This post was most recently updated on September 12th, 2018
PlayStation 2 was among the top gaming consoles during its time and it was one of the best things that I have ever owned in my life. Sadly my old PS2 won’t boot up now but I still have a huge collection of games like Jak and Daxter, Dragon Ball Z Tenkaichi Tag Team, Suikoden III and many more.
If you are also one of those people who still want to play their beloved titles from their old PlayStation then I have a good news for you.
Now you can use the ‘PCSX2’ PlayStation 2 emulator to run your favorite PS2 iso and ROMS on your Windows PC. All you need is a supported PC running on Windows Vista or above/ Linux/ Mac and you are good to go.
- How to install the PCSX2 emulator on your PC?
- Resident Evil 4
- Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi
- God Of War
- Grand Theft Auto III
- Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons Of Liberty
- Gran Turismo 3: A-SPEC
- Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4
- Burnout 3: Takedown
- Virtua Fighter 4
- God Of War 2
- SSX 3
- Need For Speed: Most Wanted
- Soulcalibur II
- Final Fantasy XII
- Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil
- Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal
- Twisted Metal: Black
- Shadow Of The Colossus
- DOA 2: Hardcore
- Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando
- Jak And Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
- Burnout Revenge
- Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4
- TimeSplitters 2
- Viewtiful Joe
- Red Faction
- Suikoden III
- We Love Katamari
- Aggressive Inline
- Rumble Racing
- Champions of Norrath
- Beyond Good & Evil
- Honorable Mentions
- These are the minimum system requirements to run the PCSX2 emulator on your PC.
- Advantages Of Using PCSX2 emulator over the Console
How to install the PCSX2 emulator on your PC?
- Download the suited version of the PCSX2 for your Windows, Mac, or Linux PC.
- Now for the next step, you will be required to get the BIOS file from your old PlayStation 2 console. You won’t find the BIOS anywhere on this page as it is a Sony copyright so you have to take it from your own console. Out of the context, I’d like to mention that the Internet is the biggest source of information if you are looking for something particular. 😉
- Install the PCSX2 on your PC by opening the setup and following the on-screen instructions.
- Now, configure the PCSX2 to run the PS2 iso of your favorite titles. You can refer to this video THIS VIDEO TUTORIAL for an easy setup of emulator on your PC.
- Now insert the DVD/CD of your PS2 game or you can also use a saved iso file of your PS2 games from your hard drive.
- Now enjoy your favorite PS2 iso on your PC.
After you are done with the installation and configuration of the PCSX2, Now it is time to play some games on it. You can use the old CDs and DVDs from your console or you can also get the PS2 iso of a game on your HDD and run it directly from there.
Here’s the list of some of the best PS2 iso that you can try on the PCSX2 emulator
Resident Evil 4
As one of the highest rated PS2 ROMS, Resident Evil 4 needs no introduction at all. It is a classic RPG title where players play as the lead character, Leon S. Kennedy.
Serving as a US agent, Leon is on a mission to look into the abduction of President’s daughter. Get ready to make your way through the evil Zombies and complete your mission. Resident Evil 4 is one of the best RPG PS2 iso that can be played on the PS2 emulator.
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi
In my opinion, Dragon Ball Z is the best. Be it the games, Anime, or the Manga nothing can beat DBZ in terms of storyline, gameplay, or our beloved characters. And the Budokai Tenkaichi takes it to another level. You can play as your favorite character from the DBZ series on the different 3D fighting stages which are also inspired by the DBZ. The game also has a very interesting storyline, different combos, transformations, and special attacks.
This is by far the best PS2 ISO that you can play on the PS2 emulator.
God Of War
One of the highest rated PS2 ROMS, this one needs no introduction at all. Play as Kratos and help him on his quest to destroy Ares, the God Of War. The game also features some of the darkest mythological creatures including the likes of Medusa, Cyclops, Hydra and many more. The game features one of the best story modes and you can run it easily on your PC using the PCSX2 emulator.
Grand Theft Auto III
Grand Theft Auto is the flagship series from the Rockstar games. Be the gangster king of your own 3D city which is filled with action and violence. GTA III has a 3rd person gameplay and multiple missions which you are required to complete as the story progresses. GTA III PS2 iso for PCSX2 is one of my favorite single player games which I run on my Linux PC.
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons Of Liberty
Get ready to go on a deadly mission as the main protagonist, Solid Snake and stop the bad guys from using the new prototype of Metal Gear for their nefarious purposes. The MGS 2: Sons Of Liberty has one of the best story modes and a 3rd person three-dimensional gameplay.
You are required to infiltrate a tanker and find out more about the secret prototype weapon. You can download and play this PS2 iso for free on your PC using the PCSX2 emulator.
Gran Turismo 3: A-SPEC
Gran Turismo is back with a new iteration of the game. It features the all new Tokyo Circuit and the Monte Carlo Grand Prix course. Also, a bunch of new cars like Viper, BMW, Mini Cooper are added to the garage. Gran Turismo 3 also features some of the best soundtracks which will elevate your gaming experience.
With the perfect mix of tracks, cars, and music, Gran Turismo 3 is one of the best PS2 iso which can be played on the PCSX2 emulator.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 is yet another popular PS2 iso from Activision. It is one of the highest rated PS2 ROMS that can be played on the PlayStation 2 emulator. Based on 190+ progressively difficult goals, Pro Skater 4 is all about showing off your skills and earn respect. If you have got what it takes to go pro on a skateboard, then you must try this PS2 iso on the PCSX2 emulator.
Burnout 3: Takedown
Burnout 3 takes the heat even further by adding more new levels and cars to the game. The hit series from the EA games have always been popular among the fans.
Burnout 3 features a new “crash and burn” racing concept and also has eye-catching visuals which look great. The game also boasts multiple single-player, multiplayer, and online racing modes which heats up the fun. If you are into racing games, then you must try the Burnout 3 PS2 iso on a PS2 emulator.
Virtua Fighter 4
Virtua Fighting 4 sits among the top fighting PS2 ROMS. The gameplay is based on real martial arts and offers a quite interesting gameplay.
You can join the 11 VF veterans who have their own set of abilities.
Virtua Fighter 4 PS2 iso also features new counters and defensive moves for different players. There is an awesome arcade mode and, a bunch of other gameplay options. It is one of the best Fighting PS2 ROMS that you can try on your PC using a PlayStation 2 emulator.
God Of War 2
When Kratos, a half-god warrior decided to go on a quest to dethrone a god in the first iteration of the game, his journey did not end there. After taking the throne at Olympus as the new God Of War, Kratos is now on its way to the far reaches of Earth to alter his fate. God Of War 2 is among the top rated PS2 ROMS and also one of my personal favorites. If you want to enjoy a good story-based gameplay along with mind-blowing visuals, then you must try God Of War 2 on your PCSX2 emulator.
EA’s first extreme sports game SSX is a treat for those who like to play racing games. The fast-paced gameplay and detailed tracks make SSX one of the best racing PS2 ROMS. There are various gaming modes and customization options which make SSX unique and enjoyable. While I personally do not like it as much as the popular RPG titles, it is still a good game for those who enjoy super-fast framerates and good graphics.
SSX 3 takes the fun to the next level and it is even better than its predecessors. The gameplay, the tracks, the mountains everything looks much better in the SSX 3. While the gameplay is fast as ever, SSX 3 still manages to keep the framerates high even after the upgrades. So if you enjoyed the previous versions of the game, you will definitely like the SSX 3.
In case you are wondering, SSX 3 PS2 iso runs perfectly on the PlayStation 2 emulator and you will definitely enjoy it on the PCSX2 emulator.
Need For Speed: Most Wanted
NFS Most Wanted has everything that it takes to become your favorite racing game. From casual races to a wonderful story mode that keeps getting better as the story progress.
Get ready for an ultimate rush in the Rockport city where you are up against the 15 blacklist racers. You have to beat them all and make your way to the top not just to be number 1 but also to win back your fabulous BMW and your pride.
Apart from these, there are also police chases to get a bounty on your head and beat your competitors.
Okami is a Japanese RPG title for PlayStation 2. You have to assume the role of a wolf, an embodiment of the sun god and go on a quest to battle mystical creatures and monsters to free the Earth from the curse. You have to stop Orochi, the legendary monster who has turned the planet into a wasteland. The game features one of the best story modes and also has awesome visuals.
Rated 9.1 by the critics, it is one of the best RPG PS2 iso that you can try on the PS2 emulator.
Soulcalibur II was one of the highly anticipated PS2 iso. It sits among the top fighting PS2 ROMS that you can download and play for free.
it is one of the greatest 3D weapon-based PS2 games which lets you go one on one against your favorite challengers. The game features 13 ancient warriors each with their own set of abilities. You can complete missions, collect over 200 weapons, and also try out the new weapon master mode.
You will definitely enjoy Soulcalibur II PS2 iso on your PCSX2 emulator.
Final Fantasy XII
Join Princess Ashe and her friends on a magical quest to save their little kingdom from the wrath of the Archadian Empire. Final Fantasy XII completely changes the perspective of players towards the Final Fantasy series. Fight for the freedom of Dalmascan from the Arcadian Empire and help Princess Ashe, the rightful heir of the throne on her magical adventure.
Final Fantasy XII is one of the best PS2 iso and you should definitely try it on your PS2 emulator for Windows PC.
Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil
Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil, is a 2D style action game and also one of the best PS2 isofor the PCSX2 emulator. It is the sequel to the 1997’s super hit Klonoa: Door to Phantomile. Get ready to go on an adventure with our Baseball cap-wearing hero to protect his dream world of Lunatea while collecting the dream-stones and inflating the enemies. It is a classic adventure game and it works absolutely fine on the PCSX2 emulator.
Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal
With the inclusion of all new online and offline multiplayer modes, this iteration of Ratchet & Clank has awesome gameplay elements that are never seen before. Rated one of the top PS2 iso, it interests a wide variety of gamers. “Up our Arsenal” is the 3rd installment in the Ratchet & Clank franchise and it brings back the players to the Planet Veldin where the duo is ready to face new challenges.
It features over 20 new high-tech weapons and upgrades and many different challenges (Online and Offline).
If you are into adventure games, then you should definitely try it on the PlayStation 2 emulator for Windows PC.
Twisted Metal: Black
The 5th iteration of the Twisted Metal series brings back the combat-car fun which is loved by fans all over the world. Get ready to cruise in a fast-paced combat game and compete in a tournament of total mayhem. The game features Calyspo as the lead character in an awesome story mode. The game is improved in every way. It has mind-blowing visuals, better gameplay, and still manages to give you a smooth 60 frames per second.
It works fairly well on the PS2 emulator and you can easily run it on the PCSX2.
Shadow Of The Colossus
Get ready to go on a majestic journey through the ancient world to seek out and destroy mythological giant beasts. Named as one of the best RPG PS2 ROMS, Shadow Of The Colossus is loved by the fans. Players assume the role of a young warrior who is on the quest to seek out the truth about the hidden power in the ancient world.
With a faithful horse and mystical weapons on your side, you are supposed to fight and defeat the Colossus. The gameplay is full of action and puzzles and also features nice visual effects.
DOA 2: Hardcore
With the addition of new costumes, characters, and levels, Dead Or Alive 2: Hardcore is a treat for the PS2 fans. Rated one of the highest among the PS2 RPG ROMS, DOA 2: hardcore brings a lot of improvements over its predecessor. The all-new story mode and mind-blowing visuals are one of those things that makes it one of the best PS2 games. Also, with the right settings and tweaks, DOA 2 works flawlessly on the PCSX2 emulator.
ICO is a strategy based game which features a well-written story mode. Get ready to play as the ICO, a young boy with horns who is brought to a castle for sacrifice in order to save the community. Players need to find their way through the castle and escape from the deadly sacrifice. You are also required to rescue a princess and leave the castle.
Players need to go through the various mazes and also need to solve different brain teasers, and puzzles in order to save the princess and escape the castle.
Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando
Insomniac Games are back with the next installment of the superhit Sci-Fi action series Ratchet & Clank. Going Commando has an incredible looking environment, newly upgraded weapons, enhanced damage system, and an admiring storyline.
Get ready to go on a Sci-Fi based adventure with Ratchet and Clank who now carry a whole bunch of cool new weapons and gadgets. The more @$$ you kick, the stronger you get. Those who are into Sci-Fi stuff should definitely try Ratchet & Clank on their PS2 emulator for Windows.
