Sunday, May 15, 2011

A Couple Classics...

It'll be a little while before I give a review on Crysis 2, so I'd thought I'd share with you a couple of my favorite games from the previous generation consoles.


First one is Time Splitters 2. An absolute favorite. It's not so much a story-driven game, as it is a collections of mini-games, challenges and multiplayer modes. But that's what makes the game a huge success.

Single player campaign was fun. Each level was set in a different time era with its own set of weapons and characters unique to that time era. And the fact that your progress would be graded on a bronze, silver, gold scale, made you replay each level.

Multiplayer mode was the best part. The sheer craziness of seeing monkeys, zombies, cowboys and tons of other misfits gun it out on a variety of maps kept me playing for hours on end. It's similar to any other deathmatch style gameplay, with a bunch of variants.

Challenge mode was a lot of fun too. It had an extensive collection of mini games, like surviving hordes of zombies, and smashing glass windows with grenade launchers. By completing these challenges, you'll unlock more playable characters and levels.

If you haven't played this game, I strongly suggest you find a copy and play it. If it had online play, it may just be the best multiplayer game ever.

My second favorite game on the PS2 was the very first Red Faction. It didn't have a very strong multiplayer in comparison to Time Splitters, but it was still pretty fun. The story mode is what really pulled me in.

Earth's minerals are almost depleted, so the Ultor Corporation are recruiting miners to collect the resources on Mars. You start off in your regular work spot, mining, when you witness a Security Guard mistreating a fellow miner, and then killing him. Finally fed up with the horrible conditions, you take up arms and lead a rebellion against the Ultor Corporation. A security technician gone rogue helps you out through the complex as you fight your way to the end.

You'll encounter security guards, tanks, robots and mutants as enemies. The mutants are a result of the experimenting of nano-technology the Ultor Corporation has been doing on the miners.

One of the games distinct and very cool features, is geo-mod technology. You're able to destroy parts of the environment around you to help you through the game. If a door is locked, just blast around it and continue forward. Although you can't destroy everything, it's still fun to waste time (and ammo) creating your own pathways.

I also recommend you play through the first Red Faction if you've never played it. It's about 15-20 hours long, but worth every minute.

And those are my two favorite games from the PS2. James Bond: Nightfire came very close, but didn't have the lasting appeal as Time Splitters 2 and Red Faction did. What do you guy think? What were your favorite games from the previous generation?

48 comments:

  1. i have never gotten a chance to play the first red faction, but i have Red Faction: Guerrilla on my xbox 360, and i love the destructibility of the environment. its just so much fun to find new buildings to level

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  2. Matrix! I think it was on PS2, very good, very similar to movies

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  3. They both seem like really awesome games, but back then I was more of the Ratchet&Clank type.. loved Jurassic Park too.

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  4. Damn, timesplitters was awesome!

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  5. I think i played timesplitters 2. Good ol ps2 days.

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  6. I remember Time Splitters. Seems like so long ago, it was a decent game.

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  7. Oh man I love these games! They're really awesome!

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  8. Never had a ps2 but the red faction on ps3 was pretty sweet

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  9. AH!!! RED FACTION AND TIMESPLITTERS 2! my two favorite games ever!

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  10. havent played any of these, but they sure look awesome!

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  11. The challenges were the best part of Timesplitters 2. Those big, glove headed things haunt me to this day.

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  12. Red faction two is one of my favorite games. the gameplay and storyline is very unique and i still find myself playing it again and again!

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  13. I'd rather have a better storyline than a better multiplayer game any day. Also need that review on Crysis 2! My system can finally run it.

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  14. Oh man just reading this brought back so many memories. The snake mini-game I must have played every time I played the game.

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  15. I got to try one of this titles. Good game.

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  16. best thing about red faction was blowing up walls that actually exploded.

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  17. timesplitters! loved that game

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  18. Oh man, I loved me some red faction!

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  19. I loved the first red faction! I remember going over to my friends house and trying it, I'm not going to lie, I got my ass kicked. Nostalgia =].

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  20. I played TimeSplitters 2 once, I did not understand it at all, well...I was like 8 at the time. Never played Red Faction though...

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  21. jesus did i used to love these

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  22. sweet! i'll have to check it out!

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  23. Great review. I haven't played Timespliters 2, I'll try to find a copy.

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  24. they both seem like awesome games, you have me convinced!

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  25. Who cares about Sony or any console... PC ftw :D

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  26. I spent so much time on Timesplitters, how ironic..

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  27. I was well into red faction! Nostalgia time!

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  28. The Driver series & GTA SA was the one for me :D

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  29. i have the original ts2 in my house!

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  30. I loved time splitters was such an awesome game. Used to go to a friends and just sit there and play multiplayer for hours!

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  31. Haven't played any of the Time Splitters, but I used to play the shit out of the first Red Faction. Was a great Goldeneye like game where me and my bros would play split screen for hours.

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  32. loved the first red faction, such a fun game

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  33. I would love to get into red faction!

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  34. I luved TS2, never played the original Red Faction but I have played the newer one, red faction guerrilla

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  35. Red Faction: the only game where you could dig your own foxhole in multiplayer and hide.

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  36. Those are some fantastic classics, Red Faction held my attention for at least 7-8 months, and that is much longer than most games I stay on top of.

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  37. I would play my friends first to 25 for money. I use TO RAPE everyone in timesplitters. That game was godlike. The story mode is cool, and I don't play casual games.

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  38. I thought I was the only one who played red faction. The flamethrower was great ;)

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  39. Damn i loved these games, esecially timesplitters <3 ps2.. think i might get one for the memories :)

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