The PS2 is considered by many to be the best console ever made, so it’s no surprise there’s a huge collector’s market for older PS2 games.
When the PS2 was in its heyday, there was no reason not to have one. Not only was it the best console on the market when it launched with a massive library of games, it could play DVDs while being cheaper than most DVD players. Even if you weren’t a gamer, the PS2 was an essential part of any home entertainment setup. Of course, if you were a gamer, you had access to some of the most beloved games ever made.
Beloved games aren’t what we’re here to talk about, though. We’re here to talk about the oddities. Not necessarily because of their content, but because of their ridiculously high price now. Thanks to their rarity, whether due to commercial failure or lack of print, these games now cost far more than the game is actually worth.
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. Soulless Army – $277
With a name so long and silly you can’t type it a second time, the Devil Summoner games are one of Shin Megami Tensei’s many sub-series. This game was released towards the end of the PS2’s lifespan, and it was nothing special by the standards of the time, even among JRPG fans. Still, as this list will show you, expensive games don’t have to be good, they just have to be rare.
Michigan: Hell Report – $374
This game was never released in America, which is why it’s such a valuable collectible these days. It’s a very weird survival horror game set in the United States, and that’s about all there is to say about it. It was poorly received and does not deserve to cost as much as it currently does.
.hack: Quarantine – $375
Next in the bizarre JRPG collection, .hack: Quarantine is a single-player action MMORPG. Think Sword Art Online, but based on what the early 2000s thought the future would look like. All four games were released in the US within the span of a year, so it’s no surprise that this fourth game in the series didn’t sell very well and is now a rarity.
Silent Hill: Shattered Memories – $390
It may surprise you to see a game like this on this list because Silent Hill: Shattered Memories did pretty well in the grand scheme of things. The fact is that most of its commercial success is due to the Wii version, which will not be launched on PS2 for another month. Combine that with the demise of the PS2 in 2009 and you have a rare game on your hands.
Xenosaga 3 – $452
It took a while for Xeno games to get the recognition they deserved. Both Xenogears and Xenosaga have achieved cult classic status now, but didn’t do very well back then, but thankfully the modern Xenoblade Chronicles series finally helped them get the recognition they deserved. However, if you want a PS2 version of Xenosaga 3, you’ll have to shell out a hefty amount of money.
Haunted Land – $487
Capcom was pretty much untouchable in the PS2 era, Devil May Cry, Resident Evil 4, and Okami all came out under their watch in the mid-2000s, but no one has a perfect record, which is why you probably don’t remember of Haunting Ground. Fear not, because the games that received lackluster reviews back then are exactly the ones that are worth a small fortune today.
Blood will tell – $585
A game based on a manga series, Blood Will Tell has been reviewed better than it really deserved. This unfortunately didn’t do her much good, as copies are now rare enough to be worth over $500, which only the most dedicated Dororo manga fans would want.
Rose’s Rule – $877
You may have noticed that the majority of these rare games are Japanese titles that underperformed in English-speaking regions, and this is one of the most high-profile cases. Although it was published by Sony in Japan, the European and American branches did not want to touch Rule of Rose, so the responsibility for it fell to the smaller studios, dooming it to failure.
By just managing to breach the $1,000 barrier, Kuon’s value is almost entirely due to another little game you may have heard of, Dark Souls. Kuon is one of FromSoftware’s older games that didn’t make an impact at the time. However, now that FromSoftware is a beloved studio thanks to Dark Souls, Bloodborne, and Elden Ring, collectors are fervently seeking copies of their old games, raising their price dramatically.
Sengoku Anthology – $2,023
Four figures is a ridiculous amount to pay for even the greatest video games of all time, let alone something forgotten in times like this. For context, you can pick up a new PS2 for just under $800 on eBay right now. It’s a rare collector’s item and yet you could buy two and still have change for the price of this game.
So why is it so expensive? Well, it only came out in PAL regions in 2009, and by then no one cared about retro fighting games anymore, so there aren’t many copies left.
Written by Ryan Woodrow on behalf of GL HF.
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