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Which Generation Had The Best PlayStation Console?

The PS3 generation isn't over just yet but if you had to pick right now, which generation was the best for PlayStation?

Those who argue the original PlayStation side will recall being surprised that Sony could produce a worthy competitor to the established kings of the industry (Nintendo and Sega at the time). Over time, we started to see the beginnings of iconic franchises, including Gran Turismo, Metal Gear Solid (yes, I know "Metal Gear" technically began back in the NES days, but it's hardly the same thing), Twisted Metal, and more. Furthermore, role-playing fans will point towards the stellar RPG library on the PS1. Ah, the good ol' days of turn-based...

Those same fans likely adored the PS2 for very much the same reason, and Sony continued to pump out the games. The PS2 ended up with a ridiculous number of titles, and the console sold over 160 million units worldwide (and it hasn't completely stopped, either). Grand Theft Auto suddenly turned into a revolution as GTAIII swept the gaming world off its feet, and we were also introduced to the likes of Ratchet & Clank, God of War, and Devil May Cry. It wasn't quite as powerful as the Xbox but in terms of games, it really wasn't much of a contest. Some may say the PS2 had more diversity than the PS1, too.

The PS3 has already given us an industry-leading franchise in Uncharted, and has continued to stress exclusives, like the continuation of Metal Gear Solid, Gran Turismo, God of War, and Ratchet & Clank, and SOCOM, along with new names like Heavy Rain, Killzone, Resistance, LittleBigPlanet, MotorStorm, and inFamous. More could be on the way as well (The Last Guardian, The Last Of Us, etc.), and the power of the system has been proven. Blu-Ray is also a big deal as the only true high-definition format, and the PlayStation Network has really come into its own this generation.

But if you had to pick, which would you say was the very best PlayStation console?

Tags: playstation, ps1, ps2, ps3, playstation 3, gaming industry

1/23/2012 9:09:40 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (77 posts)

Zemus101
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 9:38:21 PM
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For me it was the PS1 with no question. Square could do no wrong with FFVII, VIII, and IX, Chrono Cross, Parasite Eve, Front Mission 3, etc. I even spent an unhealthy amount of time with Saga Frontier. Then all those compilations? Chronicles with Chrono Trigger and FFIV, and previously Anthology with FFV and VI. Then also Origins with I and II. I also played Crash Team Racing, Valkyrie Profile, Tekken 3, and Command and Conquer: Red Alert Retaliation. Probably forgetting a LOT! but with just these I was plenty happy for a lot of years.

With PS2 I mostly played FFX and XI, a lot of XI. Then odd games like the original GoW and Grand Theft Autos, but that was about it.

PS3 has been pretty great, but that's because I was so starved for the RPG's I was used to, that I got into other genres. Borderlands, Skyrim, Burnout, Little Big Planet, etc. Not to mention some kick ass PSN games like Flower, Puzzle Quest, and a lot of Magic the Gathering. Oh, and hd remakes of games I missed during my PS2 days. That's been nice.

EDIT: Duh, and way too much FF: Tactics as well.



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Qubex
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 4:08:29 AM

I have to go with Zemus... The PS1 was all about innovative game making and breaking new ground.

To some degree Sony exclusive developers have been the ones to really push gaming forward, and they have done similarly and overwhelmingly so on the PS3 with some excellent titles...

Thanks to the Naughty Dog, we have seen the light to some extent too...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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PSN French
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 5:39:06 AM

I feel the PS3 has been the most innovative. It's not given credit for what it's done. LBP and Heavy Rain sit amongst my favorite games of all time. Valkyrie Chronicles was addictive, and we paid for two generations. I guarantee the Xbox 720 is gonna be matched with the PS3,and the PS4 wont release for at least a year or two after to increase Sony's technological lead.

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556pineapple
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 9:42:26 PM
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It's really is hard to pick, especially since this generation isn't over yet, but I'd have to vote PS2. In terms of sheer sales and popularity, with the huge library of excellent games, as well as being the first true step towards a multimedia center with the inclusion of DVD playback and online gaming for console, the PS2 just had everything going for it. The PS1 introduced us to a lot of great games, and the PS3 continues to build on what the first two did right, and throws some quite original and evolutionary games our way, but the PS2 was unstoppable.

It's too bad I never actually owned one myself, but that's why I got an original 60GB PS3.

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Twistedfloyd
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 9:43:09 PM
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That's a tough one there, Ben. I love all three systems. They are each exceptional pieces of equipment with amazing exclusives that also were more than just video game systems (PS1 could play CDS, PS2 DVDs and CDS, PS3 CDs, DVDs and Blu Rays).

It's too tough to decide, but I think progressively I've liked each system more than the last as I feel like this generation has had some of the finest stories and cinematics ever been produced that made the games more than just games, but true experiences.

