PlayStation 2 is a home video game console and also a successor of PlayStation which was released in 2000. You may think that the console is outdated, but you should remember that PlayStation 2 JRPG is the core of many popular RPG we know today. Many of the popular games today starts from the classic series created on PlayStation 2. So here are the 5 most loved PlayStation 2 JRPG you should try.
1. Final Fantasy X
Final Fantasy X would be one of the best PlayStation 2 games that have ever been played by any RPG lovers. The popularity of the game made by Square Enix proved to be on top of mind of every player at that time. Final Fantasy X was originally released in 2001 for PlayStation 2, and later released in PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita with better graphics.
The story follows Tidus, the main protagonist and a famous Blitzball (a kind of sport played inside a sphere of water) player from Zanarkand and the son of Jecht. His adventure begins when his hometown attacked by an enormous monster called Sin. He traveled along with Yuna, a summoner who is trying to put an end to Sin. With everything it has, this game deserved the first place in PlayStation 2.
2. Final Fantasy XII
The original Final Fantasy XII is a fantasy JRPG developed and published by Squaresoft for PlayStation 2 in 2006. This game is a part of Final Fantasy series with some changes in gameplay: an open world, a seamless battle system, a controllable camera, and many more. In July 2017, Square Enix released Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age as a high definition remaster of the Japanese-only International Zodiac Job System for PlayStation 4.
The game takes place in the fictional world of Ivalice, where the empires of Archadia and Rozzaria are waging an endless war. Ashe, princess of Dalmasca which caught between the warring nations meets Vaan, a young adventurer who dreams of becoming a sky pirate in command of an airship. By creating a resistance movement, Ashe and the party rally against the tyranny of the Archadian Empire.
3. Kingdom Hearts
Kingdom Hearts firstly released in 2002, for PlayStation 2 and bringing new sensation in playing RPG at that moment. It introduced the action-RPG mechanics with hack-and-slash battle system. Instead of waiting for turns, we can keep whacking and smashing the enemies with the signature weapon of the main character. Quite a fresh air while people busy talking about Final Fantasy X at that time.
The main protagonists is a young boy named Sora who lived with his two childhood friends; one day they got separated and Sora begin his adventures, leaving his home in Destiny Island. From time to time, he learns that he is the chosen Keyblade wielder who has the duty to save the world from evil. During his adventures, Sora finds new companions from the legendary Disney characters: Donald and Goofy.
4. Suikoden V
Suikoden V is a RPG developed by Konami and Hudson Soft and published by Konami for PlayStation 2 in 2006. The game is the fifth main installment of the main Suikoden series. The battle system changed back to six characters party rather than the four characters party of Suikoden IV with each character is individually controllable. Suikoden V also adapts the skill system that was used in Suikoden III.
The story centers on the political struggles of the Queendom of Falena and takes place six years before the events of the first Suikoden. We will control the main protagonist, Freyjadour as the Prince of Falena and must set out on a journey gathering allies while dealing with the problem of the nation. Like usual, this game features a vast array of characters with over sixty characters usable in combat.
5. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 is the fifth game of the Persona series which was released in multiplatform: PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3. The successful initial release for PlayStation 2 has made Atlus decided to bring the game into next-generation consoles. The enchanced port of Persona 4 titled Persona 4 Golden was released for PlayStation Vita/PS TV in 2012 following its success.
The story follows a group of high school students dealing with a mysterious TV channel which distorted the truth of who they are and their identities. A string of bizarre murders related to the TV channel begins to disturb their peaceful town. Together, they explore the mysterious world inside the TV and rescuing other victims from death. The answer of who was the serial killer lies inside the TV.
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As we all know, PlayStation 2 is the core of a lot RPG titles we know released on the current gen consoles. Those modern RPG even used the formula that PlayStation 2 JRPG used back then. And if I have to choose from those games, I’ll go with Kingdom Hearts since I’m a fan of hack-and-slash gameplay with casual theme (although it becomes more serious little by little, especially in the latter series).
Which one is your favorite PlayStation 2 JRPG from the list? Why do you love that game? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.