10 Banned PS2 Games Too Controversial For Their Time

The PlayStation 2 games that were too ahead of their time.


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.

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Glasgow-based cinephile who earned a Master's degree in film studies to spend their time writing about cinema, video games, and horror.