PlayStation 2 tribute - Our fondest memories and favourite games

(continued from previous page) ...the games however, Okami and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater stand out as the defining moments of that era for me. I admittedly never experienced some of the PS2’s other gems such as God of War, Shadow of the Colossus or ICO, but Snake Eater and Okami blew me away. Okami is a masterstroke (no pun intended) of interactive entertainment, offering a beautiful, evocative world to explore and innovative gameplay mechanics that differentiate it from the likes of Zelda and Final Fantasy. MGS3 on the other hand is the ultimate stealth experience that IMO has yet to be topped, with one of the most memorable videogame stories ever told.

PS2 offered some of my fondest gaming experiences to date, and many of them have yet to be eclipsed even by today’s standards.

Steven Williamson - UK Publisher

I put money aside for months to ensure I had a PS2 at launch. I think it cost around £300. As with the PSOne and the PS3, there’s something magical about unboxing a new console for the first time, booting it up and familiarising yourself with the dash before testing out some of the launch games. I can remember unpacking the PS2 with the enthusiasm of a 7-year-old at Christmas; I even ripped the box in the process.

My most potent memory comes from one of those launch games. The frantic first-person shooter gameplay and futuristic comic-book style setting of Timesplitters was right up my street and I spent hours upon hours in Arcade mode against bots and real players and then trying to complete all of the challenge modes. Timesplitters 2 was even more fun, and such are my fond memories of the franchise that I’m one of the many that has signed the petition to try and convince Crytek (formerly Free Radical Design) to bring the series back. Even if it does, I doubt it will ever be the same as those fantastic PS2 days.

Ernest Lin - Staff Writer

Looking back at the PlayStation 2, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater easily stands as my favorite game on the platform. Here is a game that became one of the system's last technical achievements and an overall masterpiece. MGS3 brought an emotional and interesting experience to which no game I played before brought me. The boss designs made the battles against the Cobra Unit not only memorable, but meaningful. It still amazes me to this day that the game came out on the PlayStation 2, as its graphics and gameplay hold up well to this day.

Lastly, MGS3 stands as one of the few games to move me to tears. The last battle against The Boss was the first time in gaming that I became so reluctant to fight. So hesitant to finish a game I had come to love. This summer, I had to compile some video footage from the game for a university summer course project. When I arrived at the ending, my reaction was the same as the first time I experienced it: my heart sank and tears streamed down my face.

Ghost-Rayne – Staff Writer and Editor

Sony's 6th generation console has sold alongside its 7th. As we stand at the doorstep of the 8th generation, the behemoth that is the PlayStation 2 takes its first steps towards retirement. Even now the legend had support with Pro Evolution Soccer 13 and FIFA 13 among other titles. With some of the truly amazing titles coming out in 2013 like The Last of Us, Beyond: Two Souls, God of War: Ascension and 3rd party titles like Bioshock Infinite, Metal Gear Solid: Rising, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes and Phantom Pain, I can't help but cast my thoughts back to titles that came out near the end of the 6th generation on PS2.

Games like Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Zone of Enders 2, Okami and God of War 2 blew my mind back then. I felt like they were gen 6.5 type games, it was then that I had my first taste of what next-gen might be like. MGS3 will forever stand as the best MGS game in the franchise in the hearts of many seasoned vets; it needs little mention here. Konami's mech game Zone of Enders 2 however was the most visceral experience I had on the PS2. It was so bright and colorful and looked ... (continued on next page)

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