411 Games Top 5 6.22.14: Top 5 PS2 Games
Posted by Sean Garmer on 06.22.2014
From Grand Theft Auto III to Kingdom Hearts and Shadow of the Colossus to God of War. Join the 411 staff as they look back at the greatness of the PS2 with their Top 5 PS2 Games.
Hello everyone, I hope it has been a good week for all the readers out there. There were many great things about the PS2.
In our on and off again series looking back at video game systems, let's honor the PS2
Daniel Anderson (Games Fact or Fiction Organizer, Regular Contributor to the Official 411 Games Podcast "Cooperative Multiplayer")
5. Grand Theft Auto 3: This game turned a little known, PC-centric franchise, into a cultural phenomenon. Grand Theft Auto and Grand Theft Auto 2 were 2D, top down, driving games with no story. GTA 3 made the series a 3D world with a story and gamers everywhere responded. This game, for a while, was a game that probably 90% of PS2 owners had. There really isn't anything left to say about this game, except that it was groundbreaking for the time and still resonates today, over a decade later
4. God of War: Another game on this list that was so amazing when it came out, it has continued to be relevant to this day. This game blew people away when it came out, with its brutal violence, swearing, and sex scenes (granted other games had played with sex as well, but this felt like on another level). The gameplay and graphics were awesome in addition to everything else. Everything just worked in this game.
3. Silent Hill 2: This game is one of the rare games out there that stands up with Eternal Darkness as an ultimate form of survival horror. The first Silent Hill was great, but if it was a 10, Silent Hill 2 went up to 11. Everything was bigger and better than the first game. Everyone can name a favorite Pyramid Head moment, but I feel confident in saying that this game became a standard for survival horror games.
2. Kingdom Hearts: I never would have thought a RPG made by Square, featuring Disney characters, would have worked. I am glad I was wrong. None of the other games on this list can say (at this time anyway, God of War could change it) that they started a series that will appear (we hope) on three separate generations of home consoles. That is a huge accomplishment when you think about it.
1. Shadow of the Colossus: This game was beautiful and have an amazing story. This game came out in 2005, and today there are still a large number of people demanding a sequel (I think the sequel is getting into Duke Nukem territory, but it is still wanted), and for a game to have that kind of following nine years after its release is just stunning when you think about it. I have not talked to one person that has played this game that didn't love it. It was that kind of game. I am not a huge Sony guy, but even I hope that this game gets the sequel it deserves.
John Cash (Reader Voice, Occasional Contributor to Four Player Co-op)
Honorable Mentions: Guitar Hero series, Kingdom Hearts, LEGO Star Wars
5. Tony Hawk's Underground: Outside of a few minor over-the-top things (several challenges in the Hawaii level), and Eric being the biggest douche antagonist in the history of video games, THUG is the perfect skateboarding game that many people wanted since THPS became a thing. I would say only Skate 3 rivals it now, and I would still count it out for being a glitchy mess that expects way too much out of you with the controls and the glitches as they are. There was just something about playing THUG for the first time, where you get off the board for the first time and it feels like a million doors open at once, and you think "Oooh, now I can do this combo, or I can do this kind of stunt!"
4. Tekken Tag Tournament: I've been called a scrub for it before, but this game is my favorite fighting game of all time. From the soundtrack, the immense roster of fighters, even TEKKEN BOWL, this game made the $380 price tag for buying it, a memory card, and a PS2 all on the same day easy to swallow. I loved practice mode, because it allowed you to pull off some of the ridiculously complex combos off to your heart's content while building it into your muscle memory. I still to this day have not been able to pull off Yoshimitsu's ultimate combo in an actual fight, but man is it pretty in practice!
3. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty: Back when it was "awesome" and "amazing" to have a 30 minute cutscene in a video game, MGS2 was the king. People have soured on the series in the last 10 years because of the series hasn't really evolved all that much, but I think to people that enjoy the very specific playstyle, MGS2 still stands out amongst the rest as, if not the best, then at least top 3 MGS games. Which is hilarious because the Gamecube updated version "The Twin Snakes" somehow managed to be twice as good on a supposedly inferior console.
2. Shadow of the Colossus: For having almost no dialogue for the majority of the story, this game is definitely an emotional roller-coaster! While it can be a fairly short game once you figure out what the game expects from you, I think it is no lie to say that SOTC is a very personal, primal experience, one that should be experienced in solitude. If you plan to play it, play it alone, if you plan to just watch a playthrough on YouTube, try to find one without commentary (especially if there happens to be a blind playthrough without commentary.)
