Total Nerd The Best PlayStation 2 Action Games  

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List Rules Games don't have to be console exclusive, as long as they were released for PlayStation 2 at some point.

If you owned a PS2 at any time during your life, then it's safe to say there were probably a few action games in your collection. With so many great options to choose from, there was never a shortage of games to play for fans of the genre. Since some games were much better than others, we've decided to rank the best PS2 action games of all time.

This list will feature the most popular and best selling action games that were released for PS2. While many of these games were console exclusive, we're allowing non-exclusives to be a part of the list as well. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Shadow of the Colossus are included on this poll, along with many more. Vote for your favorite video games below, and feel free to add any that you think deserve to be on the list.
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1
270 86
Resident Evil 4 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best PlayStation 2 Action Games

2
315 107
God of War II is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best PlayStation 2 Action Games

3
303 97
Shadow of the Colossus is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best PlayStation 2 Action Games

4
252 87
God of War is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best PlayStation 2 Action Games
2005

5
207 59
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eate... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best PlayStation 2 Action Games

6
227 61
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best PlayStation 2 Action Games

7
167 59
Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awake... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best PlayStation 2 Action Games

8
145 60
Devil May Cry is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best PlayStation 2 Action Games

9
152 58
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best PlayStation 2 Action Games

10
149 65
Bully is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best PlayStation 2 Action Games
2006

11
146 63
Grand Theft Auto III is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best PlayStation 2 Action Games

12
109 49
Max Payne is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best PlayStation 2 Action Games
2001

13
95 35
Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best PlayStation 2 Action Games

14
124 55
Silent Hill 2 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best PlayStation 2 Action Games

15
102 50
Tekken 5 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best PlayStation 2 Action Games
2004

16
118 55
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Li... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best PlayStation 2 Action Games

17
100 53
Jak II is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best PlayStation 2 Action Games
2003

18
106 50
Prince of Persia: The Sands of... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best PlayStation 2 Action Games

19
101 46
Jak 3 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best PlayStation 2 Action Games
2004

20
75 29
Resident Evil Code: Veronica is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best PlayStation 2 Action Games

21
84 35
Spider-Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best PlayStation 2 Action Games

22
114 45
Kingdom Hearts II is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best PlayStation 2 Action Games

23
96 34
Star Wars: Battlefront II is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best PlayStation 2 Action Games

24
61 26
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best PlayStation 2 Action Games

25
93 43
Jak and Daxter: The Precursor ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best PlayStation 2 Action Games