The Hardest Games on The Playstation 2

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10. Devil May Cry 3

Devil May Cry 3: Dante’s Awakening, released in Japan as simply Devil May Cry 3, is an action game that was developed and published by Capcom, released in 2005 for the PlayStation 2 (also ported to the PC in 2006). The game is a prequel to the original Devil May Cry, and is the first game in the series storyline’s chronological order.

Set in modern times in an enchanted tower named Temen-ni-gru, the story centers on the dysfunctional relationship between Dante and his brother Vergil. The events of the game take place just as Dante has opened up the Devil May Cry agency, and before Dante’s demonic heritage has reached its full potential. The story is told primarily through a mixture of cutscenes using the game’s engine with several pre-rendered full motion videos.

9. Fatal Frame III: The Tormented

Fatal Frame III, known in Japan as Zero: Shisei no Koe and in Europe as Project Zero III: The Tormented, is the third installment in the Fatal Frame video game series. The game’s plot ties the first three games in the series together, featuring characters, locations, and sections of storyline from the previous two games. The game is a direct sequel of Fatal Frame and Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly, seeing the return of Miku Hinasaki, the heroine of Fatal Frame, as well as other characters that share a connection with the events from the preceeding games.

8. Black

Black is a first-person shooter video game, developed by Criterion Games and published by EA. It was released on February 24, 2006 for the Xbox and PlayStation 2 video game consoles. The game is notable for its heavily stylized cinema-inspired action as well as its award winning sound quality and focus on destructive effects during gameplay. Black takes place in Chechnya (Near Western Russia). The protagonist is a black ops soldier named Sergeant First Class Jack Kellar (portrayed by Marty Papazian). Kellar tells most of the story in first-person at an interrogation four days after the events in the story begin.

Kellar is an inadequately disciplined member of a CIA black ops group and a veteran of several conflicts including Guatemala, Colombia, Iran and Croatia. The unknown interrogator (portrayed by Paul Pape) questions Kellar about an arms smuggling and terrorist operation called the Seventh Wave. Seventh Wave have been responsible for a number of terrorist attacks. Kellar is told that, unless he co-operates, he and his actions will be declassified, he will be dishonorably discharged and imprisoned for life. Though initially resistant, Kellar at last agrees to tell his story.

7. Guitar Hero 2

Guitar Hero II is a music video game developed by Harmonix Music Systems and published by RedOctane. It is the second installment in the Guitar Hero series and is the sequel to Guitar Hero. It was first released for the PlayStation 2 in November 2006 and then for the Xbox 360 in April 2007, with additional content not originally in the PlayStation 2 version. Like in the original Guitar Hero, the player uses a guitar-shaped peripheral to simulate playing rock music as notes scroll towards the player. Most of the gameplay from the original game remains intact, but the new controller, with electronics designed primarily by Jack McCauley, provides new modes and note combinations.

The game features more than 40 popular licensed songs, many of them cover versions recorded for the game, spanning five decades (from the 1960s to the 2000s). The PlayStation 2 version of Guitar Hero II can be purchased individually or in a bundle that packages the game with a cherry red Gibson SG guitar controller. The Xbox 360 version of the game is offered in a bundle that packages the game with a white Gibson X-Plorer guitar controller. Both of these controllers are wired, but RedOctane also sells a wireless controller for the PlayStation 2.

6. God of War 2

God of War II is an action-adventure video game released for the PlayStation 2 in March, 2007. It is the first sequel to God of War and the second installment in the series. Loosely based on Greek mythology and focused on protagonist Kratos, the game forms part of a saga – the God of War series – with vengeance as a central theme.

In this chapter, Kratos, now the God of War, attempts to overcome the betrayal of the gods by seeking out The Sisters of Fate and changing his destiny. Gameplay is very similar to the original installment. The player controls the character Kratos in a combination of combat (both normal and quick-time), platforming and puzzle game elements. Many of the familiar combination attacks reappear, the game features four times as many boss fights and improved puzzles in comparison to the original.

5. Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater

The gameplay of Snake Eater is similar to that of previous games in the Metal Gear Solid series. Snake, controlled by the player, must move undetected through a hostile, enemy-filled environment. Although Snake acquires various weapons (ranging from handguns to rocket propelled grenades), the emphasis is on using stealth to avoid confrontations.

A number of objects and gadgets can be found along the way to aid in this, including motion detectors to track hostile soldiers, and the Metal Gear series’ trademark cardboard box, which Snake can hide under to avoid visual detection. Despite the fundamental similarities, Snake Eater introduces many new aspects of gameplay not present in previous Metal Gear games, including camouflage, a new hand-to-hand combat system called “close-quarters combat” or “CQC”, a stamina gauge, and an injury-and-treatment system.

4. Resident Evil 4

The player controls Leon S. Kennedy from a third-person, over-the-shoulder perspective during a mission to rescue the daughter of the President of the United States, Ashley Graham. The gameplay focuses on action and shootouts involving crowds of enemies in large open areas. The camera is focused behind Leon, and it zooms in for an over-the-shoulder view when aiming a weapon. The addition of a laser sight adds a new depth to the aiming, allowing the player to aim in various directions and easily change their placement at any time. Bullets now affect the enemies specifically where they are shot: shots to the feet can cause enemies to stumble, while shots to the arms can cause them to drop their weapons.

3. Fatal Frame 2

Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly, known in Japan as Zero: Akai Chō and in Europe as Project Zero II: Crimson Butterfly, is a survival horror video game developed by Tecmo. It is the second installment in the Fatal Frame series and is considered by some gaming magazines as one of the scariest video games ever created (see Reception).

It was originally released in 2003 for the PlayStation 2, and a “director’s cut” version was released for the Xbox in 2004 with better graphics and some additional features. There has also been a confirmation that there is a 2011 remake set to release on the Wii in Japan, but no confirmation if it will ever release in the US or Europe.

2. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock

Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock is a music video game, the third main installment in the Guitar Hero series, and the fourth title overall. The game was published by Activision and RedOctane, and is the first game in the series to be developed by Neversoft, after Activision’s acquisition of RedOctane and MTV Games’ purchase of Harmonix Music Systems, the previous development studio for the series. The game was released worldwide for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, and Xbox 360 in October 2007, with Budcat Creations and Vicarious Visions assisting in the PlayStation 2 and Wii ports, respectively. Aspyr Media developed the PC and Mac versions of the game, releasing them later in 2007.

Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock retains the basic gameplay from previous games in the Guitar Hero series, where the player uses a guitar-shaped controller to simulate the playing of lead, bass, and rhythm guitar parts in rock songs by playing in time to scrolling notes on-screen. The game, in addition to existing single-player Career modes, includes a new Co-Op Career mode and competitive challenges that pit the player against in-game characters and other players. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock is the first game in the series to include an online multiplayer feature, which is enabled in the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii versions. Initially the game offers over 70 songs, most of which are master tracks.

The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions feature the ability to download additional songs. The musicians Tom Morello (of the bands Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave) and Slash (of Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver) make appearances both as guitar battle opponents and playable characters in the game. The PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 versions also include Bret Michaels (of Poison) as a non-playable character.

1. God of War

God of War is an action adventure video game for the PlayStation 2 console by Sony Computer Entertainment’s Santa Monica division. First released in March 2005, it is the first installment in the God of War series, which is loosely based on Greek mythology. The game’s protagonist is a warrior named Kratos, and the story forms part of a saga, with vengeance as a central theme. In this chapter, Kratos must stop the God of War, Ares, from destroying the city of Athens by finding the fabled Pandora’s Box. The success of God of War led to the development of five additional games as part of the God of War series.

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