50 Underrated PlayStation 2 Games (2022)

Sony’s PlayStation 2 has a mammoth catalog of games, and within this reside some of the best games ever made.TimeSplitters 2,Metal Gear Solid 2,Final Fantasy X,Shadow of the Colossus, and many, many more made the second generation of Sony’s platform the go-to place for gamers, but for every classic there were several turkeys, as well as some genuinely great titles that missed out on the love.These hidden gems may have their own cult following, or have now been recognized as the classics they are years after their initial release. But at the time, they simply failed to make an impact, either critically or commercially.

Let’s take a look at 50 such titles.

50. Manhunt

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We’re going to start with a controversial entry.Manhuntwasn’t underappreciated in the classic sense of the word. It sold fairly well, and certainly got plenty of attention. This attention, however, was for all the wrong reasons, which most of us will be all too familiar with so we won’t go into it here. Underneath all of the controversy lay some truly great, often overlooked gameplay. Take away the violence and snuff movie content, and you have a surprisingly solid and well realized stealth title that requires careful planning and a tactical approach to taking down your foes.

Sure, the violence and grimy, gruesome aesthetic made it stand out, and grabbed all of the headlines, something Rockstar most certainly went for, but the game itself was great, and it’s a shame many people may have missed out on this due to the less tasteful elements of the title.

49. The Warriors

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This is another Rockstar outing, which started life on the PSP before being ported to the PS2. Based on the 70s movie of the same name,The Warriorswas a prequel of sorts to the events of the movie, depicting the origins of the titular street gang and looking at each larger-than-life character in more detail.

The journey to that fateful meeting with Riffs leader, Cyrus, was handled by a brawler-style mechanic that let you take on the gang’s various rivals in hand-to-hand combat. Add in mini-games for stealing car radios, robbing stores, and spreading your gang’s graffiti tag everywhere, and you’ve got a game that successfully captured the feel of the movie, while expanding on the original story, providing a deeper look at the Warriors themselves. If only a game based on a 70s movie would have excited the gaming crowd more.

48. Rygar: The Legendary Adventure

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Pre-dating theGod of Warseries,Rygarwas an update of the arcade and NES title, and includedDevil May Cry-style play. As Rygar, players journeyed around the island of Argus engaging all sorts of mythological threats. The weapon of choice was the Diskarmor, essentially a shield on a chain. Much like Kratos’ Blades of Chaos, this gave Rygar an impressive range of attacks, and the upgradable shield could grant new abilities. It could also summon powerful deities.

Although nowhere near as polished or impressive as theGod of Warseries, which would arrive around three years later,Rygarwas a good action adventure, and one that flew well under the radar of many.

47. Extermination

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Survival horror is one of the defining genres of the early PlayStation era, and afterResident Evil‘s arrival on the PSOne thrust it into the mainstream, many clones emerged. We’re all familiar with the likes ofSilent Hill, but we’d wager you may have missed out onExtermination.

A full 3D survival horror,Exterminationmay have been plagued with some of the worst voice acting ever (which was actually slowed down or sped up to fit the lip syncing, with hilarious results), but the core gameplay was great.

As part of an elite military team, you were sent to investigate an Antarctic research facility that had gone dark, and arrived to findThing-like creatures everywhere, with few survivors.

The game made use of traditionalResident Evil-style combat and exploration, but featured some great additions. The modular weapon you carried could be fully customized, and various environmental puzzles were put into play. Alongside this, ammo was very scarce, and so running from combat was often advisable. Dennis, the protagonist, could become infected with enough exposure to enemies.

Far from the finely polished Capcom series,Exterminationwas still a great entry into the genre, and it did some things better than its bigger budget stable mates.

46. Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII

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Square Enix (originally Squaresoft) clearly knows that the seventh installment of the Final Fantasy series is popular, and has produced a number of spin-offs, including this,Dirge of Cerberus.

DoCmoved the series from turn-based RPG to third-person action shooting. Wielding his Cerberus pistol, as well as a machine gun and shotgun, FFVII fan favorite Vincent Valentine battles Deepground, an organization planning to revive a creature called Omega.

The game mixed shooting with RPG elements to create a mash-up of the genres. It didn’t please manyFFVIIfans, who disliked the action approach, but this is a shame. The game, although not a masterpiece, was actually pretty good, and featured some nice mechanics and enjoyable battles. And, we got to play as Vincent Valentine, which was always a bonus.

45. Gungrave

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An odd one this.Gungravewas a straightforward third-person shooter that featured some unique and impressive design, particularly its characters.

Grave, the main character, was a reanimated gunslinger who carried a large coffin full of weapons on his back. Combat was fast and stylish, reminiscent of films likeEquilibrium,and Grave’s use of his pistols and special weapons made for a great bit of arcade action.

Sadly, the game was both short and overly linear, but it did spawn a sequel, not to mention an anime, which isn’t bad for a game most PS2 owners probably never even know existed.

44. Lifeline

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Games that are controlled by motion controls or cameras are quite common now in the wake of the Wii and Kinect. Even earlier attempts, like Sony’sEye Toy, made the idea of controlling a game with your body into a reality. However, the PS2 also dabbled with voice control, andLifelinewas a very interesting experiment.

Tagged a “Voice Action Adventure,”Lifelinewas set on a orbital hotel in the aftermath of a breakout of deadly creatures. It put players in the role of a stranded man stuck in the hotel’s control room. The only way to survive was to guide cocktail waitress, Rio, through the hotel using voice commands, handled by the PlayStation Mic.

Using this communication, the two had to explore the hotel, battle monsters, and ultimately escape, in a survival horror-style.

Although the vocal input scheme was far from perfect, it didn’t stopLifelinefromgaining a cult following, and although largely ignored on release, it was a precursor to many of today’s titles that feature voice commands. Lifeline was an impressively ambitious take on the horror genre.

43. Deus Ex

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Deus Exis widely considered to be one of the greatest games ever made. It sold well on PC and won masses of awards. It redefined what we thought was possible in a video game, and the FPS genre, and out of all the games out there, this is one of the elite few to come so close to sheer perfection. It went on to spawn two sequels, and is now very much back in the public eye.

So, why did the PS2 port ofDeus Exfall so flat? It arrived with little fanfare, and didn’t do all that well commercially, despite having some improved visuals and CG cut scenes. Compared to other FPS or RPG titles on the platform, it was a non-event, and this is simply shocking.

Only coming in low on this list due to the original’s success, the PS2 version featured some changes due to the hardware’s limitations, such as reworked levels and hub areas split into loading zones, but on the whole, this was a great port of a sublime PC masterpiece, and it should have performed so much better than it did.

