Best Games of the PS2

Published: November 20, 2013

The Playstation®2 has been obsolete for about five years, but let us not forget the wonderful titles that were brought to us through this platform. This list includes ten of the games that made our jaws drop in awe of how great they were.

  1. Kingdom Hearts (Series)

    Kingdom Hearts is on almost every list of memorable Playstation 2 games, and for good reason. Combining the worlds of Disney and Final Fantasy is a daunting task for anyone, but Square Enix pulled it off in a magnificent way. Each world, and the characters they hold, bring memories that stick with the player forever. The hidden bosses and secret items scattered throughout the game add to the replayability as well.

  2. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona (Series)

    Both the games, Persona 3 and Persona 4, offer unique, JRPG style gameplay that provides the player with hours upon hours of things to do. The stories of each game are full of drama, laughs, and plenty of tears, but it's layed out in such a way that the gamer feels like they're part of the world. Hundreds of hours of memorable gameplay awaits those who wish to partake in these journeys.

  3. Soul Calibur III

    Soul Calibur III brought a lot to the table when it came out. It expanded upon the greatness that Soul Calibur III brought, and improved the gameplay experience in so many aspects. The unique story mode was one of the highlights of the game. Creating your own character to use in the story brought a sense of personality to the story, as you were the one who made all the choices, and it affected the character you created.

  4. .hack//G.U. (Series)

    Some gamers are turned off once they see the title of this series, but those who look past the myriad of symbols and "random" letters know that this series is one of the best on the system. This series brings a variety of characters to the gamer, each with their own backstory, quirks, and general likeability.

  5. Fatal Frame

    Fatal Frame is one of the most interesting titles for the PS2. It combines horror with... photography. The combat in the game takes a little bit of time to get used to, but once the player learns the correct strategies, battle will be won in a flash.

  6. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

    As the introduction to a great trilogy, The Sands of Time stands among some of the best PS2 games. With its unique gameplay and memorable story, gamers who have played this remember it for years. The scenery is breathtaking, and the characters are likeable. This game leaves players itching to play the sequels.

  7. Guitar Hero

    This title was the start of a mini-revolution. It made music-games popular and accessible to everyone. The player is able to play the game using the included guitar controller. With iconic songs that almost everyone loves, this game has pleased the masses ever since it came out.

  8. Jak 3

    The Jak & Daxter series brought joy to everyone who played through it, but the third entry was when the series was at its best. New gameplay mechanics, larger world, and a more adult main character made this game appeal to a wider variety of people than the other two entries.

  9. Silent Hill 2

    Silent Hill 2 has given many players nightmares for years. From the haunting ambiance to the disgusting, and equally haunting, enemies, this game catered to fans of the original, yet brought in a whole new wave of horror lovers. The game is full of terrifying, emotional moments, and the player will love every minute of it.

  10. Resident Evil 4

    Last, but certainly not least, is Resident Evil 4. This game completely redefined the Resident Evil series. New enemy types, over-the-shoulder view, and a new environment are what helped this game stand out from the rest of the series. The graphics were a complete overhaul from the previous entries, and it just adds to the survival horror feeling that you get from the game.

These are just ten games among a myriad of great Playstation 2 titles out there. Each of these games has its own distinct place in this list. Some were chosen for story, some were chosen for innovation, but they are all games that everyone should play.