It’s hard to believe that these classic PS2 games will actually be turning twenty years old over the course of 2021.
Granted, some have received updates via HD collections that make them more playable on modern hardware, but either way, there were some true greats that showed up that year. In fact, this was also the beginning of many series that would go on to become not just legends on PS2, but later consoles as well.
10 Onimusha: Warlords
Onimusha: Warlords released for the PS2 on January 25, 2001 in Japan and a few months later in March for North America. For those that never played it before, it is essentially Resident Evil but with samurai. Besides a remaster of this game from a couple years ago, this series did not escape the PS2 generation. Fans would surely love to see these games make a resurgence on this, its 20th anniversary.
9 Zone Of The Enders
Zone of the Enders released for the PS2 on March 1, 2001 in Japan and a few weeks later in North America. This was a short lived, but hot series for Konami on PS2. This is in large part to Hideo Kojima’s involvement. There were two PS2 games, a tactical RPG spinoff for the Game Boy Advance and two separate anime adaptations. There was a third game in the mix but it was canceled shortly after it was conceptually announced.
8 Red Faction
Red Faction released for the PS2 on May 22, 2001 in North America. What made this game and its sequel so beloved was the idea of a shooter having destructible environments.
The next game, Red Faction: Guerrilla, was basically an even bigger playground. These destructible concepts were fun, but after 2011 with Red Faction: Armageddon the series has been dormant since — save for some somewhat recent ports.
7 Final Fantasy X
Final Fantasy X released for the PS2 on July 19, 2001 in Japan and a few months later in December for North America. This was a huge deal for the PS2. Not as big as Final Fantasy VII, but pretty close. This was the first game in the franchise to feature voices and the graphics were a huge step up from the PS1. It was a showcase for the PS2 to be sure and remains a beloved entry in the series that usually ranks near the top for most fans.
6 Max Payne
Max Payne released first for the PC on July 23, 2001 in North America with a PS2 port to follow in December. This may be thought of more as a PC franchise but these games have always run pretty well on consoles. It’s been a while since the last game came out in 2012, without much happening for ports or updates.
With the success of Grand Theft Auto V’s and Red Dead Redemption II’s online portions, Rockstar may never see a reason to go back to this franchise again, sadly enough.
5 Devil May Cry
Devil May Cry released for the PS2 on August 23, 2001 in Japan and a few months later in October for North America. Like Onimusha, Devil May Cry can be likened to Resident Evil. That’s because it was an early concept for Resident Evil 4 before becoming its own thing. While the action is far from the static shooting in Resident Evil, it’s easy to see the roots in this game what with the puzzles and fixed cameras. Despite some long breaks here and there, this franchise is still going strong.
4 Silent Hill 2
Silent Hill 2 released for the PS2 on September 24, 2001 in North America. This is widely regarded as the best entry in the series with memorable adversaries such as Pyramid Head and the iconic nurses being ingrained in the heads of horror game fans for years. That HD remaster from a few years back didn’t do it justice, but regardless of that port it still holds up as an anxiety-inducing horror experience. Remember to set this one up for when Halloween comes around.
3 Grand Theft Auto III
Grand Theft Auto III released for the PS2 on October 22, 2001 in North America. Grand Theft Auto had a small following online with the first two games and its expansions dating back to 1997 on PC in Europe. This series didn’t truly hit the populous until this game hit the PS2 and changed everything. No, literally, Grand Theft Auto III changed how games were made. Try and count the copycats and/or games influenced by this game without passing out.
2 Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons Of Liberty
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty released for the PS2 on November 13, 2001 in North America. Part of the reason why Zone of the Enders sold was because it had a demo for Metal Gear Solid 2 on it. This game was in such high demand that even the smallest of tastes got fans excited. There was some controversy after it officially launched due to Raiden taking over for Snake. Fan backlash has cooled since then to appreciate him, though.
1 Jak And Daxter
Jak and Daxter released for the PS2 on December 3, 2001 in North America. This closed out what some may think was the best year for PS2 games. Naughty Dog ended Crash Bandicoot to make a bigger platformer experience on PS2 before upping their game once again with Uncharted. Despite the praise that series and The Last of Us have gotten, some fans would love to see them return to Jak and Daxter. The last new game was in 2009, which they were not apart of.
