This is it, guys. The end of an era. The last PlayStation 2 game worth a damn is hitting stores today, and with it ends a decade of media dominance. At least it’s going out with a bang, right? A bang to the head, even! The followup to last year’s (and also this year’s, kinda) Persona 3 — aptly entitled Persona 4 — has arrived. After this, you can just about stop looking for anything good to come out on the PS2. (Unless of course Atlus USA decides to grace us with the final MegaTen game, Kuzunoha Raidou 2.)
It’s strange looking back on the history of the highest-selling console ever. From its botched launch where shipments were cut in half the day before release and a meagre handful of excellent launch software like Fantavision and laser-lens failures aplenty, all the way until today, where the PS2 has sold some retarded number like 140 million units worldwide. Seriously, guys, that’s a helluva lot of consoles that have been moved, and that doesn’t even take into account how many consumers picked up systems secondhand. Sony has bulit an empire with the PlayStation 2 that surpasses even its predecessor by 40 million units. Touting full backwards compatibility with all the PSone games certainly helped sales; customers didn’t have to feel like they were making their current possessions obsolete.
Nothing could stop the beast that is the PlayStation 2 — not even the PlayStation 3. For its first year and a half of the PS3’s life, the PS2 was consistently outselling its successor month-in and month-out. It’s name that is now synonomous with console gaming. Twelve years ago, everything was a Nintendo to my grandma; now everything’s a PlayStation, and with good reason. The PS2 was home to literally thousands of games, and there were a lot of good ones. Ratchet and Clank, Jak and Daxter, God of War, Disgaea, Metal Gear Solid 2 (and of course 3), Final Fantasy X and XII, The Bouncer (shut up guys this game is great), Devil May Cry, Raw Danger….the list goes on and on. Of course, there were some games that were complete garbage, but we won’t stoop so low that we talk about those.
But enough about an old person’s console, let’s talk about the new games coming out.
Ohh yeah! There aren’t any! Other than Persona 4 (which deserves its own week anyway), not a goddamn thing is being released, unless you really gotta have Slingo Quest for the DS, which also comes out. So go out, purchase your Persona 4s, and play the sequel to one of the finest RPGs in years. In fact, while you do so, you should take part in Talking Time’s P4 Fun Club so you can talk about it with other nerds like yourself. For all intents and purposes, this is the end of the gaming year. Thank god for that, too, because now we have a few months where we can actually catch up on everything that has released over the past three months.