Fifteen years ago today, PlayStation 2 was released in Japan. So happy Birthday PS2! Maybe you’re a retro console now? Personally I don’t want to call the PS2 a retro console just yet, but it is 15 years old, so it kind of is to be honest!
Let me tell you the PlayStation 2 games that I really enjoyed…
First up there’s Shadow of the Colossus. This game really pushed the PlayStation Hardware to it’s limit, even slowing the system down to achieve it’s scope and epic-ness. You play as a young warrior called Wanda, who enters a forbidden land to revive his recently deceased lover and is told that if he slays each of the fifteen Colossi roaming the land, his lover will come back to life. You take on each Colossi by climbing onto them that makes the game feel a bit like a 3D Prince Persia, what I mean by that is the original game, not sands of time; locate a weak spot and stab it multiple times. This is a game that every PS2 owner should own, and if you don’t there’s even a PS3 remake along side with Ico that plays the game with PS3 hardware, so there’s no slow down like it’s PS2 version. Continue reading →
Yup, on the 5th of November, us Brits celebrate something called “Guy Fawkes Night”, where we celebrate the fact we executed a terrorist who attempted to blow up the House of Commons and Lords with dynamite and failed. Sounds a bit gruesome and nasty, but unlike the depiction of Guy Fawkes in V For Vendetta, Guy was a nut case who ran around Germany and Holland killing off Lutherans to support the Catholic Roman Holy Empire… So yeah, he deserved what he got to be honest… But let’s not think of that! Let’s think about why us Brits like Guy Fawkes night! Beer, bonfires, and fireworks! So let me show off Fireworks in Video games!
The first example of Fireworks in video games that I can think of is in Super Mario Bros on the NES. By grabbing the flag pole at the end on the level with the last digit on the time showing a number six, you’re awarded bonus points and six fireworks shooting off. You can do the same thing with three as the last digit on the time for three fireworks, and one for one firework. Continue reading →