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Top 10 Best-Selling PlayStation 2 Games - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 18 September 2015 / 39,561 Views

Last week we looked at the top 10 best-selling games for the original PlayStation in celebration of its 20th anniversary in North America, along with the top 10 best-selling games for its closest rival, the Nintendo 64. Today, we'll be taking a look at the PlayStation 2. 

Sony's second console is not only the best-selling home console of all time, but also the most successful platform in gaming history. The PlayStation 2 sold 157.68 million units in its lifetime.

Looking at the regional breakdown we can see how strong it was right across the world. It sold best in Europe with 55.28 million units, but it also proved popular in North America, where it managed to shift 53.65 million units, and Japan, where 23.18 million units were sold. The rest of the world also accounted for a massive 25.57 million units.

As you would expect from the best-selling platform in gaming history, software sales were also strong. Below we've compiled a list of the top 10 best-selling PlayStation 2 games:

10th. Kingdom Hearts - 6.40 Million

9th. Medal of Honor: Frontline - 6.83 Million

8th. Need for Speed: Underground 2 - 6.90 Million

7th. Need for Speed: Underground - 7.20 Million

6th. Final Fantasy X - 8.05 Million

5th. Gran Turismo 4 - 11.66 Million

4th. Grand Theft Auto III - 13.10 Million

3rd. Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec - 14.98 Million

2nd. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City - 16.15 Million

1st. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas - 20.81 Million


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A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials.You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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43 Comments

KLAMarine (on 18 September 2015)

San Andreas! Hell yeah!


Dr.Vita (on 19 September 2015)

PS2 era was a great time to be a gamer!!!


Roronaa_chan (on 20 September 2015)

The best


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iLikeEggs (on 19 September 2015)

such a wonderful system. Since its retirement, I have just been disappointed. The incredible part about this list is that there are soooo many great games underneath it. That era really a wonderful time for gaming.


AlfredoTurkey (on 19 September 2015)

PS2... the last era of true plug and play consoles.


StarOcean (on 19 September 2015)

I find the lack of Dragon Quest VIII disturbing


Ashitaka92 (on 03 November 2015)

That's actually my favorite game on the ps2


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ClassicGamingWizzz (on 18 September 2015)

6th. Final Fantasy X - 8.05 Million Beast !!!


Mich112233 (on 20 September 2015)

Pretty impressive, but this shows that the system didn't have many massively appealing games, despite having such a large install base. This list pales in comparison to the top selling wii games, for example (even if we forget wii sports).


StreaK (on 19 September 2015)

Final Fantasy X is truly a masterpiece! There should be a Metal Gear Solid game on this list but it just doesn't sell enough in Japan to compete with FF.


gigantor21 (on 19 September 2015)

Man, Gran Turismo has really fallen off in sales compared to the PS2 days...


DakonBlackblade (on 19 September 2015)

We gota keep things in perspective. PS2 had like 100% markshare so everything sold more on PS2. PS3 for the most part of the generation had the smaleest of the markshares, that play a hughe role in the PS3 GTs sales, they still sold quite well if you consider all that.


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DakonBlackblade (on 19 September 2015)

We gota keep things in perspective. PS2 had like 100% markshare so everything sold more on PS2. PS3 for the most part of the generation had the smaleest of the markshares, that play a hughe role in the PS3 GTs sales, they still sold quite well if you consider all that.


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Ashitaka92 (on 03 November 2015)

YASSS KINGDOM HEARTS


Skratchy (on 24 October 2015)

Look at how low software sales were in the "pre-bundle age".


Vens (on 22 September 2015)

Kinda weird to see 4 racing games in top 10.


Mich112233 (on 20 September 2015)

Pretty impressive, but this shows that the system didn't have many massively appealing games, despite having such a large install base. This list pales in comparison to the top selling wii games, for example (even if we forget wii sports).


