PS2 is probably the largest gaming system of all time with classics that have become franchises of local names. While some have not aged best in the last two decades, some have stood the test of time. From collecting orbs to saving the universe from the heartless – there’s probably a lot in Sony’s best library of games.
Beyond Good & Evil
When Beyond Good & Evil was first released in 2003, it contains game mechanics that are ahead of their time. Directed by creator Rayman Michel Ancel, BG&E has a modest but interesting sci-fi world to explore, relative characters and side missions to complete. At that time, Ubisoft’s imaginative mind created a universe full of secrets when Jade reveals the truth about the so-called protection agency. Equipped with a camera and a wand, he invents puzzles in a manner similar to Zelda, goes through factories to find evidence, and fights impressive bosses at every turn. If you redesigned this game from the ground up, it would feel at home in today’s systems.
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
Do you like JRPG or your experience with Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of the Elusive Age? So you would enjoy Dragon Quest VIII! In this game you will find a fun JRPG adventure with cute characters and a classic (but great) turn-based combat system. Each creature and boss are perfectly created to change your playing style and strategy for each match you encounter. It’s hard, but fair. What further increases the stakes is the wonderful music by Koichi Sugiyama, which will stir your heart in intense situations. Sugiyama also presents some amazingly beautiful world themes, such as “Strange World – Marching through the Field” or “Traveling with a Wagon”. During your long play, you will explore a world inspired by level 5 anime with lots of sights to see and colorful NPCs to meet. Sometimes games of this era may seem outdated, but what helps this game is the artistic style of Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama, who brings this world to life.
Final Fantasy X
You may laugh like Tidus on that infamous scene from the game, but Final Fantasy X deserves your time and money in 2021 as well. The first foray into the Final Fantasy series on PS2 was groundbreaking thanks to its film scenes and dubbing for a time that elevated the moving plot of the game. Like Dragon Quest VIII, Final Fantasy X has a stunning world that you can explore while visiting the summer islands of Spira. Despite their beauty, they are threatened by the deadly sin being who ravages civilization. It is now up to Yuan, Tida, and their companions to erase it forever.
Like Dragon Quest VIII, Final Fantasy X has thoughtful patterns of enemies and bosses that will attack every player in the game. There are some other great features, such as interacting with the environment during key boss battles and special moves that are entered through a fun mini-game. It also has one of the most detailed progressive systems in a spherical grid JRPG. If you want, you can make Tidus a mage, but we don’t recommend it.
Talking about the benefits of Final Fantasy X could be an article in itself, but the game is still appealing to play in 2021 due to its exciting combat system, great workshop moments and an unforgettable story that still sounds in our minds 20 years later.
Jak & Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
Before How Lose with its second and third records, The Precursor Legacy is a beautiful platformer that has excellent platform segments and an interesting world to explore. This game was ahead of its time, because in the distance it represented distant places and comedic voice acting that can still charm us. Most retro 3D platformers struggle with their controls, but The Precursor Legacy feels great because it features smooth animations. This game has intuitive jumping options, such as Daxter’s rotary attack or elastic high jump, which will help you get to a raised platform. Thanks to his mastery and comedic writing, it’s worth playing in 2021.
Kingdom Hearts II
Kingdom Hearts 2 is a haven for lovers of action RPGs on PS2. While we wouldn’t recommend it as your first entry into the series, the KH2 is the absolute pinnacle of what this Square Enix and Disney crossover has to offer. The smooth movements, spells and abilities that the game offers players feel so smoothly controllable. Disney’s world selection is in place for popular films such as Mulan, Beauty and the Beast and Pirates of the Caribbean, many of which are selected for adaptation. Finally, the boss battles in Kingdom Hearts 2 are epic in scope, especially towards the second half, with quick but strategic battles that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
We haven’t even mentioned the story yet. Part of the magic of the Kingdom Hearts series is how its original concepts interrupt Disney movies that we know and love. For example, seeing one of the villains in Luxord with the beast’s feelings for Belle and the rose is absolutely fascinating. Even without Disney, however, the story stands out because Sora and the gang are trying to deal with XIII. You really connect with each character and feel its pain because they are so well written. The deep and comprehensive storytelling also keeps fans looking for more and more.
Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal
What’s better than creatively detonating your enemies at smithereens? Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal brings it to spades. The third item in this franchise is an exciting ride of platform bliss with creative sci-fi stages, exciting battles with bosses, and a fun script that will last until 2021. However, its main attraction is the range of weapons that Ratchet can use against his enemies. You have a standard arsenal that you would expect as a shotgun, sniper, pistol and rocket launcher, all of which are satisfactory. But you also have a plasma whip, a weapon that can suck nemesis into vortices, and a beam that turns villains into ducks.
A Dr. Nefarious and Lawrence could be the funniest duo in game history. Grotesque and comedy chemistry are in place. LAW!
Resident Evil 4
Probably one of the best games in the franchise, Resident Evil 4 revolutionized the third-person shooter genre in 2005 with a camera angle over the shoulder that was later used in Gears of War, Uncharted and Dead Space. It is true that the events of fast time did not age best, but exploring the disturbing village is still a haunting adventure for you. Aiming is not what you would expect from a modern shooter, but it is part of his magic in 2021. You cannot move when aiming, but it will help you create tension when you try to accurately shoot enemies forward. He is also known for his excellent story as you try to save the president’s daughter Ashley from the rogue grips of the cult.