The best PS2 games are a time capsule that'll take you straight back to the 90s. From this little lot, it's incredibly easy to see why it's still classed as one of the best consoles of all time. Not only did it boast a rather enviable library of games, but it also arrived as one of the most affordable DVD players at the time. Because of that the PS2 continued to sell well beyond the arrival of the PS3, and was actually only discontinued in , some 12 years after its initial launch.
It saw off challenges from plenty of rival formats - including the Dreamcast and GameCube check out the best GameCube games if you need a reminder - and laid the foundations for PS3. It also saw the launch of Sony's PSP, which was intended as a companion handheld for PS2, even if it didn't quite work out that way. Among the best PS2 games ever you'll find some absolute classics - from console exclusives like God of War to mighty franchise chapters like Metal Gear Solid 3.
It was also the original home to cult classics like Shadow of the Colossus, Psychonauts, and Okami - games that endure today on other formats. Its DualShock controller has evolved into the amazing PS4 controller we know today, but the design remains very familiar. So read on for the best games from one of Sony's greatest ever consoles. Yes, you remember Dark Cloud. At least, you should. This ingenious hybrid challenged you to be as adept with city design as you were with dungeon crawling.
You adopted the role of Max, a resourceful young craftsman who was charged with rebuilding his world by collecting items geostones from dungeons and assembling villages piece by piece with help from the local Firbits. Dark Cloud 2 's world-creation system was addictive, to say the least.
It's randomly generated dungeons made searching for geostones feel fresh with every visit, and it was easy to lose hours snapping photos and sussing out every last village piece. The game also shipped with an addictive golfing minigame called spheda and a fishing diversion; all in addition to a meaty story. We don't know how we found time to save the world, but we know we had fun doing it. Arcade-to-console ports are risky, but Project Soul pulled off Soulcalibur 2 's PS2 translation with nary a scratch.
Considered one of the tightest, prettiest, and most fluid fighters of its day and even today by some , the sequel improved on everything its Soul Blade and Soulcalibur predecessors did right, while introducing new faces, weapons, modes, upgraded visuals, and a substantial weapon master side quest.
Part of our love for Soulcalibur 2 stems from the fact that this was the series' first appearance on a PlayStation console. True, Soul Blade made the leap from arcades to the PlayStation in the mid-'90s, but the first actual "Soulcalibur" could only be enjoyed at home with a Dreamcast.
By the time SoulCalibur 2 expanded the series' reach to other consoles, both hardcore and casual fighting fans were eager to enjoy their arcade favourite on the PS2, and Project Soul did not disappoint. Kingdom Hearts is a series that really shouldn't have worked.
Mixing the melodramatic world of Final Fantasy with the cheery family fun of Disney should have been a train wreck. Instead it ended up being one of the most successful new franchises of the PS2 era, and its action RPG gameplay still holds up, particularly in the PS2 sequel. Kingdom Hearts 2 resumed Sora's search for his friends, and as always he's assisted by Disney stars like Donald and Goofy. Meanwhile, the combat was enriched by the additions of dual Keyblades, the Drive Gauge, and the much-improved Gummi Ship segments.
Even when the plot makes little sense, KH2s gameplay kept us satisfied until the story stopped being confusing. SSX Tricky is regarded as the [insert name of your country's best snowboarder] of snowboarding games, and it comes by its title honestly.
SSX Tricky achieved the nigh-impossible task of transporting the joy of shredding down a mountain into our living rooms. Its courses were exhilarating, its soundtrack was pumping, and its uber move trick system encouraged rookies and vets to keep coming back for "just one more run". EA has attempted to keep the SSX brand alive since, but few sequels have come close to packing the same punch as this PS2 original.
Once upon a time, online multiplayer was considered a bonus, not a "must have. It opened the way for teams of eight to take their fight online over 25 maps - twelve new, 10 from the original SOCOM, and an extra three that were used as bait to buy the Official PlayStation Magazine.
