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Sid Shuman's Avatar + Posted by Sid Shuman on Oct 27, 2010 // Senior Manager, Social Media

Yesterday marked the 10-year anniversary of the PlayStation 2 in North America, so we thought it would be fun to ask a few high-profile game developers and journalists to name their top three “must play” PS2 games. Word quickly spread, the project swelled in scope, and the result is what you see here — a definitive list of “must-play” PS2 games by some of the greatest living game developers in the business.

A few quick numbers: Ico earned the most mentions at six, while Grand Theft Auto III and Shadow of the Colossus tied with five mentions. Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec, God of War, Okami, and Katamari Damacy were also popular picks.

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Stig Asmussen

Game Director, Santa Monica Studios

  1. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City – GTAIII was amazing. And with Vice City, they added a ton of new toys to boot – the game was huge! The missions made big leaps in diversity and they integrated seamlessly into the story in a way that we hadn’t seen yet. And you gotta love the 80’s flair.
  2. Resident Evil 4 – The best Resident Evil yet. The new camera perspective and controls were effective and helped to reboot the series. The game was epic but still delivered on the isolated spookiness we’ve come to know and love — The zombie showdown in the cabin is still one of my favorite gaming moments.
  3. Devil May Cry – When it came out, we called it ‘Game Developers May Cry’. The game just oozes style. I was always hoping for a 3D Castlevania worth something and this was as close as it got.
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Cliff Bleszinski

Design Director, Epic Games (Twitter: @therealcliffyb)
Current Project: Bulletstorm, Gears of War 3, and Project Sword

  1. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City – Took the bits that worked from GTAIII and polished the heck out of them.
  2. Katamari Damacy – Made “cleaning” super fun and had some of that trademark Japanese zaniness.
  3. Silent Hill 2 – Because it’s on a similar level to the classic book/film “Solaris,” which always destroys me emotionally.
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Ed Boon

Creative Director, NetherRealm Studios (@noobde)
Current Project: Mortal Kombat

  1. Guitar HeroCreated a new game genre. Sold millions just on “word of mouth.” Genius.
  2. God of WarMore anger, personality and pure brutality than any PS2 game released before it.
  3. Grand Theft Auto IIII have to admit that I didn’t ever come close to finishing it because I simply don’t have the time. But from what I played, it was clear that something revolutionary and NEW was being invented here.
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Scott Campbell

Co-Founder and Co-director, Eat Sleep Play
Current Project: Twisted Metal

  1. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater - Nice blend of espionage, stealth and high action-style gameplay.
  2. Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec – It was fun to race my real car because it looked, handled and sounded just like the real deal.
  3. Katamari DamacyWeird, quirky, but totally fresh and highly addictive. It was a nice break from the more traditional games.
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David Cage

Co-CEO, Quantic Dream
Current Project: Heavy Rain: Move Edition

  1. Ico – The demonstration that games can trigger complex motions like empathy, a real sense of poetry and an unforgettable ending make this game a must still today.
  2. Rez – A really innovative idea based on the mix of images, sound and interactivity. It shows that games can become sensual (hypnotizing) experiences.
  3. Okami – Maybe the last major game on PS2, a very unique graphic style and gameplay based on drawing make for a fantastic game with a special mood and atmosphere.

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Alex Evans

Technical Director, Media Molecule (@LittleBigPlanet)
Current Project: LittleBigPlanet 2

  1. Burnout 3: Takedown – Because it makes you feel awesome, and they capture the sense of speed brilliantly – even if you’re rubbish at driving games like me.
  2. Ico and 3. Shadow of the ColossusBecause they are the games I wish that I had made. Their atmosphere still hasn’t been replicated or beaten in any other game. Roll on The Last Guardian!
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Chet Faliszek

Writer, Valve Software
Current Project: Portal 2

  1. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas - This is my favorite of the series, if for no other reason than driving around town with my gang in a bus grabbing territory.
  2. SSX3The single mountain and DJ that introduced levels tied together some great snowboard action.
  3. Burnout 3: TakedownHorrible car accidents can be funny, especially when playing this with a group of friends.
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Nate Fox

Game Director, Sucker Punch Productions (@SuckerPunchProd)
Current Project: inFAMOUS 2

  1. God of War – It’s hard to resist the game’s clarity of vision, perfect pace and elegant cameras. The people who made that game are as badass as Kratos himself.
  2. Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando – Tons of guns, dudes to blow up, diverse worlds to visit… and a HUGE mid-game ice world that shattered their standard formula. Fantastic.
  3. Grand Theft Auto III – Allowed me to legally vent my backlog of sociopathic impulses. The star wanted levels are a game unto themselves.
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Tasha Harris

Project Lead, Double Fine Productions (@tashascomic)
Current Project: Costume Quest

