Well, when we finally managed to wrangle one of these badboys
into our office, it was a joyous moment. This black machine
has a huge amount of potential. On the front are USB ports
and a ILink port, plus there's an expansion bay port on the
back. This means that the box has potential to add an external
harddrive and connect to Digital Video and Cameras. It's obvious
that Sony's put some thought into the potential of theire
brand new toy.
Out of the Box
The real drawback to the PS2 is that it comes with nothing.
No memory card, no demo disc. So, unless you shell out some
extra cash for a game and a PS2 8mb memory card, you won't
even begin to touch what the black box can do. The good thing,
though, is that it'll play your Playstation One games and
double as a DVD player. If you already own a DVD player, then
this is no big deal, but for those of us who don't, this is
nice addition. It's like buying a Sega Genesis and finding
out that it plays VHS tapes.
Games - Initially
Let's be honest, the launch games and then ones that followed
were mostly lackluster. They were either unispired or just
didn't bother to harness the potential. Of the first batch,
only SSX, Armored Core 2 and Tekken Tag Tournament were worth
a good look at. Of course, if you like sports, there's already
a great selection going, but just make sure to play before
8mb Memory Card
The only reasons this piece of hardware didn't get an A were
1) The price. YIKES! $35 is a bit steep for anything that
isn't a game.
2) It's basically required on all PS2 games to have this,
making this extra expense a necessity.
Other than these reasons, this is a great tool. It saves
faster, loads faster and holds a lot more saves. Instead of
15 blocks of memory, this cards saves just like a regular
computer, in "k" bites. The only drawback is that now gamers
have to figure out how many "k"s are in a megabyte. This techmath
skill might force some kids to get a calculator out to see
if they can save a game on their card.
The PS2 has some great games coming down the pike. Metal
Gear Solid 2, Devil May Cry, Resident Evil Code: Veronica
X, Silent Hill 2, Soul Reaver 2... the list goes on. Let's
just say that if you haven't found what you want, yet, stick
Don't believe the detractors. The PS2 has some great potential,
hardware and software-wise. Even straight out of the box,
this is a nice addition to any home. With the purchase of
a few games and DVD movies, this bad-boy will liven up anyone's