TimeSplitters

TimeSplitters

For a nice multi-player blast fest this can’t be beaten. Single player on the other hand will be over way to quick too make it worth your while. It’s a lot of fun for a launch title however and a brave step for first person shooters in the console world.

Gameplay: Fast and frantic, but definitely geared more towards multi-player than single player.

Graphics: Lots of variety and an interesting visual style.

Sound: Frantic soundtrack that fits the visuals perfectly

Virtua Fighter 4

Virtua Fighter 4

Virtua Fighter 4 is aimed squarely at the hardcore fighting brigade so if you do not have the time and patience to devote to this game you will not get your money’s worth. It seems to be a bit more accessible than previous entries, but is unlikely to wow fans of Tekken and Soul Calibur.

Gameplay: A beat ’em up where the focus is purely on the fighting and not the story or other bonus thrills.

Graphics: Pretty good considering its age.

Sound: A mixed bag, but not bad overall

God of War II

God of War II

After the excellence of the previous game there were a lot of expectations riding on this sequel and gladly it does not disappoint. God Of War 2 is every bit as good as the original and surpasses it in many areas. There are lots of visceral combat sequences and you’ll be cracking just as many tough puzzles as enemy skulls in this epic game.

Gameplay: Brutal and over the top with a nice mixture of puzzles thrown in with the combat.

Graphics: Some of the most epic set pieces seen in a PS2 game.

Sound: Epic orchestral soundtrack and good voice acting

Jak & Daxter: The Precursor Legacy

Jak & Daxter: The Precursor Legacy

Jak & Daxter is a good game that checks all the right boxes on the platform 101 list but fails to really captivate. Stages involve collecting the same things over and over while the story will only keep you hooked if you are very young or easily amused. While it does nothing spectacularly wrong it does little to set itself apart.

Gameplay: This is a solid platform title in the vein of Super Mario 64 and similar titles, but unfortunately there’s not much to set it apart.

Graphics: Good draw distance and vibrant colors, but cliched locations.

Sound: The voice acting is good and the music decent, but unmemorable

Burnout Revenge

Burnout Revenge

There are some interesting new additions to the Burnout formula here and taking out rival cars is every bit as fun as it was in the last game. The traffic checking feature might upset some fans as it removes a bit of the tension from the races but its a lot of fun and overall Burnout Revenge is a worthy successor to Takedown.

Gameplay: Adds some new elements to the Burnout formula, some better than others.

Graphics: Gritty and destructive.

Sound: Solid sound effects and some nice music

Soul Calibur III

Soul Calibur III

The absence of an online mode and the unbalanced A.I detract a bit from the experience, but there is a wealth of single player modes and features to keep you coming back for more. With impressive graphics and a large roster of characters Soul Calibur III remains one of the best fighting games on the system. Patience is definitely required however.

Gameplay: The CPU can be cheap as dirt in single player mode, but the game remains addictive and feature packed.

Graphics: Without a doubt some of the best on the system.

Sound: The music is good, but the announcer and English voice acting starts to grate very quickly

Armored Core 2

Armored Core 2

It took quite a few tries before this game started growing on me, but if you are a fan of the series and semi-realistic mech games in general then you’ll enjoy this one. Missions are short and action packed and the amount of customization is insane, but the clunky controls and steep learning curve is sure to scare away some people.

Gameplay: If you like customizing mechs and blowing up enemies you’ll love this game.

Graphics: Not the greatest, but the customization makes up for it.

Sound: Not bad overall, but the voice acting is just plain weird

Mortal Kombat: Armageddon

Mortal Kombat: Armageddon

If you want a ton of fighters and don’t mind the recycling of past games, then Armageddon will keep you busy for ages. It’s certainly not a bad game and you get value for money, but it feels more like a compilation disc than anything new for the franchise. Hopefully the next generation will breathe some new life into the series.

Gameplay: If you’ve played any of the previous titles, then you’ve played this.

Graphics: Not bad, but not a step up from past games.

Sound: Typical Mortal Kombat fare

Arcana Heart

Arcana Heart

A 2D fighter with an all female cast places Arcana Heart in a somewhat niche genre but don’t let that deter you. Beneath the cute visuals lies a good fighting game that should appeal to anime and fighting fans. The mixing and matching of Arcana and characters also set the game apart.

Gameplay: Nothing groundbreaking, but still fun.

Graphics: An interesting cast of characters.

Sound: Better than I expected

Fantavision

Fantavision

As a launch title I can’t be too hard on Fantavision but apart from the nice colors there isn’t much here that set the game apart visually from the PSone titles. The gameplay is pretty solid, although button mashing can get you pretty far, but once you get the hang of it the novelty soon wears off. Fun while it lasts but not something you’d want to revisit too often.

Gameplay: A bit deeper than it looks initially, but not really up there with the classics.

Graphics: Pretty colors, but that’s about it.

Sound: Mostly dance tunes