It also let allies communicate over a basic in-game chat and for recently deceased players to watch the game in ghost form. SOCOM 2 wasn't the first title to come equipped for online play on the PS2, but it helped push the concept forward and blaze a trail for today's modern fragfests. Bratz: The Movie. Bratz: Rock Angelz. Brave Story: Wataru no Bouken.
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He's set up and is left with no money and no merchandise. Sonny wants his money back, but the biker gangs, Cuban gangsters, and corrupt politicians stand in his way. Most of Vice City seems to want Tommy dead. His only answer is to fight back and take over the city himself. Vice City offers vehicular pleasures to suit every taste.
For the speed enthusiast, there's high-performance cars and motorbikes. For the sportsman, a powerboat or a golf buggy lets you enjoy the great outdoors. For those that need that sense of freedom and escape, why not charter a helicopter and see the beauty of Vice City from the air? With the addition of two new courses a downtown Tokyo circuit and the Monte Carlo Grand Prix course , an impressive range of cars from Vipers to Cooper Minis , and a soundtrack featuring everything from Lenny Kravitz to Jimi Hendrix, this highly anticipated title is finally ready to be driven.
Take Your Game Online: Access an online community where you can meet, chat, and play head-to-head against other gamers. Create-A-Playbook: Customize receiver routes, player formations, and your team's entire playbook. Deepest Franchise Mode Ever: Play 30 years of Franchise mode and draft players each season with tips from your scouts. Build your skills, earn respect, and show that you've got what it takes to Go Pro. No time clock, no constraints.
Pro-specific challenges. Evolving levels. Interact with other skaters. Multi-player modes. Customize your game Your career is what you make of it. In a large American metropolis, a man named Dante, a private investigator of the supernatural, is seeking revenge for the death of his mother and brother. The world is waiting, for Dante is no ordinary man, and with his father's sword in hand, he must enter the demon realm and avenge mankind. The industry football standard returns featuring the Houston Texans, new player face and body technology, the ability to create your own team with custom helmets, uniforms, and stadiums, and a new training mode that let's you learn from Madden, the master himself.
Players can battle or team up with up to 7 other friends for online dominance. Featuring different gameplay modes, new camera system, and robust online play, Subsistence is the game that gives players a brand new Metal Gear experience.
Third Person Camera system gives players more control. Demo Theater, Duel Mode, and new stages for Snake vs. Monkey mini-game. Take the rivalry online: Battle Michigan vs. Ohio State, USC vs. Notre Dame, Oklahoma vs. Nebraska, and more in online head-to-head exhibition games. New animations include sideline tackles, stumbles, new over-the-shoulder and basket catches, user-controlled celebrations, and much more. New College Classics mode: Replay 20 of the greatest college football games from the last two decades.
Take over the game at a key situation, relive the glorious victory, or change history with an upset. Continuing the dynasty: Project the season's top performers with the new Pre-Season All-American Team and revel in your weekly accomplishments with new Sports Illustrated magazine covers. Unleash the power of the Gods and embark on a merciless quest as Kratos, an ex-Spartan warrior driven to destroy Ares, the God of War.
Armed with lethal double chainblades, Kratos must carve through mythology's darkest creatures including Medusa, Cyclops, the Hydra and more, while solving intricate puzzles in breathtaking environments. Driven by pure revenge, nothing can stop Kratos from achieving absolution. Two new characters Lei Fei and Vanessa Lewis join 11 VF veterans, each with their own unique styles based on real martial arts.
New counters and defensive moves allow players to switch up their stances and fighting styles mid-bout. Train a computer-controlled character through sparring and an easy-to-use rewards system, then pit your character against a friend's or challenge the arcade mode.
