Shacknews Reminisces About the PlayStation 2

By Shack Staff, Oct 26, 2010 4:20pm PDT Ten years ago, on this very day, the PlayStation 2 was released in stores across North America. Over the years, its integrated DVD technology and software library have made it a staple in homes across the globe--selling, according to Sony, 146 million units to date.

As much as we loved the system, our real memories come from the discs spinning in our PS2 DVD drive. And with a library that has ballooned to 2,000 titles since that fateful day on October 26, 2000, we have a lot of memories to share.

We've all had sleepless nights beating that last boss, called in sick at work to master another level, and "forgot" to study to countless exams to save our favorite virtual worlds.

Here are our memories. We hope to read yours in the comments below.

Alice O'Connor
I think I saw a PlayStation 2, once. Black box, uncomfortable-looking controller, made you yell obscenities at Xbox owners? I've never played one though, to the best of my knowledge.

That said, I did always envy everyone who got to play Shadow of the Colossus and Ico. You lucky dogs.

Garnett Lee
I remember looking at the PlayStation 2 launch lineup and thinking to myself "this is what's going to seal the fate of the Dreamcast?" (to this day my most beloved system, but that's a whole other story). SSX proved its worth but it wasn't too far into the conversation after that where fans started trying to argue that Fantavision was a solid game--launch or otherwise.

But the PlayStation would go on in the following years to win me over with some of the best gaming memories I have--playing Guitar Hero until early in the morning in the old 1UP offices with Andrew and a 12-pack, finally weathering the fight and conquering Jecht in Final Fantasy X, and pretty much every moment of what continues to be my favorite game ever I think, Ico.

Brian Leahy
I got the PlayStation 2 primarily for its DVD playing capability, but I did pick it up with Madden NFL 2001, SSX, and Armored Core 2. For gaming, I primarily used it as a way to keep playing my old PlayStation games like Final Fantasy Tactics and Metal Gear Solid. I was a PC gamer at the time the PS2 was released so I never really got that into it save a few standout examples.

Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
I'm a major Metal Gear Solid fan and these two games are amazing. Everyone hated MGS2 when it came out because of the Raiden bait-and-switch, but go back and play it again. MGS3, of course, is the best game in the franchise provided you play with the enhanced camera that shipped with the Subsistence edition.

Beatmania IIDX
Importing Beatmania taught me that rhythm games could be soul-crushingly difficult and helped lay the foundation for my love of games like Rock Band and DJ Hero. If Konami were to release a PS3 version of IIDX with a whole Blu-Ray full of songs--like, every song--I would pay a lot of money for that. I didn't get into Guitar Hero until the Xbox 360 release of GH2, though.

Favorite Games: (Those listed above) Shadow of the Colossus, God of War (1 & 2), Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Xav de Matos: I wasn't able to get a PS2 until a few years after it launched, but one of my fondest--and most heartbreaking--memories came from a weekend I rented the system (places used to do that). The only game I was interested in was Metal Gear Solid 2. Sadly, rentals didn't come with a memory card. So, I proceeded to play the entire game over the course of a weekend without turning off the system. Near the end of my weekend, and of the game, there was a power outage on my block. I lost everything.

What the experience did, however, was show me that the PS2 was an incredible machine with fantastic worlds. I proceeded to pinch my pennies and collect them tightly until I had enough for a system of my own.

From there is was a love affair with your common faves--like the original God of War, which I first played on my PS3--and your more obscure titles (Rule of Rose, anyone?). The PlayStation 2 is a great system with a great history. That's why I still own my PS2 and am glad to have the original PS3--the one that remembers where it came from and didn't have its history ripped out of its chest/chassis.

Favorite Games: Silent Hill 2, Amplitude, Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner, Final Fantasy X, Shadow of the Colossus, Ico, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (Substance), Disaster Report, Ring of Red, Beyond Good & Evil, Rez

Jeff Mattas
Ah, PS2. Our relationship was once on-again off-again affair, but a decade after your release, I think I finally appreciate you as I should. I first purchased you so that I could taste the sweet nectar of Grand Theft Auto III. But when I was done, I sold you back, only to buy one of your brethren several months later to play Vice City, Final Fantasy X, Ratchet and Clank, and Sly Cooper. Lesson apparently still unlearned, I sold system two, only to purchase another system months later, when San Andreas arrived.

