My PS2 games collection.
My PS2 games collection.
It's pretty much the same as NHL 2002 with slightly better graphics, but I'd still recommend NHL 2002 over this. That's because the only changes in this version are changes for the worse, that end up completely crippling the game. The biggest of which is the camera angles. The default camera angle in NHL 2002 was perfect. It was zoomed in just enough to see the action, while zoomed out just enough so you can see your nearby teammates to set up passes. The default camera angle in NHL 2003 on the other hand, is zoomed in so close that you can only really see the person with the puck, but not much around him. This makes passing pretty much useless, because unless your teammate is 2 feet away from you, you'll just be blindly passing, hoping the puck goes to a teammate rather than an opponent. This pretty much cripples the game by itself. There are other camera angle options, but they all zoom the camera out way too much, so you can barely see what's going on. None of them make a decent replacement. For that reason, this game is horrible. Play NHL 2002 instead.
Great collection. Even though these games are very primitive by today's standards, a lot of them are still very fun to play. Some standout games that hold up very well in this collection are: Pitfall, River Raid, KABOOM!, Chopper Command, H.E.R.O., Megamania, Seaquest, Stampede. Really fun to play. There's also a good number of interesting and unique games that are fun on here as well. There's some garbage though, like Checkers (there's nothing wrong with checkers, but the Atari 2600 version completely ruins it), but they're more than overshadowed by the good stuff on here. Definitely must-buy for any classic game fan.
The best way to describe it is Tony Hawk (the older Tony Hawks, not the newer ones) on rollerblades. That said, it's a very fun game, and it does a few key things to set it apart. Overall, definitely one of the best games Acclaim put out on the PS2. I really wish they could've continued this series.
Very underrated game. But that's just because of Sony's marketing stupidity. Calling Killzone the PS2's answer to Halo created impossible expectations. Honestly, no matter how good Killzone ended up, people would've shat on it because of the expectations. But, on its own merits, Killzone is actually an excellent game, and one of my favorite First-person shooters on the PS2. Definitely worth checking out.
Pretty mediocre. I wouldn't recommend it.
There. I bought a Madden game. Now I've met my lifetime quota, and I never have to buy one ever again. Well, actually I might get the Wii one, but that's just because of the controls, it seems compelling to me. But, barring that, I won't be buying any more Madden games. So yeah, this is a Madden game, which means it's boring and overrated. Not worth your time or money.
What can I say that hasn't been said? Nothing. This game is awesome. I would say it's the best racing game on the PS2. The crashes are insane, the sense of speed and urgency is incredible. No other racing game has this level of excitement. One franchise that EA has managed not to screw up over the years. I would chalk that up to how amazing Burnout is. Nobody, not even EA, can hurt Burnout. It's that awesome.
People crap on both PS2 versions of Max Payne because of the graphics. But , honestly, I prefer the PS2 controller for all 3rd person games. I think it just works better than a keyboard or Xbox controller. I could possibly concede that 1st Person shooters work better with a keyboard and mouse, but I find 3rd person is different. While the graphics on the PS2 Max Payne are inferior to the PC or Xbox, I take controls over graphics any day. No matter what system you play it on though, Max Payne is must-play. Definitely an incredible game.
Awesome game. This was one of the first games I played for the PS2. It was a lot like Resident Evil, but in a Samurai setting. The gameplay was faster with more fluid than RE as well. And since you used a sword, you could never run out of ammo. All pluses. Everything about this game is great. Definitely a classic for the PS2.
Still haven't played this one. It's sitting on my shelf. That's because I haven't gotten my Eye Toy yet. I'm looking forward to finally playing this.
Check out my review for thoughts on this.
Holy crap. This game is unbelievable. Must-play for any PS2 owner. Trust me, even if you're not into Greek mythology, you don't need to be in order to love this game. Hell, I'm not. This is one of my favorite games on the PS2.
