Which PS2 Series Most Deserves A Triumphant Return?

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  1. Temjin001 says:

    Zone of the Enders and the Bouncer and Jak & Daxter and a new Shinobi from SEGA

    Last edited by Temjin001 on 3/5/2015 10:12:31 PM

  2. SaiyanSenpai says:

    Yes, Zone of Enders on now-gen consoles! Now THAT would be something to behold.

  3. FAREEZ says:

    Yup, Zone of Enders is amazing, especially the 2nd one, make it happen kojima…

  4. Ben Dutka PSXE says:

    ZoE put cramps in my fingers.

    Definitely The Bouncer.

  5. SaiyanSenpai says:

    I would love to see Xenosaga!

  6. Voyager236 says:

    Xenosaga, Star Ocean and Shadow Hearts

    Last edited by Voyager236 on 3/5/2015 11:03:14 PM

  7. Temjin001 says:

    Monolith is now owned by them Nintendo folk. Better get a Wii U.

  8. FAREEZ says:

    Ape Escape…

  9. Anonymous says:

    I'd love to see:

    War of the Monsters-An Incog fan from beginning to end, this was my favorite of their very nice portfolio. The building destruction was amazing on the PS2; on the PS4, it would be mind boggling.

    Sky Odyssey- Kind of a forgotten Sony Japan gem. The flight scenarios were fun and tough, like the level where you were constantly dumping fuel, so you had to refuel by a train that went in and out of tunnels. If you were good enough, you could fly into the tunnels with it. An early level that would benefit from PS4 power was where you had to land on an aircraft carrier at night in a hurricane.

    Shadow of Rome- Capcom was at the height of their craft in the sixth generation and this game exemplified their "everything touched was gold" mystique. While the stealth levels could have been better, the gladiator levels were amazing. Animals, traps, beating people down with their own severed limb: great stuff. Anyone that played this game would realize their is absolutely no defense for the game, Ryse: Son of Rome. Ryse is absolute trash by comparison, gorgeous graphics be damned.

    Wouldn't mind seeing Konami dust off Suikoden or one of my all time faves, Ring of Red. There's more than just Metal Gear, Konami.

    Last edited by n/a on 3/5/2015 11:25:36 PM

  10. WorldEndsWithMe says:

    You know you've found a truly like minded friend when they too enjoyed The Bouncer. What a tiny little gem.

  11. Vivi_Gamer says:

    The Bouncer is a fantastic game. Quality production value, decent story and characters, brilliant art design and solid combat system – It has it all. The only thing which puts this game back is the missed opportunity of multiplayer in the story mode. I know the story is set through the perspective of the character you choose for each encounter but I reckon just a narrative in a single perspective would have been a worthy compromise if you could play through the story with buddies.

    I'd really welcome a 'Streets of Rage' style game on the PS4. One with AAA production value and incentive to replay it (Be it a leveling system, different story routes etc.) But I think these days a game like that would be heavily critiszed much like The Order 1886 – LINEAR! TOO SHORT! You know the claims. Which is a shame really because I would certainly welcome a title like The Bouncer but I feel there is no place for it in this market.

    I bought another game on the PS2 called 'Urban Reign' but it has a mission structure, so it feels really broken up, unlike The Bouncer where you progress through the story rather than just chapters or missions.

  12. ProfPlayStation says:

    Hear, hear!

    Also, Rogue Galaxy!

  13. xenris says:

    AMEN! I loved this series, Ape escape 1 was one of the most creative and fun games I have played.

  14. xenris says:

    All those games you listed were excellent. I remember being blown away by Sky Odyssey because of how creative the missions were.

    Shadow of Rome was really well done too I forgot about that one.

