10 PS2 games I'll never forget

by Gaetano Prestia Featured 27 Comments 29 Votes 5546 Views 09/01/2013 Back to Articles

Sony's PlayStation 2 has fought its last boss battle after 12 years and a lazy 150 million consoles sold.

Launched in 2000, the PS2 was home to a library of over 2,000 games, with over 1.52 billion games sold worldwide. I managed to buy over 100 games throughout the console's lifetime, but 10 stand out above the rest.

GTA: San Andreas

I still remember to this day rushing out of class (I was in my first year of university at the time) to get to EB Games before 5pm closing time, just so I could get my hands on a copy of San Andreas.

This was also a time in my life when I was quite the sucker: the EB Games staffer managed to trick me into buying a $30 game guide, of which I never even used, but still have. Admittedly, it's a great collectible...but boy was I gullible!

The game was just as amazing as everyone expected it to be. With the iconic lead character CJ leading the way, GTA: San Andreas is an engrossing, explosive and wildly entertaining open-world game, with a world still amazing even by today's standards.

Shadow of the Colossus

I am grateful to have been able to experience Shadow of the Colossus in glorious high definition. It offers an aesthetic presentation that is in my opinion unmatched by today's glossy blockbuster games. A visually arresting and innovative experience. One of my all-time favourites.


Like the aforementioned, Ico is a beautiful classic of a game. Its beauty is near-indescribable, with stunning visuals and a brilliant soundtrack that compliment its intriguing tale. I not only love this game as a PS2 classic, but also as one of the best games of all time.

God of War

This is the game that started it all, and it's still my favourite in the series. The game is just as smooth and refined as it was back in the day (well, it was only released in 2005...), and it still stands up quite well next to the games the proceded it.

God of War has gone on to become one of Sony's most prized franchises, bringing with it relentless action and smooth gameplay that has gone on to create a juggernaut franchise.

Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence

I'm not quite the Metal Gear Solid fan I used to be - I'm still recovering from the incoherence that was MGS 4's plot - but Subsistence gave me the best MGS experience of the PS2 era.

Including the acclaimed Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, as well as a remake of the original Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, Subsistence offers fans of stealth games a memorable and engrossing experience, alongside a surprisingly engaging multiplayer feature.

Devil May Cry

Today's version of Devil May Cry, while admittedly very solid, is basically a manifesto for anarchy. The series's roots lie in stunning gothic mansions and fantastical environments, and the original Devil May Cry is still the best: undeniably cool, devilishly hard, and relentlessly fun. Dante just isn't the same anymore. It makes me crying thinking about it sometimes.

GTA: Vice City

Sure, we got an "official" Scarface game, but everyone knows GTA: Vice City is the real Tony Montana game. Ray Liotta (that guy from Goodfellas that breaks a guy's nose with a gun handle) voices iconic character Ray Liotta in immaculate fashion.

Not quite as groundbreaking as GTA 3, but in my opinion, a more exciting, memorable and enjoyable game and world.

The Warriors

It's any wonder why the movie The Warriors took so long to be turned into a game. Thankfully the people that did were Rockstar Games, and they did so in such a way that The Warriors went on to be one of the PS2's best games.

IMPORTANT NOTE: I'm ending this list with two first-person shooters. I haven't included Final Fantasy. I don't enjoy that series. I'm telling you so you don't post, "Where is Final Fantasy Whatever-2, etc., etc.,".


Timesplitters 2

Can someone please bring back Timesplitters? How can a series with three AMAZING games last generation just disappear and apparently have no market to justify a fourth game?

Timesplitters 2 has aged a bit, sure, but it's still a hell of a lot of fun, and quirky in such a way that it always puts a smile on my face whenever I think about it. Future Perfect was also good, but in a "Terminator 3 was a good action flick but Terminator 2 is far better" kind of way.


This game went under the radar a bit. It's pretty much the start of what would become EA's venture into FPS territory with Battlefield 3 and Medal of Honor this generation. Black is Criterion's no-holds-barred shooter that tells a shallow story but with enough conviction to give it worth in a Jean Claude Van Dam action flick sort of way.

There isn't any multiplayer, but you can blow stuff up. It's also pretty hard for a shooter of that era. You can download it on PS3 and Xbox 360, so I highly recommend downloading it and giving it a bash.

This brawler packed as much punch and aggressive as the movie it's based on. I played this game for hours on end, loving absolutely every last minute of it.

What were your favourite PS2 games? Sound off below, or write a blog (and I'll feature it for you!)

