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Nerds Without Pants Special: The List 2, Part 4

We did it! We listed every PS2 game!

No, I didn’t forget that we have this last part of the Nerds Without Pants PS2 list special to release! I’m just…really lazy, y’all. But here it is! Not sure if we’ll ever do another one of these, but there’s something kinda fun about just going through an entire console library, so never say never.

 

Also, the PS2 had some weird, cool games.


 

Comments

SanAndreas

01/29/2022 at 06:06 AM

Awesome to see you picked up Sakura Wars. Aside from the fact that it's a type of game I love from one of my favorite lineages of that genre, it was also the last new PS2 release I ever bought. It came out in March 2010, which was when Final Fantasy XIII came out on PS3 and 360.  Almost exactly a decade later I bought Sakura Wars on PS4. 

Scarface was a late 6th generation game. The only 7th generation console that got a port of it was, ironically, the Wii, probably because the Wii maxed out at 480p instead of 1080 like the PS3 and 360. A 360 port had been in development, but it got cancelled. 

I loved Virtua Fighter 4 myself. I never bought any Namco fighting games on PS2 because it was that good. I did get Soulcalibur 2 on Gamecube, of course, because Heihachi was kind of lame (how difficult would it have been for Namco to go to Square Enix and say hey, could we borrow Cloud or Sephiroth?)

Xenosaga was bizarre, and I don't mean in the way Xeno games are bizarre. Xenosaga is like they built an entire series around Xenogears Disc 2 - you know, the part of Xenogears that got truncated into a bunch of cut scenes and dungeons because Square needed the money and manpower to work on Final Fantasy VIII. It was supposed to get six parts originally. I think the only thing they ended up accomplishing was selling KOS-MOS models and body pillows. Even Takahashi had a lot of regrets over it. Xenoblade Chronicles was when Xenogears finally got a proper follow-up. 

Oh, yeah, Yugioh is still around. Konami probably makes more money on it than they ever did on Metal Gear. 

Julian Titus Senior Editor

02/05/2022 at 02:33 PM

That's an interesting take. I liked Xenogears, but I LOVED Xenosaga. I'm not sure why I never played 2 and 3...they much have come out near other games I was more interested in. I own the whole trilogy and I would eventually like to play them all.

Or sell them for a thousand dollars or some nonsense.

SanAndreas

02/05/2022 at 08:47 PM

I had high hopes for Xenosaha. Xenogears was my second favorite game of 1998 after Ocarina of Time. It was my favorite PS1 game that didn't have the word "Final" in the title. Xenosaga was quite a slog, and I play a lot of games that others would consider to be a slog. I dropped it by the wayside when I got a GameCube and started playing WInd Waker and Skies of Arcadia Legends. I did feel kind of bad when it fizzled out, but Xenoblade more than made up for it. I actually loved it more than Xenogears.

And I wish my copy of Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance hadn't been stolen....

Booky

02/13/2022 at 05:35 AM

Rygar PS2 I remember being super decent.  Actually, I went back and played the NES one not too long ago and was surprised how interesting that one was.  If it was just a little newer I think it'd be more of a cult hit.  Wonder why they never made a sequel to either of those?

Tony Hawk was good until Project 8 which introduced a really bad SKATE-influenced board catching maneuver and multi million point challenges in the first level, Proving Ground despite the bad name was also really good.  THUG was good but THUG2 was like the best, I think that's the one with the still insane modding community.  Weirdly neither of those are as bad as the later Wii/DS ones but then again SKATE had Skate It for the Wii/DS which were abysmal too.  I guess everything was cursed around that time!

The Warriors was great.  The movie has... issues but it's still fun.  I'll never forgive Rockstar for bailing on both the spiritual sequel to this (We Are The Mods) or the Bully ones.  Rockstar really doesn't do anything for me anymore and I hate that they continue to fail upwards (mostly in reference to their recent ports).

Honestly, not a ton I'd played this time but at least I didn't get stomach flu again right after!  (fingers crossed).  Thanks for The List!

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