  1. OkamiUnique, inspiring art and fun game mechanics with the brush. Just an epic game, and so well crafted all around.
  2. FrequencyThe Harmonix rhythm game that was a precursor to Guitar Hero and Rock Band. So addictive, with great style and tracklist. I also loved the sequel, Amplitude.
  3. Final Fantasy XIIts hardcore difficulty was sometimes frustrating, but this highly polished MMORPG did a lot of innovative and fun things with its combat and class systems.
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Todd Howard

Game Director, Bethesda Game Studios (@BethBlog)

  1. Grand Theft Auto IIIThe mark of a truly great game is how many people try to recapture or emulate it and fail. There’s a long line behind this one.
  2. Gran Turismo 3: A-SpecI think this game put the PS2 on the map for delivering really “next-gen” graphics that felt like a massive jump from before. And if you loved cars, this was the game to have: huge and deep, but easy to play.
  3. SSXThe best game of the PS2 launch. Why on earth do we not have another one of these for the current generation!?
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Hermen Hulst

Co-founder and Managing Director, Guerrilla Games
Current Project: Killzone 3

  1. God of War – Ahead of its time in terms of epic feel, fluidity of the experience and smoothness of the graphics.
  2. Ico – Wonderful audiovisual design combines with carefully crafted puzzles to deliver an experience that will evoke emotion in any player.
  3. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas – The sheer amount of different gameplay elements from stealthy burglary missions to gang warfare, and all in a coherent experience.
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David Jaffe

Co-Founder and Co-director, Eat Sleep Play (@davidscottjaffe)
Current Project: Twisted Metal

  1. Ico - Moody, emotional, and just an overall fantastic adventure. People go on and on about the artistry of this game but many forget what a great GAME-Y GAME it was: great puzzles, fun exploration, and a great, hook-y ‘protect the girl’ core mechanic make this one of my top 10 games of all time.
  2. Devil May CryStylish, fun, and super cool. I’ll never forget playing this at E3 and being like, “Holy Cow! The bar has been raised crazy high and I don’t think we’ll ever be able to touch these guys!”
  3. Way of the SamuraiCore game needed polish but I loved the multiple story based outcomes to my actions. It felt like I really was living the story. In so many ways, the interactive storytelling that this game brought to the medium has still not been surpassed. A total lost gem.
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Ken Levine

Creative Director, Irrational Games (@IGLevine)
Current Project: BioShock Infinite

  1. Dark Cloud 2 - It’s Diablo meets Sim City meets Tiger Woods Golf meets Pokemon. If you can only afford one game in your life, this might be the one to pick up.
  2. Mercenaries – Hijack a tank and take down a statue of the Dear Leader. Hey, you got something better to do with a Saturday afternoon?
  3. Culdcept - A love child of Magic the Gathering and Monopoly. Don’t believe me? The joke’s on you, pal, because it’s TRUE!
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Steve Papoutsis

Executive Producer, Visceral Games (@leveluptime)
Current Project: Dead Space 2

  1. Okami – Awesome art style, innovative use of analog sticks, and the wolf-based main character was kick ass.
  2. Persona 3Deep systems, a freaky story, and a very innovative friend system.
  3. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the KingAwesome hack ‘n slash with one of the best stories ever. Plus, it had online co-op way before anyone else. Best movie adaptation ever!
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Ted Price

Founder and CEO, Insomniac Games (@InsomniacGames)
Current Project: Resistance 3, Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One

  1. SSXBrilliant combo system, fantastic depth, incredibly addictive. It’s the only PS2 sports title I owned because it didn’t feel like a sports game.
  2. Guitar HeroThe game that kick-started a genre, and probably inspired more people to start learning “real” guitar than Hendrix did.
  3. Gran Turismo 4Everything about this game was highly, highly polished. And you didn’t have to be a racing sim fanatic to get sucked in. I still don’t understand how they pulled off the graphics they did.
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Tim Schafer

President and CEO, Double Fine Productions (@TimofLegend)
Current Project: Costume Quest

  1. Katamari Damacy – This game takes me into a crazy world that I never want to leave. Growing from the size of a mouse to the size of a planet is incredibly satisfying to me.
  2. Okami - Running through a beautiful hand-painted landscape, clearing out the evil spirits, dropping the brown rage from time to time… that’s living.
  3. We ♥ Katamari - Yeah, that’s right. TWO Katamari games. What, you say? That’s not fair? Well, too bad. I loved them both.
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Warren Spector

Creative Director, Disney Interactive Studios
Current Project: Epic Mickey

  1. Ico – For one thing, the vistas and screens it offers are gorgeous. And all that gorgeousness offers a window into a world that feels more real than almost any other in gaming history. You can FEEL the history, the depth of this world in a way no other game can match.*
  2. Ratchet & ClankI’ve always found the Ratchet and Clank series oddly inspirational….I think what I love about them is the way they defy genre definitions. They feature RPG-ish character development and action-adventure story and puzzle-solving…These games are fun to play, witty to watch and just fine entertainment.
  3. Grand Theft Auto III – I’m a huge believer in the idea that games should be vehicles (pardon the pun) for player expression. The groundbreaking, open world, freeform, sandbox gameplay of GTA takes that idea – that games are about the PLAYER’S creativity as much as, or more than the designer’s creativity – to ridiculous heights.
  4. *Note: These are excerpts of Warren’s full responses, which you can read at the bottom of this post. Please do: As always, Warren is brimming with passion and insight into the art of great game making.

