At last, an updated review on the I-Link cable. Well the question is, 'is it worth it?' well getting to the point i reckon it is! On the last review only a handful of games could support it and now a few years later, nearly all multiplayer games are now supporting I-Link. At the new price of around £10 at the maximun (ebay at a fraction of that price), you cant really go wrong and when your friends come round for a sleepover, you can team up on those shoot-them ups and show off your hiding places and moves without you enemies seeing! I think that this is well worth it for the price and fun that comes out of it! 10 outa 10!!
An i-link cable. Also known as Firewire. Anyone heard of it? Of course I expect most PS2 owners to have heard of it before. Ok it is just a stupid cable, but this “stupid” cable has a wonderful use in the world of PS2. It allows the connection of two PS2s, each with their own TV so 2 player games can be played on full screen rather than the not-so-nice split screen modes we all know. Unfortunately only a selection of games will support it, but expect some great titles in year 2002 to be making good use of it. The fantastic Gran Turismo 3 already makes use of it, as will big upcoming titles like Time Crisis 2 & Timesplitters 2. Many other games are expected to use it hopefully including Age of Empires II, Half Life, The Getaway, and maybe, just maybe even the hugely awaited Metal Gear Solid 2 (imagine co-operative stealth moves!). It is TBC what games exactly will support it. I hope all strategy games & most driving games will especially as racing in split screen mode is really annoying and eye straining. With the cable able to pass 400MB a second through it is by far enough to cope with the PS2s power, thus allowing smooth running link-up action with no hint of slowdown or graphical loss. I have already played GT3 link-up and I have to admit, it is much better racing mates with the whole TV screen to yourself! It runs perfectly as though in Single Player! Time Crisis 2 (ETA October 2001) is the next game I thoroughly want to try next. With you and your mate hogging a TV each and a light gun, you can help each other through a series of co-operative areas whilst meeting up at points trying to avoid accidentally firing upon each other. Sounds great. Timesplitters 1 was a great game but I always had in the back of my head, how good it would be link-up. That is why Timesplitters 2 will introduce it. Now we can finally have multi-player battles whilst not being able to just peep at each others hiding positions. Obviously there are do wn points. Not with the i-link cable itself, but the fact you (or your mate) have to carry round a PS2 (and maybe a TV as well) and a copy of the link-up game each. It isn’t too much effort, and besides, as long as the game you play is good, it will be worth it! Unless you have GT3, it is not worth getting one just yet, not until some more games are out that support it. When Time Crisis 2 is out – then BUY ONE!!! It is possible to get one for £15 or less, and remember – no arguing who buys it – you or your mate/s! Go halves!