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I am a massive fan of my games and have the PS3, XBOX 360, Wii and a PC which I simply love to play games on but when my wife moved in she was desperate to play some of the older games out there for the Playstation and the PS2 so I decided to get her slimline Playstation 2 console. Having owned the original Playstation 2 myself was this worth the money?
The Playstation 2 allows for you to play not only PS2 games but is also backwards compatible so that you can play your old Playstation original games and also your music cd's and you dvd's so this is a great piece of kit that offers up good functionality.
The console is very well proportioned (especially when compared to the original Playstation 2) and is around the size of a hardback book. The console is much smaller, lighter and uses less power than the previous version so this gives you all you previously had but in a much better format.
The console looks very nice with the smaller size and black finish making this a piece that will fit in well with the most modern of equipment.
The console now has a flip door for you to access the disk drive rather than the previous offering from the PS2 console which had an electronic opening drive. This may for some sound worse but this is great as it uses less power and means it is less likely to go wrong so should increase the life of the machine.
This version of the Playstation 2 comes with an in built ethernet port and also modem so that you can play your games online without needing to go and buy more pieces of kit.
The console still has the same level of connection with the ability to connect 2 PS2 controllers and also memory cards so that you needn't worry about needing to buy new accessories for this console.
This console is still expensive even after all of these years having past. You are looking at about £120 approx for this console even though it is not offering high definition gaming or much new coming out on it but if you want to play your older games it will still be worthwhile paying this as the Playstation 3 is not backwards compatible.
Overall I have to say this is a good piece of kit that I have used a couple of times (the PS2 Grand Theft Auto's) and something I do think works well. Whether you will like this is going to be down to your need for high definition as this does not offer up that and you would need to consider it more of a retro gamers purchase. If you have some games for the Playstation or PS2 that you want to play (as my wife did) then this is very good. The games play smoothly and the console is very quiet so you will be able to play the games the way they were intended to be played. The smaller size is a definite bonus and so I have not been too bothered about having this in my flat but would not be able to say I am bothered by owning one myself.
Liek many people back in 2000 I bought my original playstation 2 as it was released for £400...a hefty price, but worth it I thought. I was looking forward to seeing what it could do as I had had my PS1 for over 5 yrs (quite long in console terms). I bought it home and the first game I stuck on was Kessen a war startegy game based in feudal japan and already I could see the graphics were amazing. Just as the playstation had revolutionised gaming that one step further this went a few steps more- as games were realised over the coming years the graphics got better and better...compare kessen with GTA 3, just as tyoud compare lone soldier on ps1 to one of the last games like colony wars vengence.
My PS2 'Fat' lasted 10 yrs but I gave mine to my borther after 5 and got a slim, I didnt think it was possible to have the same graphics and sound in a much slimmer box, but it did...amazing
Neither console fat or slim, over heated, neither broke up broke off and I never had a tech problem tlike the xbox 360`s when they were first released.
Only problem with the slim was the CD door was very flimsy and I was always afraid it would break off.
The playstation 2 is a great console, however now its big brother the playstation 3 beats it.
There are several things that I didn't like about the playstation2, firstly the method of putting in DVDs or Games etc is quite fragile and on the first 2 console I got the clips in the centre broke and they had to be returned within a month (maybe I just got some from a faulty batch). The third one however has been working really well for 4 years now.
As a games console the playstation 2 is really good, there is a wide selection of games (although the numbers of new games being released on the PS2 is decreasing) with many great games such as Gran Turismo 4.
As a DVD player however the PS2 is not that great, the remote if you get it is very chunky and a lot of the controls are just denoted by R1 etc and then fast forwarding is limited.
Now however the days of the PS2 are numbered it can't play Blu-Ray, can't play many of the new games and doesn't have wireless controllers as standard, basically it isn't a playstation 3.
Being one of those kids that never got video games from their parents, I was generations behind children the same age as me... until I decided to earn money and buy games for myself... my first act of freedom was getting the Nintendo DS Lite, but I so expanded to getting the PS2 slim, after getting addicted to playing Singstar once at a friend's house.
