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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.

5: Okami

Year: 2006

An under-appreciated classic, Okami was more of an experience than a game. Featuring an unusual story firmly rooted in Japanese mythology, the player took on the wolf form of the sun goddess Amaterasu in a mission to restore colour, life, and prosperity to the world. With breathtaking visuals that appeared painted on your television screen and a gameplay system that blows the concept of "innovation" out of the water, Okami was an all-around masterpiece. Pity it didn't sell more copies - it's a classic.

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6: Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Year: 2002

The amazing open-world sandbox gameplay of Grand Theft Auto III made it one of the PS2's biggest hits. What could possibly be added to the sordid tale of mob crime to make it more appealing? The surprisingly simple answer: a ton of 1980's nostalgia. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City oozes retro charm, gave its lead character a voice and a personality, and made subtle improvements to the cherished gameplay of the GTA series. Though it was followed by the bigger San Andreas and the prettier GTA IV, many series fans still consider Vice City to be the pinnacle of the Grand Theft Auto series.

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See also: Grand Theft Auto IV review

Shadow of the Colossus

Year: 2005

The concept of Shadow of the Colossus is so simple, it's amazing nobody tried it before. In this adventure game, you'll explore a massive landscape and fight a series of massive bosses. By trimming out the fat of extraneous enemies and other tiresome challenges, the game is able to focus on the greatest parts of any videogame - the boss battles!

Shadow of the Colossus is considered a modern-day classic, and when you see the titular Colossi in motion, you'll instantly understand why.

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  7. Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3
  8. Okami and Grand Theft Auto Vice City
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