Do you want to play PS2 games on a PC using PS2 emulators? If so, PS2 ROMs are required. If you want to download PS2 ISOs online, this post from MiniTool Partition Wizard will tell you how to do that safely.
The PlayStation 2 (PS2) is a home video game console developed and marketed by Sony Computer Entertainment. It was first released in Japan on 4 March 2000. It is the best-selling video game console of all time, having sold over 155 million units worldwide. In addition, a total of over 4,000 PS2 game titles were released worldwide.
If you want to get the list of PS2 games, you can refer to the 2 Wikipedia pages: List of PlayStation 2 games (A–K) and List of PlayStation 2 games (L–Z).
Of course, some PS2 games are still loved and missed by many people. They are considered to be the best PS2 games. For example:
- God of War
- God of War II
- Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
- Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
- Resident Evil 4
- Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
- Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
- Shadow of the Colussus
- Grand Theft Auto III
- Devil May Cry 3
If you are going to play PS2 games on PC or smartphone, you should get a PS2 emulator for PC/Android. Here are 6 PS2 emulators for you.
Current PS4 and PS5 are backward compatible with PS2 games. You can play still them on PS4 and PS5. However, the PS2 emulation is also developing well. With a PS2 emulator, you can play PS2 games on a PC.
So far, the best PS2 emulator is PCSX2, which can run 97% of PlayStation 2 games. Here is the playable PCXS2 games list.
However, to play PS2 games on PC, PlayStation 2 ROMs and PS2 BIOS are required. You can dump the PS2 BIOS file and PS2 ROMs from your own PS2 console, but some people may like to download PS2 BIOS and PS2 ROMs online.
What is PS2 BIOS? How to obtain the PCSX2 BIOS download? How to execute the PCSX2 BIOS setup operation? Find answers from the post now!
Is Downloading PS2 ROMs Illegal?
Yes, it is. However, at least in the USA, people won’t get in trouble purely for downloading PS2 ISOs directly, because intent to pirate can’t be proven. What people will get in trouble for is distribution, which doesn’t require proof of intent to prosecute.
Why are there so many ROM sites if they're illegal?
The reason is that Sony cannot completely eliminate this situation. If they manage to take down one site, more just pop up. The PS2 ROMs are run by people in countries that have very lax enforcement of copyright, so the site can be shut down but the person posting it is unable to be caught.
PS2 ISOs Websites
If you search for “PS2 ROMs” online, you can find many PS2 ISOs sites like romsgames.net, coolrom.com, romsfun.com, etc.
- The romsgames.net is at the top place in google ranking, but it seems that the zip file downloaded from this site can’t be unzipped even if you use the 7zip software.
- The coolrom.com is in second place. When you download files from it, it may lead you to something else sometimes.
- The romsfun.com is in third place. Unzipping files downloaded from this site requires a password. You can find it on the download page.
As you can see, downloading PS2 ROMs has many risks. You need to bear these risks if you want to do that. In addition, sometimes, the PS2 ROMs may be incorrect and they don’t work in a PS2 emulator.
This post shows you how to play PS2 games on PC using PCSX2, including how to get the PS2 BIOS and PS2 game ROMs, and how to set up and configure PCSX2.
MiniTool Partition Wizard can help you clone the system, manage disks better, and recover data. If you have this need, you can download it from the official website.
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