Bugger 'next-gen' - I'll have a PS2 please.


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Carrybagma
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Almost posted this on EG, but remembered my AATG=games, EG=silliness policy. :o)

PS2s at under 50 have brought me painfully closer to getting one.
PS2 hater to PS2 consumer in under two years.

Anyway. Please recommend a *single* game and briefly state why. I could go back through EG threads, but I'm after an up to date and snappy list, built by non-fanboys. I'm more or less set on Okami, God of War, Katamari and SotC so far.

Ta.
#1 at 15:36:01 - 21/02/2007
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Guitar Hero 1
Guitar Hero 2

Reason: Because you need them.
#2 at 15:38:44 - 21/02/2007
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FFX - Best all round JPRG I've played on the console.

Still looks lovely today.
#3 at 15:39:01 - 21/02/2007
peej
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Ico.

Please, if you're even considering a PS2 and haven't got Ico on your list, reconsider :) It really is the game that defines the machine.

If you're after a more definitive list of PS2 exclusives there are just so many. Ico stands out. As does Rez, Klonoa 2, God of War, Katamari Damacy, Shadow of the Colossus, Okami..

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#4 at 15:39:40 - 21/02/2007
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WRC Evolution and WRC4

Two of the best rally games you will ever play. The former has the best handling, but look to the latter for the best rally stages ever.

It really is a breathtakingly gorgeous franchise that knocks all other console rally games into a cocked hat.
#5 at 15:40:33 - 21/02/2007
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ICO. For the same reasons that peej mentioned. Also the other games he mentioned are pretty much must haves too, except for Rez, which is rubbish, and Klonoa 2 which is over-rated.
#6 at 15:41:37 - 21/02/2007
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Forget ICO. Dodgy controls render it devoid of joy.

Instead go for SOS: The Final Escape. Bit ropey round the edges but a superb use of a standard environment (a city).
#7 at 15:46:01 - 21/02/2007
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/gets in before stevas

Gradius V
#8 at 15:47:54 - 21/02/2007
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Prince of Persia Trilogy, one box, three games, of which one is a '10 out of 10' classic and the others are solid 8s.

Freedom Fighters, a great game that gets better ad you play thru it with a brilliantly simple squad combat mechanic.

Spartan: Total Warrior, fighting on a massive scale, a flawed but unique game.

GTA 3 / GTA:VC / GTA:SA / GTA:LCS / GTA:VCS, a great series on the console it was designed for.
#9 at 15:47:55 - 21/02/2007
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blizeH said:... and Klonoa 2 which is over-rated.


O_o

Peej
#10 at 15:50:14 - 21/02/2007
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I second Ico and Gradius V as console exclusives. And add Amplitude, if it's still available. Guitar Hero 1 if not.
#11 at 15:50:26 - 21/02/2007
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Ta so far.

ICO and SotC don't tread on eachother's toes then? No similarities? I know buggerall about them, other than that they're usually mentioned in the same context. I'm sort of after the best of individual genres, so I'd only go for one Guitar hero. I'm a fairly casual gamer see, so I'd probably have had my fill after trying the the first of a particular genre. (Which is why I'm happy to wait 5 years for a Zelda..)

Never heard of Gradius V.. [gulp]

El_MUERkO - Go on, recommend a single version. :o)

Oh gosh - Gran Turismo. Forgot about that.

ED:

This could get expensive. I can see myself constantly coming back to this list and thinking "go on... buyyyy itttt.."
#12 at 16:06:16 - 21/02/2007
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The PS2 is still probably the best console to buy now, especially if you've never owned one before. So many good, cheap games that you'll always have something new that's good.

Even applying the "90% of everything is crap" rule, there's so much stuff on the PS2 that the 10% that's good is a huge amount of games.
#13 at 16:11:36 - 21/02/2007
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Rhythm said:Forget ICO. Dodgy controls render it devoid of joy.

Instead go for SOS: The Final Escape. Bit ropey round the edges but a superb use of a standard environment (a city).

Please explain your problem with the controls in Ico, I'm utterly bemused anyone could say that about it. And SOS is truly dreadful!
#14 at 16:15:02 - 21/02/2007
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I agree with Whizzo. There's a staggering abount of great games on the PS2.

Take a look over on metacritic/gamerankings at the top 50 or so. Remove the type of things you don't like and buy the rest.
#15 at 16:15:09 - 21/02/2007
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Carrybagma said:Ta so far.

ICO and SotC don't tread on eachother's toes then? No similarities? I know buggerall about them, other than that they're usually mentioned in the same context.


I'd give my eye teeth to be you and have those two to look forward to again, knowing nothing about 'em.

Seriously, they're individual games and work well independently of each other.

As I said, I envy you mate I really do as they're games I'd love to erase my memory of and play all over again just for the sheer joy of playing and completing them.

Peej
#16 at 16:15:20 - 21/02/2007
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Carrybagma said:Ta so far.

ICO and SotC don't tread on eachother's toes then? No similarities? I know buggerall about them, other than that they're usually mentioned in the same context. I'm sort of after the best of individual genres, so I'd only go for one Guitar hero. I'm a fairly casual gamer see, so I'd probably have had my fill after trying the the first of a particular genre. (Which is why I'm happy to wait 5 years for a Zelda..)