42. Mister Mosquito

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One of the strangest ideas for a game you’ll see,Mister Mosquitoplaced you in the role of a cartoon mosquito who has to suck the blood of various members of a family as they go about their daily lives.

Sucking blood isn’t as simple as it sounds, though. You had to find the right spot on the body that would let you go unnoticed. If your target started to become aware, you needed to retreat, lest you be squashed into mush.

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With typical Japanese style, and some surprisingly well-handled gameplay,Mister Mosquitois a title you should check out.

41. Musashi: Samurai Legend

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Possibly one of the least known Square Enix titles,Musashi: Samurai Legendwas an action RPG title starring a ridiculously pointy-haired sword-slinger. It was a cartoon-themed combat title played in the third person, and it was actually very good.

As Musashi, you roamed around various locations fighting robotic enemies, able to cut them into various pieces with a powerful katana. You could learn enemy attacks and use them against your foes, and side quests could be undertaken to earn more experience. A good, well presented game.

40. Gregory Horror Show

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Based on the animation of the same name,Gregory Horror Showwas a rather surreal title starring block-head characters. It was a survival horror-style adventure set in a strange hotel run by an anthropomorphic mouse, and inhabited by guests who carry the souls of the dead.

Your goal was to collect these souls and return them to Death, but the guests didn’t part with their soul bottles easily, and after you collected a soul, that guest turned hostile, roaming the hotel looking for you. More guests checked in as you progressed, opening up more of the hotel, and in order to succeed later on, stealth needed to be used to avoid enemies.

It was a refreshingly different take on survival horror, and one that not enough people discovered. Shame.

39. Fahrenheit

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Also known asIndigo Prophecy,Fahrenheitcame from Quantic Dream, the studio that also brought usHeavy Rain,Beyond: Two Souls, and the earlierNomad Soul. Like the later games,Fahrenheitwas largely a glorified QTE, but it also had a little more gameplay, and the story was intriguing enough to draw you in, even if it went a bit Pete Tong toward the end.

When your first moments in a game are spent hiding a dead body, apparently your own handiwork, before a police officer finds you, you know you’re in for something a little special, and that’s just whatFahrenheitwas. It was a game with plenty of depth in its story, and interesting characters make it a definite recommendation if you missed it, especially if you’re a fan of Quantic’s later work.

38. Second Sight

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Coming out at around the same time asPsi-Ops(see later in the list), Codemasters’Second Sight, developed byTimeSplittersdeveloper Free Radical, was overshadowed by the more action-oriented competition, and the slower pacing put many off.

In truth, however,Second Sightwas a better game in many respects, with a far more interesting story and more intelligent use of mind powers. Sadly, it just wasn’t as satisfying, and the powers on offer lacked the oomph of those seen inPsi-Ops, even those that were similar, such as telekinesis, which was slow and plodding in Second Sight.

Still, the amnesia-fuelled plot coupled with Free Radical’s distinctive visuals and excellent presentation made this a great game, even if most begged to differ when it was released.

37. Project Snowblind

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Originally planned as an action-oriented and multiplayer entry in theDeus Exseries,Project Snowblindbecame a more generic FPS, but one that managed to be a pretty good title all the same, replete with nice visuals and some decent gameplay.

As the ridiculously named Nathan Frost, an augmented soldier, you fought against an enemy force using a range of powers and advanced weaponry. All weapons featured primary and secondary modes, and Nathan could hack enemy security with his ‘Icepick’ gun. Many levels also allowed for multiple approaches, a holdover fromDeus Ex, but for the most part, it was action shooting over stealth.

36. Cold Winter

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This is a lesser-known FPS that was set in a spy-centric world and used a more realistic approach than most. It crossedJames BondwithMacGyver, and although not the most technically impressive FPS on the PS2, it was a real surprise.

You could not only utilize various weapons and stealth tactics to achieve your goals, but you could also find a variety of objects in the world you could use to craft makeshift weapons and tools, such as petrol bombs and lock picks. There were plenty of secrets to be found, and the espionage story was interesting, if a little cliché.

35. Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven

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Along withMetal Gear, theTenchuseries was one of the most important releases in the console-based stealth genre, andWrath of Heavenis arguably the best entry in the series (don’t even think about trying the Wii’sTenchu: Shadow Assassins if you value your sanity). The games did well enough on the original PlayStation, but by the timeWrath of Heavenrolled around on the PS2, interest had waned somewhat, which was a shame as this was a superb stealth outing.

It featured well-designed and challenging missions, two playable characters (with their own stories, effectively doubling the game’s length), and had some really creepy content, all wrapped up in mystical Chinese lore.

Ninja warriors were supposedly masters of stealth and the art of remaining undetected, so Tenchu was the perfect title to utilize the increasing popularity of the gameplay style.

34. Frequency/Amplitude

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BeforeGuitar HeroandRock Bandemerged from Harmonix, there wasFrequencyandAmplitude.Like their eventual successors, these were music games set on ever-scrolling tracks that challenged players with hitting on screen queues to play music.

UnlikeGHandRB, no instruments were needed, and a spaceship was moved from track to track using the joypad, each track containing a different instrument or vocal. To do well you needed to keep every track going by hitting the corresponding buttons at the right time.

It was the gestation of the inevitable plastic guitar series. Without these two titles, we may never have been able to strum along to Foo Fighters or Queens of the Stone Age on our Fisher Price Fenders.

33. Transformers

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Before High Moon Studios managed to release two goodTransformersgames (War for CybertronandFall of Cybertron), most video game adaptations of the robots in disguise were awful, save for one. Melbourne House created the 2004Transformerstitle on PS2, and it was a very good game, arguably better than High Moon’s, in fact.

Spread across a range of large, open levels, which actually made use of vehicle modes, you could pick from three different Autobots (Optimus Prime, Red Alert, and Hot Shot) to embark on some very challenging missions, with many ending in a difficult boss battle against a notable Decepticon, such as Starscream.

Each Autobot had strengths and weaknesses, and the Mini-con feature, which used tiny, collectible robots, could add all sorts of user-configurable powers to the heroes, granting better firepower, defense, higher jumps, and so on. You could even equip a hang-glider power that allowed limited flight.

It looked great, controlled well, and was a real surprise for fans who had gotten so used to video games taking a dunp on their beloved franchise.

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32. Summoner

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Developed byRed FactionandSaint’s Rowcreator Volition,Summonerwas an attempt to deliver a PC-style RPG to the console audience, and although it didn’t do well commercially, it managed its goal quite well (and was eventually ported to the PC).

You controlled Joseph, a Summoner who could call into battle various powerful creatures. As well as Joseph, other party members also joined the quest, and you could take control of these, too. The game featured a myriad of side quests, and combat was real time. There was also a healthy amount ofDiablo-style loot finding to be done.

