I know most people could care less about this, but I thought it would be nice to share. The last batch of Playstation 2 consoles have been shipped to Japanese retailers earlier this week. This marks the end of an era. The PS2 is the most successful game console ever, selling more than 150 million units and 1.5 billion games worldwide. Released in 2000 the console destroyed the year old Sega DreamCast and had some much success the GameCube & Xbox couldn’t put a dent in it. Since the Playstation 3’s release in 2006 it has taken a back seat, but it still sold considerably well, and games are still being developed for it up until today. Playing video games became cool with the PS2 and anyone who was anyone had it. A lot of us came of age playing the PS2 and its plethora of games.
I remember the first time I got my PS2, with no memory card, playing Final Fantasy X. I left it on for days just to have my progress lost in the blink of an eye. I remember how I could never beat Grand Theft Auto III because of one super-crazy-hard mission that I could not pass for the life of me. Being unstoppable with Michael Vick in Madden 2004, or playing NBA Live before it went to shit. I’ll never forget playing Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time, which is one of my favorite games ever. Splinter Cell on the PS2 was as fun as a stealth game could get. Bully was a game I spent way too much time playing, but I think its safe to say that I spent the most time Playing GTA: San Andreas. Still the best GTA, it was the culmination of everything a gamer could want from an openworld game. You could drive around for hours, shoot anyone, run away from cops, go to the guy, buy clothes or fly a jetpack. It was a giant virtual playground and I spent tens of hours in it doing what I wound’t dare it real life.
I hope the Playstation 2 can rest in peace after 13 years of service. It will go down in history as one of the greatest consoles ever and I’m thankful that I had one as long as I did.