The Best PlayStation 2 Light Gun Games

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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 light gun 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 light gun games of all time.

This list features all the most popular and best-selling light gun 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. Everything from Time Crisis II to Time Crisis 3 is included on this list.

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  • Time Crisis II
    Jan 01 1998
    117 votes
    • Developer: Namco
    • Genres (Video game): Light gun, Shoot 'em up, Action game, Light gun shooter, Rail shooter

    Time Crisis II is a high speed, action-packed on-rails light gun shooter where you play as top agents in the V.S.S.E, tasked to take down the evil Neodyne Industries corporation whose intent is to launch a nuclear satellite into space. With its unique cover system where a press of the foot pedal allowed you to dart in and out of danger, Time Crisis II brought a new flavour to light gun shooters. It has been credited with revolutionising the genre and significantly raising the bar for future games in the style.

  • Time Crisis 3
    Jan 01 2002
    117 votes
    • Developer: Namco, Nex Entertainment
    • Genres (Video game): Light gun, Shoot 'em up, Action game, Light gun shooter, Rail shooter

    In Time Crisis 3, you're thrust into an island conflict, playing as snappy agents Alan Dunaway and Wesley Lambert, charged with rescuing a cute politician and stopping Zagorias Federation from launching weapons of mass destruction. Marked by intense gameplay, it introduced the ability to swap weapons on the fly, adding depth and strategy to the frantic shoot-'em-up action. It stands as a landmark installment in the series, praised for its fast-paced gameplay and freshness of switching gears.

  • Vampire Night
    Jan 01 2000
    103 votes
    • Developer: Sega Wow
    • Genres (Video game): Light gun, Shoot 'em up, Action game, Rail shooter

    Vampire Night takes you on a Bram Stoker-esque journey, where you play as vampire hunters Michel and Albert, out to liberate a village from a monstrous vampire overlord. You take down undead legions with your holy light gun, in an arcade-style shoot-'em-up that's a blood-curdling blast! Never really taken the gaming world by storm, but is nonetheless remembered for its eerie setting and satisfying combat mechanics.

  • Virtua Cop 2
    57 votes
    • Developer: AM R&D Dept. #2, Sega AM2
    • Genres (Video game): Light gun, Shoot 'em up, Action game

    Virtua Cop 2 puts you in the shoes of cool-as-ice law enforcers Rage and Smarty out to thwart the E.V.I.L Inc's dastardly deeds. It tinkered with the foundational formula of the light-gun genre, emphasizing precision shooting over wild, trigger-happy sprays. This title has etched itself into the minds of gamers for its unambiguous task, relentless action, and crucial role in shaping modern light gun gameplay.

  • Crisis Zone
    Jan 01 1999
    46 votes
    • Developer: Namco
    • Genres (Video game): Shooter game, Light gun, Shoot 'em up, Action game, Light gun shooter

    Crisis Zone drops you into the middle of Garland Square, under siege by a terrorist group, as the leader of an elite special forces team responsible for their swift eradication. Its gameplay shifted from its predecessors, with a focus on environmental destruction and a novel automatic machine gun as your primary weapon. While it didn't quite shatter the mold, its distinctive features have won it a sturdy following among light gun shooter fans.

  • Ninja Assault
    48 votes
    • Developer: Now Production, Namco
    • Genres (Video game): Light gun, Shoot 'em up, Light gun shooter

    In Ninja Assault, you're transported to feudal Japan where two noble ninja warriors are out for justice against an evil Shogun and his army of the undead. The gameplay mixes up sword combat with gunplay, providing a unique blend in the light-gun genre. With its historic setting and innovative use of weapons, it holds a special place in the pantheon of PS2 light gun games.