Right now (October 26) marks 20 years for the reason that second mannequin of Sony’s Ps, PlayStation 2 (PS2), launched.
Again firstly of the brand new millennium, the primary technology of the Ps (PS1) was well-loved throughout the globe, competing with the Nintendo 64 console. However earlier than the primary 12 months of the 00’s was up, Sony had a brand new console to take its place, in addition to some new rivals.
“The PS1 was one of the vital influential consoles of all time—it modified the face of gaming and launched numerous franchises,” says freelance computing and gaming journalist, Mike Jennings. “The PS2 squared up in opposition to the Nintendo GameCube, the primary Xbox and Sega’s Dreamcast—the successor confronted big strain.”
However boy, did it ship. The PS2 set a brand new normal for dwelling console gaming, elevating the bar for gamers and builders. To at the present time, it’s the best-selling and most performed console of all time, promoting over 155 million consoles worldwide. Based on Sony, it had nearly 4,000 video games launch as much as late 2013.
“There are a number of the explanation why it succeeded,” explains Jennings. “Excellent elements delivered unbelievable graphics and greater video games helped the PS1 technology develop up with their new machines.
“Players trusted the PlayStation model, its rivals faltered and the large video games saved on coming—together with extra reasonably priced variations of the machine,” the gaming professional continues. “Sony knew to not change issues for change’s sake, too—the controller was solely tweaked barely, for example, and lots of the PS1’s franchises expanded on the PS2.”
Whereas some franchises have been continued reminiscent of TEKKEN, the PS2 got here with its personal classics reminiscent of ICO, Shadow of the Colossus and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. A few of these classics stay fashionable in the present day, with some emulated for the PlayStation 4 (PS4).
“It is unattainable to select a winner between the primary and second technology PlayStations, however there isn’t any denying that Sony did an amazing job of constructing on the PS1 with its second console,” muses Jennings. “After twenty years it is price remembering the PS2—particularly because it helped solidify Sony within the gaming market.
“If that hadn’t occurred, who is aware of if we would be getting a PlayStation 5 in any respect.”
To assist players replicate on the defining console, Newsweek has created the highest 20 PS2 video games, utilizing scores from Metacritic to rank them.
The Final 20 PlayStation 2 Video games
20. SSX 3 — Metacritic rating: 93
Developed by Digital Arts Canada, this snowboarding sport offers gamers freestyle occasions, racecourses and the possibility to study methods. Characters are additionally customizable, just like what we see in video games reminiscent of Fortnite in the present day.
19. SSX —Metacritic rating: 93
The primary within the SSX franchise, this sport was Digital Arts’ first excessive sports activities video games for the PS2. This sport was developed by EA Sports activities Huge and appears to have a barely larger person rating on Metacritic than its newer counterpart.
18. God of Conflict II— Metacritic rating: 93
Launched in March 2007, this sport was voted Recreation of the Yr by Metacritic in the identical 12 months. The story within the sport focuses on mortal warrior Kratos, who’s now the God of Conflict, determined to journey to the far reaches of the earth to defeat “untold horrors” to alter his future. The sport offers gamers the management of Kratos, utilizing lethal blades and rage in addition to magic and new fight strikes.
Metacritic describes the sport as vividly putting with difficult puzzles and mini-games intricately woven into the story.
17. Burnout 3 Takedown—Metacritic rating: 93
The third sport within the franchise launched the distinctive “crash and burn” racing idea. Metacritic describes it as having one-of-a-kind particular results, delivering “spectacular visuals.”
It additionally has a number of single-player, multiplayer and on-line crash and race modes, providing gamers to race by way of busy metropolis streets and rewarding them for taking dangers.
16. Virtua Fighter 4—Metacritic rating: 94
The fourth within the sequence, the sport options two new characters—Lei Fei and Vanessa Lewis—with their very own distinctive kinds primarily based on actual martial arts. Like many different fighter video games, gamers can play in arcade mode, in opposition to a good friend after coaching their character by way of sparring.
15. God of Conflict—Metacritic rating: 94
The primary sport within the God of Conflict franchise sees Kratos, an ex-Spartan warrior, embark on a quest to destroy Ares, the God of Conflict. The hero of the sport fights off in opposition to legendary creatures reminiscent of Medusa, Cyclops, the Hydra and extra, whereas fixing puzzles because the story progresses. It is undoubtedly not for these PG-13 and beneath.
14. NCAA Soccer 2004—Metacritic rating: 94
Developed by EA Sports activities, this American soccer sport permits gamers to take their rivalries on-line. Options embrace new trick performs, new animations for sideline tackles, stumbles and over-the-shoulder passes in addition to user-controlled celebrations.
The brand new QB Rollout digicam and the Play-Motion Cross digicam imply the gameplay is extra correct and true-to-life. This sport additionally has “New Faculty Classics” mode, the place gamers can replay 20 of the best faculty soccer video games from the final twenty years (pre 2004).
Customers can play as one in all 36 1-AA groups or one of many 100+ basic groups together with 1930 Notre Dame, 1956 Oklahoma, 1972 USC, 1985 Auburn and 2002 Ohio State.