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Evan Wells

Co-President, Naughty Dog (@naughty_dog)

  1. Fatal Frame 2 – By far, the scariest game I’ve ever played.  I actually had to put the controller down on multiple occasions because I was too scared to keep going.
  2. Ico – While I’m sure this won’t be a very original answer, I have to put Ico in my top 3.  It was an amazing experience start to finish and one that still is relevant almost 10 years later.
  3. Resident Evil 4 – This game has everything and influenced many games that came after it, including the games we make at Naughty Dog.
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Tim Willits

Creative Director, id Software
Current Project: Rage

  1. Shadow of the ColossusTaught players and developers that there is more to fighting a boss than firing rockets into them.
  2. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of LibertyThe defining example of what a PS2 game should be: cinematics, story, action, and setting made this game near perfect.
  3. Silent Hill 2 – The scariest game on the PS2. Great story, setting, and creepy action.

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Dan “Shoe” Hsu

Co-Founder and Editor, Bitmob.com (@bitmobshoe)

  1. Shadow of the Colossus - A dreamy (did I really play this game?), epic adventure that elicits fear, wonderment, and hope. A one-of-a-kind experience.
  2. Grand Theft Auto III - All those GTA clones over the years? They’re actually GTAIII clones.
  3. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3Perfect arcade controls and clever, nutty levels provide for plenty of addicting grabbing, flipping, and grinding.
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Ben Kuchera

Gaming Editor, Ars Technica (@benkuchera)

  1. Gitaroo ManTo this day one of my favorite rhythm games, and the mechanic of button-presses plus analog direction control has never been replicated. Great music, great aesthetics, and it includes a boss named BEN K. There is no downside.
  2. Shadow of the ColossusEveryone is going to say this, so I considered leaving it off just to be different, but that’s silly. This is an obvious answer because the game really is that good. This is the first game that popped into my mind when asked to create a list of the best PlayStation 2 games.
  3. Bully - It kills me how often people talk about Rockstar Games without bringing up Bully. Taking the Grand Theft Auto-style play out of the streets and bringing it to a private school was genius, and the voice acting and writing were top-notch. A surprising, amazing game.
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Greg Miller

Executive Editor, IGN.com (@GameOverGreggy)

  1. Metal Gear Solid 2The story got off the rails, but the gameplay was insane. I spent the better part of my Mizzou freshman year collecting every dog tag.
  2. GrimGrimoireThe RTS is beautiful and quirky again.
  3. Spider-Man 2 – A free-roaming NYC? It was so good I traded it in and bought it back a month later.
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Gary Steinman

Editor in Chief, PlayStation: The Official Magazine (@tinymanrages)

  1. IcoNot just a great PS2 game, but perhaps the greatest game of all time. Story that unfolds via the action, puzzles that all make perfect sense within the environment, and a subtle soundtrack with melodic snippets that still haunt me.
  2. Jak and Daxter: The Precursor LegacyLater iterations were more ambitious, but the first game stands out as the best pure 3D platformer on PS2. This is one that deserves an HD remake.
  3. Final Fantasy XBest battle system in a proper Final Fantasy release, and the second-best cast of characters (behind PSone’s Final Fantasy IX). Tough call, though, since I also adored the absurdly playful FFX-2.
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Ricardo Torres

Editor in Chief, GameSpot

  1. Dark Cloud 2Level 5’s deep sequel to the original Dark Cloud improved on the original in every way. The weapon crafting system was incredibly addictive and let you “Macgyver” yourself just about anything you needed..
  2. Monster Rancher 3Tecmo’s continuation of its cult hit bumped up the visuals and monster count, ensuring you’d be trying every disc in your house to get yourself a new battle ready critter.
  3. Ratchet & Clank: Going CommandoInsomniac’s Mario-caliber platforming series hit a high note on the PlayStation 2 with improved gameplay, more minigames and spherical worlds
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Sid Shuman

Senior Social Media Specialist, PlayStation (@sidshuman)

  1. Shadow of the Colossus – Final proof that games can have the emotional impact of literature and film. Future generations of game designers will cite this as a key inspiration.
  2. The ThingThis shudder-inducing shooter preys on your paranoia, making you question the motives of every member in your fragile team. Outstanding mood and atmosphere.
  3. Resident Evil 4Innovated hugely by introducing the now-standard over-the-shoulder camera and shooting interface. More important, it’s an absolute blast to play. Don’t miss Mercenaries!
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Rey Gutierrez

