There is no doubt that the PlayStation 2 is one of the consoles with one of the largest game libraries known. In addition to great classics, such as Final Fantasy, Metal Gear and many others, he also received some dubious titles and others even good ones, but that ended up being overshadowed by great releases that hit stores at the same time or in more varied situations.
And it is exactly about these good games that passed by the radar of a good part of the public that we will talk about next. See our list and use the space provided for comments to tell us your opinion about good games for this console that, unfortunately, did not gain great spotlight in their launches.
1. Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven
In a period in which the Metal Gear Solid series was already consolidated among the public, a new franchise tried to increasingly occupy its space in the world of games: Tenchu.
The series that was born on the first PlayStation found its peak on PlayStation 2 with Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven (after all, we had two protagonists with totally different plots and several other elements) and even had a considerable amount of copies sold, but perhaps it had attracted much more attention if it had a greater investment, especially in dissemination.
2. Frequency and Amplitude
Music games certainly made history on PlayStation 2, and probably the success of Guitar Hero and Rock Band ended up obstructing everything that Frequency and Amplitude could do for audiences over time – especially when we take into account the fact that we are facing two music games that didn’t require plastic instruments for the player to have fun with their content.
3. Odin Sphere
Ah, Odin Sphere. Anyone who accompanied video game magazines and websites at the time of the release of this game must surely have been amazed at the graphic quality that Atlus intended to deliver in this project that mixed side progression with RPG elements. However, with the large number of titles at the time, there are high chances that, unfortunately, this one may have hit your radar.
4. Sly Cooper
In the wave of Crash Bandicoot-style games, Sly Cooper emerged on PlayStation 2, but he probably ended up gaining an even larger audience with his HD remake for PlayStation 3. Meanwhile, the adventures of the bandit-masked raccoon on the second PlayStation family console they were very good, and it was a pity he didn’t consecrate himself as much as an official Sucker Punch mascot.
5. Fatal Frame
It is true that nowadays the Fatal Frame series already has a captive audience in different corners of the globe, but at the time of the PlayStation 2 it had to compete for its space with several titles in the same segment, which perhaps made many pass by the first game in the period of its official launch.
For those who like to jump on the couch while playing, Fatal Frame already had at that time a very good premise of dealing with spirits from the depths. Your resources for that? Use only a special camera while controlling a student at events apparently based on situations that actually happened.
6. Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil
On the original PlayStation, Klonoa was already a fun game that didn’t get the attention of the public and unfortunately it was no different with its continuation (Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil).
Even though he guaranteed good grades in the critical analysis, he unfortunately ended up “despised” by many players – which is a shame, because his platform mechanics, beautiful visuals and some other elements make it a fun game even today for those who decide to take a chance. .
7. Hokuto no Ken
For fans of fighting games, Hokuto no Ken is a game based on the anime First of the North Star developed by Arc System Works (from Guilty Gear) and which has well-crafted mechanics for the genre, such as combos, strikes system specials and a beautiful graphic style. However, in its release it may have attracted the attention of only those who already knew the franchise, but the title had (and still has) the strength to embrace a much larger group.
8. Jak X: Combat Racing
Okay, Mario Kart clones exist in droves out there, but you need to remember that many of them have their own appeal and even elements that raise their quality – and this is the case with Jak X: Combat Racing.
In addition to having a story mode, the title allows you to control familiar faces from the Jak series in races full of power-ups and even resort to the possibility of modifying the car to have some advantages throughout the competitions.
9. Against: Shattered Soldier
Perhaps many do not even remember, but the Contra series had an entry intended for the Playstation 2: it is Contra: Shattered Soldier. Everything that made the Konami series a sucthis appears in this, including the difficulty. In addition to the 2D side progression, we can also highlight the soundtrack by Akira Yamaoka (who worked on Silent Hill) as one of the game’s strong points.