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PlayStation 2 games to be added to PS Plus Premium

As Sony prepares to put PlayStation Now to rest, a new subscription model will rise from its ashes on June 13, 2022. Well, technically the upcoming service is just a revamped one PlayStation Plusone that offers three levels: Essential, Extra and Premium† The final tier gives subscribers access to games from across PlayStation history, with Sony already announcing some PS5, PS4, PS3, PS2, PS1, and PSP titles that will be included.

Currently, 13 PlayStation 2 games have been confirmed for the service launch. Presumably this is just the tip of the iceberg, and one can only hope that PS Plus will eventually highlight many of the gems in Sony’s vast library of home consoles. Here are some of the best PS2 games to include in PS Plus Premium

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Only games that are at least co-published by Sony are eligible, as these appear to be the most plausible candidates to be included in PS Plus Premium. Obvious candidates such as: god of war and Ratchet & Clank are left out, especially since they are available in some form on PS Now.

The escape

Publication date Dec 11, 2002
Developer Team Soho
Genre open world

The escape existed firmly in the shadow of Grand Theft Auto when it debuted in the early 2000s. Unsurprisingly, the game lags quite a bit behind the Rockstar franchise, but that doesn’t mean this British-themed gangster romp isn’t worth experiencing.

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The escape takes place in a large sandbox and features two playable characters, each of which is fairly well written and comes with a complete story. The gameplay is a bit clunky and hasn’t aged particularly well, but the open world is still impressive today. A much worse sequel effectively killed this series, dooming The escape to be a cult classic at best.

Publication date June 18, 2001
Developer Incognito Entertainment
Genre Vehicle Battles

PS Plus Premium just need to contain turned metal in one form or another. Ideally, all (good) games in the series make the cut; however, if only one can be marked, it should be Turned metal: black† This entry has revived the franchise after a string of disappointing sequels, with improved gameplay and characters along with heightened chaos

Turned metal: black is just one of the best PS2 games ever. Even after all these years, this title is still a lot of fun to play.

Publication date Nov 4, 2003
Developer Zipper Interactive
Genre Tactical Shooter

Except for Combined Attackall PS2 SOCOM games are fantastic and would improve PS Plus Premium. The second entry is generally considered the pinnacle of the series and expands on the rock solid foundation of its predecessor to create an addictive tactical shooter

SOCOM 2‘s multiplayer was the highlight, but the single player was and still is quite good. The campaign takes players through 13 missions that emphasize the importance of teamwork and coordination. Instead of exaggerated action, the game takes a more contemplative approach, one that makes extensive use of stealth. Sony should add SOCOM 2 to PS Plus Premium and, while you’re at it, announce a new entry in the franchise. Seriously, it’s been too long.

Rule of Rose

Publication date September 12, 2006
Developer punch line
Genre Survival horror

Together with ghostly groundRule of Rose is a PS2 horror game that could easily cost someone more than a brand new PS5. The price, controversial subject matter and release date close to the PS3’s launch drove this fascinating psychological horror game into both disgrace and oblivion.

While far from perfect in the gameplay department, Rule of Rose shines in its atmosphere, slow-burning story and characterization, especially of its protagonist. This is a game that deserves to be played by more people, and PS Plus Premium can make that possible.

Shinobic

Publication date Nov 10, 2002
Developer Overtime (AM7)
Genre chopping and cutting

This title has only been co-published by Sony in PAL regions, so Sega would have the final say on whether Shinobic will be added to PS Plus Premium. On a positive note, the game was released on PlayStation Network in 2012, which could increase the odds.

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The first 3D entry in the franchise, 2002’s Shinobic is a fast-paced hack and slash game reminiscent of franchises like Devil May Cry And, in particular Ninja Gaidenalthough Overworks’ project predates the 2004 revival. The combat system is stylish and quite challenging, while the arcade-style rhythm encourages repetition. Shinobic does struggle in some other areas, such as hostile variety, but overall experience is positive.

If Shinobic is submitted to PS Plus Premium, Sega must also add Nightshade as a bonus.

War of the Monsters

Publication date January 14, 2003
Developer Incognito Entertainment
Genre fighting kaij

There are only a handful really great kaiju gamesand War of the Monsters is among the best of that select group. A loving tribute to sci-fi b-movies, this PS2 3D fighter puts players in the shoes (or paws) of a giant monster and unleashes them in destructible cities. Their goal: to defeat the other mutated beast (or robot).

With a selection of 10 monsters, a charming art style and accessible gameplay that is fun alone or with friends, War of the Monsters gets almost everything right. Since it has also been ported to the PS4, this game seems perfect for PS Plus Premium.


Champions Of Norrath & Champions: Return To Arms

Publication date
  • February 10, 2004 (Norath
  • February 7, 2005 Return to weapons
Developer Snowblind Studios
Genre Action RPG

Snowblind’s champions games are traditional hack and slash RPGs similar to Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance† These two titles don’t necessarily offer anything not found in other releases in the genre, but they were among the best console offerings of their time. They are also quite old, all things considered.

Even if their ideas aren’t that unique, these games deliver very enjoyable gameplay loops full of dungeon crawling, loot, and stat upgrades. Aside from being quality, these RPGs would also bring some diversity to PS Plus Premium as there aren’t that many PS2 games of this sort.

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