10 PS2 Classics That Should Come to PS4, But Probably Won't
Sony has asked which PS2 games we'd like to see on PS4, and we're responding.
Okay, so these 10 aren't exactly the most popular selections but that's the point: We want to suggest a few great old PS2 games that, while not quite legendary, are still well worth playing again, if only because the gameplay is indeed quite different from the stuff we have today.
Sure, everyone wants the great games confirmed for PS4; we're talking about Grand Theft Auto, Twisted Metal, etc. And you can expect some Metal Gear Solid and Final Fantasy titles to show up at some point, too. However, perhaps the more obscure are just as enticing...
10. Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven
As pure stealth seems to be dying in the wake of freedom-everything (yeah, you can opt to play stealth-oriented games like MGSV with a more action mindset, if you like), we have to mention a Tenchu. Ahead of its time in so many ways, this series forced you to be sneaky and strategic...and the rewards were great.
9. The Warriors
"Warriors, come out to play-ay!" Too many people forgot about this one, but maybe that has something to do with the fact that it was based on a 1979 movie. Sure, it's a cult classic, but even so, the game probably only appealed to those of a certain age. If you're unfamiliar, you should check out some gameplay, because it was totally awesome.
The game was just stupid hard. Unforgiving and downright impossible in some ways. But if you kept at it, if you got into a rhythm, you could do some amazing things. And besides, can you name another video game where you get to play as a stunt driver on movie sets? And no, Joe Danger doesn't really count.
7. Summoner 2
The first was a successful launch RPG for the PS2 but the sequel was actually bigger and better in just about every way. I think it didn't get a lot of attention because it released around a time when other franchises were starting to dominate, and it's feasible that even early PS2 owners had forgotten about the first title. Still a really worthwhile RPG, though.
6. Odin Sphere
And for all you JRPG aficionados, here's a game that will definitely take you back in time. Not so much because of the older technology, but because the PS2 era was a time of quality JRPGs. On top of which, this was one of the most unique role-playing experiences you could have on any platform and you know what? It still is.
5. The Getaway
It got a lot of flak for not living up to the lofty expectations but underneath that flak was a group of gamers going, "you know, it's not fair to bash it. The game is good. It's just not great." And that's really the long and short of it; it's a good game and one that might actually be worth returning to...provided the mechanics don't prove too dated.
Those who recall the PS2 days with clarity will remember the hype surrounding this mixed combat-style game. And like The Getaway, it failed to live up to expectations but remained a darn sold adventure. It also gave us a sneak peek at what games would become in the future, as the diverse combat is akin to what we have today in most action games.
I remember thinking I'd hate it. I remember thinking the cover art was just too loopy, I didn't really go for rhythm/music games, and I'm not a big fan of anime. But something about this wacky title just got me and I couldn't stop playing. It presented you with an original and wildly addictive gameplay mechanic, the likes of which you never saw before...and would never see again.
2. Freedom Fighters
Remember this one? It was a lot of fun and for some reason, it got a lot of good vibes from the PlayStation community, but not so much from critics. It also didn't fare nearly as well in the sales department but I didn't care, because this one gave me tons of entertainment. I'm not the only one who says so, either.
1. Kill Switch
To this day, I say it's one of the most under-appreciated games ever. I'm not sure if there was one particular element that won me over but from the outset, I couldn't stop playing. It might seem a little old by today's standards, especially considering all the advancements we've made in the genre, but I encourage everyone to check out the gameplay. It might intrigue you more than you think.
1/12/2016 9:43:08 PM Ben Dutka