Burnout 3 takes the hit series even further, now featuring a unique "crash and burn" racing concept and a one-of-a-kind special effects engine that delivers spectacular visuals. The intensity heats up as players race, and often crash, their way through oncoming traffic in an attempt to claim the top spot. Boasting multiple single-player, multiplayer and online crash and race modes, Burnout 3 offers players the opportunity to race through busy city streets and be rewarded for taking risks that result in heart-pounding action and electrifying crashes.
But his journey did not end there. To end his continued torment, Kratos must journey to the far reaches of the earth and defeat untold horrors and alter that which no mortal, or god has ever changed, his fate. God of War II sets an epic stage for a devastating mythological war to end all wars. Armed with the deadly blades and blistering rage, players are aided by new breath-taking magic and new brutal combat moves. The journey takes them through vividly striking environments where they are faced with a labyrinth of challenging puzzles and mini-games intricately woven into the story.
The violent world of Greek mythology comes to life in gory detail as Kratos encounters new mythical characters, and compete in epic boss battles in his quest. Remember when snowboard sims used to suck? The times have truly changed with the monster speed, detailed tracks and super-fast frame rates of EA's first extreme sports game for the PS2. Embark on the ultimate adventure and conquer the mountain with SSX 3. Life begins at the summit where a wide-open mountain awaits you -- board it, explore it, and beat it.
Featuring all-new freestyle events and race courses, jaw-dropping tricks, and a cast of cool, customizable characters, SSX 3 is yours to conquer. Redefine the boundaries what you do and what you earn, and go anywhere gravity takes you with SSX 3! In Okami, the legendary monster Orochi has come back to life and turned the world into a veritable wasteland. Players must assume the role of a wolf, an embodiment of the sun god Amaterasu, which is capable of wielding unimaginable power.
The state of the world lies in gamer's hands as they must fight ominous beings and reclaim the earth from a curse that plagues it. It is crucial to help Amaterasu make the world a place where all living creatures can dwell once again. North America, the wait is over. Experience the most realistic virtual recreation of the sport to date. Life-like player models, staggeringly realistic animations, and renowned gameplay bring a soccer experience that can't be beat.
This critically acclaimed title is the must have soccer game of the year. Find out what you've been missing. Create your own dream team in the Master League. Get ready for a crowd of new features and improvements, including a completely new Franchise mode, thrilling new offensive and defensive animations, and broadcast-quality commentary regarded as the best in all of sports video games.
Complete with all the updated rosters, the new NFL alignment changes, and completely redesigned stadiums, its time to hit the line hard and remember winning isn't a sometime thing: it's an all-time thing. Challenge a steady stream of opponents with varying ranks and skill levels, with the impression that you're playing online against human opponents with different styles. Along with this illusion of online play, Virtua Fighter 4 has also been expanded upon, including the roster, the character customization features, the visuals, the training mode, and even the arcade mode.
With the different tournaments and two new characters to explore, VF4: Evolution will put your fighting skills to the ultimate test. Winning Eleven 7 International features teams, 21 stadiums, new player models and key additions to the Master League. Winning Eleven 7 also utilizes a custom designed engine that allows for great flexibility and customization.
Upon entering a match, players will find incredibly masterful gameplay, beautifully rendered stadiums and picture-perfect player models. While on the field, players will experience true-to-life gameplay, with carefully tuned A. A new page in history has begun as the most highly-anticipated fighting game ever finally arrives! The greatest 3-D weapons-based fighter will provide non-stop action, excitement and surprises as you go one-on-one against your favorite challengers.
Collect different weapons in the all-new mission-complete Weapon Master mode. Second-generation rider physics provide more in-air and on-snow user control. Compete in the World Circuit, go head-to-head in the unique Showoff trick versions of nine courses on the World Circuit, or just kick it in Free Ride.
New Garibaldi and Alaska courses let you get more vertical and catch more air, while all the original courses have some new surprises. The PlayStation 2 version features include Career Mode, allowing you to compete for the Stanley Cup for 10 consecutive years and build a true hockey dynasty. Amidst the sands of ancient Persia, a young Prince unleashes a deadly evil. Embark on a harrowing quest to restore peace and the fabric of Time. Embody a legendary hero with gravity-defying acrobatics, ferocious fighting combos, and the ability to bend time to fulfill his bidding.
