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Updated: May 25, 2018 23:05
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#26
alaScore 94

Tekken 5- PS2

Developing a video game series is tricky business. You've already established a cast of likeable characters, a solid gameplay formula, and a certain standard by which to judge your next great creation. You've obviously gotten enough positive feedback...

40 expert reviews | 940 user reviews

#27
alaScore 94

Guitar Hero (PS2)

Single player mode takes you through the venues of a band on the rise. Your band starts off with a concert at someone's house then to larger venues until you finally reach a stadium. Each venue has you play a set list of songs whose difficulty will...

44 expert reviews | 141 user reviews

#28
alaScore 94

Final Fantasy XII- PS2

2001 marked the year of release for the much anticipated tenth incarnation of the Final Fantasy series, for the Playstation 2. Boasting an engaging story, beautiful cinematics, and stellar voice acting, Final Fantasy X set a new high for role-playing...

48 expert reviews | 69 user reviews

#29
alaScore 94

Gitaroo Man (PS2)

Gitaroo Man is a surprising, welcome diversion to the as-of-lately stagnant music/rhythm genre. Fans of previous rhythm games will eat this title up like a kid in a candy store, and even casual gamers who rarely enjoy games of this nature will surely...

3 expert reviews

#30
alaScore 94

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (PS2)

Vice City Stories on the PS2 is a great return trip to the seediest of cities, but a short one at that. The fact that the game itself is a port over from a handheld will hamper the experience for some, but the nice $20 price tag more than makes up for...

74 expert reviews | 860 user reviews

#31
alaScore 94

Kingdom Hearts II (PS2)

Disney and Square Enix. Doesn't seem like the most obvious of collaborations, does it? A bit like My Chemical Romance doing High School Musical, or some such. And yet, cynicism aside, Kingdom Hearts worked. It wasn't perfect, but cherry-picking the...

52 expert reviews | 385 user reviews

#32
alaScore 94

Yakuza 2 (PS2)

But all these features have been woven around the true centerpiece of Yakuza 2: its narrative. The utterly regressive, unrelentingly linear, cutscene-driven, genre-derivative story that I swallowed hook, line, and sinker. The one I was genuinely sad to...

40 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

#33
alaScore 94

Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence (PS2)

Silent Hill 4 is still a damned scary game, and it's one of the better survival horror titles out there because of that. It's good to see its designers taking risks and experimenting with the formula. This time, however, it's kind of a misfire. It's by...

59 expert reviews | 380 user reviews

#34
alaScore 94

Burnout Dominator [European] (PS2)

Burnout: Dominator for the PS2 is a wonderful racing game and a must buy for arcade racing fans or fans of the series itself. Fun gameplay and multi-player fire it ahead but the missing Crash mode and online sucks.

49 expert reviews | 75 user reviews

#35
alaScore 94

Vivendi Universal Hunter The Reckoning: Wayward

Minor objections aside, Wayward takes the gameplay found with Hunter: The Reckoning and the World of Darkness Universe and expands it to a fully fleshed out adventure. A much deeper, more involving story, packed with lots of secrets and more combat,...

2 expert reviews

#36
alaScore 94

Activision MTX: Mototrax

MTX Mototrax is somewhat of a mixed racer in the end. The career mode and the concepts behind the single player game are definitely innovative, and are a solid addition to the racing genre. However, a somewhat tenuous connection between modes, a...

2 expert reviews

#37
alaScore 94

Vivendi Universal Crash Twinsanity

I can't speak to Crash Twinsanity's merits as a Crash Bandicoot game, but I was pleasantly surprised by what I found here. When it wasn't kicking my head in for little to no reason, Twinsanity's a fun and funny game that's well worth a few hours of...

2 expert reviews

#38
alaScore 94

Black (PS2)

BLACK is the kind of gun opera you'd expect from director John Woo, starring Chow Yun Fat. It's explosive both in its technical presentation and gameplay, but it's a very short experience. Brevity is a tough $40 pill to swallow, but from the opening...

75 expert reviews | 462 user reviews

#39
alaScore 93

Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater - PS2

Dealing with a special edition of a game is tricky business. Chances are, you've got the original version, played through it a fair share of times, and thought it was the best damn thing since sliced bread. But when that newer version comes out, you're...

25 expert reviews | 208 user reviews

#40
alaScore 93

Burnout 3: Takedown [European] (PS2)

The third time is the charm for this outrageously good arcade racer.

44 expert reviews | 421 user reviews

#41
alaScore 93

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 - ps2

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 is, in my opinion, the pinnacle of the series. It really is one of the best RPGs I’ve played in quite a long while, and even though the competition is thin, that doesn’t stop Atlus’ latest effort from being a clear-cut...

14 expert reviews | 10 user reviews

#42
alaScore 93

Burnout: Revenge (PS2)

While the strange approach Criterion took with this bite-sized Burnout made me nervous, I am happy to report it is a lot of fun. Crashing cars puts a smile on your face whether you're in the driver's seat or watching from a bird's-eye view, and Autolog...

42 expert reviews | 247 user reviews

#43
alaScore 93

FIFA 11- PS2

Many people believe that once they have played one FIFA installment they have played them all; the teams, players and stadiums may change but gameplay stays the same. Well, that may have been the case until the unleashing of FIFA 11.

8 expert reviews

#44
alaScore 93

Burnout Revenge- PS2

Revenge's breathtaking sense of speed holds the key to its appeal - lean on the turbo boost and this game becomes pants-wettingly fast, with detailed visuals that never lag behind the action. The controls take very little time to master; responsive...

36 expert reviews | 129 user reviews

#45
alaScore 93

FIFA 12 (PS2)

Sports games are inherently hard to review. Where those who don't like sports fail to understand what a new version of a release, each year, can give those of us who love the beautiful game. Whereas we'll spend hours just looking at the players in our...

7 expert reviews

#46
alaScore 93

Canis Canem Edit (PS2) - German

Have you ever wondered what the Grand Theft Auto titles might turn out like if they explored other scenarios? Like, say - for the purpose of this review - a boarding school? Well, that's pretty much what Rockstar must have thought too, when the Houser...

36 expert reviews | 159 user reviews

#47
alaScore 93

Viewtiful Joe (PS2)

A follow up to the quirky, critically acclaimed Viewtiful Joe, Viewtiful Joe 2 is likewise acclaim-worthy, offering more off-beat characters and side-scrolling super-heroics in highly stylish, cell-shaded, movie-spoofing and otherwise caricatured...

75 expert reviews | 64 user reviews

#48
alaScore 93

Pro Evolution Soccer 2013- PS2

Editor's note: The final score indicated above reflects the author's judgement for Pro Evolution Soccer 13. Head over to our FIFA 13 review to see Kat's verdict for that game as well.

4 expert reviews

#49
alaScore 93

Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition (PS2) - CD

Midnight Club 3 was one hot looking racer and not much has changed. The framerate resides in the 30fps area rather than the 60fps I would like, but with this much going on and at these speeds I must admit any lapse in framerate certainly never affected...

53 expert reviews | 138 user reviews

#50
alaScore 93

Jak and Daxter [Platinum] (PS2)

With all this said, I must give Naughty Dog credit for creating a game that can truly be enjoyed by people of all ages. Whether you are thirteen or thirty, Jak and Daxter brings something special to the table. Its technology is superb and is leading...

23 expert reviews | 139 user reviews

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