Senior Social Media Specialist, PlayStation (@r3yguti3rr3z)

  1. Rez – Take that Dreamcast! Simple geometry flying at you in a rail shooter, with a killer soundtrack to boot. Sold. It’s like a peanut butter jelly sandwich made love to an oreo cookie.
  2. God of War II – The original is an instant classic, but the sequel took it to the next level. Its only flaw was that I wanted more. Zeus! Ares! Athena!
  3. Devil May Cry – DMC is God of War’s rebellious punk step-brother. Fast, fun and obnoxious.
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Jeff Rubenstein

Social Media Manager, PlayStation (@jeffrubenstein)

  1. Gran Turismo 3: A Spec – this is the reason I bought a PS2 back in the summer of 2001. I kitted out my favorite car at the time, the Lancer Evolution VI, and raced through most of the game with it over the course of a whole summer.
  2. Grand Theft Auto Vice City – I was so enamored with the style, music, and overall feel of Vice City (didn’t hurt that I was living in Florida at the time) that I themed out an entire awards banquet that I had to produce with a Vice City motif… which was wildly inappropriate. Also: Flock of Seagulls “I Ran.”
  3. Shadow of the Colossus – I tried to restrict myself to only fighting one colossus per day, but I caved and fought the last two in a row – I just had to see the ending (which still haunts me to this day). Oh, and since it’s our Blog, I’m going to cheat: 4. Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King 5. Hot Shots Golf 3 6. God of War II 7. Okami 8. Final Fantasy X 9.Guitar Hero 10. Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence

*Appendix: Warren Spector’s Full Comments
1. Ico – I don’t typically like puzzle-oriented adventure games. You know – games where your primary goal is to read the designer’s mind and solve his or her fiendishly complicated environmental puzzles just so you can see the next screen, the next amazing vista, maybe a bit of combat. And Ico is very much that sort of game. Yet I love it. LOVE it. For one thing, the vistas and screens it offers are gorgeous. Not PS2 gorgeous – just plain, unqualifiedly gorgeous. And all that gorgeousness offers a window into a world that feels more real than almost any other in gaming history. You can FEEL the history, the depth of this world in a way no other game can match. But pretty pictures and puzzles do not a great game make. Story helps in that regard. But, really, the story Ico tells is nearly incomprehensible. It’s good enough not to detract from the experience but that’s about it.

So what is it that makes Ico great? It’s the characters, and, more importantly, their relationship to one another. And even MORE important than that is the relationship the PLAYER has with those characters – the boy in the horned helm you play and the girl that boy has to protect. The first time your character holds hands with that girl who needs protecting, you feel something never before felt in a game. It’s an almost indescribable feeling born of the power of touching, even virtually, another person. The fact that the girl is weak and slow, the fact that you have to wait for her, putting yourself in peril?… That’s design genius, friends. And then, toward the end when there’s a magic moment of role reversal? That’s when I knew I’d played one of the best games I would ever play. If you haven’t played it do so. Now. It takes, like six hours to get through, so no excuses. Beg, borrow or steal a copy and get ready to FEEL something as you play – and that’s a statement that can’t be made about many games, sadly.

2. Ratchet & Clank – I’ve always found the Ratchet & Clank series oddly inspirational. I don’t typically make games like them and don’t really love playing them as a rule. They’re action adventures, mostly, I guess. But I think what I love about them is the way they defy genre definitions. They feature RPG-ish character development and action-adventure story and puzzle-solving. Plus there’s some platforming. (If that sounds a little like Disney Epic Mickey, that’s no accident.) And beyond gameplay, the character designs of Ratchet, Clank and the rest of the cast are on par with anything Hollywood has ever put on the silver screen. The list of good things goes on: The writing, animation and cinematics work are all first rate. These games are fun to play, witty to watch and just fine entertainment. Now, for my money, the series has gone from good to even better with each installment. But the core goodness was all there in the PS2 entry in the series. I’ve been more influenced by these games than I like to admit. Gotta have a place on my list.

3. Grand Theft Auto III – I’ve gone on record – somewhat foolishly, I admit – as being annoyed with the GTA games. But I’ve always tried to be clear that while the CONTENT makes me feel this way, I’m in awe of the DESIGN thinking behind GTA. And I’ll be damned if the level of execution doesn’t match the conceptual brilliance. I’m a huge believer in the idea that games should be vehicles (pardon the pun) for player expression. The groundbreaking, open world, freeform, sandbox gameplay of GTA (with a story thrown in for good measure) takes that idea – that games are about the PLAYER’S creativity as much as, or more than the designer’s creativity – to ridiculous heights. I still don’t quite get how Rockstar pulled this off on a PS2!

