Top 100 Best PS2 Games of All Time

23 December 2014
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What are the Top 100 Best PS2 Games of All Time? Ah the PlayStation 2… Sony’s slick DVD powerhouse that not only put the DVD format of disc media on the map (it was the first game system to come with a built-in DVD player for watching movies standard, it could also play music CDs), but it also has arguably the greatest lineup of games ever.

Of course, that’s a matter of opinion (for me, the PS1 trumps it *puts on brace knuckles to prepare for the beating*); but no one can deny that the PlayStation 2 has one of the largest and one of the greatest videogame libraries with AAA, must-play titles oozing out of every pore from every developer & publisher imaginable and in all genres known to man.

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  • Sales-wise, the PS2 is unmatched and is the best-selling videogame console system of all time, selling over 155 million consoles worldwide (that’s literally half the population of the United States!).

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    Brutal honesty.

    “Hail to the king, baby.”

    It’s nearest competitor is the Nintendo DS at 154 million consoles (which could still unseat the PS2…) and then the original Game Boy at 118 million sold. But those are both handhelds, a console competitor doesn’t enter the equation until the original PSOne, which sold 102 million consoles. But that’s also made by Sony… so it’s not until #5 where you get the Nintendo Wii at 101 million where Sony finally gets some real competition. And that number pales in comparison to 150+ million… The Wii is followed, in order, by the Xbox 360 (84 million), PS3 (82 million), PSP (82 million), Game Boy Advance (81 million), NES (61 million), SNES (49 million) & 3DS (45 million).

    So as you can see, the PS2 stands alone as the reigning champ of videogame consoles. Whereas the original PS1 slapped the “cool” back into the videogame console business, it was the PS2 that blew cool into the stratosphere and cemented Sony as king.

    “Hail to the king, baby.” 😀

    Without further ado, here is the 100 Best PS2 Games of All Time.

    Runners Up:

    * Final Fantasy X (My personal favorite PS2 game of all time)
    * Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
    * Gungrave
    * Culdcept
    * The Bard’s Tale
    * FunkMaster Flex’s Digital Hitz Factory
    * Rumble Roses
    * Radiata Stories
    * Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life Special Edition
    * Suikoden Tactics
    * Xenosaga Series
    * Haunting Ground
    * Ape Escape 2
    * Ring of Red
    * ATV Offroad Fury 2
    * Call of Duty 3
    * Tomb Raider: Legend
    * Sega Genesis Collection
    * The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
    * Growlanser Generations
    * Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 2
    * Phantom Brave
    * Freedom Fighters
    * Capcom vs SNK 2: Mark of the Millennium 2001
    * Mortal Kombat: Deception
    * Marvel: Ultimate Alliance
    * Deus Ex: The Conspiracy
    * Soul Reaver 2
    * Metal Slug Anthology
    * The Mark of Kri
    * EyeToy: Play
    * Hot Shots Golf Fore!
    * MDK 2: Armageddon
    * Battlefield 2: Modern Combat
    * Max Payne
    * War of the Monsters
    * Star Ocean: The End of Time
    * Smuggler’s Run
    * La Pucelle: Tactics
    * Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance
    * Street Fighter Alpha Anthology
    * Castlevania: Lament of Innocence
    * Shim Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha vs King Abaddon
    * Tekken 4
    * Sky Odyssey
    * Space Channel 5 Special Edition
    * Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven
    * Shadow of Destiny
    * Contra: Shattered Soldier
    * Rez
    * The Thing
    * Wild Arms 3
    * Capcom Classics Collection
    * Super Monkey Ball Deluxe
    * Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter

    Top 100 Best PS2 Games of All Time

    #1 – Grand Theft Auto III

    #2 – Resident Evil 4 / Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3

    #3 – Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

    #4 – Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas / Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec

    #5 – Grand Theft Auto: Vice City / Madden NFL 2003

    #6 – Devil May Cry / Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 / Madden NFL 2002

