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nskinnear
09-30-2008, 04:42
With over 100 million units sold worldwide and a lifespan stretching far beyond any other console to date, the PlayStation 2 is the most successful video game platform of all time. As they say, a system is only as good as its games, and the PlayStation 2 provides a library fit for its 100 million players. As we compiled this list, we found hundreds of games that we would love to play again. Paring down to just 25 proved to be difficult, as the PlayStation 2 wasn’t graced by just great individual games, but entire series worthy of playing. Here is Game Informer’s selection for the Top 25 must-play PlayStation 2 games or series.

1. Grand Theft Auto series
Grand Theft Auto has proven it can sell millions of copies on any system it touches, but its true rise to power began on PlayStation 2. The first installment to grace this console was Grand Theft Auto III. Its revolutionary open world gameplay changed the landscape of gaming, and its exclusivity to PlayStation 2 (at least for a time) helped cement this console as the generation leader. In the United States, Grand Theft Auto III has sold 5.7 million copies on PlayStation 2. Its sequel, Vice City, which allowed players to tower over society like a kingpin, significantly expanded the series’ fan base with 6.8 million copies sold. The third entry, San Andreas, blew the doors off of what we could expect from the sandbox experience with not one, but three cities, and was handsomely rewarded for its innovative gameplay with a staggering 7.6 million copies sold in the States. There was no bigger event in the PS2 era than the release of a new GTA. It was truly the Grand Theft Auto generation.

2. Metal Gear Solid series
Hideo Kojima is the gaming industry’s consummate auteur. As a writer, director, and designer, he has crafted a series frequently cited as a work of video game art. Both PS2 Metal Gear titles, Sons of Liberty and Snake Eater, feature epic storytelling, cinematography, and gameplay. They paved the way for action games in multiple genres, and showed us that games can be just as much fun to watch as they are to play.

3. Resident Evil 4
This next statement will likely make you tear up a little, but if you’ve played Resident Evil 4, you know it’s true. This series is better without zombies. The one game not featuring brain-eaters is the series’ most impressive act. In all fairness, however, this is a complete departure for the series. RE 4’s revolutionary over-the-shoulder targeting system, heart-pounding pacing, and inventive enemy designs make it nearly impossible to put down.



4. God of War series
In an afternoon, you could say that you toppled a giant, dethroned a god, and wowed the ladies. Both God of War games turn you into an unstoppable wrecking machine, and you can feel Kratos’ fury with every brutal slash of his blades. In addition to a well-oiled combat system, this series uses mind-bending puzzles and cinematic flair to create a classic Greek tale of vengeance.

5. Final Fantasy X & XII
Forget about the side-stories and massively multiplayer forays; these two Final Fantasy titles are the best role-playing experiences you’ll find on the PS2. Whether it’s through the touching stories, fantastic visuals, or innovative gameplay mechanics, these games exemplify why Final Fantasy is the industry’s most trusted name in console RPGs.

6. Guitar Hero series
It may not have been the first music game, but Guitar Hero is certainly the one that popularized the genre. By mixing the best of rock music with a control scheme that scales remarkably well for beginners and long-time music aficionados, the game couldn’t help but blossom into a worldwide phenomenon.

7. Gran Turismo series
Hundreds of photo-realistic cars all tuned to mimic their real-life counterparts set the bar for the racing simulation genre. Thanks to Gran Turismo, we expect our racing games to not only offer a wealth of real-life cars, but also test our racing abilities and push our engine to the limit.

8. Ratchet & Clank series
Who says the platforming genre has grown stale? Who says cartoon graphics can’t look fantastic? Who says you shouldn’t turn your enemies into farm animals? Not Insomniac. The company consistently combined action, platforming, and RPG elements to create one of the funniest, most polished video game series on the market.

9. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3
The PS2 was gifted with a new Tony Hawk title every year, but only one is deserving of skating immortality. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 introduced the revert maneuver, which allows a combo to be continued after a vert trick. This move opens the way to lengthy million-point runs that we dedicated hundreds of hours to perfecting.



10. Devil May Cry 1 & 3
Swords and guns are nothing new to gaming, but Devil May Cry combines them in a fast and fluid combat system that essentially created the “stylish action” genre. Using crazy combos and lightning quick reflexes, this series pushes your skills to the limit while dishing out hardcore thrills – providing you overlook the second game..