A sequel toSummonerwas released, and although technically better, with a bigger game world and more features, it wasn’t as good as the first game.

31. Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil

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We featured the firstKlonoain our list of underappreciated PS1 games, and the series continued to impress with its PS2 outing, which also went largely unnoticed, despite critical acclaim.

It possessed similar gameplay to the first game in the series, albeit with better visuals, and the 2.5D platforming was every bit as enjoyable as it was the first time around, even more so with the tweaks and refinements that came with the new platform.

30. SOS: The Final Escape

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Also calledDisaster Report, this is a unique survival game that doesn’t utilize the usual horror formula, but instead puts you slap bang in the middle of an earthquake. As one of the few survivors left on an artificial island city, you have to escape the collapsing urban environment, surviving harrowing situations as you go.

Keith Helm is the protagonist of the game, and shortly after the title’s opening, he meets up with Karen Morris, another survivor of the quake. The two help each other out, and proceed through the city, surviving aftershocks and the troubles that they bring. Eventually, the story takes a sinister turn, revealing that the earthquake wasn’t entirely unexpected, and devious plans were afoot.

Surviving in the city not only required plenty of agility and avoidance of collapsing buildings, but you also had to find water to keep your energy levels up, and the other survivors you encountered would need to be looked after. There was even a choice of companion, with each opening up different areas to explore. It was a great little game that came out of nowhere, and disappeared just as fast.

29. Odin Sphere

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A very stylish title from Atlus,Odin Spheretold the stories of five different characters, whose destinies overlapped and revealed the whole picture piece by piece as players unfolded each “book.” These five characters all had their own unique feel, and although a character may be a protagonist in one book, they could actually be revealed as an antagonist in another.

It was good storytelling, all wrapped up in beautiful 2D, side-scrolling combat, and with five character stories to play through, magic to wield, a cooking system, and a crafting element that allowed for the creation of new items, there was plenty to do. More games using this eye-catching style would follow, such as the Wii’s excellentMurumasa: The Demon Blade.

28. Oni

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Certainly one of Rockstar’s lesser-known titles,Oniwas an anime-themed third-person action title developed by a division ofBungie, the studio best known for the Halo series. It was set in a futuristic dystopian Earth and starred the purple-haired heroine, Konoko, an agent of the Technological Crimes Task Force (TCTF). Konoko learns that her true past has been hidden from her by the TCTF, and she attempts to find the truth, which leads to plenty of shooting and fighting.

Onimixed ranged combat using an array of weapons with melee attacks, and the whole game was presented with minimalistic visuals that allowed for super smooth and fast combat. It was also very difficult, and mastering Konoko’s various special moves and getting the most out of each, ammo-limited weapon was essential.

This game was a classic ‘one more try’ title. For every death, you progressed that little bit further, and this brought with it a sense of real achievement.

27. XIII

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One of the first cel-shaded titles,XIIItook cues fromJet Set Radio, but was an FPS set in a comic world. As the initially nameless agent known only as XIII, you had to progress through the various, comic-style levels to uncover a sinister conspiracy.

The game was a traditional FPS, based on an 80s comic book of the same name. The amnesia-suffering protagonist is accused of the murder of the president, and spends much of the game trying to clear his name, finding out that he’s actually part of a group called the XX, which plans to take over the government.

The action is presented in a slick, comic panel style, with kills popping up as separate panels for added effect. The core gameplay also mixed in stealth, with silent weapons available for covert kills, and a special sixth sense allowed XIII to hear where enemies were via an onscreen ‘tap, tap, tap’ comic effect display.

It was a long and enjoyable title that delivered a different take on the standard FPS formula, but it was sadly never revisited.

26. Wild Arms 5

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This was an impressive, and sprawling RPG set in a futuristic, Wild West-themed world ruled by invading aliens. It’s anime style was complemented by some unique combat and exploration.

As protagonist Dean, players teamed up with various other characters, and used the ARM weapon system to combat foes. Each character had his/her own ARM, which was basically a unique weapon with various special attacks.

Wild Armsis a great RPG series that’s never managed to gain the popularity of the bigger names, and this is one of the best outings of the series.

25. Darkwatch: Curse of the West

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A lesser known FPS,Darkwatchwas a great game set in a Gothic Wild West. Protagonist Jericho Cross was an outlaw on the verge of one of his biggest train robberies. Unfortunately, he targeted a train belonging to the Darkwatch, an order of monster hunters, and he released a powerful vampire lord. After he’s turned into a vampire by said lord, he’s enlisted into the ranks of the Darkwatch, and has to fight against the force he released into the world.

Darkwatchfeatured solid FPS gameplay with horse riding shooter segments and some useful vampiric abilities, which were unavailable in missions set during the daytime, making the player rely on standard tactics. It had a great art style, and was originally planned as a series, but this never happened as the sequel was canned.

24. Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne

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TheShin Megami Tenseiseries is popular in Japan, but has failed to make as big of an impact in the West.Nocturne(also calledLucifer’s Call) was one of the best in the series. This is odd, as it was similar toPokemon,in that you could tame and recruit enemies, selecting them to fight alongside you in battle.

This was achieved using a negotiation system in which you had to persuade a demon to fight for you. Some demons were easy to recruit, while others were far more difficult. These demons could also be fused together to create more powerful creatures.

Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturnehad great presentation and the traditional turn-based combat was helped along by the unique demon-taming features and dark story. Dante fromDevil May Cryeven made a cameo appearance.

23. The Getaway

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Although Sony’s London-basedGTAclone was nowhere near as good as we’d hoped – plagued with clunky controls, dodgy design choices, and an awful camera when on-foot – there was still something about it that drew you in.

Perhaps it was the meticulously recreated map of London, theSnatch-style adult dialogue, or the photo-realistic visuals.The Getawaywas an entertaining, if often frustrating experience (remember that hair-pulling laser security bit? Oh, good lord). It also had two separate stories, with the completion of Mark Hammond’s campaign opening up Flying Squad detective Frank Carter’s series of events, depicting the other side of the thin blue line.

A good story and decent delivery can make all the difference, andThe Getaway, although certainly not Oscar-winning material, had a good, Cockney-laden crime story. Racing through the streets of London instead of the usual American cities was a breath of fresh air. Oh, and ignore the sequel, it was rubbish.

22. Primal

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Developed by Sony’s Cambridge studio,Primalwas a big title at its time of release, and much hype was made of the third-person scrapper.

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Primalstarred Jennifer Tate, a girl who finds herself involved in a battle of chaos and order. Travelling through four different demonic dimensions, Jen and her partner, a gargoyle called Scree, fought all sorts of creatures. As she entered each realm, Jen gained the ability to transform into a demon representing that realm. These forms granted her various abilities, such as powerful attacks, long range strikes, and the ability to breathe underwater.

