PS2 Games? What to get.......

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yakumo9275
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So my household got a new PS2 a couple of weeks back, and we are wondering what are some good games we can get for it.

I had a couple of PAL discs which dont play (DOA2 extreme, Red Faction I, Gauntlet ledgends dark legacy) in America

I wanted to get a worms game to play against my wife but I only know an old PS1 worms game, dont know if any PS2 versions are any good...

Top of my list is Silent Hill 2. and I'd like to play again red faction + gauntlet as I really liked them.

My wife wants for no particular reason than being a fan the Buffy game... so I need to track that down...

Im not really into car games either...

What do people recommend? PS2 has a huuge back catalogue to explore, so fire away with answers!!

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Light Guns with non-CRT's

I have that RGT light gun that we offer(ed) for the PS2 and Xbox for many years. It uses a receiver on top of the TV and works pretty well. However, the GunCon2 method of directly plugging into both the console's output and the TV's input works pixel perfectly. Supposedly there's a new gun coming for the new Time Crisis on PS3. Obviously that will use a very different technique since it will have to work with any TV as well. The light gun I have for my MAME cabinet is the Act Labs PC gun, which plugs into both USB and VGA ports. Still not pixel perfect, though it's functional, particularly on Area 51.

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there are LCD compatible guns out there...

I believe MrCustard has acquired some lightguns that work properly with LCD screens too using a different technique somewhat similar to the Nintendo Wii.



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GunCon 2 games

Since I moved my PS2 downstairs to a tube TV after getting a PS3, I was able to finally hook up the Time Crisis 3 and two Guncon 2 guns (it requires composite, which is fine since I have a dual composite/S-Video cable) bundle (I think I paid like $25 for it new at Gamestop a while back). I must say, it kicks the ass of my MAME arcade machine's gun in accuracy and fun. If you like gun games, it's a great purchase and as close to the arcade experience as you'd want to get (considering the size and cost of the Time Crisis machines). I'll have to track down more gun games. The only downside to the guns are the short cords, but I can probably address that with USB extension cords if I was moved to do so down the line.

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If you like Gunbird then

If you like Gunbird then you'll like Castle Shikigami 2 as it is a Gunbird sequel.

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I loove shmups (not bullet

I loove shmups (not bullet hell tho, but i like some strikers/gunbird 2 stuff). I'll definatly have to check out the raiden stuff for sure!

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I bought a PS2 for 2 reasons

I bought a PS2 for 2 reasons - R-Type Final and Gradius V. All I can say is that as a shmup fan it was worth my while. I have since gone on to bolster my PS2 library a fair bit. Other stuff I've enjoyed:

2D shmups:
Raiden III - wonderful old school shooter featuring a really tough "double mode" letting you control 2 ships at once using one controller (!)
Castle Shikigami 2
Psyvariar - lovely graphics and one of the first to feature a scrape bonus (you get this for scraping against bullets)
XII Stag

retro comps :
Taito Legends 1&2,
Capcom Collection Vols 1&2,
Megadrive Collection,
Activision Anthology
Atari Anthology
Midway Treasures 1&2
The Namco one is OK but offers a small number of games and an unwieldy and tedious game selection menu.

Puzzle :
Aqua Aqua (Wetrix2.0),
Bombastic - update of the great PS1 Devil Dice (called Xi in the states?)
Fantavision - fireworks based puzzler. Bill doesn't like this but I do!
Detonator - really cheap but clever block clearing game loosely themed around skyscraper demolition (http://worldofstuart.excellentcontent.com/detonator.htm)

Don't like driving games? I'd still go for Outrun 2006 :Coast to Coast - simply wonderful arcade racing.

Oh - and don't miss Metal Slug 3, 4 and 5. There's also an Anthology featuring them all (1,2,3,4,5,X)plus a new one but it got murdered in PAL so I can't comment on the the NTSC version.

Oh - and get Amplitude - best rhythm/music game that doesn't require a one-trick pony peripheral such as a guitar or bongo controller.

I've also got Eyetoy Play 1,2 and 3 - well worth getting some Eyetoy games if you're into multi-player.

That's all I think of off the top of my head (posting in work - for some reason I can't access AA from home - will get onto my ISP).

edit : more I've just remembered.

Forgot about Rez - get this if you didn't get it on Dreamcast. Its an on-rails shooter but with out-there visuals and sounds. A nice chill out game.

....and have a look at one of the Katamari games, and Ico, ....... I could go on.

