Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2As a fan of Dragon Ball, that game was a dream come true. Playing all forms of my favorite heroes is very enjoyable, even if the combat system feels redundant after a while.
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3Mostly the same as the previous game except with a lot more characters (even from evil DBGT), it does a few things better but I think it also lost a couple of things.
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed KingEven though I’m not a big fan of turn-based combat in RPGs, this game is very impressive on many levels. Beautiful visuals, interesting story and characters, a huge amount of things to do, and of course the sublime soundtrack. I’m not convinced I will ever play it again but I was almost obsessed with it.
God of War IIMy introduction to the God of War series, and I have loved it since then. A visually striking game with brutal gameplay. I was thoroughly impressed all the time I was playing (and replaying) it, while having a lot of fun!
ICOI played this game after Shadow of the Colossus, and while it might not appear as grandiose as it illustrious “sequel”, goddamn do I love this game. The atmosphere is unique, thanks to beautiful music and eerie visuals, the gameplay is simple but incredibly efficient, it’s an emotional journey that really got me.
Ueda-san always gets 5/5, this one is a favorite.
Odin SphereA beautifully crafted game, with magnificent 2D artwork, a dark and depressing story in a fantastic world, and great combat mechanics, with different gameplay for each character. A true (not-so) hidden gem of the PS2.
Shadow of the ColossusI wanted a PlayStation 2 mainly for that game.
I’ll sound completely unoriginal, but it is probably the game that touched me the most. I fell in love with the atmosphere, completely lost myself in that desolate world, was amazed during the fights with the colossi, listened to the beautiful soundtrack over and over, and was of course emotionally scarred for life when Agro falls down the river and you have to face the last foe during a storm… A favorite among favorites.
True Crime: New York CityThe trailers were promising a lot, and in the end it is quite disappointing. It’s not nearly as good the the first True Crime.
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