Now over ten years since its release, the PlayStation 2 video game console was well ahead of its time when it was released in the March 2000. Sony states that they have sold over 150 million units and have 1,800 games available for the PlayStation 2. My favorite video game console of all time has provided some of the most popular games ever released. The graphics output by the PS2 were well ahead of any console seen before it and the games released took full advantage of it. The PlayStation 2 left the Sega Dreamcast and Nintendo GameCube behind and began a competition with Microsoft and the Xbox. The PlayStation 2 was also ahead of its time thanks to its built in CD and DVD player which made it an inexpensive way to playback DVD media at the time when DVD’s swept onto the scene and dominated the video market. This was the first console that allowed users to eliminate CD players, DVD players, and stereos all for one device.
The staying power of the PlayStation 2 and amount of games sold for it proved its place within the gaming industry. I remember owning one long after the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 came out. Having owned nearly every console released before it, I spent the most time in my childhood playing my favorite console, the PlayStation 2, largely thanks to the games I could play on it and superior gameplay it provided. Games like Super Mario Brothers, Sonic the Hedgehog and Joe Montana Football provided countless entertainment on earlier consoles. The new wave of games on the PS2 like EA’s Madden NFL franchise, Grand Theft Auto, Gran Turismo, Guitar Hero, Final Fantasy and many others continue to strive today and built franchises that succeeded for more prolonged periods of time. When these games debuted on the PlayStation 2, it was like a new revelation for gamers that led to countless hours playing and addiction to the system. I myself fit directly into this category. I rushed down to the nearest blockbuster or game store to buy or rent the newest Madden game or Call of Duty game released and then spent days, weeks, sometimes months at a time beating these games and all the missions and games within them. Many of these games are the ones that still have my attention and interest today. The PlayStation 2 transformed gaming consoles into the larger experience that consoles provide today and maintains my favorite console of all time.