Update: I was unfortunately not aware of Shamus Young's severe criticism of Fallout 3 available here to link in the original piece and I regret that. It dovetails rather nicely with what I've written and it's much better executed than my piece. I strongly recommend anyone...
Whoever said the current-gen systems are on their last legs hasn't played many video games this year, because the PS2 is crawling with terrific software. So many games, in fact, that we had to be unusually selective here. Witness the cream of the crop.
Shadow of the Colossus
Each year sees at least one awesome game that typically goes overlooked at retail; we don't want that to happen to this outstanding adventure. Dark yet beautiful, sad yet heroic, this is an essential buy for fans of artsy gaming.
It might have shipped back in March, but it's still this year's best action experience on the PS2. Help the heathen warrior Kratos bring down the gods with style, grace, and more whipping than you'd find in a Devo video.
If you're willing to splurge a little, go ahead and drop coin on this shredder of a sim. Not only do you get addictive and wickedly fun gameplay, but you also get that awesome guitar controller. Perfect for the wannabe rock star in your life.
We roll from the most expensive to the most affordable in this insane, addictive sequel to last year's sleeper hit. Push your ever-growing ball through the world to pick up, well, everything. And this time, it gets weirder.
Zombie activists rejoice - Capcom's brilliant port of their Gamecube hit focuses on more than just slaughtering the defenseless undead. Chances are you'll turn into a zombie yourself after staying up all night with this thriller.
Xbox gamers might have more online options, but PS2 gamers can enjoy one of the best online shooters anywhere with the third iteration of SOCOM. Looking for a ton of weapons, vehicles, maps and competition? Then you want this game.
It takes some serious muscle to overpower the curse of the movie license, which might explain how this stylish, exciting brawler beats its way onto this list. Come out and play - we promise you won't get hurt.
No racing series quite matches the frantic energy of Burnout, so consider the most recent version to scratch your itch to shift. Tons of modes, tons of speed, tons of crashes - simply tons of vehicular fun.