Top 10 of PS2 Era

PlayStation 2 is widely regarded as one of the greatest consoles of all time, and it still holds the record for the most units sold. It had a huge library of games, but which ones were my favourites? Here is my top 10 list of the best games from the PlayStation 2 era!

TOP 10

Sora Miyuki 空 美雪

11/22/202311 min read

Ah, the PS2, one of the best consoles of all time. So many fun memories are connected to this console, and numerous good games came out on it. Unfortunately, I was unable to play many of them due to the price tag being too expensive for me. Games like Persona or Shin Megami Tensei, which were released on PlayStation 2, are missing from my list because I simply haven't played them.

When composing this list, I focused on games that stayed in my memories. I know God of War 2 is better than the first one, but it was the initial game that stuck in my mind. My love for God of War originated from the first game, and while the second one was better and still fun, I was already enamoured with the franchise. A similar thing happened with Devil May Cry, DMC3 being simply better game but I decide to put first entry on my list. So, enjoy the trip down memory lane as we dive into my favorite PlayStation 2 games of all time!

Number X

Gotta admit, Red Faction wasn't in my top picks at first. But when I checked the Top 100 PlayStation 2 games to make sure I didn't miss any cool ones, memories of a game hit me. You could just chill on the first level, dig around with different guns, and have a blast. Remembering that fun feeling alone made me nostalgic enough to give the game a shout-out.

Back then, no other game let you go wild and wreck everything around you like Red Faction did. Nowadays, it's kinda normal in games like Space Engineers or Astroneer, where you can dig wherever. But the joy of leaving a map full of holes was simple, brainless fun that I really liked. And Red Faction wasn't just about breaking stuff; it was a cool game with lots of guns and an interesting story. It was just plain fun!

Red Faction

Number IX

I bet many of you haven't heard of Radiata Stories, but it's one of my favourite jRPGs from the PlayStation 2 era. To explain why this game was such a blast for me, I need to spill some story details. So, we're following Jack, a kid who joins the Knights of the Kingdom. Our captain is a jerk right from the start, but we quickly make friends and head out on our first mission, where Jack's new buddy, Ridley, gets hurt. Her dad uses his connections to kick Jack out of the Knights and forces him to join the Mercenaries. This game explored the emotions of betrayal and really focused of "Good" Humans not being that Good after all, witch was refreshing in jRPG genre.

The story is amazing and gripping, letting us choose a faction in the war, creating two completely different experiences! This game has insane replayability. Besides the story, there are over 100 units you can recruit and use in combat. I'm really fond of this game, but I keep forgetting its name! Every time I want to say, "Hey, there was this jRPG game on PS2...but I can't remember its name," and then I'm sulking through the whole conversation until I find it! This game was a blast, and if you haven't played it, you should give it a shot!

Radiata Stories

Number VIII

As mentioned in the intro, God of War 2 may outshine the first entry, but it's the initial installment that ignited my love for Kratos and his destructive path. God of War, on its own, was an incredibly enjoyable game, and God of War II only enhanced the formula. Therefore, in my opinion, the first entry deserves a spot on the list. The game kicks off with a taste of its brutality right from the start, particularly in the Hydra battle, which is filled with intense action.

God of War was a button-smashing crusade, sprinkled with brutality and straightforward, brain-dead fun action. Moreover, the story was highly engaging, delving into Kratos' sins and how he was manipulated by the Gods. The newer iteration of God of War undoubtedly brought a fresh perspective to the franchise, but at the same time, I find myself missing the old-school, smashing platform style that God of War used to embody.

God of War

Number VII

Similar to God of War, many would argue that Devil May Cry 3 is a better entry than Devil May Cry, but the first DMC had this amazing feeling of mystery and occultism, while DMC3 leaned more into over-the-top humor. DMC had an incredible story that kept you engaged until the very end, pushing through hordes of demons. I must confess, Trish is my favorite character from the DMC series, and I was tearing up at the end of DMC, but no spoilers here! You should definitely check it out!

The combat was both fun and challenging. Trying to reach that SS rating in each encounter was a cool addition. The DMC series was definitely at its peak during the PlayStation 2 era. After that, it wasn't as strong; the whole god-awful reboot and ditching Dante for Nero didn't do the series any favors. But in my memory, DMC 1 and 3 stand out as the best entries in the entire series.

Devil May Cry

Number VI

Ah, Shadow of the Colossus, a hidden gem for many. Some might argue that later games tried to top it, but there's something magical about the original. It's not about swarms of enemies or flashy combat; it's this minimalist beauty, a poetic journey.

The game's heart lies in its mysterious and colossal creatures. Each one is like a puzzle, a living, breathing puzzle that you must figure out how to bring down. And the landscapes, oh man, they're breathtaking. It's like being in a dream, wandering through these vast, empty lands with nothing but you, your horse, and the colossal task ahead.

The story is simple yet so profound, pulling you in without saying too much. You're on a quest to revive someone dear, and it's not your usual save-the-world affair. There's a melancholy beauty in the solitude, and the connection you feel with your horse, Agro, adds another layer of emotions in to game.

Shadow of the Colossus is more than a game; it's an experience.If you haven't embarked on this adventure, you're missing out on something truly special. Give it a go!

Shadow of Colossus

Number V

The Prince of Persia The Two Thrones was an AMAZING game, I loved the struggle of Prince and his Evil side. The combat is a highlight. The Two Thrones took the best from Warrior Within and blended it with the acrobatic finesse of Sands of Time. The addition of stealth kills and speed kills adds a strategic edge, making you feel like a true Prince of Persia badass.