Wield the power of the Sands of Time - a mythical force allowing the Prince to erase the past, behold the future, and freeze the present. You'll uncover the mysteries of a world never before explored in action-adventure gaming. Ancient Persia, mythical and deadly, holds a staggering array of landscapes and kingdoms to explore and conquer.
The story takes place in a world called "Ivalice," in an age when magic was commonplace and airships plied the skies - the Archadian Empire, seeking to strengthen its base of power, had been invading and subjugating its neighboring lands one by one- a fate which befell the small Kingdom of Dalmasca. Archadia's invasion and the subsequent death of the Dalmascan king prompted the Princess Ashe, the sole surviving heir to the Dalmascan throne, to take up arms against the invaders.
In her struggle to oust the occupying Archadian forces and restore freedom to her people, Ashe must watch as many of her allies pay the blood price for that freedom. Though tempted to abandon all hope in the face of the Empire's might, her determination keeps her from succumbing before what would seem to be inevitable defeat. Then she meets Vaan, an urchin from the Dalmascan capital of Rabanastre. Vaan dreams of one day becoming a sky pirate, escaping the Empire on his airship.
Vaan, Ashe, Vaan's friend Penelo, the sky pirate Balthier, his partner Fran and many more are on an adventure through Ivalice that traces the mysteries behind the Archadian Empire's invasion. Bringing with it a wide array of new gameplay elements, Final Fantasy XII will change the way players think about the Final Fantasy series.
Numerous possibilities abound within each scenario, allowing for a less linear, more unique experience for each player. The game also supports Dolby Pro Logic II both in-game and during movie sequences, immersing the player in the middle of the action. Final Fantasy's first game on the Playstation 2 is the first to use voice acting and a massive leap in the cinematic approach to storytelling.
Stop reading and go play. With over 55 tracks to rock out to, you'll go from Guitar Hero to Guitar god in one press of a fret button. Choose from multiple rock characters and jam at concert venues that grow in size as your rock career progresses. You'll start your rock career playing small clubs and bars, but if you play well you'll work your way up to stadiums and arenas.
Guitar Hero II takes the guitar rock experience to new volumes by allowing players to play 3 different guitar tracks: Rhythm, Bass, and Lead. Guitar Hero II introduces all new multiplayer modes like: cooperative, pro-face off, and face off, letting 2 Guitar Heroes conduct their own symphonies of destruction. Whether it's by making an opponent lose his shorts from a stop-and-go juke, by scraping your toes down as you make an acrobatic first-down catch along the sideline, or by piling on top of a swarming gang tackle on fourth and short -- you will truly feel everything that makes the National Football League so intense.
Don't look. Don't listen. Guitar Hero creates all the sensations of being a rock star, as you rock out to 30 of the greatest rock anthems of all time and more. So kiss that air guitar goodbye and get ready to rock. Features over 30 of the greatest rock songs of all-time. Two-player mode that offers tons of multiplayer fun.
EA Sports steps up to the challenge of Sega's "NFL2k1" with mind-blowing graphics and innovative "Madden Cards" -- Upper Deck creations purchased with tokens earned by completing in-game challenges which can be used as power-ups during the game. The sequel to 's sleeper platformer hit "Klonoa: Door to Phantomile" finds our floppy-eared, baseball cap-wearing hero collecting dream stones and over-inflating his enemies with air bullets while protecting the dream world of Lunatea in this "2-D style" action game.
Players will be able to earn up to 20 weapons including online and offline with up to four levels of upgrades for most weapons, plus new high-tech gadgets to help them through their journey. In the struggle to achieve world peace and world dominance, rivaling governments are secretly developing weapons technology that could threaten the future existence of life.
