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While some thought Tekken Tag Tournament was just going to be another arcade fighting game port, Namco seized the opportunity to show the world what is possible with the power of the PlayStation 2 by using the system to dramatically improve the game's visuals. By doing so, they once again set the standard, not only for 3D fighting games, but also for excellence on the PS2. Visually, the series has taken a large leap forward - the arcade version of the game looks ugly by comparison. On the PS2, the fighters look completely realistic, as do some of the stages that have plants and grass. In addition to the game's visuals, Namco used the significant audio power of the PS2 to make the sound and music in Tekken Tag Tournament as sharp as possible. The game has many of the other PS2 games beat in terms of technical elements, but the one game that still edges Tekken Tag Tournament out technically is SSX.
Platform: PlayStation 2
Developer: Sony Computer Entertainment
Release Date: November 16, 2000
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The library of games released for the PlayStation 2 this past year has largely been dominated by remakes and sequels migrating over from the original PlayStation. One exception to this trend is Sky Odyssey, a game that makes this list not only for its technical achievements, but also for the sheer fact that's it a great game.
Sky Odyssey may be best described as an arcade-style flight simulation, in the sense that the game has all of the fun and challenge of a high-flying flight simulation, but without the hassle of a complicated control scheme. This easy to learn but difficult to master gameplay system makes playing the game just as much fun after a month as it is the first time you play it. This twitch style of play, matched with the game's light adventure story and fantastic presentation, makes it one of the very best PS2 games this year.