quinta-feira, 31 de julho de 2014

5 PlayStation 2 (PS2) Underrated Games

Almost 4000 titles have been released for the PlayStation 2 and, as you can imagine, there’s hundreds of hidden gems out there.
These are my 5 underated PS2 games that must belong on the shelves of every game collector.

Splashdown was one of the first games that I’ve played on a PlayStation 2. Back then, I was really impressed with what they’ve accomplished. The water effects and player’s animations are marvelous and superbly done. 

Released for the PS2 and Xbox in November 2001, it was published by Atari and developed by Rainbow Studios, the same guys that, a year earlier, released the fabulous Motocross Madness 2 exclusively for the PC.
It was the second Rainbow Studio’s game for the PlayStation 2, after ATV Offroad Fury, and they’ve managed to create a similar Wave Race kind of game, that was exclusive for Nintendo machines, and bring this awesome water mayhem for the Sony and Microsoft fans.

It has a superb and exciting split screen 2 player mode, and there’s 18 exotic locations, from Hawaii to Bali. We can choose to start a career, do some free riding or play the arcade mode of the game. Obviously, career mode is the way to go. Besides all this, there’s an extensive number of tricks that you can pull off while in the air, just like in Motocross Madness and ATV Offroad Fury, but way more realistic, and a freakin awesome soundtrack to keep the player motivated.
Check it out! You won’t regret it!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, by Konami, brings the memories of the arcade saloons of the eighties.

This 2003 creation is based on the animated TV series of that same year and its gameplay is inspired by a dozen of season one episodes.
The game features a single or 2-player co-operative mode in which you can play has Donatello, Raphael, Leonardo or Michelangelo and each has his own unique set of levels to complete. There’s also a versus mode where two players can fight head to head. We’re given the option to choose one of the turtles and, as well, Splinter, Casey Jones, Hamato Yoshi, The Turtlebot, Hun, Oroku Saki and Shredder.

It’s a basic button slash type of game, just like its old brother from 1989, and was criticized for that simple fact. The music, sounds and animations are great and faithful to the series. It keeps the player hunger for action, and there’s plenty of it!
If you’re a fan of beat-em-up games, this one is a must have! And with co-op mode, there’s no excuse!

Finest Hour was the first console installment of the Call of Duty franchise, and was a PS2, Xbox and Gamecube exclusive. 

Developed in 2004 by Spark Unlimited and published by Activision, it has a completely different storyline from the original PC game, the very first Call of Duty from late 2003. It’s based in real events from World War 2 and we get to experience the action from the US, British and Soviet point of view.

If featured an online multiplayer mode for up to 16 players simultaneously.

The audio is of exceptional quality, from de sound effects to the music itself. It looks like we’re watching an interactive movie. The voice of Sergeant Starkey, one of the British commandos, was provided by AC/DC singer Brian Johnson.

Playing first person shooters on a console maybe awkward, but Call of Duty: Finest Hour is an essential add-on for all the fans of the franchise.

True Crime New York City follows the footsteps of its predecessor, True Crime Streets of LA. But, sadly, critics gave it average and poor reviews. 

For me, though, the vast depiction of Manhattan and its many landmarks, the innovative transportation options, like using the New York City subway system, and the simple fact that many buildings are accessible to the player, are extreme good qualities that sets this game apart from previous open world titles.

Ok, maybe there’s some bad frame rates from time to time and minor technical issues here and there that seemed to have resulted from a rushed release. It became available before Christmas of 2005 and was published by Activision.

In this game, you’re the cop. You need to avenge the murder of your mentor and take control of the streets. You can arrest, interrogate, use informants, extort, frisk, and more. But, at the end, your fate will be tested: your actions may turn you into a Bad Cop.

Due to its bad reception, a planned sequel named True Crime: Hong Kong was canceled. Luxoflux, the team behind the development of the True Crime franchise, was even shut down in 2010.

I enjoy sandbox/open world type of games and I’ve had a blast with True Crime New York City.

Rainbow Studios returns to their heritage with MX Unleashed, the next generation leap from its older brother, Motocross Madness 2. 

For the despair of PC gamers all over the world and devoted followers of the Motocross Madness series, this title was only available for the Playstation 2 and Xbox. But, for the record, if Rainbow Studios hadn’t been acquired by THQ, MX Unleashed would have been called, with no doubt, Motocross Madness 3 and also available for the PC.

Published by THQ in the beginning of 2004, MX Unleashed is one big off-road playground. There’s Supercross and outdoor Nationals series to participate, just like in Motocross Madness. But, newer stuff was obviously included, like taking a monster truck, a helicopter or a bi-plane out for a ride in the massive freeworld environments. But be aware! There’s a limit for your exploration!

MX Unleashed features an accurate physics engine. The bike and rider react to the surface in a natural way and your speed, the angle of the bike and how you’re balancing the weight, all of this affects how your bike responds to the terrain. The controls are sharp and accurate and the trick system is simple and fairly basic to execute. To be honest, everything feels right in this game.

It also has an awesome soundtrack, but, in game, I prefer to listen only to bike’s engine and all other sound effects.

The PS2 has a great library of games. I’ll be covering much more titles from the best-selling video game console in history.

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