The story is a wild ride. Babylon in ruins, a city in chaos, and our Prince on a mission to set things right. The narrative jumps between past and present, and it's not just about battling external enemies; it's about confronting the inner demons of the Prince. This twist keeps you hooked, wondering how it all connects.

But why The Two Thrones is so high on my list? Why this specific game is, in my opinion, more fun that DMC, God of War or Shadow of Colossus? Because I am weird person! I really enjoyed it!

Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones

Number IV

Have you ever hear about this game? It is another hidden gem of jRPG's on PlayStation 2, Shadow Hearts: Covenant, a game that's not just a game for me. It's a journey through a world of dark magic, twisted history, and characters that burrowed into my heart. The game's intricate story, blending historical fiction with the supernatural, was like an escape hatch from reality and the characters felt like old friends, each with their quirks and struggles.

The combat system, with its Judgment Ring, felt like a dance. A dance where every move mattered, and mistiming could be disastrous. It taught me a strange kind of patience and strategic thinking that, oddly enough, seeped into my real-world problem-solving.

But what really hit me was the emotional depth. Shadow Hearts: Covenant wasn't afraid to explore darker themes, and it didn't always hand out happy endings. It made me laugh, it made me tear up, and it made me reflect on life in ways I didn't expect from a video game. And even years later, I can still hear the haunting soundtrack, and certain scenes linger in my memory.

Shadow Heart: Covenant is hidden gem that everyone should know, shame it stayed in shadows of more popular titles.

Shadow Hearts: Covenant

Number III

By now you probably know that I am massive fan of jRPG's and my list would be incomplete without Final Fantasy!

Final Fantasy X, ah, where do I even begin? It's not just a game; it's a tale woven with emotion, breath-taking worlds, and a journey that resonates long after the credits roll. From the moment I dove into the world of Spira, I was captivated. The story, cantered around Tidus and Yuna, isn't just an epic adventure, it's a narrative masterpiece. The themes of love, sacrifice, and the cyclical nature of life and death are explored with a depth that tugs at your heart.

I love every single character from Final Fantasy X, even Kinari have his moments but entire Pilgrimage is filled with learning the truth, a joyfull adventure quickly turns in to something unexpected and the ending... oh Gods ending of FFX is a Masteripice! I always said that FFX Ending is what FFIX should be but they were afraid to pull the trigger, they were not in FFX!

But what truly stole my heart was the soundtrack. To Zanarkand still gives me chills, and the melodies of Spira linger in my mind. Nobuo Uematsu's genius took the emotional weight of the story and amplified it, creating an auditory masterpiece that elevates every moment.

Final Fantasy X isn't just a game; it's an experience etched into my gaming soul. It's a testament to the power of storytelling in video games, a reminder that pixels and polygons can evoke emotions as profound as any other form of art.

Final Fantasy X

Number II

There are games that, after rolling the last credits, leave you feeling empty inside. Those games create a void in your heart that's pretty hard to fill, leaving you, sometimes for days, with the question, "What should I play next?" PlayStation 2 had only two games that made me feel that way. Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War is a straightforward game. It's not a simulation; it's more of an arcade shooter that gives you a fighter jet loaded with more rockets than an airship carrier has in storage. So, what made this game so memorable, putting it at number 2 on my list? The answer is ambient sounds.

The game tells a story, not by showing it, but by narrating it through radio messages that you hear during the missions. You can hear your squad talking, other allied fighters, and ground forces. But it doesn't stop there; it lets you hear enemy forces as well. The entire story of the game is told in such a manner, and the story is simply epic.

You start as a member of the Wardog Squadron, but as time passes, your enemies start calling you The Demons of Razgriz. The fear of your enemies in the comms when you approach is thrilling. AC5 is filled with emotions. During one of the missions, someone dies (I won't say who to avoid spoilers), but when that happens, your entire squad goes silent. You hear whispers and cries from time to time, and you feel such anger that lets you eliminate enemies without using your main weapon. It is a masterpiece and shows that even a simple arcade game can have an extremely deep narrative story. It is must play of PlayStation 2 Era!

Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War

Number I

I don't think there is a better game than Hideo Kojima Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater on PlayStation 2. This game is masterpiece of storytelling, a game that lingers in your thoughts long after the credits roll. When the final scenes play out, and the screen fades to black, there's this peculiar mix of satisfaction and emptiness. It's that feeling of saying goodbye to a friend you've been through a lot with. MGS3 does that to you.

The game is a prequel, set in the Cold War era, and you step into the boots of Naked Snake, later known as Big Boss. The whole survival aspect is a game-changer. Eating to stay alive, camouflage to blend with the lush surroundings – it's a level of detail that immerses you in the world like no other.

The narrative, oh boy, it's a rollercoaster. Betrayals, twists, and a ladder climb that feels like an emotional journey in itself. And let's not forget about The Boss, one of the most complex and captivating characters in gaming history. The final confrontation is not just a boss battle; it's a clash of ideologies that tugs at your understanding of right and wrong.

And the music! Snake Eater, the theme song, is a masterpiece. Sneak Eater it's not just a song; it's an anthem that plays in your mind long after you've put the controller down.

Metal Gear Solid 3 is not just a game; it's an experience that transcends the boundaries of the gaming world. It's a narrative masterpiece, a survival odyssey, and a journey that stays with you, reminding you that games can be so much more than pixels on a screen.

Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

Here it is! My PlayStation 2 top 10, I know there are few controversial entries, but I must stay true to my feelings, Afterall this is my personal top 10 list. I would like also say this: I apologize for taking so long to finish that post, but my health hasn't been great for the last two weeks. I'm getting better now, and I want to assure you that more articles for the blog are on the way!