//Add Your Own

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+ soraenes on October 27th, 2010 at 11:45 am said:

1) Kingdom Hearts

2) Metal Gear Soild 3

3) Jak 3


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+ jipmg on October 27th, 2010 at 11:46 am said:

epic mickey?

a playstation project


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+ ThreeLeggedFreak on October 27th, 2010 at 11:47 am said:

Why is CliffyB here? He’s developing Gears 3 for 360, get out of here Cliffy


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    + Sid Shuman on October 27th, 2010 at 12:00 pm said:

    Hey, Cliff’s a good guy, he’s making Bulletstorm on PS3 as well (^_^). And he loves God of War and Heavy Rain.


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+ ThreeLeggedFreak on October 27th, 2010 at 11:47 am said:

And yes, why are they linking Epic Mickey here, that’s a Wii project


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    + Sid Shuman on October 27th, 2010 at 12:01 pm said:

    Warren’s a legend and has worked on many a PS2 game (Deus Ex being a notable one)


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+ MarinoBrea on October 27th, 2010 at 11:48 am said:

What’s with all the bald directors? is it a creative trait? XD


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    + Sid Shuman on October 27th, 2010 at 12:00 pm said:

    Their brains run so hot, they overheat


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+ jlouis407 on October 27th, 2010 at 11:48 am said:

@54 & @55
Thank you, they have no love for the PlayStation


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+ krae_man on October 27th, 2010 at 11:49 am said:

I’m surprised you included Warren Spector. Is this a hint that an Epic Mickey port with Move support is coming?:p


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    + Sid Shuman on October 28th, 2010 at 12:06 am said:

    Warren is welcome here anytime as far as I’m concerned (^_^) He’s earned it!


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+ MarinoBrea on October 27th, 2010 at 11:49 am said:

@ThreeLeggedFreak

Cliff B. it’s also developing Bulletstorm for the PS3, and I’m sure he will continue to develop for Sony consoles.


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    + Sid Shuman on October 28th, 2010 at 12:06 am said:

    Yep


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+ LokeSTL on October 27th, 2010 at 11:49 am said:

1) FFX
2) Shadow Hearts: Covenant
3) SMT: Digital Devil Saga


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+ syk1288 on October 27th, 2010 at 11:51 am said:

1. MGS3
2.Kingdom Hearts
3.Grand Theft Auto III


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+ Rude_Sparthan on October 27th, 2010 at 11:51 am said:

1. Ueda masterpieces
2. GT2 (how many nights spent .. and please don’t play anymore with our hearts and nervs .. hope GT5 THIS year)
3. God of War


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+ Anddo on October 27th, 2010 at 11:52 am said:

Awesome blog entry!

1) ICO
2) Shadow of the Colossus
3) Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence


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+ dzmetcalf on October 27th, 2010 at 11:53 am said:

“SSX – The best game of the PS2 launch. Why on earth do we not have another one of these for the current generation!?”
Best idea we need SSX for PS3!

Top 3
SSX 3 – Went from playing Coolboarders to SSX, so much of an improvement.
Burnout 3 – Best party game in the dorms freshman year of college.
GTA San Andreas – Would have been Vice City for the 80s sound track, but really it took until San Andreas til you could swim and not die! Plus the huge map puts this one on the top 3 list for me.


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+ BrianC6234 on October 27th, 2010 at 11:53 am said:

It’s great to read all these lists. It just shows how great the PS2 was and still is. I can’t decide on my own list though. Way too many great games. How come with all the talk about how great Ico is it didn’t sell millions of copies? Maybe that will change when the HD Ico and Shadow disc comes out?


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    + Sid Shuman on October 28th, 2010 at 12:08 am said:

    It launched rather quietly in the US but slowly grew in stature over time. It was also very tough to find at one point — I haven’t played it because I could never find it!


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+ TriangleOffense on October 27th, 2010 at 11:55 am said:

1-Indigo Prophecy / Fahrenheit
2-ICO
3-3rd game unneeded as nothing else comes close to the 1st 2


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+ JimmyCranberry on October 27th, 2010 at 11:56 am said:

I may be a bit biased, but:

1. Final Fantasy X – epic story, epic battles, and the best value I have ever found in a game. A fantastic score brilliantly supports the scenes, adding to the deep emotions that the story evokes. It’s a shame the sequel was such a girls-night-out! (Didn’t stop me completing it though)

2. Shadow of the Collosus – enough has already been said about this. I will be honest, however. I didn’t quite ‘get’ it at first. Now, however, I look back on it and wonder why I didn’t worship it.

3. Final Fantasy XII – inferior to X, but still a fantastic game. It did, however, have a superior battle system to its’ (true) predecessor (XI doesn’t count!).