    #7 – Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence / Madden NFL 2004

    #8 – God of War / NCAA Football 2004

    #9 – Virtua Fighter 4 / Burnout 3: Takedown

    #10 – God of War II / SSX

    #11 – Okami / SSX 3

    #12 – Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution / NFL 2K3
    #13 – SoulCalibur II / World Soccer Winning Eleven 6 International / 7 International
    #14 – ICO / Tony Hawk’s Underground
    #15 – Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando / NBA Street Vol. II
    #16 – Jak & Daxter: The Precursor Legacy / MVP Baseball 2004 / ESPN NFL 2K5
    #17 – Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 / Burnout Revenge
    #18 – TimeSplitters 2
    #19 – Viewtiful Joe
    #20 – Rayman 2 Revolution / ESPN NHL Hockey
    #21 – Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King / Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004
    #22 – Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 / NBA Street V3 / NHL 2K3 / NBA 2K3
    #23 – Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies
    #24 – Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell
    #25 – Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES / Gran Turismo 4
    #26 – Silent Hill 2 / NBA 2K2 / NBA Street
    #27 – Metal Of Honor: Frontline / Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005 / ESPN NBA Basketball
    #28 – Tekken 5 / Madden NFL 06
    #29 – Red Faction
    #30 – Ratchet & Clank / Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003 / NCAA Football 2005
    #31 – Sly 2: Band of Thieves / FIFA Soccer 2003 / NASCAR Thunder 2004 / Fight Night Round 2 /
    #32 – Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance / SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs / NCAA Football 06
    #33 – Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory / DJ Hero
    #34 – Devil May Cry 3 / Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition
    #35 – Jak II
    #36 – Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance / World Series Baseball 2K3
    #37 – Bully / NCAA Football 07 / NASCAR 2005: Chase for the Cup / MVP Baseball 2005
    #38 – Dark Cloud 2 / Final Fantasy XI: Online
    #39 – Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow
    #40 – Kingdom of Hearts II
    #41 – Half-Life
    #42 – Guilty Gear X2
    #43 – Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 / ESPN NHL 2K5 / Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2007
    #44 – Onimusha Warlords
    #45 – Suikoden III
    #46 – Beyond Good & Evil
    #47 – Soulcalibur III
    #48 – We Love Katamari
    #49 – Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus / Amplitude / Colin McRae Rally 3
    #50 – Katamari Damacy / Burnout 2: Point of Impact / NBA Live 2004
    #51 – Psychonauts / ESPN College Hoops 2K5 / Aggressive Inline
    #52 – Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones / Midnight Club 3: Dub Edition
    #53 – Hitman 2: Silent Assassin / Midnight Club II
    #54 – Tekken Tag Tournament
    #55 – Onimusha 3: Demon Siege
    #56 – Final Fantasy X-2 / Rumble Racing
    #57 – Kingdom Hearts / NFL 2K2
    #58 – Shadow Hearts: Covenant / NHL 2004
    #59 – Viewtiful Joe 2 / WWE Smackdown! Here Comes the Pain / Hot Shots Golf 3
    #60 – Champions of Norrath
    #62 – Final Fantasy XI / NASCAR Thunder 2002 / DDRMAX: Dance Dance Revolution / NHL 2001
    #63 – The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King / Need for Speed Underground
    #64 – Silent Hill 3 / Fight Night 2004
    #65 – Disgaea: Hour of Darkness
    #66 – Quake III Revolution / FIFA Soccer 2004
    #67 – Mercenaries
    #68 – Star Wars: Starfighter
    #69 – TimeSplitters: Future Perfect / Midnight Club 3: Dub Edition / High Heat Major League Baseball 2003
    #70 – Maximo: Ghosts to Glory / NBA Live 2005
    #71 – Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
    #72 – Devil May Cry 3: Dante’s Awakening
    #73 – Red Faction II / Fight Night Round 3 / NBA 2K6
    #74 – Splashdown / Madden NFL 07 / NASCAR Thunder 2003
    #75 – Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War / NASCAR: Dirt to Daytona
    #76 – The Warriors
    #77 – Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy
    #78 – Splinter Cell: Double Agent
    #79 – Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories
    #80 – Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria / MLB 08: The Show
    #81 – Escape from Monkey Island / WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2006
    #82 – Star Wars: Battlefront II / NCAA Football 08
    #83 – Resident Evil: Code Veronica X / NBA Live 2003
    #84 – Spy Hunter / Sega Sport Tennis / Karaoke Revolution
    #85 – James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing / MLB 06: The Show
    #86 – Jak 3 / NBA Ballers
    #87 – Prince of Persia: Warrior Within / Tony Hawk’s Underground 2
    #88 – Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves / ESPN NBA 2K5 / Wakeboarding Unleashed Featuring Shaun Murray
    #89 – Rygar: The Legendary Adventure / TOCA Race Driver 2: The Ultimate Racing Simulator
    #90 – Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht / FIFA 2001 / NCAA College Basketball 2K3
    #91 – The Sims / High Heat Major League Baseball 2004 / ESPN College Hoops
    #92 – Hitman: Blood Money / Def Jam: Fight For NY
    #93 – Wipeout Fusion / Frequency / MLB 07: The Show / F1 2001
    #94 – Maximo vs Army of Zin
    #95 – Odin Sphere
    #96 – X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse / TOCA Race Driver 3 / Rock Band / FIFA 07 Soccer
    #97 – Gitaroo Man / Theme Park Roller Coaster / Karaoke Revolution Volume 3
    #98 – Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner / WWE Smackdown: Shut Your Mouth
    #99 – Peter Jackson’s King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie / Gradius V
    #100 – Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock / Need for Speed: Most Wanted

