#10: Speed Racer
OK, So we're starting this list with the official game of the live-action Speed Racer movie. If you miss F-Zero, this is a suitable alternative. I, for one was mystified by the controls at first, but once I got used to them, I thoroughly enjoyed Speed Racer: The Videogame for PS2. The Car-Fu mechanic is amazing and makes me want to see a car be a playable character in Tekken or Soulcaliber. My Favorite thing though, is in Championship Mode, Car-Fu gives you points. If you are an arcade racing game fan, this is a good game to pick up.
One of my most unpopular opinions in gaming ever, thinking this game is better than the first game.(ok please don't burn me at the stake Crash fans,) I actually liked this game, even though it contains several of my least favorite cliches in gaming history, difficulty spikes. Originally I placed this game at #6 on my list, but then i remembered the difficulty spikes and it fell to #9. The titans mechanic is one I don't get the hate for, I like it, the game is ambitious enough to try different artstyles in cutscenes, which i also like. the game is open world which I also like. Give this game the chance it deserves.
Did you know this game came out before its movie counterpart? Anyway, Bolt is a 3D beat-em-up stealth game hybrid based on 2008's Bolt movie made by Disney. The game tried a lot of things at once with 3 different game genres at once, and actually pulled it off quite well. The story might not make much sense until you watched the movie though, and some of the hacker puzzles are quite hard,(from my memory,) but once you get past that, I recommend Bolt: The Video Game.
#7: Crash Nitro Kart
At number 7 we have the sequel to Crash Team Racing, Nitro Kart. If you want a kart racer but can't afford Mario Kart or the original CTR, this is the game for you. Adventure mode is back and better than ever, carrying over a lot of things from CTR. The Drifting mechanic is also here, letting you get a nice boost out of a corner. My only problems with Nitro Kart is that it is too similar to Mario Kart, Diddy Kong Racing, and CTR. Otherwise Nitro Kart is a fun experience for new and experienced racing gamers alike.
The last of 3 racing games on this list, the PS2 version of Carbon was incredible. The game was crammed with tons and tons of new features, from canyon races to mountain drifts. the Wingman system divided me though, sometimes I loved it, sometimes I hated it. I thought the gameplay was very similar to that of Undercover (which would've made the list if it weren't for Carbon,) which is always a good thing. Falling off the canyon is a fail that I always laughed at much more if the AI did it. Pick up Carbon if you love features in racing games.
(Yeah, sorry for the bad box art....) Anyway, the last main series Spyro game to ever exist, (I pretend Skylanders and Legend of Spyro don't exist,) Hero's Tale is a platforming game (well it is Spyro so it would be obvious) that makes a lot of changes to the Spyro formula. normal Gems are used as currency while dark Gems are evil and light Gems are good, (Seems kinda racist, know what i mean?) Wow i am really going off topic here.... The new changes are very very good, mostly. The mini-games are pretty terrible and pain-stakingly hard to get a light Gem and 100% the Game. That is why I can't put Hero's Tail any lower than #5 on my list.
On PS3&4 the sports game industry fell off a cliff from Mount Everest to the Mariana Trench. On PS2, however the Madden series got better with age. Additions like the Highlight Stick, Which were almost useless on the ps3&4, were awesome on PS2. All the wasted potential of the modern console games went to the PS2 Maddens. EA, when they were still good, made the original PS2 Maddens, and the Ps2 games after the Ps3's launch expanded on the formula in the best way.
#3: Bionicle Heroes
LEGO games are very consistent with their quality, but the first Bionicle game was so terrible, I broke the disk in half after the first level. Bionicle Heroes, meanwhile, was very good. The game also shares a special place in my heart as the first FPS i played. The gameplay was fast-paced and fluid,especially at the time it released, 2006 (aka the best year for ps2 games, spoiler alert my top 2 games are also from 2006,) The unique mechanics were also ahead of it's time, and the Piraka Playground was just hilarious. Give this game a try if you love LEGOs and the FPS genre.
Naruto has a lot of underrated games, and this is the one that started it all. Released in 2003 in Japan and 2006 in the States, Naruto Ultimate Ninja is a 2.5D fighting game from Bandai Namco. I absolutely LOVE the manga artstyle and the gameplay is what fighting games should be. and finally the story mode is good and doesn't have an infuriating boss fight in the end, (I'm looking at you, Tekken 5,) This game would have been #1 if it weren't for my all time favorite game being on this list....
#1: Ape Escape 3
I just don't get it. This game gets more hate than a Nickelback and Justin Bieber crossover album. People say this game is a waste of money, they say Ape Escape 1 and 2 are far superior, and worst of all, there are people that completed this game just to play the Metal Gear Solid crossover minigame. But Ape Escape 3 is a work of art. The story is more funny than the Joker doing stand-up comedy. The graphics are amazing for the PS2, and the gameplay is so fluid and gets great framerate for such an old console. Ape Escape 3 is not only the most underrated PS2 game, but my favorite game of all time.
I have 1 honorable mention being NFS Undercover. I would have placed it on the list but i put Carbon instead. Do you have any hidden gems? I want to know what you think is underrated, this was a tough list to make since the PS2 is not known by many to have underrated games.
List by SuperGintendo (08/01/2018)
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