Thinking about me and my Playstation (sounds rather sad!) 2 (not to diss the original, let's include the Playstation family in that opening line!) brings back some awesome memories.
I was born in 1990 and my generation pretty much grew up on video games and the Internet. Sure, you may say that's a 'certain type' of kid, but from my experience; it grabbed hold of every kind of kid, well - as you see quite clearly now. The Internet, and games, are rather big aren't they!
This console however I feel in particular, really defined a generation of entertainment for my age-group. Now obviously there were other great consoles slightly before and since, and even at the time which were competing, but for me: the games and quality of the play available for the PS2 was the best.
One of my favourite games for this console and all-time (I don't play video games at all now and haven't for quite a while) is 'Metal Gear Solid' - oh man, that thing really used to have be gripped... or rather, lazily led in bed for weeks on end in captivation and obsession. WHAT a game, and without the PS2, that game would not be possible.
The capability and graphics of the PS2 were ahead of its time in some cases (it also depends on the graphical interface and complexity of the game itself of course, and its developers); a game which definitely displayed that was 'The Getaway', which was actually the first game I recall playing on the PS2, as I had it with the console.
The PS2 is obviously years old now, and I haven't kept up with the development properly since to comment much on current consoles (though I did for a short while have an XBox 360 - pretty good!) but I can say without a doubt that this one, is excellent.
I had much experience with gaming prior to this console also, and grew up playing Nintendo's (even ones before my time, and second-hand ones) and I remember when this thing hit - it was SUCH a jump forward from even the PS1 just a few years earlier. I believe 'Grand Theft Auto 3' was the game that truly emphasizes its advancement and soared its popularity.
As for the controllers: they are superb, and even to this day I feel are the best and most comfortable controllers in gaming history; which is no doubt why they stuck with them for the PS3.
If you're a gaming fan, or if you've yet to enter in to that realm but fancy a trustworthy stepping stone - this console will serve you well and its range of games and reliable functioning will serve you with hours upon hours of engrossing entertainment!
The playstation 2 is quite outdated now, but I still have mine and some of the best games ever to be released were on this console.
So, the technical bits...
The Playstation 2 has a 128-bit emotion engine processor
It comes with the dual shock controller
It is also a dvd player
It has two USB ports
Has a built in infra red reciever
It can also play CD's
In my opinion the PS2 is still a great console, it is very reliable and hardly ever break down or go faulty. It was also built with the future in mind, doubling up as DVD player and housing USB ports to connect a range of sony accessories to it. The Playstation 2 is also backwards compatible so you can play all your playstation one games on it. Unfortunatly the same cannot be said for the PS3, while it plays PS1 games it is only the original 60gb model that can play Playstation 2 games. For this reason it is well worth keeping a Playstation 2 around for playing on those classic games, which is probably the best thing about the PS2. With classics such as Okami, Resident Evil, Silent Hill, Kingdom Heats, Ico and Shadow of the Colossus to name just a few, I cant imagine ever getting rid of my Playstation 2. This is a console that has stood the test of time and remains popular despite the release of the PS3.
I met my partner eight years ago, he was an avid PS2 player while I've always been more of a PC gamer. I quickly learned that the PS2 is the console to beat all other consoles (yes, even next gen!)
Ok, so comparing it to the Xbox360 and PS3 it's not terribly sexy. But looks are only skin deep, underneath it's bland outer shell lies a hardy, reliable, versatile machine. The first game I played on it was Silent Hill 2, that was me sold. I have since played many, many amazing games on this console. Amongst my favourites are Okami, Ico, Silent Hill 2, 3 and 4, Clocktower 3, Shadow of the Colossus and Resident Evil 4. In fact new launches were still being released on the PS2 until fairly recently.
The console can be stood upright or sat on it's side so, and it isn't too bulky so should easily fit onto a shelf. The PS2 can double up as a DVD player, though in these times of blu-ray this is a little obsolete.
In the 12 years that my partner has owned this he has never had any problems with it overheating or shutting itself off. Granted, it's played less and less these days, but we still go back to it on occasion. As well as being remarkably sturdy, there have been very little problems with games freezing on the PS2. This is a problem we commonly face with our (much loved) Xbox 360.
