which has you controlling a squad of cyborgs through a Blade Runner inspired world. The game has you carrying out different mission objectives, and generally entails causing murder, mayhem and destruction with an assortment of very cool weapons.

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  Jet Moto 3  
 

Futuristic racer which has you flying around a variety of terrains on hover bikes. Jet Moto 3 is a huge improvement over its predecessors, the handling is much better, the sense of speed is incredible, and the graphics are rich and colourful too.

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  Bloody Roar 2  
 

A fast paced and accessible 3D fighting game where each of the game's characters can morph into animal forms. Its not the deepest fighter out there, but its a fun, frenetic, and likeable title with some very nice graphical effects and style.

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  Team Buddies  
 

Action orientated real time strategy game where you retrieve boxes, take them back to your base and then use them to create more units or equipment. The game's real strong point is its frenetic 4-player split screen mode, with the action focused gameplay and easy to learn strategy elements making for a perfect party game. Word of warning for those easily offended, the original European release (not the US version) contains some really bad language and cultural stereotypes which can get pretty extreme at times.

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  Speed Freaks  
 

A nice kart racing game, Speed Freaks managed to bring some Mario Kart quality 4-player split screen fun to the Playstation. The game isn't a mere clone either, its a much more technical game than most kart racers, with handling requiring a good level of judgement, and precision, and the careful usage of speed boosts of utmost importance. Its not quite as fun or polished as Crash Team Racing, but personally I find it to be the more unique experience, so its still well worth checking out.

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  NHL 2000  
 

Superb hockey game with smooth, responsive gameplay, impressive (for its time) commentary, and loads of stats, options and features that should keep even the most discerning hockey fan happy.

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  Real Bout Dominated Mind  
  I think this has to be the best of SNKs 2d fighting games on PS1. With Dominated Mind SNK wisely decided against straight porting Real Bout Special to the system, instead re-working the game to create an experience which worked better within the confines of the Playstation architecture. Here the plane switching has been removed entirely, but the gameplay runs well, the characters and fighting engine have been tweaked, with some new moves and techniques, and there's a new playable character, and setting for the plot.
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  Silhouette Mirage  
 

This entry is for the original Japanese version of the game (I've heard the US version is inferior). Silhouette Mirage is an interesting take on the 2D platform shooter, in it your character changes colour depending on the direction she is facing, and only enemies of the opposite colour take damage, whilst those of the same colour become weaker with each hit. The game is full of clever level designs and memorable boss fights and is definitely one of the must play 2D titles on the system.

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  Worms Armageddon  
 

The Worms series of videogames are very accessible turn based strategy games where the aim is to command a squad of four worms to wipe out the opposition using a variety of humourous weapons. This sequel is mainly just a graphical improvement, but all the charm and addictive gameplay have been transferred over totally intact, and the original idea was already so well realised to begin with that this isn't really much of an issue.

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  Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit  
 

A very fun arcade racing game with nice graphics, good course designs, and a great sense of speed. What makes the game stand out is the addition of police cars and road blocks, creating some exhilarating cop chases and exciting gameplay.

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  Doom  
 

Everyone interested in gaming knows Doom, this is one of the most important titles of all time, and pioneered the whole first person shooter genre. The game has you running through corridors shooting enemies, and collecting keys, with nonstop action and loads of atmosphere being the main orders of the day. Doom on Playstation was a very early release (the game itself predates the Playstation by nearly a year), and games moved on a lot during the Playstation's life span, but the fact is that it does still stand up to many of the newer releases for the system, which really stands to its quality. It may not be the most impressive FPS title for PS1, but it still manages to be one of the best.

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