DBLTAP’s Best PS2 Games of All Time

At DBLTAP, we’ve rounded up our picks for the best PS2 games of all time, and we’re ready to defend them with our lives.

The PlayStation 2 has had one hell of a run. Entering the new millennium as a shock to the cultural system, the PS2 became one of the fastest consoles to hit 100 million in sales, achieving the feat just over five years after its launch. A number of iconic franchises were born with the PS2; the likes of Devil May Cry, God of War, and Kingdom Hearts have all entered the fray and changed the gaming landscape forever.

This blocky console ushered in an age of risk, where the weirdest and craziest games all had a chance to hit hard. The Simpson’s: Hit and Run went GTA-lite, Shrek 2: The Game sold more copies than Silent Hill 2, and every living room across the country turned into a Guitar Hero arena.

With all that in mind, here are some of our favorite PS2 games that still have a hold on us to this day.

Kingdom Hearts

Ralston: As a child, with my brother, I certainly spent more time playing and collecting titles for the Xbox than for the PS2. However, there was one PlayStation exclusive at the time that absolutely blew my mind – Kingdom Hearts. Its story, music, graphics, and gameplay elements are all things I still think of fondly to this day. Even now, there are few things in life as peaceful as listening to a lofi mix of Kingdom Hearts.

Tricky SSX

alexander: At the top of my list is SSX Tricky. This game took a sport I didn’t know and probably would never try, and made it the most fun racing game I’ve ever seen. Come to think of it, the game screamed 2000s in almost every way; character rivalries, unlockable outfits, celebrity voices, insane journeys. Honestly, I couldn’t get enough.

The game may be borderline new, but with surprisingly smooth mechanics, SSX Tricky has always established itself as a staple of the PS2 generation. The snowboarding world had never seen anything like it and probably never will again.

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3

Noah: My only childhood console was the Nintendo GameCube, so the only time I got to play a PS2 was when I walked across the street to my best friend’s house. That means I’ve played almost none of the classic single-player PS2 games (sorry Shadow of the Colossus, Resident Evil 4, et al.) Instead, I’ve played hundreds of hours of Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3.

My friend and I played every episode of the series, and it meant nothing to us that no real changes had been made to the formula since the first one. This one had the most characters and transformations, so it was the best Dragon Ball game ever made according to math. Additionally, you can have Vegeta do push-ups in loading screens. CQFD.

Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

Max: When I think of the PlayStation 2, my mind instantly thinks of Hideo Kojima’s Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. For me, this is the title par excellence of the console. It’s my favorite video game series of all time, and Snake Eater is the best entry in the franchise. The boss fights in the game, for me, are the best and most unique. Not to mention the overall improvements that were made to the game with Subsistence later on.

Final Fantasy X

alexander: For me, talking about the PS2 without mentioning Final Fantasy X is almost impossible. The game’s cutscenes alone raised the bar considerably. Thanks to its soundtrack, world-building, character design, and more, Final Fantasy X has established itself as my favorite game of all time. That being said, the lightning dodging mini-game may end up in the trash.

If I achieve nothing else in this lifetime, I can at least be known as the human embodiment of a Final Fantasy X strategy guide. Praise Yevon.


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