SONY 2012: -- ILX TOP PS2 GAMES POLL RESULTS (48-21)

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Stay Gold, Sonyboy. ILX TOP PS2 GAMES POLL RESULTS (116 - 86)
PS2: I Love You -- ILX TOP PS2 GAMES POLL RESULTS (85-51)

# 116 - Zone Of The Enders 2: 2nd Runner - 1 Point - 1 Vote
# 116 - Tenchu Wrath of Heaven - 1 Point - 1 Vote
# 116 - Sly 2: Band Of Thieves - 1 Point - 1 Vote
# 116 - R-Type Final - 1 Point - 1 Vote
# 116 - Disgaea: Hour of Darkness - 1 Point - 1 Vote
# 112 - Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell - 2 Points - 1 Vote
# 112 - Need For Speed: Most Wanted - 2 Points - 1 Vote
# 112 - GrimGrimoire - 2 Points - 1 Vote
# 112 - Dark Cloud 2 - 2 Points - 1 Vote
# 111 - The Mark of Kri - 2 Points - 2 Votes
# 108 - Space Channel 5 CE - 3 Points - 1 Vote
# 108 - Jak 3 - 3 Points - 1 Vote
# 108 - DoDonPachi Dai Ou Jou - 3 Points - 1 Vote
# 107 - Def Jam Vendetta - 4 Points - 1 Vote
# 106 - Red Faction II - 4 Points - 2 Votes
# 104 - Spy Hunter - 5 Points - 1 Vote
# 104 - Kingdom Hearts 2 - 5 Points - 1 Vote
# 101 - Ratchet & Clank - 6 Points - 1 Vote
# 101 - Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance - 6 Points - 1 Vote
# 101 - Alien Hominid - 6 Points - 1 Vote
# 100 - Tekken Tag Tournament - 6 Points - 2 Votes
# 92 - Resident Evil Code: Veronica X - 7 Points - 1 Vote
# 92 - Odin Sphere - 7 Points - 1 Vote
# 92 - Mushihimesama - 7 Points - 1 Vote
# 92 - Mister Mosquito - 7 Points - 1 Vote
# 92 - Max Payne - 7 Points - 1 Vote
# 92 - Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil - 7 Points - 1 Vote
# 92 - Frequency - 7 Points - 1 Vote
# 92 - Darkwatch - 7 Points - 1 Vote
# 91 - Red Faction - 7 Points - 2 Votes
# 86 - The Suffering - 8 Points - 1 Vote
# 86 - Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves - 8 Points - 1 Vote
# 86 - NHL Hitz Pro - 8 Points - 1 Vote
# 86 - Jak and Daxter - 8 Points - 1 Vote
# 86 - Front Mission 4 - 8 Points - 1 Vote
# 85 - Spider-Man 2 - 8 Points - 2 Votes
# 80 - Transformers - 9 Points - 1 Vote
# 80 - Stuntman: Ignition - 9 Points - 1 Vote
# 80 - SSX 3 - 9 Points - 1 Vote
# 80 - Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 1 & 2 - 9 Points - 1 Vote
# 80 - Manhunt - 9 Points - 1 Vote
# 79 - Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando - 9 Points - 2 Votes
# 72 - Worms 3D - 10 Points - 1 Vote
# 72 - Taiko Drum Master - 10 Points - 1 Vote
# 72 - Ring Of Red - 10 Points - 1 Vote
# 72 - Need For Speed: Underground 2 - 10 Points - 1 Vote
# 72 - Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 - 10 Points - 1 Vote
# 72 - Medal of Honor: Frontline - 10 Points - 1 Vote
# 72 - Espgaluda - 10 Points - 1 Vote
# 71 - Eyetoy - 10 Points - 2 Votes
# 68 - XIII - 11 Points - 1 Vote
# 68 - Sub Rebellion - 11 Points - 1 Vote
# 68 - Half-Life - 11 Points - 1 Vote
# 67 - Mega Man Anniversary Collection - 11 Points - 2 Votes
# 64 - Kingdom Hearts - 12 Points - 1 Vote
# 64 - Guilty Gear XX - 12 Points - 1 Vote
# 64 - Everybody’s Golf 4 / Hot Shots Golf Fore - 12 Points - 1 Vote
# 62 - Twisted Metal Black - 13 Points - 1 Vote
# 62 - Fire Pro Wrestling Returns - 13 Points - 1 Vote
# 61 - Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution - 14 Points - 1 Vote
# 59 - Tony Hawk Underground - 14 Points - 2 Votes
# 59 - Grand Theft Auto III - 14 Points - 2 Votes
# 56 - MDK2: Armageddon - 15 Points - 1 Vote - 1 #1 Vote
# 56 - Gran Turismo 4 - 15 Points - 1 Vote - 1 #1 Vote
# 56 - Chulip - 15 Points - 1 Vote - 1 #1 Vote
# 51 - Tekken 4 - 15 Points - 2 Votes
# 51 - SSX Tricky - 15 Points - 2 Votes
# 51 - Outrun 2006 Coast2Coast - 15 Points - 2 Votes
# 51 - Gitaroo Man - 15 Points - 2 Votes
# 51 - Fahrenheit / Indigo Prophecy - 15 Points - 2 Votes

To come (very) soon: 48 through 21. All the banners and code are done, just gotta collect comments and stuff and we're good to go!

