I’m getting my fiancee a ps2 for father’s day (don’t ask me why we’re just getting one now, I have no idea why we never had one before). I don’t want to just get him the system alone, so I’m looking for input about a few games to get to accompany the ps2.
He’s a nineteen year old male that likes a wide variety of games; rpg’s like Breath of Fire, Mortal Kombat or Soul Calibur games, Sonic, or Tony Hawk games. So, there’s not like a single kind of game I’m looking for. Some games with good multiplayer modes would be good since we like to play videogames together, but they don’t need to all be like that.
So, if you could list your favorite playstation/ps2 games and if you’re not feeling lazy maybe a little about them, I’d appreciate it.
I don’t care how many you list- your all time favorite one or a list of 20 games you like. Anything is better than perusing the Gamestop racks or Ebay with absolutely no idea about any games at all.
The title should be ‘What should I buy.’ Typing Skillz:Fail.
The PS2 has a really vast selection of good stuff available for it. Top of my personal list would be GTA San Andreas- cracking game, probably the best of the series (though revisiting it on the 360, it hasn’t aged all that well). Next up on my list would be Metal Gear Solid 3. Go for the 3 disc ‘director’s cut’ one if you can.
I’m deliberately staying away from RPGs and beat-em-ups because around here that’s like painting a huge bullseye on your face, so I’ll skip to the more obscure stuff that you can find cheaply and will entertain for ages. Two in particular- Bombastic, sequel to the ridiculously addictive PS1 game Devil Dice. I’ve only stuck my disk into the console two or three times but still I must’ve racked up 10 hours’ play time, it’s that insidious. Next up is Flipnic, which is the pinball equivalent of mashing up half a ton of twizzlers and injecting it directly into your cerebellum. Quite fun to play late at night, actually.
ICO is a weird beast. You play a child trying to guide a princess (or white girl, anyway) through a castle, all the time haunted by the shadows her mother sends to get her back. You are armed with a wooden sword, you more or less learn to decipher the puzzles quickly and it’s quite linear. Yet, it oozes atmosphere and feels like you’re in a tale of the Grimm brothers. It shouldn’t work, but it’s a great game and if you think he might be interested, snatch it. No multiplayer.
It’s hardly the greatest game ever made, but the second Lord of the Rings game was a fun button-masher multiplayer. Basically, you pick a member of the Fellowship (Aragorn, Gimli, Legolas), he picks another and you play through the story with cinematics interspersed. I didn’t like the movie, but killing orcs till your fingers bleed and you have run out of bullshit to say to your friend is somehow cathartic, at least for people who used to play Mortal Kombat. The third game was also good AFAIK, though I’ve played it less.
FFX is a must
I’d get Shinobi
I’ve heard nothing but good about God of War
FFXII is alright too
I dunno, I mostly used my PS2 to play good PS1 games.
I’d stay away from any GTA games though. At least to me, they were novelty games with very little play or replay value. They need cheats to be fun, and even then I can’t handle more than 15 minutes without getting bored of the insistent gangster shit.
Lots of great games for the PS2, so it’s hard to go wrong with the above choices.
For the GTA games, they serve as nice distractions if you just play it to mess around. Also really cheap used.
Other stuff not mentioned:
Tales of the Abyss (Has Multiplayer)
Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2 (You’ll either like it or hate it. Depends if you like the DW style of play. I personally enjoyed the hell out of it. Also Co-op.) Although if you’re interested, look up some of the other DW games.
Disgaea Series (Massive timesinks)
Probably some other stuff, but can’t think of 'em. I’d list one more game, but it’s import-only.