Released back in 2000 and
selling more than 150 million units, the PlayStation 2 is the best-selling
console of all time. And with a staggering library of almost 4,000 games, the platform
is home to some of the most influential titles to come out of the
generation – Final Fantasy XI, Metal Gear Solid 2, and Devil May Cry being just a few examples.
Likewise, the new technology that
the console’s revolutionary Emotion Engine offered allowed developers to get a
lot more creative and experimental with their games, resulting in jaw-dropping
titles like Shadow of the Colossus, Okami, and Silent Hill 2 as well as the
all-out weird delights of Katamari Damacy and Mister Mosquito.
However, not all these titles
were met with open arms. Controversy has never been too far from the world of
gaming, with some classification boards voicing concerns regarding violent, sexual,
or other sorts of mature content. Putting long-running debates on video games
and violence aside, it’s not too hard to see why some titles were refused classification
in certain territories.
Had these games been released today,
though, their reception could have been different. Here are the banned PlayStation
2 games that were possibly too ahead of their time.