1. Grand Theft Auto III: I know many people have San Andreas in their hearts as their favorite GTA game, but I think most people would agree that GTA III is one of the most important video games ever made. Its one of the few older games that I make it a point to play again every couple of months, and it still has that same magic as it did when I played it for the first time. After Vice City came out I felt that the only way to improve GTA III would be to have helicopters and motorcycles, but even once that happened (Liberty City Stories), it just wasn't the same feeling. It will be a sad, sad day when GTA III becomes a "had to be there in that time to understand" kind of games.
Todd Vote (Games Zone Reviewer, Regular Contributor to the Four Player Co-op)
5. Smackdown: Here Comes The Pain - In my opinion, this is still the pinnacle of WWE games not named No Mercy. This game got so many things right, it was a shame they didn't carry more of the ideas over as the series progressed. For me, best wrestling game available on the PS2.
4. Resident Evil: Dead Aim - Who would have thought a light gun game could be this much fun? A buddy of mine and I enjoyed this game so much that he eventually went and bought one himself. Of course beyond this game, the light gun just sat and collected dust. But we had a lot of fun with this title, so that was all that was important.
3. SSX Tricky - It's tricky to rock a rhyme. Even trickier when trying to bust out big air and huge tricks on a snowboard. SSX offered over the top visuals and colorful characters. Definitely a pass the controller type game in a room full of people.
2. NFL 2K5 - Screw you Madden, Screw you EA. That's about all I want to say about losing this football series.
1. God of War - Probably my favorite Sony Exclusive franchise of all time. God of War tackles one of my favorite mythological subjects, Greek Gods, and offers a unique story inside that world. Kratos is the epitome of bad ass, and proves it time and again as he mercilessly rips apart his enemies.
Robert Cooper (Writer of the Metal Hammer of Doom News Report, Regular Contributor to the Official 411 Games Zone Podcast "Cooperative Multiplayer")
Honorable Mention: Final Fantasy X, Metal Gear Solid 3. Never played either, but I want to.
5. Fire Pro Wrestling Returns: This is by far one of my favorite wrestling games of all time. While it doesn't have a ton of features when it comes to match types like WWE 13 or SVR 07, but it does have customization out the as whole. I can create any wrestler, league, or logo I want, and the level of detail is insane. The game is also one of those that requires pinpoint precision for success, and with the great wrestlers on the roster, you are going to need to become good to survive. This game can't cost much, so go find it some time.
4. God of War: I will admit that I have only gotten halfway through this game when I borrowed my best friend's PS2 during the year where my Xbox 360 was a red ringed brick and the only systems I had to play were my original Xbox and N64 (both fun systems, but games are REALLY hard to come by). This game is one of those that brought out my inner testosterone fueled man. Hacking, slashing, stabbing, ripping, killing, and God slaying make for a GREAT time and so really wish I had a Ps2 so that I could finish this game.
3. Devil May Cry 3: Now for the game that broke a thousand controllers. This game is one of the hardest things I have ever played, not that I'm complaining too much. Dante is back to being Dante and he's here to slay more demons. While an easier version has been released, I like it harder, and will take the original as it is.
2. Shadow of the Colossus: This game is absolutely beautiful, I can vouch for that fact. I played a few Colossi (or is it Colosuses?) at a friend's house and I kind of fell in love. It takes patience, but as you chip away at each Colosus, you begin to wonder if you're doing the right thing, and you don't mind it taking a little while because you get to think. I think it was on PS Plus not too long ago, so go play it if you downloaded it.....or go buy it somewhere else, it's lovely.
1. GTA: San Andreas: I never played this on PS2, but it originally was a PS2 exclusive...so I put it here. This game was the best game I have played from the GTA series. The story was really good, the gameplay was fun, and the RPG elements worked, and the soundtrack was absolutely kickin'. While I'm not as big on it as my cousins who beat the game 6 times in a year back in middle school, it is still one of the absolute greatest PS2 I have ever played.
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Games Coming Out the Week of 06/22/14
Valiant Hearts: The Great War (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
Atelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland (PS3 & PS VITA)
Shovel Knight (PC, Wii U, 3DS, MAC, Linux)
Another World: 20th Anniversary Edition (PS4, PS3, PS VITA)