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I remember owning a Multi Tap for my PS1 and being excited that, given how the N64 and the Dreamcast both managed four player ports for their consoles, that the PS2 would also support four players and not need me to shell out another £30 for a PS2 Multi Tap. Imagine my disappointment when I learned that the PS2, strangely, would only have two ports (presumably in a measure to keep costs down). However, the console was brilliant enough that, while I felt a bit begrudged, I slammed down my money and bought a multi tap, so I could play the PS2 with more than just one friend. While it is ultimately worth it, it does come across as a bit of a crass marketing ploy from Sony to recoup some of the losses their console made (as all consoles lose companies money: they make it back on games and peripherals).
The large and cumbersome design of the original Multi Tap has been altered considerably: now it is very sleek and small. It plugs into one of your two controller ports, with four ports attatched to it, in which you all plug your controllers. It is very easy to set up and you'll be away within minutes, ready to play 4-players on a wrestling game, or kick each other around on one of the James Bond shoot 'em ups (one of our favourite Multi Map games was Nightfire).
Does it suck that we had to shell out an extra £30 for something the console should have had anyway? Sure? But is it fun? Absolutely, and although a bit of a swizz, ultimately you do win out because it will give you hours of fun and made for plenty of great drinking-based multiplayer games back in the day.
When your friends pop over for a quick match on Fifa or a fight on Tekken and you can't play them head on head. But in turns. This can get boring so another controller is highly recommended. But also bear in mind if you want more than 3 you will have to purchase a PS2 Multi-Tap. For around £30, on top of the £20 for each additional controller. This is very essential if you have more than one friend. (Which most of us do!) It allows you to stick in 4 controllers, Why Sony built the PS2 with two ports is that they say 75% of games only have a 1 or 2 player option. Then why do all other consoles come with 4 as standard? Is the question you should ask them. At around £30 it is a bit pricey but definitely worth it. As it also comes with 4 more memory card slots. A cunning way of getting you to buy more memory cards. It looks quite stylish and is designed and built well.
The Playstation 2 (PS2) has finally come out over here with only 2 controllers port. And if you thought you could use your old Multitap for it, you can’t. So you have to buy the new Multitap 2 which cost round about 29.99 if you want to play PS2 games which have the Multi player logo such as International Superstar Soccer and Dead or Alive 2. The price of the Multitap 2 is a bit high, also if you are like me I bought the old Multitap for my PS which was 24.99. Which instead Sony could have put 4 controller port instead of the two. I think they just want more money from the sales of the Multitap 2 or they just don’t know how to but I don’t think that is true. There is also the unofficial Multitap 2’s which are a little cheater than the Sony one but the official Multitap 2 is the same colour and shape and goes great when sitting in front of the PS2. The Multitap 2 open up a lot of game so that you can play 1 to 5 players, which includes port 2. Such game that the Multitap 2 opens up are ISS, Dead or Alive 2 and Timesplitters where you can play four players at a time. This makes the games more enjoyable when playing with your mates rather than only playing with two players at a time. Overall I think it is worth buying the Multitap 2 because I prefer playing with as many mates as possible at a game. If you are thinking about buying a Multitap 2 they are cheaper at amazon. But if you are not willing to pay that much for one, happy gaming.
When Nintendo released the N64 in the mid-nineties there were some obvious points that stood out and they weren’t just to do with the power of the machine. What was that on the front of the machine? There are four controller ports!!! ‘That’s brilliant’ people cried throughout the land and all gamers were happy. Sega also realised that having four controller ports was a good idea and hence they appeared on the Dreamcast. Sony also saw that four players being able to play at once was a great idea so they created the PS2 and promptly spat in the face of gamers by putting two controller ports on the machine and conveniently selling a multi-tap. That’s right, five years after the PS one and they still give us two ports. My opinion – money grabbing b*stards. In fact I’m glad that their launch went badly and that the current prospects for the machine are pretty average. Anyway – let’s get on to the juice. The multi-tap was (in its time) a ray of light for multi player gaming. Virtually all games were limited to two player action due to one obvious fact – all consoles only had two controller ports. Using a multi-tap though it was possible to connect four controllers to this piece of kit and connect them into one of the console’s ports. Great idea but in today’s world of gaming there just isn’t the need for them anymore. Sony have obviously decided that it’s another ‘must have’ accessory for the PS2 and you will find it resting on the shelves of many retailers. At £30 they’re probably going to be staying there too. That’s right. £30. Oh, sorry, £29.99 that’s better isn’t it? Yes there are games out there which support more than two players but unless you’re going to be playing them a lot I would think twice about w
hether you REALLY need this. You’ve spent £299 on the console so you’ll be spending 10% of that just on this item and there are much more essential items to get before this (memory card, extra controller etc). If you absolutely MUST buy this then you will be pleased to know that you’re getting a decent bit of kit. For £30 I hope you’d certainly expect that. It’s a rectangular shape and almost looks like a mini version of the PS2 console so at least they’ve put some thought into the design. As already mentioned you can plug up to four controllers into the device (annoyingly not in a line but around the outside of it) and you also have a short cable with a controller plug to attach it into one of the PS2 ports. It’s fairly heavy so make sure you don’t place it where it can fall and jerk the console. It performs perfectly adequately so no problems there either – you may expect that it won’t be able to process the inputs from four sources via just one of the PS2 ports but it does and don’t lose sleep worrying how! Overall I feel that this could have VERY easily have been integrated into the machine but that’s me – the eternal sceptic on this kind of matter. If you’re a multi player gaming nut then yes – this may be a must have item but for most of us this is just a complete rip-off and I sincerely hope that Sony pull their fingers out when it comes to the next console (I pray in advance that it’s not PS’3’!).
Other current console manufacturers such as Nintendo now equip their consoles with four control ports. Sony, however, do not do this. As a result of this, if you have a lot of friends round on a regular basis, or if you have a big family, you will need to by a Multitap. The Multitap is an adaptor that allows four controllers to be plugged in at once, so if you have friends over you don't have to take turns. It only works with certain games, but is extremely useful and makes the games a lot more fun. The PS2 multitap is small in comparison with the Playstation Multitap, so it doesn't take up too much room and it is vital if you enjoy multiplayer gaming. On the downside, the PS2 Official Multitap costs around £30, so you must think before you buy. Only buy this accessory if you regularly want to have more than two people playing simultanaeously on your PS2. Unofficial multitaps can be cheaper, so it is certainly worth the money if you like multiplayer gaming. If you like multiplayer gaming, you simply have to buy this product, however, if you prefer to play alone or with one other person, steer clear of this product.
The Playstation 2 Mulit-Tap is a very good accessory to have with your PlayStation 2. It connects four controllers so you can play four player games like Timesplitters and Tekken Tag Tournament together at the same time. You can only use it on games which have Multi-Tap ability, Although £30 for the official one is a large sum to pay for the official Sony PlayStation 2 Mulit-Tap, it's kind of worth it. It's a bit annoying that the Dreamcast and N64 already have 4 controller ports, and the PS2 doesn't so if you play a lot with your friends, you might as well get one. I saw an unofficial one in Virgin Megastore for £20. But the official one matches the colour of your PS2 and is very small. It is almost square and fits into your hand! There are two controller ports opposite each other. Overall, the PS2 Mulit-Tap is only good if you have a large family who like computer gamess or if you're going to have loads of friends round all the time. If not, avoide it, pay £10 more and get another PS2 game!