  15. mk ultra says:

    Shadow of Rome was great.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Forgot one:

    The Def Jam Series: Vendetta was good. Fight For New York is, without a single shred of doubt, my favorite fighter of all-time. Tremendous story, amazing soundtrack, a create a fighter and customization that puts anything released now to absolute shame, great and diverse finishers, maybe the best interactive stages since Power Stone,and a great roster. Def Jam: Icon…..I don't think I've ever had my heart broken by a game quite like this one did. The idea of the stage moving and reacting to the beat of the song was brilliant but the fighting itself was like brawling at the bottom of the Marianas Trench. Love to see this series get another shot using AKI's excellent template.

    Last edited by n/a on 3/6/2015 4:06:41 AM

  17. PS3_Wizard says:


    Hell yeah homie! I remember Ludacris being my favorite. He was fast and strong, and his special was brutal!

    I'd love to see this series return to glory with ps4 visuals. I'd attempt to blow my speakers with all the great music the game would no doubt have. We need more games for the "urban" market.

  18. Axe99 says:

    Kessen! But that's only because Ratchet and Clank is already on the way back. Can we say "Final Fantasy"? Just because the current games with that name don't bear a lot of resemblance to the series as it stood in the PS2 era.

  19. Ben Dutka PSXE says:

    Was Kessen a launch title? I think I remember trying it and being all intrigued, only to realize that RTS of any kind wasn't really my thing. 🙂

  20. Axe99 says:

    Haha, it definitely wasn't for everyone, although I quite liked how it did what it did. Good on ya for giving it a try :).

    It was 'around' launch, but I can't remember if it came out day and date with the PS2 or was 'launch window', and had a couple of sequels over the life of the PS2. They made a couple of sequels as well, and Kessen 3 (I think) even got the PS2 classic treatment on the PSN a few years ago. Disappeared after that though :(.

    Last edited by Axe99 on 3/6/2015 2:39:42 AM

  21. Banky A says:

    Can't decide:

    The Bouncer, Dark Cloud, Rogue Galaxy, ZOE.

    The list goes on. Which is another true testament to the PS2.

  22. cLoudou says:

    Fatal Frame, is all I can think of for a series that was on the ps2 and not the ps3.

    I was going to say Suikoden but the ones on PS1 were better.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Man, Crimson Butterfly had me looking over my shoulder while playing.

    Now, Nintendo holds the damn series hostage in Japan. Love Nintendo, but keeping the Fatal Frames in Japan and localizing stuff like Fortune Street that NO ONE wanted befuddles me ssomething terrible.

  24. Killsignal says:

    Soul Reaver, Legacy of Kain!!!

  25. Bio says:

    Zone of the Enders without a doubt.

  26. xenris says:

    Soul Reaver/Legacy of Kain, Ape Escape, Dark Cloud, Rogue Galaxy, A proper Monster Rancher game, Monster Hunter, Tenchu.

    Probably so many more I am missing. The PS2 really does have one of the best gaming libraries of any console ever.

  27. daus26 says:

    I would say jak and daxter, but I think naughty dog will just stick to mature games like uncharted and last of us.

    Onimushsa was pretty memorable too.

    I don't have anything in mind really. I want to see kingdom hearts, but we all know that's coming.

  28. mk ultra says:


  29. Ben Dutka PSXE says:

    Hell yes.

  30. Japanese_Gamer says:

    Onimusha Series

  31. Rachet_JC_FTW says:

    well for starters i would definately say R&C cos i'm a massive fan of the series as awhole.

    as for other ps2 era games that have yet to make an appearance jak and crash come to mind to mention tony hawks pro skater but i think they are working on something like that atm.

    oh burnout yeah that would be awsome. GT would make a great racing game for the ps4 oh and spartan total warrior was a great game for the time, although idk who owns that IP so thats probably not gunna happen but yeah thats the games i would like

    happy gaming

  32. Corvo says:

    O n i m u s h a.

    Please Capcom?

  33. WorldEndsWithMe says:

    So many, I want Level 5 to continue Rogue Galaxy. It's perfect, it was always an action JRPG that would fit better in these times than the times in which it released.

