PlayStation 2 News

December2017

  • News The European Version of Jak II Looks Like a Disaster on PS4

    But a fix is fortunately coming

    As if being subjected to the downright dismal Jak II wasn’t punishment enough, the PAL version has launched in a sorry state. As has become infuriatingly frequent with these PS2 Classics emulations, Sony has opted to release the European edition in the Old World, which has resulted in some kind of weird slowdown...

  • Hands On Jak X Helps Plug a Hole in PS4's Library

    Has it really come to this?

    Jak X: Combat Racing has released on the PlayStation 4 as a PS2 Classic and it’s made us realise just how rubbish Sony’s new-gen console is for good ol’ arcade racers. They exist, of course: Trackmania Turbo’s fine; DriveClub’s decent (although it’s more simcade than, say, SEGA Rally). But where are the...

  • News Jak & Daxter's PS4 Re-Releases Will Delight Trophy Fans

    Pricing's pretty decent, too

    The trio of Jak & Daxter titles set to release on the PlayStation 4 this week as PS2 Classics will come with 118 Trophies in tow – and that’s ignoring Jak & Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, which launched earlier in the year. All of the titles include Platinum Trophies, with Jak X: Combat Racing receiving...

  • News Retro PS2 Clock Theme Releases on PS4 Next Week

    Wump

    After the awesome PSone Anniversary Theme, we’re surprised that Sony hasn’t capitalised on its legacy with more throwback backgrounds. Fortunately, it’s announced this humdinger inspired by the PS2’s legendary clock. If you’re not sure what we’re referring to, here’s the last-last-gen console’s timepiece in all of its glory:...

  • News Trio of Jak & Daxter Titles Launch on PS4 Next Week

    Jak's back

    They were spotted on the PlayStation Store a few days ago, and now they’ve been dated: Jak II, Jak 3, and Jak X: Combat Racing will complete the Jak & Daxter series on the PlayStation 4 from 6th December – well, assuming you ignore the handful of PSP spin-offs anyway. A

November2017

  • News Jak & Daxter's PS4 Re-Releases Can't Be Too Far Away Now

    Team eco

    There’s no way around it: Sony’s PS2 Classics initiative has been embarrassing. While the ports are generally pretty good – complete with Trophy functionality, upscaling, and integration with the PlayStation 4’s operating system – they’ve been slow to release, and so many essentials from the last-last-gen console’s catalogue...

October2017

  • Feature The Best PS2 Classics That Must Come to PS4

    Greatest hits

    Sony’s commitment to its PS2 Classics program has been shaky at best, but with the initiative not discontinued (as far as we can tell), we've been pondering which last-last-gen titles deserve the upscale-and-Trophies treatment. While we had planned to put together a short list, the Japanese giant's legendary system had so many hits...

  • News Final Fantasy VII's Cloud Was Nearly the Guest Star in PS2 SoulCalibur II

    Strife almighty

    Console wars were once so different. They didn’t hinge on Digital Foundry face-offs or timed exclusives, but instead guest characters in Bandai Namco’s unforgettable fighter, SoulCalibur II. Those of a certain age may recall that battle lines were drawn over Link, Spawn, and Heihachi – but victory was almost within the...

  • News PS4 Exclusives Heavily Discounted in EU PlayStation Store Sale

    Save on PS3, Vita, PS2, and PSone titles, too

    Sony’s leading with PlayStation exclusives in the latest European PlayStation Store sale – and this promotion covers a lot of ground. Whether it’s new-ish blockbusters like Horizon: Zero Dawn (£24.99), Ratchet & Clank (£11.99), and WipEout Omega Collection (£12.99) or remasters such as...

September2017

August2017

  • News Licensed PlayStation Hoodies Celebrate Two Iconic Consoles

    Live in your world

    If flaunting your PlayStation fandom is something you like to do, then Merchoid have a couple of new licensed hoodies designed for you. Inspired by the PSone and PlayStation 2, the £44.99 pullovers celebrate Sony’s classic consoles by reflecting their colour schemes and designs. The PSone top, for example, has a large circular...

  • Poll Is Persona 5 the Best Persona Game?

    Now it's personal

    Now that Persona 5 has been out for a good few months, we thought it was about time to ask the ultimate question: is it the best Persona game? Atlus' latest entry in the role-playing series was met with universal critical acclaim and it's safe to say that gamers went absolutely nuts for it. It quickly became the best selling title...

