PlayStation 2

ConsoleNameDeveloperLucca's Observations
PS2.hack//G.U. Vol. 1//RebirthCyberConnect2The ARPG/false MMO series continues, with a bit of shmup involved
PS2.hack//G.U. Vol. 2//ReminisceCyberConnect2The ARPG/false MMO series continues, with a bit of shmup involved
PS2.hack//G.U. Vol. 3//RedemptionCyberConnect2The ARPG/false MMO series continues, with a bit of shmup involved
PS2.hack Part 1: InfectionCyberConnect2ARPG that tries to mimic early MMO features
PS2.hack Part 2: MutationCyberConnect2ARPG that tries to mimic early MMO features
PS2.hack Part 3: OutbreakCyberConnect2ARPG that tries to mimic early MMO features
PS2.hack part 4: QuarantineCyberConnect2ARPG that tries to mimic early MMO features
PS2Arc the Lad: End of DarknessCattle CallRadical shift in gameplay to an ARPG, had online multiplayer, widely panned
PS2Arc the Lad: Twilight of the SpiritsCattle CallStill tactical, but circular-based movement rather than grids
PS2Ar tonelico: Melody of ElemiaGustTurn-based battles, platforming dungeons, some VN elements- protect the singers!
PS2Ar tonelico II: Melody of MetafalicaGustBattle system different from the first, but the premise remains the same
PS2Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of DestinyGustMore item synthesis, two switchable protagonists
PS2Atelier iris 3: Grand PhantasmGustFewer party members, but more customizable as a result
PS2Atelier Iris: Eternal ManaGustFirst localized Atelier game- you know the drill- turn-based combat and loads of item synthesis
PS2BaroqueStingMorbid, dark rogue-like
PS2Beta Bloc (PAL/JP only)TamsoftArkanoid/RPG hybrid, if that can be believed
PS2Breath of Fire: Dragon QuarterCapcomHeavily criticized for requiring multiple playthroughs
PS2Castlevania: Curse of DarknessKonamiHacky-slashy-spooky, uses items to increase stats
PS2Chaos WarsIdea FactorySRPG with the best English voice acting known to man
PS2Colosseum: Road to FreedomGoshowA gladiator simulator is a bit of a strange choice to make an ARPG about, but here we are-
PS2Crimson Sea 2KoeiSci-fi musou-like with weapon/magic XP, multiplayer, and a non-linear mission structure
PS2Crimson TearsDream Factory3D beat-em-up/randomized dungeon crawler hybrid
PS2Dark CloudLevel-5ARPG with roguelike elements and town building; no traditional XP (though weapons do level)
PS2Dark Cloud 2Level-5Similar to the first but with less playable characters, more involved town-building
PS2Dawn of ManaSquare EnixDoes away with many conventions of the series, large focus on item throwing, level gains are reset between areas
PS2Digimon World 4BECDigimon-themed ARPG with a clunky camera and a lack of balance
PS2Digimon World Data SquadBECTurn-based battles and an emphasis on raising your Digimon appropriately
PS2Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VIISquare EnixAn ARPG starring Midgar's favorite brooding gun-toting mutant
PS2Disgaea 2: Cursed MemoriesNippon IchiMore SRPG demon shenanigans!
PS2Disgaea: Hour of DarknessNippon IchiSRPG with ridiculous party stats, party lifting, and Prinnies!
PS2Dokapon KingdomStingBoard game/JRPG hybrid, extremely cute
PS2Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3DimpsMore of a 3D fighter with the Z crew, but there is also a story mode where the main characters can train and level
PS2Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2SpikeUses a different game engine and camera style than the Budokai series, but has a similar story mode with additional "what-if" scenarios
PS2Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3SpikeAn absolute ton of playable characters, but a bit of meat taken out of the story mode, as well as diminishing the RPG elements
JP PS2Dragon Quest V: Tenkuu no HanayomeArtePiazza/Matrix SoftwareA 3D remake of the Super Famicom classic with an increased party size
PS2Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed KingLevel-5Can you really say no to more slimes? In a fully 3D environment?
