The 8 best PS2 games of all time

THE PS2 is the best-selling console of all time thanks to its incredible selection of games.

The second PlayStation was perfectly marketed, at an affordable price and bundled with a DVD player, making it a no-brainer for people looking to buy a console.

These PS2 games are the very best of an incredible lineup.


These PS2 games are the very best of an incredible lineup.Photo credit: Activision

With the console found in so many homes, it’s no wonder developers are doing their best when it comes to creating groundbreaking titles.

If you search the PS2’s library, you’ll find many of the best games of all time.

New series that are now gaming icons began, while other series that had yet to make their mark finally had a big break.

Only a select few can be called the very best, however, and we’ve handpicked a number of great old games that you must find and play now.

person 4

The Persona series is arguably PlayStation’s most successful JRPG series.

A generation later, Persona 5 would win near-universal praise on the PS3 and PS4, but it’s Persona 4 that sets the stage.

While previous games in the series were popular, it was Persona 4 that really broke through in the western world like never before.

It’s one of the greatest JRPGs of all time, thanks to the social link system mixed in with the classic dungeon-crawling action, and it continues to be ported to modern devices for good reason.

guitar hero 2

Although the rhythm genre has since retreated into a niche, the excitement surrounding Guitar Hero cannot be underestimated.

We might look at it with modern eyes and scoff at the plastic guitar and gimmicky gameplay, but for a while it was the ultimate game when hanging out with friends and family.

Final Fantasy XII

With a series this historical, spanning every console imaginable, you could ask ten different people which Final Fantasy game is the best and get ten different answers.

Final Fantasy XII was a seminal title for the series, and it eventually moved away from turn-based combat and used rapidly improving 3D graphics to create something impressive for the time.

While the classic games always get the recognition they deserve, if you love the modern Final Fantasy games the most, you have this game to thank.

Shadow of the Colossus

One of the most memorable experiences in all of gaming, Shadow of the Colossus remains one of a kind today.

No game has ever nailed the feel of fighting giant creatures as well as this one, or created a world that feels so beautiful because it’s so utterly barren and dead.

Then there’s the story and how it sucks you in before delivering one of the greatest emotional blows of all time.

Devil May Cry

Devil May Cry is an interesting case because it started out as Resident Evil 4. However, it was so action-oriented that the decision was made to make it something entirely new.

The actual Resident Evil 4 ended up being a brilliant game, but Devil May Cry’s cool chaos has something to say about it.

Metal Gear Solid 2

The original Metal Gear Solid is undeniably a revolutionary title, but when it comes to incredible polish and design, the sequel beats it.

With its memorable bait and switch opening, weird and wonderful cast of characters, and endless VR missions, it’s arguable that the series has never done anything better.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto has many brilliant entries on the PS2, and any one of them could reasonably be considered the best.

GTA 3 brought the series to 3D and arguably laid the groundwork for the cash cow Rockstar holds in its hands today.

GTA: San Andreas has refined the gameplay of the franchise to one point and feels the most similar to modern GTA games.

However, GTA: Vice City hits the mark. The world and characters perfectly walk the line between silly and serious, with an expertly curated soundtrack that fully immerses you in this over-the-top 80’s world.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3

The Tony Hawk series was one of those loners that carried the spirit of the ’90s loud and proud into the 2000s.

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Punk and ska music and bike skater jargon everywhere, wherever you looked. Cowbunga, dude.

Also, it was arguably where the skating mechanics were at their best. The addition of manuals meant you could string together insane combos on expertly designed stages.


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