    Xenosaga must go on

    Final Fantasy (haha)



  34. Jalex says:

    Yes, absolutely. 'Rogue Galaxy' was so great, even better than I had thought. And I had fairly high expectations after 'Journey of the Cursed King.'
    It sold a decent amount, but I don't know what it needed to sell to warrant a sequel.

  35. Anonymous says:

    Akihiro Hino is the Dangerfield of gaming. No one mentions him but his resume is absolutely remarkable. I hope Level 5's "every platform RPG" (can't remember the name) is a huge hit.

  36. WorldEndsWithMe says:

    I have defended White Knight Chronicles but it has its problems, Rogue Galaxy is a much better property.

  37. Vivi_Gamer says:

    Rogue Galaxy is still on my shelf in my JRPG backlog. It does look fantastic and I hope to get around to it some day – Need a JRPG break just spent 110 hours on Persona 3, that is without 'The Answer' section in FES 😛

  38. Temjin001 says:

    Oni as in Oni or as in Onimusha, World?

  39. Ben Dutka PSXE says:

    You know, one of these days, I'll actually have to play Xenogears. The one RPG of the PS1 days I so regret missing. 🙁

    Played Xenosaga, though. Great games (but I stopped after II).

  40. Temjin001 says:

    Being nearly done with Xenogears Ben, I can say it eventually earned its reputation with me. It took a good while for me to get there for it but sure enough it did become a favorite. The camera and limited field of view is hard to overcome though. It was nearly a deal breaker for me.

    Last edited by Temjin001 on 3/6/2015 1:48:54 PM

  41. WorldEndsWithMe says:

    Oni! an early title that goofed around as a wannabe Ghost in the Shell kind of story and game. The female lead was cool and the TPS was pretty good. It'd shock the world to bring out a sequel.

  42. Temjin001 says:

    It's also probably a shock to the world that Oni was made by Bungie.

    Last edited by Temjin001 on 3/6/2015 8:42:15 PM

  43. Breadlover says:

    I'd like to see revamped and story-infused next gen versions of:

    1) Armored Core

    2) Ace Combat

    3) Zone of the Enders

  44. Jalex says:

    'Steambot Chronicles', still my favorite game, really needs to get a sequel. Word that Granzella may get the rights from Irem gets me more excited than almost anything else gaming-related.

  45. xenris says:

    Loved that game, it was a gem. They could do so much with the IP. I only felt like the controls were a little off in the Bot.

  46. Jalex says:

    Yeah, I've read that from a lot of people who otherwise enjoyed the game. Personally, I adjusted to the controls rather well, so if they do get around to a sequel, I hope they give us more than one controller scheme.

  47. frostface says:

    The Suffering and PSi Op's Mindgate Conspiracy.

  48. Anonymous says:

    I used to fiercely debate my friend on which was better, Psi Ops or Second Sight.

  49. Beamboom says:


  50. Vivi_Gamer says:

    The obvious candidate for me is TimeSplitters. The first game was sort of forgettable but 2 & Future Perfect were just bursting with Charisma. I think a game like that would thrive with an online community and still have an enjoyable story mode with Co-op.

    I'd also say Star Ocean, although we did get The Last Hope on PS3 (eventually) I would still like another. But considering Tri-Ace now deemed as a mobile company… it's looking unlikely and no, I will not accept the game on iOS.

    Lastly, one of my personal favourite games Shadow of Memroies (Shadow of Destiny to you US folk). Utterly brilliant story in where you play as a man who gains the ability to travel back in time an seek out to change events to prevent his death. It's a very compelling crime drama where the narrative can twist and turn depending on your actions. I don't know if I'd want a direct sequel, but I'd welcome a spiritual successor for certain.

  51. Ben Dutka PSXE says:

    LOVED TimeSplitters.