    Top 100 Best User-Rated PS2 Games of All Time

    #1 – Dynasty Warriors 4
    #2 – Syphon Filter: Logan’s Shadow
    #3 – Aggressive Inline / Drakengard
    #4 – TimeSplitters: Future Perfect
    #5 – Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal
    #6 – Dynasty Warriors 5 Empires / MLB 2006 / Disney’s Chicken Little
    #7 – Guilty Gear XX Accent Core / ATV Offroad Fury 4
    #8 – Riding Spirits / Splashdown: Rides Gone Wild
    #9 – Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick
    #10 – Dynasty Warriors 3: Xtreme Legends / NHL Hitz 20-03 / World Soccer Winning Eleven 6 International
    #11 – Amplitude
    #12 – Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando / Naval Ops: Warship Gunner
    #13 – Legacy of Kain: Defiance
    #14 – Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater / Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence
    #15 – James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing
    #16 – The King of Fighters 2000/2001
    #17 – Dynasty Warriors 4: Empires
    #18 – Okami
    #19 – Baroque / The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy
    #20 – Frequency / Robot Wars: Arenas of Destruction
    #21 – Dynasty Warriors 3
    #22 – Guilty Gear X2 / NASCAR: Dirt to Daytona
    #23 – Hunter: The Reckoning Wayward / NBA Ballers
    #24 – Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy
    #25 – Dynasty Warriors Tactics 2
    #26 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds / World Series Baseball 2K3
    #27 – Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly / MX Unleashed
    #28 – R-Type Final / Grand Prix Challenge
    #29 – Street Fighter Anniversary Collection / Cabela’s Deer Hunt: 2004 Season
    #30 – Total Overdose: A Gunslinger’s Tale in Mexico / Fight Night Round 2
    #31 – Kao the Kangaroo: Round 2
    #32 – Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams
    #33 – Suikoden V / NCAA March Madness 06 / Stuart Little 3: Big Photo Adventure
    #34 – Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition / Devil May Cry 3 / Greg Hastings’ Tournament Paintball Max’d
    #35 – The King of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match / MVP 06 NCAA Baseball
    #36 – Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES
    #37 – Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus / Moto GP 07
    #38 – Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 / Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies / Matt Hoffman’s Pro BMX 2
    #39 – Onimusha 2: Samurai’s Destiny / Gallop Racer 2001
    #40 – Dark Cloud 2 / World of Outlaws: Sprint Cars 2002
    #41 – Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance
    #42 – Beyond Good & Evil
    #43 – Rise to Honor
    #44 – Def Jam Vendetta / NBA Jam 2004 / SSX 3
    #45 – Monster Rancher 4
    #46 – Karaoke Revolution / Sniper Elite
    #48 – Kingdom Hearts II / Road Trip
    #49 – Dynasty Warriors 4: Xtreme Legends
    #50 – Tokyo Xtreme Racer 3 / World Soccer Winning Eleven 7 International
    #51 – Midnight Club 3: Dub Edition / Smash Court Tennis Pro Tournament 2 / The Spongebob SquarePants Movie
    #52 – Bully / Gretzky NHL 2005 / NHRA Championship Drag Racing
    #53 – Lego Stat Wars II: The Original Trilogy / Need for Speed: Most Wanted
