Ten Must Own Playstation 2 Games

Hundreds of games were released for Playstation 2 during the console's lifetime. There are so many, that it can be hard to choose which you want to buy for your collection. Below is a list of the ten must own games for the PS2 and why they should be in your collection.

10. Final Fantasy X - The first Final Fantasy game on Playstation 2 successfully evolves the best selling RPG franchise. FFX has a very deep battle system with even more complex stat upgrades. Your characters can literally take on hundreds of combinations of skills and abilities.

9. Guitar Hero - Live your rock and roll dreams in Guitar Hero. Use a real guitar controller to play all your favorite rock ballads and guitar solos. Hours of songs to play, multiple difficulty levels for even master players, and a song list with tons of classics. This game is great for casual players because it is so easy to pick up, but will keep you coming back with the steady increase in difficulty.

8. Katamari Damacy - A very strange premise, but very fun game. Roll a ball around a level. Smaller objects get stuck to the ball making it bigger, then you can roll over bigger objects. You have to grow your ball to a certain size to clear every level. Tons of replayability, random and funny cut-scenes, and solid game play make this a very unique but great game for the Playstation 2.

7. Ico - The game didn't sell very well, but has great story, good puzzle design, and environments that make you forget you are playing a game sometimes. You play as a boy who is destined to be sacrificed to appease the Gods. He must make his way through the world and solve puzzles or face his grim fate.

6. Kingdom Hearts - Square Enix combines the Final Fantasy and Disney characters into one role playing adventure. You play as Sora but fight along side Donald and Goofy and meet Ariel, Aladdin, and other great Disney characters along the way. Kingdom Hearts is great for RPG fans and fun for Disney fans too. You will love all the cameos from the Disney movies and cartoons.

5. Metal Gear Solid 2 - The sequel to Metal Gear Solid for the original Playstation. Play as Solid Snake as tries to stop a resistance group from gaining control of a high-tech weapon. Unlike other action games, you have to use stealth and planning to get through the game. You can just kill everything. In-depth story and great cinematics help solidify its place in the top ten.

4. Grand Theft Auto III - The smash hit that went on to create it's own genre. In GTA 3, you can do almost anything you want. Want to follow the story, go ahead. Just want to steal cars and get into police chases, you can do that too. It led to multiple sequels and countless copycat games and helped spark the massive success of the Playstation 2 during its first year.

3. Resident Evil 4 - Originally released as a Gamecube game, Resident Evil 4 for Playstation 2 has all the same features plus more levels. Its an action packed, heart pounding horror game as Leon tries to save the President's daughter. With a 95% review score from gamerankings.com it is the best reviewed PS2 game of all time.

2. Gran Turismo 3 - Hands down the best racing simulator. Gran Turismo 3 is a realistic racing game with real cars, real tracks, and real life attributes for all of them. Racing a VW Bug will feel different than racing a Corvette. Different accelleration, speed, and handling for each car and track. And I didn't even mention the impressive graphics yet. If you love cars, this is the best racing game you can get.

1. God of War - Great graphics, epic story, nearly perfect controls. This is the best game on Playstation 2 and one of the better games released the past generation. Play as Kratos as he makes his way through ancient Greece fighting mythological creatures and using his fallen foes powers to vanquish future enemies. A best seller, highly reviewed, and all around great game.

If any of these games aren't in your Playstation 2 collection you should buy them. All ten games of these games are great gaming experiences that every gamer should experience.

7 Tips to Save Money on a Super Nintendo

Have you ever wanted to buy a Super Nintendo console but don't want to spend a fortune? How do you know what to buy with the SNES so you don't waste money on worthless accessories and bad games? Follow these seven tips below and you can get an Super Nintendo system for less and not waste time and money.

1. Buy a Super Nintendo Used: Super Nintendo's haven't been manufactured since the 90's so you aren't going to find any in stores. New consoles can still be found, but you will pay a hefty premium. Buy a console that has been cleaned and tested and you won't have any quality problems even though the system is used.

2. Buy Online: The best prices on SNES consoles are online. Most local video game stores don't carry Super Nintendo consoles or games so you online might be your only option. When you shop online you usually won't have to pay sales tax. But watch out for high shipping! It can eat into a lot of the savings if you aren't careful. If you have to buy at a local store checkout a pawn shop, sometimes you will find a good deal.

3. Bundle Games and Accessories: Buy games and accessories at the same time you buy the SuperNES. Many online retailers give discounts on bundled items. And Shipping is almost always less than if you bought everything separately.

4. Buy Used Games: Buying used games is a great way to save money. Again, you don't have much of an option with Super Nintendo games because they are hard to find new. Be sure to buy games that are in good condition though. You don't want a bunch of stickers on the games or faded covers. Be sure you see a clear description of the game's condition before you buy it.