Ok, PS2 graphics aren't great. I'll give you that. But the vast number of games, in many different genres, makes up the lack of fantastic graphics. Okami in it's own right is a stunning game, first released on the PS2 and now re-released on the wii.
PS2s can get dusty quickly, so be sure to take care of it and dust it, if you do this you should have as much enjoyment and longevity that we have enjoyed with ours. I really love this console, and in my opinion even the next gen consoles cannot rival it.
The PlayStation 2 has been around for 10 years now and although its really old i still know quite a few people that still play games on it and still use them.
The playstation 2 is not as high-tec as some of the newer consoles out but it still keeps me occupied when im bored.
There are alsorts of games that you can play on this console. From snowboarding, to adveture, to sims, to fighting and movie games. Plus more interactive games like eye toy which you on the screen and play the games physically rather than with the remote. I used to enjoy window washing on eye toy when I was a kid it had some nice little songs to sing along with which made me enjoy it more.
The PlayStation 2 is rather cheap nowadays you can find it for as little as 30 to 40 pound. The games are Very cheap to beacuse of how old it is.
The PlayStation 2 is capable of playing CDs and DVDs. I never really watched DVDs on here that much because it doesn't really play copies and I dont have many originals.
Its square shaped and kind of big but there are slimline ones out there. I would recommend getting the slimline rather than the original because its easier to store because it takes up less space..
You still get new games out now and then but only games that come on all platform like movie games etc.
Having owned the Playstation and then the Playstation One I decided it was time to upgrade to the PS2 which was being described as the future of gaming and the centralised home hub for your entertainment needs but does it deliver on the promises?
The Playstation 2 offers up 128-bit gaming with an Emotion Engine processor and thanks to this the level of quality in your games is simply a giant leap forward from the previous offerings out there. The console has been built with top of the line inards so that your games will run quickly and smoothly whilst delivering up much improved graphics than its predecessor could have ever given.
A great looking machine in smooth black finish the console looks excellent despite taking up a lot of space on your entertainment centre. The console can be either placed flat or stand up (a Playstation 2 stand is available to purchase separately) and so it means you can place it to allow for you to use the space in your room as well as possible. The console designers even thought ahead and provided a swivelling Playstation badge on the dvd drive so that it is always the right way up.
The console allows for you to play region 2 dvd's, cd's, Playstation 2 games and even a number of Playstation original games so that it is truly a centralised entertainment centre. The console has an in-built infra-red sensor so that you can purchase dvd remote controls and not need to purchase any additional sensors for these to work.
The console comes with a controller as standard and thanks to well designed controllers including ones that offer up dualshock functionality so that the controller allows you to take full control over the games you play and get the most back out of them too. There are 2 controller ports on the console but this can be expanded as you can purchase a multi-tap controller which will allow you to use 4 controllers in each of the 2 ports.
The PS2 comes with memory slots for 2 memory cards to be connected to and thanks to this you can quickly and easily save and load your game progress with the opportunity to expand your storage by just picking up additional memory cards.
The console comes with 2 USB ports, a type III PCMCIA expansion slot and even an i.Link interface so that this console offers up the best connectivity possible and makes it ready for the future so that despite the high price you pay you do get a great level of technology and quality.
A great variety of games available including some of the classics of our time like the Grand Theft Auto titles, the Sims games, the Fifa range and more not to mention the fact it is backwards compatible means that you are getting a console with a huge amount of gaming to keep you entertained for an almost unlimited time.
This console has come down in price over the years but when first released it was a huge amount of money to pay for a gaming console despite it having the ability to play dvd's. You have to look on this console as an investment in your entertainment and it will make more sense but for some this was too expensive to be considered as a viable option.
The console itself takes up quite a lot of space if you place it flat and this put some people off this console but as you don't need a dvd player separately then this will not seem so bad.
