Remember the old Playstation 2? It's kind of crazy to consider how far we've come in the way of video games and specifically, video game consoles. We're up to the Playstation 4 now with rumors about a Playstation 5 still blooming on the horizon.
But the PS2 was a sixth-generation console that competed with the original Xbox, Sega's Dreamcast, and Nintendo's GameCube. It was a great era for video games. Many PS2 games remain incredibly popular, and, as we'll show you on this list, lots of them left a legacy that you can still feel the impact of in modern-day video games.
10 Devil May Cry
The Devil May Cry series follows a demon hunter named Dante who is attempting to seek revenge on the creatures for the murders of his mother and brother. The game is a hack and slash action-adventure that was developed by Capcom and initially released in the year 2001. The game is loosely based on the poem, Divine Comedy.
Initially, it was going to be a Resident Evil game but was ultimately re-configured. The game performed so well that it spawned several sequel games and even a couple of novels. The latest game, Devil May Cry 5, was released earlier this year.
9 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4
As the title suggests, this game was the fourth in the Tony Hawk video game series and was released in 2002. It was declared the best skateboarding game around at the time of its release. The game maps were increased quite a bit from the previous game in the series.
You could also play online with other players, too. Up to eight could play together at the same time and attempt to perform different tricks. The object of the game was to try and unlike the different tricks and combos available to you as a skateboarder. You could also unlock other characters.
8 Madden NFL 2003
If you enjoy games like Tony Hawk, you might have enjoyed playing other sports games such as the popular football simulation game based on the NFL that was released in 2003. Madden NFL 2003 received critical acclaim upon its release, and it got a release on additional platforms aside from the Playstation 2.
This game was the first one to have EA Trax, and it features famous commentators John Madden and Al Michaels. The game featured an impressive soundtrack as well, with songs by Audiovent, Good Charlotte, Bon Jovi, Seether, OK Go, and more.
7 Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec
In line with the aforementioned sports simulation video games, Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec was a fast-paced racing game and the highest-praised game in the Gran Turismo series. It was the first in the series to be released on Playstation 2 and quickly became one of the best-selling video games of all time—a pretty impressive feat, especially when you consider the game is almost 20 years old.
Beyond that, it is considered one of the best games of all time. While playing the game, the goal is to complete all the race tracks, win every championship, and complete all the license tests if you want to get 100% game completion.
6 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
The Grand Theft Auto series is still immensely popular to this day so it should come as no surprise that several games in the series made it onto this list. Vice City is an action-adventure game published by Rockstar Games that was released in 2002.
The game is the first main entry into the series since Grand Theft Auto III. It is an open world that lets players explore the entirety of Vice City, and the many events in the game are based on real people, events, and movements including glam metal, the 1980s crack epidemic, biker gangs, drug lords, and more.
5 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Another popular entry in the GTA series is Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. It is considered one of the greatest games ever made and again takes place in an open-world environment in the third-person perspective. It is set in the fictional city of San Andreas, it actually consists of three main cities: Los Santos, San Fierro, and Las Venturas.
These are all based on real cities and the game, like its predecessors, incorporates real-life events into the fictional setting. There is a heavy emphasis on personalizing the main character through clothing, tattoos, and jewelry in addition to the ability to unlock 250 different kinds of vehicles.
4 Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
Surprisingly, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty has become particularly poignant in the last few years due to the concepts it deals with such as fake news, alternative facts, social media, and more. The game has received critical acclaim and sold more than seven million copies worldwide. It was considered ahead of its time at the time it was released.
The story follows the "Big Shell," an offshore facility created by a terrorist group that wants a ransom in exchange for the life of the US President. Players will uncover conspiracies and more as you play through the game and learn the truth about the group.
3 Resident Evil 4
Resident Evil 4 is a third-person shooter and survival horror game in the popular Resident Evil franchise. It was the sixth major installment in the franchise. You will play as a government special agent named Leon S. Kennedy, charged with the rescue of the president's daughter from a cult.
On the course of your journey, you will have to fend off the villagers infected by the fatal zombie plague. This game sees the return of fan-favorite Ada Wong. As with many games on this list, it is considered one of the best video games of all time and greatly influenced the survival horror game genre.
2 Grand Theft Auto III
Another Grand Theft Auto game comes close to topping this list! Grand Theft Auto III was released in 2001 and set in the fictional Liberty City. You play as Claude, a man left for dead and then left to become tangled up in the world of gangs and corruption. You can navigate on foot or by a vehicle as with other games in the series.
Claude escapes from a robbery gone wrong with the help of a Colombian gangster and is sentenced to ten years in prison but he is able to escape. From there, his journey truly begins. Grand Theft Auto III helped popularize sandbox games and even mature video games in general. Technically, GTA III actually ties with the next entry on the list, leaving them both as the best Playstation 2 games of all time.
1 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3
Grand Theft Auto III shares its spotlight with Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3. Surprisingly, a skateboarding video game tops the list of the best Playstation 2 games of all time, shared with an open-world game, the two couldn't be more different. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 stood out because it was the first title in the series to introduce the online multiplayer function allowing users to connect with other players online.
In the game, you are able to create hidden combos and increasingly longer combos as the functionality was improved over previous entries in the franchise. The series won multiple awards and was acclaimed for the amount of freedom it gave its players.