By Gaetano Prestia

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no final fantasy X !? :(
Great list *_*
1.) Battlefield: Modern Combat "Online" *_*
3.)NeedForSpeed:Underground 2
4.)GranTurismo 3
6.)Finaly Fantasy X
8.)Pro Evolution Soccer 3
9.)Ace Combat
10.)GTA: San Andreas
Kingdom Hearts.

Not a big a fan as some people on here but it was the first thing that got me completely interested in gaming.
Yeah Kingdom Hearts 1 and 2 are up there along with Okami and of course Vice City *_* (love)
I'm glad Devil may Cry is on here, one of the first games I played that got me absolutely hooked on it and gaming! Love love LOVE it :D
Although I do have to disagree with the comment about the new DmC, I think it brings a modern twist to it while still keeping some of our favourite things about the original DmC.

TylerrrB said: Although I do have to disagree with the comment about the new DmC, I think it brings a modern twist to it while still keeping some of our favourite things about the original DmC.

I don't mind it...but at the same time I prefer the old style and narrative 1000000x more. This may as well be a new hack-and-slash, like Bayonetta was. I may appreciate the story more.

Spiritwalk said: no final fantasy X !?

FFX was my adolescent defining game.
So many hours, so many late nights talking to my gaming buds on the phone while we all played it. So much Blitzball.

The GTA trilogy was also awesome... but apart from those, I didn't really get into the PS2.
Only played one game on your list (MGS3).

Best for me are the Ratchet & Clank series, Jak and Daxter series, Sly Cooper series, Kingdom Hearts (more so 1 than 2), and Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 of course.
Warriors!!! *_*

PS2 had do many awesome games on it

Blob said: Only played one game on your list (MGS3).
Best for me are the Ratchet & Clank series, Jak and Daxter series, Sly Cooper series, Kingdom Hearts (more so 1 than 2), and Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 of course.

I'd love to have fit those all in but I wanted to limit it to 10 :P
San Andreas was probably my most played game on the PS2. That and Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2 and Matt Hoffman's Pro BMX 2.
Good list!

San Andreas was easily my favourite game on the PS2. It had so much variety and I spent so many years playing it.

I also loved Gran Turismo 4 which looked breathtaking as well as Need For Speed Underground 2 which was super cool at the time.
Metal Gear Solid 2 > Metal Gear Solid 3 [Shifty] [Shifty]

GunSlinger said: Metal Gear Solid 2 > Metal Gear Solid 3

Really? We did our first podcast for the year last night (coming early next week) and we spoke a bit about this: Leo from Stevivor ranted on about how he really didn't like MGS2. It makes for good listening.

I tend to agree. I loved Snake Eater and everything Subsistence offered, value wise.
I have devised a blog explaining my reasons for liking MGS 2 over 3 just now. It's fairly long however, that's why I made it a blog and didn't post here. :P
I like both MGS PS2 games, I feel that Substance has more replay value. MGS3 can be replayed a couple of times but gets boring and you sort of have to do everything in order whereas in 2 you can have a bit more fun.

None the less they are both brilliant games and are definitely in my top 10.
Not a bad list, but Black? :*O

I would've put Burnout 3 and GT3
kingdom hearts and BLACK were the only games I wanted and ever need to play hours on end. Why? BECAUSE THE QUALITY AND QUANTITY I got my moneys worth out of it
Okami, Psychonauts, Final Fantasy X and the Spyros are really the only PS2 games i gave time to... i've never played a GTA since the first.. you mad internet? hahaha
My top three PS2 exclusive games are Ridge Racer V for being strangely difficult and still enjoyable even as a launch title, Gran Turismo 4 for being so massive for a PS2 game, and Persona 3 FES for being the most interesting and granting so many hours of play for the cost of the game.
THE WARRIORS that was one of my Favorite games on the PS2 I used to play that so much and complete the game so many times

Feel like playing it now ha
Dragon Quest VIII! One of the best JRPG games ever I've played! Anyone enjoyed this PS2 JRPG game?

Alright I should add my favourite PS2 games list what I can remember.
Final Fantasy X & X-2
Kingdom Hearts 1 & 2
Ratchet & Clank series
Dragon Ball Z Budokai / Budokai Tenkaichi series
WWE main series
Sly Raccoon series
And the many demos discs from official AUS Playstation magazine etc. Ahh memories. [MOG]
Gran Turismo 3
Yakuza 2
Yeah a lot of good games missed here.

I was hoping Manhunt would've made a mention....

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