Overall this is a stunning console which really did push the boundaries of gaming and for me personally opened up a full new range of games including the likes of Moto GP, Grant Theft Auto, Fifa and more. The dvd player on this works well and I picked up a dvd remote straight away as I knew I would make use of this all of the time which for me made this a much better value item then the price I was paying (over £200). The controllers for the PS2 and the games on offer made me fall in love with gaming more than ever before even after having owned a Playstation and Playstation One and was a console that everyone I know has owned or still does own.
The PlayStation 2 release was the pinnacle of PlayStations early career, I don't think I knew many kids that did not have one when they were first released and those that didn't were those who were uninterested in gaming. I think the day these came out changed a lot of things for a lot of people. The PlayStation two was a big step up from any console that had been around prior to it. It had good graphics, great game play, the array of games was that huge you could find something your grandma would probably want to play.
I remember the day I got this console, I'll probably never forget it as it was the day I got my first console, I got up at stupid o clock on my birthday morning so that I could have a go and test that it was working before I went off to school. From that moment I played Gran Turismo I knew that I was in love, this console was perfect.
The console itself quite big and bulky isn't the pretties of sights, but then again, who really cares. You didn't buy it because you liked the look of it and thought it might make a nice ornament, you purchased it because you wanted the latest most innovative gaming consoles. The console contrary to what you might expect from the ugly bulky looks provides a fast and great console. A big benefit coming from the PlayStation two is that it also doubles as a DVD player, so that saves you some money on another purchase.
For kids this makes a great console, It has inbuilt features making it easy for parental control. You can easily set it so that you cannot play games or enter DVD's with certain age restrictions without requiring a passcode, useful for those with very young children. The PlayStation 2 also has such an amount of games that is fun and useful for entire families from those of about three or four up to those nearing triple figures. It is also easily picked up very cheaply nowadays and games are not scarce, you can easily find entire games collections on eBay for very little, probably what a single game would have once cost you.
In summary I believe this is a great console, one that revolutionised gaming and set the standard for what it is today. It can be picked up easily and cheaply and is still a good console even though it is very out dated, I even still use mine from time to time and games are so easy to get hold of it's almost foolish not to get one if you're looking for a cheap console.
I've had my PlayStation 2 for about 9 years now, it is still in perfect working order and I have never had any problems with it. It is a fast and reliable games console that has stood the test of time and still works.
The PS2 has an inbuilt DVD driver that will allow PS1, PS2 and normal DVD's to be played thought the device. It has 2 slots for memory cards, as well as 2 slots for controllers. It can hold the PS1 memory cards as well, which are needed if you want to save a game that is for the PS1, it also doesn't have internal memory, so a memory card for the PS2 is also needed to save game data that is for a PS2 game.
The console is very easy to set up, and to use, and has a slot in the back which means other PS2's can be linked to it, or a multi-socket which can be used to allow more than 2 players to play on the same PS2.
Had this console for a while now, after it was bought as a birthday present, and I think that it is really good fun, even after all these years. Having multiple controllers means that playing against or with somebody else is easy. They both can connect to the console, but because they have wires, you are limited to how far away from the console you can go. This can be a bit annoying as you end up having to sit in the middle of the room, or leave the console where it can be easily tripped over.
There are plenty of great games for it, so there is something for everybody. I don't like playing fighting games, which seems to be the only thing you can get for some consoles, but for the playstation 2, there are plenty of other games which are more to my taste. Mystery games work quite well, as it is easy to move around, as well as driving games, because the controllers are designed for them. This means that everyone in the family can have a go playing on this console, as there is bound to be something that they enjoy.
Just watching the games is quite good fun too, because the quality is excellent and the games are really clear. You can really feel like you are part of the game.
However, you can't save many games on it, which meant that when I was playing a game with my friend, we couldn't save it as it would have overwritten what I had already done on my own. I believe you can buy more memory cards for this console, but it does mean spending more money, when you've already had to buy the playstation itself.
Despite that though, the advantages definitely outweigh the disadvantages, as I have never had any problems with it not working, freezing or turning off unexpectedly. The games are all really clear and the variety makes it a great console to have, as it means that the whole family can use it, meaning you really get your moneys worth from it.
The PS2 was released in 2000 and still games are being released for this console, even with the PS3 having been launched in 2006. It has continued to do well with its small price tag when the PS3 was 4 x the price.