Destined to be the first, a race ensues to become the ultimate nation. A special elite tactical soldier is summoned to penetrate deep in the heart of enemy territory and obtain intel about "Metal Gear," a prototype weapon with nuclear capabilities.
This is your mission and you must infiltrate alone. Interactive environments where traps catch enemies and prey. Rely on camouflage, combat, hunting and instincts to survive. Set in the s where politics and war are shaping real world history. Blockbuster musical score composed by Harry Gregson-Williams. The original designers are back for the fifth game in the "Twisted Metal Series," THE car-combat game cruising at a FAST 60 frames per second, featuring the mysterious Calypso who once again tempts inmates from a local metal hospital to compete in a tournament of automotive mayhem.
Also known as "Wanda and the Colossus" or "Wanda to Kyozou" in Japan In Shadow of the Colossus, players take the role of a young man seeking the truth of an ancient tale of power hidden in a mystical land. Shadow of the Colossus is a majestic journey through ancient lands to seek out and destroy gigantic mythical beasts.
With a trusty horse at your side, players explore the spacious lands and unearth each Colossi. The uneasy task of defeating a Colossus relies on intelligent puzzle solving and action oriented gameplay. Armed with strong wits, a mystical sword and a sturdy bow, players use cunning and strategy to topple each behemoth.
My Favorite Team: Personalize the game interface based on your team's fight song, mascot, logos, and school colors. Build A Dynasty: Create your own school and schedule, recruit star athletes, and redshirt developing players to build a national powerhouse. Rivalry Mode: Beat your school's archrival and win one of 23 coveted trophies. Trophy Room: Display up to 59 total trophies including conference championships and individual player awards. This third version of Tecmo's acclaimed fighter "Dead or Alive 2," ported to the Dreamcast ealier in the year, is a visual feast for PS2 gamers with the addition of new costumes, levels, hidden characters, amped-up graphics.
Force the action on defense in Madden NFL New defensive tools allow you to make more plays and be in on all of the action. The all-new Hit Stick lets you lay the big hit to turn the momentum of the game in your favor. Modify pre-snap assignments, including double teams and player-specific match ups, for any defensive player on the field. With the new Storyline Central, you get the inside scoop around the league from radio host Tony Bruno, along with local and national newspapers, to help you make critical franchise decisions.
New Hit Stick — Change the momentum of a game by using the right analog stick to make a huge hit, force a turnover, and send the crowd into a frenzy. Time it just right or you'll get burned for a big play. Enhanced Franchise Mode — Players now react to everything that happens in the franchise—reward a hard-working player by naming him team captain or trade away unhappy players.
The new game-by-game progression system rewards players for their performance during the season. Your team's crowd is now customizable with new Create-a-Fan. Be on the lookout for team-specific super fans via all-new 3D fan scenes. Winning Eleven 8 once again raises the bar with in-depth gameplay, improved realism and increased control. The game now features all the teams from the Italian, Spanish and Dutch leagues under the official license.
Featuring club teams and 57 national teams, Winning Eleven 8 offers gamers control of up to 4, of the world's greatest soccer players. The game introduces a wealth of new moves and tricks including new free kick and penalty kick techniques, an innovative indirect free kick move and a new dribbling system that offers more control as gamers go one-on-one and try to pass opposing players.
Also featured is the first-ever on-screen referee in the history of the series. Boasting an enhanced ref AI, the referee will run up and down the field reacting realistically and instinctively to fouls, giving advantage for minor infringements and even stepping in to calm things down when the action gets heated.
Winning Eleven 8 also features improvements to the popular Master League, which now has more strategy through player development and injury, and a new 'My Best Eleven' option so fans can save their greatest teams. Assume the role of Ico, a courageous young boy born with horns who has been delivered to a mysterious castle to be sacrificed so that, according to legend, the community will be saved.
