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101 Best PS2 Games Ever Made

Updated on June 16, 2016

Are My Favourites Listed? Sure are!

I'm sure this is a question you're asking yourself this very second, or were at least thinking it at some point when clicking on this article. So to very quickly reassure you, your favourites, and everyone's favourite PS2 games will be listed below.

A Countdown Of The Best Video Games To Find Its Way Onto The Console

Any list ranking video games is a tough-y, with everyone's perceptions of a game changing from person-to-person as you could imagine. It's not that you hate a game, its that you hate certain aspects of a game, which were not aimed towards you, as you are not the games target audience.

This is why this list has gone through some serious prep-work to ensure that everyone reading it, can find some understanding of its ranking. The video games are listed from worst-to-best to keep things plain and simple.

The games rankings are based on the quality of the individual games, the game-play, the story-lines, and the reaction received from fans of the games. This is why I made a point of explaining to begin with that this list is not biased in anyway, as it is ranked based on a mixture of aspects which we believe produce a great game (which is timeless in the eyes of the gamer).

So without further ado, let's start the countdown.

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Video Game Publishers (For The PS2)

Here is a list of the video game publishers, who were present in the making of the 101 best PS2 games, listed in order of highest occurring publisher, down to the least:

  • SCEA - 15 game titles included in list
  • EA Games - 13 game titles included in list
  • Electronic Arts - 10 game titles included in list
  • Rockstar Games - 9 game titles included in list
  • Activision - 8 game titles included in list
  • Capcom - 6 game titles included in list
  • THQ - 5 game titles included in list
  • Konami - 5 game titles included in list
  • Eidos Interactive - 5 game titles included in list
  • Midway - 5 game titles included in list
  • LucasArts - 4 game titles included in list
  • Ubisoft - 4 game titles included in list
  • RedOctane - 3 game titles included in list
  • Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment - 2 game titles included in list
  • VU Games - 2 game titles included in list
  • Sega - 1 game title included in list
  • Sierra Entertainment - 1 game title included in list
  • Universal Interactive - 1 game title included in list
  • Namco - 1 game title included in list
  • SquareSoft - 1 game title included in list

These video game publishers have made some of the greatest games to hit the classic PS2, which had gamers screamers for more. The most impressive publisher among this list being SCEA, due to the overwhelming amount of games published by the company in our top 101 PS2 games list.

However it is Rockstar Games and Activision who seem to have published the more attractive titles among this list, some of which are apart of franchises still running today on next generation consoles.

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101 Best PS2 Games


#101: Justice League Heroes

User Score: 8.5 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Released: October 17, 2006

#100: Mercenaries 2: World in Flames

User Score: 7.6 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Released: August 31, 2008

#99: Gran Turismo 4

User Score: 8.4 (Metacritic)

Publisher: SCEA

Released: February 22, 2005

#98: Juiced

User Score: 7.8 (Metacritic)

Publisher: THQ

Released: June 13, 2005

#97: Jak X: Combat Racing

User Score: 7.9 (Metacritic)

Publisher: SCEA

Released: October 18, 2005

#96: Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne

User Score: 8.0 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Rockstar Games

Released: December 2, 2003

#95: Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec

User Score: 8.5 (Metacritic)

Publisher: SCEA

Released: July 9, 2001

#94: From Russia With Love

User Score: 7.6 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Released: November 1, 2005

#93: Burnout Revenge

User Score: 8.7 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Released: September 13, 2005

#92: Black

User Score: 8.2 (Metacritic)

Publisher: EA Games

Released: February 28, 2006

#91: Burnout 3: Takedown

User Score: 8.9 (Metacritic)

Publisher: EA Games

Released: September 7, 2004

#90: F1 2001

User Score: 8.4 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Released: October 1, 2001

#89: Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock

User Score: 8.1 (Metacritic)

Publishers: RedOctane, Activision

Released: October 28, 2007

#88: Hulk

User Score: 8.3 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Universal Interactive

Released: May 27, 2003

#87: Hitman: Contracts

User Score: 8.2 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Eidos Interactive

Released: April 20, 2004

#86: Need for Speed Carbon

User Score: 8.4 (Metacritic)

Publisher: EA Games

Released: October 31, 2006

#85: Mortal Kombat: Deception

User Score: 8.3 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Midway

Released: October 4, 2004

#84: Mortal Kombat: Armageddon

User Score: 8.3 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Midway

Released: October 9, 2006

#83: Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks

User Score: 8.7 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Midway

Released: September 26, 2005

#82: MotoGP 3

User Score: 8.4 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Namco

Released: March 17, 2003

#81: Need for Speed Underground 2

User Score: 8.6 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Released: November 15, 2004

