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Experts Tell Us the Best PS2 Games

This article showcases our top picks for the Best PS2 Games. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

Resident Evil 4

This product was recommended by Karen Riley from Ihavedogs

Resident Evil 4 is one of the best Ps2 games as it has multi-level missions and has a fun apocalyptic theme with a zombie apocalypse story. This game has advanced artificial intelligence so it’s good and fun to play. It incorporates a new firing and shooting system that is quite advanced and accurate. It also has real-time monologues and speeches that are pre-recorded for you. It has a dynamic camera views and angles for better in-game enjoyment. All in all, a good and fun game that should be ranked with the best.

Grand Theft Auto San Andreas

This product was recommended by Kieran Knight from Fitness Home HQ

Grand Theft Auto Aan Andreas is the best Ps2 game there is. Grand theft auto lets you use a vast number of items, cars, ships, airplanes, and helicopters. By far, it has the largest virtual world there is for a game. It also has the most number of characters that you can use. It has the best fighting platform for Ps2 games. It has so realistic graphics that things in the game pop out and look real. You will learn to form a gang and find time to create a good character in this game. You can also use a vast number of weapons in-game. So I put this game at the top spot because it almost has everything in one game.

Sly 2: Band of Thieves

This product was recommended by Fabio from SimpleGamer

Sucker Punch Productions’ Sly 2: Band Of Thieves is arguably one of the best PS2 games of all time. The title follows master raccoon thief Sly and his ragtag group of friends Murray the hippo and Bentley the turtle as they set out to steal back the mechanical parts of their mortal enemy Clockwerk from a mysterious group of violent criminals. The game successfully built upon the first game, allowing you to play as Sly’s friends who each have specialised skills – Murray the brawn and Bentley the demolition expert – and explore and traverse quirky and intricately designed worlds ruled by even quirkier bosses. Characters and their relationships grow and develop throughout the game’s story, and Sly and his friends, as well as you, will end the game changed. Band Of Thieves features traditional PS2 gameplay; there’s lots of platforming, melee and ranged combat, stealth, puzzles to solve, mini-games to take on, collectibles to find, upgrades to purchase, and more to keep you busy for a long time. Ultimately, Sly 2: Band Of Thieves’ gameplay and rich story combine to create a unique game for the PlayStation 2 console that many people still enjoy to this day. It’s one of the best PS2 titles around – one that will leave you clamouring for the next game in the series and for a modern-day remaster.

God of War 2

This product was recommended by Brian Lee from Drill and Driver

Still one of the best hack and slash games that I’ve ever played that I even played the sequels in newer consoles. Pulling off great combos are immensely satisfying. The game is intense from start to finish and will make you sit on the edge for every fight you have to win. The first game has very high difficulty and the developers adjusted it for this second game that’s why this became more popular than the first one. Also, some new mechanics are added that made it stand out compared to the original one. Really a fun game to play.

Jak 3

This product was recommended by Daniel Hess from To Tony Productions

The Jak and Daxter series throughout the days of the PlayStation 2 were great, but specifically the best game in the franchise is Jak and Daxter 3, or Jak 3 as it is formally called. This brought in the light and dark mechanics, as well as some really fun vehicle sections. The story was great; the humor was spot on; it was just everything you could ask for from an action platformer at the time. Highly recommend exploring the whole series, but at the very least the third one by far.

Final Fantasy X

This product was recommended by Andreas Johansson from Andreas Johansson UX

Final Fantasy X is considered one of the best video games ever made, and definitely a PS2 classic! It has sold over 8 million copies and was rated by GameSpot as the greatest game ever made. Final Fantasy X tells the story of Tidus, a star Blitzball player who journeys with a young and beautiful summoner named Yuna on her quest to defeat Sin, an enormous energy force that terrorizes the planet. The game features three-dimensional graphics (which was a cool thing back then!), fully voiced characters, and conditional turn-based battles. Players travel across vast landscapes enjoying incredible views while solving puzzles and battling monsters designed by Tetsu Tsukamoto. The game is available on Amazon for $17.75 and has received 4.7 out of 5 stars based on over 2000 reviews.

Kingdom Hearts

This product was recommended by Gelen Revilla from Good Noise

Kingdom Hearts is, without a doubt, one of the best RPGs out there. it centered around a lovable cast and an unforgettable plot. It is chock full of exciting battles and heartwarming scenes. It is the kind of thing that can be enjoyed whether you are a child or adult, I think. Certainly, it is one of Square Enix’s best productions. Overall, I believe that Kingdom Hearts is a solid purchase and worth every penny that it costs.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

This product was recommended by Rei Garnet from BunnyHorde

Ah shit, here we go again. This is probably one of the greatest games of all time. The story, gameplay, and graphics are all top-notch in my opinion. Even though it’s dated now, I can’t help but play this game every few years. That’s how you know the game is a timeless masterpiece.

Alien Hominid

This product was recommended by Olivia Tan from CocoFax

It was brutally hard, but I loved the throwback side-scrolling gameplay and the cute, cartoony animation. Blasting through FBI and KGB agents has never been more fun with this game.

The Mark of Kri

This product was recommended by Olivia Tan from CocoFax

Sure, Mark of Kri featured plenty of delicious hacking and slashing, but it also delivered gorgeous 3D environments and encouraged exploration. This game was more than your everyday beat-em-up.

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES

This product was recommended by Jonathan Tian from Mobitrix

This is the best Ps2 game, having an enhanced version of the original game plus the new FES. It provides 120 hours of gameplay with a weapon synthesis system and hard play mode. Along with this, players can also change the clothes of a character and design it according to their choice.

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4

This product was recommended by Jonathan Tian from Mobitrix

Persona 4 consists of a suspenseful countryside murder mystery and multiple twists in the plot that that player has to guess up to an end. The game includes a two-disc set soundtrack CD, making its interface more fascinating.

