The PlayStation 2 (popularly called PS2) is the best-selling console in the history of video game.
With over 150 million units sold, PS2 is surely a magnificent device for gaming.
For those of you who played this console in the past, I bet you would be interested to get to know the best PS2 games of all time.
Some of you will probably remember (or even still playing) some of the games mentioned on this list.
And in this post, you will get:
- A highly curated and filtered list on the current best PS2 games
- Developer, publisher, and release date information
- Genre of the games
- Where to buy in the US or UK or Canada
This list is the results of the average score of reviews from so many popular gaming websites, and thanks for GameRankings for helping me to build this list.
See also: Best PSP Games of All Time
So here you go.
#100. DDRMAX: Dance Dance Revolution
#99. Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition
#98. Final Fantasy X-2
#97. Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2007
#96. SoulCalibur III
#95. Kingdom Hearts
#94. ESPN NHL Hockey
#93. Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
#92. WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain
#91. We Love Katamari
#90. Medal of Honor Frontline
#89. Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow
#87. NFL 2K2
#86. NBA Street
#85. World Series Baseball 2K3
#84. SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs
#83. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005
#82. Beyond Good & Evil
#81. MVP Baseball 2005
#80. Fight Night Round 2
#79. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3
#78. DOA2: Hardcore
#77. NCAA Football 06
#76. Kingdom Hearts II
#74. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES
#73. ESPN NFL 2K5
#72. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003
#71. Sly 2: Band of Thieves
#70. Jak II
#69. Viewtiful Joe
#68. Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition
#67. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2
#66. Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell
#65. NFL 2K3
#64. ESPN NFL Football
#63. NBA Street V3
#62. Burnout 2: Point of Impact
#61. World Soccer Winning Eleven 9
#60. Red Faction
#59. Dark Cloud 2
#58. Twisted Metal: Black
#57. NHL 2002
#56. NBA 2K2
#55. MVP Baseball 2004
#54. Tekken 5
#53. Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
#52. NCAA Football 2005
#51. Gran Turismo 4
#50. Ratchet & Clank
#49. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004
#48. Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
#47. NBA Street Vol. 2
#46. Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
#45. NCAA Football 2002
#43. Burnout Revenge
#42. Madden NFL 2005
#41. World Soccer Winning Eleven 6 International
#40. Tony Hawk’s Underground
#39. Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando
#38. Final Fantasy XII
#37. Madden NFL 2001
#36. World Soccer Winning Eleven 8 International
#35. Madden NFL 2003
#34. Virtua Fighter 4
#33. NCAA Football 2003
#32. Shadow of the Colossus
#31. SoulCalibur II
#30. Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal
#29. Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution
#28. TimeSplitters 2
#27. Final Fantasy X
#26. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
#25. Madden NFL 2004
#24. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
#23. Guitar Hero
#22. Guitar Hero II
#21. SSX 3
#20. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4
#19. Madden NFL 2002
#17. SSX Tricky
#16. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4
#15. Devil May Cry
#13. God of War II
#12. World Soccer Winning Eleven 7 International
#11. Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence
#10. NCAA Football 2004
Experience the spirit, atmosphere, and emotion of college football like NCAA Football 2004.
Whether you play as the one of the 36 new 1-AA teams or 20 classic teams from the last two decades, the game lets you celebrate the history of college football.
Feel the tradition of college football Saturdays with all-new pre-game introductions and experience the pageantry with new mascots, flag-waving cheerleaders, and cannons.
Other key features this season include improved college gameplay, EA Sports Online competition for the PlayStation 2, deeper Dynasty mode, and over 15 new teams and the all-new EA Sports Bio.
#9. Burnout 3: Takedown
Burnout 3 challenges you to crash into (and through) busy intersections, while creating as much damage as possible.
You can battle your way to the front of the pack by taking down rivals and causing spectacular crashes.
For those who thirst for crashes, the game includes a crash mode that rewards you for creating massive pileups.
With multiplayer gameplay, more than 100 events, and 40 tracks, Burnout 3 provides intense speed and action.
#8. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3
You may not be able to live like the legend, but now you can skate like him.
Skate as the legendary Tony Hawk or choose from a dream team of 12 top pro skaters, including old favorites like Lasek, Thomas, Muska, and Steamer, as well as new talent like Gilfberg, Caballero, Koston, and Mullen.
Or enjoy full customization abilities with the enhanced Create-a-Skater (now including female skaters) and the Skatepark Editor.