The PS2 Slim is a much more compact and efficient system compared to the original PS2. It is around half the original's size and is aesthetically very slim line, with the CD port opening upwards like a CD player.
Setting up the PS2 was extremely easy and only requires you to connect the system to the mains (for electricity) and three wires connected to your television (for visuals and audio). After that, connecting your memory card and controllers complete set up.
As I said before, I got the system for Singstar so that was the game I played first, but I later got Final Fantasy XII, Dynasty Warriors 5, Lego Batman and Timesplitters Future Perfect; the graphics of the PS2 to me is already very stunning; colours are bright and dynamic and the frame rate is pretty fast. Final Fantasy is most visually stunning out of all the games I own.
I have had no problems with the system; it runs smoothly and quietly, although a potential issue is that the systems are region locked, so you can't play games from another region. Other than that, it is pretty good; it can also double as a DVD player!
I bought this system for around £40 on ebay around two years ago which was quite a bargain, and games I usually get for under £5. I guess there is an advantage for being a generation behind; I get games much cheaper!
Having bought the PS2, I have had huge amounts of fun and allowed me to play with my sister and allow her to be more in tune with technology, but also it does train hand eye coordination! I would highly recommend this system; its longevity has proven that this is still a strong gaming system and is not outdated... yet!
Obviously with the release of the PS3, most people want to sell a PS2 rather than buy one. That said, I still keep it for 2 reasons.
1. It's an effective DVD player: it plays DVD's like any DVD player, hence saving me money on buying another DVD player.
2. The PS3 is unable to play PS2 games (well mine doesn't anyway): whenever a PS3 game is also released for the PS2 (such as WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2010), I tend to get the PS2 version because it's cheaper.
The slim version is better than the full sized version because it's obviously smaller, and it makes less noise, but still has the same capabilities as the normal PS2.
The ever popular controller is very easy and simple to use, although I recommend just getting the official controller to prevent any problems that can sometimes occur.
Even though there is now a PS3, there a still a lot of new PS2 releases (for example, FIFA 11 is going to be released for the PS2 in October), so the console is still not fully obsolete as of yet.
That said, I would recommend buying a PS3 because it's much better, but if you cannot afford one, then a PS2 is also worth getting if you haven't bought one already.
I have had a ps2 counsole for many years. It is by far one of the most durable and family oriented game systems i have ever used or purchased. Compared to the xbox 360 and other new consoles. It is an exceptional example that has been set for all new and upcoming consoles. With its new slim design, it is much easier to transport from place to place. The weight of this console has been greatly reduced greatly from the older version. Also the noise output of this new slimmer version is much less. The playstation had never failed me compared to my Xbox 360, which has developed a habit of getting the red ring of death. Also the remotes are made in a great format that are easy to learn. There is one other component that makes the ps2 one of the greatest game consoles of its time, its the games. There are so many games that you can get with the ps2 it is amazing. The games are made for all ages and people, from the age of 6 to the age 100. Also some of the best games that have ever been created are made for the ps2. From madden to some of the great war games. I would greatly recommend you purchase one of the magnificent ps2 consoles if you already don't own one.
I have had a Playstation 2 games console for many years now and it is just as good now as when it first came out. This console, which has since been superceded by the playstation 3, still has great characteristics and more games than it's possible to imagine! Whilst its 'successor' has enjoyed limited success amongst serious gamers this little gem continues to shine and probably will do long after the PS3 has gone the way of older consoles. Not once in all the years I have had this has this malfunctioned (as opposed to my Xbox 360) and is still a regularly used console in our household. This is one fantastic games console and suitable for all members of the family from young children to grandparents (which personally I don't think it's main counterparts are - with the exception of the Nintendo wii). These are nowadays available for around £100 (cheaper if you look around) and in my opinion the best beginners (and onwards) console you can get. Also, as they have been around for many years the games are easy to get hold of and can be had from as little as a few pounds (especially if you trust sites like ebay). My family are lucky enough to have the PS2, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii (and will not be getting anything else!) and I can genuinely say that from a single player perspective (and on some games 2 player mode) this is the best console that we have got.
