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Rabidgames’ Week of PlayStation 2 – The Conclusion

Posted in Blast from the past with tags , , , on July 24, 2012 by Rabidgames

Alright, the week is over, and Rabidgames has delved into the past to throw a glance at the PlayStation 2 era.
Yes, the games were different. And not just the games. Just take a look at the PS2 Memory Card – 8MB and pretty huge – and we were happy about it. Anyway, let’s examine the games Rabidgames has played:

Final Fantasy XII: Yes, that’s the last decent RPG from Square Enix. Quite ironically, the feedback from parts of the fan base led to the abysmally linear and outright boring Final Fantasy XIII. It’s a shame, the Gambit system, the huge open world, the adult story about  politics and free will were 10 times better, that’s for sure.

Freedom Fighters: As said before, it’s a classic. Simple as that.

Mercenaries: The subtitle “Playground of Destruction” says it all. Never before – and never again.

NHL 2K5: Well, it’s an ice hockey game. It’s fun and easy to get into – way easier than later ice hockey simulations.

Pro Evolution Soccer 6: It still is the best football game ever. Period.

Smackdown: Here comes the Pain: While it feels way to arcadey these days, the season mode is still the best ever.

True Crime: New York City: It’s one of those games where you don’t care about stories or missions. Simply cruising around, solving random crimes or frisking pedestrians was enough for the most part.

There are countless other classics which ask to be considered next time: Dark Chronicle, Final Fantasy X, Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks, Suikoden V, and of course, Metal Gear Solid. Next time.

Rabidgames deems: While gaming was different, it’s hard to say it was better. For once, animations and graphics have aged rather badly. On the other hand, games were complete back then. In the end, it doesn’t really matter if you play a good game on a PS2 or a PS3; Rabidgames can enjoy Mercenaries or Freedom Fighters as well as Dragon’s Dogma or Just Cause 2.