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The 36 best PlayStation 2 games

The must-have games for PS2 owners

Even though the Playstation 2 is nearly 10 years old, it remains the best-selling console to date. Here's our round-up of the 36 must-have games that every PS2 owner will want to get their hands on.

27: We Love Katamari

Year: 2005

The surprise hit Katamari Damacy featured one other sequel helmed by series creator Keita Takahashi. While the concept of creating a sequel to one of the most original games of all-time seemed counter-intuitive, Takahashi made it work by creating an engrossing story mode that was a love letter to fans of the first game. Not much of what worked in the original was changed, but the addition of crazy new stages, songs, and characters made We Love Katamari the best game in the series. Don't bother with subsequent games like the PSP-exclusive Me and My Katamari or the ill-conceived HD Katamari in Beautiful Katamari.

26: Lego Star Wars: The Video Game / Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy

Year: 2005 and 2006

When Lego Star Wars was first announced, we wrote it off almost instantly. Big mistake. By marrying the greatest space story ever told with the cutesy style of Lego, we were able to enjoy all six of the chapters of George Lucas' epic without a single line of dialogue being uttered. Considering how Episodes I through III turned out, this is probably a good thing. Lego Star Wars is a real treat, combining item collection, platform jumping, and some surprisingly intense destruction. It's a must-have for any PS2 owner.

25: Onimusha: Warlords

Year: 2001

Onimusha sees the forces of evil represented by breathtaking, demonic beasts. Onimusha's fast-paced action set against its feudal Japanese backdrop make for an unforgettable experience from the first moment you unsheathe your katana. Think of it as Resident Evil for the sword-loving crowd.

24: TimeSplitters: Future Perfect

Year: 2001

What other game allows you to engage in co-op play with a future version of yourself? TimeSplitters: Future Perfect paved new ground for first-person shooters everywhere with its unique time-traveling story and innovative gameplay. One second you'd find yourself wielding a Kruger against a World War II backdrop, and the next you'd be stealthily sneaking around a city of the future, plasma pistol in hand. With downright addictive multiplayer, including a built-in Map Maker, TimeSplitters: Future Perfect was simply revolutionary for its... well, time.

23: Silent Hill 2

Year: 2001

Pyramid Head. Those two words are reason enough for Silent Hill 2 to make this list. Luckily, the rest of the game was damn fine, too. As recent widower James Sunderland, you find yourself in the mysterious village Silent Hill after receiving a strange letter from your late wife. Attacked by vicious, faceless monsters, James' search for the past turns into a battle for his own future as he must survive against the heart-stopping sights and creatures that roam the streets of Silent Hill-but sometimes, the truth is better left untold...

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  2. SSX3 and Escape from Monkey Island
  3. Why we love Lego Star Wars
  4. Bully and Burnout 3
  5. More must-have PS2 games
  6. Ico and Prince of Persia
  7. Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3
  8. Okami and Grand Theft Auto Vice City
  9. Our two best ever PS2 games

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