  • News Jak & Daxter's PS4 Trophies Go Live Ahead of Launch

    Free with Uncharted: The Lost Legacy pre-orders

    Jak & Daxter’s coming to the PlayStation 4 next week as a PS2 Classic, and its Trophies have hit Sony’s servers in preparation for the platformer’s release. This is the same list as on the PlayStation 3, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble gobbling up that Platinum in a single...

July2017

  • News Jak & Daxter Tetralogy Nearing PS4 Release

    Jak box party pack

    Jak & Daxter will make the leap of faith to the PlayStation 4 imminently it seems, as all four of Naughty Dog’s classic PlayStation 2 titles have been rated by American ratings board, the ESRB. The titles were confirmed for Sony’s new-gen console some time back – with the Precursor Legacy becoming a pre-order bonus for

May2017

  • News One More PS2 Classic Confirmed for PS4 Next Week

    Eternal Ring by From Software lined up

    From Software wasn’t always a household name behind some of the biggest action role-playing games in the industry, y’know? Prior to the surprise success of Demon’s Souls, the Japanese developer was making niche titles like the King’s Field series and Eternal Ring. Speaking of which, the latter is set to...

  • Video How Does Resident Evil: Code Veronica X Look on PS4?

    Claire almighty

    A true classic has arrived as, er, a PS2 Classic on the PlayStation 4 today: Resident Evil: Code Veronica X. This is the first Capcom title to take advantage of Sony’s emulation technology, and it’ll hopefully pave the way for more in the future. In terms of features, it’s packing a Platinum Trophy and is compatible with all of...

April2017

March2017

  • News Star Ocean: Till the End of Time Is Looking Tasty on PS4

    Out now in Japan

    It looks like Sony has subtly reminded publishers that it launched a PS2 Classics program a few years back, as we're starting to see a steady trickle of enhanced ports arrive on the PlayStation 4 again. One that's just come out in Japan is Star Ocean: Till the End of Time, and you can see how it's made the transition courtesy of the...

  • Video Can Harvest Moon Still Promise a Wonderful Life on PS4?

    The best barn none?

    Poor old Harvest Moon's had its thunder stolen by Stardew Valley somewhat, hasn't it? A Wonderful Life launched as a PS2 Classic on the PlayStation 4 this week, and we captured the super slow first 15 minutes so that you can see how it looks on Sony's new-gen console. It's definitely dated, but it's got a certain charm don't you...

  • News Harvest Moon Sows a Wonderful Life on PS4

    PS2 Classic arrives on PS4

    Poor old Harvest Moon – we'd be doing cartwheels over the re-release of A Wonderful Life on the PlayStation 4 as a PlayStation 2 Classic if it hadn't been gazumped by Stardew Valley. As it happens, this isn't quite the hype-inducing release that Natsume perhaps may have been hoping for. Nevertheless,

February2017

  • News Now's Your Chance to Catch Up on All the Yakuza Games

    Feeling Japanese

    At long last, the Yakuza series has stepped out of its underground mire and into the mainstream, which means that it's a perfect time for you to polish off Yakuza 0 and pick up every entry in the series. And here's the ideal opportunity: one quick-thinking retailer has ordered retail reprints of the entire series thus far, meaning...

  • News Stuntman: Ignition Is Driving Dangerously to PS4

    Car crash entertainment

    Surprisingly enjoyable Stuntman sequel Stuntman: Ignition looks like it's set to hit a jump ramp onto the PlayStation 4, as the game has popped up on European ratings firm PEGI's website. While the game did release on the PlayStation 3, it's likely that this is the PlayStation 2 version

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September2016

  • Video Is Hot Shots Tennis a Winner on PS4?

    Everybody's arcade favourite

    New Hot Shots Golf is really starting to shape up judging by its Tokyo Game Show trailers – it's just taking an eternity to tee off. (Okay, so maybe that's a slight exaggeration, but Clap-Hanz will have been working on its first PlayStation 4 instalment for almost half a decade when it deploys in Summer 2017. Insane.)...

  • News Hot Shots Tennis Aces Its Way to PS4 This Week

    Arriving in Wawrinka an eye

    PlayStation 2 smash Hot Shots Tennis will serve up some racquet action on the PlayStation 4 at last this week, with Clap Hanz's classic arcade sporting title hitting a winner on Sony's new-gen system. The title's currently only confirmed for North America as part of the platform holder's weekly 'The Drop' post on the...

