Revisiting some retro PlayStation 2 games
While digging through my stash last week, I came across my old PlayStation 2 (PS2) console. Dusty, outdated, and forgotten today, the console was one of my first introductions to home gaming. While arcades were all the rage when I was a young nerd, the PlayStation 2 was one of the first game consoles I had at home. The old hardware reminded me of playing Metal Gear Solid 2 and Final Fantasy X (the two games we owned) on an old, incompatible TV that only worked through a VCR and only displayed in black and white. . Later, as the console market developed in Nepal, more and more games became available with mod chips to run “fake” Maha Boudha discs, and my library of PS2 games. is also enlarged.
My discovery of my old PS2 then led me into a rabbit hole. Does it still work? I plugged it in, and it’s done! Can I plug it into my monitor? No, RCA only. While the console still worked on TVs, I needed an RCA input for it to work on my desk. I thought of emulation. I knew the PS2 emulation was having issues when I tried it in the past, but now PCSX2 was surprisingly stable. It worked great with a lot of my nostalgic games like “God of War”, “Metal Gear Solid 2” and “Fatal Frame 2”. It also rendered games in a much higher resolution of 1080p and games looked great on modern monitors as well. With modern emulator features like state saving and ISO support, PCSX2 got my attention back and my PS2 returned to the store.
An emulator is software that emulates the original hardware of a game console, allowing game code to run on completely different hardware, in this case a computer. And while I loved revisiting some retro PS2 games from my childhood, the massive library of over 2,000 games on the PlayStation 2 made me curious about hidden gems I might have missed. So here are some PS2 games that you might want to review or check out. There were some really great games for the PS2, and with the PCSX2 emulator, they didn’t look as bad as you remember. PCSX2 is available for Windows, Linux and Mac.
‘Katamari Damacy’ is a strange game from Japan. As the prince of the King of All Cosmos, who in a drunken stupor destroys all celestial bodies, the player must collect various items around an extremely sticky ball. The game has you build massive balls (called Katamari) with items ranging from bedbugs to dogs, humans and even mountains. All the material you collect will be used to rebuild the cosmos, so you, as the prince, must race against the clock to collect as many items as possible in your ever-growing ball.
Although the concept sounds utterly ridiculous, the game is absolute fun to play. It also has some really good soundtracks that make rolling a ball so much more fun. The game is quite difficult as you have to try to maintain the roundness of the Katamari as it grows with the items you pick up.
A high-definition version of the original PS2 game has also been released for Windows, Switch, PS4, and Xbox One consoles.
Hideki Kamiya is well known today for games like ‘Bayonetta’ and ‘Devil May Cry’. However, in 2006, as part of Clover Studio, he developed Okami for the PlayStation 2. In Okami, you play as the Shinto Sun-God, Amaterasu in the form of a white wolf. The game is a hack-and-slash game similar to the Zelda series, but is drawn in a gorgeous watercolor shell shaded style that makes it look even better today. The story is your usual routine, an evil dragon wakes you up and you, as the white wolf, must defeat it. However, the adventure is truly charming with a diverse cast of characters you meet along the way. The game also takes place in a traditional Japanese mythological setting which gives the story a unique angle to the storytelling.
Okami’s overall aesthetic plays into the game as well, with the player being able to freeze the on-screen action to paint a brushstroke on the screen that results in special attacks or puzzle-solving mechanics in the game. the game. While Okami’s initial reception was poor, the game is now considered one of the greatest games of all time, and with the game’s release in HD for Windows, PS3, PS4, Xbox One and Switch, mainstream adoption and love for the game has only grown.
Fatal Frame 2: Crimson Butterfly
The PlayStation 2 has seen horror classics like “Silent Hill” and the “Resident Evil” series. While these games have gone down in history as some of the best horror games, the PlayStation 2 has also hosted the “Fatal Frame” series. Considered one of the scariest games ever created, the “Fatal Frame” series is set in spooky Japanese landscapes. The second iteration of the game, “Fatal Frame 2: Crimson Butterfly” was the one I had and played as a kid. Unlike ‘Silent Hill’ or ‘Resident Evil’, ‘Fatal Frame’ has a paranormal approach where you encounter hostile spirits and ghosts. The only way to defend yourself is to use a camera with exorcism abilities, which means looking at these spirits head-on while trying to get the perfect shot as they move towards you.
“Fatal Frame 2: Crimson Butterfly” is one of the scariest games I played as a kid, and the game mechanics only deepen the horror aspect of the game. You just can’t beat ghosts with bats or shoot them with guns. There are ghosts you can’t even exorcise and you just have to run to avoid them! The story is also one of the best aspects of this game as twin sisters Mio and Mayu exploring an abandoned village in the middle of a spooky ritual is a horrific experience to be had.
The game has been reissued for the PlayStation 3 and the Nintendo Wii.