Visually stunning for the time,Primalwas a brilliantly polished game, and although the gameplay got a little bit repetitive, it was an enthralling adventure, and one that simply fell off the radar.

21. The Suffering

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One of the most disturbing and violent action horror titles ever made,The Sufferingwas a great third/first-person adventure that put players in the role of a convicted murderer, Torque, who allegedly murdered his wife and child.

Torque is sent to Abbot State Penitentiary, which soon gets hit by an earthquake, unleashing all sorts of hellish creatures, which Torque has to deal with.

The Sufferingfeatured some great creature designs, not surprising as they were created by Stan Winston (the make-up effects master behind Aliens, Terminator, and Jurassic Park). Each creature personified a method of execution used on the prisoners of Abbot State over the years.

There were some genuine scares to be had, and the mixture of shotgunning nasties and solving various puzzles worked well, all supported by a good story. Well worth seeking out if you haven’t played it, which is likely.

20. Kill Switch

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Have you playedGears of War,Mass Effect,Uncharted,or any one of the myriad of cover-based shooters that saturate the market? You probably have, but withoutKill Switch, you may not have had the chance.

You see, this relatively unknown third-person shooter from Namco is widely credited as creating, or at least popularizing the cover mechanic we now see so often.Gears of Warcreator Cliff Bleszinski has even gone on record as saying that Kill Switch was a major influence on theGearsseries, saying “it had the best cover system at that time” during the Game Developers Choice Awards.

The game stars soldier Nick Bishop, who is remotely controlled by an operator elsewhere, and as the game progresses, Nick experiences flashbacks of repressed memories, leading to plot twists and a conspiracy.

It was a fairly bare bones, budget game, with minimal polish, but it played very well, and the cover system made it stand out, giving combat a big enough twist, and an enjoyable one at that. It’s worth playing simply to see where the genre as we know it today came from.

19. Sly Cooper

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This is one of the biggest gaming mascot-type characters to fail to make it as big as it should have. TheSlyseries is a great cartoon stealth platformer, which has now been re-released on PS3 in HD form (the original trilogy). Initially developed by Infamous developer Sucker Punch, the game is a cult classic and successfully merged 3D platforming with stealth elements.

Each game, including this debut outing, saw the titular Raccoon thief pull off various heists and engage in boss battles. Sly could use the world to his advantage, shimmying up drainpipes, perching on vantage points, and hiding so he could execute stealth attacks. He also fought foes face to face, but this was a noisy option. The end result was a great example of 3D platforming that demonstrated the genre could be more flexible and varied than it usually was.

18. Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy

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If the aforementionedSecond Sightwas the slower-paced, thinking man’s psychic adventure, thenPsi-Opswas the choice of the trigger-happy, action fanatic. WhereasSecond Sighthad deeper characters and a more intriguing story,Psi-Opshad by far the more enjoyable combat and selection of psychic powers.

As amnesiac solider Nick Scryer, you embarked on a series of missions to combat an evil regime, at the same time uncovering both your past and your forgotten psychic powers, such as telekinesis, pyrokinesis, mind control, and remote viewing. These could be used at your discretion during your missions, and you were often allowed to experiment and tackle combat situations as you saw fit.

The various powers were handled in a far more fluid and accessible way thanSecond Sight, particularly the telekinesis, which was very satisfying (you could even pick up and throw your enemies). The game itself, being a more action-oriented third-person shooter, was a little more appealing to a larger audience. Despite this, it still failed to make major waves, and was never heard from again.

17. Fatal Frame

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Fatal Frame was a survival horror straight from the house of Japanese horror titles likeRinguandThe Grudge, and as a result, it’s one of the scariest games you’ll play.

In this game, which put you up against all sorts of deadly ghosts and spirits, you didn’t play as a soldier with guns, a police officer, or even an adult with a stick. You played as a young school girl armed only with the Camera Obscura. This was a magical camera that could exorcise spirits, and it was your only defense against the supernatural.

The fear you felt due to being so defenseless made this a very unnerving experience, and as the story was supposedly based on various real events, it only made it all the more effective at getting your heart going and wearing out the edge of your seat.

16. Project Eden

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Core Design was the team responsible for creatingTomb Raider, a game we all know, but it also dabbled in various other titles, including this veryTomb Raider-esque sci-fi outing.

Project Edenwas a brilliant puzzler in theTRmold, only this time you had four different characters to control, each with their own unique skills. Team leader Carter could interrogate people and access high security doors, engineer Andre could repair machinery, Minoko was the hacker of the team, and Amber was a powerful cyborg, capable of surviving hostile environments.

Using each team member’s skills, you had to solve all sorts of environmental puzzles to progress deeper and deeper into the game’s dangerous undercity world, populated by violent gangs, mutants, and even worse threats.

It never got much recognition on its release, which is a damn shame asProject Edenwas arguably far more involving thanTomb Raiderat the time, and the four-way split of characters would make for a great online multiplayer campaign today.

15. Killer 7

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We’ve talked about Suda 51’s surrealKiller 7before and made no bones about our love for it. The story of Harman Smith and his seven alter ego assassin personalities is one strange journey, wrapped up in social and political commentary and an art style that’s simply gorgeous. It’s a genuine work of art, pure and simple.

Although it made its debut on the GameCube, the title also arrived on the PlayStation 2, potentially opening up the bizarre adventure to a new, larger audience, but it failed to do so, and the title remains a polarizing cult classic. If you’ve never played it, we urge you to do so.

14. The Thing

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It came out of nowhere, being a random video game of a 20-year-old movie, butThe Thingwas surprisingly good. Instead of focusing on the actual events of the movie, the game took place a few days afterwards. A team of U.S. soldiers were sent to investigate Outpost 31, before venturing to other facilities as they discovered the truth behind the alien invasion.

The game used an AI teammate system, giving player character Blake plenty of allies. These allies were made up of engineers, soldiers, and medics, and their skills were used to progress through the various locations.

The film’s focus on fear and mistrust was also used in the game to great effect, and characters could become infected, meaning Blake would have to find and enlist the services of other survivors. Eventually, Blake discovered the truth, and after battling an army of alien beasts using guns, flame throwers, and other methods, he located the alien ship and did battle with the big bad Thing itself, with the help of none other than MacReady.

It was a great, team-based adventure, and one that is considered to be a canonical sequel.

13. Shadow of Rome

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Hailing from Capcom, this is quite an obscure title, which isn’t usual form for the big name publisher. Set in Rome, as you may guess from the name, you were cast as Agrippa, a successful general in Rome’s army. After the murder of Julius Caesar, Agrippa returns to find his father implicated in the murder, and his mother sentenced to death. Agrippa is captured attempting to free his mother, and is sent to the Colosseum to participate in the gladiatorial games. Octavianus, Agrippa’s friend gets involved in events, and tries to uncover the truth.

