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5 PS2 Games That Have Stood The Test Of Time

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The PlayStation 2 may have been announced in 1999 but the best selling console of all time, according to Sony, is still widely loved to this day.

It is no surprise there are many PS2 games out there that put recent releases to shame. So here’s a list of five PS2 games that have stood the test of time and are as good today as when they were released.

Prince of Persia: Sands of Time (2003)

To this day many consider this one of the best games of all times. It took platforming, the bare basics of video games, and reinvented it through the Prince and his acrobatic wielding of a time freezing dagger. Not many games have rivaled the intelligence of this platformer whose puzzles and gameplay remain fresh to this day, even inspiring game makers to this day.

Destroy All Humans 2 (2006)

Destroy All Humans from 2005 was an immensely fun game about a Furon alien, Crypto, and his quest to become US President. This fun, rather daft game was a little linear at times but Destroy All Humans 2 added so much to the game. New mechanics, diversified missions and a collection of wacky weapons and settings made it one of the most exciting PS2 games ever. 

Tekken 5 (2005)

This is one of the ancient heroes of gaming; its strength has not waned over the years. But Tekken 4 nearly undid its legacy by trying to be ‘too clever’. So Tekken 5 returned things to its status quo but with the largest line-up of fighters yet and new customisable features. No matter how many iterations of this game there is it never tires but Tekken 5 was and remains its masterpiece.

Star Wars: Battlefront 2 (2005)

When Star Wars: Battlefront returned, this time on PS4, the excitement was unbelievable. Yet it fell flat because it was nothing like Star Wars: Battlefront 2, the classic game that had such a fan base its online servers were only turned off in 2014. There is no other game I have returned to over the years as much as this and it is no surprise then that the new Battlefront is learning from the master.

Bully (2006)

One of the most controversial games of the PS2 era; Bully was what happened when the geniuses of Grand Theft Auto, RockStar, tried their hand at ‘going back to school’. No game had done it before and no game has since because quite simply no one else could pull off such an original idea. Bully could one minute have you partaking in a chemistry lesson, to bunking out of school and then committing felonious crimes with the ultimate pranksters’ arsenal. It is a true gaming legend that no console or company has ever challenged.

What do you think? Are there any games you think we've missed?

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