PS2 PlayStation 2 20th Anniversary

There's no other way to describe it: PlayStation 2 was an absolute beast. Sony followed up the popular (and industry-changing) PlayStation with a more capable console in the year 2000, and little did we know it would go on to become the best-selling gaming machine ever. It's a record the PS2 holds to this day, having amassed sales of over 150 million units during its lifetime. This week represents the 20th anniversary of PS2's debut in North America, and it has us looking back very fondly on the legendary hardware.

The most important reason the world loves the PS2? Its unrivalled and enormous catalogue of games. Though things started slowly on that front, the system would go on to become a mecca for all kinds of software. Many of the most iconic games we think about today got started on PS2. The Metal Gear Solid series continued to wow fans with Sons of Liberty and Snake Eater; Grand Theft Auto exploded in popularity with 3D, open world sandboxes like Vice City and San Andreas; and Sony would introduce some of its most enduring and beloved franchises, such as Ratchet & Clank and God of War. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. We could fill this article with a list of the best PS2 games, and we wouldn't be able to move for all the stone cold classics.

Another part of PS2's success was its flexibility. This was a machine that was capable of more than just running PS2 titles. From the start, it was backwards compatible with PS1, meaning all your favourites were instantly accessible on the newfangled console. More than that, though, it doubled up as an affordable DVD player, marking the beginning of the all-in-one entertainment box. Sony would later innovate with things like the EyeToy, which was basically Kinect before Kinect, and online play allowed you to play select titles over the wires.

Despite heavy competition from Nintendo's GameCube and Microsoft's Xbox, the PS2 prevailed, and has gone down in history as one of the greatest consoles. That epic software lineup and unparalleled sales mean most of you will have a story or two to tell about the machine. As we celebrate its 20th anniversary, what are your best memories of PS2? What were your favourite games? Do you still have one hooked up in your home? Answer our polls, and let's all raise a glass in the comments section below.

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