The PlayStation 2 in Numbers on its 20th Anniversary

The legendary PlayStation 2, also know as PS2, is one of the most memorable video game consoles ever. And today Sony celebrates 20th anniversary of its launch in Japan.

It has been two decades since the PS2 was released in Japan in March 4, 2000. It became a smashing success since the moment it was released thanks to the success of its previous version, the PlayStation 1. It introduced a new level of graphics and gaming quality that surpassed greatly the PS1. And that is why I dedicate today’s entry to the king console of the videogame industry and to those top-selling games that once become popular and played by gamers all over the world. 

A bit of history

It all started after the launch of the PlayStation 1. The success of this console consolidated Sony’s decision to continue in the video game industry. So it is said that the PlayStation 2 already started its development back in late 1994 in total secret.

By 1997 rumors began to leak about possible specifications and its design. But the official announced did not arrive until March 1, 1999. And in that year’s Tokyo Game Show (in September 20, 1999) Sony finally unveiled the PlayStation 2 causing great expectation.

The rest of the story is already well known. The success was so great that up until now no gaming console has managed to exceed the total sales of the PS2, not even its successors. And to prove it, as an image is worth more than 1,000 words, we have developed the following chart. It compares the number of sales of the four Sony PlayStations so far.

Best-selling PlayStation 2 games

In total, Sony has sold more than 158.85 million PlayStation2 units, and shipped more than 1.24 billion PS2 games worldwide, making it the most popular and sold console of Sony of all times. The following chart that we created looking at the fiscal data that Sony shares on its official website compares the sales number of the four Sony consoles to date and shows how the PS2 outperforms all of them year after year.

This data mean that the PS2 was unrivaled in terms of sales during the time it was sold. But these number are just numbers that do not reflect the technological leap that this new console represented and, above all, the greatness of the games that were developed.

Titles such as Kingdom Hearts 1 & 2, Devil May Cry, Grand Theft Auto San Andreas, Shadow of the Colossus, Final Fantasy X and X-II, Gran Turismo 3, Metal Gear Solid 3, Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal, Sly Cooper 2: Band of Thieves, Jak and Daxter, God of War, Resident Evil 4 and a very long etcetera have been praised by both the critics and the public. They have provided us great moments over the past decade. That is why, although this gaming system has not been produced for years, these games are still being bought and played today.

To commemorate this 20th anniversary and spread the word to young generations about these games that were once considered the best of their time in terms of gameplay and graphics, as well as a resounding success in sales, I have made and uploaded the following video to my YouTube account. Play it!

Of course, this is just a top 10 arranged by number of sales. But there are other very good games that, although they did not become a best seller, they were highly regarded by critics. Here I present you a more complete list of all the PS2 games that have contributed to the success of the console.

