8. Madden NFL 2003

Madden NFL 2003, PS2, PlayStation 2, MetaCritic

Metacritic Rating: 95

The Madden NFL games from EA Sports during the PlayStation 2 era did very well, with the 2002 and 2004 releases being rated 94 on average on Metacritic and just missing out on the top ten. However Madden NFL 2003 is the eighth best rated PS2 game on average and only one of four with a 95 average.

Madden NFL 2003 included play-by-play commentator Al Michaels for the first time, who in 2017 is the lead commentator for NBC. The most interesting features for fans of the game and NFL at the time were an in-depth franchise mode and online play for the PS2 version. It’s understood to have sold over four million copies worldwide.

While in terms of graphics and what you can do in the current generation of Madden NFL games, it isn’t the same compared to 15 years ago.

 


 

7. Gran Turismo 3

Gran Turismo 2, PS2, PlayStation 2, Metacritic

Metacritic Rating: 95

Fully titled Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec, the 2001 game was the first in the series released on the PlayStation 2. While it didn’t hit the high Metacritic average of 96 that the first Gran Turismo game was able to get on the original PlayStation, it is the seventh highest rated game on average for the PS2.

Gran Turismo 3 only came with 181 cars compared to the 600+ its predecessor shipped with, but the 34 tracks was the highest amount yet in the series. The realistic handling of the cars and the graphical improvement graphics made it a big hit among players too, with the game having sold over 14 million copies worldwide before the end of 2008.

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