Top 10 PS2 / Xbox Games
I will preface this by saying that in my general experience of gaming, for me there was an enormous dip in quality of games vs what was found on the first Playstation and the Super Nintendo. These were the last consoles I played before I ‘retired’ from gaming. I owned an Xbox and bought all my own games (but I didn’t own many) and I had frequent use of my brothers PS2. This list isn’t a real reflection of the top games on both consoles, but rather my tribute to them, as these were the ones I played, and the ones I enjoyed. I can attest these were also the games that attracted me, and I played, many, many games, some overrated, that were binned or returned to the video store in a day flat.
10. Fight Night 3
My brother say the title is Fight Night 3, but for me, it may have been ‘some random boxing game’. I played this game to death as it was an immerse experience. The standard beat-em-up had taken a new twist with these types of games – this was a real live venue, a sport, and these were real people getting smashed up for entertainment. I played it both 1 and 2 player on the PS2 and each time was an intense mashing of the buttons that left you exhausted. The punches you landed drew blood and sweat, and the punches you took were the same. I know that there were a lot of games like this on these consoles, and this may not be the best, but it was the one I played.
9. Guitar Hero
I still don’t know which Guitar Hero I played (if it was only one) but the one I did was certainly mindblowing. Yeah, we all love music. But this game delivered the simulation that you were part of a rock band. Performing well at gigs allowed your band to grow and expand it’s campaign, and the effort it took to get there was nothing short of learning real music with your playstation controller. Perhaps it wasn’t my favorite game from this era, but it was unique and definitely a new and challenging experience for the gamer. Respect.
8. GTA III
The one we were all waiting for. Old school folk will know that GTA and GTA 2 were massive in their computer and Playstation counterparts, and yes they were evolutionary for their time. People actually enjoyed going around shooting birds eye blobs on the screen, and received the same pleasure one would having completed a city street massacre. Taking this game into the 3D realm was a huge step. Before the sequels occurred you had nothing but the awesomeness of itself to compare to, and everyone was blown away. I got this the same time as Vice City and still played it to death though it’s sequel was superior. Almost like a Draft Mode for the later games, but still fun.
7. Hitman 2
Unique game this. I’d played Tenchu and Metal Gear on the original Playstation which made use of the stealth, but Hitman took it to an almost Hollywood level. You are an actual contemporary (Mission Impossible type) Assassin who traverses settings with guards, regular people, and targets in search to kill someone. The realism in this game was massive. Anyone you killed you could drag their body out of sight, steal their clothes and wear them. The graphics were a tad cartoony, but at the same time viciously real and epic. It was a game to play by the level and not for the story itself. I eventually got stuck in this game and relied on cheats to play through the second half of the game, which was a negative. Even so, if you ever wanted to blast someone with a silencer then this is the game for you. I played Hitman 3 and that was fucking shithouse in comparison.
This game had a lot of hype. It tried to represent itself as the ultimate RPG. Anything you did affected your character and the world around you. Scars in battle stayed forever. You could collect rent from real estate, change your hair, get tattoos, and most importantly – your good deeds made you look like an angel and your evil deeds made you look like a devil. When gamers got the game, it was a disappointment. It was too short, cartoony, and it didn’t have the realistic epic experience they were expecting. Even so, it had its charm, and was fun to play. In retrospect, I owned this game barely 3 weeks before I sold it for 50 bucks, half the price I paid for it, and maybe that’s telling for what I think of these ‘newer’ consoles.
Now we’re talking. An actual, faultless, ‘good’ game. Manhunt was incredibly graphic and violent and had a haunting atmosphere. It was a stealth game but the emphasis was on ‘executing’ the guards in a number of fashions. Like suffocating them with a plastic bag or smashing their brains out repeatedly with a baseball bat. Probably the most disgusting / depraved game I’ve come across, but I can set the ‘badness’ of it aside. It was fucking original and an imaginative concept. Well made, gripping and ‘executed’. For gamers after blood.
4. GTA San Andreas
The upgrade to Vice City focused on a black guy rising from the ghetto to become a millionaire high stakes mobster. It was bigger, and more detailed than Vice City, but it had none of the charm. Still, at the time, I thought this was one of the most advanced gaming I’d encountered, one that was trying as best it could to simulate real life and serve out killing random strangers in a way that satisfied the games’s desire. Too bad they’d already perfected it.
3. GTA Vice City
Vice City was almost a bigger improvement over GTA 3 than GTA 3 was over GTA 2. That’s saying something. Everything about this game flowed flawlessly compared to the original – but it was the sounds, colours and visuals that defined it. In this game, you didn’t give a fuck about shooting people up in the city, you wanted to play the actual story where Ray Liotta and a bunch of other great actors were voicing a memorable cast of characters that would blow gamers’s minds. Just being able to listen to your own music saved to your gaming console whilst driving the streets at sunset, was a never before seen experience that remains one of my favorite moments of gaming. 10 out of 10.
2. The Godfather
Easy to forget this one, or confuse it with the other game ‘Mafia’. No – the Godfather is based on the original movie, and basically rips off the Grand Theft Auto series whilst doing so. The thing is, even though this is a blatant rip off, it’s a fucking great game. Yeah – it’s better than both GTA games. Why? Well, it’s already one of the best stories we all know and love, expanded upon. I could be wrong but this was made after both games I think, because it feels as though they really did take all the other elements from San Andreas and Vice City and improve on them. No bullshit RPG you eat you get fat, change your clothes crap, this was realistic graphics, shoot the wicked awesome gameplay. Even more so than Vice City, I loved the gameplay here, and and the substance of ‘gangs’ contained within the large map of the game. Brutal, fun, and serious all round. A clone that beat it’s originators.
1. The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
I’ve never played Skyrim. Or Oblivion. But Morrowind wasn’t a big deal when I bought it, and I’m glad the series has taken off. I can’t WAIT to get to those games.
I was in Cash Converters of all places. Sifting through the discount bin. I bought a few bad games in my time, but I was usually on line with buying as opposed to renting. The character creation and freeworld structure of the game detailed in the manual really appealed to me. I thought I’d give it a go.
To say this game surpassed expectations, is a falsehood. I stopped writing when I played this game. For about a year, this was my life. All I wanted to do was play this game, and advance my stats. The world was so large, the missions endless. You could be whoever you wanted to be – crook, criminal, hero, knight, mage, wizard, evil, good, rich, poor. It was real and brilliant. Playing this game was like telling someone else’s story. Anything could happen, but it was fucking more important than my life whatever it was.
To be specific, this was GTA with real consequences, in a fantasy setting. The detail was beyond my comprehension. The scope of the map here, unthinkable. I can only imagine Skyrim is like.
Yeah, one of the best games ever made for sure. But then I’ve never played PS3 or Xbox360. At least, not for more than a couple of hours. This was probably as good as it got for me. And yet….
Top 10 Games of All Time
1. Resident Evil 2
2. Metal Gear Solid
3. Donkey Kong Country 2
4. Super Mario Kart
5. The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
8. The Godfather
9. Maniac Mansion
10. GTA: Vice City
1. Sony Playstation
2. Super Nintendo
5. Playstation 2
6. Sega Genesis
7. Atari 2600
8. Nintendo 64