This November marks the tenth anniversary of when the console wars for last generation truly began in North America. This month 10 years ago, both Xbox and GameCube hit the market to take on the PlayStation 2 which had just defeated the Dreamcast, sending SEGA out the console door. We’ve compiled some of TSG’s staffs favorite games for the last generation of platforms, giving them a quick moment to talk about their favorite titles of last generation.
This first week we’ll be tackling PS2 exclusives, or at least titles that originally launched as PlayStation 2 exclusives.
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Have a PS3 that isn’t one of the original 80GB units? Need a way to play some awesome PS2 games? Sony may be working on the answer.
A recent patent by Sony shows the possibility of a PS3 add-on that would allow the PS3 to play PS2 games. Essentially, it would be like a mini stripped down PS2 that would connect to the PlayStation 3. The device would have its own processor, DVD decoder / emulator, sound processor and graphics processor.
As of right now, this is simply a patent. And in many cases, patents don’t turn into products on the market. But I think this definitely has some demand.
Would you pick one up? How is your good old PS2 fairing?
Wut U Talkin Bout is a quick look at overlooked titles in gaming history, or a overlooked entry in a franchise.
This Wut U Talkin Bout? is written by forum member Grims Child as a guest entry.
To say fighting games are part of an odd genre is a grave understatement. After the huge success of Street Fighter II in the arcades, it seemed like every company in the world was trying to cash in on Capcom’s success by making cheap, and in some cases unplayable, knockoffs using the same formula of “Beat that guys health bar down to zero and then you win.” Of course, that was 1995. And now in the modern age of video games, it seems that 2D games have almost died out completely. The 4th iteration of the main Street Fighter franchise went 2.5D, King of Fighters became terrible with XII and Guilty Gear disappeared due to legal issues when Sega split as a company from Sammy. In recent years, there have only been two truly great 2D fighters: BlazBlue: Continuum Shift (Or in the delayed case of my country, Calamity Trigger) and of course: Melty Blood: Actress Again.
Continue reading Guest Wut U Talkin Bout? Melty Blood: Actress Again
Ever since the God of War 1 and 2 HD rereleases were announced, people have always been talking about HD rereleases of classic PlayStation 2 titles. Well, it seems like Sony may finally be acting in response to this.
Hidden within a survey about God of War, Sony asked fans what titles they would like to see have HD rereleases. There wasn’t a set of choices of anything, just a box where participants could list off their requested games.
There have been rumors of a Shadow of Collosus and ICO HD rerelease for some time. But there hasn’t been an official word on anything.
I want to see old PlayStation 1 games get HD rereleases. Don’t update the graphics outside of the bare minimum though. Just pure, crisp, and clear muddy textures and blocky character models.
No Thanks to GrimsChild!
North American gamers just recently got the sequel to one of Suda 51’s more popular games, No More Heroes. No More Heroes is probably one of Suda’s best selling games, and even then it didn’t sell a boat load of units.
Suda 51 has quite a history of titles. While many of these titles haven’t done well in the market, Suda 51 is still interested in going back and revisiting some of them.
“I think that it would be very interesting to create something like Michigan again in the future – it could be really good,” said Suda 51. “I still talk to Sakurai-san, who is the president of Spike Games which was the publisher of Michigan. They’re also interested in making a game like that again in the future.”
Suda 51 was also asked about another cult hit of his, Killer 7. “If I had the chance, that would be great too!”
Michigan has a better chance then Killer 7 since it seems as Suda actually has a publisher interested. Hopefully we will be hearing from these franchises in the future!
NIS America is pushing the release date of Sakura Wars: So Long My Love for Wii and PlayStation 2 back to March 30th.
You can spend that extra time deciding on whether you should purchase the PlayStation 2 version, which has all the lovely extra swag and the Japanese voice acting or the Wii version which will save you a couple bucks.
Final Fantasy XIII is only about a month away for Western audiences, but let’s take a trip back to the past to the early development of Final Fantasy XIII.
While we all know Final Fantasy XIII was first shown off on the PlayStation 3, the game originally saw development on the PlayStation 2 hardware. Square-Enix released two books for Final Fantasy XIII and one of them contains details on the development process of the title. Within it are early screen shots of the title running on the PlayStation 2.
While the battle system looks similar to what ended up in the final game, much of it is unrecognizable. Yuna and Rikku from Final Fantasy X even make an appearances as place holder characters
You can check out the screen shots after the jump. Having issues with the gallery, so you will need to scroll down to the bottom of the page.
(Source:Final Fantasy XIII.net)
Continue reading Final Fantasy XIII development screen shots for the PlayStation 2
Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love will be coming to North America on March 23rd, but before you go out preordering the game there is something you should know.
The PlayStation 2 version of Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love not only includes a special box art but also two discs that feature both Japanese and English voice acting, a special art book, and a poster.
The Wii version on the other hand cuts out all of those special bonuses and removes the second disc that included the Japanese voice acting. So Wii owners basically get a standard game with the English dub only. NIS America did say that the Wii version would come with a “attractive price point” though.
So if you really want to get the Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love Swag and play the game in Japanese then you will need to pick up the PlayStation 2 version.
Konami confirmed that the latest entry in their Silent Hill series, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, will be launching December 8th on the Wii. Silent Hil: Shattered Memories is re-imaging of the first game where the focus is on running and hiding rather then actual combat. It’s one of the many survival horror titles heading to the Wii, but it definitely looks the most promising of them all.
The title is also coming to the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation portable, but Konami only lists them as being released “shortly” after the Wii version’s release.
Sega accidentally released details of a Sega/Sony meeting from August 5th. The meeting touched on multiple topics, but here are the interesting tidbits.
Their looking into putting PS2 and Dreamcast games on PSN, 2010 (March in specific for Japan) launch for Sony’s motion controller, A import section on PSN (Specifically mentioned Yakuza series) with minimal localization; example: translated menus and subtitles , and a Sonic Anniversary Collection with all the old Sonic games on a single Blu-ray disc.
These are just plans though, so they could have changed since then. But it gives us a glimpse at what Sony and Sega may be bringing for the future. You can check out the full list of details over on Neogaf’s forums.