11. Kingdom Hearts series
Seeing Goofy prance around with your favorite Final Fantasy characters might be hard to digest, but once you get a taste of Kingdom Hearts’ spellbinding storytelling and razor-sharp combat, you won’t hold back from placing your Sephiroth statue next to your Winnie the Pooh teddy bear.

12. Madden NFL series
The long-running Madden series made several significant evolutionary steps on the PlayStation 2. While it should be remembered for its introduction to online play and remarkably deep gameplay, most people will remember it for Michael Vick – the most skilled video game athlete since Bo Jackson.

13. Ico
Who would have thought a game with so much hand-holding and stick swinging would become a masterpiece?

14. Jak & Daxter series
Though there is a huge seam in the middle of the series separating the playful, kid-friendly atmospheres of the first game from the darker, more story-centric narratives of the second two, all three Jak and Daxter titles have a perfect blend of action and platforming. You never do the same thing twice in a Jak game, and that means you’re never bored.



15. Burnout Revenge
It managed to outdrive the excellent Burnout 3 and was the last appearance of Crash Mode, God rest its soul.

16. Prince of Persia series
Running along walls and leaping over spinning blades can be a blast, especially when you can rewind time if you happen to lose a leg in the process. The Prince of Persia trilogy is an adventurer’s dream come true, blending flashy swordplay with a good dose of puzzle solving.

17. Onimusha series
If we told you there is a series about famous Japanese legends retold and embellished with supernatural elements using popular modern day actors, you’d probably expect it to be marketing crap. However, Onimusha’s blend of constant action, Resident Evil-style puzzles, and stunning CG sequences made it a game you’d be wrong to judge harshly.

18. Okami
Painting with a wolf may sound like a potential throat being ripped out, but Capcom proved that this unlikely combination could deliver one of the most memorable and unique adventures of this generation. Okami looks like a painting that came to life, and offers amazing gameplay with its inventive brush-stroke techniques.


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19. Hot Shots Golf series
Hot Shots doesn’t change much, but it doesn’t have to when it’s the master of the three-click swing and offers so many fun customization items and wacky characters. Hot Shots excels at being easy to learn, but the game also throws up plenty of challenges and requires nerves of steel.

20. SSX 3
With one gigantic mountain beneath your boots, you don’t need to hop around the world in SSX 3. Players can nibble on it bite by bite, or bomb the entire thing, trying to keep one combo going from summit to lodge.

21. Need for Speed: Underground
With four outstanding racing types, insanely deep vehicle customization, and a look that could kill, Need for Speed: Underground lights the fires and kicks the tires like few racing games can. It made tuning a mainstay in gaming, and has led to many gamers “pimping” out their Camrys.

22. Dark Cloud series
This imaginative role-playing series put developer Level-5 on the map, and its world building, wealth of customization, and rich environments delivers an experience unlike any other.

23. Shadow of the Colossus
Dangle from the chin hairs of a beast 100 times your size as it tries to swat you like a fly. Nothing compares.



24. Fatal Frame series
If you’ve played the Fatal Frame games, there is no shame in sleeping with a flashlight or second-guessing what goes bump in the night. This series’ unnerving atmosphere and expertise in scare tactics warrant a high pitched scream and perhaps even a stain in your pants.

25. Disgaea series
How deep can a turn-based strategy game get? Disgaea shows us that they can get absurdly deep. You can customize your troops, enhance your weapons, and be treated to some big laughs with its kooky cast of characters.

Source (http://gameinformer.com/News/Story/200809/N08.0929.1413.46795.htm?Page=2)

I had a lot of these games, and loved them all. PS2 had some revolutionary games.

mickice
09-30-2008, 05:36
Um... correction.

Silent Hill > Resident Evil 4.

Silent Hill not being on that list is complete fail, Theres atleast 4 Silent hill games on the PS2 and they all rock harder than any Resident Evil.

Bandersnatch
09-30-2008, 05:54
5. Final Fantasy X & XII
these two Final Fantasy titles are the best role-playing experiences you’ll find on the PS2BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! *cough* *cough* *inhales deeply* HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Oh mercy...

And Fatal Frame defines a generation more than Silent Hill, are you kidding me?

wchua24
09-30-2008, 16:04
well for me grand theft auto..

Velvet Dragon
09-30-2008, 16:11
GT series are responsible for me spending approximately 75% of my awake life in front of a 32" CRT,screaming and cursing,pulling my hair out and falling out with my mate Sean who would always use me as a buffer when we raced against eachother...

