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Playstation 2 — 12 Years, 12 Essential Games

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After a dozen years on planet earth, the Playstation 2 has been discontinued by Sony. It’s a sad day for many, as the Playstation 2 was not only one of the most popular consoles of all time, but also home to some of the greatest games of all time. With the likes of the Wii U, 3DS, and PS Vita on the market, now is the time to move into the eighth console generation.

But before we move on, we have decided to take a look back at some of the best games the Playstation 2 had to offer. A handful of our editors have created personal lists of their 12 favorite Playstation 2 titles. Have a look, and remember fondly.

Tony Wilson; Reviews Editor

12. Theme Park: Roller Coaster
11. Taz: Wanted
10. Star Wars: Battlefront
9. Final Fantasy X
8. Ico
7. Shadow of the Colossus
6. Jak & Daxter
5. Ratchet and Clank
4. Sly 2: Band of Thieves
3. Guitar Hero 2
2. Kingdom Hearts
1. God of War II

Jordan Anderson; Senior Editor

12. Wild Arms 3
11. Killzone
10. Dragon Quest VIII
9. Xenosaga Episode 1
8. Dragon Ball Z Budokai
7. Soulcalibur 3
6. Gran Turismo 3
5. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3
4. Final Fantasy X
3. Shadow of the Colossus
2. Kingdom Hearts
1. .hack//infection

Robert Breach; Associate Editor

12. Crash Twinsanity
11. Tribes: Aerial Assault
10. The Simpsons: Hit and Run
9. Star Wars: Battlefront
8. Destroy All Humans
7. Lego Star Wars
6. Grand Theft Auto III
5. Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal
4. Timesplitters 2
3. Spider-Man 2
2. Timesplitters: Future Perfect
1. Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando

Francesco Ramazzotti; Associate Editor

12. Medal of Honor: Frontline
11. Soulcalibur 3
10. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4
9. Grand Theft Auto III
8. Jak 3
7. God of War II
6. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
5. God of War
4. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
3. SSX 3
2. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
1. Burnout 3: Takedown

Curtis Stone; Associate Editor

12. Guitar Hero II
11. God of War II
10. Okami
9. Sly Cooper & The Thievius Raccoonus
8. Xenosaga Episode I
7. Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando
6. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
5. Burnout 3: Takedown
4. Kingdom Hearts
3. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
2. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
1. Shadow of the Colossus

Dylan Tierney; Associate Editor

12. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
11. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4
10. Resident Evil 4
9. Kingdom Hearts
8. Burnout 3: Takedown
7. Final Fantasy X
6. Jak & Daxter
5. Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal
4. Dragon Ball Z Budokai 3
3. Sly 2: Band of Thieves
2. God of War II
1. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

So from all those picks…what are the games you should play? Well, all of them frankly, though God of War II, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and Final Fantasy X got the most love. The Dragon Ball Z Budokai series had a decent Playstation 2 outing as well.

Well, it’s time to put the Playstation 2 to rest. It was a great, great time for gaming, but things only get better (unless it’s Kinect). We’ll remember the system fondly, and we’ll keep looking ahead for whatever the gaming industry delivers next. And hey, there are always Playstation 2 emulators.*

*Front Towards Gamer does not encourage or affiliate itself with piracy or emulation…but it is a great way to get free games.