Just how… how did the Sony Playstation 2 became the greatest selling console still to this very day? No one would ever guess that the Sony Playstation (PS1)‘s debut would have been the most successful console ever that it managed to get all of the third-party developers that used to develop games for the SNES & Sega Genesis to abandon the N64 & Sega Saturn in favor for Sony’s first ever console. It had the expectation to meet the PS1 success and the PS2 surpassed them, effortlessly. Because of its success, the hype for the follow up console, Playstation 2, was so massive that it took away all attention for the Sega Dreamcast to its death before its official release. Part of the hype was the fact that it was compatible with playing DVD movies and at the year 2000, DVDs are the most expensive media player at the time, so having the PS2 to only cost $299 upon release (plus have the price drop lowered over the years) made it a must have. But the PS2 was much more than a DVD player, it became the gaming machine of the ages. And even during the Gamecube & Xbox‘s stay in the market, though both were more powerful machines, technical-wise, Playstation 2 is one of the prime examples that it’s no the hardware that matters, it’s the software. Though it had a really rough start with a lack of games in the system’s debut, in the later coming years the Playstation 2 had gathered one of the most impressive library of games ever. It’s a library so massive that even to this day many us hardcore gamers are still experiencing new out of these old classics. Not only is the console famous for having the largest number of great titles in its library, Sony made sure that there’s a game for everyone with every taste in gaming. You name a genre and you name it, the PS2 have you covered with hours of entertainment. And even the additional peripherals that supports the PS2, like the EyeToy, Network Adaptor, Headset, Multitap, DVD Remote Control, expanded Memory Card, component (YPBPR) cable (to say a few) though it sucks that they were all sold separately, certainly did enhanced our gaming experience. However, none of that had ever made me take any credit that I gave to the PS2.
So what does the Playstation 2 mean to me, personally? The Sony Playstation 2 is a system that provided the sequels of the previous generation (Metal Gear Solid, Final Fantasy) and debut franchises that’s never forgotten since (God of War, Devil May Cry, Shadow of the Colossus). The games grew more personal and grasped an attachment to me as a passionate hobbyist of gaming, not just being a gamer. This is the platform that really got me serious about video games instead of just playing for fun. I wanted to play online, invite friends over, have a personal adventure, and even talk about the system when I’m not playing it. The Sony Playstation 2 had the longest lifespan that gaming have ever seen and Sony didn’t discontinue support for the system until 2013 when the Playstation 4 was picking up some steam. Not even the NES itself lived long enough to see the Nintendo 64 launch and for the fact that PS2 lasted for two more generations of consoles shows how much we cared about the system. Even starting a collection of Playstation 2 is a satisfying one because you’re guaranteed non-stop fun to the virtual world. If there was one gaming machine that I would love to be stranded on an island with, I couldn’t pick a more better console. And with addition to that, these are the ten games that I’ll be playing to my dying day because it attached yours truly, personally, more than anything that the entity of gaming has ever provided.
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