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Hey, I've been playing the first God Of War game emulated on my Series S, and it plays fantastic, upscaled to 1080p and 60fps.

I did own a PS2 at some point during my life, but I don't think I ever bought many games for it. Does anyone have any recommendations for the system? What I'm really more after is more arcadey type games - any good shmups or scrolling brawlers?

I already know about the likes of Gran Turismo, Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 and all the AAA stuff - anyone know of any more hidden gems?

Thanks!

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Hulk: Ultimate Destruction, X-Men Legends 1&2, The Punisher, Maximo: Ghosts to Glory, Burnout 3, Dynasty Warriors 3 or 4, the Onimusha games, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, Devil May Cry... I don't think I'm helping with hidden gems!

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God Hand, Gradius V.

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This is the exact kind of thing I've been exploring myself lately. Not all of these are arcadey, but I tried to put ones that are nearer the top of each list. But at the risk of repeating stuff I've already been posting about a lot recently...

- God Hand
- Gungrave (the first one anyway)
- Bujingai: The Forsaken City
- Ghost Rider
- Auto Modellista (JP version plays better than US/EU version)
- Tokyo Xtreme Racer 3 (this franchise has many subseries, but this is probably the best mainline)
- I-Ninja
- Castlevania: Lament of Innocence and Curse of Darkness
- Legacy of Kain (at least the Soul Reaver/Defiance trilogy, but the first isn't on PS2, best played on Dreamcast)

Games that aren't really "hidden" but don't get talked about much:
- SSX 3 and On Tour
- Midnight Club 2 and 3
- Zone of the Enders (the PS4/PC "MVRS" remaster of the sequel is a better experience for that one)
- Drakengard 1 and 2 (a very acquired taste, but worth checking out if you enjoy Nier)
- Yakuza 1 and 2 (some argue these versions are aesthetically superior to the remakes, the first has a patch to restore the original Japanese audio)

Games I haven't tried yet but I have heard good things about:
- Oni
- Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
- Shinobi
- The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge (action game made by the DMC studio)
- Samurai Champloo: Sidetracked (a pre-No More Heroes Suda51 action game)
- Berserk: Millennium Falcon Arc: Chapter of the Holy Demon War (Japan only game that has an English fan translation)
- Way of the Samurai 1 and 2 (later sequels came to 7th gen and PC)
- Valkyrie Profile 2

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Gregory Horror Show.

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Thanks all! Plenty to check out there. Re: God Hand, I remember buying that when it came out digitally on PS3 (it was just the PS2 version, not a remaster or anything) but for some reason I never played more than an hour or so of it. Will have to go back and give it a proper go.

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I own 286 PS2 games.

Here is my backloggery list. I recommend you go through it and look up stuff you don't know.

https://backloggery.com/games.php?user=Lard&console=PS2

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Outrun 2006: Coast 2 Coast if pretty much a must-have if you're into the arcade-y racers. Absurdly smooth gameplay with a presentation that holds up and an absolute bang-load of content - Outrun 2, Outrun 2 SP and a bunch of home-exclusive stuff to keep you busy. The campaign stuff can be a bit tedious if you're trying to binge it, but not really an issue if you're dipping in and out in spurts.

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Ah yes! Forgot that was on PS2, it's always been a PSP game to me - will definitely get that downloaded. I wish it would come to Switch.

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The OG Xbox version of C2C is the best though, but they're all great.

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ratsoalbion wrote: October 4th, 2022, 1:03 pm The OG Xbox version of C2C is the best though, but they're all great.
Ah I do actually remember having it for Xbox back in the day now you mention it. Shame it's not available digitally any more.

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It is indeed.

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Reminds me that I discovered recently the OG Xbox version of C2C is absurdly expensive due to a low print run.

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Alex79 wrote: October 1st, 2022, 2:47 pm I did own a PS2 at some point during my life, but I don't think I ever bought many games for it. Does anyone have any recommendations for the system? What I'm really more after is more arcadey type games - any good shmups or scrolling brawlers?
Okay, I went through my list of games and selected some games I think fit your criteria.

If you're looking for "arcadey games", then I'll recommend the following:

The 007 games (Nightfire and Agent Under Fire)
Amplitude and Frequency
Ape Escape 2 and 3 (I quite like 3)
Atari Anthology
Activision Anthology
The Bouncer
Bully
Castle Shikigami 2
Crazy Taxi
Devil Kings
Devil May Cry 1 and 3
Driving Emotion Type-S
Fire Pro Wrestling
The Getaway
Ghosthunter
Giants Citizen Kabuto
Gungriffon Blaze
I-Ninja
Ico
Killer 7
Mark of Kri/Rise of the Kasai
Max Payne 1&2
Maximo/Maximo vs. Army of Zin
Medal of Honor Frontline
Midway Arcade Treasures 1-3
Need for Speed Hot Pursuit 2
Parappa 2
The Punisher
Raiden III
Rez
Robotech - Battlecry/Invasion
Samurai Western
Secret Weapons of Normandy
Silent Scope 1-3
Silpheed - The Lost Planet
Skygunner
Snoopy vs the Red Baron (seriously, it's excellent)
Star Wars Battlefront I & II
Steambot Chronicles
Super Monkey Ball 1 & 2
Tekken Tag
Timesplitters 1-3
Unreal Tournament
Virtual-On Marz
X-Men Legends I & II
XIII

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Nice one mate, thanks :)

I remember hearing that Snoopy game was a surprise great game a while back, will certainly give it a look.

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I'd add James Bond Everything or Nothing into the Bond mix too

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duskvstweak wrote: October 1st, 2022, 4:03 pm Hulk: Ultimate Destruction, X-Men Legends 1&2, The Punisher, Maximo: Ghosts to Glory, Burnout 3, Dynasty Warriors 3 or 4, the Onimusha games, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, Devil May Cry... I don't think I'm helping with hidden gems!
I second Dynasty Warriors 3 or 4. They can be a little janky at times, like when you have too many guys on screen and the dudes you're fighting start glitching in and out. But they're still a lot of fun to play I think, and the gameplay is really simple. Only thing is, you do have to spend a little bit of time raising stats and acquiring equipment, so maybe not the kind of jump in and go thing you're (Alex) looking for?

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I haven't played Twisted Metal: Black for over a decade, but I LOVED it back in the day, and I think it fits the bill.

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