With this article, we are jumping into our DeLorean and going back in time a little, to the time of the PlayStation 2
There was a time when both grownups and little ones were dreaming of Sony PlayStation 2. This magnificent console thrilled and fascinated lots of people from all four corners of the earth with its spectacular game worlds, original storylines, and heroic missions the players had to accomplish to help out their characters.
It may seem that presently no one is really interested in retro console stuff and “primal” games that once blew minds of millions of players. Yes, those days have passed long ago. But there is a caste of PlayStation 2 connoisseurs that pay no attention to mind-blowing graphics and stunning visuals that are currently considered to be prerequisites for enjoyable gaming. They value the authentic spirit exuded by the good old PlayStation that has not yet become a fossil only fit for being exhibited in a museum-like manner.
It’s not time to give up on the legendary console whose conspicuous, exciting, breathtaking games made players hold their breath in front of the screen, the games that made PS2 the best system ever.
With the advent of emulators, reviving long-forgotten gaming experiences has become a reality. Now with the help of PS2 emulators and PS2 ROMs, you can relive the thrilling moments of playing on the greatest console of all times. If you enjoy the games, then, in the end, you could purchase a PS2 and go on the hunt for PS2 games, they are out there somewhere.
Here is a short list of some cult PS2 games that you undoubtedly enjoyed playing some 10 or 15 years ago.
Silent Hill 2
The shrieking monsters, abandoned, haunted places, coldness, and hostility surrounding you… yep, baby, this is Silent Hill 2. A faceless demon threatening you with a huge axe scared the hell out of players. Do you remember those sinister writings on the wall and mad nurses hunting you down?
We are sure you did everything possible to save James Sunderland from the impending bloodbath. The guy was eager to descend into the hell of Silent Hill to save his wife from all those violent otherworldly creatures. So, he was just bound to be rewarded. And you bravely supported him in his mission, even when itching to hit the power button and get out of the horrid place.
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
There were too many people waiting for this game and producers didn’t fail the audience’s expectations. Released in 2001, the game received delightful feedback from both ordinary players and professionals.
The game’s eye-catching graphics and impressive sound largely contributed to the game’s popularity. Gamers appreciated the level of realism and sophisticated storyline of the game. Even the lengthy characters’ dialogues that sometimes annoyed us a great deal could not prevent us from receiving the lion’s share of adrenaline and pleasure. We did our best to kick the terrorists’ asses and save the world from the upcoming environmental apocalypse.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
City lights, parties, cool cars, hot girls, and tons of firearms at your disposal…Who doesn’t remember Grand Theft Auto? We bet you were one of those bad guys crashing expensive cars and setting cop cars on fire. And you never missed the chance to present your most persuasive argument – your gun.
Impunity and liberty to do everything you wanted – that’s what attracted people to the game. It was just impossible to stay a law-abiding citizen, while you were offered tools to become one of the most influential, feared, and respected gangsta bosses in LA. Therefore, lots of gamers still sigh nostalgically when they hear about this game that marked the new epoch in the video game industry.
The secret of PS2 Popularity
So, what is the secret of PS2 inexhaustible popularity? PS2 was one of a kind, the thing so authentic and inimitable that it could not but captivate players. And what about modern games? Are they that authentic and original as those listed above? We seriously doubt that. It is not a secret that developers often rely on the gaming aesthetics of past generations and borrow some elements from old games to create something positioned as brand new. No wonders that new game often fail to deliver the promised unprecedented gaming experience to players. Therefore, users’ adherence to retro consoles is more than justifiable.