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Top 5 Playstation 2 (PS2) Games of All Time

Updated on August 8, 2011

Playstation 2 was released in 2000 as the follow up to the wildly successful Playstation 1. With the system, improved graphics, memory and game play were added along with a DVD player which made the PS2's entry into the home a sure-shot for success.

Now well over a decade later, PS2 games are still selling despite recent innovations in gaming and new consoles. It's no wonder because PS2 had some of the most amazing and popular games to date.

This hub is a collection of some of my favorite and, arguably, most popular PS2 games of all time.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

San Andreas was the third game in the Grand Theft Auto 3 timeline; this time taking place in the fictional city of San Andreas. The game was massive for its time and drew a lot of attention because of the earlier success of the sandbox-style game play created by Rockstar's previous GTA titles.

San Andreas combined a massive world, ridiculously fun story line and pop culture references that everyone could enjoy (well, besides those that thought it was too violent). The game would go down as one of the top PS2 games of all time.

In my opinion, if you've never played the PS2 than you should definitely start with San Andreas because it shows just how massive a world can be even on a dated game console such as the Playstation 2. The game is full of missions that will keep you entertained for hundreds of hours. Additionally, the sound track is killer and the free roaming style of game play lets you do just about whatever you want.

Final Fantasy X

Final Fantasy X is the 10th installation of the Final Fantasty franchise and the first Final Fantasy game to make its way to the PS2 gaming system. The game is incedible in every way and holds a flame to the fan favorite, Final Fantasy 7.

The story involves a group of people set out to end the troubles of the world caused by Sin, a giant monster that is destroying everything in its path. Along the way, new adventurers join your party and add to the action in this role playing epic. Without spoiling the game, it culminates with one of the most memorable moments in gaming history that will leave you in utter disbelief. Final Fantasy X is easily one of the top games in the Final Fantasy series and for the PS2 game console.

In my opinion, Final Fantasy X is my second favorite game in the franchise just short of FF7 although it can be, at times, more enjoyable. The new style of game play, improvements on graphics, story and length required to beat the game made it perfect for RPG lovers.

Shadow of the Colossus

Shadow of the Colossus goes down as one of the underrate games of all time. Still today, the graphics and game play are constantly referenced and are seen in awe because it showed how powerful the PS2 could truly be.

The game play was simple, overall. You play a boy on a mission to save the girl but must defeat giant colossus's along the way; each boss presents a new challenge and the sheer size of them, on screen, makes your jaw drop. You must climb each of the bosses in order to defeat them which added elements of platforming gold along with an epic story line.

In my opinion, Shadow of the Colossus is one of those games that comes out every once in a while that blows the socks off people but doesn't the attention it deserves. People that have played it will be quick to tell you how enjoyable the game is and how much they love it but it's unfortunate that so few people will ever take the time to go back and give it a play through. This is one game that should be in the collection of anyone that calls themselves a gamer.

God of War

God of War is the first game in an epic series within the God of War series. This is where the franchise started and is still, arguably, the best in the series because it blew all boundaries in game play, action and graphics for its time. God of War was epic and despite the more recent titles, this is the game you need to play in order to understand what the rage was.

God of War puts you in the role of Kratos on a quest to destroy Ares, the god of war. The story blends mythology with its own twist so you will see all the gods you have come to known when reading through epics like The Odyssey. You are the god killer and your mission is to take down anyone in your way; it's action packed!

In my opinion, God of War was the perfect action adventure game for the PS2, it really set the standards of building an epic storyline and messing together wildly fun game play. The cut scene boss fights really made it interesting because you were battling with some of the largest bosses you've ever seen on screen. God of War easily gets on the top PS2 game list.

Time Splitters 2

Out of all the games I could have (and should have) put on the list, I'm going with Timesplitters 2 because it's one of the most wildly addictive and fun games on the PS2. Timesplitters is a spiritual successor of Goldeneye 64 which, to many, is the best shooter of all time because it made multiplayer extremely fun when playing with friends at a party.

Timesplitters 2 blends hilarious comedy story archs with fast paced action in a short but sweet game. The game really shines when you play multiplayer especially since you could create your own maps which add a whole new layer of game play to Timesplitters 2.

In my opinion, Timesplitters 2 is one of those cult games that true gamers love. There are a lot of great shooters out there but this is one that didn't take itself too seriously which is why it was so enjoyable. I've played this game for hundreds of hours and would do it again, in a heartbeat, if given a chance.

PS2: In Review

Although we have PS3, Xbox 360, Wii and PC, I still miss the good old days of PS2 because it seemed less about DLC downloads and more about story play. Of course, you could say the same for PS1 and generations before it but it was something about PS2 - it came at the perfect time, had incredible graphics especially after you went through the PS1 days and the games were just soooo awesome.

Anyway, these were my picks for the top five PS2 games of all time - I'm sure you have your own but I think you can agree with me that these are the games that really made a dent in your wallet and were incredibly fun when playing with friends.

What was your top PS2 games?

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      joawmeens 6 years ago from Hopewell, Ohio

      I've never played Time Splitters, and I might pick God of War 2 over the first, but other than that, a great list.

      I would also add Finaly Fantasy XII to my list, as well as Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater.