The Playstation 2 was discontinued in 2010 as Sony stopped production. During the ten years the PS2 was available nearly 2,000 games were made and some of these games have become rare and hard to find. Below is the list of rarest and most expensive Playstation 2 (PS2) games and what makes them so valuable.
Most Valuable Playstation 2 Games
New Price: $280 | Used Price: $29
Capcom and Marvel teamed up for a 2D fighter with Marvel superheroes and Capcom game characters. It is considered one of the best fighters of all time.
Marvel vs Capcom 2 used to sell for $70-80 in used condition until the game was released on Xbox Live and Playstation Network in early 2009. After the digital version was released used prices dropped to their current $30 range. Brand new versions of the game still sell for $200-280.
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New Price: $150 | Used Price: $13
Capcom vs SNK 2 is another 2D fighting game developed by Capcom, but this time it includes SNK characters from the King of Fighters series.
Used copies of the game sell for $13-15 but sealed copies have sold for more than $150. The game is no longer available at retail and due to licensing issues with characters owned by two different companies, the game will most likely not be re-released.
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New Price: $130 | Used Price: $37
When Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence was released for PS2, customers who pre-ordered the game received a limited edition version which included a DVD with cut-scenes from the game edited into a movie.
The limited edition we never reprinted and made available outside the pre-order time period so it is relatively hard to find.
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New Price: $130 | Used Price: $19
The Resident Evil 4 Premium Edition includes the game in a Steelbook case, an artwork book, a documentary DVD, and a Ada Wong art cel.
Most used copies available don't include some of the premium edition extras, which explains the big price difference between new and used copies of this game. The brand new complete premium packs sell for $130.
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New Price: $120 | Used Price: $35
In 2008 Square Enix released a collection of expansions for Final Fantasy XI. The collection includes Rise of the Zilart, Chains of Promathia, Treasures of Aht Urhgan, and Wings of the Goddess.
The game was released a couple years after the Playstation 3 when the PS2's popularity was already waning. The game didn't sell very well because most users had already moved onto the PS3 and there were problems playing the game on the PS3.
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New Price: $100 | Used Price: $33
Jurassic Park Operation Genesis is a theme park simulator. You create a dinosaur theme park and try to attract visitors and keep them safe. Similar to Roller Coaster Tycoon but with dinosaurs as the attractions.
The PS2 version is not as rare as the Xbox version, which sells for nearly $200, but it is still one of the rarest Playstation 2 games.
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New Price: $99 | Used Price: $14
Grandia II is an RPG released by UbiSoft in 2002. It is a remake of a Sega Dreamcast game originally released in 2000.
While the Dreamcast version received mostly uniform positive reviews, the PS2 version was criticized for lower frame rates, reduced color and texture quality. Inspite of the technical problems with the game it still sells for close to $100 when brand new.
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New Price: $99 | Used Price: $13
Wizardry is a long running first person role-playing series from the PC. This was the first Wizardry game designed for a console.
The game is published by Atlus, who is notorious for their small print runs and rare games. Wizardy is no exception and it sells for almost a hundred dollars when still sealed.
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New Price: $95 | Used Price: $40
.hack/GU Rebirth is the first of the .hack/GU series of Action RPG's for the Playstation 2, which also includes Reminisce and Redemption. The game series tries to mimic an MMO type RPG within an offline game. The "off-line" world in the game has fictional message boards and news reports to add to the illusion you are playing online when you "login".
The entire .hack series has sold more than 3 million copies worldwide. Those sales are spread over seven games and the majority of sales were in Japan. The NTSC versions of all the .hack/GU titles are fairly rare but Rebirth is the most expensive of the three.
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New Price: $92 | Used Price: $20
Document of Metal Gear Solid 2 is an interactive documentary of Metal Gear Solid 2. It includes a database of character models, the entire soundtrack, every cut-scene from the game, and other "making of" materials like storyboards, scripts and development timelines.
The Document sold separately in the USA and was made for a niche audience that wanted to pay extra to learn more about MGS 2. Because of this it was produced in limited quanities. The game is very rare in new condition and sells for more than $90.
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New Price: $90 | Used Price: $32
Baldur's Game Dark Alliance II is an action RPG based upon the third edition of Dungeons and Dragons. The game was originally set to be published by Universal in December 2003, but in September of 2003 Interplay canceled the deal and decided to self-publish and release in January 2004. In November 2003 they announced Universal would publish, but again changed course soon after. In December 2003 the developer was shutdown and the game came out the next month.
All the production and publishing problems limited sales of the game. Interplay said if it sold well they would port a Gamecube version. The game never came out on Gamecube which indicates it sold less than Interplay had expected.
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New Price: $89 | Used Price: $32
Tenkaichi 3 was released on PS2 and Wii and is a fighting game with the Dragon Ball Z anime characters. The Wii version is more expensive but both versions are rare.
Tenkaichi 3 was published by Atari. Bandai now has the license to all Dragon Ball Z games which makes a re-release of the game much less likely. Prices more than doubled for the game in 2010, which is the same year the Dragon Ball Z boxsets started releasing on DVD.
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New Price: $88 | Used Price: $26
Digimon Rumble Arena 2 is a fighting game similar to Super Smash Bros. You fight as some of the popular Digimon characters and they can digivolve into stronger ones similar to Pokemon evolutions.
The game was the last Digimon fighting game released and is quite hard to find in the wild. The Playstation 2 version is the least valuable of the three versions released for PS2, Gamecube, and Xbox.
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New Price: $84 | Used Price: $34
Wild Arms Alter Code F is an enhanced remake of the original Wild Arms released on Playstation 1. The remake has added characters, new scenarios, a remastered soundtrack, and a bonus anime DVD. Alter Code F was the last Wild Arms game released on the PS2.
The game came out in November 2005, after the Xbox 360 had launched, near the end of the Playstation 2's lifecycle, and it was published by Agetech instead of Sony. These factors helped limited the production and sales for the game.
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New Price: $84 | Used Price: $63
.hack Quarantine is the last game released in the original .hack RPG series. Gameplay is similar to the fake MMO style in .hack/GU but the plot takes place 7 years before the events in .hack/GU.
The three previous games released in the .hack series are Infection, Mutation, and Outbreak. All three can be found brand new for less than $45. Quarantine is the only rare .hack game from the original series.
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Other Expensive Playstation 2 Games
- Battle Assault 3 Featuring Mobile Suit Gundam SEED - New Price: $100
- Monster Rancher 4 - New Price: $81
- Magna Carta Deluxe Box - New Price: $80
- Rule of Rose - New Price: $79
- Mana Khemia Deluxe Box - New Price: $79
- Dukes of Hazzard Return of the General Lee - New Price: $77
- Grandia Xtreme - New Price: $71
- Sniper Elite - New Price: $70
See our complete PS2 Game Price List. The list is ranked by the highest average new price and then highest average used price in the event of a tie.