Most of the articles I’ve written about in the last few years have been the games that stood out to me.
But almost nothing is spoken of the games I had when I had the PlayStation 2.
I’ve decided to start writing about some, and of what I had back in the day, and to try and complete them.
But first, in the words of Marvin Candle, a little history.
In the beginning of the 2000’s, I had the choice of saving up for a Dreamcast, or, a PlayStation 2, of which I’d been reading up on in my monthly subscription to GamesMaster.
But I decided to go back to Sega, and buy a Dreamcast. Sonic Adventure was on, but apart from Christmas for a game, not much else was played, and unfortunately, in 2001 I read the news it was about to be killed and Sega were going to transform into purely a software company.
With this, I quickly sold it, and when the price of the PlayStation 2 dropped to £269 in Toys R’ Us, it was bought. It came with Zone of the Enders, which had a demo of Metal Gear Solid 2, which sweetened the deal. I completed the demo more times than I did completing Z.O.E.
When Blockbuster was still open, I’d rent games such as Onimusha, and enjoy a weekend full of it.
As a side note, I’m puzzled as to why Onimusha hasn’t had a remaster or a reboot. The trilogy was a great series, and not being able to play it as HD Remaster on either the PS3 or PS4 is a shame.
But after Christmas 2001, and I received Devil May Cry and Crash: Wrath of Cortex, I kept going back to the older games.
Tomb Raider II. Pandemonium.
I started to think that the games of now were missing something.
Sure, they were graphically superior to a PSX game, but it wasn’t as fun to me.
Looking back, the only ones I remember were a port of Unreal Tournament, Onimusha, Tekken Tag and Tekken 4.
As a birthday present to me a month ago, I bought a PlayStation 2, an original model.
Bought from Gotham Games, it came with an 8MB Memory Card, two original controllers, fully boxed.
It came with an A/V cable, but when it’s showing Tekken 4 on a 50″ HD television, it looks terrible.
After looking into it, I saw a component cable on Amazon, and once that was used, the picture had improved enough to get rid of the blur.
After completing a couple of games so far in-between the day job, I’ve decided to try and complete a game each month, then write some short impressions.
I did have a PlayStation 3 a couple of years ago that was able to play PS2 games, but it failed on me only two months after owning it.
I keep seeing games from long ago at Gotham Games or CEX, such as Airblade for a steal at 35p.
Or Nightfire, where the snow map and the remote controlled missile always brings back good memories.
Last week on the off chance of hoping to spot Burnout 3: Takedown, I discover The Bouncer and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3.
All of these will be talked about in time.
It will be a feature that probably won’t be as regular as Final Zone, due to possibly being stuck on a certain part in a game, but one a month is the aim regardless.
Next week will start with a game that is essentially, Resident Evil with swords.