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I had an original Playstation but skipped the Ps2 for whatever reason. I ended up grabbing an Xbox and becoming a Microsoft guy.


It appears that shortly I will obtain a PS3 and due to a dismal selection of games I'm wanting to pick up some PS2 titles to enjoy on the system. I realize that this may be difficult as some of those titles aren't completely compatible.


I plan to stick to exclusives avoiding sports titles and most of the Japanese RPG's with limited exceptions(stlll researching this).


I know God of War(and part2) is popular. I know Ratchet and Clank is popular.


What else should I consider? IE: what did I miss?

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What else should I consider? IE: what did I miss?


Where to begin? I'd say check out Ico and Shadow of the Colossus. Those are two great exclussives right there. I also highly recommend the Sly Cooper series. The second and third games in particular are really good, but I'd play through the first one because it's also fun and the story elements carry over to the sequels.


And if you're in a really wacky mood, check out Katamari Damacy. It's fun, it's addictive, and it's way to Japanese for its own good. A must play.


Finally, go find yourself a copy of Okami. Simply put, it's one of the most breath-takingly beautiful games on the PS2 or any other system for that matter. The gameplay is solid with a lot of Zelda-esque elements thrown in and stands as my favorite game of last year.


That should get you started. Have fun catching up with all the great games you haven't played yet!

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No JRPG's knocks out a lot, there's a metric crap-ton of good ones around for the PS2 (and if you have fond memories of playing DQ/DW games on the NES, I'd strongly suggest DQVIII even if you don't like most other modern JRPG's). So what's left?

  • Tekken Tag/Tekken 5
  • Sly Cooper series
  • Ico
  • Shadow of the Colossus
  • Okami
  • Gran Turismo 4
  • Katamari Damacy/We Love Katamari
  • Maximo 1 & 2
  • Klonoa 2
  • Bully
  • Jak & Daxter series
  • Devil May Cry series

And more...the good thing is that most of these games are now $20 and under. Also I haven't checked to see if any of these aren't PS3 compatible.

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I'd recommend Ratchet & Clank 2: Going Commando over Up Your Arsenal. GC has better level design, more fun weapons, and has more variety and more clever things going on. UYA is more of mindless shoot-em-up and is largely forgettable; it's certainly fun, but considerably less so than its predecessors.




Needless to say, I second the recommendation for the Katamari games. Okami, Ico, Shadow of the Colossus, Devil May Cry, the Sly Cooper series are all loads of fun, too.

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Okay - while most of these have been covered, here is your shopping list. I'd bold the titles that really shouldn't be missed, but if they could be missed then they wouldn't be on this list :)


God of War 1 & 2

Jak and Daxter trilogy (you could skip Jax X: Combat Racing)

Ratchet and Clank seires

Maximo 1 & 2

Devil May Cry Trilogy

Sly Cooper Trilogy

Onimusa 1-4 (although 4 wasn't my favorite in the series)

Shadow of the Colossus



Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2*

Rayman 2 (if you somehow missed the N64 / Dreamcast versions)*

Viewtiful Joe 1 & 2 (assuming you didn't have a gamecube)*

Mark of Kri*


And while you're not looking for a lot of JRPGs - two I would seriously consider


Valkyrile Profile 2* (which apparantly nobody else here played)


For Fighters -

Soul Calibur III

(The Tekken games are good as well but Dark Ressurection is a downloadable game, and VF4: evolution is good - but then there's VF5 on the PS3)


That will give you about 30 or so games to pick up and should keep you busy for quite some time at which point the Summer gaming drought should be over. There are certainly other titles depending on what you like (DDR Games if you like to work out to games and there are some good PS2 - USB accessories that will let you play them on the PS3, Amplitude, Frequency, and Rez if you like music games, etc...)


*titles not previously mentioned

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Skip Devil May Cry 2. It is terrible.


I would also recommend Silent Hill 3 if you like the series. Bully is very good. Okami is a must have. I am a recent Shadow of the Colossus convert, it is a must have. If you are a GTA fan and don't have a PSP, check out Liberty City and Vice City Stories. SOCOM series is fun. I'm not a fan of it, but Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistance is hugely popular.



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My favorite PS2 games off the top of my head that meet the criteria were Maximo & Devil May Cry. They singlehandedly got me playing action/adventure games again, which I'd abandoned since the 16-bit era.


For a fan of chess or turn-based strategy, I'd recommend Dynasty Tactics (Either one). I simply adored the chain combo setup. VERY tactical and one of my favorite PS2 games if you're so inclined.


On the (limited) JRPG front I thoroughly enjoyed FFX but it was much too easy. And I'm a Dragon Quest fanboy so DQ8 is highly recommended.


Games like Tekken Tag and Soul Calibur are only enjoyable if you have someone to play them with IMO. I love 'em, but rarely have someone competent to play against.

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Thanks for the advise.


Some of these I don't have any interest in but I don't want people to not suggest stuff as I'd be quite selfish. I think a thread like this could be a nice tool for many of us.


These will be eliminated:

Fighting games lost a lot of interest in me.

The kiddie nature of the JRPG's have pretty much soured me on the whole JRPG scene.


The others suggested will be added to my list. I can hitup the used scene(and GH titles) to fill out my collection. I can buy 5 used titles almost for the same price as some new PS3 titles which hold little interest for me. Motorstorm is about it for PS3 titles that I am looking at.


I'll print a list and start looking on the Backwards compatability chart to see where I stand. I'd rather not add another console to the rack as I got a nice glaring eye about adding a 2nd one(the ps3). I got the preverbial why do you need 2 consoles question...

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Some others not mentioned:


Rez (if you didn't have a Dreamcast or a copy of it for the Dreamcast)

Gitaroo Man

R Type Final

Gradius V

Gregory Horror Show

Metal Gear Solid 3


That lot, basically, with added Gran Turismo 4, the two Katamari games (yes, get both of them, not just one) and some SingStars. Oh, and Frequency (from the Guitar Hero guys, but for people who like music other than heavy rock).


You do already have Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time for your XBox, don't you?

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