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When I was a kid I always wanted to have a PS2,but my family was too poor to buy videogames.

Now I finally bought a PS2 fat,even when I have a PS3 and PS4 Pro for some circumstances I can't afford to buy games for those right now,so I bought a PS2, the guy on ebay said that it was in good condition and it should arrive in a couple of days.

It includes 2 dualshock controllers and most importantly a FMCB memory card,so I can pirate and create my own DVD's.

What are the best games I can play on it? And homebrews/hacks? The PS2 looks beareable on a HDTV?

Please don't suggest emulators like PCSX2,my PC is too slow for that,keep it PS2 only.
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Loved that game. Rented it as a kid from a chain similar to Blockbuster and had a blast finishing it. Personally, even as a kid, I thought the stealth sections were just as cool as those that focused on the combat. Not sure how I'd feel about it now exactly, but, either way, I have fond memories of it. Perhaps I'll even emulate it at some point, since it'd be interesting to revisit it after all this time.

As an aside, it's interesting to note that 'Shadow of Rome' was the prelude to the 'Dead Rising' series. The use of wrestling moves specifically, like in that gif, was something you can see that was imported over into DR. Would've liked to have seen a SoR 2 somehow instead of DR, but that's just me.


among my childhood collection, these are my favourite PS2 games (in no particular order):

Red Faction 2
Star Wars Battlefront 2
Urban Chaos: Riot Response
SSX Tricky
Ghost Recon Jungle Storm
Killzone (the original)
Conflict: Desert Storm
The Godfather
Lord of the Rings Return of the King
Jak X Combat Racing
Burnout 3 Takedown


Definitely check out the Ace Combat series
Manhunt (second one was pretty bad but the first one is good)
Shellshock 'nam 67
Conflict series
Grand Turismo series
Cabelas dangerous hunts and big game hunter titles were fun imo
Brothers in Arms series
Medal of Honor series
Metal Gear


How do I get paid to shill?


Are you forreal?




PS2 was my jam


So many games and the used market was wonderful. So many gems that hit every possible taste.


Agreed. Only genre missing was RTS like StarCraft.


it had age of empires 2 somehow


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Here is my personal collection. It's all I need for the apocalypse.


Ah beatmania and DDR. I wish I had played those as a kid. Never had consuls and the closest arcade was over 100 miles away. What a shame.


The arcades are closed at the moment and very scarce where I'm from. So getting them for the PS2 was going to happen sooner or later.


How much money did you spend? Maybe I should do the same.


It depends on what you can find. You can probably find wayyyyy better prices for certain things. A Japanese PS2 can be scored for maybe like $100 bucks, while the games can vary from $20 all the way up to $100+ (IIDX Empress and DDR X were the main culprits). The Beatmania controllers can be a bit scarce, but there are plenty of way better third party options like the ones you can find at the following website:


The FP7 and the Platinum Edition Evolution are particularly popular alongside the newer Pheonixwan. As you can probably see, they are a bit expensive.

As far as DDR controllers, that's where it gets difficult. I mainly just use my PS2 controller to play them as finding a good DDR pad that is not expensive as shit is hard to come by. Stay away from DDRGame pads. They have weird sensors.

Overall, it depends on how dedicated to these games you are.
I've been playing DDR for a long time and played IIDX on and off until I got the PS2.

Ebay and Amazon are very good places to look for these things. Maybe Ebay more so.


Also, there are other ways of playing Beatmania and DDR on your computer. You probably may know about Stepmania for DDR, but there's one for Beatmania IIDX called Lunatic Rave 2. It's kind of a pain to set up and you need to have your computer's locale set to Japan before you download and install it. You can find many Stepmania charts on this website: https://zenius-i-vanisher.com/v5.2/simfiles.php

And for Lunatic Rave simfiles, it looks like there's a reddit community (yikes) for it. You might have to do some digging yourself as I'm not too much of an expert.

I hope all goes well for you.


Wow thanks for the detailed posts! Its certainly something I am gonna think about picking up some time.

I played a bit of beatmania with a kinda crappy cloth controller, it was actually better than I thought it would be before it kinda stopped working. About a year ago I started playing a game called MUSYNX on the PC and it really got me interested in rhythm games. It bet it would be nice to play on something that isn't my keyboard.


Hey, no problem.

I'm a bit curious about the "cloth controller" though. I'm trying to imagine what a cloth controller for Beatmania would look like or how it would even function.


