Blog a Day 70of365: Playstation 2 Confessions

Is it possible to go back to an ‘older’ console? My head says no but my heart wants to say yes.

Back during the height of the PS2’s era I wasn’t a big console gamer. I played a lot of PC games and a boyfriend at the time got me into the Xbox. So I played the likes of Halo and Grand Theft Auto. I made the time for Final Fantasy 10 eventually, as well as a few other PS2 games however there’s still a sizeable gap in my gaming knowledge of that time.

This is a confessional. There are far too many great PS2 games that I haven’t played. Here’s just a few examples of some of the greats I’ve missed:

Devil May Cry 3 (played number 4 and liked it)
Dragon Quest VIII (my Mum has put 200+hrs into it though!)
Final Fantasy X-2 (I know it’s meant to suck but I feel I should experience it)
Gran Turismo 3 and 4 (played and loved the first two)
Ico
Kingdom Hearts 2 (have played the first one at least!)
Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 (Played the first, loved it, played a tiny bit of MGS2 but otherwise not played an MGS until 4 that I got for Christmas)
Okami
Persona 3 and 4 (played and enjoyed Persona 2)
Shadow of the Colossus
Silent Hill 2-4 (I’ve played the first and loved it, but not played another Silent Hill until Homecoming)
SSX (soon to be rectified thanks to Sinan Kubba kindly lending me SSX3)

Quite embarrassing really isn’t it? I’m pretty knowledgable with games but I have a sizeable gap when it comes to the PS2 which is frankly pathetic.

Can you go back though? I’m not so sure.

I’ve still got my PS2 but I’ve given it to my Mum and I’d feel awkward asking for it back. Plus who wants to cross someone with a Dragon Quest VIII addiction? I’m tempted when I have a bit more money spare to buy a PS2 off eBay but would it be foolhardy? Probably.

I’ve got enough to be getting on with as it is. Keeping up with the current generation is hard enough let alone trying to go backwards!

Food for thought though.

2 thoughts on “Blog a Day 70of365: Playstation 2 Confessions

  1. Pete Davison

    Lengthy point-by-point response alert:

    I never got on with Devil May Cry, but having played and loved Bayonetta I may go back to it.

    Never played Dragon Quest. I like RPGs, but the series has never appealed for some reason.

    FFX-2 is awesome. Ignore people who hate it because it’s girly and different and has a weird soundtrack that you’ll hate at first but will grow to love. FFXIII is different and awesome. Play it with an open mind and you’ll love it.

    GT3 is great. Never played 4. I imagine it’s very similar. Apparently it’s possible to get the PS2 to run GT4 in 1080p. Quite how, I don’t know. But apparently it is possible.

    ICO – on my Pile of Shame. I’ve played a bit of it, but never finished it. There’s a copy on my shelf, along with Shadow of the Colossus, that I really should play sometime.

    Kingdom Hearts 2 – FANTASTIC game. Improves on the original in every way, though the story is arguably nonsense. But it’s enjoyable nonsense as only Squeenix know how to do.

    MGS2 – Great, but super-weird. MGS3 – Another Pile of Shame title for me. On my shelf, unopened.

    Okami – AMAZING. But super-long. If you like Zelda, you’ll love this. I actually like it more than Zelda. The main criticism of it is that it goes on a bit long, but I don’t think 40 hours is an unreasonable length.

    Persona 3 and 4 – You know my opinions on these masterpieces.

    Silent Hill 2 is one of the best stories ever told in gaming. Silent Hill 3 is a decent game with a creepy story that ties in with the first game (2 is its own independent story). Silent Hill 4 is good, but arguably the weakest of the series. It does flesh out some of the backstories mentioned in passing in the other games, though.

    SSX – Not played the original, but SSX Tricky and SSX3 are fantastically fun experiences with great soundtracks and wonderful sound design in general. Play ’em on a good surround system and you’ll see what I mean. See also Need for Speed Underground 2 for the same reason. EA really know what they’re doing with production values.

    Be prepared for a shock when you see PS2 graphics. You won’t remember them looking that bad. But after spending a lot of time with HD graphics, the initial shock is difficult to get over for some people. But you will.

    May I also recommend Shadow of Memories, in many ways a spiritual precursor to Heavy Rain (in that it’s all story and little direct interaction) and Fahrenheit, aka Indigo Prophecy (the actual precursor to Heavy Rain).

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