Skratchy (on 24 October 2015)

Lol. Think about that for a second. Almost ALL of those Wii games were bundled with the console. Hence the huge numbers.


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Baalzamon (on 19 September 2015)

Glad to see Frontline on there. Absolutely loved that game.


CleggaZ (on 19 September 2015)

Well Ff and KH sold more than I Thought they had.


AZWification (on 19 September 2015)

This lists needs more Resident Evil 4.


SilentHillSurvivor (on 19 September 2015)

Gran Turismo and GTA dominated the PS2. And they both still dominate on the PS3


Michelasso (on 19 September 2015)

And now we get spammed by that CoD FPS junk in the top 5 positions.


Goodnightmoon (on 19 September 2015)

Sure Ps2 owners loved cars lol


Ljink96 (on 19 September 2015)

Wow, lots of GT and GTA. I stayed more on the JRPG side but never liked FFX:(


QUAKECore89 (on 18 September 2015)

I knew it!!! San Andreas is a legend!!!


Bman54 (on 18 September 2015)

Kinda surprised about NFS and MoH. Never knew they were THAT popular.


UltimateGamer1982 (on 19 September 2015)

Same here. I was shocked too. Kinda also shocked at no MGS game being in that list.


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UltimateGamer1982 (on 19 September 2015)

Same here. I was shocked too. Kinda also shocked at no MGS game being in that list.


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Zkuq (on 19 September 2015)

I'm even more surprised about having not one but two NFS games on the list. MoH I can understand, it was THE World War II shooter on PS2 for a long time, and that was still the era of WWII shooters.


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Rob5VGC (on 18 September 2015)

Don't get me wrong, I'm happy for Kingdom Hearts since its one of my favorite game series, but is it really #10? I've been following the sales numbers of KH 1.5 and 2.5 on VGC. When 1.5 came out, KH1 was below 6 million. When the sales of 1.5 increased, KH1 increased as well. Same with KH 2.5 and Birth by Sleep. Birth by Sleep is in 2.5. Birth by Sleep was under 2 million when 2.5 released, but after 2.5's release, its above 2 million. The series has sold over 21 million, and VGC has it at nearly 23 million. I'm just pointing out that the HD collections sales on VGC are boosting the original games numbers. I've seen it with other game series, but this one sticks with me. GT domination!


Azhraell (on 18 September 2015)

No, they didn't increase because 1.5 or 2.5 released. They decided to add Kingdom hearts 1 & 2 final mix since they are essentially the same game with extras.


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Azhraell (on 18 September 2015)

Birth by sleep had a final mix release as well btw


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Rob5VGC (on 18 September 2015)

Well, the series has sold over 21 million, so in the end, VGC's numbers are overtracked. lol


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Azhraell (on 19 September 2015)

Don't know where did you get those numbers from but in any case the series is at 22.4m here. I remember 3D was overtracked in the U.S but Kingdom hearts 1 & 2 don't seem to be overtracked, and that's what this article was related to.


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Shikamo (on 18 September 2015)

I played Gta San Andres too much with my friends, the Best Gta ever made xD


KLAMarine (on 18 September 2015)

Preach it!


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Mike321 (on 18 September 2015)

San Andreas such a beast, best game of the series by far


KLAMarine (on 18 September 2015)

Ditto


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Azuren (on 19 September 2015)

What? Kingdom Hearts 1 sold more than 2? I thought 2 was more successful?


DevilRising (on 07 October 2015)

PS2 was essentially the GTA Machine = confirmed. GTA III blew up big, and a lot of people bought a PS2 over a GC or Xbox purely because they could get that game. I am, however, a little shocked that crap like NFS Underground and Medal of Honor Made the list, and not, say, God of War or Jak & Daxter. Sad.


korn62586 (on 19 September 2015)

The picture of a PS3 controller is comical


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Seventizz (on 19 September 2015)

My ps2 remained dormant through most of it's generation. Xbox was just better in every area for my taste.


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