Sony PlayStation 2 Slim Console (PS2)
I first got a PS2 around four years ago, Back then I bought it for £250 with nine games and two controllers. It was a good deal back then but now the console is only around £90. I can't remember all the games that came with the console as I have lost the Box and I sold most of the games as I have a Xbox 360 and a PlayStation 3 now so I dont play the PS2 anymore.
PlayStation 2 Slim Console...
The PS2 console comes in Silver, Black and Pink but my console is Black so im going to review the black console, the other two colours are exactly the same console just different colours! The console is has a Matte black finish but has a glossy black stripe on the middle. On the bottom of the console on the top there is a "Sony" logo and on the black stripe there is two logos "PS2" and "PlayStation 2". There is no more slot loading DVD drive there is a flap and when you hit the button on the side a flap door opens up and you insert the Disc.
Ports on the PlayStation 2 Slim Console...
On the back of the console there is a Ethernet port, Optical Audio port, AV multi audio out and the Power port. On the front of the console there is two memory card inputs, a button to put the DVD door up, A power button and below there is two controller ports and two USB 2.0 Ports. There is only two controller ports but you can buy a multi controller adapter.
Information on the PlayStation 2 Slim console...
The console plays CD's, DVD's, PlayStation 2 games and PlayStation 1 games. The controller for the PlayStation 2 is DualShock 2 which means the controller vibrates but unfortunally the controller is wired although you can get wireless PS2 controllers but they arn't included with console and they arn't Sony offical.
Inside the Sony PlayStation 2 Slim Box...
A PlayStation 2 Slim Console, RGB cables, Power brick, Power cord, One Dualshock 2 Wired controller, Manuals and a Scart adapter. The memory card does not come with the PlayStation 2 Slim console you have to buy it seperatly.
Gameplay on the PlayStation 2 Slim...
The gameplay on the PS2 is good better than the the PlayStation 1 (PS1) but not as good as the PlayStation 3 (PS3). The graphics are the same if not better than the sony PSP and the Original Xbox. The games for the PlayStation 2 are good there are thousands of games for the console they are still being made and the console is out around 6 to 8 years. The best game I ever played on the PS2 was Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and all the Buzz games. Although there are more newer Buzz games out which are better than the older ones that were released on the PS2 and GTA has there newest version GTA IV. GTA:San Andreas was the best GTA ever made, if they could have the graphics and new features from GTA IV and put them into GTA: San Andreas then they would have the best game on the market in my opinion! You can play online gaming on the PS2 but I never had internet while I was really into playing the PS2 i only got Broadband around 3 years ago!
I think the PS2 was a excellent console back in 2004 but now that the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 is out, the PS2 really has been replaced but I still have mine and sometimes when I have my family parties I would put on the PS2 and play Buzz. I would recommend people to buy a PS2 if they want to buy a good PlayStation but can't afford the PS3. But otherwise I would recommend you to buy a Xbox 360!
The Playstation 2 Slim is an updated version of Sonys Playstation 2 games console
This new machine from Sony is its predecessors ridged counterpart only in miniature, its finished in the same black colour but instead of its blue PS2 logo on the front they have put a strip of reflective black plastic with the logo engraved into it. This machine is very small compared to the original and it does feel a little bit cheaper especially as the motorised disk tray has been replaced with a flip top.
This machine is specced identically to its original model utilising Sonys Emotion Engine and playing back DVDs but adds a couple of nice new features, the Network Adaptor that previously sold for around £40 is built in and allows you access to online play, the DVD remote sensor is also built in which keeps the face of the console clean.
Unboxed you will get, the new Slim Playstation 2 console, a Sony Dualshock 2 controller, AV Composite cables, power cables and a manual. For online play you will need to get an Ethernet cable and to save games a memory card is a necessary purchase.
The games library of the Playstation 2 is fully compatible with this console and it seems to play the original blue disk games better than the original models. The library is large and you can pick from many titles from Kingdom Hearts, an RPG where the universes of Square Enix and Disney cross, Killzone a realistic FPS, Ridge Racer an arcade drifting game and so many more!
If space is short this console will be the one you'll want, it offers more than its larger model and is probably only a third of the size!
The Playstation 2 Slimline (SL) is a newer design of the Playstation. Although the Slimline is smaller it still has the same capabilities as the old PS2.
