When it came out, the PlayStation 2 was a giant in the gaming world, and it’s still one of the most popular consoles ever. During that generation, Sony’s top console put out a lot of great games, many of which were action-adventure games. Action-adventure games have the potential to be one of the most flexible types of games, and the PS2 made good use of this.
These games gave the PS2 its variety by combining it with subgenres like stealth-action, open-world, and role-playing games. The voting community at Ranker made a list of the 10 best PS2 games in this category. All of the games on the list fall into one of the subgenres listed above.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
The Grand Theft Auto series from Rockstar Games has been one of the “event” games for a long time. Every time a new Rockstar game comes out, it’s a big deal, but GTA is probably the company’s most popular series.
Even now, people still think of San Andreas as one of the best Grand Theft Auto games, and it has one of the best stories. Not surprisingly, a lot of the praise also went to the game’s addicting gameplay and open-ended sandbox environment.
Shadow Of The Colossus
Shadow of the Colossus, made by Japan Studio and Team Ico, was a one-of-a-kind game when it came out on the PS2 in 2005. It left a big impression on players. Shadow of the Colossus was also a big step forward for the video game industry as a whole because it showed how games can be used to tell stories and express art in many different ways.
The game was praised for having a simple but immersive world, a unique mix of action, puzzle-solving, and platforming, and a sad story that made people feel something. Bluepoint Games later remade Shadow of the Colossus from top to bottom for the PS4.
God Of War II
Before Santa Monica Studios’ God of War series made one of the best PS4 games ever, it was already a popular blockbuster on the PS2. God of War II was praised by critics as an exciting, visceral, and over-the-top action game, even though the 2018 game may be the best step forward in terms of the story.
People liked the combat because it had a lot of different weapons, mechanics based on combos, and boss fights that were like exciting set pieces. In God of War II, Kratos keeps trying to get back at Zeus with the help of Gaia.
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
Even though Konami has been treating its well-known intellectual properties like an afterthought for the last few years, Hideo Kojima’s Metal Gear Solid series is still very popular. Snake Eater is easily one of the best Metal Gear Solid games. The series is almost the poster child for stealth-action games, along with games like Splinter Cell and Hitman.
Even though it’s the third mainline game, it’s set in the 1970s and has a more realistic story with Naked Snake as the main character. The game was praised for its creative use of stealth mechanics, less complicated plot, and thrilling and emotionally gut-wrenching story.
Kingdom Hearts II
Kingdom Hearts is an action-adventure/RPG game that was inspired by Square Enix’s Final Fantasy JRPG series. It was both an original story and a celebration of Square’s classic characters and Disney IPs.
The first two games became PS2 classics, and Kingdom Hearts II built on the success of the first game with a story full of lore and fun real-time action combat. The Kingdom Hearts series got a great reputation for how colourful it was, which went well with the sequel’s improvements to how it worked.
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons Of Liberty
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty caused some controversy when it made Raiden the main character of the game early on instead of Solid Snake, but it was still praised by critics. Its gameplay improvements over the much-loved original game were very well received, and its deep story made it feel like a movie.
Some people also didn’t like the story because they thought it was too complicated and broke up the gameplay too often. Still, its overall good points seem to outweigh its bad points, and people still look back on it favourably.
Bully is another well-known Rockstar Games classic, but it has been ignored by the publisher or developer for reasons that are not clear. There were old rumours that there wouldn’t be a sequel, which is a shame given how fun and creative Bully’s premise was.
As the name suggests, players take on the role of a young criminal who has been sent to a fancy high school and is trying to work his way up the social ladder there. Bully got good reviews for its story and satire, as well as the way its missions mixed up gameplay elements.
The first game, which came out in 2002, was the start of what would become a JRPG icon, in part because it was a colourful mix of Final Fantasy and Disney properties. In the first part of the story, Kingdom Hearts, a young boy named Sora teams up with Donald Duck, Goofy, and Micky Mouse to fight a mysterious evil group and save his friends.
The idea behind this franchise is crazy, and it’s even crazier that it worked so well. Kingdom Hearts was praised for how well it mixed real-time action and JRPG elements, which was unusual in the early 2000s, and for how well Square Enix and Disney characters fit together.
God Of War
The first God of War was a huge hit on its own, and it was made by Santa Monica Studios. It was the first game in a series that would become one of the most famous in video game history. Here is where Kratos starts his bloody quest for revenge by looking for Ares, his old teacher who tricked him into killing his wife and daughter.
Even in the first game, the fast-paced combat that focuses on combos is still fun to play today. God of War was also praised for making quick-time events (QTEs) a fun part of the game before other games made them too common.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
A new action game in the series that has sold the most copies. The game builds on the ideas from the third game in the series, which came out in 2001. The game was made by the same people who made the previous ones. After being bought by an American company, they became Rockstar North. The game takes place in an all-new city called Vice City in the 1980s.