The PlayStation 2 (PS2 for short) is a game console released in 2000 as the successor to the original Sony PlayStation. It competed against the Sega Dreamcast, the Xbox, and the Nintendo GameCube. It was succeeded by the PlayStation 3 in 2006.
Why It Rocks
- A whopping 3,847 games were released for it. On top of that, virtually every game from its generation is playable on (if not exclusive to) the console, outside of Nintendo's and Microsoft's first-party titles.
- Backwards compatible with the PlayStation 1, so when the game library of both consoles are combined, the amount of games you could play was over 10,000! Also, you can increase the loading speed of the original PlayStation games.
- New games were released for the PlayStation 2 even after it had been discontinued.
- Unlike the PlayStation Memory Card which could only hold about 15 slots of data, the PS2 Memory card has a total of 8MB worth of storage capacity, allowing for a large amount of save files on each.
- A hard drive was released for the PlayStation 2 in July 2001 in Japan and in 2004 in North America, technically making it the first released console to have a hard drive before the release of the Xbox in November 2001. The hard drive allows you to store a massive amount of game saves, enhanced certain games, and was used in Final Fantasy XI to allow the game to get updates from the server.
- Huge number of very good games many of which were exclusives such as:
- God of War
- Kingdom Hearts
- Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
- The Ratchet & Clank trilogy
- The Jak & Daxter trilogy
- The Sly Cooper trilogy
- Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4
- Final Fantasy X
- Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
- Shadow of the Colossus
- Silent Hill 2
- Castlevania: Lament of Innocence
- Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
- Gran Turismo 4
- Similar to how Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon were the unofficial mascots for the PS1, Jak, Ratchet, and Sly Cooper were the unofficial mascots of the PS2.
- One of the first major consoles capable of playing DVDs, which was a selling point when it was released and it also meant games could be stored in DVD discs.
- Remained in production for thirteen years, making it one of the longest running consoles in gaming history. It stayed alive well into the seventh generation.
- A second "slim" model was also released. It takes less shelf space and is less prone to breaking than the original model.
- Some cases for the games have a small slot to store Memory Cards.
- The controller is the essentially same as the PlayStation 1 for more compatibility.
- Most multi-platform games run worse on the PS2 due to its weaker hardware. This isn't as big of an issue as it could have been, as most games from its generation were designed with the PS2 in mind and didn't take much advantage of the more powerful competitors, but even then PS2 games ran at a somewhat lower resolution.
- Most PlayStation 2 consoles tend to break down easily or suffer the infamous RSOD (Red Screen of Death) which says "Please insert a PlayStation or PlayStation 2 format disc". (Fixed in later models.)
- The DVD features are rather primitive.
- It was the shovelware target of its generation. Especially in PAL Region countries such as Europe and Australia!
- The only console from its generation that required a multitap to have more than two people playing at once.
- If you plan on buying a used PS2 these days, it is recommended that you get the slim model since its more durable than the standard model.
- The ribbon that moves the lens when reading a disc on the slim model can touch the disc while it spins, leaving a big circular scratch on every disc you play. If this happens to you stop using your PS2 immediately and take it to be repaired.
- PlayStation games played via backwards compatibility can't save data into a PlayStation 2 memory card so make sure you get an older PS1 memory card.
- Some unofficial game discs such as the ones produced by Phoenix Games can damage your console due to those discs' poor quality.
The PlayStation 2 is currently the best selling video game system in history selling over 155 million units. Its ability to play DVDs and play PlayStation 1 games was a major factor to its massive success.