The Best PlayStation 2 Strategy Games

Over 500 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Best PlayStation 2 Strategy 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 strategy games in your collection. Using your brain to solve puzzles and battle opponents is a ton of fun, and with turn-based games, puzzles, tower defense games, and more, there are unlimited options to explore. With so many choices to pick 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 strategy games of all time.

This list features the most popular and best-selling strategy games that were released for the PlayStation 2. While many of these games were console exclusive, we're allowing non-exclusives to be a part of the list as well. This poll contains items like Disgaea: Hour of Darkness and La Pucelle: Tactics. Vote for your favorite video games below.

Most divisive: Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter
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  • Front Mission 4
    83 votes
    • Developer: Square Enix

    In a world torn by political strife and warfare, Front Mission 4's captivating story revolves around two mech pilots caught in the crossfire. This tactical RPG blends visceral combat with strategic decision-making, making every move on the battlefield count. Its engrossing plot, satisfying gameplay, and immersive universe leave a significant impact on the genre and its fans alike.

    • Developer: Koei

    Set amid China's tumultuous Three Kingdoms era, this engaging strategy game lets players assume the role of legendary heroes vying for power and prestige. The gameplay combines diplomatic maneuvering, resource management, and large-scale battles to create an epic experience that will stand the test of time. This tenth iteration goes down in history as one of the finest and most intricate renditions in the beloved series.

  • Suikoden V
    74 votes
    • Developer: Hudson Soft, Konami

    Immerse yourself in a tale of royalty, betrayal, and vengeance as you lead a young prince to reclaim his throne and unite the 108 Stars of Destiny. With its deep turn-based combat system and massive recruitment options, Suikoden V offers an unparalleled gaming experience that will keep players hooked. As part of the cult-classic Suikoden series, it leaves an indelible mark on the hearts of fans and newcomers alike.

  • Dynasty Tactics 2

    Dynasty Tactics 2

    72 votes
    • Developer: Koei

    Relive the legendary exploits of ancient Chinese warlords in this engrossing tactical RPG sequel where you plot, strategize, and conquer your way to victory. The thrilling gameplay lets you command armies and deploy cunning tactics to outwit your foes on the battlefield, leaving them quaking in their boots. Dynasty Tactics 2 pushes the envelope, bolstering its already impressive predecessor's legacy and setting a new standard for the genre.

  • Suikoden Tactics
    Jan 01 2005
    60 votes
    • Developer: Konami

    Taking a unique spin on the mainline Suikoden narrative, this offshoot delivers a compelling story of complex characters, political intrigue, and magical runes. Its grid-based tactical gameplay spices up traditional turn-based mechanics, creating a fresh and exciting experience. Suikoden Tactics remains a standout entry in the series, with its distinctive style leaving a lasting impact.

  • Disgaea: Hour of Darkness

    Disgaea: Hour of Darkness

    44 votes
    • Developer: Nippon Ichi Software

    Step into the wacky underworld of Disgaea, where you navigate political intrigue and demonic shenanigans as the young demon prince Laharl. The depth and customization offered by its grid-based strategy gameplay is devilishly delightful, making you laugh diabolically as you blast through colorful levels. This beloved cult hit leaves a lasting impression that spawns a plethora of sequels and spin-offs.