PS2DrakengardCaviaMusou-like RPG with some heavy/dark themes, direct predecessor to the Nier series
PS2Drakengard 2CaviaStill guarding and using dragons to fight masses of enemies
PS2Dual HeartsMatrix SoftwarePlatforming-heavy ARPG - XP goes towards weapons instead of stats
PS2Dynasty TacticsKoeiRomance of the Three Kingdoms-themed SRPG
PS2Dynasty Tactics 2KoeiMore of the above
PS2Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2Omega ForceMobile suit musou madness
PS2Ephemeral FantasiaKCEJRhythm mini-games are not enough to save this garbage time-looping game
PS2Eternal PoisonFlight-PlanGothic-themed SRPG with demon capturing mechanics
PS2Eternal Quest (PAL/JP only)TamsoftThis randomly-generated roguelike was created as a budget titleā€¦ and it shows
PS2Eternal RingFromSoftwareAnother first-person FromSoft dungeon crawl, but this one has customizable magic rings
PS2EvergraceFromSoftwareARPG with 2 separate protagonists, character parameters are increased via equipment rather than leveling
PS2Final Fantasy XSquareFirst Final Fantasy game to feature voice acting, battle system employs manipulation of turn order
PS2Final Fantasy X-2SquareFast-paced Charlie's Angels with banger vocal songs
PS2Final Fantasy XIISquare EnixHeavy utilization of programming AI tactics in battle, takes place in the same Ivalice as FFT and Vagrant Story
PS2Fishing Fantasy: Buzzrod (PAL only)StarfishWho would have guessed that fishing would be the key to discovering an ancient civilization?
PS2Forever KingdomFromSoftwareSequel to Evergrace, similar equipment-focused character growth, ARPG where all characters share damage taken
PS2Front Mission 4Square EnixMecha SRPG with more complex mechanics such as a day/night system
JP PS2Front Mission 5: Scars of the WarSquare EnixMore tactical Wanzer combat, largely similar to Front Mission 2, with the addition of friendly fire
PS2Fullmetal Alchemist 2: Curse of the Crimson ElixirRacjinPrequel to its predecessor with greatly improved visuals
PS2Fullmetal Alchemist and the Broken AngelRacjinARPG based on the manga with an original plot
PS2Genji: Dawn of the SamuraiGame RepublicMusou-like ARPG loosely based on a Japanese epic tale
PS2Graffiti KingdomTaitoDraw-your-own-monster ARPG, sequel to Magic Pengel
PS2Grandia IIGame ArtsAvoid this version- it has bad framerate issues- but the game itself is amazing
PS2Grandia IIIGame ArtsSame time and distance-based combat as the first two, disproportionate story pacing but solid nonetheless
PS2Grandia XtremeGame ArtsThe combat you know and love with an increase in dungeon delving, English voice cast is oddly celeb-filled
PS2GrimGrimoireVanillawareRTSRPG, units level up based on progress in the story
PS2Growlanser: Heritage of WarCareer SoftActually Growlanser V, more of an RTS than previous entries in the series
PS2Growlanser GenerationsCareer SoftCollection of SRPGs Growlanser II and III, last Working Designs release, include auto-battle systems
PS2Innocent Life: A Futuristic Harvest Moon Special EditionArtePiazzaHarvest Moon gameplay with more of a focused quest
PS2Inuyasha: The Secret of the Cursed MaskKamuiBased on the anime, laughable graphics, minor dating sim elements - only play if you're a shojo-loving masochist
PS2Jade Cocoon 2GenkiMore bug-minion raising and fusion, combat is highly dependent on minion placement
PS2King's Field: The Ancient CityFromSoftwareFromSoft coming through again with first-person dungeon action
PS2Kingdom HeartsSquareThe OG FF/Disney mashup, before the story started to overcomplicate itself
PS2Kingdom Hearts IISquare EnixDo you like pressing the triangle button?
PS2Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of MemoriesSquare EnixStill card-based, but with voice acting, new cutscenes, and 3D combat
PS2La Pucelle: TacticsNippon IchiSRPG that has some crossover with Disgaea; can purify enemies on maps to recruit them
PS2Legaia 2: Duel SagaProkionTurn-based button combo combat system like its predecessor, adds item combination to the mix
PS2Magic Pengel: The Quest for ColorGarakuta Studio/TaitoThink Pokemon, but if you as the player drew them instead to bring them to life
PS2Makai Kingdom: Chronicles of the Sacred TomeNippon IchiDisgaea-adjacent SRPG with vehicular combat and an assortment of weapon types for each class
PS2Mana Khemia 2: Fall of AlchemyGustDirect sequel to Mana Khemia, with a similar character growth system- lots of pre-planning in synthesis encouraged
PS2Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-RevisGustGo to school, learn some alchemy, and use action points instead of XP to grow your characters!
JP PS2Marie to Elie no Atelier: Salburg no Renkinjutsushi 1-2GustRemakes of the first games in the Atelier series, with all the expected alchemy present
PS2Mega Man X: Command MissionCapcomIt's Mega Man X, but it's also turn-based? Now I've seen everything!
PS2Metal SagaSuccessFirst Metal Max series game to be localized, post-apocalyptic setting with some vehicle combat
PS2Monster HunterCapcomThese monsters aren't gonna hunt themselves! Origin of the popular series
PS2Monster Rancher 3TecmoMore monster raising, but now you can trade monsters with friends/can use past data rather than disc-digging for old monsters!