Same deal as the first Max Payne. Graphics are better on the PC and Xbox, but I prefer the controls on the PS2. I think Max Payne 2 was an awesome sequel. It was similar enough to the original, and had all of the things we loved about the first one, but it expanded on it with a more realistic, "alive" world with more stuff going on in the background, more bullet time elements, and whatnot, that made it much more of a deep and involving game. I didn't like the story as much this time around, but it was still pretty good. Definitely an awesome game.
There was a PS2 Powerdrome, but this page is referring to a different one apparently. A much older one that came out on Atari and Amiga. I don't know if the PS2 version is related to the Atari version in any way, or if it's a completely different game.
What I do know, though, is Powerdrome for the PS2 is a great game. A definite hidden gem. I plan to do a review on it soon.
Easily the best game in the Medal of Honor series in my opinion, and one of my favorite World War II shooters. Great atmosphere, great story (feels like it was lifted straight out of the war), and incredibly fun gameplay. Overall, a brilliant game, and one of the best First-person shooters on the PS2 or any platform.
Honestly, I'm not really into Gran Turismo. I played this for a while, but I couldn't really get anywhere meaningful. Still, this is pretty good, if you're willing to deal with an insane learning curve and difficulty. This game is a bit too realistic for its own good. It's more of a "simulation" than a "video game", which means it's more realistic than it is fun. I guess that's what they were going for, though. It is what it is, I'm just not a huge fan of it.
Man, what can I say? Seriously one of the best games I've ever played. This was my first MGS game. I later went back and played the original. This became one of my favorite franchises ever. Truly incredible game. For more info, check out my Metal Gear Solid blog from about a week before MGS 4 came out, which I'll put up here in a little bit.
I'm still in the learning curve phase, trying to figure out how to do certain things (mostly cutscenes). I'm working on a video game adaptation of one of my favorite books from my teenage years, "The Transall Saga" by Gary Paulsen, using this game. Still in the early stages, and it may never be finished. But, I find the act of creating the game itself to be the real activity in this game, the real reason to play this. This was probably the intention of the creators of this game as well.
I love the concept of prequels, especially with games with such a deep backstory as Metal Gear Solid. I love everything about this game. This could actually be my favorite game in the series (though I've never given it any serious thought). I get so heavily immersed in this world, it's unbelievable. One night, months after I had already beaten the game. I was tired, but I wanted to start a new game on MGS3. So, I boot it up and start playing. Eventually, I look at the clock and see that 6 hours have gone by. A game I had already beaten, I played all night when I was tired before. That's only happened with, maybe four games in my lifetime. That should just give you an indication (if you haven't played this before), how awesome this game really is. A true masterpiece.
Oh yeah, the secrets. Forgot to mention those. There are so many awesome secret things you can uncover in this game, it's simply unbelievable. That's all I gotta say for now.
Solid First-Person Shooter. I've always enjoyed Crystal Dynamics' games. Their games are never incredible, but they're never bad either. They're always good and solid games with a lot of charm. This isn't the best FPS ever, or even the best FPS on the PS2. But, it is solid and worth playing. Pretty good game.
Grand Theft Auto III means more to me than almost any other game I own. It's an incredible game that I played for hundreds of hours, but it also convinced me that there were more great games on the PS2 other than Smackdown (which was previously pretty much all I played on the PS2). So it sort of served as a bridge, and it's really the reason why I own so many PS2 games today. For more on this, you could check out my Grand Theft Auto blog from right before GTA IV came out, which I'll put up here in a little bit.
My least favorite of the three major PS2 GTAs. That said, this is still a phenomenal game that I spend hundreds of hours on. Just like with GTA III, I loved the characters, setting, story and most importantly, the gameplay. I also loved the new vehicles they added, like the motorcycle and helicopter. Overall, one of my favorite PS2 games, and definitely must-play if you haven't already.
Simply unbelievable. I thought GTA III and Vice City were impossible acts to follow. But Rockstar surpassed even my expectations with San Andreas. This is easily the biggest game on the PS2. From the sheer real estate in the game (about 5 times the land area in either GTA III or Vice City) With a much longer storyline with a lot more twists, and so many new options and things you can do, they succeeded in bringing this world to life. A truly amazing accomplishment in video games, and one of my favorite games of all time.
