The prices of PlayStation games tend to be based on a combination of popularity and the number of units that can be found out there on the open market. As a result, it should come as no surprise to learn that there are some games that are very expensive because of relatively high popularity matched with either small production runs or a limited number of production runs.
Here are 10 of the most expensive PlayStation games that can be found out there:
Diablo wasn't as popular on the PlayStation as it was on the PC, but it was pretty popular nonetheless. As a result, expect used copies of Diablo to go for a high price, particularly because of the wave of nostalgia that has been overtaking people in recent times.
DiscWorld is exactly what it sounds like, which is to say, a video game based on the DiscWorld novels. It is not exactly the best-regarded game out there, but the sheer numbers of fans means that it remains valuable provided that it is in good condition.
Elemental Gearbolt was rather unusual in that it was a light gun shooter set in a science fantasy setting, which happened to make a fair amount of use of RPG elements. However, it is not its unusual nature that made a special edition of Elemental Gearbolt called the Assassin's Case so expensive. Instead, it is the fact that no more than 50 units were produced before being handed out to the participants at E3 in 1998, meaning that a single unit consisting of the game as well as a light gun, a memory card, and the case with which to carry them can go for something along the lines of $3,000.
Technically, The Misadventures of Tron Bonne is part of the Mega Man Legends series. However, since it was centered around Tron Bonne, who was an anti-heroic antagonist to the series protagonist, it should come as no surprise to learn that the game featured rather odd gameplay by the standards of its franchise. Combined with poor sales numbers connected to bad timing, this means that The Misadventures of Tron Bonne is rather expensive nowadays.
Tactics Ogre was the first installment in the Tactics Ogre series, which took place in the same setting as the Ogre Battle series. Furthermore, it can be said that Tactics Ogre was a predecessor to Final Fantasy Tactics, which makes sense because the two were created by the same team. Price-wise, it is amusing to note that Tactics Ogre is like most of the other Tactics Ogre and Ogre Battle games out there, which is to say, expensive because of a tenacious fandom and poor initial sales numbers.
Some people should be familiar with the RPG games called the Tales series. After all, Tales of Berseria came out in 2016 for not just the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation 4 but also the PC via Steam. Tales of Destiny was the second installment in the Tales series as a whole, which had huge success but managed no more than six-digit figures in the North American market.
Revelations: Persona has the honor of being the first installment in the Persona series. Its price remained high for some time because of its limited run, but a PSP remake in 2009 caused said price to fall to some extent.
The Suikoden series is based in a very loose sense on the Chinese novel called Water Margin, which is the reason that Suikoden protagonists have to bring together 108 playable characters. Regardless, Suikoden II tends to be rather expensive for a couple of reasons. First, there is a strong fandom for the Suikoden series in spite of the fact that the last installment came out in 2012 but never managed to make it to the West. Second, Suikoden II had poor sales in the West, resulting in limited numbers because there was no more than a single printing.
Valkyrie Profile remains one of the most memorable RPGs to have been on the PlayStation. Unfortunately, while it was a commercial success on a world-wide basis, its sales numbers in the North American market were much less impressive, which some people have blamed on a bad dub. Whatever the case, this means that the combination of high demand and low supply ensures high prices in the modern resale market.
X-COM: UFO Defense was the first installment in the X-COM series, which is centered around fending off an alien invasion via a combination of management simulation and turn-based tactics. Confusingly, it was marketed under different names for the North American and the European markets, which wasn't helped by the fact that its European name is identical to the 2012 remake. Regardless, high demand means that its price remains high.
Written by Garrett Parker
Read more posts by Garrett Parker