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buying a playstation 2 on monday...your advice...?(7 posts)

buying a playstation 2 on monday...your advice...?JS Haiku Shop
Jan 24, 2003 8:12 AM
getting it from amazon.com (this is not negotiable), just the basic package (1 controller and base unit). the most recent system i've used was the basic nintendo. i played "grand theft auto" on the ps2 over christmas, and was pleased with the game. i have no idea if that unit had additional memory, but it's a fair assumption.

besides the ps2, i have $200 or less to spend on other stuff--this will also be spent at amazon.com (again not negotiable). i see they sell the 2nd controller for $25 and a 2-pack of 2 8mb memory cards (red & blue 2 pack = $40). do i need the memroy for really kick-arse gaming? if so, that leaves about $135 for games.

now, on to the games :) :) :)

i'm a real-time strategy nut: age of empires, dune/dune 2000, the warcraft series (except the last one). there was also a nintendo game called "genghis khan" that--though turn-based--had me staying up 'til the wee hours drinking coffee, wide-eyed. i also enjoy action/adventure games, and first-person shoot-'em-ups (doom series, quake series, duke nuke'm, etc.).

any suggestions?

TIA!!!

-J
Finally, a mindless topic...Wayne
Jan 24, 2003 9:19 AM
we're getting a PC next week, and over my wife's objections, I can't wait to dive back into the video game world (like you, Nintendo was the last game I owned back in college, but I do have my brothers old PS1 with one game now). I've got Return to Castle Wolfenstein on the way (a WWII 1st person shooter with a horror theme twist)

I've played the PS2 at friends. My favorite so far is the Medal of Honor game. Kind of linear, compared to PC 1PS games I've played, but remarkably good graphics, AI, etc. compared to the stuff I was weaned on (hell I can remember my friend getting PONG when I was in middle school, and we had the first Attari). I've played some of the driving games (Nascar/Cart/Rally) and was pretty much unimpressed. I also played the newest Grand Theft Auto and couldn't figure out what all the hype is about. But then again I'm into the 1st person shooters, RPGs, or strategy games.

Not sure, but i think you need those memory cards to save almost any game, which you will need to do for many of them to get to higher levels. I'd get the Medal of Honor game if I was getting a PS2. Do a google search for game reviews and you'll find a bunch of web sites where games are reviewed.

Sounds like you've played some PC games, any of the newer ones you'd recommend?
Finally, a mindless topic...JS Haiku Shop
Jan 24, 2003 10:14 AM
thanks.

I can't play any of the newer PC games, as my PCs are all older. :(

if i had a newer home computer, i'd get "age of myths" or something, the age of empires II sequel/latest release.
Vice City.czardonic
Jan 24, 2003 9:24 AM
If you enjoyed GTA3, you will probably get a kick out of GTA Vice City. It is set in 80's "Miami" and includes motorcycles, helicoptors, indoor areas and a whole slew of extra weapons. Turn based strategy games aren't my bag, so I can help you there. I suggest checking out www.gamespot.com for reviews, etc. It is partly subscription based, but as I recall there is a fair amount of free information. I haven't had any major disagreements with the reviewers on Amazon, either.

I'd start out with at least one memory card. They are strictly for saving game data (settings, progress), not for enhancing performance. You'll definitely need one to get the most out of just about any game you buy.

If you like driving games, I've been enjoying Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 (http://gamespot.com/gamespot/filters/products/0,11114,538175,00.html).
I'll second VC. Just leave your morals at the door, though!empacher6seat
Jan 24, 2003 11:46 AM
This game is so much fun... but just makes you feel so wrong! You're basically hired by criminals to go around doing their dirty work. Whether it's blowing up buildings or killing someones wife, sometimes for as little as $500!

Despite how sick it can make you feel... you just can't make yourself stop playing!
But you can be a good citizen too. . .czardonic
Jan 24, 2003 11:52 AM
. . .and score a quick $50.
Ghost Recon is a great FPS game. . .js5280
Jan 25, 2003 9:53 AM
I play it a lot now on my PC. The downside to PS2 is that you can't play it online w/ others like you can w/ PC and XBox. This more a tactical game where one bullet hit is probably going to kill you, not run and gun like Doom.

The same company has a new game about to be released called Splinter Cell. FYI-Both these games are based on Tom Clancy novels. It looks really cool and has been named one of the best XBox games, it's not out yet for PC/PS2 though. Another month I believe.