Since its appearance for the first time in 2000, the PlayStation 2 (PS2) has continued to grow until it evolved into the 5th series planned for release in 2020. If you think about the glory of PS2, the adventure game genre is undoubtedly one of the most widely available and frequently used and played on this jet black console.
Changes in graphics from its predecessor PS1 to PS2 certainly support adventure games to be more exciting and comfortable to look at. Some of the adventure games released on PS2 are in great demand by gamers, such as Final Fantasy, God of War, Devil May Cry, Resident Evil, etc.
All of them offer the sensation of a challenging gameplay mechanism with an interesting storyline to follow. Below, Genvel will invite you to reminisce a little by discussing the best ps2 games. Maybe in between, there are games that you have finished or haven’t even played at all. Here is the list.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
After the success of Grand Theft Auto III, Rockstar as the developer of GTA, released an expansion pack by presenting Vice City and San Andreas.
Initially, Vice City received great interest from gamers, but San Andreas surpassed Vice City because San Andreas offers exciting features in the form of RPG elements in it.
Grand Theft Auto San Andreas invites you to act as a protagonist who is good at driving, strong, big, and has many other advantages. As a PS2 game, Grand Theft Auto San Andreas also has an in-depth and easy-to-follow storyline.
God of War II (2007)
This second game from God of War tells the early days of Kratos becoming the God of War after defeating Ares. After getting the title, he tried to rule the world with his Spartan army. However, the gods of Athena did not like that. Therefore, the war between Kratos and them is inevitable.
To face his opponents, Kratos in this game is equipped with various weapons, such as Athena’s Blade, Barbarian Hammer, and Spear of Destiny. He can also cast magic that can be used while in battle, namely Typhon’s Bane, Cronos’ Rage, Head of Euryale, and Atlas Quake.
Resident Evil 4
Resident Evil 4 is the best PS2 game of all time in the action category and has a rating of 9.0 on Metacritic! You play as Leon Kennedy, a policeman who is given a president’s mission to save his daughter from a mysterious sect. Even though many fans are not too happy because of the lack of jumpscare and turning into an action game, you will still have trouble giving PS2 action games better than this.
What makes this PS2 game exciting is, of course, the zombies, monsters, and bosses that are very challenging! What’s more, your bullets are very limited, so you shouldn’t waste them. With the atmosphere of the place tense, your heart will keep beating fast.
Devil May Cry
Devil May Cry comes from Capcom, which invites you to play Dante, the protagonist. This PS2 game is a pioneer of modern action games. The word stylish can mean various types of attacks when avoiding damage.
Besides presenting a unique battle style, this game also provides puzzles that make you challenged to solve them. Devil May Cry can be played on the PS2 PC emulator, so it is guaranteed to offer a different gaming experience.
Burnout 3: Takedown (2004)
Like the two games in the previous series: Burnout (2001) and Burnout 2: Point of Impact (2002), this third Burnout game again features crash-to-crash gameplay.
But in contrast to the previous two series, you could say this third series features far more crazy features such as the Takedown feature, which is a feature for crashing into an opponent’s car until it is destroyed.
Like Audioslave’s Like a Stone, Songs may succeed in decorating your life through this skill game to Metallica.
Guitar Hero has always been one of the most popular alternative games in Indonesian society, covering all ages.
This best PS2 game can be even more fun if you play it using that cool guitar controller. Naturally, Guitar Hero has included in the list of the best PlayStation 2 games.
Final Fantasy X (2001)
When it was first launched in 2001, Final Fantasy X was immediately included in the list of 20 best-selling games, which sold more than 7.75 million units worldwide. This game itself takes place in a world called Spira with Tidus as the main character.
It is said that Tidus joined Kimahri, Rikku, Auron, Lulu, and Wakka to protect a summoner named Yuna. They then go on an adventure exploring Spira on a spiritual journey to get to the creatures called Aeons and defeat an evil force named Sin.
This legacy series from Final Fantasy still introduces the summoning system by summoning Aeon to be used when facing boss battles that are difficult to beat. They also have stats, commands, special attacks, spells, and overdrive that can be maximized so that their power gets stronger to be used when pressed.
The fifth series Tekken tells about the fight between children and fathers. The Jin Kazama character remains the main enemy of Heihachi Mishima and Kazuya Mishima.