Shadow of Romewas a game of two halves. Agrippa’s sections were all about brutal combat and action, and Octavianus’ sections involved stealth and puzzle solving, and the two disparate styles worked well together, breaking up the violence (which was pretty graphic) with some slower-paced stealthy section that also gave you the chance to explore famous areas of Rome.

The combat engine in the game was, as to be expected from a Capcom game, pretty solid, and the gladiatorial sections were challenging and satisfying. Agrippa could use all sorts of vicious weapons, even the severed arms of his enemies, and the arena changed and featured various combat challenges to keep things interesting, including chariot races. There were also sections for Agrippa outside of the arena.

Visually impressive and well put together, this was a great historic combat title that’s well worth a punt, and it’s much better thanRyse: Son of Rome.

12. Dark Cloud

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A definite cult classic RPG,Dark Cloudmixed the genres of RPG and RTS into one coherent package, and it was a unique and hugely enjoyable RPG romp. As protagonist Roan, you had to brave all sorts of procedurally generated dungeons fighting the forces of an evil genie in order to rebuild the world and its villages.

Using this “georama” mode, you could place various elements you acquire from dungeons, such as trees, houses, and so on, and rebuild the landscape, including the villagers themselves. Once returned, villagers could then instruct Roan on the rebuilding of the area, and once a village was complete (after meeting various requirements), you could proceed to the next village, advancing the quest.

Dark Couldused a weapon leveling system instead of the usual character leveling, and the more a weapon was used, the more powerful it could become. These needed repairing after a lot of use, and custom weapons could be created.

The second game,Dark Chronicle, expanded even more on the crafting and RTS nature of the series, but this first outing is where it all began.

11. Gitaroo Man

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Arriving on the market several years beforeGuitar HeroandRock Band,Gitaroo Manwas a precursor of what was to come. It didn’t feature the same exact style of play asGHandRB, instead using onscreen controller prompts when in guard mode, but it did feature a unique guitar playing interface when the player had to strum to the music. Using the analog stick to follow the “trace line,” you had to keep the aiming cone on the line while pressing buttons to play music and “attack” your foe. The modes alternated as the song progressed, meaning players had to quickly change from attack to guard, and so on.

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Gitaroo Manwas a great title with a charming, yet bizarre story and presentation, something we’ve come to expect from Japanese rhythm games.

10. Freedom Fighters

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Freedom Fighterswas developed byHitmancreator IO Interactive, and was a great squad-based shooter that many PS2 owners missed.

It was set to a backdrop of a fictional Russian invasion of the U.S., and players took on the role of plumber Christopher Stone. Now, this was noMario,and Christopher didn’t eat mushrooms or jump on people’s heads. Instead, he packed assault rifles and Molotovs, and used guerilla tactics to take down the Red machine.

You infiltrated enemy bases, sabotaged supplies, and generally became a major thorn in the side of the invading army. All of this took place within an occupied New York. As you succeeded in your goals, you gained charisma. The more charisma you had, the more followers you could lead. You could tell these allies to follow, defend, and attack, which was simple squad commanding, but functional. Each chapter was made up of various missions, and your actions in one mission could affect events in another, with some actions weakening the Russian military presence in later missions.

It was a really well made and enjoyable title that was a nice departure from theHitmanformula the studio is famous for.

9. Urban Chaos: Riot Response

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You’ve heard of theBatman: Arkhamseries, right? Of course you have. We’re willing to bet you’ve not heard ofUrban Chaos: Riot Response, though. This is the debut game fromArkhamcreator Rocksteady Studios, and it’s one of the best, and most highly polished FPS titles on the PS2.

You played the role of Nick Mason, an officer in the ‘T-Zero’ riot response division of the police. Armed with your trusty riot shield, and a host of other weapons, your job was to take down criminals and gang members, often having to find and subdue a gang leader with a non-lethal attack, at the same time rescuing hostages.

Along the way, you enlisted help from paramedics and firefighters who could heal people, put out fires, and break open doors. Your performance was rated in every mission in a number of ways, such as accuracy, collectibles, and so on. Special challenge missions also let you unlock better weapons.

Urban Chaoslooked great for a PS2 FPS, and it featured some of the most satisfying gunplay around. Head shots in particular were gratifying (and often the best way to take out foes, so mastering it was important), and the riot shield opened up new game mechanics, such as having to slowly approach a hostage-holding gang member, shielding yourself from fire until you could get in that elusive headshot. Brilliant.

8. Blood Will Tell

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Based on the mangaDororo,Blood Will Tellwas a great game that features one of the craziest premises for a story we’ve seen. You’re Hyakkimaru, a man whose major organs and body parts were all stolen by demons at birth after his father, the land’s ruler at the time, made a deal with them in order to bring peace back to the land. Hyakkimaru was then abandoned by his father, and found by a man named Jyukai, who created artificial body parts and prosthetics to rebuild Hyakkimaru’s body. Eventually, Hyakkimaru heard a heavenly voice tell him that if he slew the fiends that took his body parts, he could regain them, and his humanity.

Armed with a deadly katana and twin blades concealed in his arms, as well as an arm-mounted machine gun and a leg-mounted bazooka, Hyakkimaru set out to find and defeat the 48 fiends, accompanied by his companion, the young thief, Dororo.

Blood Will Tellplayed very much likeDevil May Cry, only with larger, more open areas and some stealth and puzzle sections (as Dororo). Hyakkimaru and his implanted weapons made for a great combat character, with all sorts of crazy moves and combos, which could be upgraded as you progressed. The levels were varied, and there was no cheating or shortcuts taken. You actually did seek out and kill 48 fiends, many of which were impressive bosses, and some were downright freaky. Each chapter of the game had its own mini-story, keeping things interesting. This was a brilliant fighter that really you should dig out.

7. Mark of Kri

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If Disney and Pixar weren’t so against violence,The Mark of Kriis possibly what we may end up with. Behind the very Pixar-like aesthetics lies a violent, but well-crafted stealth adventure.

Rau Utu is a powerful warrior, who is helped by a bird called Kuzo, accepts a mission to investigate some local bandits, and is drawn into a bigger quest, with major repercussions.

The Mark of Kriwas primarily a stealth game, requiring careful use of Rau’s scout, Kuzo, and stealth tactics to take enemies out silently. The unique control system used both analog sticks, the left for movement and the right to sweep around the area with an aiming line, used to attack nearby foes. Rau also got a bow and special abilities, all of which were used tactically to achieve his objectives.