David Jaffe's Twisted Metal 2 may have made me fall in love with games, but it was Kojima's Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Dan Houser's Red Dead Redemption, Amy Hennig's Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, David Cage's Heavy Rain and Ken Levine's Bioshock that are elite masterpieces that broke new ground in terms of telling stories in video games.

No games from any other generation save MGS 1-3 (and to a lesser extent, God of War and Twisted Metal: Black) made me feel like games could be more than experiences.

And I always wanted to be a filmmaker, and went to film school and what not, but when I played all the Metal Gear games for the first time (they shattered my perception of games forever) and played these games later on, it became more clear to me that this... this was the future of telling stories, and made me want to be a game designer/creative director whatever.

So for me, the PS3 has exposed me to more games and has expanded upon games for me. So for me, it's the PS3. However that takes nothing away from the PS2 or PS1, they all had fantastic exclusives and were exceptional systems, and the PS brand has always and will always be a part of my life.

But it was because of the PS3 and Hideo Kojima that I've found my calling in life.

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Nas Is Like
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 9:43:27 PM
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Very tough but I have to go with the PS2. There were so many great games back then that I would play very often (a lot more than I do these days). So many good games like the Gran Theft Auto series (most noticeably San Andreas), Tekken games, Gran Turismo, Jak & Daxter, Sly Cooper, etc. Way too many great games to name. PS2 for me.

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Cuetes
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 11:32:21 AM

For once me and you are in agreement, nicely said.

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Twistedfloyd
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 9:57:05 PM
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All good calls.

Do you guys think the PS3 will continue to sell as long as the PS2 has? I think one of the things that the PS2 had going for it was that it has lasted so long even though virtually no more games (other than sports games) comes out for it these days. I wonder if the PS3 will continue that trend. I really hope the PS2 never dies and I might buy one more before they don't make them anymore.

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Kiryu
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 10:00:38 PM
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all generations.

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Cpt_Geez
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 10:09:48 PM
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I'm going with the ps2 that library is huge and still unmatched til this day.

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 10:11:14 PM
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I had my most fun gaming during the PS1 era. I attribute this to its large library of JRPGs and my age (was born in 1981).

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 11:08:54 PM

Same year *old school high five*

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Jed
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 2:03:46 AM

Crap, I thought you were older world. I'm from '85 *looser*

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Jawknee
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 3:45:17 AM

I'm 81 as well.

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thepill
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 5:56:01 AM

The original Playstation has my vote a well, probably for the same reasons. I'm just a bit older than you guys though '74. I remember trading in SNES & Genesis games at Electronics Boutique, an having almost a grand in credit when the system finally launched. Looking back on it now, being the collector that I am now, I wish I would have kept all those old games, but I'm still glad I chose to delve into the world of Playstation on Sept 9th. Enos Lives!

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frylock25
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 7:00:46 AM

since were talking bdays, mines 82 and its actually in 2 weeks. i kind of miss the ps1 days.

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THEVERDIN
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 5:47:35 PM

1953 and the PS1

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Underdog15
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 11:10:54 AM

Ha! You old fogies are all wrinkly and fragile! I'm still a young 'un from '86. You're all the same year as my brother in law.

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cLoudou
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 10:14:57 PM
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Oh PS1.

Many great games and great memories from Tekken, Crash Bandicoot, Twisted Metal, War hawk, Resident Evil 1-3 etc. Also quite an abundance of great JRPGs : The FFs, Suikodens, Legend of Dragoon, Legend of Legaia, Breath of Fires, Chrono Cross etc.

Great, Great times. No shortage in the PS2 either but I have to go PS1. PS3 has been somewhat disappointing

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Marckon
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 10:22:39 PM
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for me is the ps3, the games really cater to my taste. PS1 and PS2 were great, but didn't sell me the notion that video games could be more than games that I play to pass time. The production value of these generation rivals that of big movies. Now I understand that I can attribute a lot of this to the evolution of games and the refinement of the skills that are used to put these masterpieces together, but I still say it wouldn't have been possible without the infrastructure that ps3 has. I'll say this and I would argue it with anyone, but PS3 wouldn't be as awesome as it is now without the competition that xbox brought. Sony is best when they are the underdog and understand that they are not the alpha dog. hopefully next round will come out gun blazing.

