Classics Within The Playstation 2 Category
With over 155 million units sold the Playstation 2 is easily the best selling console of all time. Launching with a DVD player, a major selling point at the time, it quickly grew to deserve its place in the tomes of video game legend. Giving life to so many beloved titles (from Jak and Daxter to Tekken), most don’t realise just how vast the PS2’s library really is.
Home to over 1800 games it’s understandable that some would slip through the cracks. That’s why I’ve decided to run down some of the best, most interesting or most obscure hidden classics on the Playstation 2.
Kengo: Master of Bushido
Starting as I mean to go on with Kengo, a game I’ve never actually heard another person mention. Though it may not be very well known, every person I’ve ever played it with has been blown away by this intricate, complex sword fighting game.
The games multiplayer mode alone is, I’d argue, enough to warrant buying. With a number of possible fighters to choose from, you and one opponent are immediately dropped into an unfamiliar setting with nothing but the blade in your hands.
I’ve found going in blind really improves the whole experience. As you and a friend learn the ropes of this fighter you’ll find (as I have many times) that hours will fade away without realising. A complex and challenging single player campaign will keep your passion for this game alive while alone. Kengo: Master of Bushido truly is a must have for any Playstation fan.
Ben 10: Protector of Earth
Maybe it’s not as obscure; so much as most people aren’t likely to play it with it being based on a cartoon. Once you get past that however you find a beat em up that’s incredibly fun, with a surprising amount of depth.
Ben 10 represents the perfect kind of show to get a game, with its vast number of supporting characters and variety of alien forms; it easily develops into a varied experience from start to finish. If you’re looking for a fun game, that’s really easy to pick up and play, Ben 10: Protector of Earth is the perfect game for you.
Kuri Kuri Mix
Known as the adventures of cookie and cream in the USA, Kuri Kuri Mix is one of the most interesting multiplayer games I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing. An action-adventure puzzle game, this represents the pinnacle of teamwork. Pick up a copy and you’ll quickly find you and a friend are completely absorbed by this game’s colourful world, catchy music and vibrant themes.
When I originally found this game I wasn’t sure quite exactly what I’d stumbled across. A strange blend of horror, puzzle, strategy and action with a completely bizarre story about a possessed princess and all Japanese dialogue, Trapt truly is a sight to be seen.
If that all sounds a bit too confusing to you, believe me it did to me as well, but as you get into it you’ll find yourself enthralled by this dark, fun, challenging game. More than anything else, I’d recommend Trapt just for the experience of witnessing it, a game so strange you’ll leave it a changed person.
Fighting Fury was published by Midas interactive, a low budget European publisher. Any of you who’ve had any experience of Midas are probably now shaking your heads in disgust. I will admit this doesn’t fit into the category of “hidden gem” quite like the others.
This game is undeniably terrible in nearly every aspect, from controls, to visuals, to completely baffling auditory choices; it is genuinely one of the worst games I’ve ever played. A lot like most of Midas’ games library however, Fighting Fury has a certain charm to it. There’s just something about a game this bad that’s weirdly appealing, and I’d definitely recommend it to anybody looking for the absolute pinnacle of a “so bad it’s good” game.
The Simpsons: Hit & Run
To end our list, I thought I would talk about a huge classic in everyone’s lives who has ever played a Playstation 2.
The Simpsons: Hit & Run is a nostalgic classic. Released in 2003 by Radical Entertainment, The Simpsons: Hit & Run is like The Simpsons version of today’s GTA, except less violence and more humour. The player goes through many different variants from The Simpsons sitcoms and as the game progresses plays from different characters from The Simpsons. To progress you complete missions and like GTA, you can get a ‘Hit and Run’ meaning you’ve caught the police’s attention. You just have to avoid Police Cars to get away.
It is a classic and there is much more to it, but unfortunately that’s all for this article! I hope you found this interesting!
- By Max Lang-Orsini