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Five PS2 Games I Want to See Come to PS4

July 25, 2016 / 12:28 PM

By: James Rhodes

Image Source: GamesRadar

With the recent re-(re)release of The Warriors on the PlayStation 4, I began wracking my brain about what titles I would want to see released onto the PlayStation Network. As of now, there are only 32 PlayStation 2 titles on the PlayStation 4. A lot of those titles are certified classics such as Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Bully, and Psychonauts. However, with lesser-known titles such as The Mark of Kri and Okage: Shadow King, I decided to have a little fun fantasizing in what titles could come to the PSN.

The order in this article will be from least likely to most likely. These are my personal choices and opinions of what I would like to see come to the store. With that said, off we go.

 

5. Destroy All Humans!

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Destroy All Humans is an open-world action game set in the 1950’s about a little gray (don’t call him green) man named Cryptosporidium-137. He is sent to earth to do as the title says, Destroy All Humans. You electrocute, probe, abduct, and annihilate all in your path on your quest for world domination.

Like most video game fans, Sci-Fi is my jam. Destroy All Humans is where that began for me. It’s ribbing of 50’s culture and Sci-Fi makes for a game that feels like Invader Zim on steroids. From a gameplay standpoint, there is nothing here that you haven’t played in the Grand Theft Auto series. You’re given the lay of the land and the freedom to attack missions as you please. You’re also able to cause wanton amounts of destruction to your hearts content.

So do me a favor, I want you to go back to the intro picture. Look the bottom right of the box art very closely. You see that logo with the gas mask? You see that black and white logo? Well you’re looking at the two reasons why this game and the many sequels it spawned will never be re-released. With the closure of THQ, many IP’s are lost in limbo, destined to collect dust and never be seen again. Unfortunately, Destroy All Humans seems destined to be one of those properties. However, that doesn’t stop me from wishing that I could play as Crypto just one more time.

 

4. NBA Street Vol 2.

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The blurb on the picture says it all. This is one of the best basketball games ever made.

The spiritual successor to the NBA Jam franchise, NBA Street’s beauty was in its simplicity. If I sat you down and handed you the controller, in about an hour or less you would be good enough to hold your own against me. It’s user-friendly nature, plus an old-school arcade-y sense of fun, can appeal to anyone…whether you’re a basketball fan or not.

That’s not to say there isn’t any depth to the game however. There is a learning curve, with several advanced moves to learn that not only look completely stylish, but also are practical in helping you win games. There is also a deep tournament mode called Be A Legend, where you create your own player and team to dominate the street ball scene. You unlock NBA Legends, as well as the Street Ball Legends created for the game.

I would be remiss to not mention the spectacular soundtrack in this game. Save for a few tracks (looking at you Benzino), the music sets a spectacular mood for when you’re playing basketball on the streets of New York. From the opening of the game when the instrumental for T.R.O.Y. blares in over the New York skyline, you’re hooked.

Unfortunately, the licensing fees to reproduce this game would be insane. Most of the players in this game have retired, so getting a lot of their likenesses back would also be costly. You could go the route of NBA Jam 2010 and make the game again with new rosters and teams, but then it loses part of the charm that made the game great.

 

3. Gungrave

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A hitman betrayed by his organization, Brandon Heat is revived from the dead by Dr. T to protect Mika, the daughter of the mob boss who had him killed, who is now on the run from her father. If your head is spinning, that’s okay. You don’t even know half of the plot yet.

Semi-confusing set up aside, this game was Devil May Cry before Devil May Cry. It’s very much a traditional beat em’ up in a lot of ways. You set up combos with your guns, the Cerberus, to link more and more devastating attacks together. However, there is no melee component in the game. It’s all gunplay. This can make the game play somewhat repetitive. Especially since you can stand completely still with Brandon and he will never actually miss, so if you’re quick enough you can kill most of the enemies in an area without taking a large amount of damage.

One area that this game absolutely excels at is boss battles. All of them are varied and interesting from a gameplay perspective, along with super cool designs. Honestly this whole game features really interesting and cool art design. Yasuhiro Nightow, the same man who created Trigun, designed the characters.

This game did not sell extraordinarily well. According to VGchartz, the game sold 190,000 units worldwide. While it did receive a sequel and an anime series (that you should definitely check out by the way), the original tends to fly under the radar as a hidden gem on the console. Strangely enough the sequel, which sold less than the original, was brought to the PS3 as a classic PS2 game while the original remained neglected. Where that leaves Gungrave in the annals of PlayStation history, we may never know.

 

2. Sly Cooper 2: Band Of Thieves

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I feel like I’m slightly cheating with this one. It’s kind of a guarantee all three of the Sly Cooper games will be brought in at some point. It’s just a matter of time. However, this being one of my favorite games ever, I feel like I have to include it on this list.

Sly Cooper 2 is the “eureka” moment for the series. It was when everything we would come to know and love about the series snapped into place.  The Bentley and Murray sections added a variance to the gameplay that was missing from the first game. What’s funny is that Sly’s peers, Jak and Daxter and Rachet and Clank both had their own “eureka” moments around the same time.

Sly being one of Sony’s many mascots, it is inevitable that he will be brought to the PS2 classics section. While the lowest seller of his three contemporaries, Sly still maintains an incredible legacy on the PS2 console. However, the one question is if they will port the collection or if they will bring the games individually to the console.

 

1. Shadow of the Colossus

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Well if I kinda cheated on the last one, I definitely cheated on this one. I did say I was going from Least Likely to Most Likely for a reason.

Shadow of the Colossus is one of the most widely acclaimed games of all time. For a lot of people, it was the moment that games went from being for kids to being art. I remember being in absolute awe during the first Colossus fight, and somehow they kept topping that in each of the fights. It wasn’t until Uncharted that a game matched that feeling for me again.

It’s been five years since I played this game, which was on the original PS2. I have never played the PS3 version. In my opinion, the real question is whether or not the gameplay would still hold up. While the game’s atmosphere and storytelling have aged well in the eyes of many, I question whether the gameplay can actually stand the test of time. I do remember, even back in the day, getting very frustrated with the controls at times.

With the release of The Last Guardian imminent, it’s only a matter of time before this and ICO see another re-release. Much like Sly, it is a question of whether they re-release the collection or release the games individually. All I can say is that I eagerly await the chance to play through this game one more time.

 

Now these are my picks, but that’s just me. I want to know what you all think and what you would like to see, realistic or not, come to the PS4.

 

Until next time,

James

About the author /


Since playing Crash Bandicoot on his parents bedroom floor at the age of 4, James has been hooked on video games. Primarily a console player, James will play anything but does have a preference for fighting games and first-person shooters. James is currently in school for a Bachelor’s in Creative Writing for Entertainment.

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