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Oh my there's tons of good PS2 games out there

In addition to Bill's HDLoader I also have acquired a program called USBLoader which basically has the same functionality as HDLoader but only requires an external USB Drive and allows you to install ps2 games disks onto the drive from a PC. Compatibility is pretty low though whilst HDLoader reaches up to 85-90% compatibility from what I've gather from various sources. The cool thing about also using an external USB drive (which does operate much slower than the internal ATA network adapter connected one, even slower than the internal DVD drive) that the USBLoader does enable you to install quite a few games that the HDLoader doesn't support AND that it works with the newer ps2 slimline models as well.
So if you got an older model and want to access your games easily from a hard-drive you need to get HDLoader, a ps2 network adapter and a maxtor IDE harddrive. Works like a charm.

As for games... well I could give you a list of my favourites but I have found these sorts of things to be very personal and game-taste doesn't easily match necessarily.



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Some thoughts

This is more or less what I have:

Activision Anthology (Atari 2600) PS2 Disc
ATV Offroad Fury PS2 Disc
Cartoon Network Racing PS2 HD
Champions of Norrath PS2 Disc
Chessmaster PS2 Disc
City Crisis PS2 Disc
Conflict: Desert Storm PS2 Disc
Corvette PS2 Disc
Crash 'N' Burn Public Beta volume 1.0 PS2 Disc
DDRMAX 2 PS2 HD
DDRMAX Dance Dance Revolution PS2 HD
Escape from Monkey Island PS2 Disc
Everquest Online Adventures Beta (2 and 3) PS2 Disc
Eye Toy: Groove PS2 Disc
Eye Toy: Play PS2 Disc
Family Guy PS2 HD
Fantavision PS2 Disc
Frequency Online Demo - Network Adapter Starter Disc PS2 Disc
Gallop Racer 2006 PS2 HD
Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec PS2 Disc
HD Loader PS2 Disc
Hot Shots Golf Fore! PS2 Disc
Jak X (Public Beta v.1) PS2 Disc
Karaoke Revolution Party PS2 HD
Kingdom Hearts PS2 Disc
LifeLine PS2 HD
Mad Maestro PS2 Disc
Madden NFL Online Demo - Network Adapter Starter Disc PS2 Disc
Maximo: Ghosts to Glory PS2 Disc
Mega Man Anniversary Collection PS2 HD
Metal Gear Solid 3 Subsistence PS2 Disc
Micro Machines v4 PS2 HD
MLB 07 The Show PS2 Disc
Namco Museum PS2 Disc
No One Lives Forever PS2 Disc
PaRappa The Rapper 2 PS2 Disc
Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal (Public Beta v. 1.0) PS2 Disc
Scooby-Doo! Night of 100 Frights PS2 Disc
Smuggler's Run 2: Hostile Territory PS2 Disc
Splashdown: Rides Gone Wild PS2 HD
Spy Hunter PS2 Disc
Star Trek Voyager Elite Force PS2 Disc
Star Wars Racer Revenge PS2 Disc
Starsky & Hutch PS2 Disc
Time Crisis 2 PS2 HD
Time Crisis 3 PS2 Disc
Twisted Metal Black Online PS2 Disc
Various Movies, Codes, Game Saves, etc. PS1/2 Disc
Victorious Boxers 2: Fighting Spirit PS2 HD
Wizardry: Tale of the Forsaken Land PS2 Disc
Worms Forts: Under Siege PS2 HD

The stuff marked with HD I don't presently have on a physical DVD disc. I have them installed to the internal hard drive using a handy program called HD Loader. Some discs install using it, some don't. One thing with the PS2 in comparison to the original Xbox and Gamecube is that it tends to load games rather slowly. The hard drive obviously speeds that up and lets you select your games from a menu. If you get real hardcore into it, you might want to pick up HD Loader and a cheap compatible hard drive if you have an original style PS2, the one with the broadband/dialup and internal hard drive port. While I have the broadband connection, I rarely use it, except to update stuff in MLB 07.

Anyway, on to your question...

The Champions of Norrath multi-player action games are a delight. It's the same as the Baldur's Gate Dark Alliance games (same developers and also highly recommended), but set in a different universe. In fact, my wife and I are playing Champions of Norrath right now.

Maximo is a bit tough, but a very fun action platformer and I greatly prefer it over its sequel. You already know about God of War and it sequel, so I don't have to tell you about that (I'll get those someday).

Splashdown is lots of fun (I have it on Xbox too), though it is a racing game.

Obviously there are a ton of DDR and clone games, which are quite good. In fact, the PS2 is my wife and mine's primary cardio machine.

Hot Shots Golf is lots of fun even for non-sports fans, though I personally prefer the PSP version.

City Crisis can usually be had for very cheap and is a highly original helicopter rescue game. It's not perfect and is a bit clunky, but it has a nifty control scheme and a unique concept.

Otherwise, nothing else that I have particularly stands out. As you say, though, there are a ton of games to choose from, and lots of obvious choices that have become gaming legends...

As for the Buffy game, I liked the first on the Xbox (don't know if there's a PS2 version) much more than the sequel, so I'm not sure which one you're referring. Solid title, though, if a bit repetitive.

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