I had the PS2 for 6 years and it kept me entertained while i was a teenager. The games were great and the graphics were amazing at the time and i had never seen anything like it. The PS2 is a powerful machine and the games created for it were of a very high quality. After a few years they released an adapter so you could play games over the internet. This was done becuase the X-box had released an internet version of their console.
The best games that i played were:
-Need for Speed: Most Wanted
-Final Fantasy: X
-Gran Turismo: 4
I recommend all these games and they show the real graphical and phisycal simulatory power of the PS2. The User Interface of the PS2 is simple. The opening screen when turning it on only composes of "Browser" and "Settings". Browser was to browse Discs and Memory Card management, and the settings are self explanatary.
The controller i would say is the best out of all the consoles. Much better than the X-box controller as it is symmetrical and smaller in the hand. I preffer using the analogue sticks as you can control your car/character
much better. The unit is well built and it never broke while i used it. It gathered alot of dust over its time and
started to make some funny noises but thats what you expect after 6 years of heavy use.
Obviously you should get a PS3 if you can afford it as the graphics are far superior.
Great Console which i have now donated to my little brother, and he loves it. Recommended as cheap and loads of high quality games.
I have had my Playstation 2 for several years now and I think it's great! There's a large range of games available for it and it also plays Playstation 1 games which is a definite bonus. The handsets are NOT wireless so if you don't want wires trailing across the floor then I wouldn't recommend this machine but, on the other hand, the controls are accurate.
You can play DVDs on your Playstation 2 which is great as it means that you don't need a DVD player, I like that it is multifunctional. However, after about 2 years ours wouldn't play certain DVDs, apparently it was a hardware problem in the machine but we managed to get this repaired.
The Playstation 2 is not the most attractive of gaming systems, it does look a it bulky but then it is quite a comparitively old console.
I would certainly recommend this console as there are so many games that can be played on it and if you watch a lot of DVDs it's quite handy to have.
Although the Sony Play Station 2 may seem pretty old school these days and there are plenty of other consoles out there with HD quality and what not, to me the PS2 is still the best console since the Nintendo 64. The PS2 is the most sold console of all time according to Sony; the figures speak for themselves. I have had mine for about 8 years and it has always served me well. I have never ever had a problem with it and i use it fairly regularly. Never have i been tempted to buy a more recent console, the PS2 gives you everything you could want from a games console. Of course better graphics can be tempting, but surely it's the game play itself that makes a game good, not just the visuals? Another good reason for getting a Play Station 2 these days is because they are so cheap to buy second hand. Being a poor student myself, i often see games that at the time of their release could have been found as high as £40, which can now be bought for a few quid. Games such as the classic Metal Gear Solid 2 for £2.50, Lord of the Rings: Return of the King for £2, or the game XIII for as little as 75p from shops such as CEX or Gamestation.
Since the release of the Playstation 2 there have been many other games consoles released and they are all very expensive. But i've found no reason to have to buy any of them because i've always found the Playstation 2 to be great for everything. When i was younger i would play games on my PS2 and i always found them to be great quality and very entertaining, but nowadays i just tend to use my PS2 for watching DVD's and playing CD's.
I can't think of anything better than a system that i can play DVD's, CD's & games on all in one! It saves you a small fortune on buying DVD players and stereos. The durability and reliability of the PS2 is great as well, i've had mine for many years and i've had no problems with it. If you are wanting to buy a PS2 to play games on it, the great thing is that the games themselves don't cost half as much as games for newer consoles and i think they are just as good. You can even play your old PS1 games on this console. The PS2 memory card for saving your games on has a storage capacity of 8MB which you can get quite a lot onto and they are only about £8 each.
You use a controller with your Playstation 2 which is also easy to use and you have the option 2 plug in two controllers at the same time if you're playing games. If you're watching DVD's on your PS2 then you can use the controller to skip trailers or scenes etc. and also turn subtitles and commentary on or off. If you are listening to CD's on your PS2 then you use the controller to skip tracks.
I don't know what i would do without my PS2 it's a little life saver and they can be bought so cheaply second hand on Ebay. Even if you want to buy one brand new i've seen them in some shops for around £60, a bargain for what you're getting.
