Fun, Anyone?

Last Friday, we purchased a Playstation 2 gaming console at EB Games at the Melbourne Central Shopping Centre for cheap. We also bought around five pre-owned (second-hand) games from EB Games, too, as they were cheap to begin with but they were also discounted again (10% to 50%) due to some seasonal promotion.

Never much of a console gamer, really. I preferred to play First-person shooter games like Half-Life 2, Unreal Tournament 2004 and Counter-Strike on the PC. The only time I played console games while here in Australia was when I visit my friend Randolf.

Back in 2000 when I first moved to Australia in Sydney, I lived in a shared accomodation provided for by my employer then. One of my housemates was Randolf and he owned a Sega Dreamcast and all of us would play against each other on games like Guilty Gear and Soul Calibur. Later on, when we moved to Canberra, he got a Playstation 2 and XBox and he would invite me over every weekend to play.

A few years later, I found myself owning my very own gaming console. It’s a little late though as a new version of Playstation was reported to be in the works and would be available as early as early next year.

However, the major selling point for me on getting a Playstation 2 at this time was because the console is selling for cheap nowadays as well as its games. Okay, so maybe brand new games for PS2 is still as expensive as it was before but there are not a lot of pre-owned PS2 games at EB and those are cheaply priced. So far, we have Soul Calibur II, Dragonball Z: Budokai 3, The Sims Bustin’ Out, Kingdom Hearts and Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance.

I was hoping there’d be some Dance Dance Revolution incarnations of the game for the PS2 but unfortunately there weren’t, at least here in Australia. It seems like those games are only popular in America and Asia. And since Japan and America both use the NTSC system for their TVs, I couldn’t import any games from their region.

You may also ask, why not an XBox instead? Well, to be honest, I was tempted in getting an XBox instead of a PS2. Here are my reasons why I didn’t:

  • XBox to is going to be released some time this year. So, if I buy an XBox now, it will just become obsolete. At least with the PS2, I will have a year more before it becomes obsolete.
  • We have a PSOne and the controllers for that game is compatible with PS2. PS2 only comes with one controller and an extra controller is worth about $50. XBox also comes with one controller so we’d be one controller short if we got an XBox instead.
  • We have PSOne games which we can use on the PS2 but not on the XBox.
  • There seems to be more games for the PS2 even now. The games I like on the XBox are games that I’d rather play on my PC which I already have (like Doom III).

Anyway, I’m quite pleased with our gaming console. It’s just so easy to turn on and play unlike when I want to play on the PC. Any game I buy for the PS2 will surely run decently on the machine whereas if I buy a PC game, there is a chance that my machine wouldn’t be able to cope with the game’s requirements.

I can’t wait for top-rated games that will be released for the PS2 this year like The Sims 2 (for PS2), Soul Calibur III (will be exclusive to PS2 only) and God of War. So, fun, anyone? I’m sure having some.

Published in: on May 2, 2005 at 5:33 pm  Comments (1)