PS2 game recommendations (in Off-topic)

QBJohnnywas May 29 2008 5:24 AM EDT

Now it's cheap as you like, and the games are easy to come by cheaply too I've finally let myself get back into consoles and picked up an old PS2. It's been nearly ten years since I was a console freak; most of the 21st century I've stayed away.

What's interesting is the type of games I used to like don't do it for me as much. So, RPGs for instance I'm finding a bit boring...although Okami is beautiful, if a little Zelda-esque....

And what I used to find a little dull, I'm actually really enjoying. I got a very cheap copy of Black, a first person shooter, and I'm really enjoying it. It's too short, the enemy are a bit stupid, but there's a good choice of weapons, and things go BOOM nicely. Give me some names of first person shooters that I'd like; less of the historical ones please.

And God Of War: any other games along similar lines. (I don't expect to hear there's better)

IndependenZ May 29 2008 5:37 AM EDT

Have you thought about the GTA series?

As far as first person shooters go, I only have one for the PS2. An old game called Red Faction. But it's still hilarious, mostly because you can alter terrain with rocket launchers and stuff :P

Daz May 29 2008 6:30 AM EDT

You can probably get red faction cheaper and/or easier on PC. Don't get red faction 2.

I'll be honest, I didn't play our PS2 that much. I spent most of my time playing PC (Later PC, PSP and DS) games.

I heard that Killzone was good. The PSP game was, but was a different type of game.

Zoglog[T] [big bucks] May 29 2008 6:57 AM EDT

For FPS I definitely recommend Timesplitters 2, arguably the best FPS around (I rate it much higher than Halo, especially for longevity)
The challenge modes are also great for that little extra in the game and also, not only does the difficulty change the AI and number of the enemies, it also increases the length of the levels.

Mojo Patroneus [My2ndClan] May 29 2008 9:05 AM EDT

Shadow of the Colossus - fantastic adventure game. It's not role playing, no grinding, and if you like puzzles and a fantastic presentation with graphical style, this is one you don't want to miss.

Metal Gear Series - these are all around great with high production values, talented voice acting, and lengthy play-times. I would say it's definately not God Of War, but everyone I know who does like GoW says they like MG, particularly because they both have the same story-driven plotlines.

Usul [CHOAM] May 29 2008 9:11 AM EDT

i personally like dynasty warriors 5 for some quick time kill.

Final Fantasy 12 & Valkyrie Profile 2 are the only RPGs I played in PS2.

I would also recommend God of War I & II and the super hard Devil May Cry series.

QBsutekh137 May 29 2008 10:01 AM EDT

A second for Red Faction -- I really enjoyed that.

Kind of a hybrid of the genres you mention (and you might hate it), but Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance is sort of a classic. It's an orthogonal view game (like Diablo), very fun, lots of hours spent on that and then doing it all again as a different character (yeah, it's that fun, if you like that sort of thing).

One final though, since you are a music guy, as far as I know: Amplitude is a very fun game, if you can snag a copy somewhere.

ActionAction May 29 2008 7:42 PM EDT

Sut, I love your tastes :P. Dark Alliance, as well as Dark Alliance II, are both great games, although they do fall into the RPG category. Amplitude is the best game ever. Seriously. I entertained the idea that Guitar Hero spawned from it at one point ~__~.

As for first-person shooters, I would certainly go with the well-known Call of Duty games. My personal favourite is the Half-Life series, and especially the second one, because you have this awesome gravity gun that shoots anything you pick up o___o.

[RX3]Cotillion May 29 2008 7:45 PM EDT

And God Of War: any other games along similar lines. (I don't expect to hear there's better)

Devil May Cry 3 is a very awesome game.

QBOddBird May 29 2008 7:46 PM EDT

No clue if it is a possibility for the PS2, but my favorite 1st person shooter will always be Serious Sam and Serious Sam: 2

You should look into it, very fun if a bit cheesy plot-wise

Zoglog[T] [big bucks] May 29 2008 7:57 PM EDT

I'm sure the first Serious Sam was introduced on PS2 although I think it is somewhat a rarity

QBsutekh137 May 29 2008 8:36 PM EDT

I have serious sam for PS2, it was 9 dollars, and came with a controller. Like an up front of the store bin type of thing. You can have it if you want it, JW. You pay shipping. :P

Action, indeed... You aren't wrong, actually. GH came from the same company (at least in part) as Amplitude. I believe Red Octane helped with Amplitude after Frequency did reasonably well as a original Sony title (I have that too, obviously, got me into Freezepop. *smile*).

Sorry, not Red Octane -- Harmonix. Harmonix logo is on Amp as well as GH1. I am afraid that GH took all the thunder from the pure-beat game that Amp is. But another part of me hopes not. There is still nothing like Amplitude, and it doesn't require a special controller (though imagine if it had one!)

I might have to put Amp in right now before the pizza arrives. I am WAY out of practice... How far did you get, Action?

Lord Bob May 29 2008 8:39 PM EDT

I'm assuming you've played God of War 2.

I second the Devil May Cry suggestion. Skip part 2 though.

Kingdom Hearts is an RPG, but a bit more action-based than most others. You may enjoy it more.

Resident Evil 4.

If you're looking for a great story, see if you can find the old Legacy of Kain games. Try Blood Omen 2 only if Defiance confuses you, otherwise skip it.

Drama [Just for fun] May 29 2008 8:57 PM EDT

For a fps, I'd say Time Splitters series too, I only played the 3rd one but I've heard all the serie is great. What I love about this game is that the story line is great and funny, the game lenth is fair long, after that you have over 20 challenge as hard or fun they can be and the part I prefer is that your have a map editor where you can make your own death match maps were you can play with bots or friends, or you can even make your own missions with it.