PS2Monster Rancher 4TecmoAllows for more customization of your training facilities and adds a major exploration/adventure mode
PS2Monster Rancher EVOTecmoLeans more into traditional RPG mechanics than the rest of the series, dumbs some regular Monster Rancher ones down in the process
PS2MS Saga: A New DawnBECGundam-themed, but accessible to those unfamiliar with the universe, includes mobile suit part mixing and matching
PS2Musashi: Samurai LegendSquare EnixSequel of sorts to Brave Fencer Musashi with similar ARPG gameplay
PS2Mystic HeroesKoeiCutesy Dynasty Warriors-like with magic, more characters than the GameCube version
JP PS2Namco x CapcomMonolith SoftPredecessor to Project X Zone, SRPG with combo-based gameplay
PS2Odin SphereVanillawareSide-scrolling beat-em-up ARPG with a gorgeous art style
PS2Okage: Shadow KingZener Works/SCECute spooky-themed JRPG
PS2Orphen: Scion of SorceryShadeARPG with a strange turn-based/real-time combat hybrid, limited amount of battles overall prevent grinding
PS2Phantasy Star UniverseSonic TeamARPG with a PSO-like combat style, had both online and offline modes (only offline persists to this day)
PS2Phantasy Star Universe: Ambition of the IlluminusSonic TeamStandalone expansion to Phantasy Star Universe
PS2Phantom BraveNippon IchiAnother Disgaea-adjacent SRPG; gridless system and borderless maps (characters and objects can fall off)
PS2Radiata StoriesTri-AceARPG with a majorly branching storyline, tons of recruitable characters (all with their own schedules), and lots to kick!
PS2Ring of RedKonamiAlternate-history military turn-based strategy game with cool mechs
PS2River King: A Wonderful JourneyMarvelousThe truest form of JRPG- loads of fishing
PS2Rogue GalaxyLevel-5Space pirate ARPG with AI party members and a nontradional stat increasing system
JP PS2Rogue Hearts DungeonCompile HeartRoguelike dungeon crawl with randomized dungeons, not part of the Mystery Dungeon series though
PS2Romancing SaGaSquare EnixRemake of the sandboxy JRPG with gameplay elements taken from other games in the series
PS2Rygar: The Legendary AdventureTecmoDiskarmor shenanigans galore, but now in 3D; gorgeous soundtrack; points enhance player characteristics and strengthen weapons
PS2Sakura Wars: So Long, My LoveSega/RED EntertainmentMech SRPG/dating sim goodness in 1920s New York, the first of the series to be localized
PS2Shadow HeartsSacnothTakes place after Koudelka's bad ending, incorporates cosmic horror, alternate history, and a timing-based disc that affects success
PS2Shadow Hearts: CovenantNautilusMore of the above, but it has a vampire wrestler, so it's immediately 5203487203 times better
PS2Shadow Hearts: From the New WorldNautilusSimliar gameplay to the previous entries, but more of a comedic tone and weaker dungeon design
JP PS2Shadow Tower: AbyssFromSoftwareAnother first-person FromSoft jam and sequel to Shadow Tower, this one features soul harvesting and independent NPC schedules
PS2Shaman King: Power of SpiritWinkySoftSRPG of sorts, but individual fights between units are settled in a 3D fighting game format
PS2Shepherd's CrossingSuccessA game much like Harvest Moon in terms of farming, RPG elements are present in the raising and skill-learning of hunting dogs
PS2Shining Force EXANeverlandIsometric ARPG with two protagonists and some town-building, recycles many assets from Shining Force Neo
PS2Shining Force NeoNeverlandMore realistically proportioned models than Shining Tears, but overall plays similarly
PS2Shining TearsNexTech/Amusement VisionPlays vastly different to the rest of the Shining Force games- is an isometric ARPG rather than turn-based
PS2Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King AbaddonAtlusVery similar to its predecessor, but uses demon negotiation rather than capture elements
PS2Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless ArmyAtlusDeviates from series norms by being more of an ARPG and taking place in the past, demon assistance is always present
PS2Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil SagaAtlusStraightforward turn-based JRPG, characters transform into demons in battle, lots of turn manipulation in combat
PS2Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 2AtlusSee above - direct sequel to Digital Devil Saga
PS2Shin Megami Tensei: NocturneAtlusAKA Shin Megami Tensei 3 - has all the expected demon recruitment, does not feature a Law/Chaos branching system
PS2Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3AtlusWhere the Persona series really began to pick up steam; introduced the Social Link element used by future entries
PS2Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FESAtlusAdds an additional epilogue scenario to the original game, debatably the definitive edition
