PlayStation 2 debuted in Japan on March 4, 2000. That signifies that the traditional console is now 20 years previous.

Now, after we’re all accomplished feeling previous, I wish to give loads of respect to the PS2. Sony bought over 155 million of those consoles, making the PS2 essentially the most profitable online game system of all time. But extra necessary than that, the PS2 has possibly the best library of video games ever created.

You may make a straightforward record of 100 nice PS2 video games, however I’m going to spend slightly time right here highlighting my favorites from the historic console.

Shadow of the Colossus

I really like spectacle when it has a enjoyable recreation constructed round it, and Shadow of the Colossus did spectacle higher than any recreation earlier than it. Plus, I’ve all the time felt like 3D video games have struggled to do boss fights in addition to 2D experiences. Well, right here’s a recreation that’s just about all boss fights, and so they’re among the most epic of any period.

I nonetheless bear in mind how excited I used to be hiding in a cave from an enormous monster, solely to appreciate I may bounce onto his beard when he crouched right down to search for me in my little hiding spot. And then there’s the bird-like colossus, which I fell off of when it was on the apex of a flying loop … solely to land again on it. Man, I nonetheless geek out over that second.

The RetroBeat: My 5 favorite PlayStation 2 games

The RetroBeat: My 5 favorite PlayStation 2 games

Above: Run!

Image Credit: Sony

Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence

I’ve been a fan of the Metal Gear Solid sequence for the reason that unique PlayStation days, and I’ve stored that adoration going even when its video games have some evident faults. Metal Gear Solid 3, nevertheless, doesn’t have a lot of something incorrect with it. It’s Cold War story has tons of intrigue with out letting the same old Metal Gear Solid goofiness overshadow the darkness and coronary heart of the narrative. And whereas its survival mechanics appeared daunting at first, having to maintain your self fed and wholesome made for a extra immersive expertise.

I additionally am going with the Subsistence model as a result of it mounted the one main drawback with the unique launch: the digicam. Subsistence launched a third-person digicam that grew to become normal for the sequence going ahead.

Kingdom Hearts II

Man, I don’t know if there was a recreation I ever was extra enthusiastic about that Kingdom Hearts II. Disney and gaming are two of my favourite issues ever, so the primary Kingdom Hearts introduced me nothing than pleasure. The sequel introduced a faster-paced fight system, among the greatest Disney worlds the sequence has seen nonetheless (shout outs to Tron and Steamboat Mickey), and a incredible soundtrack.

Even all these years later, and after Kingdom Hearts III lastly got here out, Kingdom Hearts II continues to be my favourite entry within the sequence.

The RetroBeat: My 5 favorite PlayStation 2 games

Above: Thanks to Kingdom Hearts, Donald and Goofy at the moment are badasses.

Image Credit: Square Enix

Final Fantasy XII

Final Fantasy is one among my favourite gaming franchises, however Final Fantasy XII was really the primary title within the sequence that I beat. I used to be drawn in by its lovely, medieval-Mediterranean world (I’m a sucker for any RPG with an enormous port metropolis), and I used to be gained over by its strategic real-time fight. You may nonetheless management your social gathering members, and also you typically occasions needed to, however you can primarily program your social gathering with a sequence of “if/then” instructions through the complicated Gambit system. I spent hours tinkering with my Gambits making an attempt to create the neatest RPG social gathering attainable.

I had such a good time that I quickly went again and performed the primary 10 Final Fantasy video games in a joyous six-month marathon. But, as they are saying, you always remember your first. Final Fantasy XII helped bounce begin a brand new appreciation for every kind of JRPGs in my life.

Final Fantasy X can also be nice. But Final Fantasy XII simply had the extra attention-grabbing world and battle system for me. The voice appearing in XII can also be a lot better.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3

PlayStation 2 had loads of nice Tony Hawk video games, however the sequence went right into a extra open-world route after Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3. I favor the smaller, time limit-restricted ranges, and THPS3 perfected that components. Heck, in case you don’t assume that Airport is the perfect stage within the franchise, then we’re enemies for all times.

Every different recreation on this record has acquired trendy ports, remakes, and/or sequels within the trendy period. Sadly, the final Tony Hawk recreation was the abysmal Pro Skater 5 from 2015. I’m nonetheless not able to revisit that wound.

The RetroBeat is a weekly column that appears at gaming’s previous, diving into classics, new retro titles, or how previous favorites — and their design methods — encourage at the moment’s market and experiences. If you’ve got any retro-themed initiatives or scoops you’d prefer to ship my method, please contact me.