Chapter 5 : The Popular Playstation 2

The Playstation 2 was first introduced back in the fall of 2000.  Since then it has been redesigned to include online gaming and it not the big and bulky system it used to be.  The Playstation 2 is the most trustworthy system, being known for the PS One as one of the hottest video game systems of its time.  So why wouldn’t you trust the Playstation 2?

The only thing holding the Playstation 2 back is its successor, the Playstation 3.  If you or your children are not ones that have to keep up with all of the latest systems the Playstation 2 is perfect for you.  And with all of the endless games available there is a game out there for every member of the family. 

The Playstation 2 can be purchased at a bargain price of $150.00.  This is nearly half of the initial selling price.  This game system has the most units sold and the most games available.  It can play both DVD’s and the original Playstation 1 games.  This is definitely the most popular system out there.

One of the downfalls to the Playstation 2 is the inferior graphics and the ability to only allow 2 players to play at a time.  Whereas the newer game systems allow for up to four players at one time.

If the little things like the newest graphics don’t bother you, then you will enjoy the readily available accessories and thousands of games that await the Playstation 2 gamers.

One extra perk for PS2 owners is the early release of some game titles compared to the other systems.  In general PS2 has exclusive titles and other titles that get published up to a year before the other consoles.  The prices of games are usually a bit less expensive and cost anywhere from $10.00 to $50.00.

The Playstation 2 offers a 300 MHz processor, 128-bit, Dolby Digital 5.1, and unbelievable sound and realism as you play the games.

As stated before the accessories are endless, but here are a few to make your gaming experience more enjoyable:

  • PS 2 eyetoy-usb camera
  • USB headset- offers voice recognition and online chat for compatible titles
  • Multitap for PS 2- allows you to plug in extra controllers and memory cards
  • DVD Remote- allows you to play movies without wires
  • Memory cards- save your game progress and other information with 2 8MB memory cards
  • Logitech NetPlay Controller- chat and play at the same time on your PS2
  • Logitech Cordless Controller- play anywhere you want with this 2.4GHz cordless controller
  • DUALSHOCK 2 analog controller- this controller has pressure sensitivity on every action button

The Playstation 2 console system includes one black video system, adapter, cables, and one controller.  Generally the Playstation 2 does not come in a bundle pack.  Although you can purchase games, especially the older edition, at a very low cost. Below is one list of the top ten games in the past year.  It doesn’t include games released in the past couple of months.

  • Psychonauts- This is a very original game with bizarre imagery and humor that will bring a smile to the most sarcastic face.
  • God of War- This game has awesome graphics and intense game play.  This game also has a very compelling story, but should warn you about the gore and violence throughout the game.  This should only be played by adults.
  • Soulcalibur III- This game has a deep character creation that unlocks countless artifacts and other items for your fighter to use.
  • Gran Turismo 4- This game is rated E for Everyone, so let the whole family join in on the fun.  There are several race courses and cars available for every player and the graphics are out of this world.
  • Dragon Quest VIII- This game is comparable to Final Fantasy and is full of good humor and quirkiness.
  • Shadow of the Colossus- This game puts you in a colossi where you battle to save your one true love.
  • Socom III- You have to maneuver through Morocco and other areas with your troops.
  • Guitar Hero- This game offers loads of licensed music for you to play the guitar, and participate in a battle of bands.
  • Peter Jackson’s King Kong- This game has top of the line graphics and allows you to play as King Kong.
  • Madden NFL 2006- Madden has always been on the top ten list year after year and keeps getting better with age.  Madden 07 is sure to replace Madden 06 on this list next year.

For families with younger children who want to keep the games rated for everyone to play there are some favorites among the several available.  Most of the sport games are rated E with popular titles like;

  • Fifa 06- a great game for any soccer fan with amazing graphics
  • Madden NFL 05 & 06- sure to attract fans of all ages with the realistic player control
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban- basically all of the Harry Potter games are on the top of the lists for children’s favorite game
  • NFL Street- this game gives football a new twist and different rules to the game

Deciding on which video game system is right for your child is a big decision, but with Playstation keeping up with the other console systems it looks like they’re not going anywhere for quite some time.  With over 2000 videos games available and more releases coming soon the Playstation system proves to be the most popular after all of these years.

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