1These brilliant games made us glad to own a PS2

With the arrival of the PlayStation 2 in 2000, Sony further cemented the notion that gaming was for people of all ages.

While games like PaRappa the Rapper 2 and Ape Escape 2 were no doubt aimed at a younger audience, more cinematic releases such as God of War and Silent Hill 2 were laden with violence and sex. And more power meant that developers could create bigger worlds with more complex gameplay mechanics. The result was a hugely varied lineup that helped to make Sony’s magic black rectangle the best-selling console of all time.

Needless to say, the PS2 is an iconic console. And, decades later, it’s recognised as the home of some of the finest games ever made. Whatever floats your gaming boat, chances are you’ll find something to occupy your time on PS2; from RPGs you can get lost in to “play in the dark if you dare” horror classics.

Here’s our take on the 10 best PS2 games ever released. Read on, and when you inevitably disagree hit us up on Twitter @Game_Spew and state the case for your favourites.