The PS2 SLplays every single PS2 game that you could think of and still has the ability to play PS1 games aswell.
It is much smaller than the old PS2 which means it is easier to place in any room in the house without taking up a ridiculous amount of room. As well as being smaller it is more power efficient and gives off less heat which means it can be placed in a confined space without fear of it overheating.
Just like the original PS2 the SL can be placed either horizontally or vertically and comes with a vertical stand. The stand is detachable so that if you simply want to sit it in between a wall and a cupboard then you can do so.
The PS2 SL still has the same online capabilities that the original PS2 had and if anything the online actually works better.
The noise output is a world of difference. The PS2 SL hardly makes any sound at all compared to the Original which makes playing much more enjoyable as you can actually hear the game.
Graphics have been enhanced on the SL therefore making gameplay much more realistic and fun.
I have had My PS2 SL for around 6 years now and it has been the most reliable console i have ever bought. I would highly recommend this console to anyone who is thinking of purchasing a PS2 and definately over the Original.
As I mentioned in my review of the original PS2 'chunky' I upgraded to this version of the PS2 after my original model conked out on me and sadly had to be sent to console heaven (and I am certain it went to heaven since it was a loyal partner and game me hundreds of hours of gaming pleasure). But this review in on the Slim line, just look at it, it is TINY compared to the original and they is not a bad thing because lets face it, the chunky did take up a rather large portion of anyones cabinet, desk or whatever you use to store you gaming console on. My only dissapointment with the Slim line was the disapearence of the ejecting disc tray which I was very fond of, and is replaced (literally re-placed) with the flip lid like on the original PS and the PSX but it did save space and I have to say that I am quite fond of the new design. Another point to note it that the only way to turn off this console fully is to turn it off at the wall or unplug it completely as it will only go into standby mode, why sony chose to do this is beyond me but it has helped me avoid certain death in my room at night when its pitch black and need to navigate my way to my bed (it would make too much noise turning on my bedroom light) I have used it almost as my north star haha :)
The console its self has complete backwards compatibility with all PS2 and PS titles and accessories. You can also purchase this console in many different colours including the standard black, silver and the pink one that my sister has... Sony need a slap for that one haha.
This console is just as great as the original console and just as cool, if nor slightly cooler. It also still works unlike my Chunky.
I have had a play station 2 slimline for quite along time and i think it is a brilliant games console, it looks great and feels great, the controller is very simple and easy to use, it also feels comfortable. New games are coming out all the time and if you notice most of them are still available for ps2, another good factor is that playstation 2 games are very cheap now, i also find that the ps2 doesn't use too much power like some other game consoles. Not all of us can afford xbox 360s and playstation 3s so i think you should stick to the good old ps2 as i said there very good and they are now very cheap, a ps2 is still a great gift for yourself or your child and the graphics are still really good. i will stick with my ps2 for a long time.
Do I buy a Playstation 3 ?? that is the question, I currently own a Playstation 2 right now ( My 3rd one..more on that later )and while I don't play video games that much anymore it does everything I ask of it, and besides the need for a decent Blu-Ray player I can't think of a reason why I need a PS3.
As mentioned before I own my 3rd PS2 currently, the 1st one I had was not long after it was released and I had that for two years, then the drive stopped working ( apparently its not actually good for the original PS2's to play too many DVD's on them as it shortens the life of the DVD drive ) so I replaced that with one of the Slimline versions and then sold that when I moved to the United States and immediately on arrival went out to purchase the exact same unit .
The Playstation 2 is officially the Best Selling Console of all time with over 140 million units sold and has been on sale for almost 9 years, yet still continues to sell strongly which says alot about its quality and the quality of the games and sheer wealth of selection available.
In 2004 Sony released the Playstation 2 Slimline model which is smaller, thinner and quieter than the previous model, it also had a built in ethernet port and was overall a welcome revisement of the original PS2.
