These PS2 Games Deserve a ComeBack

PS2 or PlayStation2.

This was the word said countless number of times by many gammers. This console was the most appreciated and loved gaming console of all time. And this had many amazing games that just made the people even more crazy and addictive towards the PlayStation.

It’s no surprise that the PS2 is the most successful video game console of all time, moving a whopping 158 million units worldwide. The It had such realistic and amazing graphics that were loved by all!

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Hence, here are some of the best games that were absolutely loved by all the fans and gammers.

#1 BURNOUT 3: TAKEDOWN

The polar opposite of Gran Turismo, the Burnout series was all about high octane stunts, crashes, and over-the-top racing mechanics. Burnout 3: Takedown, we’d argue, has a higher fun factor than just about any racing game — ever. This is in large part due to its eponymous mode which let you play a sort of battle royale with cars.

In Takedown matches, your goal was to ram other cars until they were heaps of metal, all the while flying at speeds of over 100mph. It was almost too fun, especially when you played with friends. Burnout 3 had a ton of different single player challenges, from traditional races to stunt challenges and more, all of which kept us playing Takedown long after its launch.

#2 RESIDENT EVIL 4

One of the greatest action games of all time, Resident Evil 4 created a new blueprint for the popular horror series. You played as Leon Kennedy, a police officer tasked with rescuing the president’s daughter from a terrifying cult. While some longtime fans weren’t all too pleased with the turn to action-oriented gameplay and far fewer jump scares, you’d be hard0pressed to name a better third-person shooter from the PS2 era.

Running down hordes of zombies, monsters, and impressive bosses always provided a thrill. With limited ammo available, you always had to make your shots count. RE4’s environments and the non-linear setup offered tantalizing reasons to revisit RE4 after you reached the credits. The Resident Evil series has since gone back to its horror roots with Resident Evil 7, but RE4 will always hold a special place in our hearts.

#3 GRAND THEFT AUTO: VICE CITY

During the PS2 era, no game franchise stirred more controversy than Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto. From the free reign it gave players to murder anyone they saw to its sexual themes and more, Grand Theft Auto was the main target for those who thought video games negatively affected teens. That didn’t stop Grand Theft Auto: Vice City from becoming one of the best-selling games on PS2. And for good reason.

Set in an open world based off of Miami, Vice City featured engaging missions, tons of side content, and an “everything but the kitchen sink” approach to its open world. Though Grand Theft Auto III had already successfully turned the franchise into a 3D open world game, Vice City refined the formula, making it one of the greatest experiences to be had on the PS2.


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#4 PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time really came out of left field. While the previous two entries in the series were well-received, no one could’ve expected The Sands of Time to literally change the game. With a mighty assist from the Prince’s dagger, The Sands of Time quickly became one of the best PS2 action-platformers upon launch in 2003.

The Prince’s dagger wielded a nifty ability that allowed you to rewind time. This came in handy for tough jumps and when falling in battle. You could even freeze enemies in place. The Sands of Time also told a great story, featured innovative puzzle sequences, and had excellent level design.

#5 SILENT HILL 2

This took players back to the eponymous town in the successor, but not a direct sequel, to the Konami game that helped define the horror genre. In Silent Hill 2, James Sunderland goes to the town three years after his wife’s death after getting a letter alluding to the fact that she may not be dead after all. Naturally, things don’t go as planned, and the town soon makes James and the player controlling him a bit mad in the head. Silent Hill 2 masterfully injected its special brand of psychological horror into the town, making you wonder what was real and what was just a figment of your tortured mind.

#6 SSX 3

What happened to all the extreme sports games. Just like THPS, EA’s SSX series fell by the wayside after enjoying a good run in the PS2 era. The third entry in the franchise, SSX 3, was by far the best. SSX 3 moved the snowboarding sim to an open world, giving players the freedom to roam similar to THPS4.

The single-player campaign saw players progressively unlock new parts of the mountain by completing races and stunt challenges. SSX 3 also had pretty great couch multiplayer. While not always realistic, SSX 3 made the extreme sport of snowboarding constantly entertaining.

 

Of course there are plenty and plenty of amazing PS2 games; so go ahead and comment your favorite game and why you love PlayStation so much!

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Navaneetha Suresh

Navaneetha Suresh

Navaneetha, commonly known as "nav", loves to read, play badminton, play the keyboard and sing but when she's not doing any of those, she loves to write. What started as a high school hobby to write is now her ongoing passion.

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