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(Onion AV Club)   Let's revisit October 2000 when the PlayStation 2 launched with a legendary slate of truly awful games (warning: slideshow)   (games.avclub.com) divider line
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2020-08-11 2:48:54 PM  
Was poo, but at least the damn thing used floating point operations.

/ps1 games were so unbelievably fuggo
//team dreamcast, birches
 
2020-08-11 2:55:43 PM  
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2020-08-11 2:59:58 PM  
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2020-08-11 3:02:08 PM  
I bought one later but it was almost exclusively for Socom U.S. Navy Seals.
I ended up buying 3 total ,3games and 3 headsets for my wife and 3 year old son to play online with me.
 
2020-08-11 3:14:40 PM  
I still keep a PS2 just for all of the Guitar Hero games.
 
2020-08-11 3:15:54 PM  

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exactly.
 
2020-08-11 3:58:06 PM  
If you narrow your browser window you can make Gawker sites slideshows one page.
 
2020-08-11 3:59:24 PM  
I bought Orphen, Summoner and Timesplitters on release day. I was very underwhelmed with the RPGs, but was absolutely in love with Timesplitters. The sequels turned it from a wacky, super smooth, super fast shooter to a wacky shooter with a half decent story with very sexy female characters.
 
2020-08-11 4:13:58 PM  

gameshowhost: Was poo, but at least the damn thing used floating point operations.

/ps1 games were so unbelievably fuggo
//team dreamcast, birches


PS1 games got a LOT better looking as time went on. Some of the later games are impressive.

But obviously, the PS2/Dreamcast/Gamecube/Xbox is where 3D games started to look *good*. That was the generation where we finally got good 3D.

Then, with the next generation (360/PS3/Wii), we got *great* 3D.
Then, with the current generation (PS4/Xbox One/Switch), we have...greater?...3D.

The next generation will be better, obviously, but we've reached diminishing returns in some ways. Everything looks pretty great on every console, and that's been true for a long time now.

/I like to point out that as good as 3D graphics have gotten, we *still* don't have any games that look as realistic as an old standard-definition NTSC TV show. I mean, show me a game that looks as realistic as an episode of "Law & Order". Yeah, it's *higher-res*, but that's it.
 
2020-08-11 4:17:53 PM  
I bought my PS2 about a year and a half after launch, with Metal Gear Solid 2 and Orphen (which was, thankfully, half price). Honestly, these kind of DVD-quality cutscenes were still pretty novel, and it's easy to forget in hindsight how groundbreaking this stuff was for a lot of us... This list of shiatty games still managed to make me feel nostalgic, so that's gotta count for something.
 
2020-08-11 4:19:19 PM  
SSX was fun
 
2020-08-11 4:20:13 PM  
Yo what the fark Armored Core and SSX were the shiat
 
2020-08-11 4:43:34 PM  

Marcos P: Yo what the fark Armored Core and SSX were the shiat


Man, that launch list I see is not the launch list I remember when it released

I think saw like a handful games available (I had preordered and bought mine day one, ended up with Kessen since I was already playing FPS games on PC)

Timesplitters
Kessen
Fantavision

those are the ones I remember at launch day being available for purchase, this was in Calgary Alberta. Ended up picking up other games about a month later but it was slim pickings day one.
 
2020-08-11 5:32:38 PM  

darkmayo: Marcos P: Yo what the fark Armored Core and SSX were the shiat

Man, that launch list I see is not the launch list I remember when it released

I think saw like a handful games available (I had preordered and bought mine day one, ended up with Kessen since I was already playing FPS games on PC)

Timesplitters
Kessen
Fantavision

those are the ones I remember at launch day being available for purchase, this was in Calgary Alberta. Ended up picking up other games about a month later but it was slim pickings day one.


I had a ton of fun playing The Bouncer that was a release title
 
2020-08-11 5:37:58 PM  
SSX was great. Timesplitters, Midnight Club Racing, and Smuggler's Run were really good.

PS3's launch was the worst... I picked up Resistance (very good) and Tiger Woods Golf (meh) and then went 3-4 months before anything else worthwhile came out IIRC.
 
2020-08-11 6:24:58 PM  

NKURyan: SSX was great. Timesplitters, Midnight Club Racing, and Smuggler's Run were really good.

PS3's launch was the worst... I picked up Resistance (very good) and Tiger Woods Golf (meh) and then went 3-4 months before anything else worthwhile came out IIRC.


