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Game Name : Playstation 2 System
System : Playstation 2
Date Added : 2003-11-04 10:49:07

Written By : Probed Out

Boy: Hey, Mum? Could I have a $400 present for Christmas?
Mum: No way! Ask your father, heíll tell you the same thing.
Boy: Hey, Dad? Could I have a $400 present for Christmas?
Dad: No way! Ask your mother, sheíll tell you the same thing.
Boy: But I really want a PS2!
Mum & Dad: A PS2?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! Why didnít you say so?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

Well, somehow I donít think a conversation with your parents about a PS2 will go that smoothly, but hey, you never know. Sony created the sequel to its hard hitting action packed PlayStation, in the year 2001. Two years from that and itís still in the lead as the most popular consoles ever! The PS2 turned gaming inside out and then ironed it, turned it back to normal and polished it with fantastic hardcore graphics, the PS2 is everything you wanted third generation gaming to be. Or was it? Yes it was. Or was it?

The games are pretty much the same as PS1. Thereís Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly, Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex & Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness. Whatís wrong with this? Nothing, but back when PS1 was around, everyone had a Tomb Raider, Crash Bandicoot or Spyro game, now the whole basis of the games advertised by PS2 has changed completely. Jak & Daxter has overthrown Crash, Ratchet & Clank has overthrown Spyro & GTA overcomes Lara. The gaming isnít much different. Still platforming adventure, but there are just new focus games on the shelves. Is that a pro or a con? That is up to you.

As I said earlier, PS2 just basically adds on to whatever gameplay the original PS had. The graphics have just improved drastically. PS2 has a bit of everything and is probably the safe bet if youíre not too fussy about what kind of games you get and you want a piece of everything. PS2 is the supreme, while GameCube is the chicken & Xbox is the meat lovers. It all depends on your tastes. Comparing things to pizzas makes it easier for me. If you each something you donít like on the supreme, you just pick it off and get on with the rest of the interesting pizza. But if you eat a chicken pizza or a meat lovers pizza, if you donít like whatís on it, you have to throw away the whole pizza, or eat whatís in front of you. PS2 has a lot of choice and may be best for people looking for a console that will have every type of game you want.

The game runs on disks, like all the third generation consoles (GCN uses mini-disks though). This means that since the PS2 isnít powerful enough, you need a memory card to save your games and hidden files. You also need to install the DVD program onto your memory card too. You could probably get by with one memory card, but if youíre collecting all the games you can 2 or 3 might be required. The controllers are almost exactly the same as PS1ís. The only difference is the L3 and R3 buttons (used by pushing in the two analog sticks) and the colour and patterns on it.

The graphics as I said earlier the graphics are mind boggling. They really add to the experience. I remember plugging my PS2 in and just being stunned. Wow, was what was going through my head at the time. The graphics are the first things I noticed. You can basically see what to expect by playing Pong, and then watching the Matrix. Wow, indeed. Jak & Daxter memorizes me every time I play it. It just gets me every time. Thatís something special.

The sound is another great factor of the PS2. It can play DVDs, CDs as well as games. The sound just echoes around you at 48 KHz (DAT quality). With 48 channels (the SNES had and 3D surround sound, PS2 delivers sound where other consoles failed. Good on you PS2! PS2 makes noise when it plays games though. I donít notice it, but other people with PS2 often complain about it. Apparently Sony is coming out with a new model to fix that problem (I think itís called the PSX).

The replay value, well Iím still playing ti so it must be good. Iím not as into the PS2 as I were into Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, etc. I guess thatís just because PS2 can be beaten by other parties (Nintendo & Microsoft), quite decisively. The previous consoles were very close, the third generation ones seem to be getting further apart as far as quality goes. PS2 still entertains me when I play it though.

With PS3 already on the way, you better be fast, because this wonít be in as high demand in a few years. Thereís still two more years in PS2ís life though. The prices are still a bit high though. My special question to you is this:

In what order where the PS2, Xbox & GCN released?

Good luck! And happy gaming!

-Fantastic graphics
-Wonderful games
-Large selection
-New games almost everyday
-Great sound
-Many features

-Can be beaten by GCN & Xbox
-More focuses on quantity not quality
-May, just, may have been rushed
-Maybe 4 control slots
-Appeals mainly to teen audience only
Games: 9/10
Gameplay: 9/10
Graphics: 10/10
Sound: 10/10
Replay Value: 8/10
Rating: 9/10 (Not perfect, but in this day and age, what is?)

Console: PlayStation 2
Developer: Sony
Players: 2
Released: 2001
Appeals to: Teens

Technical Stuff:
System Clock Frequency: 147 MHz
On Chip Memory: 4MB DRAM
Frame Buffer Bandwidth: 38.4Gbytes/sec
Pixel Write Speed: 2.4Gpixels/sec
CPU Core: Enhanced PlayStation CPU
Clock Frequency: 37.5 MHz
IOP Memory: 2MB
Sub Bus: 32-Bit
Sound: 48 Channels, 2MB Sound Memory, 48 KHz (DAT Quality) Output Frequency
DVD: Dual layer 9GB, DVD-ROM about 4 times speed CD-ROM about 24 times speed (Device Speed)

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