It was just a soft dancepad. I guess its more like plastic than cloth now that I think about it, it was pretty soft though.


My old PS2 is having trouble reading discs, anyone have any tips for what I can do?


Trouble reading discs?

First of all, there are 2 problems that I know for the PS2, at least the slim variant in regards to loading games. The first issue is one that I've dealt with and that is that there is an unseen switch that the lid presses when its closed. This switch is responsible for telling the PS2 that the lid is closed and to proceed in spinning the disc. It likely wears out over time and, while there are more surgical ways to fix it, the solution that has helped me is to put some small weighted object on the top of the lid while you play. I use a NOKIA 3310 to hold the tray down personally, just to give you an idea of how much weight I put.

Now, if it's a legitimate read error, it could be a problem with the laser itself. Sometimes it just needs to be cleaned, but other times the part itself needs to be replaced. These parts can be bought on the internet. I haven't done this myself, so I don't know how it's done. But there are plenty of videos on the subject.

I hope everything goes well with you! :^)


you can buy one of those cheap OEM replacement disc drives from ebay or take the opportunity to do the Free McBoot + hdd thing and use downloaded games instead of discs


what's the point of going through all this trouble when you might as well emulate?


>all that trouble
a $10 memory card preloaded with fmcb, a $5 hard drive, a free windows program

so much trouble


Because a PC has non-videogame programs on it the fun aura is contaminated and the general feel of the game is altered negatively.

This does not impact games that are made for the PC because they were coded with this in mind and thus include sub-conscious nullifiers.


translation: "because I like the authentic feel"

coulda just said so


Emulators suck ass, flow is often shitty and uneven and no controller feedback really measure up to the og.

Would actually recommend a 60hz tube tv for it, warmer colors and smoothes out any pixelations


PS2 emulation is still pretty bad and you need a decent computer to play a game without slowdowns and graphic issues.
>Because a PC has non-videogame programs on it the fun aura is contaminated and the general feel of the game is altered negatively



destroy all humans plays perfectly from a usb drive

usually cutscenes stutter when you play from the usb drive


overrall good list but you still missed a few


i have a ps2 and i don't own a single game
i use freemcaboot


>i use freemcaboot
did you install a hard drive or are you using the noob usb method for games



where's clock tower 3?


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i am using a 2.5 sata harddrive


if you have a good pc, you can emulate the PS2 easily. My 2013 setup gets it done easily and I think Shadow of Colossus runs better on my pc then on the actual console

>When I was a kid I always wanted to have a PS2,but my family was too poor to buy videogames.
you will play them all and then realize you wasted your time and you could not find the fulfillment you were looking for. at least that was what I felt like


What are your hardware specs?


PS2 truly was the best PS, here are some of my favorites:
Summoner 2
Dark Chronicle
TimeSplitters 2
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Guilty Gear X2


Every console post-Dreamcast is garbage and lack really great games that were plenty on PSX and Saturn (and on SFC, PC Engine and Famicom) and Dreamcast itself was shit (well, from programming viewpoint not exactly), it's default controller being a clear downgrade from Saturn 3D controller.

Only plethora of great Capcom and SNK fighters (and Shenmue, if you like that kind of game) make it worthwhile - with a stick.


PS2 was… is the best.


ah yes
the 2 ssx's i never played


most ps2 titles are rendered in 480i, tvs do the deinterlacing but adds a ton of input lag, theres special devices like the retrotink5x pro that have a special deinterlacing mode but the things like $300 if you can find it


The Warriors
Red Dead Revolver


I still play my PS2. Shame games are so expensive now.


>PS2 emulation is still pretty bad
It's 2022 now, it's probably better now, anyone here tried it?



you can check the compatibility list, but from my experience with some games not every potential issue is listed here

most stuff work ok but you'll have to fiddle with the settings depending on the game. annoying but it is what it is.


Been playing God Hand and it works pretty well. Even better than PS2 in some cases.


I picked up Ring of Red and I wonder why it is so overlooked. It's a fairly down to earth mecha tactical rpg like Front Mission with a fairly interesting setting.
The unskippable animations and sluggish pace make it almost mandatory to play this emulated on fast forward though but despite that it still got me hooked. It's a pity they never made any other entry because it had a lot of potential.


PS2 simply the best console ever. cograts


It's still pretty hit or miss, some games work great, some not so much



some games look alright. others look like shit

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