I picked up Resistance well after the PS3 was phased out (maybe two years ago) and I don't think I made it more than half an hour into it.

When I play a shooter, I want the graphics to blow my mind. The first enemy I saw in Resistance looked like somebody doing Zorak cosplay with cardboard boxes.

I'll give it another shot if it's that good, but I wasn't impressed
 
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2020-08-11 6:37:31 PM  
I see Dynasty Warriors 2 and Ridge Racer V. Seems just fine to me.
 
2020-08-11 6:48:04 PM  

Doctoral Candidate Zaius: NKURyan: SSX was great. Timesplitters, Midnight Club Racing, and Smuggler's Run were really good.

PS3's launch was the worst... I picked up Resistance (very good) and Tiger Woods Golf (meh) and then went 3-4 months before anything else worthwhile came out IIRC.

I picked up Resistance well after the PS3 was phased out (maybe two years ago) and I don't think I made it more than half an hour into it.

When I play a shooter, I want the graphics to blow my mind. The first enemy I saw in Resistance looked like somebody doing Zorak cosplay with cardboard boxes.

I'll give it another shot if it's that good, but I wasn't impressed


I really liked the first, mostly because it had the old school FPS mechanics, all weapons instead of having to choose two, and didn't do the regenerating health bullshiat that plagues FPSs these days (you'd only regenerate the current bar of four bars you had, to heal more you had to find health packs).  The regeneration was played off as you are becoming a hybrid alien, so at least it made story sense.

The campaign and story were alright, nothing amazing.

The second was meh, but brought the full health regen and two weapon limitation shiat I hated (though at least the former made sense with the story because you were literally mutating further from the first game as a central plot to the story).

The third I went back to the mechanics of the first without any regeneration (as you're playing a human) which I enjoyed, but I soured on the entire game because I got the Playstation Move + Gun to play the game, thinking it would work nice and easy like the wii or the Time Crisis game and gun system I already had, and it sucked balls and made me hate the game through the frustration of trying to use the stupid ass gun.
 
2020-08-11 7:50:06 PM  

Doctoral Candidate Zaius: NKURyan: SSX was great. Timesplitters, Midnight Club Racing, and Smuggler's Run were really good.

PS3's launch was the worst... I picked up Resistance (very good) and Tiger Woods Golf (meh) and then went 3-4 months before anything else worthwhile came out IIRC.

I picked up Resistance well after the PS3 was phased out (maybe two years ago) and I don't think I made it more than half an hour into it.

When I play a shooter, I want the graphics to blow my mind. The first enemy I saw in Resistance looked like somebody doing Zorak cosplay with cardboard boxes.

I'll give it another shot if it's that good, but I wasn't impressed


I'm sure it sucks now, I just remember it being really good at the time. I remember it having some pretty cool weapons and I liked the setting, but I'm sure it'd be dated as hell these days.

I agree the graphics weren't anything special (lots of brown) but generally that's pretty typical of launch games on any system.
 
2020-08-11 9:06:12 PM  
its always interesting to me to go back to ps1/original xbox.  So many games that I loved have mechanics that now, feel so foreign that they're too, or almost too difficult to play.

Metal gear Solid 1/2. Fantastic games, great memories of both. attempting to play them now is incredibly frustrating even though at the time they felt normal after a few minutes.

goldeneye, obviously.  atrocious handling now, but intuitive at the time.

Syphon filter was another PS1 game that i played through multiple times and just couldn't handle later.

lotta tank controls back in the day, and we've been spoiled by truly amazing controls the last decade.
 
2020-08-11 9:14:37 PM  
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2020-08-11 9:56:54 PM  
Resident Evil 4. That is all. Still the best one.
 
2020-08-11 11:45:31 PM  

phedex: its always interesting to me to go back to ps1/original xbox.  So many games that I loved have mechanics that now, feel so foreign that they're too, or almost too difficult to play.

Metal gear Solid 1/2. Fantastic games, great memories of both. attempting to play them now is incredibly frustrating even though at the time they felt normal after a few minutes.

goldeneye, obviously.  atrocious handling now, but intuitive at the time.

Syphon filter was another PS1 game that i played through multiple times and just couldn't handle later.

lotta tank controls back in the day, and we've been spoiled by truly amazing controls the last decade.


Making epic super jumps in LEGO Undercover made me think back to GTA Vice City and how much of the difficulty was just how much the game's controls and camera hated you.
 
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