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Celebrated game developers list their all-time favourite PS2 games

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To mark the 10th anniversary of the PlayStation 2 in North America, the US PlayStation Blog went around and asked a few recognised, legendary and celebrated game developers (as well as games press people) to name their top three favourite PlayStation 2 games of all time:

Red PlayStation 2“Word quickly spread,” writes Sid Shuman on the blog, “the project swelled in scope, and the result is what you see here — a definitive list of ‘must-play’ PS2 games by some of the greatest living game developers in the business.”

27 folks made the list, which includes the likes of Warren Spector, Ken Levine, David Jaffe, Tim Schafer and Cliff Bleszinski.

Out of the 27, however, I couldn’t help but notice that there’s only one woman represented in the bunch ‒ Double Fine’s Tasha Harris. Just sayin’ Sony.

You can find the full list of developers and their favourite PS2 games below:

Stig Asmussen (Game Director, Santa Monica Studios)

  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
  • Resident Evil 4
  • Devil May Cry

Cliff Bleszinski (Design Director, Epic Games – Current Project: Bulletstorm)

  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
  • Katamari Damacy
  • Silent Hill 2

Ed Boon (Creative Director, NetherRealm Studios – Current Project: Mortal Kombat)

  • Guitar Hero
  • God of War
  • Grand Theft Auto III

Scott Campbell (Co-Founder and Co-director, Eat Sleep Play – Current Project: Twisted Metal)

  • Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
  • Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec
  • Katamari Damacy

David Cage (Co-CEO, Quantic Dream – Current Project: Heavy Rain: Move Edition)

  • Ico
  • Rez
  • Okami

Alex Evans (Technical Director, Media Molecule – Current Project: LittleBigPlanet 2)

  • Burnout 3: Takedown
  • Ico
  • Shadow of the Colossus

Chet Faliszek (Writer, Valve Software – Current Project: Portal 2)

  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
  • SSX3
  • Burnout 3: Takedown

Nate Fox (Game Director, Sucker Punch Productions – Current Project: inFAMOUS 2)

  • God of War
  • Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando
  • Grand Theft Auto III

Tasha Harris (Project Lead, Double Fine Productions – Current Project: Costume Quest)

  • Okami
  • Frequency
  • Final Fantasy XI

Todd Howard (Game Director, Bethesda Game Studios)

  • Grand Theft Auto III
  • Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec
  • SSX

Hermen Hulst (Co-founder and Managing Director, Guerrilla Games – Current Project: Killzone 3)

  • God of War
  • Ico
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

David Jaffe (Co-Founder and Co-director, Eat Sleep Play – Current Project: Twisted Metal)

  • Ico
  • Devil May Cry
  • Way of the Samurai

Ken Levine (Creative Director, Irrational Games – Current Project: BioShock Infinite)

  • Dark Cloud 2
  • Mercenaries
  • Culdcept

Steve Papoutsis (Executive Producer, Visceral Games – Current Project: Dead Space 2)

  • Okami
  • Persona 3
  • The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

Ted Price (Founder and CEO, Insomniac Games – Current Project: Resistance 3, Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One)

  • SSX
  • Guitar Hero
  • Gran Turismo 4

Tim Schafer (President and CEO, Double Fine Productions – Current Project: Costume Quest)

  • Katamari Damacy
  • Okami
  • We ♥ Katamari

Warren Spector (Creative Director, Disney Interactive Studios – Current Project: Epic Mickey)

  • Ico
  • Ratchet & Clank
  • Grand Theft Auto III

Tim Willits (Creative Director, id Software – Current Project: Rage)

  • Shadow of the Colossus
  • Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
  • Silent Hill 2

Evan Wells (Co-President, Naughty Dog)

  • Fatal Frame 2
  • Ico
  • Resident Evil 4

Press & Community

Dan “Shoe” Hsu (Co-Founder and Editor, Bitmob.com)

  • Shadow of the Colossus
  • Grand Theft Auto III
  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3

Ben Kuchera (Gaming Editor, Ars Technica)

  • Gitaroo Man
  • Shadow of the Colossus
  • Bully

Greg Miller (Executive Editor, IGN.com)

  • Metal Gear Solid 2
  • GrimGrimoire
  • Spider-Man 2

Gary Steinman (Editor in Chief, PlayStation: The Official Magazine)

  • Ico
  • Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
  • Final Fantasy X

Ricardo Torres (Editor in Chief, GameSpot)

  • Dark Cloud 2
  • Monster Rancher 3
  • Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando

Sid Shuman (Senior Social Media Specialist, PlayStation)

  • Shadow of the Colossus
  • The Thing
  • Resident Evil 4

Rey Gutierrez (Senior Social Media Specialist, PlayStation)

  • Rez
  • God of War II
  • Devil May Cry

Jeff Rubenstein (Social Media Manager, PlayStation)

  • Gran Turismo 3: A Spec
  • Grand Theft Auto Vice City
  • Shadow of the Colossus
  • Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
  • Hot Shots Golf 3
  • God of War II
  • Okami
  • Final Fantasy X
  • Guitar Hero
  • Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence

If you’d like to read what each of the above developers and game press fellows (and Tasha Harris) had to say about each of the games they picked, you can head on over to the US PlayStation Blog.


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