5. Final Fantasy X
It’s no surprise that Final Fantasy X secured its place in the top 5 best-selling PS2 games. This RPG offered a gripping narrative, memorable characters like Tidus and Yuna, and a combat system that resonated with both hardcore fans and newcomers. Additionally, its groundbreaking graphics and soundtracks made it a staple in every PS2 collection. Final Fantasy X is also available on both PS4 and PS5 as a HD re-release.
Est Sales: Over 8.5 million copies worldwide.
4. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Topping the charts, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City took players back to the neon lights and criminal underworld of the 1980s. With its catchy soundtrack, vivid environment, and a captivating story of Tommy Vercetti’s rise to power, it’s no surprise that Vice City became the crowning jewel of PS2 sales. Vice City was recently re-released as part of the Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition.
Est Sales: Over 10.5 million copies worldwide.
3. Gran Turismo 4
Yet again, the Gran Turismo series revved its way into the top charts. Gran Turismo 4 built upon its predecessor’s success, offering even more cars, tracks, and stunning realism. The level of depth and detail in this racing simulator was unparalleled at the time, making it a must-have for any PS2 enthusiast. Fun fact: A Grand Turismo movie was released in 2023 to middling reviews.
Est Sales: Over 11.76 million copies worldwide.
2. Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec
Car enthusiasts and casual gamers alike were lured by Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec. With its hyper-realistic graphics, detailed car models, and thrilling race tracks, it’s no wonder this game raced its way into millions of homes. Truly, this title set a benchmark for what racing simulators could achieve on console platforms. This was personally my favorite Gran Turismo game to date!
Est Sales: Over 14.89 million copies worldwide.
1. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
From the lively streets of Los Santos to the deserts of Las Venturas, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was an epic journey that provided players with a sprawling open-world experience. Its compelling storyline, combined with the freedom to do just about anything, makes it easy to see why this title secured such massive sales. San Andreas was also recently re-released as part of the Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition.
Est Sales: Over 17.33 million copies worldwide.