Still in the process of playing through the PS2 version. This is seriously one of the creepiest, most captivating games I've ever played. There are very few games in history that have actually given me nightmares, and this is one of them. Every time you step behind a corner, it feels like you're walking into a trap (because you almost always are). But, it's not predictable (at least on your first play-though). In fact, this is one of the most unpredictable games ever made. You have no idea what's going to happen next. This is seriously an incredible game, and the PS2 version actually improves on the already amazing PC version. Despite Half-Life's popularity on the PC, the PS2 version is often badly overlooked, which is a real shame. If you own a PS2 or have the ability to play PS2 games, you owe it to yourself to experience this game if you haven't.
After reading the reviews, I'm surprised at how hard this game is, especially when you're trying to be sneaky. The enemies in the game are seemingly under orders to shoot first and ask questions later, because even if you're in disguise, if they catch you doing anything even slightly out of the ordinary, even just walking in the wrong spot, they open fire on you. That's not an entirely bad thing, because shooting and killing in Hitman 2 is a lot of fun, and you can take enough damage so you hold up well in a firefight. It's just that, it doesn't give that contract killer feeling that I was hoping for. Still, a really fun game, and you might have better luck with it.
Great game. Probably the worst of the trilogy, because it's a bit too repetitive and has a lot of collecting involved, but still a very fun game, with a good story and very likable characters. I'd also like to add, the graphics are fantastic, especially for a game released in 2001. This is a beautiful game, with a great art style. Overall, a great game.
Awesome game. One of the best 3rd-person shooters I've ever played, and that still stands today. It combines a solid 3rd Person Shooter engine with beautifully executed Telekinetic powers which are incredibly fun to use, and can be used in dozens of different combinations. Combine that with incredible level designs with a good interactivity level, a solid storyline, and some of the best boss fights on the PS2, and you've got an incredible (though unfortunately often overlooked) game. It's really bloody too, and there's a good amount of dismemberment in it as well, making it one of the more violent and graphic games on the PS2 as well. I'd recommend this to anyone with a stomach for it.
I actually played this one before the original for some reason. This is my favorite platformer on the PS2, and one of my favorite PS2 games in general. Funny thing is, I was thinking about selling it about a week after I first got it back in 2004, because I got stuck on the 3rd level and got frustrated. I went to Gamestop, but the price they offered was a complete ripoff, so I decided to keep it. Soon enough, I got past that level, and experienced the rest of the game. There were a few other frustrating missions, but only a small handful. This game is huge, and tons of fun. Simply one of the best games on the PS2.
This got horrible reviews, but I don't know. I kind of like it. It reminds me a lot of the classic beat-em-ups on the 8-bit an 16-bit consoles, just in 3D. The gameplay is just as simple as those classics. You enter a level, enemies appear, you beat them up. Then you go to the next level, and so on. The controls are pretty much identical to the classic beat-em-ups, for better or worse. There are some simple boss fights, extremely simple puzzles and a decent enough story to tie it together. I think it's a decent game, but it's also pretty repetitive (a lot like the classic beat-em-ups) and short on options. Most people would probably hate this game.
Honestly, I like the PS2 version of The Sims. It's not really worth it if you're already satisfied with The Sims on the PC, but if you want to play a PS2 version, this is a good one to get. The improvements include 3D graphics, which aren't amazing but the main advantage of them is a 3D camera which allows you to see your Sims from a lot better angles. There's the mission-based "Get A Life" mode, which is a good way to give direction to the game. The flaws are, some of the features from the PC version like two-story houses have been removed, and you can only have 4 Sims per family, limiting options. Other than those differences though, it's a pretty straightforward port. I like it.
