The PlayStation 2 had really flipped the gaming industry on its head when it came down to memorable games. There were so many games released on it that latched onto gamers like leeches. These games stand out in many gamersâ€™ minds as some of the best games to ever grace their console. With that out of the way, sit back and enjoy our picks for the 15 Best PS2 Games of All Time.
Before we move ahead, we like to point out that the PS2 had an insane library of games. So, your favorite games may not be on this list. After all this is our opinion, so please keep this in mind.
Final Fantasy X
You would be hard pressed to find a gamer who hasnâ€™t heard of this franchise, and for good reason. Final Fantasy is a fantasy-based RPG series with a lot of bizarre monsters within its games. 2001â€™s Final Fantasy X was the first game in the series to make the jump to the PlayStation 2 and it was successful, garnering praise for its voice acting, character development and graphics, which was altered to be more to-scale and less of a top-down view. The combat was also subject to praise as the developers revised the battle and summon system and allowed the player to swap character mid-fight.
Virtua Fighter 4
Virtua Fighter 4 was originally released for arcade machines, but made its way to the PS2 a year later. The fourth installment was different than the others as it boasted a more user-friendly UI and new and revamped techniques. It also went through various versions including Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution which included the ability to customize your character, improved graphics, a currency system in the Quest Mode, and more.
One massive improvement that the PS2 had over its precursor was just how beautiful you could make a game. ICO didnâ€™t try to tell the story through dialogue, rather letting the player enjoy the gameplay and make your way through a castle, solving puzzles and trying to find a way out with a spectral being named Yorda. The game that was praised for the graphics and sound design. The game from Team Ico set in stone the quality they strive for with each release.
Twisted Metal: Black
When you think of vehicular combat games, a stand-out franchise will probably be the Twisted Metal series. Twisted Metal: Black was the fifth game in the franchise and the first game on the PS2 of the series, and it really made its mark and utilized the better graphics capability on the console. The player chooses from a total of ten characters from the get-go, they then play through their own different stories and use their own unique vehicles and later you can unlock extra characters. The game received critical acclaim for the unlockable content and the varying storylines of all the characters.
Shadow of the Colossus
Shadow of the Colossus was one of the greats when it came down to talking about visually stunning PS2 games. For Team Ico, this was debatably a step up in quality compared to their debut game, Ico. Shadow of the Colossus had the player take control of â€œWanderâ€, a boy who found himself doing whatever it takes to bring back a girl named Mono. This led the player having to slay sixteen different colossi as part of a deal with a mysterious being known as Dormin. The game was beloved by many because of its stunning visuals, soundtrack and immersion. (I recommend you rearrange this list so Shadow of the Colossus isnâ€™t RIGHT after another Team Ico game, but thatâ€™s just me).
SoulCalibur II improved on its precursor while retaining its weapon-based combat, the game was also jaw-dropping for the era. It had a high production value, in turn, it was way more polished than most other PlayStation 2 games. It wasnâ€™t just the graphics that people loved, though, the game also introduced arenas having walls meaning that some areas you couldnâ€™t win by knocking your opponent out of the arena, it was also beloved because of the beautiful music featured in the game.
Â Burnout 3: Takedown
The PS2 really improved on the concept of racing games, mostly due to the improved graphics and larger game capacity, allowing for more detail, longer races and more content as a whole. Burnout 3: Takedown was one such game that received critical acclaim. The game was fast-paced and dangerous, leaving a lot of other racing games â€“ for a lack of better words â€“ (<â€” a phrase that is said as a slight mumble) in the dust. It was praised by critics and fans for its aggressive racing style, its gameplay which makes the players come back for more, and its visuals. This game garnered enough of a reputation to become known as one of the best games to come out on the PS2.
Tony Hawkâ€™s Pro Skater 3
Resident Evil 4