One last thing... I have noticed that you guys compare game libraries between generation you only count retail games. I don't find that very fair. If you add all the retail, and psn games that came out on the ps3 for 2011 alone, I bet that number would be larger than two ps2 peek years combine. All I am trying to say is that we shouldn't discount PSN games :)

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Temjin001
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 10:24:44 PM
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When I look at how things are as they are, that being the quality of today's games vs yesterday, there's just no comparison. PS3 destroys it's prior gens.
But when I think of the presence of the system, the hype, excitement, and overall aura the console on the market, I'd say the PSX.
I remember those days. Being the multi-plat gamer that I've been since birth, the PSX was the new kid on the block that needed representation. I remember the old arguments: cartiridges vs discs. Simpility of PSX's archecture over Saturn's complexity etc.
And the mega showdown between Nintendo loyalists and Sony rebels. The arguments could get fierce and emotions raw. I remember a friend of mine. Him and his brother were stalwart Nintendo fans. BUt fans also of Final Fantasy and Megaman. Being the advocate that I was of hardware that needed not be shunned by biases, I lended them my PSX with my games for two weeks. Having done so, they were converted and are still to this day fans of Playstation, also Nintendo.

And before anyone thinks I'm some sort of Playstation hero. I did, in fact, convert a PS2 only friend into also a Xbox fan. We played a rediculous amount of Halo: CE together back then. Good times.

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FatherSun
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 10:34:28 PM

You sir are a diplomat. I commend you.

I am a PS fan but I also enjoy all systems for what they are. There has never been a better time for gamers. Let them fight over us. The content will just keep on coming. Although, MS seems to be lost at this time as they "Kinect " with the stars so to say.. But I would never count MS out. I think they have purposely slowed down with exclusives because they plan on coming on extremely strong when their new BOX comes out. This current console battle is about to seem like a catfight. lol... I hope!

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FatherSun
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 10:27:58 PM
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I enjoy/ed each to the fullest and as of now the PS3 is at the cutting edge. It gets used everyday. Both of them actually. (I decided to wait on the 3rd in hopes that Sony will reconsider it's position on 2 PS3s per PSN account. WTF Sony?)

If I literally answered the question then the answer is that of course this generation technically has the best console. It was a slow start but it seems the Tortoise knows what it's doing. And the PSN is expanding every day. Even HOME still gleams with potential. I wonder what will they come up with next?

The PS1 was the ice breaker and industry taker. Sony came in with a vengeance after Nintendo,s betrayal and they began the takeover. The games from that era can never be reproduced. (Not counting HD remakes of course.) Or is it that no developer cares to do so? That machine showed me that game will become mainstream one day. And look at us now. Us veterans are being encroached upon by the masses. Scary isn't it?

Anyway, I would have to say that the PS2 is the reigning champion. It had everything in its corner. Quality and Quantity. The sales numbers don't lie. It still sells to this day. Not only that, It simply DOMINATED the market. SONY was on full blast with the PS2 and it showed. They gave it so much support and in turn the industry returned the favor. A shame that diminished when the PS3 was introduced. It is more of a shame because it was so ahead of its time when it first came out. To me it seemed that Sony wanted to nurture it first party which if fine with me but obviously the industry transformed during the process.

PS2 then PS3 then PS1 for me. Although, My 60 gig launch PS3 would beat then all because it played all of the PlayStation games I ever owned. Just insert disk... I miss her.. May she rest in Peace...

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bebestorm
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 10:32:56 PM
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PS2 days were much happier days for me! Hopefully PS4 library will match PS2. Dont get me wrong PS3 is good but it has nothing on the PS2.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 10:36:40 PM
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Objectively it was the PS2.

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Highlander
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 10:41:26 PM
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PS3 hands down. Not a difficult pick either. My PS3 60GB Phat plays every PS1, PS2 and PS3 disc. Even if it didn't do that, it sill plays PS1 classics and PS2 classics.

But, the deciding factor for me is simple. Games.

How many games have I bought for it? By far I have more games on PS3 than on either previous system. For no reason other than that, the PS3 wins easily. More games = better system. Count the games you own for each system, that should lead your decision.

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 12:27:25 AM

PS2 for me then but only because I didn't have much money during the PS1 days and during the PS3 days I'm finding less games that I enjoy.

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maxpontiac
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 1:53:18 PM

My thoughts exactly Highlander.

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Underdog15
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 11:51:48 AM

I like your reasoning about playing all games on your PS3. But I can't go by which system I own the most games for. I had no money during the PS1, and somehow, even less than that during the PS2 days. I owned the ones I desperately wanted to own, and everything else I wanted to play, I rented and beat during the rental. Games I rented but didn't buy (some I bought within the last couple years to collect) include but are not limited to: Legend of Mana, Crono Cross, Shadow of the Colossus, all Crash Bandicoot games, Odin Sphere, and a whole crapload more.

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daus26
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 10:41:41 PM
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To be fair, my time with the PS1 was limited, so I really only played GT1/GT2, Test Drive, Need for Speed, Resident Evil, Croc, Tomb Raider, and not much else I'm afraid. I had no idea what JRPG was back then. That leaves me between the PS2 and PS3.

