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5) Sky Odyssey (Full Review, Buy It) - Activision's very first Playstation 2 title is among one of my most favorite Playstation 2 games, if not games period. Sky Odyssey is a bit like what PilotWings 64 was for Nintendo when it first launched with the system, but Sky Odyssey is different, you actually fly in airplanes, all that have their individual aspects such as advantages and disadvantages. Visually it probably isn't going to "wow" you, but the lighting effects and textures are very pretty, the gameplay is where it's at baby, the action is very sim like, and those who are interested in airplanes owe it to themselves by picking up Sky Odyssey, we will have a review of the game shortly. 

4) Unreal Tournament (Full Review, Buy It) - This shows how much I believe that Unreal Tournament is the better first person title over TimeSplitters. Not to say that TimeSplitters was bad, but Unreal fulfilled my fragging fantasy with brutally intense action, a decent frame rate and by far the most exciting FPS game that I have played. The deathmatch mode is my favorite, but I wouldn't rule out the killer Capture the Flag, Domination and Assault modes, they are without a doubt some of the best modes in any FPS title. The graphics may not be PC perfect, but they look nice and that's what counts, I highly recommend Unreal Tournament for PS2, you can even plug in a USB mouse and keyboard into your PS2 and have all the fun you want re-living the PC game.

3) Midnight Club: Street Racing (Full Review, Buy It) - Coming out of no where and surprising me with it innovative gameplay, extraordinary visuals and kick ass feel for speed, Midnight Club is yet another must have PS2 title, and deserves the #3 spot with out a doubt in my mind. The cars are based on real life bodies, but the game doesn't have any licensed vehicles such as Ferraris, Fords, VW Bugs, and Mazda's instead the game has cars based on their bodies, but they hold different names, so don't get confused with what Namco does with their Ridge Racer games. Lighting effects are certainly the best in any console videogame to date, street lamps beam off the silky waxed paint job that your juiced up car has, as you cruise through the streets of New York City and London. The areas are also based on their real-world counterparts, but aren't molded exactly, though New York City sure does have many recognizable paths that I myself have walked around before, so it goes to show you that Angel Studios did after all attempt to re-create parts of NYC into the game. Click on the link to find out why it would be illegal of you not to purchase Midnight Club: Street Racing for PS2. 

2) Madden NFL 2001 (Full Review, Buy It) - No surprise here folks, Madden NFL 2001 is definitely the football game of all football games, it even puts the one-up over Sega's own NFL 2K1. Visually this is the best looking console football game ever, the athletes are overflowing with realistic detail, such as facial expressions, blinking eyes, and some of the best modeled bodies that a sports game has seen thus far. Graphics aside, the gameplay is as realistic to a football game you can possibly get without being tackled yourself. The movement is fast, the players scramble just as fast as they would on the field and there really isn't much to complain about in the gameplay. But my only complaint is that John Madden has to go as a commentator, his jokes aren't funny. Check out the review of Madden to learn more.

1) SSX (Full Review, Buy It) - I'm sure that everybody was expecting this, SSX was not only the grand daddy of all launch games, but it is also the game to get this holiday for the PS2. It stands out among being one of the best visual games of our time, with remarkable looking environments and particle effects that are sure to leave your jaw drop. The character detail is phenomenal, snowboarders are detailed to the fullest, everything from their baggy clothing, to the amazing detail on faces and overall unique body detail. SSX's gameplay is one of the most addictive since Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, the gameplay consists of massive air, and with some practice you'll be able to pull of huge tricks that will surely reward you with big points. There is no reason why you and your PS2 should not experience SSX. Read the review for more. 

  Well people there you have it, a list of ten games that you MUST have for your PS2 collection this Christmas. If your parents only offer to buy you only three games then get Midnight Club, Madden NFL 2001 and SSX, you will no regret the decision of getting any of those games. I hope this guide for PS2 and PSX really helps any of you parents out there looking for a gift for your kid or spouse, and if you are a kid, go on a tell your parents what you want for your Christmas or Chanukah.

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12/3/2000 SolidSnake

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