PS2 Hidden gems

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The PS2 had a massive library. That's not really arguable. But because of it's massive size for every Jak and Daxter and FFX we got there was an Ar Tonelico and Harvest Moon that slipped under the radar.

Recently (very recently) I acquired the ability to play PS2 games through PCSX2 and am ready to experience a PS2 Renaissance in HD.

So gaf what did the PS2 generation miss that needs to be played?
 

CHC

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Way of the Samurai 1 and 2 tend to be very overlooked, I thought they were great.
 

pinkurocket

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Rule of Rose! Terrible controls, but in my opinion one of the best stories told in a horror game.



Haunting Ground. Not everyone loves this, but a great horror game that does the whole being vulnerable and having to run and hide from a monster that might pop up thing, but does it quite well. And again, a great story to elevate the game.

 

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Really fun goofy game. You run around and try your best to annoy people


This game is like some mashup of Jak 1 and Rayman 2's sensibilities. The more involved combat system for a platformer is kind of interesting too.

Its followup Graffiti Kingdom is pretty neat as well
 

BadWolf

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For character action check out Chaos Legion and Sword of Etheria.

For horror Rule of Rose is a good choice. The combat is very weak but the setting, story and music are amazing.
 

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Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis is a really great game. Really good park builder.
 

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If you haven't played this-- Play it.

Also, it was my first foray into HoMM... So it has a special place in my heart. On that subject, what current HoMM games play most like it?:

 

Mookie1515

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There are so many crazy, crazy PS2 games. It's my largest personal collection by far. I miss the days when interesting games would come to consoles.
 

jackal27

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If you're into roguelikes, especially of the Mystery Dungeon or Shiren the Wanderer variety, this is a really great one. It's based on the old Tower of Druaga series that Japan loves for some reason, but plays like Shiren the Wanderer.

It was panned pretty hard when it released. Mostly because the world just hadn't gotten to a place where roguelikes were as understood and accepted as widely as they are now.

I dumped dozens of hours into this game, you should definitely give it a shot.
 

Lijik

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Is Samurai Western any good? I thought it had a cool premise but never looked into it much
 

stn

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Yakuza 1-2
Street Fighter Alpha Anthology
Street Fighter Anniversary Collection
Deus-Ex: The Conspiracy
Half-Life 1
Marvel Vs. Capcom 2
Mercenaries
 
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I can only really say Arc the Lad Twilight of the Spirits for stuff that most people haven't played.

The other lesser knowns I have played and enjoyed: Legaia 2: Duel Saga and E.O.E aren't good enough to be considered gems.
 

A Nick

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Don't know if it's considered hidden though.

It's almost tragic how many people overlooked this series.

Never forget - the second game spawned this amazing Penny Arcade strip:
This game has always been on my wishlist. Still is
 

lordy88

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Also, it was my first foray into HoMM... So it has a special place in my heart. On that subject, what current HoMM games play most like it?:

I was always upset that they used the HoMM name for that game.

The precursor to the HoMM series was a game called "King's Bounty", and Quest for the Dragon Bone Staff is essentially a remastered version of that game.

Fortunately for you, King's Bounty had a revival in the past 7 years, with a trio of solid entries to satiate your taste for that style of play - King's Bounty: The Legend is the first entry and where you should start off.
 

robotzombie

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Is Samurai Western any good? I thought it had a cool premise but never looked into it much
It depends. The gameplay itself is monotonous but it is held up well by all of the cool unlockable weapons you can get. Also an accessory dress up system, wacky storyline, etc. I absolutely love it, but I'd certainly say its not for everyone. If you like unlocking and leveling up a bunch of stuff it is awesome.
 

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Good, Blood Will Tell/Dororo already covered.

Shadow Of Rome then.

The stealth bits are rubbish, but the arena fighting is great.



Dead Rising started out as a sequel to this.
 

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It has been 13 days since I've posted about Robot Alchemic Drive.
I've always wanted to play this game. A bit hard to find though, and whenever I do, it's pretty dear. It's never a high enough priority to eBay though, should I change that?

I was so hyped for this game, but I can't get the gameplay :( It just feels weird, unsatisfying. The only game I've ever returned because I didn't like it.
 

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I was going to post Mr. Mosquito just because of that Sumo Bike minigame, but I see that's already been covered, so here's another.



Ribbit King, the strangest Hot Shots/Mario Golf clone that I've ever played/seen.
 

Coxy

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If you like Ar Tonelico then I strongly recommend also trying Mana Khemia, it's really great.

other good often overlooked RPGs are: Steambot Chronicles, Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love, Growlanser collection, Front Mision 4, Arc the Lad: Twilight of Spirits, Dual Hearts, Ys: Ark of Napishtim

oh and Yakuza 1 & 2 are well worth a play
 

Akzel

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It was not that hidden but still during my childhood, it was an hidden gem for me and I think that game deserved to be played from those who love RPG.