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The Best PS2 RPGs You Haven't Played

Alan P. Zube "pre-engineering teacher"
 
Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne
Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne
"A very dark and mature Japanese RPG wherein your character must recruit demons to fight through an apocalyptic world. An incredible amount of customization and the most unusual storyline in years."
Growlanser:  Generations - PlayStation 2
Growlanser: Generations - PlayStation 2
"Two strategy games that were released years ago in Japan. The graphics are quite old, but it's incredibly fun to play through each game multiple times to find all of the characters. Gridless battles."
Shadow Hearts: Covenant
Shadow Hearts: Covenant
"Shadow Harts is a fun, but short RPG. Covenant is what the first game would have been had it been given a Final Fantasy budget. Amazing graphics and battles, and one of the best RPG storylines ever."
Disgaea: Hour of Darkness - PlayStation 2
Disgaea: Hour of Darkness - PlayStation 2
"Probably the biggest strategy RPG ever made. It has a hliarious storyline, infinite dungeons, and a huge character and item leveling system. It's hard to play this and not spend 100 hours with it."
Phantom Brave
Phantom Brave
"Not quite as good as Disgaea, it's sequel is nontheless another great strategy game. The battles have more freedom because there is no grid, and it's unique enough to warrant a purchase."
Wild Arms 3 - PlayStation 2
Wild Arms 3 - PlayStation 2
"If you don't get bored with simple battles, this game has a great westerned theme story with nice cel-shaded graphics. Fans: wait for Alter Code F, the remake of the first game."
Legaia 2: Duel Saga
Legaia 2: Duel Saga
"Ever wish there was an RPG where every character could have fighting game attacks like FF6's Sabin? You pick the punches and kicks to create battle arts. A cheap game that's quite a lot of fun."
Culdcept
Culdcept
"Everyone should try out this RPG board game. It's best as multiplayer, with tons of magic effects and a system similar to Magic the Gathering."
La Pucelle: Tactics
La Pucelle: Tactics
"The weakest of the Disgaea-type games, it's still better than many games out there. It's more based on strory and the beginning characters, but it still has plenty of things besides the main quest."
Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter - PlayStation 2
Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter - PlayStation 2
"This is a short game made long because it's incredibly hard, but you can restart with your items and experience. Get it if you want something very different from normal, long-story RPGs."
Mega Man X Command Mission - PlayStation 2
Mega Man X Command Mission - PlayStation 2
"It's short, it's Megaman X, it's fun. There's plenty of tie-in's for series fans, and the battles all involve interesting button combos for different characters. Even has a good story, suprisingly."
Jade Cocoon 2
Jade Cocoon 2
"Monster collecting at it's best. There's hundreds of monsters to gather, battle, customize, and train. I know you're thinking Pokemon, but it's much, much better."
Grandia 2
Grandia 2
"First on Dreamcast, now on PS2. The best reason to get it is that it's cheap. Characters are interesting, and the battle system is great, but the rest of the game is standard RPG fare."
Front Mission 4 - PlayStation 2
Front Mission 4 - PlayStation 2
"Terrible graphics, but an otherwise fun Mech-RPG. The story, as usual, involves futuristic politics, but the meat of the game is positioning and upgrading your mechs to crush enemy forces."
Arc the Lad Twilight of the Spirits - PlayStation 2
Arc the Lad Twilight of the Spirits - PlayStation 2
"A cross between RPG and strategy; you can move anywhere on the battlefield, but out of battle, you play like a normal RPG. The story is pretty weak for an Arc game, but it's worth the low price."
RPG Maker 2
RPG Maker 2
"Takes an incredible amount of time to make your own RPG with this, and the graphics seem like weak PS1. On the other hand, it's a lot of fun to make a story that completely appeals to you."
Star Ocean Till the End of Time - PlayStation 2
Star Ocean Till the End of Time - PlayStation 2
"This isn't that uncommon compared to others on this list, but it's still fun in many ways. You get action battles where you can use several skills, item creation systems, and a long storyline."
Suikoden 3
Suikoden 3
"Battles are kind of frustrating, but the 108 characters work well in the great story. The three points of view get a little confusing, but everything comes together about halfway through the game."
Dynasty Tactics PS2
Dynasty Tactics PS2
"Strategy in the Chinese 3-Kingdoms Era. It's based around setting up long combos and massive attacks with your forces, and much more strategy is required than your average strategy RPG."
Suikoden IV - PlayStation 2
Suikoden IV - PlayStation 2
"Much better than III, this game sends the 108 stars of destiny to explore the seas. Keeps the great Suikoden story and adds exciting warship battles. Regular battles are improved from the last game."
Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga - PlayStation 2
Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga - PlayStation 2
"A spinoff of the Shin Megami Tensei series, this follows the story of Junkyard dewllers who find they can turn into demons. Transforming plays a large role and is a very fun mechanic in this game."
Tales of Symphonia - Gamecube
Tales of Symphonia - Gamecube
"Out for PS2 soon, and one of the best games in the already amazing "Tales" series. IMO, better than Star Ocean 3, the story is more moving, graphics more interesting, and battles more exciting."
Dark Cloud 2 - PlayStation 2
Dark Cloud 2 - PlayStation 2
"More of an action RPG, this game is all about collecting parts and building your own inventions. Later, you get to construct towns and vehicles, making this game very involved and lengthy."
Grandia Xtreme
Grandia Xtreme
"Weak story, you only go to dungeons, graphics are simple for PS2. Why is it good? It has one of the most spectacular battle systems of any RPG in history. Buy it if all you want to do is fight."
Monster Rancher 4
Monster Rancher 4
"Believe it or not, it's a lot of fun to put your CDs and DVDs in your PS2 and see how they randomly create monsters. This is the biggest game in the series, and best if you are a collecting fanatic."