Jak And Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
The comic duo Jak and Daxter are loved by the fans all over the globe. It is one of the earliest game that used AI for the existence of real-time scenes and elements. It is an Adventure based game which revolves around two main characters Jak and Daxter who are on an adventure through a compelling story mode. Jak is basically a silent and strong hero type of character while his partner Daxter is a witty comic nut. They make a perfect team and that’s what makes the story even more interesting.
Out of all the adventure PS2 games, Jak And Daxter: The Precursor Legacy is my personal favorite and it also works pretty well on the PlayStation 2 emulator for PC.
Get ready to take part in a vehicular mayhem and make your way through the rushing traffic, Burnout Revenge is a whole different concept of crash racing and rage driving. As racing on a mountaintop or in the valleys has become too cliché, Burnout Revenge is all about the adrenaline rush through the midtown traffic. The gameplay also features an all-new Revenge mode which allows the drivers to compete with each other over the lap clock and unleash their anger over the rush hour traffic and causing total destruction.
Burnout Revenge lies among the top PlayStation 2 racing ROMS and one should definitely try it on their PC.
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4
Play as a youngster and help him solve a series of murders and crimes that are happening in the town and the criminal leaves no clue behind.
The main protagonist lives a double life while fighting battles along with his friends using futuristic weapons and also manages his life as a high-schooler. As the story goes, you will have to rescue those who can be rescued and get clues to capture the main mastermind criminal.
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 is filled with adventures and mysteries that make it one of the best PS2 iso for PlayStation 2 emulator.
The evil TimeSplitters are moving back in time and altering the events of human history which will lead to the enslavement of mankind. You must have to hunt down their evil race across different timelines. From ancient eras to the future timeline, they must be stopped. To stop the TimeSplitters and their evil plan, you need to seal the rift of time by finding the crystals.
TimeSplitters 2 is a sci-fi based PS2 iso that is loved by the fans all across the world.
One of the best side-scrolling arcade PS2 ROMS, Viewtiful Joe is a classic action game. Joe must transform into a superhero in order to defeat his enemies. Viewtiful Joe has animated visuals and features a bunch of customizable visual options like zoom in or zoom out and fast or slow animation. Viewtiful Joe features amazing animation and arcade fighting on the side-scrolling stages with different viewpoints that makes it pretty interesting and unique.
If you love classic 2D animated games, then you should definitely give it a try on your PCSX2 emulator.
Red Faction is one of the most innovative FPS (first person shooter) games for PlayStation 2. Get ready to blow up some real stuff on an adventure-filled journey throughout a Martian mining colony. Red Faction has a really good story mode and pretty realistic visual effects. Also, it runs perfectly on the PlayStation 2 emulator so you should definitely give it a go.
Suikoden III lies among the best RPG titles that I have ever played on the for PlayStation 2 emulator. The successor to the Konami’s Suikoden II, the Suikoden III is set up after 15 years from the events of the Suikoden II. The game follows a very interesting story where different warriors are united as their fate brings them together to gather the stars of destiny.
Also, the game is set up in a beautiful 3D world and features different warriors with their own combat style.
We Love Katamari
Assume the role of Prince of all cosmos & his celestial cousins and travel around the different locations on earth and roll up the different Katamari as the fans’ request. The King of all cosmos has ordered the Prince to do so as their fans love Katamari and wanted to see more and more. After every stage, you will find yourself at a new graphical styled location also featuring different supernatural beings like angels, Koi Fish, and more.
Try the We Love Katamari on your PCSX2 emulator and explore more about this unique game.
Aggressive Inline is a pro Inline skating title for the PS2 that you can try for free on the PCSX2 emulator for free. The game also features over 60 objectives, 15 cinematic events, and unique soundtracks which makes it a perfect treat for the fans of extreme Inline sports game.
Rumble Racing is back on the PlayStation 2. Being one of the most popular combat rally game on the original PlayStation, Rumble Racing became fan favorite because of its unique racing modes. Featuring over 35 cars and 15 different tracks, racers can feel the extreme by playing this game. It has animated styled race tracks and also features different race modes like single-player, stunt, championship, and showdown.
