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Playstation 2 Games for Thinking Adults

Nick "Nick Mullins"
The list author says: "I'm over thirty, married, with a kid, and most games are aimed at adolescent boys. So I wanted a list for other people out there like me who want to play cool games that don't insult their intelligence.

The games are listed roughly in order of my love for them."
Ico
Ico
"This is the reason I bought a PS2. A beautiful game with clever puzzles and a unique play structure that encourages the player to feel a sense of responsibility and friendship. This game is a real work of art."
Shadow of the Colossus - PlayStation 2
Shadow of the Colossus - PlayStation 2
"From the same people who made Ico. This lacks the emotional depth of Ico, but the game play is unique and complex. There is not only one solution for how to defeat each of the sixteen colossi. Beautiful graphics, too."
Rez
Rez
"This is a game for everyone. An old-style shooter made into a synesthetic experience through sound, sights, and vibration. A must play."
Silent Hill 2
Silent Hill 2
"An incredible game, both unsettling and sad. What happens when a man can't face his own emotions?"
Silent Hill
Silent Hill
"A creepy, well-made game. While you play, the sounds and visuals will keep a knot in your stomach, and sometimes make you jump out of your seat (play with headphones). The fractured narrative will keep the game in your mind long after you've played and the reflection will bring you to conclusions that will creep you out. Not for everyone, but if you enjoy being scared this is the game."
PsychoNauts
PsychoNauts
"A really creative game. It's a bit slow in the beginning, but once you start exploring the psyches of the crazy characters it gets really fun. One level is all done as neon painting on black velvet.  How can you *not* want to play this game?"
Beyond Good & Evil
Beyond Good & Evil
"The game play here involves a mash-up of things you've done in other games, but it's all put together into an engaging story and a lively world. A really solid and fun game."
Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne
Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne
"I don't like RPGs, but I like this one. Convince demons to join your party and combine them to make more powerful ones, all the while deciding the path the future will take. Some really great level designs and cool graphics and soundtrack."
Katamari Damacy - PlayStation 2
Katamari Damacy - PlayStation 2
"Bring the world together. By rolling it all up into a big ball. Just a crazy, fun game."
Tomb Raider Anniversary
Tomb Raider Anniversary
"It lacks some of the jaw-dropping scenes that made the original such an earthquake, but the graphics here are much better and the controls are smooth. There aren't the cheap deaths and the overemphasis on Laura's breasts that the other Tomb Raider games have, either."
Devil May Cry 3 - PlayStation 2
Devil May Cry 3 - PlayStation 2
"A pretty lame story, but luckily it doesn't take itself too seriously. Some of the cut-scenes are so over the top that they'll put a big smile on your face, like when Dante beats numerous demons to death with a motorcycle in midair and the one done like an 80s music video. The real gem here is the awesome game play. Incredible responsiveness and speed."
Midway Arcade Treasures - PlayStation 2
Midway Arcade Treasures - PlayStation 2
"This is the best of these compilations of classic cabinet games. Robotron. Spy Hunter. Defender. Joust and the rare Joust 2 (which is cool)."