    #54 – Dynasty Warriors 5: Xtreme Legends / Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol
    #55 – Star Trek: Conquest / Warriors Orochi 2
    #56 – Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil
    #57 – Draken: The Ancients’ Gate
    #58 – Armored Core 2: Another Age
    #59 – SSX Tricky / Kingdom Hearts
    #60 – Armored Core 3 / Battle Engine Aquila
    #61 – X-Men: Next Dimension
    #62 – Ratchet & Clank / RedCard 20-03
    #63 – Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner
    #64 – Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution
    #65 – .Hack series / Pitfall: The Lost Expedition
    #66 – Goblin Commander: Unleash the Horde / Street Racing Syndicate
    #67 – The Suffering / Street Racing Syndicate / NHL Hitz Pro
    #68 – Rogue Ops / NCAA Football 2004
    #69 – SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs / UFC: Sudden Impact
    #70 – Bloody Roar 4 / Smash Cars
    #71 – Katamari Damacy / Fight Night 2004
    #72 – Crimson Sea 2 / Dance Dance Revolution Extreme
    #73 – Obscure / World Tour Soccer 2005
    #74 – Mercenaries
    #75 – Project: Snowblind
    #76 – Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3 / NCAA Football 2005
    #77 – Shadow of the Colossus / Predator: Concrete Jungle
    #78 – Dynasty Warriors 5 / Scooby-Doo! Unmasked
    #79 – Fatal Frame III: The Tormented
    #80 – In the Groove / Teen Titans
    #81 – Ratchet: Deadlocked
    #82 – Destroy All Humans 2 / Dance Dance Revolution Extreme 2 / Beatmania
    #83 – Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 / NHL 2K7 / SOCOM US Navy Seals: Combined Assault
    #84 – Ghostbusters: The Video Game
    #85 – Dynasty Warriors 2 / Tokyo Xtreme Racer Zero
    #86 – Blood Omen 2 / Wakeboarding Unleashed Featuring Shaun Murray
    #87 – TimeSplitters 2 / Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis / Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003
    #88 – DDRMAX: Dance Dance Revolution / Delta Force: Black Hawk Down
    #89 – Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War / MVP Baseball 2003
    #90 – Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne
    #91 – Silent Line: Armored Core / G1 Jockey 3
    #92 – Tak and the Power of Juju / NBA Street Vol. 2
    #93 – Ghosthunter
    #94 – Romance of the Three Kingdoms VII
    #95 – Monster Hunter
    #96 – Spider-Man 2 / NASCAR Thunder 2004
    #97 – Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
    #98 – Way of the Samurai 2
    #99 – Shadow Hearts: Covenant
    #100 – Metal Arms: Glitch in the System

    PS: Many consider the PS2 to be the greatest system of all time. Do you agree based on it’s library and how many PS2 games you mark as your favorite games of all time? For me, personally, the PS1 was a greater system simply because it had: Final Fantasy VII/VIII/IX, Resident Evil 1/2/3 and Metal Gear Solid 1. Add other personal favorites like Fear Effect and RPGs like Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete, Arc the Lad Collection, Legend of Dragoon and Parasite Eve and you have another system who’s lineup is unparalleled. Then there’s the PS3…. 😉

    Credit: Best review scores via Metacritic

    Tell us what YOUR favorite PS2 games of all time are! Do they match up with this list?

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