Ones that didn’t make the cut:

Gran Turismo 3/4 – At the time, I loved these games. However, now that I have moved on to far more advanced forms of sim-racing (rFactor, GTR2), I can safely say that they were rather crap. Great graphics and a fun career mode, but by no means a sim racer.

GTA:VC/SA – Great games in their own right, but not quite brilliant enough to make my personal cut. I’m sure many will disagree.

Timesplitters 2 – in my opinion, the greatest FPS on PS2. As brilliant as it was hilarious.


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+ x1240tony on October 27th, 2010 at 11:58 am said:

Final Fantasy X – Just a overall incredible game, the graphics, the story, the way it all goes down keeps you on your seat the whole ride.

Kingdom Hearts 1+2 – WOW what a game..when I first heard about it I thought who’s dumb idea was this?? But when I played it I couldn’t put it down..

Shadow of the Colossus – I’d have to admit I never finished this game BUT I will get around to it..The story..well there really isn’t one but when you get to the gameplay you’re mesmerized.


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+ zeroroi on October 27th, 2010 at 11:59 am said:

1.) Final Fantasy XII: Massive story and world to explore (plus I put in over 120 hours into it.)

2.) God of War 2: Just epic and so fun to play at anytime.

3.) Gran Turismo 3: It was one of my first games for the system and still my favorite racing game to play until GT5 drops (soon hopefully.)


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+ needlezkane on October 27th, 2010 at 12:00 pm said:

1) GTA San Andreas. I still play this game whenever I want to relax. All that “empty space” makes for nice rides.

2) Resident Evil 4. I think this was the climax in the RE series.

3) MGS 3: Snake Eater. This is the perfect PS2 game. The characters, story, tone, everything about it sticks with me to this day.


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+ Fatalith on October 27th, 2010 at 12:01 pm said:

1) Dragon Quest VIII
2) God Of War
3) Shadow of the Colossus
4) Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec
5) Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence
6) Jak 3
7) SOCOM II
8) Tekken 5
9) Twisted Metal Black
10) Virtua Fighter 4: Evo


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+ abzdine on October 27th, 2010 at 12:02 pm said:

A top 3 is too hard to give :

1°) Dead or Alive 2: Hardcore. (still playing it)
2°) Jak & Daxter : The Precursor Legacy.
3°) Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec.

Wow i’m sweating !!!!!

4°) Devil May Cry 3
5°) MGS3: Snake Eater
6°) Ico
7°) WipEout Fusion
8°) Onimusha 2
9°) Ratchet & Clank 2
10°)God of War II


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+ DeathGazer on October 27th, 2010 at 12:03 pm said:

1) – Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Still the sandbox king as far as I’m concerned. I still go back to explore Los Santos, San Fierro, and Las Venturas.

2) – Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

MGS3 might be better game overall, but this was my first ever PS2 game and the amazing gameplay still holds up even today. And shut up Raiden haters. I don’t want to hear it.

3) – God of War

I remember seeing this in action for the first time in 2004. My jaw dropped when I saw Kratos grab an undead soldier and ripped him in half. I told everyone it was going to be next big franchise in gaming, but they all laughed at me…


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+ DTXSFC on October 27th, 2010 at 12:04 pm said:

1. Devil May Cry

2. Def Jam: Fight for N.Y.

3. Onimusha: Warlords

4. Tekken Tag Tournament

5. Time Crisis 2

6. Shinobi

7. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2

8. Metal Gear Solid 2


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+ Elvick_ on October 27th, 2010 at 12:05 pm said:

1. Xenosaga: Episode 1
2. Kingdom Hearts
3. Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal

<3


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+ Alestes on October 27th, 2010 at 12:06 pm said:

01) Suikoden V
02) Yakuza 2
03) Shadow of the Colossus
04) Okami
05) Ico
06) Yakuza
07) Suikoden III
08) Final Fantasy XII
09) Steambot Chronicles
10) Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven

Would love to see some kind of Suikoden 1-5 HD collection and a Yakuza 1&2 collection for the PS3.


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+ Parasitepaladin on October 27th, 2010 at 12:06 pm said:

1.) Fatal Frame 2 – You all think Silent Hill 2 is scary? THIS is the most scary and atmospheric game on the PS2 The enemy in this game was ghost, and your character was a little girl armed with nothing but a camera. You hurt the ghost by taking picture of them. You also did extra damage to them if you shoot a picture RIGHT BEFORE they attacked you. Such a tense game. The story as well is amazing, telling the story of a cursed village filled with human sacrifice.

2.) Yakuza – The game that started the most badass video games series ever. You control a gangster wrongfully accused of murder, and when you get out, you quite simply beat a lot of people up. It is more then that, but you will have to find out for yourself. The combat in this game is wonderful, punching and kicking random street thugs has never been more satisfying. Also, weapons.