I love the PS3, but I'm going with the PS2. Besides introducing to the greatness of RPG games, one of the reason was that it was a huge step in gaming visuals. Being a GT fan myself, I was speechless how GT3 evolved the way it did compared to its PS1 predecessors. Then I played SSX and FFX. They were nothing short of impressive either in the PS2's early days. Apart from that? I didn't have to worry about DLCs, game patches, and mandatory installs like I did with the PS3.

By no means am I a hardcore gamer, and also with the additional reason that I'm always on a tight budget, I can only experience a few games. I guess a way to sum it up is the game I got to experience with the system:

GT3
GT4
Metal Gear Solid Series
Resident Evil: Code Veronica X
Kingdom Hearts I/II
Final Fantasy X/X-2
Final Fantasy XII
DragonQuest VIII
SSX
Midnight Club
Need for Speed Most Wanted/Underground
Burnout Takedown
Tekken Tag Tournament

The PS3?

GT5
FFXIII (a bit underwhelming, but that's another story..)

..That's it? I don't just own 2 games btw, but those two are really the ones in my collection that comes to mind without effort. As you can see, I've still yet to see my DragonQuest, a legit Resident Evil game, Kingdom Hearts, and an FF game that feels authentic on my PS3.

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Mog
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 2:20:53 AM

LOL I remember Croc!

I still remember perfectly the sounds he made when attacking.
*Kapoou!* *Kassplatt!*

I've also been waiting for kingdom hearts but I honestly don't think it will be delivered.
Hasn't the story ended anyway?
(I don't have any hand held consoles so I can't follow the story properly)

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AcHiLLiA
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 11:15:12 PM
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The PS2 generation, probably by far the best, so many great titles. This gen is not over yet and I hope alot of devs in the future can bring their A-game up.

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Mystearica
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 11:20:59 PM
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My PS1 time was limited 'cause I was a kid - couldn't get a stable job and my parents were against anything I liked

So at this point I'll have to vote hands down PS2 - some of the best memories

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Geobaldi
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 11:28:21 PM
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PS1 for me as it received more playing time then the PS2 and PS3 combined.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 11:36:01 PM
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The lack of 3rd party exclusives has hurt this gen's Playstation A LOT.

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Dancemachine55
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 12:56:04 AM

I think even Sony would agree the PS2 was them at their best. I just know they have what it takes to bring the Playstation brand back into the spotlight and make it number 1 once more!!

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Oxvial
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 12:12:44 AM
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PS1 and PS2 were like unstoppable, the Ps3 would be the same but the 360 hurt a lot Sony with their early exclusive stuff that we didn't know it was really timed and getting the preference of developers at multis.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 12:26:04 AM
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Man, this was one super hard choice....

I love my 2 PS3's(fat 60 & a slim) & for me it's really is an "all things to all people" kind of console.

But, through no fault of the the PS3's own, I have to give my biggest props to the PS2, and it's still going strong after 11 years.

A few more reasons....

1. D/L's were almost nil during that time,

2. M$ hadn't quite yet perfected their sleazy, unsavory meddling this gen, stealing Playstation exclusives, buying timed DLC.

3. Developers hadn't yet started port-gimping games because of another console of lesser discabilites

4. I'm not positive of the final figures, but I believe the PS1 had right around 1800 games & the PS2 had surpassed it with well over 2000.

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Geobaldi
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 12:52:29 AM

Last count I could find was 2,016 PS2 games and 2,418 PS1 games. Minus the games that were the same but with different names due to being in different regions.

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Dancemachine55
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 12:53:52 AM

When you factor in DLC, on disc lockables, foul-mouthed chatty kids online, forced mutliplayer in once great solo player games (farewell Resident Evil scares alone)...

...yeah, the PS2 was definitely up there as the best.

As I stated below, I went with PS3 because of the new cheap downloadable games option (arcade and Indie stuff) along with for other reasons. But your post has certainly made me rethink my decision. :)

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 2:39:35 AM

Geobaldi,

I've been trying to find complete game title lists for both, the PS1, PS2, & PS3 games, but if your numbers are correct, looks like I've still got quite a ways to go towards trying to fill in all of my Playstation collections.

And I've only gotten 1140 of all the PS games so far.....
PS1-572
PS2-468
PS3-180

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Dancemachine55
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 12:51:04 AM
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360 FTW!!!

LOL! I joke, I joke! No way that last-gen tech-based, money eating, exclusive lacking machine could win this gen.

Compared to all PS consoles, I think the PS3 tops the cake. Why do you ask? Well, I try to take nostalgia out of the picture and just look at which console offered the most fun, most value for money and the most memorable moments in gaming.

Here's my list of why PS3 rules:

1. Blu-ray and DVD movies
2. Multimedia storage of videos, pictures and music, which can all be played.
3. A free online service to play with friends.