You quickly noticed just how well produced The Mark of Kri was when you started playing it, and how violent the gameplay was. The characters were great, not out of place in any Disney epic, and although it took a while to get used to, the control scheme worked very well. Highly recommended.

6. Rez

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Rezis one of those classic games that always finds its way onto lists like these, as well as best game ever lists. At the same time, it’s also a game that many people have either never heard of or simply dismissed.

A music shooter,Rezis a trip for the eyes and the ears. It’s an on-rails shooter that ties the onscreen action and your success to the music. As you fight, you add music and sound effects to the soundtrack, and your onscreen avatar transforms. Everything in the game reacts to the beat of the music, and thePanzer Dragoon-style controls and impressive bosses all make for a short, but unforgettable shooting experience.

It’s a game that’s often used in the argument of games being art. One of the most stylish and addictive shooters around.

5. Monster Hunter

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It’s crazy to think that a series as popular asMonster Hunterwas once overlooked by most. The originalMonster Hunterarrived on the PS2, and was promptly dismissed by all but those who had the time and patience to give it a real chance.

The series is notorious for both its high difficulty and stiff controls, but underneath this is one of the most rewarding game experiences around. You may end up being killed time after time by that powerful wyvern, but when you finally figure out its patterns and weaknesses, and bring it down, the sense of achievement is palpable.

The hunting of the original game was accompanied by a complex gathering and crafting system, with every item farmed or carved off fallen beasts being used to make items, weapons, and armor. The game, thanks to numerous quests, many of which you needed to grind in order to find rare resources, is immense. It tried its best to make you dislike it with clunky controls and a dodgy camera, but this was one title where it was well worth persevering, just like the many sequels.

4. God Hand

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Clover Studios was one of Capcom’s most promising divisions before it was closed down. It was responsible for two of the best underrated games on the PS2, one of which wasGod Hand(see the next entry for the other).

God Hand,likeKiller 7, is a very divisive title. Players either get it and lap up the crazy combat and quirky presentation (including an admittedly terrible camera), or they play the first level and quit.

You played as Gene, a fighter who lost his arm in a gang attack. Luckily, he was bestowed with a replacement, one of the two God Hands, magical arms used to combat demons. With this arm now a part of him, Gene walked the Western-themed world fighting all sorts of bonkers villains and demons with a range of over-the-top combat moves.

If you’re one of the people who stuck with it (which wasn’t many, apparently, hence its commercial failure and inclusion here), you found a great, challenging beat ’em up with style, personality, and some truly enjoyable gameplay. The game’s quality isn’t all that surprising, asResident Evildesigner Shinji Mikami directed it.

God Handwas a game purely aimed at skilled gamers, and certainly not the casual market, hence its high difficulty. It’s a title that demands your attention.

3. Okami

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It’s been called the PlayStation 2’sZelda,butOkamiis far more than a simple clone, and it’s undoubtedly one of the best games ever released on the console. Based on Japanese mythology, with a brilliant ink and paper art style, you played the role of Amaterasu, a goddess in the form of a white wolf with the ability to use the “celestial brush” to manipulate the world and create objects.

By drawing on the screen, you could create bombs, gusts of wind, make trees grow, and many other things, all with the aim of restoring life to the land, which was ravaged by the demon, Orochi.

Okamitook masses of inspiration fromZelda,and played in a very similar manner, with a large, open world, dungeons, boss fights, and skills and items required to access various, otherwise sealed off areas. This was all delivered in a truly charming and beautiful manner, and it played brilliantly.

Okami was an epic and flawless adventure, and if there were any issues to be found, it was the lack of real difficulty. Still, with a long and varied story with tons of side quests, memorable characters, and all sorts of extras and mini games,Okamiis unmissable, which makes it all the more upsetting that it was overlooked by most, contributing to the death of a very talented studio. Damn.

2. Ico

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Yes, it had to be here.Icois usually the first game anyone thinks of when asked about underappreciated PS2 games, and for good reason – it was both overlooked and bloody brilliant.

Icowas a long escort mission, but before you run for the hills, know that it was an escort mission that was actually fun to play. Its striking art style and mixture of puzzles and enemy confrontations were superbly designed. The game possessed a level of character and refinement few games can even imagine, and was a forerunner for the equally brilliant and more successfulShadow of the Colossus.

It’s a very challenging and often emotional journey of a game. It went through a period of being very rare, commanding high prices on eBay, but now it can be found in an HD double pack withShadow of the Colossus, so is far easier to find, which is something you really should do.

1. Beyond Good and Evil

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If there was an award for the most criminally overlooked game ever, Ubisoft’sBeyond Good and Evilwould surely be in the running. It’s simply stunning that such a great game could be ignored by so many.

It had everything – great visuals; a good story; brilliant characters; a mixture of action, stealth, and puzzling; an open world; tons of secrets; and one of the best, most relatable protagonists around.

Created by Michel Ancel, the game told the story of Jade, a photojournalist who looks after a group of orphans with her uncle, a humanoid pig called Pey’j. The world she lives in is called Hillys, and it’s invaded by an alien race known as the Domz. This race kidnaps Hillyans to use as energy sources or slaves.

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Jade embarks on a mission to uncover the Hillyan military’s involvement with the alien threat, ultimately to stop the invaders and free the planet. She does this by infiltrating various facilities in order to acquire photographic evidence of the collaboration. Using a combination of stealth and combat with her staff to explore the world, Jade acquires various upgrades, for her and her vehicles, including her hovercraft. She is also accompanied by Pey’j and special operative Double H.

Beyond Good and Evilused game mechanics from various other titles, mainly releases likeZeldaand the Metroidvania genre. Parts of the world are closed off until Jade acquires the right abilities or equipment to progress, and the open world can be freely explored in order to find secrets and side missions. There is a photographic side quest to take pictures of every animal species on the planet, and finding all of the pearls in the game (also used as currency), can take a good while to complete.

The sequel toBeyond Good and Evilis finally in development at Ubisoft, although there’s no release date as of yet. If you’ve never managed to play this classic adventure, then we’d strongly suggest you seek it out, either in your local game shop or via PSN. You really won’t regret it.

FAQs

What was the most successful PS2 game? ›

The best-selling game on the PlayStation 2 is Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. An action-adventure game developed by Rockstar North, San Andreas was originally released in North America on October 26, 2004, and went on to sell 17.33 million units worldwide.

What was the last game for PS2? ›

New games for the console continued to be made until the end of 2013, including Final Fantasy XI: Seekers of Adoulin for Japan, and FIFA 14 for North America. The last game to be released on the PlayStation 2 is Pro Evolution Soccer 2014, which was released in the United Kingdom on 8 November 2013.