Tristan Jurkovich began his career as a journalist in 2011. His childhood love of video games and writing fuel his passion for archiving this great medium’s history. He dabbles in every genre, but he’s particularly fond of RPGs and portable consoles. Aside from writing, Tristan also produces a plethora of videos on his YouTube Channel, ReActionExaminer. Check it out!
Let’s Get Ready for Overwatch 2
Before you dive into the world of Overwatch 2, here’s all the details you need to know about what’s on the way and how to be ready for the fight on day one, October 4.
Kindly note: Both existing and new players need to complete some steps before they’re ready for the battlefield in Overwatch 2. Make sure to check out the Before You Play section later in this article to make sure you’re ready!
Play Your Way
New seasons of Overwatch 2 will roll out approximately every nine weeks and feature new in-game items. You will be able to progress through the Battle Pass to unlock free rewards, or you can get the Season 1 Premium Battle Pass to unlock even more exclusive seasonal content like the brand-new Cyber Demon Genji Mythic skin and instant access to Overwatch 2’s latest hero, Kiriko.
Challenges will earn you Overwatch Coins, which you can spend in the in-game shop on all-new cosmetic items for a truly customized experience. The Season 1 shop will offer exclusive bundles featuring your favorite heroes clad in the first season’s theme — cyberpunk!
Want the Season 1 Premium Battle Pass on day one? Check out the Watchpoint Pack on the Xbox Store which includes the Premium Battle Pass as well as even more exclusive goodies, such as 2,000 Overwatch Coins, seven Legendary skins and instant access to the newest hero, Kiriko.
New Places to Play
Overwatch 2 takes the fight worldwide with the addition of new maps in various game modes. While the official betas introduced Circuit Royal, Colosseo, Midtown, New Queen, and Paraiso, the first season will also present a new map — Esperança! This gorgeous and detailed map is based in Portugal and features Push mode gameplay. Moving forward, a new map is expected to arrive every other season.
Returning and Exclusive Seasonal Events
Every season will also feature the return of past limited-time game modes and introduce all-new ones. Season 1 will feature the Junkenstein’s Revenge: Wrath of the Bride event where you will face off against haunted foes to achieve your goal.
Before You Play
Overwatch 2 is right around the corner! Get battle ready by reading through the information below. For the ultimate day one experience, new and existing players should follow all the necessary steps in our pre-launch checklists.
Let’s Get You Back in The Fight! Pre-Launch Checklist for Existing Players
- Pre-download Overwatch 2: Existing Xbox players can begin downloading Overwatch 2 at 9:00 a.m. PDT on October 4.
- Merge your accounts: With the launch of cross-progression, you can merge multiple Overwatch accounts to carry progression and in-game cosmetics into Overwatch 2 on a single profile. Those with multiple accounts must confirm their account merge to carry over progress from Overwatch into Overwatch 2. For more information on Account Merge, check out our FAQ.
It’s Time to Save The World! Pre-Launch Checklist for New Players
- Pre-download Overwatch 2: New Xbox players can begin downloading Overwatch 2 at 11:00 a.m. PDT on October 4.
A New Journey Is Right Around the Corner
It’s no small feat to launch a video game! In preparation for the arrival of Overwatch 2, the current version of Overwatch will come down at approximately 9:00 a.m. PDT on October 3. Overwatch 2 will then launch at approximately 12:00 p.m. PDT on October 4.
Overwatch® 2: Watchpoint Pack
Blizzard Entertainment Inc.
Get a head start with the Overwatch® 2: Watchpoint Pack, the home base of your new gameplay experience. The pack features everything you need to get started on Day 1!
The pack includes the following Overwatch® 2 in-game content: Season One Premium Battle Pass, 7 Legendary skins (including 2 all-new Space Raider skins), 5 Epic skins, 2000 Overwatch Coins and Overwatch® 2 Player Icon.*
With the Season One Premium Battle Pass you can unlock over 80 tiers of rewards including Mythic Cyber Demon Genji, Legendary Hinotori Kiriko, and more. In addition, as a Season One Premium Battle Pass owner you will automatically receive access to Overwatch’s latest hero Kiriko!**
Includes instant access to Overwatch Legendary Edition.
*Items will be awarded to players that have purchased Overwatch® 2 Watchpoint Pack when Overwatch® 2 launches, actual date subject to change.
**Season One Battle Pass applies to Season One only and will not award access to any future Battle Pass or seasonal/live content. Season One will launch alongside Overwatch® 2 in October 2022.
For more information, please visit https://playoverwatch.com.
Let’s Get Ready for Overwatch 2
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