PS2 Collecting – Thirteen Must-Have Titles For Any New Collector on a Budget

Michael Crisman writes: "PS2 collecting, especially if you’re just getting started and didn’t grow up with the system, can be overwhelming: the system’s complete game library clocks in at over eighteen hundred titles, and that’s not counting cross-regional variants where the same game was released in multiple territories. The good news is, not only is the PS2 hardware easy to find and inexpensive, but it’s home to some phenomenal software that will offer you hours of enjoyment for discount gaming dollars."

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MrSwankSinatra185d ago

I miss the PS2 era, gaming was in a much better space back then.

nitus10184d ago (Edited 184d ago )

It does help when you have a backward compatible PS3 which can play PS2 games and even though the graphics are not as good as most PS3 or PS4 games it is still acceptable on large screen TV's. Unfortunately, PS1 games (all PS3's and PS2's can play them) look very grainy on large screen TV's and can look "odd" when the game was in the 4:3 aspect ratio originally, although there are exceptions.

Of course, graphics are not everything when playing an old game since the gameplay does not change but it does help make a great game even better if smoothing techniques are used.

BTW. I am no fan of new games being made with pixelated graphics for the so-called "retro look" although I would not object if the player had the option to turn off the pixelation.

Scar-184d ago (Edited 184d ago )

You actually got complete games back then I can only think of two titles that had and needed patches and ZERO DLC, Free online(even though the interface was meh it was functional) and tons of Split screen titles and single player games.

_-EDMIX-_184d ago (Edited 184d ago )

@scar-no you simply got the perception of complete games

it's not as if expansions did not release or even sequels for all you know they were holding back content and simply selling you another game at full price, what exactly do you call Kingdom Hearts Remix?

I mean put it this way if you're greedy company for all you know they could just hold it back content for the sequel or purposely release this content in special editions like we got from Devil May Cry are you going to tell me that that content wasn't held back? But instead of paying a small fee you're buying the entire game over again 😂😂😂

But hey, buying the entire game over again for 2 features was way better than just spending 5 or 10 bucks right bro? /s

I also don't know if you got the memo but single player games still exist and they never went anywhere

Dee_91184d ago

"You actually got complete games back then"
me and my brother were amature glitch finders back in those days. Plenty of games were "incomplete".Now if you want to talk price to longevity ratio, we can talk, but as for games not needing patches back then, that's nonsense.. You wouldn't ask for a patch back then because patching games weren't a thing.

_-EDMIX-_184d ago

Ummmm ooook

Very little if any multiplayer experience, no patches so games released basically broken for life if they had issues, less games...

I'm sure you could enjoy the games that released at that time but please stop pretending as if all those limitations Were Somehow great. PlayStation 2 was one of my favorite systems but I'm not going to sit here pretend as if all those limitations helped. It had its fair share of flaws.

MrSwankSinatra184d ago

Smhhhh shut up man, that situation didn't even happen to games as much as the way you make it sound.

_-EDMIX-_184d ago

@mr-online multiplayer was not a concept with many games with the exception of some game, because games had no patches you had multiple games with issues

that is not me saying that subjectively, that is a fact. You're saying it didn't happen "as much as" but we're on Earth that I ever tell you the decree of it happening? I'm simply telling you that it happened. Smh when something was wrong with your game it was wrong for life, in fact the only way you would get it corrected was with reprints ie buy another version

ShottyatLaw185d ago

Respectable list. I feel your pain on the horror titles. The Fatal Frame trilogy was a pain to find complete at good prices. I'm not even considering the imports right now either.

I'd throw in Sonic Mega Collection + for the hedgehog fans. It's an inexpensive little collection I picked up recently. Good stuff.

Wolf873184d ago

Ps2 gave us one of the best era in horror in my opinion, we had lot more to choose from and they were all fairly enjoyable. I didn't find that to be the case with PS3 nor it is with PS4 sadly.

_-EDMIX-_184d ago

I bought all the Fatal Frame games on PlayStation Network as it was just for a cheaper than the physical copies on PlayStation 2.

Fearmonkey184d ago

I would add Baldur's Gate Dark Alliance and Dark Alliance II should be on this list. I wish they would remaster these games and re-release them on PS4/Xbox One/PC.

SickSinceSix184d ago

The PS2 was home to some of my favorite games of all time. Don't know how much they'd cost now but I'd recommend the Tekken games(especially 5 since it includes Tekken's 1, 2 and 3) Need for Speed: Underground 2 & Most Wanted, Devil May Cry 1 & 3, XIII and Resident Evil 4 among others.

Lord_Sloth184d ago (Edited 184d ago )

I just need to get my hands on some working PS2 controllers that are pressure sensitive.....

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