10 Best Playstation 2 Shooting Games

Updated on: June 2023

Best Playstation 2 Shooting Games in 2023

SOCOM 3 U.S. Navy Seals - PlayStation 2

SOCOM 3 U.S. Navy Seals - PlayStation 2
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2023
  • Travel to all-new Areas of Operation like Morocco, Poland, and Bangladesh
  • 31 authentic weapons and 21 compatible attachments - Nearly 1,000 different weapon combinations for customized combat execution
  • Team Command Actions let the player direct the fireteam quickly with a single button
  • Complex AI behavior makes use of cover positions, blind firing, and fallback behavior to better simulate urban combat
  • Leader AI provides rallying behavior and coordinated chain-of-command scenarios

Black - PlayStation 2

Black - PlayStation 2
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2023
  • BLACK operatives do not hide in shadows or sneak behind walls waiting for the right time to engage their foe - they destroy the wall, enemy and anything else that gets in their way
  • An explosive arsenal of weaponry lets you experience the awe-inspiring power of the world's most exotic lethal firepower
  • Reduce cities to rubble in a world where virtually nothing is impervious to your bullets -- if you can see it, you can shoot it!
  • Visceral, destructive action sucks you deep into the gameplay as you blaze and blast your own path through open-ended enviornments
  • Use destructible worlds and explosive objects to take out enemies in cover, frag multiple enemies at once or just wreak massive destruction for its own sake

Resident Evil 4 - PlayStation 2

Resident Evil 4 - PlayStation 2
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2023
  • Advanced AI makes enemies smarter than ever and use their cunning in deadly attacks
  • Use the Action button for better player control
  • New 'Aim and Shoot' targeting for zeroing in on enemies with your weapons
  • Behind the camera view for intuitive movement
  • Conversations and monologues can be heard in real time

Vietcong Purple Haze - PlayStation 2

Vietcong Purple Haze - PlayStation 2
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2023
  • Fight for honor and freedom in over 18 dramatic single player missions. Start a quick fight to jump into the action.
  • Strike from the shadows with more than 30 deadly weapons including an M16, M79 grenade launcher, Mosin-Nagent, Sten MKII, M60 and a machete!
  • Stay alert or your next step could trigger booby traps: trip wires, spikes, or pit traps.
  • Authentic 1960's sountrack including music from Iggy Pop and the Stooges, Deep Purple, the Standells and more!
  • Fight against 8 players online!

Destiny 2 - PlayStation 4 Standard Edition

Destiny 2 - PlayStation 4 Standard Edition
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2023
  • From the makers of the acclaimed hit game Destiny, comes the much-anticipated sequel
  • An action shooter that takes you on an epic journey across the solar system
  • Humanity’s last safe city has fallen to an overwhelming invasion force, led by Ghaul, the imposing commander of the brutal Red Legion
  • To defeat the Red Legion and confront Ghaul, you must reunite humanity’s scattered heroes, stand together, and fight back to reclaim our home

Hunting Simulator - PlayStation 4

Hunting Simulator - PlayStation 4
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2023
  • Track 37 species, each with realistic animal behaviors: big and Small game, predators, waterfowl.and many more
  • Explore 12 expansive regions based on real hunting areas in Europe and north America adapting to the elements as the weather and time of day dynamically change
  • Choose from AMONG 17 different firearms (rifles, bows and crossbows) including official winchester and browning Licensed weapons, and close to 50 essential accessories
  • Improve your Shooting skills on the Shooting range and track all sorts of Prey in Free hunt; take Off on an adventure with three friends or with players from around the globe
  • A first in the hunting game genre: use a drone to explore your environment

theHunter: Call of the Wild - PlayStation 4

theHunter: Call of the Wild - PlayStation 4
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2023
  • Step into a beautiful open world teeming with life, from majestic deer and awe-inspiring bison down to the countless birds, critters and insects of the wilderness
  • Experience complex animal behavior, dynamic weather events, Full day and night cycles, simulated ballistics, highly realistic acoustics, scents carried by a sophisticated wind system, and much more
  • Explore 50 square miles of varied terrain, ranging from wetlands and dense forests to lush Valley and open farm fields. The vast world is split up into separate and distinct hunting reserves
  • Take on missions and challenges from the locals, or go Off the beaten path. Discover lookouts, hunting towers and outposts
  • Thehunter: Call of the Wild is the Evolution of thehunter, expansive worlds' stand-out hunting game, with over 6 million registered players and 7 years of live Operations

Rage 2 - PlayStation 4 [Amazon Exclusive Bonus]

Rage 2 - PlayStation 4 [Amazon Exclusive Bonus]
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2023
  • Welcome to the Shooterverse id Software’s shooter pedigree and Avalanche studios’ open world prowess is dream team made real for Rage 2
  • The wasteland awaits seamlessly traverse a vast and varied landscape, from Lush Jungles and Treacherous Swamps to sun Scorched Deserts in your pursuit of the authority
  • Pedal to the metal from monster trucks to Gyrocopters, use an assortment of rugged and wasteland ready vehicles to speed across the badlands. If you see it, you can drive it
  • The last ranger: Bring the pain using a collection of upgradable weapons, devastating Nano trite powers, and over drive, the ability to push your guns beyond their mechanical limits
  • Factions and foes: Fight against ferocious factions for control of the wasteland, each featuring a rogue's gallery of madmen, mutants, and monsters hungry for blood

theHunter: 2019 Edition - PlayStation 4

theHunter: 2019 Edition - PlayStation 4
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2023
  • Explore a vast open world. By foot or ATV
  • Different species - different challenge
  • Become a Hunter. Design the hunt
  • Share hunting experiences and the Hunter Club. Earn bragging rights
  • Includes all 11 available DLC

Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts PS4 - PlayStation 4

Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts PS4 - PlayStation 4
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2023
  • Play as a paid contractor, an assassin for hire and defeat your rivals.
  • Enhanced Scope Mode offers the most realistic experience of intense sniping with a wide range of targets and hundreds ways to kill.
  • Redesigned in-game HUD and UI with tactical tagging system to mark your enemies for death.
  • An arsenal of new gadgets to play with including drones, remote sniper turrets, sticky bombs and toxic gas!
  • Show off your stealth kills and execute silent takedowns to be rewarded for strategic, quiet play.

Okami - PS2 Classic Still Shines Bright

A highly stylized game heavily influenced by the "Legend of Zelda" series. Praised by critics but lackluster in sales, nearly five years after it's initial release this game still stands as a triumph of style and fun.

Okami is a fantasy adventure game set in Nippon, a land derived from Japanese folklore and myth. 100 years ago the eight headed demon dragon Orochi was terrorizing the land until he was defeated by the warrior Nagi, aided by a mystical white wolf. Now Orochi has been awakened by Susano, the foolish and unbelieving decendant of Nagi. With the demon dragon loose once more a curse has fallen over the land of Nippon, shrouding it in a dark and wicked mist. The guardian of Kamiki Village summons the sun goddess Amaterasu in the form of a white wolf to banish Orochi's evil from the land and restore the natural beauty of the world. Players control Amaterasu and are accompanied by the diminuative artist Issun as the pair embark across the land.

The gameplay of Okami borrows very generously from the Legend of Zelda series, something that head designer Hideki Kamiya has freely admitted to. The general structure of the game is in fact nearly identical to that venerable series. Players roam about a semi-open world and at various points enter into dungeon type areas. In the dungeons players encounter enemies and uncover new skills and abilities before facing off against a boss character. The new abilities earned in the dungeons help the player access new areas of the world the and the cycle continues through to the end. On paper the game, at least in a structural sense, might even seem to be a blatant Zelda rip off. While the game design may be borrowered the presentation and nuances are completely original.

The first thing any gamer will notice about Okami is the look. Clover Studio opted for a highly stylized visual approach to the game, settling on something akin to the Japanese art of sumi-e, or brush and wash, painting. It instantly gives the game a unique visual beauty that is also highly evocotive of the place and time in which it is set. Whether it's the fully painted static cut scenes or the in game action, Okami is never dull to look at. The bright colors actually bring about one of the game's greatest thrills. When Amaterasu enters a new area it is likely in a cursed zone, meaning that all the color has been drawn out and everything is muted in black dark tones. However once the curse is lifted the landscape literally explodes with color as flowers and sunlight emerge across the screen. It's very rewarding to see and also a nice environmental touch to the story. Being so stylized the visuals of the game look great even though a whole new generation of games have come along since it was first released. The music also does great work to create the mood and the setting. Every music track is tinged with classic Japanese aspects which flow beautifully from one scene to the next.

The actualy gameplay of Okami also has a feel all it's own. On the surface it is well executed but seems pretty standard. Combat is handled fluidly, with three different weapon types to choose from. Players can equip a primary and secondary weapon in different combinations for different effects. In true Zelda fashion most bosses have a weakness against whatever Amaterasu's newest ability is. There's a small amount of platforming and environmental puzzles that need to be solved in order to progress, though nothing too frustrating. It might not sound like anything special but it all changes because of one brilliant mechanic: the celestial brush. It's a bit of a tricky thing to describe but basically whenever it's activated the game freezes and the player uses the brush to draw the effect they want. Wind can be summoned to blow out flames, vines can be drawn to swing Amaterasu to new areas, even fire balls and lightning bolts can be summoned. The actual abilities are not uncommon for an adventure game but this unique way of activating those abilities makes it all feel brand new. The controls are smooth and intuitive and there's something very satisfying about using the celestial brush to defeat enemies and cross dangerous terrain.

Any gamer can tell you that there is no such thing as a perfect game, and there are a few dull spots in Okami's bright and shiny presentation. The biggest issue is named Issun. Amatersu's diminuative sidekick seems to never stop talking and yet somehow manages to never say anything helpful. He states and restates the obvious, often with an irritatingly uppity attitude. Thankfully Issun doesn't disrupt the gameplay during the heat of battle or the platforming sections. However he does make the story segments less enjoyable than they would be without his unstoppable mouth. In fact dialogue in general becomes a bit of a slog after a while. The game is rather wordy at times, and there's no recorded voices. Instead there is sort of a pitched mumbling while the dialogue displays as text. Given how much dialogue there is this becomes tiresome by the end. Thankfully this is the only audio weak point as the music and other sound effects are fantastic.

These minor flaws do little to dimish the shining glory of Okami. The game has fairly tried and true nuts and bolts but the way those basics have been dressed up is something totally fresh, even four years after the game's release. Sadly the game did not meet sales expectations and Clover Studio was closed soon after. There are murmurs of Capcom creating a sequel, but if that is done at all it will be with a new creative team at the helm. No matter how talented any design team on the planet would be hard pressed to recapture the unique charm and visual splendor of this wonderful game.

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