I have had this console for a few years now and it still works the same as it did the day I brought it! Aswell as playing games for the console on it you can also play cd's and dvd's which is a bonus because you are getting a stereo and dvd player AND games console all for one price! They also aren't overly expensive and so are affordable for new homeowners instead of buying 3 seperate products you get the stereo and dvd player all in one. There is also a wide range of games available for it and so isn't just for one type of person as there is younger childrens games, adult games, fighting games and puzzle games etc. It is also easy to use and anyone can get the hang of the controls! It easily fits up to your television aswell with only a couple of wires that need plugging in and is effortlessly easy!
I bought my first Play Station 2 just this year, second-hand, from a friend, but I have enjoyed many years of playing on the PS2 round friends houses. Now follow the review sub-sections;
The console itself is now out of manufacture, but as others have said (and I did), you can get them for a reasonable price second-hand. Due to this though, you're more than likely to end up with the larger PS2, which runs just as well as the smaller lighter version, but will take up a lot of space and isn't particularly pretty. At the time of its release the black, ridged style was probably quite fashionable, but now with our silver TVs it does look a little dated. On the plus side, it is very easy to clean with a dry brush, and all the different ports are very easily accessible.
The usual PS controller, with 2 analogue sticks, directional buttons and then your keypad, which doesn't really allow for an awful lot of difference in game-play across games, and you will get thumb ache from button-mashing eventually, but is still great fun, especially for children as all the buttons are near enough to each other to be got at by small hands. Unfortunately its style will mean you'll be sitting around for most of the gameplay, if not all, which is its biggest downside in comparison to the newer consoles, such as the Wii. Controllers do have the habit of getting rattle-y and breaking at some point from over use but they are still readily available, and fairly inexpensive.
The graphics on the PS2 range from brilliant to clunky depending on the game, of course. The rendering on newer/more expensive games, such as Final Fantasy, is very good, and load times don't suffer too much. It can also keep up with fast paced action on fighting or driving games most of the time, and only really seems to chug when you're playing multiplayer. If you like quaint old graphics and feel like going a bit old school, you can also play quite a lot of PS1 games on the PS2 as well.
The range of games for this console is just staggering - helped in part by its backwards compatibility with PS1 games - and is probably only rivalled by its successor the PS3. This diversity of games makes it an excellent family gaming system, as both children and adults can enjoy different games, and even different styles of games.
The load times are generally good, most game files are tiny (we're talking KB's here!) and are stored on cartridges, which are small and light, so are easily portable. Children will struggle to break them too, so your game files are safe if they need to swap the cartridges around. Most of the design of the controllers/console are pretty much child-proof so you aren't going to have to worry about breakages. Another great plus is that the console doubles as a DVD player, which is good if you want an entertainment system in your bedroom, your lounge or anywhere really. The only negative with this is that the volume can switch about from loud to very quiet on DVDs, and the controls for DVDs can be a bit fiddly.
The controllers aren't easy to clean, really, and can collect muck quite quickly - sweat, chocolate and drinks are a tad lethal when it comes to these controllers, because of the fiddly little gaps they can squeeze into. The CD draw can be a bit juddery and may seem flimsy, although I've had no trouble with it yet, it is the only part of the machine I would highlight as breakable. Cartridges will sometimes need to be blown upon, as they collect dust, but it's a minor issue, and is easily solvable.
PlayStation 2 one of the best selling consoles there has been, there are some good reasons for this. It has had some of the best and most powerful choice of games brought out for it, these at their time were the best and are still sought after. Nowadays there are still new games released for it such as CoD world at war FF. I would still reccomend it myself due to the amount of games which there are still around for it, it has however begun to become outdated and within the next two years will become a defunct console as respects to new games, however if you wish to still use older games brought out for it no other console can play them, so it is a must if you intend on keeping them, otherwise you might as well update now. It has quite simply seen its days and the end of its product lifespan is imminent within the next few years. As for what it was designed it is great and haven't a bad word to say about it, you could even use it as a home computer with internet access with the required add-ons.