Never heard of Gradius V.. [gulp]

El_MUERkO - Go on, recommend a single version. :o)

Oh gosh - Gran Turismo. Forgot about that.

ED:

This could get expensive. I can see myself constantly coming back to this list and thinking "go on... buyyyy itttt.."

Ico first because it's better. SotC is just... cruel.
#17 at 16:15:41 - 21/02/2007
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FFXII, best RPG ever.
#18 at 16:16:31 - 21/02/2007
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God of War is worth looking at. :)

And if you can find it, Amplitude.
#19 at 16:17:29 - 21/02/2007
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Lutzie said:God of War is worth looking at. :)

And if you can find it, Amplitude.


VERY good call on the latter (and of course Frequency.

How about Gitaroo Man, Parappa the Rappa 2 and all those other bemani lovelies too.

Peej
#20 at 16:18:47 - 21/02/2007
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WOPR said:
Please explain your problem with the controls in Ico, I'm utterly bemused anyone could say that about it. And SOS is truly dreadful!


Bad controls = inability to move character in a straight line without him falling off ledges (that balance beam puzzle in the hall was awful). Couple that with a camera that switches to where it wants frequently and it ruins a potentially good game.

/rates ICO merely "OK"
#21 at 16:22:36 - 21/02/2007
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ICO and SOTC are slightly strange games, in that they both value beauty in the visuals over technical prowess. If you study them too closely, some of the texturing is a bit dodgy, and the polygon counts a bit low (more in Ico than SOTC though, to be fair).

The controls in Ico annoyed me immensely to begin with, but you soon get used to them. And ditto the camera, until I learned that it's apparently random changes of orientation are to allow me to see where I'm meant to go next. If the camera switches and you can't see where you're going, you're going in the wrong direction. Oh, and the fighting is awful.

Ico is the more powerful experience, SOTC the more polished game. Ico will leave you more satisfied, so I'd go with that.

Oh: another for your list: Virtua Figher 4 Evo. Overall, it's the 3d fighting game on any system, ever (at least until VF5 comes out). And it's got the absolute best single player and training modes I've come across in a fighter, so it's a great introduction to the series as well.
#22 at 16:28:31 - 21/02/2007
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peej said:
VERY good call on the latter (and of course Frequency.
But if you're going to get both, play Freq first. They refined the control system enough in Amplitude, that Frequency almost feels "broken" afterwards.

Oh, and no self-respecting PS2 collection is complete without Space Channel 5 (both 1 AND 2 (as long as you don't mind either buying an Oz copy, or a US copy and a screwdriver)).
#23 at 16:43:18 - 21/02/2007
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peej said:
As I said, I envy you mate I really do as they're games I'd love to erase my memory of and play all over again just for the sheer joy of playing and completing them.

Ah, that made me smile.

One of the benefits of being a casual or infrequent gamer is having such choice available to you, and plenty of people to help you make the best choices.
#24 at 17:06:21 - 21/02/2007
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Rhythm said:
WOPR said:
Please explain your problem with the controls in Ico, I'm utterly bemused anyone could say that about it. And SOS is truly dreadful!


Bad controls = inability to move character in a straight line without him falling off ledges (that balance beam puzzle in the hall was awful). Couple that with a camera that switches to where it wants frequently and it ruins a potentially good game.

/rates ICO merely "OK"

Nope, I'm still baffled!
#25 at 17:26:55 - 21/02/2007
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But... you've hear of Gradius... right?
#26 at 17:48:03 - 21/02/2007
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The conversion of Dragon Blaze is pretty decent. Oh, and Gigawing Generations, Psyvariar, and Raiden III are worth a punt. As is R-Type Final. Castle Shikigami II is an awesome game, but a lousy PAL conversion. Tengai and Samurai Aces are both great little games, but surprisingly poor graphics let them down a little on PS2.

What?

What?

Oh, okay, one that isn't a shmup then.

Devil May Cry 3.

There.

You happy now?
#27 at 18:11:10 - 21/02/2007
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WOPR said:
Ico first because it's better. SotC is just... cruel.

Pay no attention to WOPR. But play Ico first anyway because it just makes more sense that way.
#28 at 18:38:39 - 21/02/2007
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quedex said:
peej said:
VERY good call on the latter (and of course Frequency.
But if you're going to get both, play Freq first. They refined the control system enough in Amplitude, that Frequency almost feels "broken" afterwards.


I didn't mention Frequency because, although I prefer the game, it's very difficult to get hold of (if I remember - I've not checked ebay).

Oh, and no self-respecting PS2 collection is complete without Space Channel 5 (both 1 AND 2 (as long as you don't mind either buying an Oz copy, or a US copy and a screwdriver)).


Oh, I didn't know part 2 got released anywhere in PAL land! Interesting...
#29 at 19:38:35 - 21/02/2007
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WOPR said:
Nope, I'm still baffled!


Sorry, I just don't rate it
#30 at 20:00:09 - 21/02/2007

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