Toy Story 3 The Video Game

This product was recommended by Harriet Chan from CocoFinder

It is the best PS2 game exclusively designed for kids. The Toy Story characters are involved in this game. An adventurous game where you must complete the missions and move on to the next level earning rewards and points. You can purchase the characters from the catalogue using your earned points and continue to play the game with loads of excitement and fun.

Grand Theft Auto 3

This product was recommended by Steven Walker from Spylix

This game is one of the classics. This is one of the fantastic parts of ps2.. It is like a copy of real life, so it gives real-life vibes while playing.. It also has a variety of weapons with a great feel to play. You can do missions and do many things like killing people, collecting weapons, etc.

Spider-Man

This product was recommended by Steven Walker from Spylix

This one is a game with enough action to be a street fighter game. The combat of the game is fantastic, and it has shown the city of New York and different powers of Spider-Man like wall climbing, etc. It is a movie-like version of Spider-Man where you can catch criminals and fight for justice.

Silent Hill 2

This product was recommended by Fintan Costello from Bonus Finder

I replayed Silent Hill 2 recently and I have to say that even after twenty years of its release, it is still terrifying. Considered widely to be one of the greatest horror games ever, the story follows James Sunderland, who came to the town of Silent Hill in hopes of finding his dead wife, who had contacted him from behind the grave. What makes the game so brilliant is that it does not have to rely on jump scares to keep you on the edge of the seat, but what makes it so terrifying is the psychological aspects of the story and the ominous atmosphere.

Mega Man X Collection

This product was recommended by Cindy Corpis from SearchPeopleFree

This collection contains seven games, six of which are from the MM X Series, which, although maintaining the gameplay of the original NES series, differs greatly in terms of storyline. Mega Man Battle & Chase, the seventh game presented, was never released in North America. Even if I’m not a big fan of racing games, it’s a wonderful addition to the collection.

Kingdom Hearts II

This product was recommended by Cindy Corpis from SearchPeopleFree

This game is a lot of fun! I enjoyed the original Kingdom Hearts game, but this one makes it much better! Personally, I enjoy the gameplay the most. It’s a fast-paced game with a novel feature known as the reaction command. It’s essentially a quick-time event in which a triangle button prompt appears on the screen at specific moments, and when you press it, a planned action occurs. It adds a lot to the game, and I think it’s a great addition.

SSX 3

This product was recommended by Adam Cecil from Night Water

SSX 3 is an ambitious snowboarding game that, in many ways, remains unmatched to this day in terms of world-building. In SSX 3, you have an entire mountain to board down–snowboarding from the very top to the bottom of the mountain can be done in one continuous, 20-30 minute sitting. The entire ride would be soundtracked by the mountain’s own radio station, where the DJ would actually react to upcoming races, events, or weather. The world felt huge but manageable, a balance that many games, snowboarding or not, still find hard to strike. And very few snowboarding games since SSX 3 have made the sport feel as fun as SSX does.

Street Fighter

This product was recommended by David Adler from The Travel Secret

It’s not easy to narrow the list of the best PS2 games down to one. There are many games from many different genres that could make the list. In fact, I still own a Sony’s PlayStation 2, which sits next to my tv in my living room. It has been the best console ever made and the one that my kids now play with. That is why I believe The Street Fighter Anniversary Collection video game is the best PS2 game of all time. With Street Fighter Anniversary Collection, you can experience all the action from the arcades, including the classic 2D side-scrollers you grew up playing. The collection features multiple characters and character variations from throughout the series.

SOCOM II U.S. Navy Seals

This product was recommended by Alina Clark from CocoDoc

The best online shooter ever created! Always in love with the SOCOM sequel! Bring back old memories of how good this game and multiplayer back then. You lead a team of 3 Navy SEALs in a variety of missions involving demolition, hostage rescue, capture, and embassy evacuation. But unlike Call of Duty, your health and ammo are limited. To survive and complete the mission, you need to use stealth, teamwork, and precision. Definitely a classic.

God of War

This product was recommended by Adam Ng from Trusted Malaysia

2018’s God of War is easily the best entry in the Sony series, but let’s not forget about 2005’s God of War, one of the most impressive action games of the era. God of War introduced us to Kratos and a world steeped in Greek mythology.Featuring colossal boss fights and the ridiculously cool Blades of Chaos, God of War was action game bliss. The puzzles and platforming sequences weren’t too shabby either. God of War jump-started one of Sony’s most well-known series. Though it hasn’t aged as well as some other PS2 games, in 2005, it was awesome.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

This product was recommended by Adam Ng from Trusted Malaysia

During the PS2 era, no game franchise stirred more controversy than Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto. From the free reign it gave players to murder anyone they saw to its sexual themes and more, Grand Theft Auto was the main target for those who thought video games negatively affected teens. That didn’t stop Grand Theft Auto: Vice City from becoming one of the best-selling games on PS2. And for good reason. Set in an open world based off of Miami, Vice City featured engaging missions, tons of side content, and an “everything but the kitchen sink” approach to its open world. Though Grand Theft Auto III had already successfully turned the franchise into a 3D open-world game, Vice City refined the formula, making it one of the greatest experiences to be had on the PS2.

Silent Hill 2

This product was recommended by Adam Ng from Trusted Malaysia

Silent Hill 2, James Sunderland goes to the town three years after his wife’s death after getting a letter alluding to the fact that she may not be dead after all. Naturally, things don’t go as planned, and the town soon makes James and the player controlling him a bit mad in the head. Silent Hill 2 masterfully injected its special brand of psychological horror intothe town, making you wonder what was real and what was just a figment of your tortured mind.

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