PS2Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4AtlusThe RPG/life sim (of sorts) series continues, this time with a murder mystery theme and an obsession with the color yellow
PS2Soul Nomad & The World EatersNippon IchiYet another Disgaea-adjacent SRPG, this one has more NPC interaction and a branching storyline
PS2Star Ocean: Till the End of TimeTri-AceAKA Star Ocean 3 - losing all HP or MP will knock a character out in battle, very complicated Private Action scoring system to determine ending
PS2Steambot ChroniclesIremMech-based ARPG, characters are named after food, eschews leveling system for highly customizable mech parts
PS2Stella Deus: The Gate of EternityPinegrow/AtlusSRPG with a similar position-heavy system to Hoshigami: Ruining Blue Earth
PS2Suikoden IIIKCETThe turn-based epic saga continues, a variety of protagonists, can import data from the PSX games for bonuses
PS2Suikoden IVKCETTakes place long before other games in the series, smaller party size, looooooooooooooooooooooooooads of slow sailing
PS2Suikoden TacticsKonamiAn SRPG with a heavy focus on elements and support characters; takes place both before and after Suikoden IV
PS2Suikoden VKonami/Hudson SoftLast game in the series before being abandoned by Konami, a return to 6-person parties, lots of story connections to I-III
JP PS2Super Robot Taisen OG: Original GenerationsBanprestoCombined retcon/remake of the two GBA SRT games; additionally incorporates battle systems/bots from other games in the series
PS2Tales of LegendiaNamcoReverts back to the linear combat of earlier entries, about half of the game takes place after the final boss is defeated
PS2Tales of the AbyssNamco Tales StudioBack to the 3D combat that Symphonia popularized, a shining example of protagonist character development
JP PS2Tear Ring Saga Series: Berwick Saga - Lazberia Chronicle Chapter 174EnterbrainSRPG with a heavy Fire Emblem influence (made by the same creator) with a hexagonal-based battle grid
PS2The BouncerDream FactoryCult-classic 3D beat-em-up with RPG elements
PS2The Nightmare of Druaga: Fushigino DungeonArika/Matrix Software/ChunsoftActually a title in the Mystery Dungeon series, sequel to The Tower of Druaga
PS2The Sword of Etheria (PAL/JP only)KCET3D beat-em-up with a Wizard of Oz theme, heavy emphasis on combo/team-up attacks
PS2TraptPaon CorporationUnofficially part of the Deception series, with all the trap-placing gameplay intact
PS2Tsugunai: AtonementCattle CallBroken up into various quests rather than one fully linear experience- not all quests revolve around combat
PS2Unlimited SagaSquareMuch-maligned game with 7 different protagonists, a board-game style of exploration, and an obtuse combat system
PS2Valkyrie Profile 2: SilmeriaTri-AceSimilar combat and dungeon exploration as the first game, but with no time limits or pressure to release Einherjar
PS2Virtua QuestSega-AM2/ToseARPG with a main character so lame, he has to capture the souls of the Virtua Fighter characters to become cool
PS2Wild Arms 3Media.VisionWild West-themed, turn-based, town discovery requires utilizing a GPS-like system, frequent encounters
PS2Wild Arms 4Media.VisionAbandons the Wild West theme of the previous games; actions in combat affect targeted areas rather than allies/enemies
PS2Wild Arms 5Media.VisionBack to Filgaia's Wild West theme, but maintains the hex system from WA4
PS2Wild Arms Alter Code: FMedia.Vision3D remake of Wild Arms, adding 5 playable characters and some QoL improvements
PS2Wizardry: Tale of the Forsaken LandRacjinSurprise! This is actually a JRPG! First-person dungeon-crawler like its parent WRPG series
PS2Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur MachtMonolith SoftSpiritual successor to Xenogears, with similar AP-based combat; has a ton of cutscenes
PS2Xenosaga Episode II: Jenseits von Gut und BoseMonolith SoftMade some changes to the combat system that were largely panned at the time, but otherwise more of the same
PS2Xenosaga Episode III: Also Sprach ZarathustraMonolith SoftXenosaga was intended to be a 6-part series- this entry makes it extremely evident
PS2YakuzaAmusement VisionTons of minigames, ARPG combat, and a badass protagonist; lots of major Hollywood actors in the English voice cast
PS2Yakuza 2Amusement VisionKazuma Kiryu's Kamurocho shenanigans continue with a JP-only voice cast
PS2Ys: The Ark of NapishtimFalcomTechnically Ys VI; Adol can jump now, so that's cool
PS2Yu-Gi-Oh!: Capsule Monster ColiseumWinkySoft/KCEJSRPG featuring the Capsule Monsters before they got their own spinoff anime
PS2Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Duelists of the RosesKCEJSomething something loose adaptation of War of the Roses in a children's card game with grids to place monsters (that can rank up) on
PS2Yu-Gi-Oh! GX: The Beginning of DestinyKCEJAdds more duels to the the PSP Tag Force game, also allows for connectivity with Tag Force 2 to obtain more cards