The Most Underrated PlayStation 2 Games That Deserve More Attention

Over 400 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Most Underrated PlayStation 2 Games That Deserve More Attention
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Vote up the overlooked gems you think other gamers should pick up and play.

The PlayStation 2 will go down as one of the best consoles ever made, not only as one of the all-time best-sellers to this day, but also because of its legacy in terms of the quality of games it had in its library. From stealth adventures to 3D platformers to JRPGs and more, the PS2 has dozens of classics and hidden gems that gamers are still playing decades later. What are your picks for the most underrated PS2 games of all time? 

Many of the titles are still well known, as they began or continued on a now popular franchise, but there are plenty of others that deserve a little bit more love. From cult classics like Ōkami to action-adventure games like Red Dead Revolver, the PS2 had an amazing library.

Vote up the all PS2 games you feel are criminally underrated, that way other gamers can give them a little more love.

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  • The Warriors
    Oct 17 2005
    104 votes
    • Developer: Rockstar Toronto, Rockstar Leeds
    • Genres (Video game): Action-adventure game, Action game, Adventure, Beat 'em up

    The Warriors video game, based on the eponymous film, takes you on a wild ride through New York's gritty underworld, with compelling gameplay that merges street-brawling combat and stealth elements to perfection. As a member of the Warriors gang, the objective is to survive gripping gang warfare in a painstakingly crafted world that's all bare-knuckle fights and dark, dank settings. The game left a significant mark for its detailed and engrossing plot, high intense skirmishes and brilliantly executed narrative style.

  • Freedom Fighters
    Sep 26 2003
    55 votes
    • Developer: IO Interactive
    • Genres (Video game): Shooter game, Third-person Shooter, Action game

    Freedom Fighters places players in an alternate reality where the Soviet Union invades and conquers New York City, and you're the resistant freedom fighter. The gameplay flawlessly mixes squad-based combat with strategic elements, creating an addictive and tactical war-time experience. It was lauded for its engaging storyline, fast-paced action, and a lasting impact that led to a redefinition of urban warfare within gaming.

    • Developer: Sacnoth
    • Genres (Video game): Console role-playing game, Role-playing video game

    Shadow Hearts: Covenant spins an engrossing tale of love and war set amidst World War 1 and filled to brim with the dark and the supernatural. With a unique Judgement Ring system for combat and highly customizable characters, the gameplay provides a refreshing twist to standard RPG mechanics. This game has been heralded as a cult classic for its enthralling narrative, addictive combat, and a memorable cast, leaving an indelible mark in the genre.

  • Ōkami
    95 votes
    • Developer: HexaDrive, Ready at Dawn, Clover Studio
    • Genres (Video game): Action, Adventure, Role-playing

    A rich tapestry of ancient Japanese culture, folklore and mythology, Ōkami's story is a striking amalgam of Shinto religious lore reimagined in a vibrant, cel-shaded world. The gameplay entails using a celestial brush wielded by the main character, a divine wolf called Amaterasu, to interact with the environment and solve puzzles, offering an innovative take on traditional action adventure gaming. With its unique illustrative graphics and fusion of classical Japanese elements, Ōkami was universally acclaimned and has since been heralded as an artistic achievement in the gaming industry.

  • Shadow of Rome
    72 votes
    • Developer: Capcom
    • Genres (Video game): Isometric projection, Action game, Adventure, Beat 'em up, Stealth game

    Shadow of Rome delves into a tense, politically-charged narrative set in the bloody backdrop of Julius Caesar's assassination. Gameplay invigorously alternates between adrenaline-charged gladiatorial clashes and intricate stealth sequences that truly challenge your survival instincts. While it took flak for its level of violence, it played a significant role in expanding the spectrum of historical-inspired gaming, setting a bar for mature, densely-plotted gaming experiences.

  • Viewtiful Joe
    Jun 26 2003
    37 votes
    • Developer: Clover Studio
    • Genres (Video game): Platform game, Action game, Adventure, Beat 'em up

    An absolute love letter to the glory days of action arcade gaming, Viewtiful Joe's tongue-in-cheek narrative follows Joe's transformation into a superhero and his mission to save his girlfriend. Gameplay is a delightful blend of side-scrolling beat'em up platforms with puzzling elements, all rendered in a stunningly comic-bookish style. An instant hit upon its release, Viewtiful Joe revitalized the 2D genre and charmed players with its chunky, cartoony visuals and kinetic intensity.