August2016

  • Video Making a Murderer in Fahrenheit on PS4

    Indigo prophecy

    This author was running a different website when Fahrenheit (or Indigo Prophecy) released in 2005, and it really blew your humble host's mind. It kickstarted the soft spot that we have for French developer Quantic Dream; its games aren't perfect by any stretch, but it genuinely tries to push boundaries that so many others fear...

  • Video Is PS2 Classic Ape Escape 2 Still Top Banana on PS4?

    Do the monkey with us

    Ape Escape 2 released on the PlayStation Store for the PS4 this week – and we've been monkeying around with it. The popular PlayStation 2 platformer definitely shows its age in the controls and presentation department, but it runs nicely on Sony's new-gen system, and the upscaled visuals actually hold up surprisingly well...

  • News Quantic Dream Classic Fahrenheit Covers Up a Murder from 9th August

    Knife to know

    Want to witness the origins of Quantic Dream's innovative interactive drama? Fahrenheit (also known as Indigo Prophecy in the United States) will launch on the PlayStation 4 as a PlayStation 2 Classic starting 9th August in North America and 10th August in Europe. We've no idea why there's an additional day delay in the Old World,...

  • News PS2 Classic Ape Escape 2 Does the Monkey on PS4

    B-A-N-A-N-A-S

    As the great Gwen Stefani once sang: "This s*it is bananas. B-A-N-A-N-A-S." And we suppose that Ape Escape 2 is a bit bananas, seeing as it sees you attempt to scoop up monkeys with a futuristic fishing net. The second game in the series launched on the PlayStation 4 last night as part of Sony's PS2 Classics initiative, where it will...

July2016

  • News You'll Be Able To Catch Ape Escape 2 on PS4 Soon

    Bananarama

    Here's another game that has all but been confirmed to be releasing in the near future thanks to its Trophies leaking: Ape Escape 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 as part of the PS2 on PS4 program, which has recently brought the likes of Psychonauts and The Warriors to the system. Taking a look at the Trophies on Exophase, you'll be a

  • News Fahrenheit's PS4 Trophies May Raise Your Temperature

    Cool

    PlayStation 2 classic Fahrenheit – known as Indigo Prophecy in North America – was supposed to be out on the PlayStation 4 by now, but it hit a last-minute hitch. Fortunately, the Quantic Dream developed narrative-driven adventure doesn't appear to be too far away, as its Trophies have appeared online. You'll be fighting the Millennium...

  • Feature The Making of Cancelled PS2 Sci-Fi Shooter EXO

    The story of Sheffield's most ambitious undertaking

    Scheduled 60 years in the future where a ruthless corporation and its cyber terrorists hold a city to ransom, EXO pushed the creativity and technological innovation of a Sheffield company to the limit and promised to be a blockbusting, game-changer for the PlayStation 2. Creative supremo Glyn...

  • News New Documentary Will Depict How PlayStation Conquered the World

    And you can help fund it

    PlayStation's big business these days, but that wasn't always the case. Back in the early 90s, electronics giant Sony was rather reluctant to create its own console – with its board of directors voting against Ken Kutaragi's proposal. The firm's wily CEO Norio Ohga believed in the project so much, though, that he sent...

  • News Rockstar's The Warriors Brawls to PS4

    Can you dig it?

    Rockstar's made some unexpected games over the years, with The Warriors being one of them. Based upon the 1979 movie of the same name – which itself was inspired by a 1965 novel – the game's essentially a beat-'em-up, which originally released all the way back in 2005 on the PlayStation 2. And now, via Sony's emulation...

  • News PS2 Compilation Metal Slug Anthology Runs 'n' Guns to PS4

    Slug life

    There's been a steady trickle of PlayStation 2 titles launching on the PlayStation 4 since Sony rolled out its PS2 Classics initiative, and it looks like Metal Slug Anthology will be next up if the PlayStation Blogcast is to be believed. As is the case with all of these emulated outings, you can expect upscaled 1080p presentation and...

June2016

  • E3 2016 Fight the Internet in Quantic Dream's Fahrenheit on PS4 Next Month

    Coming 18th July

    Detroit: Become Human isn't expected to release until next year following the lack of a release date at E3 2016, but we'll still get our hands on some Quantic Dream action before 2017 in the form of a remaster of the PlayStation 2 title Fahrenheit - otherwise known as Indigo Prophecy to American readers. The game will receive a...