Travel from L.A. to Tokyo, Suburbia to Skater’s Island performing challenges and meeting goals.
New moves include the Revert, which allows you to link vert tricks, and flatland tricks such as Caspers, the Primo, and Handstand Manual.
If you’re good, you can even unlock hidden pro footage.
#7. God of War
In God of War, the dark world of Greek mythology comes to life right before your eyes.
As you take the role of Kratos, a story unfolds with various plot twists and multiple endings that take you through traps, stunts, and puzzles.
With a deep combat system built around double chain blade weapons, the game places you in a variety of environments, in which you must fight challenging enemies, swing on ropes, scale mountain cliffs, swim through rivers, and slide down zip lines.
#6. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
From the decade of big hair, excess, and pastel suits comes a story of one man’s rise to the top of the criminal pile.
Vice City is a huge urban sprawl ranging from the beach to the swamps and the glitz to the ghetto, and is the most varied and complete digital city ever created.
Combining nonlinear gameplay with a character driven narrative, you arrive in a town brimming with seedy opportunities and are given the chance to take it over as you choose.
Take control of a variety of vehicles including high-performance cars and motorbikes, powerboats, golf buggies and helicopters.
Browse through the radio stations, with styles ranging from rock to electro to find a sultry melody or pumping beat to suit your mood.
No matter what type of man you are, Vice City is always full of surprises.
#5. Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec
Some say there’s nothing finer than a well-crafted automobile.
Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec, which brings the series to the PS2, features over 150 of the world’s top performing sports cars, luxury autos, modified street runner, rally racers, and prototype evolutionary automobiles.
Each car looks and handles exactly as they should, thanks to the detailed graphics and realistic physics.
Choose your favorite car from a large group of manufacturers including Nissan, Ford, Toyota, and Mercedes-Benz.
Race head-to-head with another player or up to six players via iLink.
Gran Turismo 3 is a true car-lover’s dream.
#4. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Five years ago Carl Johnson escaped from the pressures of life in Los Santos, San Andreas… a city tearing itself apart with gang trouble, drugs and corruption.
Where filmstars and millionaires do their best to avoid the dealers and gangbangers.
Now, it’s the early 90s. Carl’s got to go home.
His mother has been murdered, his family has fallen apart and his childhood friends are all heading towards disaster.
On his return to the neighborhood, a couple of corrupt cops frame him for homicide.
CJ is forced on a journey that takes him across the entire state of San Andreas, to save his family and to take control of the streets.
#3. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
Snake returns in the stealthy action title, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty.
Take on the role of a one-man army determined to stop a deadly high-tech weapon from falling into the hands of a highly elite resistance group called Dead Cell.
Encounter familiar faces including Revolver Ocelot and battle the new war machine, Metal Gear Ray.
This time around, enemies are more aware and agile, so you must use your skills in stealth, weaponry, and counter-terrorism to fight off the competing powers.
#2. Grand Theft Auto III
LIBERTY CITY, USA. WELCOME TO AMERICA’S WORST CITY.
You’ve been betrayed and left for dead. Now you’re taking revenge, unless the city gets you first.
Mob bosses need a favor, crooked cops need help and street gangs want you dead.
You’ll have to rob, steal and kill just to stay out of serious trouble. Anything can happen out here.
Featuring a fully 3-D living city, a combination of narrative driven and non-linear gameplay and a completely open environment, Grand Theft Auto III represents a huge leap forward in interactive entertainment.
For the first time, players are put at the heart of their very own gangster movie, and let loose in a fully-realised 3 dimensional city, in which anything can happen and probably will.
With a cast of hundreds, 50 plus vehicles, ranging from sports cars to ice cream trucks and from boats to buses, 3 hours of music, including opera, reggae, house, drum and bass, pop and disco, a huge array of street ready weapons and some of the seediest characters in video game history, Grand Theft Auto 3 is a sprawling epic which will show you that sometimes, crime can pay and sometimes it can pay you back.
#1. Resident Evil 4
Resident Evil 4 marks a new chapter in the Resident Evil series.
You’ll rejoin Leon S. Kennedy six years after his first mission as a rookie cop from Resident Evil 2.
Now a US agent, Leon is on a top secret mission to investigate the disappearance of the president’s daughter.
As Leon, you must make your way to a mysterious location in Europe, where new enemies await.
Take them down by using enhanced aim-and-shoot features and a new action button.
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