Kazuya’s figure also still has a grudge against his father, Heihachi. In Tekken 5, there is a new character named Jinpachi, namely Jin’s great-grandmother, Heihachi’s father, and Kazuya’s grandfather.
Tekken 5 comes equipped with very cool graphics in its time and is the last Tekken game on the Playstation.
However, this game still offers Devil Within action mode, which mainly focuses only on Jin Kazama.
In this game, we will play a character named Jimmy Hopkins. We will enter the school called Bullworld. Jimmy himself was the naughty kid in his previous schools.
He was admitted to the Bullworld school because no other school would accept him. In this game, we will learn to fight bullying from friends.
Star Wars: Battlefront II
One of the reasons this series is so popular is that it is cool and entertaining to play. Moreover, this second series.
Anyway, when playing Battlefront II, we feel like one of the Storm Trooper soldiers or one of the cool Rebel Alliance soldiers in action on the battlefield. Anyway, more exciting and more intense than its predecessor, Star Wars: Battlefront (2004).
This Kingdom Hearts game made by Square Enix brings together Disney characters and Final Fantasy series characters. Who isn’t immediately smitten with such a premise regardless, whether he’s a Disney fan or not?
This interest grew even more when this game successfully proved that Kingdom Hearts is not just a game that “sells the names” of iconic Disney characters. In other words, Kingdom Hearts was indeed an RPG game that was cool and fun like Final Fantasy or other cool RPG games at that time.
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Double Agent
Not only in terms of story, but another thing that makes this game different and cool compared to the previous series is also the feature that allows us to be able to decide between two options.
There is no wrong, no right, nothing perfect, and nothing evil. There is only a Gray Area. And this quick decision feature is what once again makes Double Agent the most relaxed and coolest Splinter Cell PS2 game to be played again, again and again.
Onimusha 3: Demon Siege
All gamers in this world very much like the premise of a battle between samurai and demon army. And regardless of the first two series, it cannot be denied that the third series, Onimusha 3: Demon Siege, really makes gamers addicted and forget the time.
This is because, in addition to the exciting gameplay, the concept of time traveling of changing places successfully makes gamers feel like watching a Hollywood sci-fi film. Also, the choice of top French actor, Jean Reno (The Pink Panther) as the based model for the character Jacques Blanc, adds to the Hollywood impression of this game.
Def Jam: Fight For NY
This sequel to Def Jam: Vendetta (2003) is undeniably much cooler and far crazier than its predecessor.
Besides featuring more legendary rappers such as Snoop Dogg, Ice-T, Xzibit, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, and even Sean Paul, this game also features several fighting styles (not just wrestling). It allows us to use the audience and the attributes that exist around our fighting environment.
Need for Speed: Underground 2
One of the best PS2 games is a continuation of the Need for Speed: Underground series, which was equally successful when it was launched.
The game’s mission is also the same, where players have to modify their cars to participate in street races. This is a fun PS2 adventure game to play.
Need for Speed: Underground 2 has quite some updates compared to the previous game.
For example, there are more varied modification options, there are several new racing modes, and a “roam” mode (similar to Midnight Club), in a big city known as “Bayview.”
Shadow of Colossus
The gameplay in this game focuses on a man named Wander, who enters a forbidden area. He must explore the place on a horse to defeat 16 giant monsters known as Colossi. Because only by defeating them he can restore the life of a girl named Mono.
The concept of this game is quite exciting and different from the others because there are no enemies to fight apart from the Colossi. This giant creature will be the main opponent that you will encounter throughout this game.
Final Fantasy XII
Final Fantasy XII is the closing series for the PS2 console game. Even though it is the last series, this game offers a very different gameplay mechanic compared to the previous series.
Even in this 12th series, Final Fantasy has a battle system in a semi-action command system. With a different PS2 battle system game, Final Fantasy XII still provides summon to help you fight big and powerful bosses.
Silent Hill 2
Not only does it (of course) have a graphic display that is much crazier and creepy, the first Silent Hill game on PS2 has a storyline that is much more chilling in disco, to the point of making you unable to sleep. Let’s admit it, guys.
Indeed you have never dared not to play this game alone, or you have to be accompanied or at least have to play with the lights on. But yes, that was it. Apart from making us paranoid, we miss being scared again by the Pyramid Head and his friends.
Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monk
Mortal Kombat is famous for its brutal and wild combat system. Not surprisingly, in every competition arena, there was a lot of blood pouring out with torn organs.
The gore sensation still seems to color in Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monk. If you are brave enough and have the guts to play it, don’t hesitate to try this most popular fighting game.
The single-player gameplay in this game focuses on two characters, namely Liu Kang and Kung Lao. You can choose between the two as the name to be played.
Gran Turismo 4
This game is a series of racing simulation games exclusively from PlayStation. In Gran Turismo 4, you must have a driver’s license before becoming a professional racer.
Gran Turismo 4 also provides hundreds of cars with different classes and can be selected as desired. Gran Turismo 4 is even more interesting because it is equipped with realistic graphics and remains cool until now.
Hitman: Blood Money
Hitman: Blood Money is arguably not only the best Hitman game on PS2, but also throughout the history of this IO Interactive game franchise.
Where to start? A much cooler graphic display? YEP. Gameplay that feels more realistic? YEP. A semi-non-chronological storyline that feels personal? TRIPLE YEP. And even though Hitman: Absolution (2012) looks much more advanced, still, once again, nothing can beat the fun of Blood Money forever.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
In this game, players will control a prince from the Persian Empire. In one battle, he obtained an artifact called the Dagger of Time and Hourglass.
Due to the cunning of a traitor named Vizier, the prince released the magic sand from the Hourglass and instead turned the townspeople into beasts.
To correct his mistake, the prince then collaborated with the princess of the Maharaja, Farah, to return all the sand to the Hourglass. The second plan is certainly not easy.
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater presents a complex and deep story. This game uses a setting in several years, precisely before Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty.
Even more exciting, this game invites you to mix various foods from natural ingredients that you can find throughout the game.
The types of natural food ingredients you can find during the game include snakes, fish, plants, birds, etc.
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater also invites you to the forest and nature, making the game even more challenging.
WWE Smackdown: Here Comes
Maybe some of you still think WWF No Mercy (2000), which was released on the Nintendo 64 console, is the best WWE wrestling game. Well, that’s fine. But for me and most of the fans out there, this fifth WWF / WWE Smackdown game is the best WWE game of all time.
The reason is, in addition to its crazy 3D graphics display (it still looks relevant to this point), Here Comes The Pain features a fascinating season mode.
Resident Evil: Code Veronica
After failing to find his older brother, Chris Redfield, in Raccoon City during Resident Evil 2. Claire then searches for his whereabouts at the Umbrella Corporation facility in Paris. However, he was captured by Umbrella’s military forces and imprisoned on an island called Rockfort.
Claire then wakes up with the T-Virus plague spread on the island and makes all residents turn into zombies. While finding his real brother, he investigates the mystery covering Rockfort Island, assisted by an inmate named Steve Burnside.
Resident Evil: Code Veronica features a survival horror gameplay similar to the previous Resident Evil games. Throughout the game, players will face quite a complicated puzzle, slightly limited bullet resources, and health items. Also, players must fight zombies and terrible monsters that have never been imagined before.
Tomb Raider: Anniversary
Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a remake of the first Tomb Raider game released in 1996. In this game, players will still control Lara Croft as the main character. During the game, Lara Croft will go on an adventure to find an artifact called the Scion of Atlantis.
The treasure lies in a lost city in Vilcabamba and is buried in an Atlantic ruler named Qualopec. To get it, the players will, of course, face a complicated situation. However, Lara can support her in any challenging condition.
Players can control Lara to take advantage of the environment around her. It can swing ropes to swing from place to place, climb, and crawl through small spaces. This game also has a puzzle feature that must be solved if you want to continue the gameplay to the next level.
This is one of the Spiderman game series from PlayStation 2 that is fun if you want to play it back. This game offers an action-adventure with an open world concept to freely explore the City of Manhattan and Queens. Here, players can also play using Venom, which of course, crossovers with Spiderman.
The storyline in this game takes the point of view of the Marvel Ultimate Spider-Man comic, which depicts the conflict between the spider man and Venom. Both of them certainly have a series of different missions that the players must complete.
Even though it is considered an old school game, the list of choices above certainly has its memories for gamers. Those who have never played one of these adventure games don’t hurt to try again.