It really just improved on everything the first Valkyrie Profile did, while translating the series into 3D.

Looking past the whole switcheroo, though, what you have is one of the most solid entries in the series, offering another zany story that has you questioning what’s real, an interesting cast of enemies, and some beautiful areas to explore. The addition of anime-styled cutscenes and crew chatter helped to engross players into the action. It mixed third-person shooting with fast-paced action and beat ’em up gameplay for one of the most frenetic and fun games on the PS2. The disc-based console offered amazing new graphics, solid soundtracks, and entire new worlds to play in. While so many studios were trying to be the next GTA, Team Soho was busy making a gritty, realistic look at London’s criminal underground and it was great. You must have probably guessed by the name – this is game in between angels and demons.

It’s like some sort of unwritten rule that licensed video games need to be terrible. Dragon Quest is one of the longest running JRPG series around, and Dragon Quest VIII is easily one of its best entries. It saw off challenges from plenty of rival formats - including the Dreamcast and GameCube (check out the best GameCube games if you need a reminder) - and laid the foundations for PS3. Kratos took the world, and Olympus, by storm when he vowed vengeance on the god of war. The key character of this game is Jimmy Hopkins and around his life experiences at the Bullworth Academy somewhere in the state of New England. For one, it kicked EA Canada's SSX series into a brand-new gear; and for another, it was just plain awesome. Kingdom hearts has been around here since the last decade, whereas KH2 was launched specifically for PS2 in 2005 and later adopted by updated PlayStation. A game that only Suda51 could think up, Killer 7 had an interesting noir plot tied with crisp cel-shaded visuals. Soulcalibur 2 is one of the pinnacles of the franchise and making things even better was the fact that each platform had an exclusive character. It’s simple and that’s what really makes it a standout as you just peacefully roll things together. The brutal combat that saw blades swinging across the screen and mythical creatures being torn to shreds will always stand out as a highlight on the PS2. One of the best examples of the admirable attention to detail and excellent gameplay was the PS2’s Gran Turismo 4. The Geo-Mod concept was still coming into its own, but it was useful, and the split screen multiplayer made for memorable gaming sessions. This is an action-adventure video game, released on October 26, 2004. The Pathless review: "Equal parts calming and arresting", Bugsnax review: "A fantastic blend of bizarre and brilliant", Assassin’s Creed Valhalla review: "A roaring bloodied success with a true heart", Freaky review: "Vince Vaughn’s body-swap horror is an unexpected delight", Hillbilly Elegy review: "Awards are inevitable for Glenn Close", Mank review: "David Fincher has directed an all-timer", Borat Subsequent Moviefilm review: "A very niiice surprise from Sacha Baron Cohen", The Witches review: "Anne Hathaway aims for hammy, funny villainy, and has a whale of a time", The Mandalorian season 2, episode 2 review: "40 minutes of blissful escapism", Star Trek: Discovery season 3, episode 4 review: "A throwback to the Star Trek of the 1990s", The Mandalorian season 2, episode 1 review: "Another wonderful adventure in that galaxy far, far away", Star Trek: Discovery season 3, episode 3 review: "So political, it could easily be retitled 'Make Earth Great Again'", Star Trek: Discovery season 3, episode 2 review: "Potentially the closest thing to a Trek/Wars crossover we’ll ever see".

Originally a GameCube exclusive, Viewtiful Joe was one of the best Capcom games of the PS2 era. Bully is designed in the same fictional universe as of Manhunt and GTA (which is also proven). Arcade-to-console ports are risky, but Project Soul pulled off Soulcalibur 2's PS2 translation with nary a scratch.