It’s time for another list. This time I’m going to tell you about my top five favourite games for the awesome Playstation 2 console.
Before I share my list with you, I’ve got something that I must admit. It so happens that I traded in my Playstation 2 (plus some cash to make up for the price difference..) for a Nintendo Wii some months ago. I truly regret making that decision, but I thought the Nintendo Wii would offer hours and hours of fun at the time. I’m sure some people enjoy the Wii, but it just doesn’t do it for me. I used to play games on my Playstation 2 every week, but the Nintendo Wii is hardly ever used. It just sits quietly beneath the TV in the living room and gathers dust. The only game I play on it is Mario Kart, which is fun in multiplayer. To make it worse, I’ve moved my Amiga CD32 into the living room, so now I’m even less interested in the Nintendo. Anyway, not much I can do about this now. As the Undead Crypt Fiends in Warcraft 3 says: “What’s done is done”.
Without further ado, here’s the list of my top five favourite games for the Playstation 2:
1. The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age (Electronic Arts) (2004)
This is an excellent RPG from Electronic Arts. The gameplay is set to Middle Earth and the story plays out at the same time as the Fellowship of the Ring is on their way to Mordor. You’ll have to guide your party through dangerous territories and defend yourself from aggressive orcs, trolls and goblins. As you make your way through the game, you earn experience points that can be used to enhance the skills of the members of your crew. The action sequences are turn-based and works very well. When you are not in a battle, you can move around freely to explore and search for items. You’ll encounter both people and locations from the movie trilogy and there are even many video sequences from the films included. To assist you on your way, you’ll always have access to an in-game map. This one is very helpful if you manage to get lost – especially in the Mines of Moria. The music in the game is excellent, as they’ve included tracks from the movies. I must also say that the graphics looks good even today. LOTR: The Third Age is my favourite game on the PS2 and if I ever purchase such a console again (it is likely that I will, since I miss it a lot), I know what I’m going to start playing again.
You can find more information about the game on the LOTR: The Third Age wiki.
2. Gradius V (Konami) (2004)
One of my favourite genres is shoot’em up’s. Especially side-scrolling ones like Gradius V. This shoot’em up is definitely one of the best I’ve ever played, even though it is very difficult. Everything from graphics to audio is excellent in this game, and the gameplay itself is top-notch.
3. God of War II (SCE Santa Monica Studio) (2007)
God of War II is an awesome action-adventure game for the Playstation 2. The graphics are simply stunning and my jaw dropped to the floor the first time I saw the game live. Please have a look at the video above and you’ll see what I mean.
4. Super Bust-A-Move (Taito) (2000)
This might come as a surprise to some of you, but my fourth favourite game for the PS2 is actually Super Bust-A-Move from Taito. The reason is that it is incredibly fun in multiplayer. I love the variety of characters with unique strengths and weaknesses, the vast number of different levels, the bonuses and the overall atmosphere of the game.
5. Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance (Interplay) (2001)
Baldur’s Gate is a fine RPG with a decent storyline. Hack’n'slash your way through hordes of enemies, earn XP’s, solve problems, trade stuff and explore – all ingredients in this cool game.
There it is, the list of the games I enjoy the most on the PS2. It was not easy to make such a short list, but I think it came out correct in the end.
What are your favourite games for the PS2? Please leave a comment below. It will be interesting to see what kind of games you enjoy playing on this console.
Will I buy a Playstation 2 console again? Most likely.