Arthur Harkness Presents: Past Time Legends of The PS2
So recently I lost someone in my family that was very near and dear to me. After years of service, my Xbox 360 finally broke….again….and I simply do not have the desire to upgrade or get another one just yet. However, this has also opened up an opportunity for me to delve back in time and take care of some unfinished business. I shambled into my storage room, and dug through piles and piles of bullshit in search of my former best friend, and after minutes of frantic searching, I found him. Asleep, but still alive.
The PS2 is hands down one of my favorite systems of all time. The sheer library and diversity of games on that system was out of control, and it was near impossible to be bored or hard up for something to play. Your boy Arthur spent many days and nights in near servitude to this machine, and I have absolutely no regrets about it. I decided to go back through my library and play some things that either never got a chance to be completed, or things that I just simply loved too much. I will be excluding the Kingdom Hearts games from this however as you all already know of my love for said series, and I just like you guys enough to give you something new. Shall we? Of course we will, because you have no choice.
- Silent Hill 2
What a fucking shitshow this game is. Not in a bad way, mind you, but in a psychological way. Silent Hill was literally one of the only games I couldn’t play just because it was too goddamn scary for me. Over the years though, I have desensitized myself to most horror games and have absolutely no problem playing them….except Amnesia….because fuck that.
The thing with Silent Hill is that you aren’t going to be encountering any enemies that are easy. Most of them can definitely kill you, and if you don’t pay attention, you could easily become less than a red stain on the floor, or if you are super unlucky, a new play thing for the Pyramid Head….and if you’ve played this game, you know that involves nearly all of your holes getting violated. Couple these guys with the difficult puzzles and you’ve got a solid horror adventure that will keep you entertained and genuinely creeped out. The story is great, and it will keep you guessing until you get to that fabulous ending. If you have any issues with stress or anxiety, you may want to steer clear of this one, but if you really want a haunted experience, find yourself a copy.
- Ratchet and Clank
My love for the Ratchet and Clank series is out of control. There is almost nothing about these games that I hate. The writing is stellar( most times) and the gameplay is so goddamn fun. Running through those levels and blasting the fuck out of everything is more than a good time. It’s hard not to go through this game without a giant smile on your face.
I know it may seem like this series is geared more towards kids, but trust me, the level of challenge is more than enough for an adult. I play games all the time, and I still found myself dying quite frequently. Nothing wrong with that, but it makes you question if you’ve improved your skills over the years. They did do a rerelease on the PS3 with these, but I still love taking these ones out every so often and going through them again. So much fun.
- Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne
This…..fucking….game….. I have never in my life been so frustrated with anything. I love this game, but the sheer difficulty is hair pulling. I have conquered both Dark Souls games multiple times. I have beaten all of the Ninja Gaiden games ( except the NES ones, because I am not a sadist) and I have tried my hand at certain world record speed runs, but nothing has caused me more frustration than this son of a bitch.
You essentially are either the end or beginning of a new world after demons have invaded and destroyed everything. The plot deals with you coming to grips and choosing the way the new world will be formed, but in order to do so, you have to suffer. Enemies will beat the living shit out of you constantly. You absolutely have to make sure you exploit enemy weaknesses as much as you can, and there is no way to beat this game without hours and hours of grinding for XP. Demons play a huge role as well as they can be recruited and used against those that stand before you. If that isn’t enough to sway you, know that you can recruit the most savage and horrible of creatures to your side, as well as Dante from Devil May Cry. If you do decide to hunt down a copy of this, make sure you fully understand what you are getting into. You’re going to be treated with a fantastic, albeit difficult ride.
- Shadow of The Colossus
This….game…is….fucking…beautiful. Everything about it is amazing. The somewhat minimalist approach to the plot and characters is done so well that it barely feels like you’re playing a game. It honestly feels like you’re watching a movie of this harrowing journey of a man looking to save someone very important to him. The first time you see one of the many colossi, your jaw will hit the floor in amazement. I could write an entire article dedicated to how amazing this experience is, but I would prefer you all to experience it yourselves. There is nothing more that I need to say in this matter. Go fucking buy it.
- Jak II
Much like the Ratchet and Clank series, The Jak and Daxter series seems like it would be geared more towards kids, but don’t let that fool you. The first in the series was more kid friendly, but with the second installment came genetic modifications and a much darker storyline than the previous. Jak II is most definitely the star of this entire series, and still stands the test of time. Granted it isn’t that old, but it still plays way better than a lot of other games currently out.
It borrows elements from GTA in terms of being able to commandeer vehicles and a rather vast and open world, and adds so much in terms of character development. The plot is nicely done, and much like Ratchet, the difficulty got ramped up significantly in the second title. This game will challenge you, and if you are willing to keep with it, will satisfy you…..not sexually….goddamn perverts.
I would have loved to include more games on this list, including FFX, Sly Cooper, God of War and countless others, but barring Silent Hill 2, all of these games hold a very special place in my heart. Silent Hill 2 is the only one I have yet to beat so far as I am currently working on it, but I am sure once I get to the end (which I unfortunately spoiled the ending for myself years ago through Wikipedia) it will most likely hold its own place in my blackened blood pumper. As a final thought, I would like to tell you all to not take what you have for granted. I’ve had the same PS2 now for about a decade, and in the 7 years I’ve been playing 360, I have had 4 of them. They just don’t make them like they used to.
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