  • News PS2 Platformer Psychonauts Is Out on PS4 Now

    Well, in North America

    PlayStation 2 platformer Psychonauts is getting a sequel as well as a PlayStation VR spin-off, but you may be wondering what this series is all about. The original's a bit of a cult classic, launching to muted sales but real critical acclaim, and now it's getting another shot at success on the PlayStation 4, courtesy of...

  • News Japan Votes for PlayStation's Most Memorable Games

    Long in the memory

    Famitsu, the famous Japanese gaming magazine, is celebrating its 30th anniversary – and it's asked readers to vote for their most memorable games per console as a consequence. A whopping 2,921 people responded, with the rules stating that participants could only pen one title per platform. We've included the top ten titles for...

  • Video Has Manhunt Come Dressed to Kill on PS4?

    Making a murderer

    One of the most controversial games of the PlayStation 2 era slipped a noose around the neck of the PlayStation 4 recently, and we figured that it was worth checking out. Manhunt is the latest title to be spruced up for Sony's new-gen system, with Trophies and 1080p visuals added to the very bloody broth. But is it worth...

May2016

  • News PS4 Reveals Its Primal Side with Upcoming PS2 Classic

    Tate re-modern

    Guerrilla Cambridge's somewhat forgotten PlayStation 2 action title Primal will flash its pointed teeth at the PlayStation 4 next week, as the 2003 action title is set to join the platform holder's selection of ported classics. You can expect full Trophy support and 1080p presentation in this re-visited release, which is due out as...

  • Site News Uncharted 2 Is PlayStation's Greatest Ever Game According to Push Square Readers

    Calm down

    Ever industrious Push Square reader themcnoisy couldn't have timed the results for our greatest PlayStation game poll any better, could he? For those who haven't been keeping tabs, readers have been voting on the best games ever released on a Sony system for months now – you may remember that we posted about the top 64 titles ea

  • News Sony Santa Monica's Kinetica Racing to PS4

    Round the bend

    Before the days of a certain irate god, Sony Santa Monica made a racing game called Kinetica – and it looks like it's coming to the PlayStation 4. The long forgotten PlayStation 2 title – heavily inspired by the likes of WipEout and F-Zero – has been rated for re-release on Sony's new-gen system by European classifications...

  • Video Is Max Payne Still on Target on PS4?

    Bullet time

    Max Payne stealth released on the PlayStation Store as a refreshed PlayStation 2 title for the PlayStation 4 recently, so we figured that we'd take it for a spin to see how it holds up. You can watch us play through an hour or so via the video embedded above, and remember to subscribe to our YouTube channel for much more content like...

April2016

March2016

  • Video Does Bully Still Rule the School on PS4?

    We don't need no education

    Rockstar stealth released Bully, the legendary PlayStation 2 boarding school simulator, on the PlayStation 4 this week – and we've squeezed into our old uniform in order to put it through its paces. This port packs upgraded visuals and full Trophy support – but beware: the controls haven't exactly aged gracefully.

  • Soapbox Evolution Studios Had Miserable Luck But Will Be Greatly Missed

    Sammy Barker says goodbye to a dev with real identity

    There are certain studios that get under your skin, irrespective of output. With the greatest of respect to all of the talented people at production powerhouses like Ubisoft Montreal and EA Canada, said developers don't really exude the kind of identifiable culture that's prevalent at Media...

  • News Rockstar Classics Bully and Manhunt Stealth Release on PS4

    Back to school

    This is a pleasant surprise: legendary Rockstar releases Bully and Manhunt are available, er, now on the European PlayStation Store. The former – one of this author's favourite PlayStation 2 games – is even packing a Platinum Trophy, as per Exophase. There's no wor

  • News This Custom Crash Bandicoot PS2 Is Pretty Incredible

    Aku Aku approves

    We've laid our eyes on many a customised console over the years, but every now and again, you spy a machine that really goes above and beyond what you expect. With mod jobs being a hot topic these days, we're always on the lookout for some cool designs, and we reckon that this Crash Bandicoot inspired PlayStation 2 is absolutely...

February2016

  • Site News Our Forum Wants to Find Your Favourite Ever PlayStation Game

    Time to vote

    Organisational idol themcnoisy is back with another awesome forum contest, with the objective this time to determine the greatest PlayStation game of all time. There'll be a slew of rounds, contests, and battles before the ultimate winner is crowned, with the prologue stage well underway as we write. You've got until 29th February to...