Attempt to escape the grounds and save a princess through a variety of mazes, brainteasers, and other puzzles. Get ready for a totally new breed of the Tony Hawk experience. Play as yourself, not a pro skater, and make your way through a plot-twisting, true-to-life story that takes you from unknown local skate punk to fame and fortune as a superstar skater.
For the first time ever, you'll be able to get off your board and explore 9 expansive levels on foot or by vehicle. Enjoy unprecedented customization by designing and naming your own original tricks through the all-new Create-a-Trick. Or create bigger parks and include your own goals in the expanded Skate Park Editor. After you're done, share your tricks and parks online with your friends.
You can even download your own face into the game! And, with all-new online play - new games, stats, and online rankings - you'll have infinite expansion through downloadable content. You're the star Show off in gladiator arenas. Pick off enemies in space combat. Leave competitors to eatin? And, run around spherical worlds. Play as Dr. J, Bird, Wilt, Moses, and more! All-new electrifying moves, passes and alley-oops.
Play against the CPU or with up to four ballers. Customize the rules and players to your liking. ESPN NFL 2K5 is uniting fans with a coupling of the most responsive and intense gameplay and the richest multi-player gaming experience possible. Maximum Tackling brings unique on-field control allowing gamers to go for the wrap-up tackle or deliver the big highlight hit.
The addition of the V. Players are invited to show off their coaching skills in Franchise mode and utilize Weekly Prep to fully plan the training schedule, intensity, and regimen each week. Full online leagues and tournament play with living rosters rounds out the most complete online experience. Step up to the plate with MVP Baseball The fundamentals of hitting, pitching, fielding, and base running have been reproduced like never before to give you complete control over every aspect of the game.
From swinging for the fences or protecting the plate when you have a two-strike count, the all-new batting model provides unprecedented command of each type of swing in every situation. With great gameplay and many additional features such as Pitching Challenge and Dynasty Mode, MVP Baseball wins the pennant as the most innovative and realistic baseball experience ever created.
Groundbreaking Hitting Control: From hitting to the opposite field to pulling the ball down the line to swinging for the fences, every swing type is included. You Control the Field: Leap over the wall and rob home runs, hook slide to avoid tags, and take out the catcher at home with all-new player control. Pick Your Park: With all-new crowd chants, the addition of classic stadiums, and new lighting to signify various start times for your biggest games, MVP Baseball puts you in the best seat in the house.
Your Dynasty Begins Now: Take full control of your franchise on all the levels -- from the minors to the pros. Play, sim, or manage each game all the way to the World Series. Talk [Electronic Arts]. Jak and Daxter are quite a comic duo! Jak's the strong, silent type of hero, while Daxter's the obnoxious comic nut! The adventure takes place across a massive piece of continuous coastline - you can explore freely, with no loading screens and no waiting time. All characters and environmental elements exist in real time and have incredibly smart A.
Burnout Revenge lets gamers rip through rush hour traffic and lay waste to scores of rubbernecking roadhogs in an over-the-top scene of vehicular mayhem. In addition to tricked out new race, crash and road rage modes, Burnout Revenge takes the series' blistering speed and spectacular destruction to dizzying new heights with an all-new Revenge mode, challenging gamers to battle the clock and unleash their frustrations on rush hour traffic.
Brand-new team-specific playbooks emulate actual college plays run by Division 1-A teams. As the lone incident develops into a series of bizarre crimes, he discovers that only he and his friends have the power to solve the baffling case, bring those responsible to justice, and restore harmony to his new home. Balance your double life — Beyond intense battles, Persona fusion, and new weapon creation exists a normal high school life of friends, classes, and part-time jobs.
The way you manage and integrate your activities within each day will determine how you progress through the game. Unprecedented team control — With a greater emphasis on developing bonds in the fight to solve the mysterious murders, strong friendships are key to your success.
Directly control teammates in battle, earn greater party support for combat, and master individual Social Links to unlock your party's true potential. You must investigate murders, rescue those who can be rescued, and unmask the culprit behind it all—or risk being forever shrouded in the fog of doubt.