Adminedyit [Superheros] May 29 2008 9:05 PM EDT

If you can get them the entire Legacy of Kain series is amazing!

Drama [Just for fun] May 29 2008 9:05 PM EDT

Sorry for the double but I think this game can be played online too, but if not, the multiplayer is really cool too because you have fun modes and you may choose up to 100 characters with different stats from the other games of the serie. And by passing some levels like pro, you are able to unlock some fun cheats like human sound guns fire (yeah the flare gun voice acting is just far of imagination).

QBsutekh137 May 29 2008 11:18 PM EDT

Second for LoK! I really liked Shadow man as well!

Daz May 29 2008 11:38 PM EDT

As was previously said, 'Dark Alliance' 1 and 2 are great. DA 1 was actually a release title for the PS2 and still managed to be one of the better games on the system!

If you like DA and like Superheroes, I'd recommend 'Marvel Ultimate alliance' or the 'X-Men Legends' games. Fun is always more fun with superheroes involved!

Back on topic, or at least close to it, 'Tomb raider: Legend' and 'Tomb raider Anniversary' are actually Really good games. they aren't quite FPSs, but are close enough. If you've played any Tomb Raider games before then imagine that, except these two are amazing instead of mediocre.
Basically, Eidos let Crystal Dynamics do what they wanted with the series, and they rebooted it with Legend, so the previous games don't count anymore, then made Anniversary, a remake of the first game, but modified slightly so that it fits into the Legend storyline. I think Legend is better that Anniversary, but thats just me.

QBsutekh137 May 29 2008 11:53 PM EDT

I didn't make it through Legend, but in all fairness, GH came out. *smile* Definitely a nice reset of a classic game that had gone horribly wrong... TR1 is still one of my favorite games of all time in that I can remember how i _felt_ when I was playing it...

QBJohnnywas May 30 2008 3:27 AM EDT

Thanks for the suggestions. A few that I'd already been looking at, but a couple I hadn't even considered. So thanks!

Back in the days when I was a console head - starting with the NES and Megadrive and working through to the N64 and PS1 - I was into a lot of the RPGS and platformers. I had more time to immerse myself into games. I could pull an allnighter and recover from that to go to work. No more!! Age gets in the way!

Favourite gaming experiences from memory: the Mario series; the first Resident Evil (that moment when the zombies attack through the window still sticks in my head); Starfox; Prince Of Persia; the Zelda series; Goldeneye. Tomb Raider wasn't one of my favourites, although the moments when Lara would enter a new area, especially some of the very large open areas still stay with me.

I was looking at the Timesplitters series, especially when I found out that it had been created by some of the people who worked on Goldeneye.

I used to enjoy the Tony Hawks series too; are the PS2 versions any good? And are there any good space combat type things - given that I loved Starfox.

QBJohnnywas May 30 2008 3:28 AM EDT

I did love FF7 as well, dunno if I've the patience to go through a game like that anymore.

{cb1}Linguala May 30 2008 3:39 AM EDT

Anybody in here suggested games that aren't like GOW?
Like Mortal Combat or about Resident Evil 4?

Blarg May 30 2008 3:53 AM EDT

Tony Hawk pro skater 3 is supposed to be the best, I just got proving grounds used and I wouldn't suggest it. Lately I have been immersing myself in burnout 3 takedown and guitar hero three. If you like driving games with a lot of extra destruction it is definitely fun.

Zoglog[T] [big bucks] May 30 2008 6:27 AM EDT

I would also have to say Star Wars: Battlefront as a game I enjoyed although there isn't a huge amount of longevity.
If you are good to just spend 30 minutes here and there blasting stormtroopers to hell and back then I'd recommend it as timekill.
Only get the first one though, the second one seemed to be made a little too easy with the introduction of usable Jedi.
While I'm on the topic of Star Wars, Bounty Hunter is also a great action adventure, a little difficult but overall I found it quite enjoyable.

matteo48 May 30 2008 7:25 AM EDT

I normally play on PS2 as I have three older brothers and we enjoy playing it a lot. The games that i would recommend are the following:-

Timesplitters 2 and dark future

Final Fantasy (i think the earlier ones are better)

Kingdom Hearts

Metal Gear Solid


Tiger Woods

QBsutekh137 May 30 2008 12:08 PM EDT

I'll second the Burnout series as well! Great sensation of speed!

Colonel Custard May 30 2008 12:59 PM EDT

I second Star Wars Battlefront.

I also have enjoyed Dragon Ball Z Budokai 1, 2, and 3. They're all essentially the same format, and 3 is the best, so you may just want to get that.

Josh [Cult of the Valaraukar] May 30 2008 2:41 PM EDT

Grand Theft Auto series for fun mindless killing. (3, Vice City, and San Andreas more so than Liberty City stories or Vice City stories)

Metal Gear Solid series or Hitman series for tactical shooting.

Call of Duty series or Medal of Honor series for FPS.

Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance series or Champions of the Norrath series for RPG/hack and slash. I don't remember the game very well but I think Gauntlet: Dark Legacy was good too.

Final Fantasy X.

Devil May Cry series.

God of War series.

Prince of Persia series.

Shadow of the Colossus.

Kingdom Heart series.

I also really enjoyed Twisted Metal Black, Gran Turismo series, Madden, NBA 2k, and MLB: The Show.

deifeln May 30 2008 5:48 PM EDT

FF7 and FF Tactics (for PS1)

NooneKnows May 31 2008 10:40 AM EDT

the first installment of the Devil May Cry series far outshines all of the others. 2 was terrible, 3 was passable. definitely check it out if you liked God of War.

and definitely get your hands on a copy of Resident Evil 4. it's incredible.

8DEOTWP May 31 2008 9:33 PM EDT

Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne (second one)
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