#80: Silent Hill 2

User Score: 8.8 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Konami

Released: September 24, 2001

#79: SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs

User Score: 9.0 (Metacritic)

Publisher: SCEA

Released: November 4, 2003

#78: The Simpsons: Hit & Run

User Score: 8.6 (Metacritic)

Publisher: VU Games

Released: September 16, 2003

#77: Spider-Man 2

User Score: 9.0 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Activision

Released: June 28, 2004

#76: Project: Snowblind

User Score: 9.0 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Eidos Interactive

Released: February 23, 2005

#75: Prince of Persia: Warrior Within

User Score: 8.5 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Ubisoft

Released: November 30, 2004

#74: Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie

User Score: 8.2 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Ubisoft

Released: November 21, 2005

#73: Medal of Honor Rising Sun

User Score: 7.6 (Metacritic)

Publisher: EA Games

Released: November 11, 2003

#72: Marvel vs. Capcom 2

User Score: 8.6 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Capcom

Released: November 18, 2002

#71: LEGO Batman: The Videogame

User Score: 8.8 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Released: September 23, 2008

#70: Killzone

User Score: 7.3 (Metacritic)

Publisher: SCEA

Released: November 2, 2004

#69: Just Cause

User Score: 7.9 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Eidos Interactive

Released: September 27, 2006

#68: Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis

User Score: 8.9 (Metacritic)

Publisher: VU Games

Released: March 25, 2003

#67: James Bond 007: NightFire

User Score: 8.1 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Released: November 18, 2002

#66: James Bond 007: Agent Under Fire

User Score: 8.1 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Released: November 13, 2001

#65: Jak II

User Score: 8.3 (Metacritic)

Publisher: SCEA

Released: October 14, 2003

#64: Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy

User Score: 8.8 (Metacritic)

Publisher: SCEA

Released: December 3, 2001

#63: Hitman: Blood Money

User Score: 8.4 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Eidos Interactive

Released: May 30, 2006

#62: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

User Score: 7.9 (Metacritic)

Publisher: EA Games

Released: June 25, 2007

#61: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

User Score: 8.7 (Metacritic)

Publisher: EA Games

Released: June 2, 2004

#60: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

User Score: 8.5 (Metacritic)

Publisher: EA Games

Released: June 30, 2009

#59: Guitar Hero II

User Score: 8.5 (Metacritic)

Publisher: RedOctane

Released: November 7, 2006

#58: Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

User Score: 7.8 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Rockstar Games

Released: June 6, 2006

#57: Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

User Score: 7.9 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Rockstar Games

Released: March 5, 2007

#56: Area 51

User Score: 8.4 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Midway

Released: April 25, 2005

#55: Battlefield 2: Modern Combat

User Score: 8.8 (Metacritic)

Publisher: EA Games

Released: October 24, 2005

#54: Destroy All Humans!

User Score: 8.5 (Metacritic)

Publisher: THQ

Released: June 21, 2005

#53: Call of Duty 3

User Score: 7.3 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Activision

Released: November 7, 2006

#52: Ghostbusters: The Video Game

User Score: 9.0 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Atari

Released: June 16, 2009

#51: Devil May Cry

User Score: 8.4 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Capcom

Released: October 16, 2001

#50: Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening

User Score: 9.1 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Capcom

Released: March 1, 2005

#49: Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick

User Score: 9.3 (Metacritic)

Publisher: THQ

Released: May 20, 2003

#48: God of War II

User Score: 8.9 (Metacritic)

Publisher: SCEA

Released: March 13, 2007

#47: Guitar Hero

User Score: 8.6 (Metacritic)

Publisher: RedOctane

Released: November 7, 2005

#46: Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

User Score: 8.7 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Rockstar Games

Released: October 27, 2002

#45: Half-Life

User Score: 8.6 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Sierra Entertainment

Released: November 11, 2001

#44: Gun

User Score: 8.8 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Activision

Released: November 8, 2005

#43: Jak 3

User Score: 8.9 (Metacritic)

Publisher: SCEA

Released: November 9, 2004

#42: James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing

User Score: 9.1 (Metacritic)

Publisher: EA Games

Released: February 17, 2004

#41: Kingdom Hearts

User Score: 9.0 (Metacritic)

Publisher: SquareSoft

Released: September 16, 2002

#40: LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy

User Score: 9.1 (Metacritic)

Publisher: LucasArts

Released: September 12, 2006

#39: Medal of Honor Frontline

User Score: 8.6 (Metacritic)