13. Steel Gear Strong 3: Subsistence—Metacritic rating: 94
The primary time Steel Gear went on-line. Gamers might battle or crew up with as much as seven different buddies on-line or they might benefit from the totally different gameplay modes offline. The all-new on-line modes embrace Demise Match, Staff Demise Match, Sneaking Mission, Seize Mission and Rescue Mission.
12. Madden NFL 2004—Metacritic rating: 94
It gained Metacritic’s 003 Ps 2 Recreation of the Yr award, so no marvel it is scored excessive on this record. The important thing options for this model of the sport embrace New Playmaker Management and a brand new Proprietor Mode, in addition to essentially the most reasonable NFL playbooks ever”—all from 32 formally licensed coaches and head coaches.
11. Madden NFL 2002—Metacritic rating: 94
Appears to attain barely larger than the 2004 model—this sport, for its time, had new participant face and physique expertise in addition to the power to create participant personal groups with customized helmets, uniforms and stadiums.
There was additionally a brand new coaching mode which meant folks might study from Madden himself.
10. Satan Could Cry—Metacritic: 94
Dante, a non-public investigator of the supernatural, is looking for revenge for the dying of his mom and brother. Fortunately for the man, he is not an “atypical man” and has his father’s sword to assist avenge mankind within the demon realm.
9. Tony Hawk’s Professional Skater 4—Metacritic rating: 94
PS1 followers will keep in mind when the primary sport within the franchise was launched, so it is no shock that followers love this fourth within the sequence. Launched in 2002, this sport lets you construct your expertise, earn respect and present your character has what it takes to go professional. On this sport, there aren’t any time clocks, no constraints in addition to pro-specific challenges.
You may also work together with different skaters within the multiplayer modes.
8. Madden NFL 2003—Metacritic rating: 95
The sport goes on-line with this model of the franchise. Gamers can meet, chat and play head-to-head in opposition to others or they will concentrate on the Mini-camp, the place they will hop on the cruiser tour bus and journey to all of the NFL cities to finish expert duties.
Gamers may play 30 years of Franchise mode and draft gamers every season with suggestions from scouts.
7. Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec—Metacritic rating: 95
One other franchise began within the PS1 period, Gran Turismo has developed together with the consoles. Within the third sport, there are two new programs—downtown Tokyo and Monte Carlo Grand Prix programs—in addition to a tremendous vary of vehicles from Vipers to Cooper Minis. The soundtrack additionally disappoint, together with artists reminiscent of Lenny Kravitz and Jimi Hendrix.
6. Grand Theft Auto: Vice Metropolis—Metacritic rating: 95
Most likely one of the vital memorable GTA video games, it gained Metacritic’s 2002 PS2 Recreation of the Yr. Based mostly within the Nineteen Eighties, the sport focuses on Tommy Vercetti who is shipped to Vice Metropolis by his outdated boss, Sonny Forelli.
Nevertheless, he is arrange and is left with no cash and no merchandise, along with his boss wanting his a reimbursement. However the biker gangs, Cuban gangsters and corrupt politicians stand in his means—mainly most of Vice Metropolis appears to need Tommy useless.
This Rockstar-developed sport permits gamers to totally immerse themselves on the earth of Vice Metropolis, driving sports activities vehicles, pizza supply bikes and even helicopter. This sport undoubtedly set the bar excessive for the next GTA video games.
5. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas—Metacritic rating: 95
One other Metacritic PS2 Recreation of the Yr winner, this GTA sport was one other basic for players. The story sees Carl Johnson (CJ) escape the pressures of Los Santos solely to return within the early Nineteen Nineties after the homicide of his mom.
On his return to the neighborhood, a few corrupt cops body him for murder. CJ is compelled on a journey that takes him throughout your entire state of San Andreas, to avoid wasting his household and to take management of the streets.
4. Steel Gear Strong 2: Sons of Liberty—Metacritic rating: 96
Launched in 2001, this sport focuses on Strong Snake, now a member of the anti-Steel Gear group “Philanthropy,” going after a prototype Steel Gear developed by the U.S. Marines and on path to a secret vacation spot. After all, issues go a bit awry and Snake has to alter tact.
3. Resident Evil 4—Metacritic rating: 96
Following the story of Leon S. Kennedy, the Raccoon Metropolis Police Division’s idealistic rookie cop from “Resident Evil 2”, the sport is ready six years for the reason that destruction of Raccoon Metropolis. Leon is now a U.S. agent with a top-secret mission—look into the kidnapping of the President’s daughter. His investigations has led him to a mysterious location in Europe with unimaginable discoveries awaiting him.
2. Grand Theft Auto III—Metacritic rating: 97
Launched in 2001, a 12 months after the console was launched, this sport places gamers proper on the coronary heart of gangster paradise. The graphics a lot improved from earlier than, gamers have been in a position to see a fully-realized three-dimensional metropolis with a big solid, over 50 autos reminiscent of sports activities vehicles and ice cream vehicles, three hours of music and a great deal of street-ready weapons.
1. Tony Hawk’s Professional Skater 3—Metacritic rating: 97
One other sport launched a 12 months after the console, Professional Skater 3 allowed gamers to problem as much as 4 buddies in on-line competitions over a LAN or the Web. Modes included Trick Assault and Graffiti modes.
Based on Metacritic, it was the Greatest PS2 Recreation of 2001 and was one of the vital mentioned and shared sport of the 12 months on its platform.