GameRevolution's Top 25 PS2 Games Of All Time (Full List)
Posted on Friday, June 28 @ 15:00:00 PST by Alex_Osborn
5. God of War
Say what you want about Kratos' one-dimensional personality and ever-angry disposition, the original God of War was an astounding game experience when it first launched. With the clever use of fixed camera angles and epic set piece moments, the first chapter in the God of War saga was truly the first of its kind. I'll never forget facing off against that three-headed hydra. It was at that moment I knew I was experiencing something special. There isn't an action game on the PS2 that feels quite as intense and epic as the first God of War. It truly is a bloody marvel.
4. Kingdom Hearts
Ah, the power of nostalgia. Kingdom Hearts brings together the world of Disney and the world of Final Fantasy in expert fashion, tugging on the heart strings of gamers' childlike wonder. Before the series got bogged down by a deluge of spinoffs and convoluted side stories, there was the original Kingdom Hearts, an action-RPG loaded with charm. Giving gamers the ability to visit various Disney worlds and fight alongside some of the most iconic animated characters was truly a magical gift. Even the aspects of the experience that weren't ripped from Final Fantasy or Disney, namely the Sora, Rikku, and Kairi dynamic, was endearing and heartfelt in its own right. If you have any ounce of childlike wonder in your being, you simply must play Kingdom Hearts.
3. Shadow of the Colossus
While most games drop the ball when it comes to boss battles, Team ICO's Shadow of the Colossus is nothing but giant foes that require strategy and crafty controller work to take down. With a story that prefers to show rather than tell, and a sprawling landscape populated by gargantuan beasts, SotC is a wholly unique game in virtually every regard. Despite the fact that the story is delivered in subtle spoonfuls, it's easily one of the most engaging and emotional tales available on the PS2. It's just a shame the game's successor appears to be in development hell.
2. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
If you ask a hardcore Metal Gear fan what their favorite MGS title is, they're likely going to say either the original PlayStation game or Snake Eater. What makes the third entry in Hideo Kojima's stealth-action series so popular has everything to do with its new setting. Forget drab warehouse buildings; forget confined hallways; forget even Solid Snake. MGS3 rewinds time and takes players back to the rise of Big Boss and throws him in the jungle with little more than a knife. Not only did the game give players a new environment and new mechanics to mess around with, it also fleshed out much of the backstory that aids in putting the prior games in proper context. The fact that the game has young Ocelot is reason alone to put it so high on this list.
1. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
If you want ambitious, let me introduce you to the world of San Andreas, Rockstar's massive West Coast playground that has provided gamers with hours of endless entertainment. After upping the ante with Vice City, the folks behind GTA managed to somehow raise the bar even higher by daring to explore a new setting and build a world map more massive than anything console gamers had ever seen before. In fact, I remember kids carry around the San Andreas world map at school to show their friends during lunch. Seriously, any game that can get a kid excited about a map deserves a gold star.
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