I never sold PS2 number three, thanks to things like the God of War series, Shadow of the Colossus, Kingdom Hearts, and Okami. To this day, my current PS2 is getting periodic attention as I slowly slog through Persona 4.

Favorite Games: Grand Theft Auto (series), Final Fantasy X, God of War (1 & 2), Dark Cloud 2, Okami, Shadow of the Colossus, Persona 4

Del Rio
I remember being in college and not being able to afford one. One of our "richer" friends got one weeks before any of our other friends and he had people over every night playing and admiring his system.

I also remember spending countless hours playing Final Fantasy X and being blown away by the cut-scenes and graphics.

Favorite Games: Ratchet & Clank (Series), God of War (1 & 2), Grand Theft Auto (Series), Final Fantasy X, SSX (Series), Metal Gear Solid 2, Socom 2, Tekken 5, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time.

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  • I am so happy to see that Final Fantasy X made "favorite" mention more than once here. It was one of my first PS2 games and still remains to be one of my favorite games of all time.

    Just to throw in some titles to add in the celebration of this console:

    The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers. An absolutely excellent hack and slash
    Final Fantasy X. Just to say it again
    Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Just really loved it.

    And I love that the PS2 allows backwards compatibility so I can play my absolute favorite game of all time:

    The Legend of Dragoon

  • Well I was a big fan of the first Playstation so I was pretty hyped about the PS2 and its awesomeness
    however Sony didnt have one for me in the store and I didnt think it was worth 900$ on ebay , being a PC gamer and all. An year or so pass and i still wanted one , fortunately they didnt have one in the store but they did have Halo running on one of the Xbox kiosks. Its was BEAUTIFUL and I couldn't believe that a console game can look this good. So thanks Sony for showing me the right path. To be honest I was following Halo back when it was a PC game and seeing it in action just seal the deal for me. Got the Xbox then the Xbox 360 the PSP (....) and with the new consoles just around the corner I dont see a reason to buy a PS3 , maybe one day when GT5 comes out.

    MS fanboy.

  • The PlayStation 2 may not have been everyones favorite system for that generation, however it was hard to get through those years without coming into contact with it. I was always one of those gamers that got hand me down systems, but PlayStation 2 I managed to get fairly early in the game.

    I still play the PlayStation 2 to this day, Persona 3 and 4 are my current favorites. However I am trying to build a collection of games from the console, but I'm really interested in finding some of the rarer RPG's out there, and games like Way of the Samurai/Yakuza.

    Somewhere online I'm sure there's a project happening to try and mod the Playstation 2 in various more ways than that have already happened. Somewhere in the world someone is still playing the PS2 as if it were the newest system out there, long live the PlayStation 2.

  • After the PS1 I was a fan of the system. I bought a PS2 about a month after launch. I remember the first one dying on me but it was still under warranty. After a year the drive died. I paid to have it fixed and it failed a few months later. They wanted me to pay to have it fixed again. Ultimately I gave up consoling for a bit until the Xbox came out. Unfortunately I missed some gems on the PS2 and I'm looking forward to the re-releases on the PS3.

    I've had 3 of the 360's fail on me but I've only paid for 1 so I suppose I can't complain much. At least they made good on crappy hardware.

  • Favorite console library ever. Current collection is up to 554 games and I'm sure I'll hit 600 before I run out of neat stuff to pick up. It hasn't all been rosey; my initial impression with the Japanese launch was serious disappointment (especially after waiting in line all night), though in retrospect I think I probably should have picked up Drummania and A-Train 6 instead of Ridge Racer V (the low resolution and overuse of effects made it nearly unplayable) and Street Fighter EX 3 (terrible followup to the previous two games; loaded with slowdown in the jpn version).

    Ring of Red came out a week or two later and rocked, but other than that it was like a wasteland of crummy games for a while there. Not at all like the japanese Dreamcast launch where we'd get a new awesome game every two weeks or so.

    Ok, I kind of wish I picked up Primal Image, too. That'd be a fun one to break out when the friends are around.

  • I had a working 60gig ps3 but I kinda broke on me. Im think gonna try to take it apart for the second time.

    I feel rather stupid for thinking about buying a PS2 instead of a ps3 right now. Exp since my cousin helped make Sports Champions for the ps3.

    I went out of my way and got the last 60gig on the shelf so I wouldnt have to ever think about buying another ps2 again in my life. Looks like that plain failed. Sigh

    100 and play all the games in my pile of shame or just buy a PS3 for 200 more..... Oh well, saving money is hard sometimes.