Publisher: EA Games

Released: May 28, 2002

#38: Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

User Score: 8.7 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Konami

Released: November 12, 2001

#37: Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance

User Score: 9.0 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Konami

Released: March 3, 2003

#36: Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence

User Score: 9.3 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Konami

Released: March 14, 2006

#35: Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition Remix

User Score: 8.7 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Rockstar Games

Released: March 13, 2006

#34: Midnight Club II

User Score: 8.6 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Rockstar Games

Released: April 9, 2003

#33: Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition

User Score: 9.1

Publisher: Rockstar Games

Released: April 11, 2005

#32: MotoGP 07

User Score: 9.2 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Capcom

Released: October 23, 2007

#31: MX Unleashed

User Score: 9.2 (Metacritic)

Publisher: THQ

Released: February 17, 2004

#30: Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2

User Score: 8.6 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Released: October 1, 2002

#29: Need for Speed Underground

User Score: 8.7 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Released: November 17, 2003

#28: Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones

User Score: 8.6 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Ubisoft

Released: December 1, 2005

#27: Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance

User Score: 8.7 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Midway

Released: November 16, 2002

#26: Quantum of Solace

User Score: 8.7 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Activision

Released: November 4, 2008

#25: Ratchet: Deadlocked

User Score: 9.0 (Metacritic)

Publisher: SCEA

Released: October 25, 2005

#24: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

User Score: 8.2 (Metacritic)

Publisher: EA Games

Released: October 21, 2002

#23: Tony Hawk's Underground

User Score: 8.7 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Activision

Released: October 27, 2003

#22: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

User Score: 8.6 (Metacritic)

Publisher: EA Games

Released: November 5, 2003

#21: Star Wars: Battlefront

User Score: 8.6 (Metacritic)

Publisher: LucasArts

Released: September 20, 2004

#20: TimeSplitters 2

User Score: 8.8 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Eidos Interactive

Released: October 9, 2002

#19: Star Wars: Battlefront II

User Score: 8.8 (Metacritic)

Publisher: LucasArts

Released: November 1, 2005

#18: Spartan: Total Warrior

User Score: 8.1 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Sega

Released: October 25, 2005

#17: Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando

User Score: 9.2 (Metacritic)

Publisher: SCEA

Released: November 11, 2003

#16: Ratchet and Clank

User Score: 9.0 (Metacritic)

Publisher: SCEA

Released: November 4, 2002

#15: Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal

User Score: 9.4 (Metacritic)

Publisher: SCEA

Released: November 3, 2004

#14: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

User Score: 8.8 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Ubisoft

Released: November 6, 2003

#13: Okami

User Score: 9.3 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Capcom

Released: September 19, 2006

#12: Need for Speed Most Wanted

User Score: 9.1 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Released: November 15, 2005

#11: Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

User Score: 9.3 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Konami

Released: November 17, 2004

#10: Mercenaries

User Score: 9.0 (Metacritic)

Publisher: LucasArts

Released: January 10, 2005

#9: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

User Score: 8.9 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Rockstar Games

Released: October 26, 2004

#8: God of War

User Score: 8.9 (Metacritic)

Publisher: SCEA

Released: March 22, 2005

#7: Call of Duty: Finest Hour

User Score: 7.5 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Activision

Released: November 16, 2004

#6: Destroy All Humans! 2

User Score: 9.1

Publisher: THQ

Released: October 17, 2006

#5: Call of Duty 2: Big Red One

User Score: 8.4 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Activision

Released: November 1, 2005

#4: Bully

User Score: 9.2 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Rockstar Games

Released: October 17, 2006

#3: Grand Theft Auto III

User Score: 8.5 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Rockstar Games

Released: October 22, 2001

#2: Resident Evil 4

User Score: 8.9 (Metacritic)

Publisher: Capcom

Released: October 25, 2005

#1: TimeSplitters: Future Perfect

User Score: 9.3 (Metacritic)

Publisher: EA Games

Released: March 21, 2005


Source: Metacritic.com

Used for general research purposes, as well as also finding the PS2 user scores.

What is Metacritic.com?

They aggregate reviews of movies, games, albums, TV shows, and books. Similar to 'Rotten Tomatoes', Metacritic's method of scoring is by changing every review into a percentage which is determined by the site.

If you liked this list, then you may also like Metacritic's highest rated PS2 video games of all time list.

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Summary...

The PS2 console era in video-game history was one we all remember, and this list is a happy reminder of the great games which helped form a better gaming world.

The PS2 video-game highlight - 'TimeSplitters: Future Perfect'... the best video-game ever to be released onto the PS2 console.

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