Is PlayStation 2 or 3 better? ›

The PS3 is the latest and most superior of the two, specification wise. The PS3 is equipped with better processors and GPU that leads to much better graphics and fluid motion.

What games can you play on PS2? ›

PlayStation 2

Did PS2 have online games? ›

Selected games on Sony's PlayStation 2 video game console offer online gaming or other online capabilities. Games that enable the feature provide free online play through the use of a broadband internet connection and a PlayStation 2 Network Adaptor.

Can PS2 games be played on ps3? ›

Backwards Compatible The PlayStation 3 60GB is backward compatible with most PlayStation and PlayStation 2 games, which means you'll be able to play your favorite games without keeping all the old systems. The console will have slots for Memory Stick Duo, an SD slot and a Compact Flash memory slot.

What was the 1st PS2 game? ›

1 Eisei Meijin IV – April 13th, 2000

Eisei Meijin IV is another shogi video game, though barely any information seems to exist about this game online. Even YouTube only has videos of other console versions or later installments of the series.

How much is a PS2 worth in 2021? ›

The PS2 as of today sells for $35 – $120 depending on the condition of the console itself and if you have all of the accessories, including the original box, cables and controllers.

How many PS2 games exist? ›

Games list (A–K) There are currently 4380 games across both this page (A to K) and the remainder of the list from L to Z.

Is PS2 good in 2021? ›

Should You Buy A Sony Playstation 2 - YouTube

What was the best console ever? ›

PlayStation 2

Why is PS2 Greatest? ›

As much as the visual design of a console has absolutely no bearing on its ability to play games, Sony reaped the benefits of the PS2's more attractive design all the way to the bank and even improved things considerably when they released the PS2 Slim — arguably one of the best-looking consoles ever made — in 2004.

Can PS2 connect to WIFI? ›

The Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) console has the capability to access the Internet, allowing gamers to play certain multiplayer games (such as SOCOM, Final Fantasy XI, and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater) online with people all over the world.

Is the PS2 the best selling console? ›

The total number of video game consoles sold worldwide across the products entire lifetime on the shelves are shown here as of September 2021. At this time the PlayStation 2 is the top games console having sold a total of around 157.68 million units worldwide.

Can a PS5 play PS2 games? ›

Physical disc versions of PS2 and PS3 games are not backwards compatible with the PS5, though that could change with future news from Sony Interactive. However, PlayStation Now, or PS Now, works with the PS5.

Is PlayStation 4 backwards compatible? ›

PS4 devices are not backwards compatible because Sony wanted to focus their attention on developing their online streaming service which is known today as PlayStation Now. With a subscription to this service, you can access some of their PS2 and PS3 games to play on your PS4.

Will PS4 play PS2 games? ›

What Is PS4 Backwards Compatibility? Backwards compatibility refers to the ability for new technology to be able to still use older software. In the case of the PlayStation 4, it's the ability to play PS1, PS2 or PS3 games on the system so you don't need to dig out your old games consoles to play old favorites.

Are PS2 still being made? ›

The PlayStation 2 was officially discontinued in 2013. Sony currently has a few consoles up its sleeve. The company just released a translucent blue PlayStation 4 Pro 2TB limited edition console to celebrate the sale of 500 million PS4 consoles since their launch in 2013.

How old is a PlayStation 3? ›

PlayStation 3
Top: Original PlayStation 3 (2006) Center: PlayStation 3 Slim (2009) Bottom: PlayStation 3 Super Slim (2012)
TypeHome video game console
GenerationSeventh generation
Release dateJP: November 11, 2006 NA: November 17, 2006 PAL: March 23, 2007
Lifespan2006–2017 (11 years)
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Does PS2 have HDMI? ›

You can use the USB cable and power adapter to power the PS2 converter, or you can directly plug the USB cable into the USB socket of the game console or the USB socket of the TV to power the converter.
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Compatible DevicesPlayStation 2, PlayStation 3
ColorPS2 to HDMI YPbPr
Item Dimensions LxWxH3.14 x 1.5 x 0.5 inches
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How much is a PS6? ›

PlayStation 6 Price

As for the price, the upcoming PlayStation 6 is expected to cost around $599.99 due to its predicted advanced features. Since PlayStation 5 was released in 2020 with a price ranging from $399.99 to $499.99, gamers cannot expect the price of PS6 to go below that.

Will PS2 ever be valuable? ›

The PS2 console is getting expensive too, but console prices rise much more slowly than rare games. Because so many units were produced, PS2 console prices are likely to plateau soon, if they haven't already. But like most collectibles, Playstation 2 prices will still slowly continue to rise.

How much is a PS1? ›

A used PS1 is worth between $36.00 – $720.00 depending on condition and if the console ships as part of a bundle.

What was the last PS1 game? ›

1 Strider Hiryu - October 24, 2006

On October 24, 2006, however, Capcom released the game on the PS1 7 months after Sony officially stopped shipments and support for the console. This makes it officially the last game to ever come out for the PS1.

How old is the PS1? ›

The original PlayStation, released in Japan on December 3, 1994, was the first of the ubiquitous PlayStation series of console and hand-held game devices.

How old is the PS2? ›

We're talking about the PlayStation 2, which hit American store shelves on Oct. 26, 2000.

When did PlayStation 3 come out? ›

PlayStation 3 (PS3) is a home video game console created by Sony Interactive Entertainment. It was released in Japan and North America in November, 2006, and in Europe and Australia in March, 2007.

Does the PS five look like? ›

Sony PlayStation 5 unboxing and first look: Yeah, it's big - YouTube

Does GameStop buy PS2? ›

GameStop's statement reads: "We can confirm that as of June 1st we will no longer be accepting the PS2 console or its related product for trades. We know that the 12 year old system is a popular one and for many gamers, GameStop is the only place to find a great selection of its games.

Which PlayStation sold the most? ›

Sony's PlayStation 2 is the best-selling game system overall with over 155 million units worldwide.

What is the most sold game? ›

Minecraft

Why did the Wii U fail? ›

Despite creating the beginnings of a hybrid console, the Wii U's GamePad wasn't perfect. It was big, bulky, and wasn't a true handheld console, as you needed to be within range of the Wii U to be able to use it. The GamePad also had poor battery life and its touchscreen features felt more gimmicky than fun.

Was the Xbox or PS2 stronger? ›

Of the sixth-generation consoles, the Xbox was unequivocally the most powerful. It had an internal hard drive instead of memory cards with 8 - 10 GB of memory. Not only did this reduce load times for games, but it also allowed for custom game soundtracks to be played too.

Is PS2 better than Xbox? ›

disc. When it comes to the actual specs, the Xbox is the most powerful with a 733-MHz processor, leaving PS2 and GameCube in the dust at 295 and 485 MHz, respectively. It also comes with a 233-MHz graphics processor and 64MB of total memory.