... but most importantly...

4. THE GAMES

The PS3 gives you full backwards compatability with PS1 games and have re-released all the best PS2 games (bar some great JRPGs) meaning you can play Metal Gear Solid, Crash bandicoot and the best of the best PS1 had to offer on your PS3.

PS2 games have been remastered in HD for the PS3, meaning they looks better and play smoother than ever!!! God of War 1 and 2, MGS 2 and 3, Sly Cooper trilogy, Jak and Daxter trilogy, FF X, all on the PS3 in widescreen, HD and some of them in 3D!!!

AND THE PS3 EXCLUSIVES!!!

PS1 and PS2 had some great JRPG's and platformers, but some of them are still around on the PS3. However, PS3 has the PSN digital platform for cheaper old school platformers and RPG's, but with the power of the PS3 we get unique experiences like Heavy Rain, Uncharted and Littlebig Planet, along with next-gen masterpieces like Ratchet and Clank a Crack in Time, MGS4, God of War 3 and the soon to be released Twisted Metal!!!

PS1 had great games, many I grew up with. PS2 was a mind-blower with DVD playback and some of the best mature games on any system. _PS2 also started the party and casual gaming craze with Singstar and Guitar Hero before the Wii came along)

... but the PS3, in my eyes, is the king of all consoles.

P.S. I would consider it near perfection had they not gimped on the RAM, cos SOME mutliplats (not all) tend to play better on the 360. That's really the ONLY downside to the PS3. Like I said... near perfection.

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Dancemachine55
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 1:01:39 AM

Okay, while PS3 offers more and is by far the better "machine" compared to what the PS1 and PS2 could do...

In terms of sales numbers, nostalgia, likeability, retrospective observation, brand recognition, success, fun factor, exclusivity, etc etc....

Yep, PS2 is the winner of the almighty Sony crown. The Xbox and Gamecube couldn't touch what the PS2 achieved.

While I love my PS3 and love the new and old exclusives available on it, looking back at the good times I had with my PS2 and with friends before being forced to play with them online all the time... ahhh.... I miss having friends by my side rather than over voice chat online.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 2:56:04 PM

Dancemachine55,
LOL
I don't have any hate for the 360 or the original Xbox themselves, all my hatred is geared straight towards M$ itself.

As for their games, I have collections for both of them too, although they're much smaller in total volume compared to any one of my Playstation collections....

360 - 124 games
Xbox - 270 games

My next biggest collection so far would be for the Sega's genesis at 147 games.

And my smallest collection would be for the Virtual Boy, with only 1 game(as I've only got Mario Tennis for it so far).


*Sigh*
So many games, so little time......or money!!!!!

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PSTan
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 12:55:07 AM
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PS3 for me, my fat 80 is backwards compatible with PS2 and PS1 games, so it's like having three consoles in one :) I get all the classics along with this generation's gems. I guess PS1 for nostalgic factor and PS2 for plain fun, but I believe the PS3 shows Sony truly hitting their stride.

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Snaaaake
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 1:17:41 AM
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PS3 is definitely the bottom out of the 3.
PS2 had a massive amount of great games to play with but I'll have to go with PS1.

With games like FFVII, FFVIII, FFIX, MGS, TM, Crash Bandicoot and Gran Turismo, you can't go wrong with it.

But I have to say while I put PS1 on top, PS2 is right behind it's tail.

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SmokeyPSD
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 1:19:04 AM
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For me the playstation, as in the end I'm still playing the games. It's unfortunate but as wonderful as technology has become actual game design in many respects has taken a backseat. I am less excited overall about the industry.

That translates to longevity of the games of old. Again and again.

In some cases, even buying them again. To keep for posterity.

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___________
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 1:22:40 AM
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id have to say ps1 simply because it had the most games in my favorite genres, platformer and survival horror.
ps2 had a few of both but no where near as many as the ps1, and they were no where near as good!
crash, spyro, RE, and silent hill aposed to R&C, sly, and whatever horror games the ps2 got.
see they were so good ive forgotten what they were called!
ps2 had many good games, PoP especially one of my favourite IPs of all time!
but ps1 had the true classics.
my game design teacher on our first day said the transformation from 2D to 3D was the death of game design!
we always thought he was mad, now i can see what he meant.........

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PharaohJR
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 1:46:17 AM
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ps1 i was playing Gran turismo, Need for Speed, Tekken, Spyro, Crash Bandicot, Jetmoto, Twisted Metal, Grand Theft, Resident Evil,Bloody Roar,Dragon ball from japan. tomb raider

ps2: Gran Turismo, Grand theft, Need for Speed, Driver, Test Drive, Tekken, Ridge Racer Dragon ball & other games but they didnt take time like these.

ps3: Gran Turismo, Grand theft, Need for Speed, Tekken, Metal Gear, NBA 2k,COD, Tom Clancy, Little Big, Warhawk, Uncharted, Yakuza, Killzone

i had the most games for ps2 but i played more games on ps1. ps1 & ps3 got my most time so far but choosing which 1 i like most.... its ps3.

with ps1 & ps2 i said its still more that can be added to games but with ps3 i cant say that yet. i know we can improve more but at this stage im kool with results.

