Gen Z's Nostaligic PS2 Action-Adventure Memories

Gen Z's Nostaligic PS2 Action-Adventure Memories ...

It is difficult not to be nostalgic about the PlayStation 2's many incredible game sequels and remakes. The PlayStation 2 was a pioneering gaming console. To this day, it remains the most popular gaming console of all time.

Many original PlayStation 2 games had been remastered, introducing new generations to the original beloved games the PlayStation 2 hosted years before. Some Gen Z gamers may even have their precious memory cards frozen in time.

10 Okami

Okami was released in 2006 and is regarded as a Capcom cult classic. The game has gained traction and a loyal fan base since its release, justifying remakes, and even a spin-off game, Okamiden. The game was inspired by The Legend of Zelda and incorporated many of its greatest features into Okami.

The game itself is based on Japanese Mythology and follows the goddess Wolf, Amaterasu, and her quirky companion artist, Issun. Players must learn combat techniques, collect food, and weapons while befriending the animals of the world.


Before Red Dead Redemption 2, there were the pioneers of the Western genre that paved the way for them all. GUN was the first game to abandon its predecessors in the dust. GUN featured a detailed open world to explore, excellent horse mechanics, innovative gun combat, and a compelling narrative.

The narrative of GUN follows Colton White, who travels from town to town in a true bounty hunter style. There are a number of other open objective games as well, including panning for gold to make money, poker, hunting, or even causing havoc (beware of the consequences with local peacekeepers).

8 Shadow Of The Colossus

Shadow of The Colossus, released in 2005, provided an unprecedented open-world experience to players; it is still one of the most popular PlayStation 2 titles. The story follows the hero, Wander, as he journeys through an open world filled with giant Titans named Colossi.

Shadow of The Colossus was remade in 2018, updating the graphics to the latest level and giving the classic game new life. Many Gen Z players want to experience it all over again for the first time.

7 Psychonauts

Psychonauts was released in 2005 and introduced gamers to this strange and bizarre world. Raz (Raz) travels away from home to join the Whispering Rock Psychic Summer Camp. Raz must complete levels and challenges given by camp counselors in order to become a Psychonaut.

Psychonauts is a cult classic, being heavily story-driven while blending platformer elements with action adventure. When Double Fine released Psychonauts 2 in 2021, gamers found a lasting impression on those who ventured into this psychic realm.

6 Sonic Heroes

Sonic Heroes is a game developed by Sonic Legends, which has been around since 2003, and has been lauded for as many hits as it has failures, and Sonic Heroes is considered a Sonic series milestone.

The trio go through a 3-D platform adventure rather than the usual linear 2-D platformer strategy of previous Sonic games, while confronting familiar Sonic foes along the way. It was the first Sonic game to be released for the PS2 generation of gaming, thus making it a must-see game for many Gen Z gamers.

5 Resident Evil 4

Resident Evil 4 is a horror game based on Leon, who is assigned a task to save the president's daughter from a dangerous cult while killing parasite-infected animals.

The game has a myriad of weapons available to players, as well as a slew of challenging enemies and bosses to overcome. It has earned a shiny new remake in 2022, enthusing many Gen Z gamers.

4 God Of War

The first installment in the God of War series was released in 2005, but the third installment chronologically. The story follows Kratos, a Spartan warrior who was deceived by the god Aries, that led to the deaths of his family. Kratos goes on a journey to avenge his family and destroy the god who deceived him.

Kratos goes through the realm killing monsters while remaining indifferent to humans. The game is very story driven, based on ancient Greek mythology, and utilizes weapons and magical elements throughout the narrative. His cold unwavering demenaor has won gamers over and is considered a must-see for PS2.

3 Monster Hunter

Monster Hunter is the first game in the Monster Hunter series to be released in 2004. The graphics were adequate for their time, and the ability to encounter (and slay) dinosaur-like creatures and dragons captivated gamers of all ages.

Monster Hunter introduced gamers to a new world that they couldn't get enough of. The challenging objectives, suspense, creatures, and exploration provided a memorable experience!

2 Need For Speed Underground 2

Need For Speed: Underground 2, released in 2004, had big expectations from gamers. Not only did it fulfill those expectations, it also exceeded them, becoming a trailblazer for the whole racing genre. It is still considered a favorite in the Need For Speed franchise.

The gameplay itself is straightforward, with straightforward racing mechanics, and players start with a very basic beginner car and can win new cars and money, as well as upgrading components to have the best car in Bayveiw. All while improving handling, acceleration, and top speed, Underground 2 offers a multiplayer mode, which is popular among Gen Z gamers.

1 Kingdom Hearts 2

Kingdom Hearts 2 was the first game to introduce the world to a poetic union of Final Fantasy and Walt Disney characters. In 2005, Kingdom Hearts broke the mold once again with their sequel Kingdom Hearts 2. The game offers incredible storytelling, lovable characters, fine combat, and exceptional musical scores.

Kingdom Hearts 2 introduces players to a new hero named Roxas, and continues with the familiar trio of Sora, Donald, and Goofy. The game is a much larger game than its predecessor, with new and existing worlds to explore.