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The Most Underrated PlayStation 2 Games That Deserve More Attention

Updated September 25, 2020 1.6k votes 287 voters 10.1k views33 items

List RulesVote 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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    DeveloperHexaDrive, Ready at Dawn, Clover Studio

    Genres (Video game)Action-adventure game, Action game, Role-playing video game

    Ōkami is an action-adventure video game developed by Clover Studio and published by Capcom. It was released for Sony Computer Entertainment's PlayStation 2 video game console in 2006 in Japan and...  more
  • 2

    DeveloperRockstar Toronto, Rockstar Leeds

    Genres (Video game)Action-adventure game, Action game, Adventure, Beat 'em up

    The Warriors is a beat 'em up video game published by Rockstar Games. It was released on October 17, 2005 for PlayStation 2 and Xbox, and February 12, 2007 for PlayStation Portable. The Warriors is...  more

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  • 3

    DeveloperClover Studio

    Genres (Video game)Action game, Beat 'em up

    God Hand is an action beat 'em up video game developed by Clover Studio and published by Capcom for the PlayStation 2 video game console. The game was directed by Resident Evil designer Shinji...  more
  • 4

    DeveloperRockstar San Diego

    Genres (Video game)Western, Shooter game, Action-adventure game, Third-person Shooter, Action game

    Red Dead Revolver is a western action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar San Diego, published by Rockstar Games and distributed by Take-Two Interactive for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. It is...  more

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  • 5


    Genres (Video game)Role-playing, social simulation

    Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3, originally released in Japan as simply Persona 3, is the third video game in the Shin Megami Tensei: Persona series of role-playing video games developed by Atlus,...  more

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  • 6


    Genres (Video game)Isometric projection, Action game, Adventure, Beat 'em up, Stealth game

    Shadow of Rome is a 2005 hybrid hack and slash/stealth video game, with elements of vehicular combat, developed and published by Capcom for the PlayStation 2. The game was released in Europe on...  more
  • 7

    DeveloperCriterion Games

    Genres (Video game)Action game, Racing video game, Vehicular combat game

    Burnout Revenge is the fourth video game in the Burnout series of racing games. It was developed by Criterion Games and published by Electronic Arts. It was released for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox on...  more
  • 8

    DeveloperHeavy Iron Studios, Vicarious Visions, AWE Games

    Genres (Video game)Action-adventure game, Platform game, Action game, Adventure

    SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom is a 2003 video game based on the animated series of the same name, developed by Heavy Iron Studios, AWE Games and Vicarious Visions and published by...  more
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    DeveloperDouble Fine Productions, Budcat Creations

    Genres (Video game)Action-adventure game, Platform game, Action game, Adventure

    Psychonauts is a platform video game created by Tim Schafer and starring the voice of Richard Horvitz as Raz. The game was released in April 2005 for Microsoft Windows, Xbox and PlayStation 2. It was...  more

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    DeveloperAtari Games

    Genres (Video game)Action game, Hack and slash

    Gauntlet Dark Legacy, released in 2001 for PlayStation 2 and in 2002 for Game Boy Advance, GameCube and Xbox. It is an expansion of the previous title in the series, Gauntlet Legends. The expansion...  more

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    DeveloperTeam Ico

    Genres (Video game)Action-adventure game, Puzzle game, Action game

    Shadow of the Colossus, released in Japan as Wander and the Colossus, is an action-adventure game published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation 2. The game was released in North...  more

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  • 12

    Developertri-Crescendo, tri-Ace, Enix

    Genres (Video game)Action role-playing

    Radiata Stories is an action role-playing game. It was developed by tri-Ace and published by Square Enix for the PlayStation 2. It was released on January 27, 2005 in Japan and September 6, 2005 in...  more
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    DeveloperIO Interactive

    Genres (Video game)Shooter game, Third-person Shooter, Action game

    Freedom Fighters, originally titled Freedom: The Battle for Liberty Island, is a 2003 third-person shooter video game available for the PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, Xbox and Microsoft Windows....  more


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  • 14


    Genres (Video game)Action-adventure game

    Steambot Chronicles, known in Japan as Ponkotsu Roman Daikatsugeki: Bumpy Trot is a 2005 action-adventure role-playing game developed and published by Irem Software Engineering in Japan for the...  more
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    DeveloperBlack Isle Studios, Interplay Entertainment

    Genres (Video game)Action role-playing game, Hack and slash, Role-playing video game

    Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II is a 2004 action role-playing/hack and slash video game for PlayStation 2 and Xbox. Developed by Black Isle Studios, the game was published by Interplay Entertainment,...  more

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    DeveloperSnowblind Studios

    Genres (Video game)Action role-playing game, Action game, Hack and slash, Role-playing video game

    Champions of Norrath: Realms of EverQuest is an online-capable action role-playing game for the PlayStation 2, set in the EverQuest universe. It is playable with one single player or cooperative for...  more

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    DeveloperClover Studio

    Genres (Video game)Platform game, Action game, Adventure, Beat 'em up

    Viewtiful Joe is a side scrolling beat 'em up video game developed by Team Viewtiful for the GameCube. It was originally released in 2003 as a part of the Capcom Five under director Hideki Kamiya and...  more
  • 18

    DeveloperNext Level Games, Midway Games, Surreal Software

    Genres (Video game)Shooter game, Action-adventure game, Horror, Third-person Shooter, Survival horror

    The Suffering is a psychological horror video game, developed mainly by Surreal Software and published by Midway Games, released in 2004 for the Xbox, PlayStation 2 and Microsoft Windows. The game...  more

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    DeveloperDeep Space

    Genres (Video game)Horror, Third-person Shooter, Survival horror, Action game

    Extermination(エクスターミネーション)is a survival horror video game for PlayStation 2. Since the title was a first-party game and came out very early in the system's life cycle, it was used as a showcase for...  more
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    Genres (Video game)Console role-playing game, Role-playing video game

    Shadow Hearts: Covenant, also known as Shadow Hearts II, is a role-playing video game developed by Nautilus and published by Aruze in Japan and Midway in rest of the countries in 2004. It is a direct...  more
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    DeveloperTeam Soho

    Genres (Video game)Action-adventure game, Action game, Racing video game

    The Getaway is an action-adventure video game series focused on gang life and the police in the city of London. The series was created by Brendan McNamara and was first developed by Team Soho for the...  more
  • 22

    DeveloperZener Works, Sony Computer Entertainment

    Genres (Video game)Console role-playing game, Action game, Adventure, Role-playing video game

    Okage: Shadow King, known in Japan as Boku to Maō, is a role-playing video game developed by Zener Works and co-developed and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. It was released on March 15,...  more
  • 23

    DeveloperSquare Enix

    Genres (Video game)Shooter game, Third-person Shooter, Action role-playing game, Action game, First-person Shooter

    Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII is an action role-playing third-person shooter developed and published by Square Enix in 2006 for the PlayStation 2. It is part of the Compilation of Final...  more

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    DeveloperRockstar North

    Genres (Video game)Action-adventure game, Horror, Survival horror, Action game, Psychological horror

    Manhunt is a stealth-based survival horror video game developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. It was released in North America on November 18, 2003, for the PlayStation 2 and on...  more

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    DeveloperTecmo, Tecmo Koei, Team Tachyon

    Genres (Video game)Action-adventure game, Action game, Adventure

    Rygar: The Legendary Adventure, released in Japan as Argus no Senshi, is a console game for the PlayStation 2 first released in November 2002. It is based on the original Rygar released for arcade...  more