This game rocks. If you've read the reviews or of course played it yourself, I pretty much agree with most of what the reviews said. It's a great platformer with great characters, a good story and very good gameplay to back it up. One of the only things I disagreed with the reviews on is the difficulty. From reading the reviews beforehand, I was afraid this game might be too easy for me. But it actually gave me a pretty good challenge. Not the hardest game I've ever played, but certainly a decent challenge and some parts were even a bit frustrating. That's contradicted a bit by the hand-holding they do in some parts of the game which makes other parts too easy. As a result, I found the difficulty to a bit too inconsistent in this game and that's really the only problem I had with it. Other than that, great game and I'd recommend it to anyone who likes platformers.
Amazing game. When this first came out, I never knew it existed. Then, one time my friend gave me an old Jampack, from Summer 2001. That included a demo of Star Wars Starfighter. So I played it, naturally with low expectations (thinking that if it didn't get much hype, it must be one of the worse Star Wars games). But once I actually play it, I found out how fun this game really is. This is a great pick-up and play game. There's virtually no learning curve. It's instantly fun too. It has extremely tight controls. The story is good, but it's mostly to give you an excuse to go out blasting dozens of enemy ships. When the gameplay is this fun, that's all you really need. The cutscenes are short and you don't even really need to watch them to know what's going on, as a lot of the story is conveyed during the missions as the characters communicate via radio. Overall I love everything about this game. It's tons of fun and honestly one of my favorite Star Wars games. It has some flaws, but everyone with even a passing interest in Star Wars and shooters should play this.
Pretty good. I'd recommend playing the original Starfighter first if you can.
I spent a lot of hours with this game. I opened every Koffin in the Krypt. I was disappointed that there wasn't some extra special reward for opening all the Koffins (I would've liked for Liu Kang to be unlocked after opening every Koffin, that would've been sweet, but it wasn't meant to be). Overall, this game is pretty fun, but it has some glaring flaws.
It's sort of trying to be a 3D Road Rash, but calling it a 3D Road Rash is giving this game way too much credit. Overall, it's decent, but I could easily understand why most people wouldn't like it. I got this in a 3-pack with Ford Racing 3 and Power Drome for 10 bucks. For that price, this was okay. It's pretty fun, but heavily flawed.
I only bought this about a year ago, maybe a bit longer. The reason why I got this one instead of a newer one is because this was much cheaper, and I was just looking for a cheap basketball game for the PS2. Looking back now, there were probably a lot better options in the basketball genre, but this is still a solid game, as long as you don't care about graphics or updated rosters obviously.
Completely unlike anything else on the PS2. That being said, any PS2 owner (with an open mind) owes it to themselves to buy this game. Sure, it's simply and very kiddie, but it's also one of the most fun games out there. It's only two buttons, using the analog sticks to roll up things into a ball, but it's so much fun! It's unbelievable. While it's very simple, it can also be very challenging to meet some of the objectives. It really requires skill, especially in the later levels. Katamari Damacy has endless charm, and plenty of replay value. Seriously one of a kind. Those crazy Japanese!
One of my favorite games on the PS2. Simply one of the best games in terms of gameplay and replay value. Definitely must-play for any fan of wrestling. You'll never look at wrestling games the same way again.
I actually kind of liked this. It's a lot simpler and easier to pick up than Madden, which is perfect for someone like me who doesn't really know football too well. The gameplay is ok, the commentary is ok, everything about this is ok and passable. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone.
One word: Awesome. Seriously, this is a great game. I bought this at the same time I bought those other sports games, and this is far and away the best. I only spend 3 bucks on this, and honestly it's probably the best 3 bucks I've ever spent. The gameplay is addictive, everything about the game is extremely well done. This won't make too much sense, but if you're someone who doesn't really care about the actual sport of hockey, but wants to play a hockey video game regardless, this is for you. I've always liked the sport of hockey, but I've always found it boring to watch. This is far better. Definitely one to check out if you're into this sort of thing.
Pretty underrated game. I'm a huge fan of the show, and the story definitely does the show justice. The gameplay is good enough, though not mind-blowing. It's nicely varied, and doesn't get boring. Overall, pretty good game.
Pretty solid racing game. It's fun.
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