  52. Godslim says:


  53. N0T0Ri0UsGaM3R says:

    Tenchu From Software must give us Tenchu's sequels

  54. xenris says:

    Heck yeah! I want them to make a proper Tenchu game. One that is a throw back to Tenchu 1, 2 and 3 with an emphasis on stealth but a good combat system too. Tenchu Z was alright control wise but it felt less like a tradition ninja game and more like a Ninja anime game.

  55. Ben Dutka PSXE says:

    Tenchu was ahead of its time in a number of ways, I think. The series didn't fare as well later but the first few were excellent and eye-opening to me. I'd definitely play a new one.

  56. PS3_Wizard says:

    I was scrolling through the comments to see if anyone would list this series…glad you did!

  57. ___________ says:

    i instantly said crash bandicoot, spyro the dragon, ape escape, and tenchu Z.
    then realized were talking ps2 games.
    hmmmmmm, R&C is the only one i can think of really enjoying that would suit todays generation.
    i really enjoyed simpsons hit and run but that type of game really would not impress enough for next gen platforms.
    cant really think of any which would both deserve sequels and suit next gen systems.
    PoP a perfect example, PoP the warrior within is one of my favorite games of all time, but i really cant see how ubisoft would bring that into the next gen and make people go "wow".
    and in a sense we kinda already have that in AC.
    maybe GTA and the getaway would be the perfect candidate for this, certainly seems like open world games really would suit it well.
    red dead, and the whole western another perfect example of that open world really lending to it.
    problem is the ps2 days were allot about cinematic action games and platformers like PoP, R&C, or again cinematic but stealthy games like hitman or MGS or splinter cell.
    just cant see how those are going to be expanded on to make us go yes, wow, this is what next gens about.
    open world games yea, thats easy, but the ps2 era really wasnt about open world games.

  58. slow and smart says:

    That's easy:Soul Reaver/Legacy of Kain

    Last edited by slow and smart on 3/6/2015 9:27:16 AM

  59. Underdog15 says:

    There are some PS1 games I'd love to see again.

    Gimme some Tomba! lol

  60. slugga_status says:

    For me it would be Manhunt and Onimusha. Loved the Bouncer too.

  61. flamefury42 says:

    I would love to have Bouncer, Final Fantasy XII, and Rogue Galaxy make a return.

  62. broox9 says:

    Star Ocean & Suikoden (both had PS1/PS2 titles)

  63. Serakek says:

    I'd like to see a another sequel to Legend of Legaia. I remember that and Legaia 2 being pretty good RPGs.

  64. Godslim says:

    Timesplitters and Jak and Daxter!

  65. Gamer46 says:

    Will never happen. But I loved Time Crisis and it would be great to see it return.

  66. matt99 says:

    For hockey fans, the NHL HITZ series…so much fun! And another Simpson's road rage would be cool.

    Last edited by matt99 on 3/6/2015 6:09:20 PM

  67. Dreno says:

    The .hack series. All 7 of them.

  68. Underdog15 says:

    YES! .hack!

  69. Voyager236 says:

    Xenosaga is still a Namco's trademark, so they can make a version in HD.

  70. Kevin555 says:

    Just a little back story i discovered on Shadow of Rome. Apparently Dead Rising was actually supposed to be Shadow of Rome 2 but they decided to replace the Roman settings and characters for a shopping mall and zombies.

    Shame really as it was one of Capcoms dark horse gems.

  71. Kevin555 says:

    The Bouncer, Onimusha, Clock Tower 3, Primal and Haunting Ground.

    Just to name a few.

  72. Kevin555 says:

    I also have to give a special mention to the Forbidden Siren horror games on PS2, very unique in their own right and ridiculously over-looked and ignored upon. :/

  73. wambo says:

    I'd love to see jak and daxter make a return

  74. ___________ says:

    oh and the looney tunes games, especially sheep raider and bugs and taz time busters.
    now those games were F.U.N!!!!!!!!!

  75. VictorDeLeon says:

    Shadow hearts

  76. BikerSaint says:

    Syphon Filter

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