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Mog
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 2:24:21 AM
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Did anyone play Abes Odyssey or Abes Exodus on Ps1? Man that game scared the hell out of me when I was young...

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 2:42:01 AM

Ha, I used to laugh my butt off making him do the farts all the time

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Shams
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 2:40:33 AM
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PS3 for me. Not only the quality of individual games have been improved, but as far as my personal library is concerned, I have many more of them. Throw in online gaming, bluray, and b/c for playing my favorites of the past, and HD remakes, it's an easy choice for me.

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BigBoss4ever
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 4:14:31 AM
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I think I can't have a conclusion without first listing some of the best games I played on the three consoles:

PS1: Chrono Cross, MGS, FF7,8,9, Vagrant Story, Crono Trigger/FF4 Crystal Chronicles, Gran Turismo 1,2, Parasite Eve, Silent Hill, Soul Edge/Calibur, Castlevania SOTN, Resident Evil 1/2, Legend of Mana, Legend of Dragoon, Tomb Raider 1,2,3 ... that's wut i can think of in one shot....

PS2: ICO/SOTC, MGS2,3, GOW1,2,FF10, 10-2, 12, Silent Hill 2,3, Fatal Frame 1,2,3, Xenosaga1,2,3, Suikoden 3,4, Wild Arms 3, 4, Shadow Hearts Covenant, Dragon Quest 8, Kingdom Hearts 1, 2, Star Ocean Till the End of Time, GTA 1,2,3, Gran Turismo 3,4, Devil May Cry 1,2,3, Tomb Raider Legend, Resident Evil 4,PoP1,2,3... that is what I can think of for PS2.

PS3: MGS4, Uncharted 1,2,3, GOW4, Demon's Souls, Dark Souls, AC1,2,Brotherhood,Revelation, DMC4, Heavy Rains, LA Noire, Mortal Combat, Blaze Blue, Star Ocean 4, Resonance of Fate, Castlevania Lords of Shadow, Dante's Inferno, Catherine, Eternal Sonata, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 1,2, Prince of Persia, GTA4, Gran Turismo 5, RE5...

I must have forgotten a lot of good titles I played, but, Ok, I find that PS1/PS2 are both at the top, hard to decide which one is better than the other.

for PS3, so far it is closely following behind PS1/2, definitely not better than PS1/2 era of games, considering how much endless fun I had through playing JRPGs on these two consoles.... gosh, I just realized that writing out this summary instantly bringing enormous nostalgia. sigh, how bad the JRPGs have become, just look at the list now, and look at the list then... give me almost an instant depression....





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Kall555
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 4:45:06 AM
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PS2 for the glutton of brilliant survival horror games.

PS3 is very close though, it's line-up truly got epic & it's still growing even more stronger. But yeah PS2 would get the edge for it's horrors.

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VampDeLeon
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 5:05:20 AM
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The song My Console from Eiffel 65 should give you my answer.

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DarthNemesis
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 5:12:09 AM
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The PSX was special because it was the first.The PS2 had the most games but that also lead to more mediocre games. The PS3 is the best engineered out of the 3 obviously.I also feel that the P3 has been more enjoyable to me and that the technical quality of the exclusives really separated itself from the other 2 consoles.Right now I have to go with the PS2.Playing MGS2, Dark Cloud 2, Jak & Daxter and GOW for the first time gave me great memories.I will say that the PS3 exclusives were more dominant that the previous 2,but they had to be with every 3rd party game going cross platform. think the best has yet to come with the vita and next home console.

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Mogreen
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 5:18:24 AM
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Hands down PS2. Too much innovation, and the jump from graphics from PS1 helped greatly. The game Library is incredible, Not to mention the bar sony/zipper set for console online gaming with the Socom.

As far as I know Between all 3 systems if you ask a bunch of folks their top 5 games from every system PS2 has the most diverse of diiferent answers(imo)

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gray_eagle
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 5:48:20 AM
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i'm going with PS1,
i was tired of g rated games on the NES. along came sony with the PS1 and capcom with resident evil.
for the PS2 & PS3, its a tough call and a close race for secound place.

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Douchebaguette
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 6:29:50 AM
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PS1, simply because it was the underdog going against the successors of the Genesis vs SNES war. Not only did they succeed by a massive margin, the console completely changed, dominated, influenced and primed the gaming industry. 3D did, too I guess.