5. Read Game Reviews: There are a lot of games for the Super Nintendo, and to be honest many of them are no good. Do a little bit of research into the games before you buy them. What are critics saying? Or better yet actual gamers? Amazon.com and other retailers have lots of customer reviews you can read before buying. Some good video games to start with are: Super Mario World, Super Punch Out, Donkey Kong Country, Zelda Link to the Past, and Final Fantasy III.

6. Buy Games that Interest You: Reviews can only take you so far because the critics might have different opinions than you. If you love skateboarding, you will probably enjoy a skateboarding game. If you son is obsessed with Spiderman, he will probably enjoy a Spiderman game, even if the reviews aren't all great. Try to find the best reviewed game in that genre.

7. Buy Nintendo Accessories: There are not many accessories for the Super Nintendo that are very important to buy. The console comes with two controllers and it can't use anymore and games don't need memory cards to save their data. If you do buy accessories, buy Nintendo made ones. Third party controllers and accessories are not reliable compared to Nintendo's. You will save time and money by buying the best one initially.

If you follow these seven tips you will be able to start enjoying on your Super Nintendo console, games, and accessories right away and won't have to spend a ton of money to do it.

Ten Must Own Games for Super Nintendo

Hundreds of games were released for Super Nintendo during the console's lifetime. There are so many, that it can be hard to choose which you want to buy for your collection. Below is a list of the ten must own games for the SNES and why they should be in your collection.

10. Donkey Kong Country - Play as Donkey Kong as he tries to get back all his stolen bananas, serves him right for stealing Peach from Mario in the original Donkey Kong arcade game. The first game ever made with pre-rendered 3D graphics so for an SNES game it looks really good. A fun game with lots of replay value because there are different things to collect in each level.

9. Super Mario Kart - The first kart racing game ever. You get to race around a track and shoot objects at your opponents to slow them down. Good as a single player game, but great with multi-player. Racing against a friend or battling is one of the first great multi-player experiences on a console.

8. Tetris and Dr. Mario - Two great puzzle games on one cartridge. The classic Tetris with improved graphics (color) and virus busting Dr. Mario puzzler too. For puzzle fans these are two of the best and are good for hundreds of hours of fun.

7. Starfox - This paved the way for the 3D games we all play today. It was the first major game to use 3D models for all graphics. You play as Fox McCloud and fly a space ship as you try to shoot down enemies, fly through hoops, and defeat gigantic bosses. Fox McCloud is now a playable character is the Super Smash Bros series so you an see his start in this game.

6. Super Punch-Out - The follow up to Mike Tyson's Punch-Out of NES. This game has better graphics, new characters, and even appearances by your old favorites. The game is just fun to play. Funny characters, a slow increase in difficulty, weaknesses you have to learn. You will enjoy this boxing game, especially if you played the original.

5. NBA Jam - "He's On Fire". Anyone who has played this game will remember this line from the announcers. Any time one player makes three baskets they literally light up on fire and can make shots from anywhere. One of the original arcade style sports games where you can push and hit other players and it doesn't follow the typical rules of basketball. See if you can find "Big Head" mode and other hidden easter eggs that change your player's appearance.

4. Zelda Link to the Past - The sequel to Zelda on NES, Link to the Past is an adventure game through Hyrule with great puzzles, new weapons, and incredible game play. Link has to navigate between light and dark worlds as he makes his way to save Princess Zelda. Many people think LTTP is their favorite Zelda game, which considering the other great Zelda games is saying quite a lot.

3. Super Mario RPG - A rare game that can be hard to find, but worth it. Its a very funny RPG taking place in the Mushroom Kingdom with all the Mario characters including Bowser, Peach, Toad, and more. Mario RPG makes fun of past Mario games and leads to the Mario and Luigi RPG and Paper Mario games. It was developed by Square, who are well known for their RPG Final Fantasy RPG games.

2. Super Metroid - The sequel to the original Metroid for Nintendo. Super Metroid has more weapons, new areas to explore and more difficult bosses. Consistently rated in the many top 100 lists, it was rated the best game of all time by Electronic Gaming Monthly. Its fantastic level design is often seen as a pinnacle in game development.

1. Super Mario World - The launch game for Super Nintendo and the most popular game on the system in terms of sales. Super Mario World takes the Mario game ideas from Super Mario 3 and adds better graphics, better sound, and even more levels. Yoshi makes his first appearance this game too. Super Mario World has a 97% rating at gamerankings.com, one of the highest of any game ever made.

If any of these games aren't in your gaming collection you should try to buy them. All ten games of these games are great gaming experiences that every gamer will enjoy.


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