NOTE: I tried to add images to make this look cooler, but the URLs made the blog too long. I'll try again later. But for now, enjoy the list and my comments.
As I said in my last blog, these next 5 blogs will contain my 50 PS2 games in my opinion. If you want more details, check out my previous blog. So, without further ado, here is the first part of my list.
50: Zone of the Enders:
Zone of the Enders is a unique game, and nothing really plays quite like it. You control a mech, but this is a very mobile mech that can fly around in any direction. You can shoot projectiles and use your sword. The control is fluid and killing enemies is satisfying. Only complaints is that the game can get a bit repetitive, the story isn't that interesting and it's kind of short. The sequel, the 2nd Runner, fixed a lot of the flaws while keeping the core gameplay the same, making it one of the best games on the PS2. I just didn't include it because I never finished it, while I did finish the first game. I'll get around to it.
49: State of Emergency:
Mindless fun is the name of the game. This is an arcade-style game where you can shoot and blow people up as well as destroy items in the environment. There are tons of people on the screen at once, and you can blow them all up with a rocket or other explosives. Only flaw is, the story mode is terrible, long, way too hard, and just not worth playing. The arcade mode is the main mode of the game and that's where all the fun is. An awesome game if you're into this sort of thing. Total chaos.
48: Escape From Monkey Island:
This blends the old-school concept of the adventure game with modern graphics and controls. This is a hilarious game and a lot of fun. There's no combat and it's all puzzles and story, so you have to be into that sort of thing. It's great. I just never got too far in it because you really need a guide to get far. It's hard to figure out and not really self-explanatory as far as what you need to do to advance sometimes. But this is a personal favorite of mine.
47: 24: The Game:
Although not quite good enough to make #24 on the list *chuckles*, this is an above average licensed game, especially if you're a huge fan of the show as I was (still am). The story plays out like a lost season of the show, complete with the ticking clock and real-time aspects. The story is fantastic, and the gameplay, while not as refined as other action games, is fun, functional, satisfying, and has just enough variety to keep you entertained all the way through. Also, you get to shoot people as Elisha Cuthbert. ONLY recommended for fans of the show, though.
Was not expecting much of out of this little game, but wow, it's a lot of fun. It's essentially a puzzle game where you try to navigate your way through a level which contains bombs that look like dice. You need to line up the dice with the number of dice matching the number that's displaying. For instance, if you line up 3 dice that are showing 3, they'll be set off, 4 dice showing 4, 5 showing 5, etc. The dice are used to create puzzles that you have to navigate (without blowing yourself up), which is challenging and fun to figure out. There are even boss fights where you have to line up the dice and have them explode at the right time while the boss is walking by, which is fun and challenging too. Pick this up if you like puzzle games.
45: Ultimate Spider-Man:
Spider-Man has generally had better luck than some other superheroes, simply because he seems to be a very good fit for a video game. Ultimate Spider-Man uses cel-shaded graphics and a comic book style, and is a very fast, fun beat-em-up. Spidey's powers are really fun to use in this one, and the game is challenging without being too frustrating. Probably my favorite superhero game on the PS2.
44: Smuggler's Run:
A launch title for the PS2, Smuggler's Run is a fun open-world driving game involving smuggling certain items (not really explained in the game) across the border. Running from the cops is a lot of fun in this game, and I also enjoyed the capture-the-flag type missions you'd do against the other smugglers. Really fun game, but gets really hard about halfway through. I never finished it. But it's pretty awesome while it lasts.
43: Tomb Raider Legend:
I was never that big of a fan of Tomb Raider, so I was kind of surprised at how awesome Tomb Raider Legend is. It's a great action-adventure game, the story isn't bad, taking out enemies is satisfying, and the puzzles are intuitive and fun to figure out. Like other Tomb Raider games, there were some frustrating parts, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Kind of an overlooked game because the series is not nearly as popular as it once was.
42: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3:
The only game on the PS2 to get a perfect "10" rating from Gamespot. While I wouldn't exactly call it deserving of that distinction, Tony Hawk 3 is a great game. I loved every game in the Tony Hawk series on the PS2, and even though each subsequent game was pretty much the same as the last with a few new levels, the gameplay never gets old for Tony Hawk. It's amazing how perfect the gameplay is, that is always feels fresh, never boring. At least to me. Really great series. Not sure what's happened to it. I heard the new games with the motion sensing skateboard were terrible. Never tried them.
41: The Simpsons: Hit and Run:
What? The Simpsons? In a Grand Theft Auto game? Believe it or not, yes. And believe it or not, it's an awesome game! The story is actually done very well, it follows the story of the show pretty well, and it has pretty much all of the characters from the show. Couple that with a realistic (to the show anyway) emulation of Springfield to play around in, with great GTA-style gameplay, you have a really sweet game here. You don't even really need to be a big fan of The Simpsons to enjoy this game. It's that good.
So that's it! Check out my next blog for #40 through #31. Can you guess what my Top 5 will be?
Til next time,