You can also use different tactics like Tornado, EMP & more to stop your rivals on their tracks and finish first to be the champion.
Champions of Norrath
Champions Of Norrath is an Action/RPG title for the PlayStation 2. It is an adventure filled game where you can create your own champions with their own sets of abilities and fight against the deadly monsters. You will also have to master the weaponry and spells of different champions in order to win against the evil supremacy.
The Champions Of Norrath has different gameplay options like multiplayer, single-player etc. The game also has over 100 hours of gameplay time and will take you to the best adventure experience on your PCSX2 emulator.
Beyond Good & Evil
Assume the role of Jade, the main protagonist and help her to defeat the ruthless alien race and save the planet Hyllis. Once a beautiful planet, Hyllis is now under attack by an alien race who is also responsible for the trafficking of humans. As her journey begins, Jade realizes that sometimes in order to find the truth you may have to look beyond the good and evil. If you are into the Action-RPG games then you can try Beyond Good & Evil PS2 iso on your PC.
- Soulcalibur III
- Sly Cooper and the Thievius Racoonus
- Burnout 2: Point Of Impact
- Katamari Damacy
- Aggressive Inline
- Midnight Club 3
- Tekken Tag Tournament
- Onimusha 3: Demon Siege
- Kingdom Hearts
- Shadow Hearts: Covenant
- The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King
- Silent Hill 3
- Disgaea: Hour Of Darkness
- Mercenaries: Playground Of Destruction
- Star Wars: Starfighter
- Timesplitters: Future Perfect
- Maximo: Ghost To Glory
- Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
- Red Faction II
- Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War
- The Warriors (1979)
- Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy
- Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Double Agent
- Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories
- Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria
- Escape From Monkey Island
- Resident Evil Code: Veronica X
PCSX2 is not as simple as other emulators like PPSSPP (PSP emulator), John GBA (GBA emulator), or Nintendo DS emulator. configuring and running it even on a high-end PC is not as easy as other platforms. But you can always try and I can assure you that in many cases the games will run just fine.
To get the most out of the PCSX2, make sure that your PC has the minimum system requirements to run the emulator. If not, then you shouldn’t try it as it is a time taking process and the end result will not be satisfying.
I know that running and configuring the PCSX2 is not as easy as it seems but, in the end, it is always worth it. If you are having any issue with the installation of the PlayStation 2 emulator or you are unable to run a particular game then you can always put it in the comment section and we’ll be happy to help you.
These are the minimum system requirements to run the PCSX2 emulator on your PC.
Windows Vista or above/ Linux / or Mac OS
CPU: AMD Athlon or better/ Intel Pentium 4 or better.
GPU: A GPU which supports Pixel shader model 2.0 (except Nvidia FX series).
2GB or more RAM.
Sufficient HDD space for all your games.
Recommended system requirements
Linux OS/ Windows Vista or above version with latest Direct X installed.
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo @3.2 GHz or better/ i3,i5, or i7 @ 2.8GHz or better/ AMD Phenom II @ 3.2GHz or better.
GPU: A GPU for Direct 3D10 support (PCSX2 mainly relies on the CPU and less on the GPU).
RAM: 1GB or more on Linux OS/ 2GB or more on Windows.
Because of the bugs and the presence of multiple layers in emulation, some games may not work as expected. Emulating a console system as advanced as the PlayStation 2 is not an easy job. So you may have to face some errors or you might experience a slower frame rate even on a high-end PC.
Advantages Of Using PCSX2 emulator over the Console
- Adjust the resolution, textures, and anti-aliasing the way it suits you. Now you can enjoy the older titles with enhanced visuals and framerates.
- Unlimited memory cards.
- Quickly save and resume your gameplay from practically anywhere in the game.
- You can easily cheat in the story modes using the emulator’s pnach patching system.
- Versatile support for input devices. You can play the old games using the controller of your choice (e.g PS3, XBox, or any other controller) or you can even use Keyboard and mouse.
- Adjust the gameplay speed using the in-built Framelimitter. Now you can complete the tough spots by reducing or increasing the FPS within the game.
- Ability to record your gameplay in Full-HD using the in-built game video recorder.