10 PS2 Games With The Best Replay Value | ScreenRant

It's no question that the early 2000s was somewhat of a golden era for video games, as game developers were beginning to see the future of the format. No longer were games simple hallway-like levels or narrow race tracks, as Sony's PlayStation 2 saw fully realized 3D open worlds and intricate gameplay mechanics.

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Whether it's Grand Theft Auto's envelope-pushing sandboxes or the addictive trick combos in the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater Series, the generation had some of the most replayable video games ever.

10 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004)

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was the gold standard of open-world video games at the time, and it upped the ante of everything that was possible in previous GTA games. The game was almost like a life simulator inside of a third-person action game.

Players can become get haircuts, go to the gym, and even order fast food, which all affect CJ's appearance. You can also do things like become property tycoons. There are few other games that give players such freedom to do anything they want, and even GTA V lacked some of the abilities available in San Andreas.

9 Timesplitters 2 (2002)

Before first-person shooters became endlessly replayable online, the genre had major limitations, but TimeSplitters 2 was one of a kind in the way it had players coming back. The maps had inventive designs unlike any other FPS, as there are maps set in Aztec jungles and prohibition-era Chicago jazz clubs.

The time-traveling aspect is why a TimeSplitters movie could be directed by Christopher Nolan. But not only were the main maps highly creative thanks to how they were all based in different time periods, but the game features one of the greatest mapmaker functions too.

8 Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (2004)

With each consecutive release in the Metal Gear Solid series, they became more and more replayable as the scope expanded with each console generation. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater is the first game in the stealth series that has such a vast amount of depth, as each level can be approached in extremely different ways.

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An "HD Edition" of the game was released shortly a few years later and the remaster added the option to play the game in third-person instead of topdown, so there's even more replayability to Snake Eater with different versions of the game.

7 Need For Speed Underground 2 (2004)

The Need For Speed games were simply racing games driving cross-country in sports cars, but after the rising popularity of street racing, there was a paradigm shift in the franchise. Need For Speed Underground traded out the Lambos and Porsches for Japanese imports like Nissan Skylines.

It was a refreshing change, but the customization was limited and the race tracks were narrow and somewhat lackluster. However, Need For Speed Underground 2 is one of the best Need For Speed games, as it improves on everything about the original. There's a sprawling open world, and what's unique about the city is that players have to search around for garages to unlock them. And with the new photo mode, players can take pictures of their chrome-covered skylines sitting in front of casinos for days.

6 Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Just like the movies, there have been so many different Spider-Man games that belong to different series. Right now, fans are enjoying the very replayable Marvel's Spider-Man and Spider-Man: Miles Morales, which sees players swinging through a magnificently detailed and rendered New York. But it was PlayStation 2's Spider-Man 2 that laid the foundation for those games.

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Not only can players swing through an open-world New York in the PS2 game, which was way ahead of its time, but it had an incredible sense of speed too. Players could simply swing through the game without being involved in any missions for hours. Not only that but on top of the story mode, there are tons of side missions and collectibles. There are beat-the-clock missions where gamers have to race against a timer to deliver pizzas, and there are even collectibles that can be found on the buoys in the sea.

5 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 (2001)

All of the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater games and the series that followed are endlessly replayable. And the most recently remade Pro Skater 1+2 has some classic maps, but it also has thousands of customization abilities, new gaps to find, and hundreds of achievements to unlock. However, of the whole series, Pro Skater 3 is the crown jewel and the most replayable.

The punk-rock soundtrack, the improved gameplay, and the iconic levels such as Tokyo and the Honolulu airport make for the most replayable arcade skateboarding game there is. Whether it's the career mode or split-screen, it's impossible to put the controller down. There's no turning the game off until players have perfected that one gap or racked up that 500,000 point combo that goes from one end of the map to the other.

4 Shadow Of The Colossus (2005)

2005's Shadow of the Colossus is so appealing because of its mystique, as players control a mysterious protagonist called Wander and travel around a forbidden land slaying beasts. But on the face of it, the game doesn't seem all that replayable. There aren't many collectibles and though it's open-world, it isn't all that interactive.

However, the land is so vast and aesthetically pleasing compared to the uninspired metropolitan cities found in other open-world games. And though players might not find anything beyond the great yonder, simply riding around on Wander's horse is immersive enough. But more than anything, if players fully complete the game on each level of difficulty, Wander's stamina bar will increase. which will allow him to climb up the vines of the Shrine of Worship to find a secret garden.

3 SSX 3 (2003)

Just like the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series, SSX is another extreme sports arcade game, and just like Pro Skater, the best and most replayable SSX game is the third entry. But where other games of a similar format are just button mashers and can simply be won without properly knowing the controls, there's a learning curve to SSX 3.

Players can spend ages becoming experts and learning every single combo, but the game also has a rush that makes the game so addicting. There's hasn't been a new game in the series for nine years, and unfortunately, there's no SSX sequel in development.

2 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002)

San Andreas might be the gold standard of open-world games, and it told its story in such inventive ways, but Vice City is simply so much more fun. for many It's the tone of the game that makes it entertaining, whether it's the neon lights, the cheesy music, or the Hawaiian shirts.

The '80s setting is unique to the series, which is why Vice City deserves a remaster. Not only that, but part of GTA's big appeal is all of the cheat codes when messing around in the giant sandbox. There are some codes that are exclusive to the '80s-based video game, such as being able to turn vehicles into flying cars.

1 Bully (2006)

Rockstar's Bully follows Jimmy, a juvenile who is sent to a boarding school and the town surrounding it, and it's so much more than just a child-friendly GTA clone. Though the world is smaller than any Grand Theft Auto game, it's much more detailed, and there are loads of side missions to complete and collectibles to find.

Fictional arcade games like Monkey Fling found in convenience stores will waste hours of players' time alone. And between bike races and Boxing, there's so much fun to be had in the game, and Rockstar even manages to make mowing lawns entertaining.

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