The real strength of the PS2 is and always has been its sheer number of available games and most of the most successful modern games franchises have appeared on the PS2, quite frankly I doubt if there is a PS2 owner past or present that hasn't owned at lease one copy of either one of the Grand Theft Auto franchise, the Gran Turismo franchise, the Ridge Racer franchise or the Metal Gear Solid Franchise, in particular Grand Theft Auto San Andres has sold 12 Million copies worldwide since its release and is the best selling video game ever in the United States.
One day the PS2 will have gone the way of the other legends in the Video Game world, the Sega Megadrive, the Super Nintendo and of course the Atari 2600, but I don't foresee that being for a while yet, even though there is a new generation of systems out there that outperform the PS2 in every way, it has such a dedicated fanbase, and is so well priced with a vast amount of titles that can be picked up for only a few £ , plus with its successor still north of the £200 mark its got a lot of sales left in it yet !!
The Slimline PS2 is great it is basically the original big model in a 75% smaller body and yes it really is that small only a bit longer and wider than a DVD case. It looks like a smaller version of the original so if you liked that, you will like this too.
The new PS2 is every bit as good as the old one but it doesn't have a motorized disk tray which I don't like but Sony say it stops the disk read error which plagues the older model so it can't be a bad thing. I also don't really like the fact that you have to buy a vertical stand for it.
The PS2 is when loading games is noticeably slower than the Xbox and much slower than the Gamecube the PS2 technology is almost a year older however.
It Features The PS2 Emotion Engine which runs at 297 MHz which is significantly less than the Xbox ( 733mhz )but it still provides adequate graphics performance especially in first party titles like WRC4 the graphics are mind-blowing as good as any Xbox game.
The PlayStation two ( or PStwo )as it is now called is even easier to use than its bigger brother it features a built in I/R receiver for the DVD remote but they have done away with the ilink (firewire) port which had no function on the old console.
You can connect to the Internet with your new slim PS2 and enjoy the online features (if you have broadband) because your new machine has a built in network adaptor. Personally I recommend you purchase a USB headset for online gaming as well or communicating with others is impossible. The best thing about the online service is unlike Xbox Live, for using the Xbox online, the PS2 online service is totally free. However to use the online service you need a Network access disk and code to utilize the service fully, I sent off for mine by applying on the Sony website and it took around 6 months to receive it! You do get a free copy of Hardware: Online Arena as a welcome gift though.
With thousands of games to choose from your bound to find something to your taste be it the excellent free roaming GTA San Andreas or the masterful role-playing experience of Final Fantasy X there are many great games for you to choose from. I don't like the fact that you still have to purchase a memory card costing you another £15 but memory cards do store an awful lot of data so one should be enough for most gamers.
Also in the box you get a Sony DualShock 2 which is the best controller I've used, not as comfortable as the Gamecube's but you can always reach the buttons. For multiplayer I recommend you purchase an additional controller costing around £15 and if you want to have more than 2 players you will need a multitap which will set you back another £15 .
With a price tag of around £80 it is worth it especially if you missed out on the PS2 because you had one of the other consoles. If you have a 40GB PS3 you may also want to pick up one because unfortunately they removed the backwards compatibility. It's a great machine. 4/5
A great console that served a generation well!
I owned one of these for about 7 years and its still going strong. Used to be the best console out there but recently been replaced by tthe PSP and PS3.
The controlers were amazing the first of their kind to fit to the hand! The games were seen as amazing with life like graphics...its laughable now!
Although games are still being released it is clear the PS2 has had its day!
This console is ultra reliable it runs nice and cool thanks to the great fan that is attached to it allowing many hours of gameplay.
The console was very well priced and the price dropped jsut a year after its realease and has continued to drop since then!
Overall I would recomend this console to a first time console buyer. 5 years ago I would ahve reccomended it to anyone!
While inheriting the basic functions and design philosophy of the current PlayStation 2, the internal design architecture of the new PlayStation 2 Slim has been completely overhauled, resulting in a slimmer and more lightweight form. Internal volume has been reduced by 75 percent, overall weight has been halved, and thickness trimmed down to 2.8 cm. Its size is almost as small as a hardcover book, making it easier to carry around and enjoy games and DVD videos anytime, anywhere. Equipped with an integrated Ethernet port for network gaming, the PlayStation 2 Slim sets new standards in the fusion of design and functionality!