3.) Ape Escape 2 – This game is fun. You catch monkeys. The thing that sets Ape Escape apart from other games is it’s control scheme. One analog stick for movement, the other for swinging and aiming your weapon. The zaniness of all the character and weapons(and monkeys) combine into a game that is something everyone can enjoy. This is a game that can put a smile on your face.


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+ silverdoe_joker on October 27th, 2010 at 12:08 pm said:

seems no love for sports, but have to say WE7 is THE game that really made me a fan of the series. And of course, GOW1 & 2. Too bad, haven’t played Team ICO games (so eager to try it on PS3) & Okami!


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+ disgaeafan123 on October 27th, 2010 at 12:09 pm said:

1. Xenosaga episode 1
2. Disgaea hour of darkness
3. Grandia 2
4. Jak 3
5. Ratchet and Clank up you’re arsenal


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+ valleyshrew on October 27th, 2010 at 12:11 pm said:

I’m really amazed at how little final fantasy gets mentioned considering it’s one of the best selling, highest budget and most loved by fans. Sure they weren’t ultra innovate like GTA3 but they were almost as deep and with interesting fantasy worlds. And they don’t appeal to the highfalutin like ico/sotc, but I think that’s just an internet bandwagon to over-rate those. They are fun games but less than 10 hours long between them, with no dialogue, only 3 characters each, have bland repetitive map design, and appear to have been made by about 5 people yet they’ve somehow managed to garner a reputation as the highest form of game design. It unfortunately teaches that to make a perfect game just make it as shallow and arty as possible with a fun puzzle gimmick (see also Portal and Braid). FFXII is not even mentioned once! By far the most under-rated ps2 game, it’s got the most well crafted world in a JRPG, with the best voice acting and best rpg battle system by a million miles.


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+ DA_SHREDDER on October 27th, 2010 at 12:12 pm said:

Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven
Summoner
Drakenguard
Battlefront 2
Dragon Warrior 8
God of War 1 and 2
GT3
Timesplitters
Final Fantasy X
Driver 2
GTA 3
Ratchet
man i could go on. Too many to list. This gen is far behind when compared to quality ps2 games.


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+ illmatic610 on October 27th, 2010 at 12:13 pm said:

lol, why am I not surprised that Ed Boon likes God of War?

I’m gonna go with a Top 5

1. Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence
2. Shadow of the Colossus
3. God of War II
4. Kingdom Hearts 2
5. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Honorable mentions: Devil May Cry 1&3, Kingdom Hearts 1, Tekken Tag & Tekken 5, and Final Fantasy XII.

Yo Sony, Get some of these games for those HD Collections PLZ!


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+ Hey_Buddy_8 on October 27th, 2010 at 12:13 pm said:

1.) Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence
2.) Resident Evil 4
3.) Shadow of the Colossus


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+ MattroidPrime on October 27th, 2010 at 12:14 pm said:

I am happy to see that Ico and Shadow appeared in most of the developer picks :) That being said, my first two are easy, while the third pick was pretty difficult to choose…and even after doing so, I’m surprised at my decision…

1) Ico
2) Shadow of the Colossus
3) SSX


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+ boxmyth on October 27th, 2010 at 12:14 pm said:

Gotta love the Jaffe: Way of the Samurai is still in my collection.

Also gotta add my favorites:
– Disgaea 1 & 2
– Persona 3 & 4


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+ barnaclejoe on October 27th, 2010 at 12:14 pm said:

1. Ico

I rented this game on a whim when it came out, and it affected me in a way no other game has. The main character was slightly awkward to control, I think, but it didn’t matter in the case of Ico… it worked. It all worked perfectly.

2. Grand Theft Auto III

The missions, at a certain point, became a bit derivative of themselves, but it didn’t matter in GTAIII. I can drive around this version of Liberty City in my mind. I do hate the way that pissing off the mafia at the end of the game meant they’d shoot your car with shotguns for an instant death later in the game – but there was some fantastic, totally new stuff in that game.

3. Jak and Daxter; Precursor Legacy

Crash Bandicoot got me REALLY into platforming on the playstation, and the first Jak and Daxter evolved that gameplay. Later Jak and Daxter games turned almost into a more generic shooter game, in comparison. J&D had a simple-platformer feel to it that was amazing. The world was unique and so fresh. It let you know where platformers could go! A true evolution. And the world… so cool. The characters were also fun.. ah.. I beat the game 2 or 3 times. I never do that.


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+ Sponge-worthy on October 27th, 2010 at 12:15 pm said:

I still have my copy of Rez!


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+ Elvick_ on October 27th, 2010 at 12:21 pm said:

By the way, this is a great entry and very interesting. I’m glad that it was made. Props to whoever thought of doing this and making it happen.


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    + Sid Shuman on October 27th, 2010 at 12:44 pm said:

    Our pleasure! And glad you like it (^_^)


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+ FormerPSfan on October 27th, 2010 at 12:21 pm said:

Is this SCE’s way of admitting their best days are behind them? PS2 was greatness but you cant rest on past laurels and expect us all to keep paying you for the shoddy substandard treatment we’ve been getting in the PS3 era.


