Friday 1 January 2021

Top 10 PlayStation 2 Hidden Gems

10. Urban Chaos: Riot Response

One of the most underrated – and violent – games on the console, Urban Chaos: Riot Response puts you in control of a riot-control squad member as you’re tasked with eliminating the city-wide threat of the notorious Burners gang. As they run riot attacking civilians and emergency services with cleavers, bombs and firearms, it’s up to you to stop them…by any means necessary. Lock n’ load, officer. 

9. Sly 3: Honour Among Thieves

With fast-moving, charming gameplay and a colourful set of loveable characters, Sly 3: Honour Among Thieves has the gang attempting to pull off a World-Class heist. Rewarding cheeky, sneaky play, Sly 3 is a wonderful stealth platformer that can be enjoyed alone or on split-screen. Pilot cool vehicles, use wild gadgets and unleash fearsome combat moves to get away with the loot!

8. DragonBall Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3

This thrilling beat ‘em up gives you the opportunity to perform crazily over-the-top moves in true DragonBall Z style with 150 playable characters. Fans of the series will be absolutely delighted with the result, an absolutely packed game that offers enhanced fighting mechanics and improved visuals over its predecessors. This one is an absolute beauty for fans of the fighting genre, utterly rammed with content to enjoy.

7. Monster Hunter

The fantastic Monster Hunter offers gamers vastly detailed and perilous environments to travail, and mammoth creatures to confront and battle. After selecting and customising your hunter, prepare to embark on a variety of expeditions with your monster-slaying arsenal and developing abilities. With a world that continues to expand and a huge number of beasts to defeat, Monster Hunter is an iconic title that lives up to its legacy.

6. Ratchet & Clank 3 (Up Your Arsenal)

In this delightful adventure, the titular heroes return to Planet Veldin where they’ve been called upon to stop Dr Nefarious as he plots to exterminate all life. With up to 20 weapons and a wealth of upgrades available, this quirky and cartoonish game offers charming platforming action for up to four players. Endlessly fun and addictive, Ratchet & Clank 3 is an absolutely essential entry in the beloved franchise.

5. Beyond Good & Evil

From the creator of Rayman, Beyond Good & Evil offers an epic story filled with boundless, awe-inspiring worlds and fluid gameplay. As Jade, an investigative reporter and martial artist resistance fighter, you must uncover a planet-wide alien conspiracy as you solve puzzles, fight enemies and obtain photographic evidence. With truly unique animation and design, the game is a beautiful and immersive experience.

4. Jak 3

This third entry in the acclaimed Jak & Daxter franchise sees players unleashing a new arsenal of weapons and devices. Like its predecessor, the game is a seamless blend of platforming, driving and exciting gun combat and takes place in an open world that can be explored as the player sees fit! Considerably darker than the first game in the series, Jak 3 is a unique and engrossing adventure through a richly detailed wasteland.

3.  Scarface - The World is Yours

This criminally underrated game stands confidently next to the Grand Theft Auto series as one of the best open-world action games ever made. As Tony Montana, you must rebuild the empire that was pulled out from under you at the end of the epic film, in an absolutely packed game that authentically recreates the historical time period of the film. Words cannot express just how good this game is, and deserves a far bigger and better legacy in gaming than it is. An absolute belter of a game. 

2. Klonoa 2 - Lunatea's Veil

This direct sequel to 1997’s Door to Phantomile puts players back into the role of Klonoa combines platforming stages and boss battles with board-riding levels across the dream world of Lunatea. With deceptively simple but effective gameplay, Klonoa 2 is a game for all ages to enjoy with beautiful, colourful visuals and a lavish, realised world. Klonoa 2 is nothing short of wonderful, and one of the finest platformers ever made.

1. Ico

Ico combines elements of action, exploration and puzzles into a truly unique and beautifully designed game that focuses on minimalism and does away with distracting, superfluous features to create a truly immersive title. This innovative masterpiece has gone on to influence countless games that have come since and is a truly seminal title that holds up today as one of the greatest games the PlayStation 2 had to offer.

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