The fan favorite PlayStation 2 is the best-selling home console ever. While it didn’t pack the hardware specifications of its closest competitors, it contained a library of amazing games that blew away the catalogs of both the Xbox and GameCube. A large portion of the most influential modern games of all time appear on the PlayStation 2, a console that contains so many classic games that it’s difficult to limit a best-of list to only 25 titles … but we’re going to try anyway. The following are, in our opinion, the 25 best games to grace the PS2. The impact they made on the industry is weighed equally with how well they hold up today.
Bully may be one of the most misunderstood games ever made. The game was a subject of controversy among concerned parents and educators due to the track record of the game’s developer. Rockstar Games, of course, was responsible for the Grand Theft Auto series, so critics used that precedent to unfairly misjudge Bully as “Grand Theft Auto, but with kids.” Anyone who actually took time to play the game knows that it’s not a game about assaulting children or a “Columbine simulator” as one infamously-misinformed (and now disbarred) attorney would have us believe.
In reality, Bully is an entertaining and often humorous look at the teen social hierarchies that transplants GTA’s winning sandbox design to protagonist Jimmy Hopkin’s experience at Bullworth Academy. A potential sequel has been rumored for years but there has still been no official confirmation one way or the other. However, even if we never see a sequel, the original will continue to stand as one of Rockstar’s best game on the PS2 outside of the GTA series.