Best PlayStation 2 Games of 2019

Best PlayStation 2 Games of 2019
August 18 16:41 2019 Print This Article

Here we’ve picked the top eight games that came to the PS2, highlighting those that still have plenty to offer gamers even though they were released some time ago. And though there are only eight games on this list, make no mistake — there were many more fantastic games available on PS2. And, with many of these titles, their success has led to plenty of re-releases on newer consoles.

1. Shadow of the Colossus

In the game, you’re dropped into a strange land tasked with defeating giant creatures in order to save a woman on the verge of death. Each creature is like a giant maze, as you struggle with finding a way to climb onto them and reach a specific weak point on their body to attack. Of course, there’s action to it too, as many of the creatures aren’t happy with you attacking them and will fight to stay alive.

The game has been so iconic that it was re-launched with updated HD graphics on PlayStation 3 in a bundle with the game “Ico.” And, more recently, it got a second remake for the PlayStation 4.

2. Final Fantasy X

Final Fantasy X follows Tidus the Blitzball player, Yuna the summoner, and a host of other characters as they journey to defeat a giant creature called Sin that has destroyed Tidus’s home. Of course, there are some twists and turns along the way, with new characters joining the adventure and enemies that aren’t what they first seemed.

For fans of the “Final Fantasy” franchise, “Final Fantasy X” is a must-play entry. Fortunately, if you don’t feel like dusting off your PS2 to play it, a re-released version that also includes “Final Fantasy X-2” came to PS3, giving you two great games and an HD remastered experience of each.

3. G.T.A (Grand Theft Auto) San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas offered a bigger open world environment than any prior GTA game. And, to get around it, you could take your pick of the usual cars and motorcycles, but also included were bicycles, jets, helicopters, and even some zanier vehicles like a jetpack or street sweeper.

The game featured RPG elements, allowing you to increase the skills of the main character as he goes through the game trying to solve the murder of his mother. You’ll have to take on gangs, reunite your family, and challenge crooked cops all against a ‘90s southwestern backdrop. And, of course, in true GTA style, you’ll be stealing a lot of cars in the process. The game has also been released on PS3, Windows, Android, and iOS.

4. Okami

In “Okami,” you play as a white wolf embodying the Japanese goddess Amaterasu as she fights to reclaim Japan from the monster Orochi. Throughout the game, you’ll fight monsters, solve puzzles, level up with new abilities, and approach puzzles and battles using special brush techniques that involve drawing ink lines on the screen to perform special actions.

“Okami” has stood out as such an iconic game for the PS2 that it has seen multiple remastered versions, including for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC. So, if you want to enjoy the game but prefer modern graphics, you can take your pick of current consoles. Or if you’ve played “Okami” before, you have a chance to relive it with updated visuals.

5. Metal Gear Solid 2 : Sons of Liberty

Unlike “Metal Gear Solid” and many of the other titles in the franchise, “Sons of Liberty” follows the blond-haired Raiden for most of the game. Fortunately, the game is still full of all the great stealth action and twist-filled storylines that the series is known for.

If you haven’t played this entry in the “Metal Gear” franchise, it’s a great one to check out to help you understand all the major characters of the game (although there will still be lots of questions left unanswered). If you have played through it, “Metal Gear Solid: Subsistence” is another great release for PS2 that kicks off the whole series, as it takes place at the very beginning of the games’ timeline.

6. Resident Evil 4

The game follows Leon S. Kennedy, the police rookie from the original “Resident Evil” game, as he goes on a mission in Europe to rescue the President’s daughter. Of course, there are plenty of infected creatures to fight and huge bosses to battle. This entry added more action to the series but still made you feel like your enemies were a serious threat.

Unsurprisingly, an entry this well-received in a franchise this iconic has received multiple remasters. You can play “Resident Evil 4” on Windows computers, Xbox One, PS4, and even iOS and Android smartphones. So, if you want to enjoy the best “Resident Evil” game and one of the best PS2 games, you can do it without ever having to power up your old PS2.

7. God of War II

The game offers you the trusty dual chain blades of the original “God of War,” but it also adds new combat moves and special magic abilities. You’ll wield all of these skills through new puzzles, mini-games, and epic bosses. And throughout, you’ll continue to experience the pantheon of Greek mythology in new ways.

This is one of the best action games released on the PlayStation 2. As with many of the other top games for this console, “God of War II” also received a remastered release on PS3, giving you updated graphics to enjoy the game in even higher visual quality.

8. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3

In the game, you can create your own skater or pick from over a dozen pro skaters, including the titular Tony Hawk. Then you can play through a career mode, earning money to buy new decks for your skater, or any of the nine levels for open skating with plenty of things to jump off, grind on, and crash through. There are even cars and pedestrians to contend with.

“Pro Skater 3” offers split-screen multiplayer if you want to play with a friend, and it introduced online multiplayer. You probably won’t still be able to take advantage of the online modes, but can play four-player multiplayer on a local area network. Just make sure your skater is ready to out-trick the competition.


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