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+ reson8er on October 27th, 2010 at 12:24 pm said:

In no particular order, as I love them all for different reasons:

1. Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater
2. Shadow of the Colossus
3. Ico
4. Persona 3
5. Final Fantasy XII
6. God of War 1 & 2
7. Gran Theft Auto: Vice City
8. Metal Gear Solid 2
9. Okami
10. Psychonauts
11. Devil May Cry 1 & 3
12. R-Type Final
13. God Hand
14. Rez
15. Gungrave
16. Odin Sphere
17. Shinobi
18. Yakuza & Yakuza 2
19. Gradius V
20. Final Fantasy XI


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+ zekececil14 on October 27th, 2010 at 12:25 pm said:

Ratchet & Clank- Pure Awesome

Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando- Pure Greatness

Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal- R.Y.N.O. just R.Y.N.O.


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+ Destiny89 on October 27th, 2010 at 12:25 pm said:

For me i would say
1) God of War
2) Ratchet and Clank
3) Sly cooper
4) Final Fantasy X
5) Ar Tonelico 2


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+ Ckff71up on October 27th, 2010 at 12:27 pm said:

Favorite PS2 Games:

1)Final Fantasy X – Coming off from playing VII through IX on the PS1, this game was a dream come true. Great graphics, amazing soundtrack, and after years of waiting, we finally got voice acting which made the game a instant classic cause the cast was great. I have been disappointed with FF after X-2. I await the day that S.E makes a better FF than VII, X or IV though.

2)Kingdom Hearts 2 – After a amazing first game that took RPG action and story telling to a whole new level with Disney mixed in the theme and a compelling dark story, I only knew the best was yet to come and sure enough I was right. Lots of new great game mechanics and characters/worlds added in, even more great voice casting and a story that has so many plot holes that still to this day have yet to be filled..why else wouldn’t you wanna play this?

3) Grand Theft Auto: Vice City – It was a hard decision between this and Metal Gear Solid 3, but this game was much more memorable for me. The game had a great cast of characters, lots more things to do compared to GTA3 and a killer soundtrack that I couldn’t stop listening to. While San Andreas is a achievement in its own, this game I will always love more.


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+ Darkedson on October 27th, 2010 at 12:27 pm said:

mine would have to be:
1.Omnimusha: warlords
2.Tekken tag tournament<—-best tekken ever
3.metal gear 2 solid sons of liberty


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+ Super_Gooch on October 27th, 2010 at 12:28 pm said:

And why isn’t Burnout Revenge on any list?


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+ ygoloib on October 27th, 2010 at 12:29 pm said:

1. MGS 3
2. Gran Turismo 4
3. Tekken 5


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+ xaos on October 27th, 2010 at 12:32 pm said:

I’d call out:
Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando
God of War 2
Final Fantasy X
Shadow of the Colossus

Also, some lower profile personal favorites:
Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance
Legacy of Kain: Defiance
Summoner 2


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+ BlooodyCow on October 27th, 2010 at 12:32 pm said:

1) ICO and Shadow of the Colossus
2) God of War 1 + 2
3) Final Fantasy VII + Kingdom Hearts


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+ Vu_Prime on October 27th, 2010 at 12:32 pm said:

ARRRGGGHH! Not a single mention of Zone of the Enders: The Second Runner!? Frankly I am offended!

I hope that anyone who mentioned RE4 has played it on the Cube. Sorry to say but the PS2 port was an inferior product compared to the original Cube version. Even so I do admit it was a great game. If you didn’t have a cube, the PS2 port would be the next best thing I guess.


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+ Worlock77 on October 27th, 2010 at 12:33 pm said:

1: God of War II – I was instantly in awe of the first one. Visually I had never seen anything so stunning on a console before. I honestly could not believe that it was not running on next gen technology. And as far as gameplay ‘God of War’ set the bar almost impossibly high in the action/adventure genre. Unbelievably epic in scope and intensely satisfying to play. The sequel, however, took everything that made GoW great and pushed it even further, even more epic in scope.

2: Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2 – Not the most groundbreaking title in terms of gameplay. However this was one of the most well-written and well acted games ever released at that point. And it still stands above many current titles. I’m glad to see that game director Amy Hennig is keeping up the good work and setting even higher standards over at Naughty Dog with the Uncharted series.

3: Gran Turismo 4 – Taking a suped-up version of the car I drive in real life (a PT Cruiser) around Nurburgring is cool beyond words. Can’t wait for GT5 (which hopefully includes the PT Cruiser as well).


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+ Chase167 on October 27th, 2010 at 12:34 pm said:

socom 1 This game put ps2 online on the map
socom 2 this game i put about 10,000 hours in if not more
GTA 3


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