It's the first console to sell over 100 million units. It's evident marking helped lead the PS2 hold a huge fanbase to succeed past it. Of course the PS2's library was probably larger. But whatever.

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Btw, where's the picture of the old school Playstation? =P.


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slugga_status
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 8:05:04 AM
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This is a tough one. PS1 was the one of the biggest gaming upgrades I ever got as a kid. MGS and RE really had me glued to the tv. I even loved WWF Warzone back then and watched those games evolve. Tenchu was downright had me sucked into that world as well.

My PS3 simply does everything you could want in todays gaming world. Yet the best PS console for me was the PS2. The PS2 had the best games with some of the best graphics I had ever seen. Those games had a lot of memorable moments. The Bouncer was the first game to use the pressure sensitive button layout for harder strikes. I remember watching the fire flicker on a post while playing Onimusha. Plus the longevity of the PS2 is just crazy.

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Excelsior1
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 8:17:55 AM
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I know I'd definitely rate the PS3 last. No elite JRPGs and some multiplats underperforming on the PS3 hurts it plus I have had some hardware reliablity issues this gen with the backwards compatible 60gb PS3. My first PS3 lasted exactly 2 yrs and 3 months before it YLOD'd on me. I know of MANY other early adopters of the PS3 that have had to replace their systems. Some more than once.

Okay, so now I have to pick between the PS1 and PS2. That's tough. Both the PS1 and PS2 were the go-to systems amongst gamers. I guess I would go with the PS2 because of its extensive game line up and because it was even more popular than the PS1. Last gen was a lot of fun. All my friends and family had a PS2 and it felt like there was a lot of entusiasm around Sony's hardware. No doubt, some of that has diminished this gen especially here in NA.

The PS1 is a very close second. It also had a lot of great games and series I fell in love with. It was a great system for JRPG's as well so I almost ranked it first but objectively speaking it's difficult to rate any system over the PS2 mainly because of the scope of the PS2's game library and because the system was so successful in terms of sales. It DOMINATED all the other systems in every single region including NA.

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Vivi_Gamer
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 8:35:58 AM
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While I prefer the Playstation 1 as it brought so many brilliant franchised to the gaming indsutry. When it comes to what console was the best of it's time. I'd have to say the Playstation 2.

Whilst I love the PS1, it had competition with the N64. The Playstation 2 annihilated The Dreamcast completely (my 2nd favourite console that gen.) It initially had a DVD player so it was up to date with competitive tech. But it is all about the games! The PS2 had such a huge range of games and excelled in every genre. The XBOX1 was no competition, all it had going for it was Halo and Fable, as for the Gamecube, it didn't even have a decent Mario game. It didn't have much going for it.

This gen, most of the PS3 and XBOX games are the same. So unlike last gen the XBOX 360 has many exclusive titles we had last gen like Final Fantasy, Tekken, Devil May Cry and so on. I think in all honesty the PS3 has lost this gen in popularity. There seems to be a huge craze for the onlive service and CoD which is popular this gen. I personally think the Playstation 3 is miles better exclusive wise, It's XMB is very accessible I put all my photos, Videos and Music onto it. It accepets so many formats and you can connect everything easily with USB.

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Underdog15
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 11:54:56 AM

I actually thought when all was said and done, that the Gamecube offered much more than the XBOX. It just all slipped under the radar in true Nintendo style (for anything not Zelda, Mario, or Metroid related).

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A R K H A M
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 10:08:41 AM
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For me it has to be the PS2 with games like GTA3, Vice City, San Andreas, MGS2, MGS3, Resident Evil 4, FFX and many more.

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Miggy
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 11:18:45 AM
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I couldn't really say but it has to be between the PS1 and the PS2. I've spent sooo many hours playing legend of legaia, legend of dragoon, final fantasy 8, etc. I missed the turned based jrpgs.
But the PS2 did have more of a diverse library in my opinion. That and it had more way more entertaining local co-op games to me as well.
I don't care for backwards compatibility because I keep all my consoles and use them to play the games so that's never a factor to me.
I don't really think I could consider any console this generation as the G.O.A.T. The PS3 exclusives are second to none though. It has that going for it. And in the graphics department yes they excel but the games this generation are mostly fps (which is getting kind of stale to me), or just games that seem too copy and paste or just not that innovative, and I don't like the lack of local co-op. I understand the lack of it, I just don't agree with it.
That and the fact the PS3 gets really crappy or broken ports of multiplatform games. Skyrim, Bayonetta, I'm looking at you.

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Raze22
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 11:44:07 AM
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This gen is soon about to be over anyway and I don't think we are going to see any huge leaps. At what it currently stands at the PS2 definitely had a lot more video games on it, but of course with PS3 being the newer gen has a much higher quality in gaming. The PS2 is also one of the best selling consoles ever. The ps3 is no where near that status.