No.TitleRelease dateSales
1Grand Theft Auto: San AndreasOctober 26, 200417,330,000
2Gran Turismo 3: A-SpecApril 28, 200114,890,000
3Gran Turismo 4December 28, 200411,760,000
4Grand Theft Auto: Vice CityOctober 27, 20029,801,000
5Final Fantasy XJuly 19, 20018,500,000
6Grand Theft Auto IIIOctober 22, 20018,105,000
7Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of LibertyNovember 12, 20017,000,000
8Final Fantasy XIIMarch 16, 20066,000,000
9Tekken 5March 31, 20056,000,000
10Kingdom HeartsMarch 28, 20025,900,000
11Final Fantasy X-2March 13, 20035,400,000
12Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed KingNovember 27, 20044,880,000
13Kingdom Hearts IIDecember 22, 20054,757,000
14God of WarMarch 22, 20054,610,000
15Madden NFL 2005August 9, 20044,350,000
16God of War IIMarch 13, 20074,240,000
17Jak and Daxter: The Precursor LegacyDecember 3, 20014,200,000
18EyeToy: PlayJuly 4, 20034,000,000
19Madden NFL 2004August 12, 20033,950,000
20Madden NFL 06August 8, 20053,770,000
21Ratchet & ClankNovember 4, 20023,710,000
22Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake EaterNovember 17, 20043,700,000
23Need for Speed: UndergroundNovember 17, 20033,690,000
24Medal of Honor: FrontlineMay 28, 20023,550,000
25Guitar Hero IINovember 7, 20063,410,000
26Pro Evolution Soccer 3August 7, 20033,271,000
27Guitar Hero III: Legends of RockOctober 28, 20073,234,000
28Ratchet & Clank: Up Your ArsenalNovember 3, 20043,218,000
29Madden NFL 2003August 12, 20023,180,000
30Pro Evolution Soccer 4August 5, 20043,133,000
31Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3October 4, 20073,000,000
32The GetawayDecember 11, 20023,000,000
33Ratchet & Clank: Going CommandoNovember 11, 20032,966,000
34WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2006November 11, 20052,900,000
35Pro Evolution Soccer 2April 25, 20022,859,000
36Spider-ManApril 15, 20022,810,000
37Madden NFL 07August 22, 20062,800,000
38SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALsAugust 27, 20022,780,000
39Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of CortexOctober 29, 20012,763,000
40Ace Combat 04: Shattered SkiesSeptember 13, 20012,640,000
41Dragon Ball Z: BudokaiNovember 29, 20022,610,000
42The Simpsons: Hit & RunSeptember 16, 20032,570,000
43Need for Speed: Most WantedNovember 15, 20052,530,000
44Medal of Honor: Rising SunNovember 11, 20032,520,000
45Dynasty Warriors 4February 27, 20032,515,000
46The Lord of the Rings: The Two TowersOctober 21, 20022,510,000
47Lego Star Wars: The Video GameApril 2, 20052,500,000
48Sonic UnleashedNovember 18, 20082,450,000
49Tony Hawk's UndergroundOctober 27, 20032,420,000
50Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3October 28, 20012,400,000
51Tekken Tag TournamentMarch 30, 20002,367,000
52Star Wars: Battlefront IIOctober 31, 20052,330,000
53Devil May Cry 3: Dante's AwakeningFebruary 17, 20052,300,000
54Madden NFL 2002August 19, 20012,300,000
55Resident Evil 4October 25, 20052,300,000
56Dynasty Warriors 3September 20, 20012,295,000
57The Simpsons: Road RageNovember 24, 20012,240,000
58SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALsNovember 4, 20032,171,000
59Everybody's Golf 3 (HotShots Golf 3 in the US)July 26, 20012,170,000
60Ratchet: DeadlockedOctober 25, 20052,169,000
61Devil May CryAugust 23, 20012,160,000
62Max PayneDecember 6, 20012,128,000
63Need for Speed: Underground 2November 15, 20042,106,000
64Onimusha 2: Samurai's DestinyMarch 7, 20022,100,000
65True Crime: Streets of LANovember 3, 20032,085,000
66Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2November 14, 20032,084,000
67007: Agent Under FireNovember 13, 20012,070,000
68Onimusha: WarlordsJanuary 25, 20012,020,000
69Tekken 4March 28, 20022,005,000
70ESPN NFL 2K5July 20, 20042,000,000
71WWE SmackDown! vs. RawNovember 2, 20042,000,000
72Star Wars: BattlefrontSeptember 20, 20041,995,000
73ATV Offroad FuryFebruary 5, 20011,990,000
74NBA Live 2005September 28, 20041,980,000
75Midnight Club: Street RacingOctober 26, 20001,976,000
