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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, its still 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.

18: Tekken 5

Year: 2005

Whereas every PS1 Tekken game was a bona-fide hit, the series didn't fare as well on the PS2. Tekken Tag Tournament, a launch title, felt less like a true sequel and more like Tekken 3.5, and Tekken 4 was an aberration in the series that threw away many of the features of the past by including slower gameplay and environments that were walled and tiered. Tekken 5 brought the series back to its roots and nearly perfected the gameplay. With lush matching graphics to boot (the game managed to impress on the PS3, too!), Tekken 5 is one of the best fighting games of all time.

17: Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy

Year: 2001

Jak II was arguably more fun (cue guns and vehicles), but the foundation of the excellent Jak and Daxter series was built on the Precursor Legacyy. Naughty Dog, the studio behind Crash Bandicoot, launched its first free-roaming 3D action game with Jak and Daxter, and the game's stellar graphics and fun platforming gameplay set the stage for an excellent trilogy. Alongside Ratchet & Clank, Jak and Daxter is one of the best original series for the PS2.

16: Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal

Year: 2004

Choosing between three stellar Ratchet games is a tough task, but we chose the third game, Up Your Arsenal, for its near-perfect blend of action, platforming, and humour. A graphical feat on the PS2, Up Your Arsenal was one of the best-looking games on the console, and its implementation of old-school game elements (we LOVE the 2D Qwark mini-games) make it the complete Ratchet package.

15: Kingdom Hearts II

Year: 2006

The unlikely union between Disney and Square Enix created an instant classic with the first Kingdom Hearts, and when it was time for a sequel, there was nowhere to go but up. Kingdom Hearts II integrated even more of our favourite Disney and Square characters, improved on the game's battle system, and above all, got rid of those Little Mermaid swimming levels! Kingdom Hearts is a series known for having something for everyone, and there's just enough magic in this title to make it accessible to even the most jaded, cynical gamer.

14: Guitar Hero II

Year: 2006

Guitar Hero II didn't really change the gameplay of the original. It simply added more of what the fans wanted - more music! With 40-plus music tracks, many of them master tracks, and a slightly easier hammer-on/pull-off system, Guitar Hero II is the most accessible game in the series, recalling a simpler time where you didn't have to worry about incompatible instruments or exclusive track downloads. The song lineup is slightly better in the first Guitar Hero - consider buying both games.

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