I'm now almost blind,bald,and have no friends!!

Metal King Slime
10-02-2008, 01:49
It's almost a disgrace to not see a Silent Hill game listed in that article.

Also, isn't Resident Evil 4 ported from the Gamecube to the PlayStation 2, meaning that the game is more entitled to define the Nintendo brand instead of the Sony brand? I mean, I guess it just comes down to it being a matter of opinion, or for that matter, "popular demand" but that's just kind of ridiculous. How can it define one console, when it was derived from another originally? I don't know, I guess it's just me saying that exclusives are more finely-tuned to define a certain console: their original console, not where they're eventually ported.

I was also shocked upon not seeing Persona 3 mentioned in the article. That's an amazing RPG.

AzureForge
10-02-2008, 02:25
Aw serious?

Final Fantasy X-2?

Sure I completed that game because I'm a FF-nut but even I thought it sucked.

Metal King Slime
10-02-2008, 02:45
Aw serious?

Final Fantasy X-2?

Sure I completed that game because I'm a FF-nut but even I thought it sucked.
It clearly states, "Final Fantasy XII" not Final Fantasy X-2. And I agree, X-2 wasn't a good game.

Spider
10-02-2008, 03:00
gta < mgs

and shadow of the collosus should be WAYYYY up there... not that low...

never a big fan of resident evil... give me silent hill any day...

but a solid list of games... that makes want ps3 sequals of them

LadyDuoMaxwell
10-02-2008, 03:22
Where is Silent Hill? :(

This is alright, but I wish the put Silent Hill up there.

mickice
10-02-2008, 04:48
It's almost a disgrace to not see a Silent Hill game listed in that article.

Also, isn't Resident Evil 4 ported from the Gamecube to the PlayStation 2, meaning that the game is more entitled to define the Nintendo brand instead of the Sony brand? I mean, I guess it just comes down to it being a matter of opinion, or for that matter, "popular demand" but that's just kind of ridiculous. How can it define one console, when it was derived from another originally? I don't know, I guess it's just me saying that exclusives are more finely-tuned to define a certain console: their original console, not where they're eventually ported.

I was also shocked upon not seeing Persona 3 mentioned in the article. That's an amazing RPG.

The same can be said about Code Veronica X too seeing as it was built apon the DreamCast first.

SDiablo123
10-02-2008, 06:48
I really hope sony doesnt give up on PS2 cuz it MADE sony/ps3 what they are today.
Rest its soul <3
I played SOME of these games, especially Guitar Hero

bobjenkins
10-02-2008, 09:13
LoL pro skater was a horrible game!

smashface
10-03-2008, 09:03
i spent way too much time playing gta III. that and then when madden started getting really good on ps2, man those were the days.

Prosthetic
10-03-2008, 16:38
Some great games in that list. I find it funny that they put Madden in there instead of a game like Pro Evo which saw so many great titles on the PS2.

Gotta agree with the Silent Hill outrage...but I do love the Resident Evil series as well.

Phaded
10-03-2008, 17:20
BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! *cough* *cough* *inhales deeply* HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Oh mercy...

And Fatal Frame defines a generation more than Silent Hill, are you kidding me?

Final Fantasy are incredible games, just because maybe you don't like them doesn't mean they aren't great.

I believe Final Fantasy X was voted, by the Japanese gaming public, as the best game of all time, or their favourite game of all time , it was one of them anyway.

Also why is everybody crying about Silent Hill, yes they were great games but the original was the best, at least for me, and that was for the PS1 not PS2, 2 was good, 3 yeah ok, but 4 wasn't that great. Case in point it probably should be up their instead of Fatal Frame/Project Zero.

Need for Speed: Underground - What the hell? how did a game like this "define a generation"
SSX3 - Why??
Tony Hawks 3 - Why??

Games like;

Shin Megami Tensei series (Persona, Digital Devil Saga etc.)
FIFA/Pro Evo series, I mean come on if Madden can make it so should these.
Suikoden series.
.hack// series.
Dragon Quest series. (Japan loves this more than Final Fantasy.)
Dynasty Warriors series.
Manhunt series.

I mean many more too surely.

~NeonFire~
10-04-2008, 01:47
I lol'd at a few, including Need For Speed: Underground, which I loved but in no way did it "define a generation". I 100% agree with Grand Theft Auto and Metal Gear Solid though.

