As we near the fifth year anniversary of the North American launch of Play Station and the upcoming launch of the system's successor, Play Station 2, we here at IGNPSX have been spending a lot of time thinking about the system, its impact on the industry, and the games that have been released on it.When you consider certain information tidbits, such as Play Station's installed base of more than 27 million units in North America (27.11 million as of March 31, 2000), the system's overall 7.9 to 1 software-to-hardware ratio -- which is higher than any console system in the history of videogames, and total software shipments exceeding 234 million units, it's funny to think about the state of affairs five years ago when Sony was considered just an outsider trying to break into Sega's and Nintendo's turf.In the year 2000, in the eyes of many, Play Station videogames.

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Given the large amount of games on the system, the wide variety of titles, and the personal differences of opinion among our editors, this was actually an extremely daunting task -- and one that we took very seriously.

In putting together our list of the Play Station's best, we took many different things into consideration.

We measured factors such as how the game ranked against others in its genre.

We looked at the game's overall depth and replay value, while also taking into account its innovation and the impact that it made at the time of its release. In some cases, the timelessness of one game gave it an edge over the innovation of another, while in others the impact that a particular game made gave it an edge over the stronger points that another game had over it.

And we also measured the overall timelessness of the title (i.e. And after taking everything into account, including our own personal likes and dislikes, we've come up with what we believe are the Top 25 Games of All Time on Play Station.

Special Note: This top 25 list was created prior to the end of 2000, so it does not take into account several significant games.

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Let's face it, Play Station is huge and it has earned its spot among the gaming elite, thanks to a variety of factors, including fantastic marketing, plenty of hype, and most of all, games.

And, there have been a whole lot of games for that matter.

Since its launch in September of 1995, there have been a grand total of more than 800 games released for the system.

That brings us to where we are today; we have decided to put our heads together and come up with what we believe are the Top 25 Games of All Time on Play Station.