So obviously I'm going to say the PS2!

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telly
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 12:39:38 PM
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1) this is a great topic.

2) PS2. It just did everything SO. WELL. And the competition just couldn't even get in the same ballpark as Sony back then. My favorite entries in many game series are from the PS2 -- Metal Gear Solid 3 is my favorite MGS, God of War 2 is my favorite GOW, etc. I absolutely loved the PS1 because it was all so NEW -- it felt like every game that came out was so original and groundbreaking, even games like FF felt light years away from their previous gen chapter. A lot of those games are still fun, too. But I feel like PS2 is when we see modern gaming come into focus, but with a foot in the old school gaming door. I've contended for a long time that 10 years or so from now PS2 will make a case as perhaps the best system ever. I still feel that way.

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flamefury42
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 12:41:21 PM
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If your talking about groundbreaking for its time, I think the Playstation 1 really impressed everyone. Not to say the 64 didn't, because the Nintendo 64 was groundbreaking as well. When the PS2 came out, I was expecting the graphics to be better, a revamp system just like ps1 but with better graphics and textures. People can easily debate which generation had the best.

Playstation 3 I would say even comes close to what the PS1 had developed when you go back to that groudbreaking development of the generation. When people talk about Heavy Rain, Gran Turismo 5, etc.(games that were so freaking impressive it made them go in aww. IMO, the PS3 is just that. Some would say that the graphics on the PS3(exclusive games) are some most amazing games that anyone has ever seen.

However PS1 still hits the mark for being the best console of that generation.

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jimmyhandsome
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 12:57:46 PM
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PS1 has a special place in my heart. It also should be credited with making videogames more "mainstream" and for gamers other than kids. Before that it was Sega and Nintendo dominating the market with their mascot games. Sony's PS1 changed the industry.

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tridon
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 2:09:34 PM
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To me, the PS2 is my #1 PlayStation console followed by the PS1 and then the PS3. While, yes, the PS3 obviously has the best-looking games, I just think that there was more originality on previous consoles.

This generation has been completely FPS and online-multiplayer crazy and that just doesn't really float my boat. Uncharted's been amazing and then there's been awesome games like MGS4 and GoWIII, but gone are the days of the RPG, offline multiplayer (I can't even play a racing game with a friend in the same room anymore) and for the most part, platforming.

It's nice to see classic genres returning in Twisted Metal and SSX and I hope that The Last Guardian will one day see the light of the day, but so far (and it's pretty late in the game), this generation can't stand up to the likes of ICO/Shadow of the Colossus, Jak & Daxter, ATV Offroad Fury (sorry, MotorStorm), the GOOD Final Fantasy and SOCOM games, Dark Cloud and so on and so on. That's just my opinion, though.

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sha4dowknight05
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 3:43:16 PM
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NOPE this generation did. PS3 all the way!!!

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firesoul453
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 4:19:27 PM
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for me they keep getting better

I've enjoyed my ps3 more than my ps2 and my ps2 more than my ps1.

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Warrior Poet
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 5:29:30 PM
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PS2 is the best console there is in my book, including old stuff like SNES. I am counting backwards compatibility since it was such a defining feature of that machine. Best variety, quality, and quantitiy of games every.

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Robochic
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 6:50:55 PM
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For me it's hard each generation has had an amazing memory attached to it,

PS1-received as a christmas present from now a long time ago ex with 10 games it went with me to college where i spent some good nights with people in the dorm playing FF7 and Tony Hawk

PS2-Bought it myself it had been out for over a year by then but goofy, mickey, donald and Sora were calling my name spent a lot of amazing nights with KH

PS3-got it as a christmas present early but had to stand to get it lol, damn cold that Canadian night but well worth it, when i opened my phat princess up i knew i was in love first game was resistance played the Sh*t out of that game and proved all my early xbox friends that the PS3 had potential just like the others and damn right i was :)

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F302Pilot
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 11:48:02 PM
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definitely the PS1 for me, i still remember Star Wars Rebel assault 2 is what made me wanna get a PS1 and then i into the JRPG stellar, and today i go back and forth between and PS1 and PS3 games

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eLLeJuss
Thursday, January 26, 2012 @ 11:08:02 AM
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PS2

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DjStiv3
Thursday, January 26, 2012 @ 3:05:33 PM
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dude i know most will argue among the ps2 and ps3
but seriously ps1 was the ultimate gaming system...

when you think of the 5th generation (i believe)
you think of
nintendo n64- kiddie games
sega saturn- kinda awesome
sony ps1 - BLOW SHIT UP

(think of all the games that came out as well... and the option for listing to music etc) the memories wont be forgotten

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