The PlayStation 2 is one of the most important consoles in the game industry. Released on March 4, 2000 in Japan, it sold 155 million units worldwide and became the most successful video game Of the history.
Released in the sixth generation, it was a direct competitor to Microsoft’s Xbox, Nintendo’s GameCube, and Sega’s Dreamcast, but easily beat its opponents. Despite its late release in Brazil, it captured the hearts of Brazilian audiences, marking the childhood and adolescence of many.
The console had a long lifespan of 13 years and was only officially retired in 2012, very close to the announcement of the PlayStation 4. With over 4,000 games released in its lifetime and with many many franchises that were to become Sony’s absolute hits until today, let’s remember 10 great titles that made the console a true legend.
Due to the large number of successes, we will also make honorable mentions of games that could not fail to be remembered in a special list on the console.
Tekken is one of the greatest fighting series of all time. The third game had a huge impact on the first PlayStation and became a favorite of many gamers. When the franchise debuted on PlayStation 2 with Tekken 4, fans were happy but felt something was missing.
And that’s exactly what Tekken 5 did to win the favor of the public: it delivered sharp gameplay, a more than complete cast and an introduction that brought one of the best stories of the saga. If you frequented the Lan Houses of the time, you will surely remember the crowds that clashed there loudly.
9. Devil May Cry 3: Dante’s Awakening
Devil May Cry 3: Dante’s Awakening is considered one of many gamers’ favorite action games and the best title in the franchise. The story takes the bold step of going back in time and bringing in a young Dante still discovering his powers. As he could not miss, he also brings his brother and eternal rival Vergil.
On the gameplay side, the title brought several options, new weapons and mind-blowing sequences, in addition to memorable boss fights. The challenge made the experience even more addictive and rewarding.
8. Tony Hawks Underground 2
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 is the perfect example of what a sequel should be. It was better than its predecessor in every way: superior graphics, level editor, robust customization options for your characters, and options to improve turn sequences.
Additionally, the title featured a story mode with creative and memorable objectives that made the experience fun and highly addictive.
7.Final Fantasy X
Final Fantasy X easily enters the top 3 games in the franchise for many fans. The mighty PlayStation 2 helped bring Square Enix’s incredible story to life with stunning graphics set in the land of Spira and its people.
The gameplay, despite replacing the active system for the traditional turn-based battle, brought greater depth by allowing players to customize the character’s class, in addition to epic battles. The cutscenes have become one of the most played AMV (Anime Music Video) videos on YouTube, mostly driven by the sound of Linkin Park.
6. God of War 2
Although the first game was a hit, it was God of War 2 that cemented the franchise as one of Sony’s greatest. The work was a real blockbuster where the Spartan warrior Kratos sought revenge against the mighty gods of Olympus.
The title was packed with memorable boss battles, jaw-dropping action, creative puzzles, and a high-quality soundtrack. Not only is it one of the best PlayStation 2 titles, but it’s also one of the best in all of history.
5. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock is best known in the franchise for the selection of songs that would blow anyone away, ranging from “Rock You Like a Hurricane” by Scorpions, “Welcome to The Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses , “Rock and Roll All Nite” by Kiss and “School’s Out” by Alice Cooper.
Additionally, the track featured famous rock personalities such as talented guitarists Tom Morello and Slash, as well as vocalist Bret Michaels. All this added to the insane duels made the title produce a huge amount of hours of fun.
4.Resident Evil 4
Resident Evil 4 was a milestone not just for the franchise, but for the entire gaming industry. discontinued fixed-camera tank controls were born. The change was so successful that thousands of titles that came later were inspired by the novelty.
Additionally, the plot deviated from traditional zombies and took the player along with Agent Leon S. Kennedy on a mission to a gruesome village in the Spanish countryside to rescue the President’s daughter. With lots of action, charismatic characters and epic moments, the title is considered one of the best in the series.
3. Shadow of the Colossus
Shadow Of The Colossus is the perfect definition of how a game can be considered a work of art. The lonely world has the player battling against the mighty legendary colossus in epic and intense showdowns to save his beloved from a tragic fate
The artistic direction further contributed to the immersion in a personal and dramatic adventure with one of the saddest endings in history.
2. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater is considered by many to be the culmination of the franchise and that’s no coincidence. After many complaints from the previous title’s protagonist Raiden, Hideo Kojima decided to go with a bold and complex narrative.
The refined gameplay emphasizing stealth and the deep mechanics that involved elements of survival make the title one of the most incredible experiences of all time. When you remember that the game was released in 2004, it is completely ahead of its time.
1. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
After impressing players with its amazing open world in Grand Theft Auto III, Rockstar decided to go one better and release San Andreas. In addition to the 90s setting in the fictional city inspired by Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas, it brought a gripping story with gang wars, drugs and corrupt cops playing with the most charismatic character in the world. frankness, CJ.
San Andreas crowned Rockstar as one of the most creative and daring developers in the industry. To this day, the title is worth playing because it has aged so well. Its success is also reflected in the numbers: over 27.5 million copies sold worldwide and the most successful PlayStation 2 title to date.
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