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My Top 10 Playstation 2 Role-Playing Games (RPGs)

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I've been an avid gamer for more than 20 years, and especially love the genres of horror, RPGs, and puzzle.

The Playstation 2 was an excellent console, and it has some of the greatest role-playing games available for it, carrying on the legacy of the original Playstation system. Here are my top ten role-playing games for the Playstation 2 console. (These are all my personal opinion, and there are certainly a lot more great games!) If you want to check out these games but don't have a PS2 anymore, try seeing if they are available on the Playstation Store. More and more older games are becoming available for download there.


10) Tsugunai: Atonement

This game didn't get a lot of positive attention, but I think it is one of the coolest RPGs on the PS2. It has a unique play style where you possess other villagers in order to help them accomplish tasks. The variety of characters makes this a truly enjoyable game. It's a hard-to-find gem, but well-worth the hunt. Good luck!


9) Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana

Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana is just one of the games in the super popular Atelier Iris series. It was the first one in North America. This game has a lot of fun item alchemy to do, different mana to acquire, and a great storyline. All the games are worth checking out, but if you want to start at the beginning, this is where you start. Unfortunately, this game is also very hard to find.


8) Dark Cloud

This innovative role playing game combines action RPG elements with city building features. It's so much fun to try to find all the pieces for the town. The game was popular enough that it spawned a sequel as well. The sequel is really good too, and had some updates to make the game feel a little more smooth and modern. This game is available for download on PS4 through the Playstation Store!

Kingdom Hearts

7) Kingdom Hearts

Many people were skeptical about this pairing of Disney and Final Fantasy, but it ended up being a great game that started a whole new series. With some well loved characters and a deep story line, this game ended up becoming an instant classic. While there's a direct sequel and tons of other spin-off games, this was the first, the original, the classic. None of the other entries can compare. There are plenty of ways to play Kingdom Hearts - there are several compilation entries that include this game for the PS3 and PS4.


6) Disgaea: Hour of Darkness

Disgaea is a great tactical role playing game that you can play for hours and hours and hours! With a level cap of 9999, you can play forever. You can also even go inside of your items to level up items and equipment while leveling up your characters as well. Since it's release, there have been 4 more entries in the series, all of which employ the same tactical style. This game is available in the Playstation Store as a PS2 Classic.


5) Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne

The third main game in the SMT series, Nocturne, features a main character with demon powers. As you go through the game, you need to interact with various demons in order to ensure your survival. A dark game with a really great story. If you've loved any of the SMT games, check this one out. This game is also available as a PS2 Classic on the Playstation Store.

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Shadow Hearts

4) Shadow Hearts

Shadow Hearts is a sequel to Koudelka, and I consider it to be one of the best RPGs ever. It has a unique combat system where you must hit the color of the Judgment Wheel in order to fight. The game features lots of extras and side quests, too. Unfortunately, it is not on the Playstation Store, and is super hard to find.

Persona 3

3) Persona 3

The Persona series is one of the best out there, and Persona 3 is simply awesome. It features a really dark, mature storyline and has tons of extras. Befriend others to gain power and gather various Personas to bring into battle with you. Both the PSP version and P3 FES are available on the Playstation Store for download.


2) Final Fantasy X

For me, this was the last truly great entry in the Final Fantasy series (so far, anyway!). Featuring an amazing story, in-depth characters, a unique leveling system, and beautiful graphics, this game became very well-known in the Final Fantasy series and even prompted a sequel that continued the story faithfully, Final Fantasy X-2. There is a collection including both games available for PS3, PS4, and Vita.

Persona 4

1) Persona 4

Yes, another Persona game! Persona 4 was such an amazing role-playing game; nearly impossible to put down. Persona 4 has so much to do and it is really re-playable. The story is almost like a mystery, and it keeps you completely intrigued until the very end! Now if you'll excuse me, I think I need to go play this game again! Luckily, both the PS2 Classic and the remake, Persona 4 Golden on Vita, are both available in the Playstation Store.

Check out my other gaming favorites?

My Top 10 PS1 RPGs

My Top 10 Survival Horror Video Games

My Top Games of 2013

My Favorite Animal Crossing Villagers

© 2012 Nora B


Hann on September 11, 2012:

Also Suikoden Series and Dark Cloud 2.

Nora B (author) from NC, USA on June 24, 2012:

I was too, but Kingdom Hearts ended up being great! I was really surprised that I ended up liking it so much.

CCahill from England on June 24, 2012:

I was horrified by the idea of FF going disney but i actually liked it in the end :)

shin_rocka04 from Maryland on June 24, 2012:

I remember when the first Kingdom Hearts came out I was so amazed and never envisioned a game like that could be made.

Nora B (author) from NC, USA on June 24, 2012:

I know - it was such a tough choice! But I really do love the Persona series!

CCahill from England on June 24, 2012:

wow persona rated ahead of FFX! i must check it out in this case, i never got round to doing

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