The evil race of TimeSplitters are traveling back into human history authoring events that are leading to the enslavement of mankind. In Control of a motley crew of renegade characters you must hunt down the TimeSplitters across time in historical eras like the gangster- Ridden 's, the lush jungles of Aztec temples, soviet military installations of the cold war and Futuristic robot factories in space. To end the evil plot of the TimeSplitters, seek and recover the crystals required to seal the rift in time.
The Fate of humanity is in your hands. Welcome to the world of Viewtiful Joe! Capcom's innovative super hero action game that mixes funky cartoon-style visuals with classic side-scrolling gameplay and introduces the world? More than just any ordinary dude, Joe must transform into the ultimate superhero. You can also speed up or slow down your visual effects for even more "viewtiful" moves. Viewtiful Joe redefines action games by mixing innovative "viewpoint" fighting into amazing cartoon meets noir environments.
Groundbreaking Graphics Engine? Pushing the hardware to new limits, player models and faces, environmental effects, arenas, cut-scenes, uniforms and more are meticulously detailed - raising realism to a new level. Got Skills? Mini-Games Galore? Including "Mini-Rink," a fast-paced 2 on 2 intense hockey experience, Pond Hockey, and enhanced skills events. First appearing on the N64 in , our favorite limbless little french thing hits the PS2 with all of the game levels brought together in a single coherent 3D world, eliminating the need for the 2D overworld map, and with an increased difficulty level.
The world, which includes fields, towns and dungeons, allow players to move around seamlessly. The graphics are of a high-quality animation, and players can feel as if they are walking around inside the world created by Character Designer, Akira Toriyama.
The battle scenes and monsters make users feel as if they were actually facing them All of the monsters and characters are transformed with 3D graphics. Battle scenes provide astrong presence of characters and monsters due to its stunning visuals. Moreover, both new andfamiliar monsters have been recreated with uniquely detailed animation. An entirely new original score by Koichi SugiyamaKoichi Sugiyama, the composer of Dragon Quest VIII and all of the music from previous titles in the series, composed an entirely original score.
A classic and elegant score, the music is also memorable and will leave people humming the tunes. The impressive score makes the journey much more adventurous and paints each scene with emotion. Graphical and gameplay enhancements mean more ball control and more realistic weather and terrain conditions. Expanded Career Mode lets you take your golfer through a World Tour to earn money and sponsorships.
Go online for matches and tournaments, and climb the leaderboards. The third chapter in the multi-platinum-selling NBA Street series rises above the rim and expands on the customization and variety of game modes and gameplay. Gamers can build their reputation as they create the future of street basketball with all-new jaw-dropping, ankle-breaking, rim-shaking moves in visually stimulating environments, from favorite courts like "The Cage" and "Rucker Park" to the next generation of streetball sanctuaries, like "Venice Beach".
It all adds up to give V3 a revolutionary style all its own. Featuring NBA legends, today's top stars, and original characters from past editions, NBA Street V3 reaches new heights by making over-the-top, larger-than-life moves even bigger in this action-packed, arcade-style game. Customize your baller, build courts from the ground up, throw one down in an all-new dunk contest and go online to put your reputation to the test. More than just familiar faces and numbers, Sega Sports NHL 2K3 delivers player realism down to size, skill, and behavior, resulting in individuals that exhibit accurate styles of play.
Now grinders battle for pucks in the corners, elite players see the ice and create opportunities, and fast skaters exploit their speed. The all-new Franchise Mode lets you capitalize on player accuracy to develop a team that plays your brand of hockey.
Now you can draft hotshot rookies, trade for players who compliment your team, compensate for injured players, and more. Then put that precision to work on the ice by anchoring lines with key players and rotating those lines to create the match-ups you want.