What was PS2 original price? ›

The PlayStation 2's U.S. launch price of $299 was reasonable enough at the time ($100 more than the Dreamcast and the GameCube and the same launch price as the Xbox), but what pretty much guaranteed the PS2's victory was Sony's decision to drop the price of the PS2 to $199 in May 2002.

The PC has been host to some classic video games, and we salute 50 underrated examples from the MS-DOS era.

For a lot of gamers, Alone in the Dark was the beginning of the survival horror genre.. Still, it was quite an achievement in 3D graphics and technology for the time.. This is a strange little shareware game I recall picking up at a trade fair once in the early 90s.. However, there was something about it that kept me playing.. An odd, but also rather good Sierra-like adventure at the same time.. Everything was in Simon the Sorceror that should be in a graphical adventure.. A pretty amazing combat sim this.. It’s one of those games that takes ages to complete, if you ever do, but is thoroughly enjoyable the entire time.. A game of intense details and micro-management, an absolute credit to the early PC.. A game that’s sadly not mentioned much now, but a classic to those who played it first time around.. But the one game that kept me coming back for more, time and time again, was The Incredible Machine .. This amazing little puzzle game grabbed you and refused to let go until it was late at night and you finally realized that you had work to go to in the morning.. After each level you could use the collected cash to buy even more destructive weapons or the ability to last a little longer.. Even when you entered a cheat code and had the computer voice call you a cheater.. It’s all rather clever and a great game to play.

17 Of The Most Underrated PS2 Games Of All TIme: 17. RAD, 16. Dark Cloud, 15. REZ, 14. Urban Reign, 13. Urban Chaos: Riot Response, #1 Will Bring Back Memories!

Here we will show you some of those games of the most underrated PS2 games ever made.. RAD has an original control system.. This underrated ps2 game has a fun approach and great originality.. REZ, developed under the code names K-Project, Project Eden, and Vibes, is a Shoot ’em up / Musical video game released by Sega in 2001.. Beatdown is a game that mixes several different styles of play.. It is a beat’em up with hints of popular fighting game and open world – in a limited area.. This video game is a very complete, entertaining, and in some cases challenging game that did not get the recognition it deserved.. Altogether it is a very good video game easily making our list of underrated PS2 games.. The main difference between the two lies in the story and some characters.. The type of levels is summarized in a location full of enemies where you have to go from point A to point B, where you will face a level boss.. Also, Freedom Fighters has a very original touch both in its history and in its game system.. Okami is not only a long, poetic, and exciting game but also a work of art that even has beautiful Japanese mosaics painted to show each of the enemies.. It is unfair that this video game is in a list of the most underrated ps2 games ever made.. Beyond Good and Evil is maybe the most underrated PS2 game.

"Hey You, Play This" is a column I might do from time to time. It is simply a big ol' list of recommendations that spans all the way back from the late '80s to very recent titles. I offer this list to you if you're looking

Or, if you're really dedicated, you know, you probably have already played these games.. Puzzle Bobble/Bust-A-Move (1994, Arcade/Neo Geo): A puzzle game that has been copied and cloned for decades, it still holds up today.. Ape Escape (1999, Playstation): The first game to warrant mandatory analog sticks on a controller, the Ape Escape games combined platforming, hijinks, monkeys, mini-games, RPG elements, and was the closest Sony ever came to having a Pokemon type series where you catch pesky animals.. Go play it.. The Grid (2001, Arcade): This is a game you might not be able to play, since it was an arcade only game that was made by Midway, who are now gone.. How great is that?. There needs to be more of these games, they're great fun.. Okami is so idiosyncratic that there will not be anything to look or play like it for some time.. But it did have huge space bugs, lots of rocket launchers, and was the best B-action movie a game can offer.

Here are our picks for the top 60 underrated PlayStation One games for the console that changed home gaming as we know it...

PlayStation made gaming “cool,” and it brought with it a huge catalog of games, introducing us to all-time classics like Final Fantasy VII , Metal Gear Solid , Wipeout , Resident Evil , and many, many more.. Of course, being a list of underappreciated games, these are titles that range from obscure, cult classics to games that just didn’t sell, despite being good releases in their own right, so don’t expect to see acclaimed titles like the aforementioned Metal Gear or Final Fantasy VII here.. Even at the time of its release in the late ’90s, YoYo’s Puzzle Park felt like a bit of a retro throwback to games like Rodland or Psycho Pigs UXB , which means it never got much of a release in the west.. The game is an early example of a 2.5D title, and as the player runs through the various 3D rendered worlds, the camera zooms around automatically, giving the game a more cinematic feel.. Of course, the game also taunts you if you lose, asking if you prefer a nice game of chess.. True, the slide-show puzzler has always been about as divisive as you can get, with console owners being far from the game’s original core demographic, but as a game in its own right, few can hold a candle to the brilliant puzzles and superb atmosphere Cyan Worlds’ titles ooze.. Many fans of the game actually consider The Legend of Dragoon to be superior to the Final Fantasy series, such is its impact, and this definitely makes this a game to seek out if you’re looking for some classic PS1 RPG action.. A technical powerhouse, and a perfect game to show off the power of the PlayStation, G-Police was one of the most impressive releases on the system in its day.. The game features a number of possible endings, making for increased replayability, and there are few similar titles of this genre as good on the PS1.. Once again, it makes for a brilliant party game, post-pub or otherwise, and few games, even the original Parappa , can match its psychedelic visuals.. Whether of not you like anime or the series the game is based on, this is a great action shooter regardless.. Great value and a great game.. Unlike Tomb Raider games of the period, however, Soul Reaver features a large, open world with no loading times, a big feature at the time of release.. The game is very tough, requiring the mastery of all of the game’s systems in order to survive.

Since 2013, the most underrated PS4 games definitely deserve more love. Here's everything that's always overlooked you should try.

This means that you may want to look back on the console’s history to try and find the underrated PS4 games you simply forgot to check out along the way, or games that completely passed you by.. Thousands of PS4 games have released since 2013 so it’s inevitable that you will have missed some gems, but all of these games you will find below deserved a lot more than what they got.. Furi Developer: The Game Bakers Publisher: The Game Bakers. With the game constantly on sale for a pittance these days, it’s always a good time to right a wrong and play Titanfall 2 again.. RUINER is certainly a challenging game that will leave you breathless, but when you manage to clear a room like the good puppy you are without taking a lick of damage, there are few games as empowering.. Maybe the original game dissuaded too many people, or maybe the marketing was all wrong, but The Evil Within 2 deserves to be recognised as one of the best survival horror games of this gen.

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