The PlayStation 2 is one of the most popular consoles of all time, with over 157 million units sold worldwide. Due to its widespread success, Sony made sure to keep supplying the console with incredible games, and the PS2 now has one of the most beloved libraries in all gaming. From tactical JRPGs to EyeToy rhythm games, there’s something for everyone on the PS2, including horror fans.


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There are a lot of horror titles available on the PS2, and players can expect anything when it comes to these titles. Some are popular stalwarts of the horror gaming universe, while others have slipped under the radar of many fans of spooky games. The monsters are grotesque, the combat is stressful (if available at all), and the scares are constant in these haunted classics.

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10/10 The Thing

The Thing is from minds at Konami, and the game acts a sequel to the cult classic horror film. The player controls Captain Blake, who is sent to investigate a strange facility where concerning events are taking place. This game can be fairly challenging, but there are many weapons available for Captain Blake to blast through Walkers and Scuttlers.

Captain Blake also relies on adrenaline injections to keep his mind from cracking at the horrific beasts he continuously comes into contact with. There’s a lot of nightmare fuel in The Thing, so it comes highly recommended for players that love strange, grossly held together creatures.

9/10 Resident Evil 4

Resident Evil 4 is a favorite for many players, and arguably the most beloved game in the Resident Evil franchise. Leon Kennedy must find the president’s daughter, and he has to go through a lot of terrible trials to get to her. Giant ogres, crazed villagers, and leviathan-like lake monsters all try to stop him in the most violent ways imaginable.

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Ammo is scarce, the stakes are high, and Leon’s hair remains perfect the entire time. Resident Evil 4 can’t get enough praise, and those who are yet to play it are in luck since the game is getting a remake for the current generation of consoles.

8/10 Silent Hill 4: The Room

Silent Hill 4: The Room is psychological horror bliss, full of twists and turns that are sure to leave the player rushing to the store to pick up a night light. This game focuses less on puzzles and more on combat, while simultaneously ensuring that the player never knows what could be around any given corner.

Players will never be sure if what Henry is doing is real, if anything around him is real, or if he’s even alive at all from the beginning. Silent Hill 4: The Roomis a must-play title for those who feel they’ve seen everything in horror games, because there are plenty of surprises available here.

7/10 Fatal Frame 2: Crimson Butterfly

Players control twin girls through a haunted and abandoned village, armed only with a special camera. The story in Fatal Frame 2: Crimson Butterfly does not continue the original plot from the first game, though that’s not a big deal, as this story is compelling and the gameplay is just as terrifying.

How these two sisters feel so comfortable around horrifying spirits is beyond understanding, especially when they are targeted for sacrifice by the malicious entities. With well-timed shots, players can exorcise the souls of these ghosts and free them from this mortal coil, provided they can stand to look at them for long enough.

6/10 Kuon

A rare title that unfortunately fell to the background on release, Kuon offers a few playable characters and one haunted mansion for the chosen character to explore. Each character has their own story that takes place in the mansion, and each story is tragic and full of bloodshed.

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Developed by FromSoftware, Kuon features stories inspired by Japanese ghost tales, and the game’s dark, brooding atmosphere really amps up the feeling of overall dread. The combat in this game is unique and full of flare, though the enemies are horrifying spirits of Japanese legend, so be prepared for that.

5/10 Cold Fear

Cold Fear may present the most harrowing situation of all these titles, as the player controls the last surviving member of multiple teams aboard ship in Russian waters. The protagonist, Tom Hanson, must unravel the mystery of what happened to his squad mates, all while being attacked by grotesque looking enemies.

Cold Fear is one of the best looking survival horror games available on PS2, and its graphical prowess only adds to the gruesome imagery Hanson must endure. It’s hard to imagine anyone being able to keep cool when trapped on a boat with killer flesh beasts, but Hanson is an ever-fearless protagonist that’s strong enough to guide the player through the terror.

4/10 Silent Hill 2

Here’s a game with an unreliable protagonist, in more ways than one. James Sunderland just wants to find his wife, who was thought to be dead, but the nightmares of Silent Hill 2 are dead set on stopping him. That is, if James’s wife is even real, or if anything is real, which is something Silent Hill 2 plays with a lot.

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The always terrifying Pyramid Head is a huge looming threat in this game, and James is often at the brute’s mercy when things get tight. Konami loaded this game with secrets, symbolism, and harrowing metaphors for all players who love a good mystery.

3/10 The Suffering

Torque is a prisoner on death row for the murder of his family, though he has no memory of committing the crime. After an earthquake reveals the presence of a supernatural enemy, Torque must battle his inner demons and prove his own morality if he wants to escape death.

The Suffering is a mind-bending journey, to say the least. The game has three possible endings, each with its own explanation for what happened to Torque’s family. This dynamic makes The Suffering very easy to pick up again as players seek the truth of what exactly happened to their friendly inmate protagonist.

2/10 Fatal Frame 3: The Tormented

Fatal Frame 3: The Tormented is the best Fatal Frame on PS2, with more ghost photography and playable characters. The ghosts in Fatal Frame 3 are spookier than ever, and the death scenes will leave players trembling and squeamish.

The game has 3 playable characters and will often have the player swapping between real life and a dream state, where all sorts of other nightmares can take place. Players who aren’t too keen on the idea of unseen nightmare ghosts always watching them may want to play Fatal Frame 3: The Tormented with a group of friends.

1/10 Silent Hill: Origins

Silent Hill: Origins is hands down the most heart pounding Silent Hill game on PS2, and it does not pull any punches. Before the events of the first Silent Hill, Travis Grady is in search of a girl he rescued from a fire, only to have his own repressed memories confront him.

The crackling of Travis’s radio alerts him of nearby enemies, and adds to the game’s eerie atmosphere. Like the rest of the franchise, there are multiple endings of varying severity, and Travis has to keep his wits about him in order to discern reality from the “other world.”

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