Collecting games for the PlayStation 2 is one of the cheaper collections you can work on, at the time of writing. Most of the games can be picked up for anywhere between £0.50 and £20. This means that you’ll be able to get a whole bunch of great games without having to give up your arm and leg. However, there are a number of games for the console that have become very rare over the years.
As such, I wanted to take a look at some of (not all of) the expensive and rare PS2 games out there. To do this, I have taken the prices taken from PriceCharting, and converted them to GBP based upon the exchange rate at the time of rate.
Blood Will Tell (£40+)
Blood Will Tell is an action game released by Sega where you take the role of a Samurai who had his body parts stolen by “fiends”. These have been replaced with prosthetic ones, allowing him to go on a quest against the fiends. The presentation of the game is outstanding, even starting off black and white until you get your eyes back! The developers did a wonderful job of bringing the plot and presentation together to create a brilliant game!
Michigan: Report from Hell (£45+ CIB)
When it comes to the PlayStation 2, there were so many examples of experimentation with game design and development that you don’t get as much anymore. Michigan: Report from Hell is one of these examples. You play as a cameraman during a disaster who, as well as trying to survive, also has to help guide and protect the reporter you are teamed up with. All of this is done through the viewport of your camera as well, giving you a first-person experience of everything that is happening around you.
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner (£45+ CIB)
The Shin Megami Tensei franchise, as a whole, is pretty well sought after due to the unique and distinct nature of the games. From the mainline Shin Megami Tensei games to the Persona series and the Devil Summoner games, each one is a work of gaming art. Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner features amazing turn-based battles and a great storyline, just like the other games in the franchise, but it has since faded into obscurity. If you’re a fan of turn-based RPGs then you should definitely hunt this game down.
.hack Quarantine (£45+ CIB)
For those of you who read my previous post about the PS2 games you probably haven’t played but really should do, then you might have decided to give the .hack games a try. Well, that’s great, because they are awesome. However, be prepared to pay for the third game (Outbreak) and then chop your arm off to get the fourth game, Quarantine. The game, itself, features a great amount of closure to this otherwise epic storyline.
Homura (£45+ CIB)
The first Shoot-Em-Up on this list, Homura is actually a game I’ve never managed to play. Whilst it was released in PAL regions, I don’t ever remember seeing it in my local GAME or GameStation at the time. Even now, I haven’t actually seen a copy in the wild, although it can be found on eBay and Amazon ranging from £45 to £200! I really would love to give Homura a try at some point in my life, as Shoot-Em-Ups can be a lot of fun.
Dragon Blaze (£65+ CIB)
Continuing the list with another Shoot-Em-Up which, like Survival Horror, seems to be a genre that is full of rare and expensive games, we have Dragon Blaze. Released in 2000 by Psikyo, the game more closely resembles a Bullet Hell type game that your more traditional 2D Shoot-Em-Up. Each character in the game starts off riding a dragon, but you can actually dismount said dragon and use it as a weapon as well. This adds an interesting additional layer of tactics to the game. Getting your hands on the PS2 version can prove to be very pricey, but it was actually ported to the Nintendo Switch by ZeroDiv this year!
Raiden III (£70+ CIB)
Yet another Shoot-Em-Up for the PS2, Raiden III was a return for the series after 11 years of not having any new games. It featured 2-player gameplay as well as the standard single-player gameplay, meaning that you and a friend could work together when it comes to screaming at the TV when you died. Interestingly, the Double-Play mode actually makes you share your lives and bombs, without any continues, and even allows you both to play on one controller!
Kuon (£85+ CIB)
I’m not sure what it is that makes horror games become so rare and valuable (the next game on the list is also a horror game) but it seems to be quite a common thing. Kuon is no exception, being a distinctly Japanese horror game developed by FromSoftware, the genius developers behind the Souls series. It features some very interesting mechanics that make Kuon one of the more difficult horror games out there (not a surprise considering who made it). This includes the fact that you can make your character run faster, but that both attracts nearby enemies whilst also draining your health!
Rule of Rose (£130+ CIB)
Rule of Rose is a Survival Horror game for the PS2 that was actually banned in quite a few countries, the UK included. This was because it features a very creepy storyline where the antagonists are a group of aristocratic young girls who try to both mentally and physically torture the teenage girl protagonist. It’s a game that will really get under your skin, for certain! However, despite the controversy surrounding it, Rule of Rose is a really great Survival Horror. It’s now very rare and very expensive because of the ban (Amazon has a “new” copy available for £286), which is a shame because if you’re a fan of horror games, this is one that you really want to experience!
King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match (£140+ CIB)
I’ve always loved King of Fighters. SNK did a brilliant job at creating one of the best 2D (and later, 3D) fighting series out there. It may not get as much love as Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat, but the series definitely deserves it. King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match features a huge roster of 66 characters from throughout the series, making it one of the biggest fighting games on the PS2. However, this has only helped to increase the rarity and value of the game. Sadly, it is one of the King of Fighters games that I never got to play, and probably never will.
And That’s All Folks
Those were just some of the stupidly expensive and rare PlayStation 2 games out there. Generally, the console is pretty cheap to collect for (at least at the time of writing), but these games and a number of other rare and wonderful games can definitely break the bank!
What rare games do you wish you could get your hands on? Let me know in the comments below!