The Best PlayStation 2 Adventure Games

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If you owned a PS2 at any time during your life, then it's safe to say there were probably a few adventure games in your collection. There's something about exploring new places, finding treasure and fighting enemies that makes adventure games so addicting.

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 adventure games of all time.

This list features the most popular and best-selling adventure 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. This list features Resident Evil 4, Fahrenheit, and more. Vote up all your favorite video games below.

Most divisive: Fahrenheit
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  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas sends players down the rough and tumble streets of early 1990s California in a riveting tale of betrayal, revenge, and "not-so-legal" shenanigans. Adrenaline-pumping missions, coupled with a sprawling open-world, creates a truly immersive sandbox gameplay that's as slick as greased lightning. Its frank and satirical take on urban life has left an indelible mark in the gaming sphere revitalising the open-world genre in the process.

  • Shadow of the Colossus stands out as a momentous journey of a lonesome warrior seeking to revive a maiden's life by battling gigantic, awe-inspiring monstrosities. The gameplay is thrilling and challenging, blending puzzle-solving with high-flying action sequences that culminate in gripping battles with gargantuan beasts. Its hauntingly beautiful narrative paired with its goliath-like enemies has made it a seminal piece in the adventure and action genre.

  • God of War
    286 votes

    God of War leads us through the ancient Greece as Kratos, a Spartan warrior turned God of War, seeks retribution against the gods who have manipulated him. The game is a beastly hybrid of robust combat, engaging puzzles, and rip-roaring boss battles that make for an exceptionally vicarious gameplay experience. With its bold portrayal of mythology and an iconic protagonist, God of War has easily become a significant player in the annals of video game history.

  • God of War II
    294 votes

    God of War II brings back the iconic Spartan anti-hero Kratos, on an epic journey questioning the price of power and the burden of godhood. The gameplay punches up its predecessor with more intense battles, mindbogglingly complex puzzles, and a broader scale of exploration. With its improved gameplay formula and upped ante story-wise, it's a sequel that didn't just match its predecessor, it outclassed it altogether.

  • Ratchet & Clank
    154 votes

    Ratchet & Clank combines intergalactic adventure and good old-fashioned humor, telling a story of the two unlikely heroes trying to save the universe. Its unique gameplay blends frenetic gunfights, exploration, and inventive gadgetry that is more fun than a barrel of alien monkeys. The game left a lasting legacy for its charming fusion of humor, gameplay, and narrative cohesion.

  • Kingdom Hearts II
    224 votes

    Kingdom Hearts II is a magical blend of Disney's charm and Final Fantasy's storytelling, whisking us away on a whimsical expedition of friendship, bravery, and self-discovery. Action-packed gameplay and vibrant visuals worked in harmony with a touching narrative that warmed the cockles of many hearts. It left an indelible mark on the action RPG genre and became the go-to franchise for fans yearning for nostalgia and complexity.