January2016

December2015

  • News Tons More Classic PS2 Games Rated for PS4

    Wild Arms! Siren! Primal!

    There's some discontent with Sony's decision to charge for PlayStation 2 titles on the PlayStation 4, but personally we're loving the Trophy enhanced retro releases. And so we're excited to learn that several more classics have been rated by the ESRB, including sight jacking horror sim Siren and the excellent

  • News Sony: We Put Time and Money into PS2 Titles on PS4

    Platform holder defends pricing

    PlayStation 2 games on the PlayStation 4 have prompted the closest thing to a backlash in the PlayStation Nation for years. Sony's charging between $9.99 and $14.99 for the re-releases, but some people think that they should be free for people that either own the original DVDs or bought them on the PlayStation 3...

  • News Time to Tell Sony Which PS2 Games You Want on PS4

    All of the games

    Sony's proven this generation that it's really receptive to feedback, and it wants your help with its new PlayStation 2 ports initiative. Much like its 'Building the List' promotion a few years ago, it now wants to know which classics you want to play with improved presentation and Trophy support on the PlayStation 4 – and all...

  • News PaRappa the Rapper 2 Spits Fire on PS4 Next Week

    Kick, port, it's all in the mind

    After rumours last week that Max Payne could be ported to the PlayStation 4, the latest edition of the PlayStation Blogcast announced a new game for the new-gen system's retro lineup – but it's not what you'd expect. NanaOn-Sha's rhythm classic PaRappa th

  • Rumour Could Max Payne Dive onto PS4?

    It's about (bullet) time

    After re-releasing eight PlayStation 2 games on the PlayStation 4 last week, it seems that Sony isn't going to stop digging up old classics and giving them a new lease of life. On the ESRB website, it appears that Remedy's excellent shooter Max Payne could be one of those games being brought to the platform, with R

  • PSX 2015 How Good Do PS2 Games Look on the PS4?

    Feast your eyes on some gameplay footage

    Sony's released a slew of PlayStation 2 games on the PlayStation 4, and they've all been enhanced with Trophy support and presentation improvements. But how good do they really look? We've compiled a handful of gameplay videos posted by the PlayStation maker on its official YouTube channel so that you can get...

  • PSX 2015 The First PS2 Games Arrive on the PS4

    Now you're playing with power

    The first eight PlayStation 2 games are now available to purchase from the PlayStation Store. The titles – which include Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Twisted Metal: Black, and more – will set you back between $9.99 and $14.99 in North America and £7.99 and £11.99 in the UK. You can find them in the New Releases...

  • PSX 2015 PS4's First PS2 Games Launch Tomorrow

    Grand Theft Auto, Twisted Metal, more

    As expected, the first batch of PlayStation 2 games will release on the PlayStation 4 tomorrow. We have a sneaking suspicion that this was intended as a PlayStation Experience 2015 announcement, but there have been

  • News Four More PS2 Games for PS4 May Have Leaked

    Rogue Galaxy! The Mark of Kri! War of the Monsters!

    Sony may wish that it hadn't bothered bringing PlayStation 2 games to the PlayStation 4 after last night's backlash. A leaked video description spotted overnight suggested that the new-gen system's emulator would not support discs or PlayStation 3 purchases, which is expected but unfortunate...

  • News No, Your PS2 Discs and PS2 Classics Won't Work on PS4

    Oh, and Dark Cloud has been leaked

    A couple of weeks ago, Sony confirmed that it's going to be implementing PlayStation 2 emulation on the PlayStation 4, allowing you to replay some of the finest titles of that rather incredible era on your new-gen console. The emulated games will feature Trophy support, and will apparently enjoy boosts in overall...

November2015

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  • News PlayStation Dominates EDGE's Greatest Ever Games

    Cream of the crop

    World regarded rag EDGE has compiled a list of the 100 greatest ever video games – and PlayStation has secured four of the top five slots. Dark Souls topped the list, with Grand Theft Auto V, The Last of Us, Bloodborne, and Half-Life 2 rounding out the top five. Sony must be rubbings its hands over that lineup – especially...

  • News Could the PS4 Be About to Score PS2 Games?

    Dark Chronicle! Ape Escape 2! Twisted Metal: Black!

    There's no doubt that Sony loves a remaster, but if it can make a few extra pennies by re-selling old PlayStation 2 games, you can bet your bottom dollar that it will. Fortunately for the format holder, it looks like some kind of compatibility with the last-last-gen console may be on the cards,...

August2015