76Spider-Man 2June 28, 20041,930,000
77Madden NFL 08August 14, 20071,900,000
78Pro Evolution Soccer 6April 27, 20061,889,000
79Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3November 16, 20041,836,000
80Dragon Quest V: Tenku no HanayomeMarch 25, 20041,811,000
81007: NightfireNovember 18, 20021,808,000
82Pro Evolution Soccer 5August 4, 20051,806,000
83Ace Combat 5: The Unsung WarOctober 21, 20041,802,000
84Namco MuseumDecember 4, 20011,800,000
85Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the SithMay 4, 20051,771,000
86ATV Offroad Fury 2November 9, 20021,770,000
87WWE SmackDown! Shut Your MouthOctober 31, 20021,743,000
88Sonic Mega Collection PlusNovember 2, 20041,740,000
89Sonic HeroesDecember 30, 20031,720,000
90Call of Duty: Finest HourNovember 16, 20041,714,000
91NBA StreetJune 18, 20011,713,000
92Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City StoriesJune 6, 20061,702,000
93Devil May Cry 2January 25, 20031,700,000
94Mortal Kombat: Deadly AllianceNovember 16, 20021,700,000
95YakuzaDecember 8, 20051,700,000
96Enter the MatrixMay 14, 20031,616,000
97Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2October 1, 20021,610,000
98Jak IIOctober 14, 20031,600,000
99NBA Street Vol. 2April 28, 20031,600,000
100WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the PainOctober 27, 20031,585,000
101Gran Turismo ConceptJanuary 1, 20021,560,000
102Guitar HeroNovember 7, 20051,530,000
103WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2007November 10, 20061,530,000
104Onimusha 3: Demon SiegeFebruary 26, 20041,520,000
105Samurai WarriorsFebruary 11, 20041,509,000
106Virtua Fighter 4January 31, 20021,500,000
107BullyOctober 17, 20061,500,000
108Tony Hawk's Underground 2October 4, 20041,500,000
109NBA Live 2004October 14, 20031,488,000
110WWF SmackDown! Just Bring ItNovember 16, 20011,486,000
111Finding NemoMay 9, 20031,460,000
112Resident Evil OutbreakDecember 11, 20031,450,000
113Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004September 22, 20031,430,000
114Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4October 23, 20021,420,000
115The SimsJanuary 12, 20031,416,000
116Hitman 2: Silent AssassinOctober 1, 20021,412,000
117Resident Evil Code: Veronica XMarch 22, 20011,400,000
118Gran Turismo 4 PrologueDecember 4, 20031,400,000
119Bratz: Rock AngelzOctober 4, 20051,400,000
120NCAA Football 06July 11, 20051,390,000
121Crazy TaxiMay 14, 20011,383,000
122Lego Star Wars II: The Original TrilogySeptember 12, 20061,380,000
123The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the KingNovember 5, 20031,374,000
124Star Ocean: Till the End of TimeAugust 31, 20041,363,000
125Burnout 3: TakedownSeptember 7, 20041,338,000
126Jak 3November 9, 20041,330,000
127Tom Clancy's Ghost ReconDecember 1, 20021,329,000
128NCAA Football 07July 18, 20061,320,000
129Soulcalibur IIMarch 27, 20031,310,000
130MadagascarMay 23, 20051,310,000
131Shrek 2April 28, 20041,300,000
132Midnight Club IIApril 9, 20031,280,000
133NCAA Football 2004July 16, 20031,280,000
134NBA Live 06September 26, 20051,278,000
135NFL BlitzOctober 28, 20031,270,000
136Everybody's Golf 4September 26, 20051,250,000
137Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VIIJanuary 26, 20061,245,000
138Madden NFL 2001October 26, 20001,236,000
139Scarface: The World Is YoursOctober 8, 20061,220,000
140Pac-Man World 2February 24, 20021,210,000
141Dark CloudDecember 14, 20001,200,000
142NBA Live 2003October 8, 20021,191,000
143ESPN NBA 2K5September 30, 20041,190,000
144Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2October 5, 20061,180,000
145Tom Clancy's Splinter CellMarch 20031,178,000
146Yu-Gi-Oh! The Duelists of the RosesSeptember 6, 20011,178,000
147Scooby-Doo! Night of 100 FrightsMay 20, 20021,170,000
148Jissen Pachi-Slot Hisshoho! Hokuto no KenMay 27, 20041,150,000
149MVP Baseball 2005February 22, 20051,140,000
150Twisted Metal: BlackJune 18, 20011,120,000

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