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  Regardless whether or not you read my PSX Shopping Guide, I'll point out to all of you that the PS2 shopping guide will be different. Since PS2 has a little over 35 games available, I decided that the library of the system isn't large enough for me to split into categories and placing three to four games into each genre. So what it came down to was me listing the top ten games that you should have for your Playstation 2 this holiday season. So here goes nothing.

10) Ridge Racer V (Full Review, Buy It) - Namco's fifth Ridge Racer is definitely the best, it may not pack as much replay value as the fourth one did, but the action and the secret cars make the game worthy to be fully completed. The visuals are a perfect example of the PS2's early state, they may not be the prettiest but they're still nice and have very glossy car models. Ridge Racer V packs big punch in the gameplay area, there are over 10 cars to choose from, and the fun is non-stop. Ridge Racer V is a must have game for your child or spouse.

9) Moto GP (Full Review, Buy It) - Yet another Namco game makes the list and this one is based on the Ridge Racer V engine. Moto GP is an exceptional motorcycle racing game that is sponsored by the FIM, includes real life tracks from Britain, Tokyo and USA, and also has real FIM riders. There are over 30 authentic bikes such as Honda's, Yamaha's, Suzuki's and more, those who enjoy simulation motorcycle action must pick up Moto GP, no matter what you heard about the game being more arcade than sim, I still stand by my word as the game being a must have.

8) TimeSplitters (Full Review, Buy It) - Being created by ex-Rare employees, TimeSplitters is Eidos' very fist Playstation 2 game that plays out a lot like 007 GoldenEye, since it was created by the same people. TimeSplitters is a fast paced first person shooter that soars at a perfect 60 frames per second. The graphics were great, the lighting effects and the solid background detail were groundbreaking, and the gameplay, especially four player, was non stop fun. Eidos and Free Radical Design lived up to their promise, and they delivered a great and enjoyable FPS title on the PS2.

7) Tekken Tag Tournament (Full Review, Buy It) - My vote as the PS2's premier fighting game, Tekken Tag gets my vote over Dead or Alive 2 or Street Fighter EX3 as being 'the' fighting game to get for Playstation 2, and to any fighting fan out there you absolutely must own Tekken Tag Tournament. The graphics are by far the best you'll ever see in any fighting game and that is Soul Calibur included, the game features over 30 fighters from every single Tekken game ever released, the action is nothing short of marvelous, Namco took the aspects that made Tekken 3 so incredible revamped them into something much better, and brewed out of the best fighting games on the planet. Tekken Tag Tournament is with a question a must have PS2 game.

6) FIFA 2001 (Full Review, Buy It) - With out a doubt the greatest soccer game created is FIFA 2001 for Playstation 2. I've played the Japanese FIFA 2001 so much that I just couldn't wait to find out what to play the US version with improved visuals, a new soundtrack and an English translation. The character animations are super crisp and never skip a beat, the detail in the models is so high that you can actually spot the muscles on a soccer players legs, there is just so much detail to the visuals it almost looks every bit as good as Madden NFL 2001. The gameplay is addictive and that is all I can say, the action moves as fast as ever, and with the game running at 60 frames, frame rates drop very rarely. 

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12/3/2000 SolidSnake

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