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10 PS2 Classics That Should Come to PS4, But Probably Won't

Sony has asked which PS2 games we'd like to see on PS4, and we're responding.

Okay, so these 10 aren't exactly the most popular selections but that's the point: We want to suggest a few great old PS2 games that, while not quite legendary, are still well worth playing again, if only because the gameplay is indeed quite different from the stuff we have today.

Sure, everyone wants the great games confirmed for PS4; we're talking about Grand Theft Auto, Twisted Metal, etc. And you can expect some Metal Gear Solid and Final Fantasy titles to show up at some point, too. However, perhaps the more obscure are just as enticing...

10. Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven

As pure stealth seems to be dying in the wake of freedom-everything (yeah, you can opt to play stealth-oriented games like MGSV with a more action mindset, if you like), we have to mention a Tenchu. Ahead of its time in so many ways, this series forced you to be sneaky and strategic...and the rewards were great.

9. The Warriors

"Warriors, come out to play-ay!" Too many people forgot about this one, but maybe that has something to do with the fact that it was based on a 1979 movie. Sure, it's a cult classic, but even so, the game probably only appealed to those of a certain age. If you're unfamiliar, you should check out some gameplay, because it was totally awesome.

8. Stuntman

The game was just stupid hard. Unforgiving and downright impossible in some ways. But if you kept at it, if you got into a rhythm, you could do some amazing things. And besides, can you name another video game where you get to play as a stunt driver on movie sets? And no, Joe Danger doesn't really count.

7. Summoner 2

The first was a successful launch RPG for the PS2 but the sequel was actually bigger and better in just about every way. I think it didn't get a lot of attention because it released around a time when other franchises were starting to dominate, and it's feasible that even early PS2 owners had forgotten about the first title. Still a really worthwhile RPG, though.

6. Odin Sphere

And for all you JRPG aficionados, here's a game that will definitely take you back in time. Not so much because of the older technology, but because the PS2 era was a time of quality JRPGs. On top of which, this was one of the most unique role-playing experiences you could have on any platform and you know what? It still is.

5. The Getaway

It got a lot of flak for not living up to the lofty expectations but underneath that flak was a group of gamers going, "you know, it's not fair to bash it. The game is good. It's just not great." And that's really the long and short of it; it's a good game and one that might actually be worth returning to...provided the mechanics don't prove too dated.

4. Oni

Those who recall the PS2 days with clarity will remember the hype surrounding this mixed combat-style game. And like The Getaway, it failed to live up to expectations but remained a darn sold adventure. It also gave us a sneak peek at what games would become in the future, as the diverse combat is akin to what we have today in most action games.

3. Gitaroo-Man

I remember thinking I'd hate it. I remember thinking the cover art was just too loopy, I didn't really go for rhythm/music games, and I'm not a big fan of anime. But something about this wacky title just got me and I couldn't stop playing. It presented you with an original and wildly addictive gameplay mechanic, the likes of which you never saw before...and would never see again.

2. Freedom Fighters

Remember this one? It was a lot of fun and for some reason, it got a lot of good vibes from the PlayStation community, but not so much from critics. It also didn't fare nearly as well in the sales department but I didn't care, because this one gave me tons of entertainment. I'm not the only one who says so, either.

1. Kill Switch

To this day, I say it's one of the most under-appreciated games ever. I'm not sure if there was one particular element that won me over but from the outset, I couldn't stop playing. It might seem a little old by today's standards, especially considering all the advancements we've made in the genre, but I encourage everyone to check out the gameplay. It might intrigue you more than you think.

Tags: ps2 classics, ps2 games on ps4, playstation 2 classics

1/12/2016 9:43:08 PM Ben Dutka

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newchef
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 @ 10:41:29 PM
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and im just sitting here waiting for anything to do with Onimusha

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 @ 11:06:55 PM
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This is a great list, I had forgotten about several of these. More RPGs please.

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Draguss
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 @ 11:29:53 PM
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I miss tenchu.

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xenris
Thursday, January 14, 2016 @ 12:14:49 AM

Miyazaki the director of Dark souls said he wants to bring back some older Fromsoft games, and he mentioned Tenchu!

