Do you remember what you were doing ten years ago? Most of us won’t be able to answer that question, but one company can – Sony. Ten years ago Sony released the second iteration of its PlayStation family with the PlayStation 2. Despite the company’s huge success with PlayStation in general and selling well over 100,000,000 units throughout the world, a lot of skeptics felt that Sony would return to reality and watch the competition — Nintendo and Sega — return to the top two places on the totem pole.
After all, how often does a company move into an established product industry like the gaming world and absolutely destroy the competition while achieving success never seen before by any company before it? It doesn’t happen. However, with the relationships Sony had built with developers and focused on first-party studios, PlayStation 2 was released in prime position to continue Sony’s entire hold on the industry on its way to selling over 135,000,000 units worldwide.
The last ten years has been magical for gamers looking back on it now. If you owned a PlayStation 2 (who didn’t?), you had the opportunity to play near-perfect games like Shadow of the Colossus, Persona 4, Final Fantasy X, Grand Theft Auto (All 3), Madden 2003 (nothing beat online console gaming competitiveness when this happened, admit it), SOCOM (Zipper revolutionized clan FPS gaming on a console), and many more.
To be honest, I could probably sit here and list off over 300 quality games for the PlayStation 2 and still not fit all of the great titles the console had to offer in this post. Why should I do that when I can ask our readers what experience on the PlayStation 2 made it one of the best consoles they’ve ever enjoyed gaming on?
So, I think that’s what I’ll do. In the comment section below — Let us know which games on the PlayStation 2 were the most memorable to you and what experiences in those games stood out further than any other.
For me? I’d have to honestly go with the many all nighters I’d spend with friends playing the Madden and NCAA franchises. Creating your own school in NCAA with a group of friends and simming through the seasons trying to build that next College dynasty while still playing in the same conference as your buddies was always difficult. Especially going after similar recruits. It was on the same level for me as trying to build a team through Madden with them and competing to see who could win the most SuperBowls through solid drafting and trading (PS: Madden needs to bring back the expansion team option).
One key moment I will never forget is establishing a team in NCAA 2003 that was so dominant, I won 167 games in a row with them through just SIMULATING the results. Anyone who has ever played a sports game knows that the computer is going to screw you over eventually if you keep simulating, but my team kept destroying every team in the conference. It was absolutely sick. All of my friends were pissed off and wanted to restart the Dynasty Mode because they had no chance.
Those times were great. It was all about talking friendly trash to one another, laughing and just enjoying gaming for everything it was meant to be — entertainment.