Bringing it all together is a new ESPN broadcast system where scores, highlights, and more are presented in the network's famous style. Imagine jump shots so real players actually adjust their movement in mid-air based on distance from the hoop and defensive pressure; a passing touch that gives you the control to skirt a defender or start a fast break; and dribble moves that let you jab left, rock right, crossover, spin and much more.
It's all happening in NBA 2K3. No other game delivers the physical element of basketball like this. Accurate impact from collisions, especially hard fouls and authoritative dunks; shot blocking with emphasis on precise hand-to-ball contact; and the ability to lunge for the loose ball, even if it means ending up on some celebrity's lap. With commentators that analyze strategy, cutscenes portraying lifelike player interaction, uniforms that move like real fabric, and a brand new ESPN broadcast system that wraps it all together, NBA 2K3 provides the complete NBA experience.
And with a little more work, you can make the games better than they were on the original hardware. It becomes part of the fun: you can usually get a game to run without too much trouble, but making it look as good as it can, and run as smoothly as possible, is a satisfying tinkering process.
Any problem you encounter you can most likely solve with a simple Google search. That's the great part thing about emulation communities: they're filled with people dedicated to making these games run. With a little time put into PCSX2, you can render the image at 2x, 3x, 4x its original resolution or higher! And you can take some pretty amazing screenshots.
I'll leave you with a few of my own: screenshots I took of Final Fantasy XII while playing the game earlier this year. What was blurry at i looks pretty damn amazing at 4K. Please deactivate your ad blocker in order to see our subscription offer. Wes Fenlon.
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Given Microsoft develops both the Xbox platform and the Windows operating system, this seems pretty straightforward — and enables cross-play on some though not all Play Anywhere games. But there is a development cost to including cross-play; hence why you don't see it across the board. If the code for a game isn't written to allow play of this kind, it's not that simple to introduce retrospectively either.
Overwatch developer Wes Yanagi has commented on how "Cross-play is something that would definitely be compelling for players, and as a player, I would love to see it happen. The truth is that implementing cross-play for Overwatch is more difficult than people realise" via GameSpot. Shawn Layden, the departing chairman of PlayStation Worldwide Studios, was also widely quoted for saying that "enabling cross-play isn't just about flipping a switch and 'there you go'.
It's a very multi-dimensional kind of attribute or feature" via Eurogamer. Even as it becomes more technically possibly, platform manufacturers can also be hesitant — cough, Sony, cough — to open up cross-platform play, given they want players to be on their platform and not any others.
But what games actually are cross-play? You can see our guide to the top 10 cross-play games below. The hugely popular online battle royale game Fortnite is the go-to cross-play game for its ease of play and support across consoles, PC, iOS and Android. With Fortnite Chapter 2 having kicked off a brand new island map too, with new mechanics like swimming and motorboats, it's never been a better time to jump in. Want more crafting than shooting? Minecraft is the bestselling PC game ever , and for good reason: its simple interface and building mechanics allow for a huge amount of player creativity and complexity, whether you're building a floating castle, and underground lava pit, or a giant in-game arcade machine.
The world is your blocky oyster. A quirky soccer remix that sees you knocking around footballs and scoring goals in fast-moving cars — as silly and chaotic as it should be — and one of the earliest games to get such broad cross-play support. The latest instalment in the Call of Duty franchise tackles 21st century warfare head on, with a big focus on how civilians get caught up in urban battlegrounds.
Regardless of the campaign, though, the multiplayer will be as slick and polished as ever. A free-to-play card game that expands the lore of World of Warcraft, and has built up a massive following — while the cross-play with mobile allows for far more flexible play across platforms.
The battle royale game couldn't quite keep up with the success of Fortnite, but it still has a sizeable audience worldwide — and supports cross-play between Xbox One and PS4. You can't cross-play between all platforms, though. Join the players. Find out more Discover entertainment. PlayStation Store. PlayStation Plus. Monthly games As a PlayStation Plus member, you can download two games every month — yours to keep and play as long as your membership lasts.
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