So we might be getting a new one sometime in the future.

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Rogueagent01
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 @ 3:39:01 AM
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Played 5 of those and had a blast with them, makes me want to hunt down the others to see how they were.

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JackieBoy
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 @ 5:08:01 AM
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None of these interest me.
I would love to play BLACK thou...

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Bio
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 @ 4:21:14 PM

You can buy Black on XBLA, if you want.

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Snaaaake
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 @ 6:58:49 AM
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Ben, what about Shinobi?
I think that game is arguably the most under-appreciated game of all time.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 @ 11:16:09 AM

I think that game actually got plenty of attention when it came out, so I don't think it was under-appreciated. If it didn't sell all that well, it's because there weren't enough masochists out there. ;)

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berserk
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 @ 7:39:06 AM
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Why is Odin sphere there , it s coming to ps4 soon .

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berserk
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 @ 9:24:13 AM

Why is Odin sphere there , it s coming to ps4 and even better .

I like that oni mention , so much better then you might think based on reviews imo . Kill switch was fun but got boring quick i thought .

My edit fucked up :(

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Hexen
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 @ 10:57:38 AM

Not only that but it also comes with the original Odin Sphere as well.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 @ 3:30:50 PM

Didn't know that.

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Hexen
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 @ 11:20:36 PM

I definetly understand, is almost impossible to know about it unless you visit sites like Siliconera which Im positive you don't.They need to advertise it better.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 @ 11:13:10 AM
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Interesting selection, I remembed trying Oni and liking it. I never got to play Summoner 2 because it disappeared. I'd also like the Shadow Hearts Trilogy.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 @ 11:16:40 AM

I think Shadow Hearts actually has a chance of showing up. Isn't From the New World available on PS3...? Thought I saw it there once but I could be wrong.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 @ 5:22:03 PM

I haven't seen it there but I'm gonna check now that you said it might be.

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vatoloco47
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 @ 3:35:50 PM
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Would be great to see the 2 Tenchu games be brought to PS4 or even reboot the series. Playing Tatsumaru always felt so badass

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xenris
Thursday, January 14, 2016 @ 12:14:22 AM

YAY! Another Tenchu lover!

I remember Miyazaki the director of Dark souls said he wants to bring back some older Fromsoft games, and he mentioned Tenchu!

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Bio
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 @ 4:36:52 PM
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Wrath of Heaven was so dope. I remember when I gave it a 9.4 here, and so many folks on the forums, and even over at NeoGaf, lost their shit because how could I give it such a high score.

As time goes on I see more and more people pining for that game, and the 'good ole days' of stealth, and I get to feel good about myself for getting it right all the way back then :)

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 @ 10:28:34 PM
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I've had all of them on disc already, except for Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven, The Warriors, Odin Sphere & Giteroo Man.
All good choices, Ben.

I also have the 1st Summoner & The Getaway: Black Monday too.

And forgive me if any of these below weren't underrated, or are already on for the PS4(since I don't buy D/L's when there was any disc version available, so I don't look), but if not, then might I add on to the list......

Deus Ex: The Conspiracy
AeonFLUX
Okami
No One Lives Forever
the Driver franchise
the Gungrave franchise
Killer 7
Stolen
the Syhpon Filter franchise
The Suffering
Manhunt 1 & 2
True Crime: Streets of LA, and NYC



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xenris
Thursday, January 14, 2016 @ 12:13:14 AM
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I'm happy but super surprised to see Tenchu and Freedom Fighters on this list.

I have loved Tenchu from the start but Freedom Fighters was a hidden gem for sure. No one played that game yet it was so well done. Story, pacing gunplay everything.

Good list Ben I loved most of these though sadly didn't play the Getaway or Summoner 2.

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dillonthebunny
Thursday, January 14, 2016 @ 8:27:54 PM
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black would be awesome. I heard that Odin sphere 2 might be heading to the ps4 also.

My personal favourite is tenchu WoH, it would stand up against many a title due to the fact that it can run in HD and still looks brilliant.

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Aerifale
Sunday, January 17, 2016 @ 8:59:36 AM
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How about BLACK? That was one of the best shooters of it's time in my opinion.

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