Almost everyone owned a PS2 – it was the console that played DVDs and was cheaper than a DVD player at launch. It’s an irresistible boon and has helped the console become one of the best-selling gaming systems of all time. We all owned one or knew someone who owned one, and there was a massive library of games, many of which were heralded as some of the greatest of all time.
But that’s not what this list is about. In this list you will find really strange games, because they are not good, but they are expensive. Whether it’s due to few copies in print or very few copies sold, it’s PS2 games that now cost far more than they ever did when they were new and in stores. Scroll below for our list of the most expensive PS2 games of all time.
Let’s start the list with a big one. SNK Sengoku the series isn’t the team’s most popular franchise at this point, with almost everything but king of fighters and samurai fight seemingly shelved, but for some reason the trilogy of Sengoku games available on PS2 in the Sengoku Anthology is one of the rarest and most expensive games in the system. This is more true in PAL regions, where the game wasn’t released until late 2009. By this point, most gamers had switched to Call of Duty on Xbox 360, so Sengoku Anthology ended up being one of the rarest games in the system, worth $1,459 for a nice boxed copy.
Rose’s Rule is a very interesting title. Although it was developed in Japan and published by Sony Computer Entertainment, the European and American branches had no interest in publishing the title. This meant the unique survival horror game was handed over to Atlus USA and 505 Games for international release. As usual, these weird circumstances ended up making the game very rare, and you’ll pay $630 for a good copy.
Kuon is a very strange game, but quickly became a collector’s item thanks to dark souls fans who want to dig into the developer’s past. Yes, Kuon is a bizarre survival horror game developed by FromSoftware, the studio recently celebrated for the launch Ring of Eldenwhich needs no introduction. Kuon is a very different experience, with spooky demons and an atmosphere to make Blightown blush. If you want a nice copy of Kuon in your collection, expect to pay $770. Damn.
The Xenosaga The series has had its rough ups and downs, but that hasn’t stopped the series from being cult classics that fans want more of. Unfortunately, this is unlikely to happen, but the spiritual successor in Xenoblade Chronicles more than compensates. Xenosaga is a deep JRPG series with big mechs, and Xenosaga 3 is the rarest of the group. If you have a like-new copy with that fancy lenticular cover, you can easily sell it for $325. No cover? No problem, you can still earn up to $270.
Weird PS2 games don’t get much weirder than a survival horror game set in America, never released in America and made by a weird team by Japanese developer standards. Yes, Goichi “Suda51” Suda worked on Michigan: Report from Hell along with the rest of Grasshopper Manufacture, these days known for killer7 and the more heroes series. Was it well received? Not really. But it’s so weird it’s a collector’s item, and if you want a copy, it’ll cost you $270.
The third game of the Devil Summoner sub-series, this bizarre JRPG is set during Japan’s Taisho era and even features historical figures like Grigori Rasputin. You know, the biggest love machine in Russia. That one. This is another fairly late PS2 release, only releasing in late 2006 in the US and 2007 in PAL regions. This is what makes the PAL version of this game worth up to $200.
The full title of it is Blood Will Tell: Dororo by Tezuka Osamubased on the manga series by Osamu Tezuka Dororo. A weird release like this was usually mixed with negative reviews, but the reviews were surprisingly kind to it. The blood will tell. It’s a little cult classic that fans of the manga will want, but none of that really explains why it’s $420 these days.
It was a golden time for Capcom. the devil may cry, Joe seeing it, Resident Evil 4, God’s hand, and many other cult classics were released by the studio during this time, but not all of them achieved the way Capcom had hoped. Good, God’s hand was one of them, but haunted land flew under the radar more than most. A spiritual successor to Clock tower series, it’s another Capcom title that received mixed reviews at launch and ended up almost entirely forgotten. Well, collectors haven’t forgotten about that, as they’re willing to pay $350 for a good copy.
Silent Hill: Shattered Memories was relatively well received at launch and is often considered the best silent Hill game released since the infamous downfall of the series. Shattered memories in particular was a very late release, originally released only for the Wii in North America in 2009, then released for PS2 in the same region just over a month later – other regions got a release simultaneous. Of course, that’s very late for a PS2 game, and that means PS2 copies are extremely rare, fetching up to $280 at online auctions.
The fourth game of the .To hack series, .hack Quarantine attempts to wrap up the vast history of the MMORPG in a single-player action game. It was basically Sword Art Online long before it was cool. The full four-game collection launched pretty quickly, in less than a year in NA. Inevitably, fewer copies were made of the final game, and so Quarantine can easily cost you $270. Brutal.
Written by Dave Aubrey on behalf of GLHF.