Bandersnatch
10-04-2008, 03:39
Final Fantasy are incredible games, just because maybe you don't like them doesn't mean they aren't great.

I really enjoyed FFX. I hated FFXII. My problem is his statement that FFX and FFXII are THE best role-playing experiences you’ll find on the PS2. If he had said that they are some of the best, I'd scoff a little at his choice of FFXII but overall would not have much of an issue with it. What he said basically craps all over Shadow Hearts, Suikoden, and Shin Megami Tensei series, among other fantastic RPG's.

bloodyguts22
10-05-2008, 02:33
the best game that i ever played on the PS2 was Resident Evil 4... it set a pace for the blood and gore games, and of games based on the undead and zombies of that sort... Capcom will suprise me with Resident Evil 5, then i'll fall in love with Resident Evil once again, untill then...

Metal King Slime
10-05-2008, 02:43
I still don't understand that bit, in the article, about Resident Evil 4. I'm not saying the game is bad, because I really enjoyed playing it on both the Nintendo Gamecube and the PlayStation 2. But I'm not really sure how it "defined a generation" unless you want to take into account that it's probably the most successful ported videogame ever conceived.

Idenowhereiam
10-05-2008, 07:04
What that game did was prove how awesome the ps2 was..
You got an exclusive thats failing? put it on the ps2 to recoup your losses...
Same can be said for anything game that the ps2 got second dibs on..:snicker

squirrelbo1
10-06-2008, 20:55
reading this tread bought back soo many memories. i so hope the ps3 gets just a fraction of the epic games that were on the ps2.

kidd0218
10-11-2008, 13:16
I love my ps2! I spent all those hours in there racing and blowing up cars in gta and gt, slashing up gods with kratos' blades, Shooting guns and sneaking/fooling around on a sneak suit with raiden and snake, summoned a aeon in FF, returning an opening kick from madden, swinging around my big key blade and finally painting a masterpiece with Okami while being most wanted in need for speed. lols

I havent personally tried out all the games in these list. Just about half this game I've played and have really enjoyed. Will probably get my ps2 soon back from a friend of mine, that I lend it too because he does not have his ps2 anymore and I got my ps3 with me. But will get it back, so I can play some prince of persia and to catch up on it before buying the one in the ps3.

zombieking36
10-11-2008, 19:59
This list seems pretty acurate for the PS2.

Sorax
10-11-2008, 21:13
Final Fantasy XII I didn't like as much as X, never really got into the battle system. As for Resident Evil 4, it's a truly brilliant game, I still have it for the PS2. However it was really a gamecube game, so Nintendo should get credi for that ;) The other Resident Evil games are really good also, but Silent Hill should be there too. The Metal Gear series was brilliant, as well as Kingdom Hearts. GTA was good also, but the "Driver" series, when compared to the PS1 GTA's, were better. I have all the Devil May Cry games still (I was slightly dissappointed with the PS3's 4th). What about Star Wars Battlefront? I thought that was a great game for the PS2. FFX is my favourite though.

optics
10-11-2008, 23:02
I found NFSU2 way better than the NFSU, 2 had free roam and a lot of customization. To me, free roam was the first for its genre.

Where's the WWE Smackdown series? Those games were fun.

jv17
10-13-2008, 04:00
well i have to agree with that list and my fave is the god of war series.

SilversunSnake
10-13-2008, 05:16
The Metal Gear Solid series was, and still is, my favourite video game series. I was only nine when i played the first one and it was the first i actually finished. Snake Eater finally gave me a reason to play games on it again when it came out and the series as a whole is what made me buy my PS3 in june.

I need to go back and play them now:D

TGO
10-13-2008, 12:38
Silent Hill should be on that list, for years it was king of horror & in some ppl's opinions still is until Capcom got there arse in gear with RE4

Jikoo
10-13-2008, 12:52
FIFA series??? especially 07,08,09

uki642003
10-13-2008, 12:58
pro evolution 8 is my best game bt i still like grand theft 4 thou.. http://thisisnewsblog.blogspot.com (http://thisisnewsblog.blogspot.com/)

sergeriver
10-13-2008, 16:38
I agree mostly, not in the order though.

Rhysivich
10-13-2008, 17:45
This is credible purely because of its inclusion of 'Shadow Of The Colossus.'

A modern day masterpiece.