Thwartstop (Will M.), Monday, 10 December 2012 22:12 (seven years ago) link

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# 48 - NBA Street 2 - 16 Points - 2 Votes
NBA Street and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 are a greater argument for games as art than Ico or Shadow of the Colossus. - litel

http://i.imgur.com/GZfqB.jpg
# 48 - Rogue Galaxy - 16 Points - 2 Votes
this game is basically only a little less fun than DQ8 and I am very happy with that. - TOMBOT

http://i.imgur.com/iWwXT.jpg
# 48 - Viewtiful Joe - 16 Points - 2 Votes
Viewtiful Joe! Totally fun and insane. I've still never made it past the shark guy. - nickalicious

Thwartstop (Will M.), Monday, 10 December 2012 22:22 (seven years ago) link

http://i.imgur.com/WiCeQ.jpg
# 47 - Killer7 - 18 Points - 2 Votes

The first game in a very long time that I've sat down at midnight for a quick game and stopped playing at 8:30 to go out! -melton mowbray

http://i.imgur.com/36Dbx.jpg
# 46 - Dance Dance Revolution: DDRMAX - 18 Points - 3 Votes

get the hard plastic pads if you can afford them heidi! the mats get annoying once you start wanting to play the difficult/fast songs cos the mat ends up slipping everywhere!
or the METAL ones! omg look this one even has the handle thing at the back! (pretty expensive though - but omg)
- ken c

Thwartstop (Will M.), Tuesday, 11 December 2012 19:54 (seven years ago) link

interesting tie here

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# 44 - Def Jam Fight For NY - 20 Points - 2 Votes

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# 44 - SoulCalibur II - 20 Points - 2 Votes

Thwartstop (Will M.), Tuesday, 11 December 2012 19:56 (seven years ago) link

I've not played Def Jam Fighty, but is it not punching (sorry) slightly above its weight here?

Andrew Farrell, Wednesday, 12 December 2012 12:24 (seven years ago) link

i only played the first one, which was pretty damn good - it's basically WWF No Mercy with a Def Jam skin

Nhex, Wednesday, 12 December 2012 12:59 (seven years ago) link

Man, can't believe I failed to put any DDR stuff on my list. Or any bemani at all for that matter! Ridiculous!

JimD, Wednesday, 12 December 2012 13:56 (seven years ago) link

Loved def jam ny

THE NATIONS YOUTH DANCED TO THE MACARANA (innocent) (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 12 December 2012 15:08 (seven years ago) link

Sorry for the delay, wasn't @ work yesterday & left the list here :O

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# 43 - Burnout Revenge - 21 Points - 2 Votes

http://i.imgur.com/6g0HU.jpg
# 42 - Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne - 21 Points - 3 Votes

Thwartstop (Will M.), Thursday, 13 December 2012 18:37 (seven years ago) link

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# 41 - Suikoden III - 22 Points - 3 Votes

Thwartstop (Will M.), Thursday, 13 December 2012 19:34 (seven years ago) link

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# 40 - Street Fighter Anniversary Collection - 22 Points - 3 Votes - 1 #1 Vote

I think I voted for this one due to SF3: Third Strike, as PS2 was the first console I got to play it on and I had crazy amounts of fun with it. It added so much to the series in my opinion and tbh I ahven't played much SF4, particularly the later ones, but I have to say... this game is maybe the peak for me. So I went with the collection. Barely touched Hyper Fighting in here though. This was bought to play SF33S.

Thwartstop (Will M.), Thursday, 13 December 2012 19:36 (seven years ago) link

i cant remember which burnout i voted for, because i can never remember which one is which. other than the one that removed all the takedown stuff which was UNCONSCIONABLE HORSESHIT

tiniest homeless (jjjusten), Thursday, 13 December 2012 19:38 (seven years ago) link

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# 39 - Suikoden V - 24 Points - 2 Votes - 1 #1 Vote

This was my #1 vote -- as far as a PS2 RPG goes it was pretty much perfect. Not overly in its own ass, blue skies, tactical combat, a thoughtful collectathon (as with most of the other Suikodens) without the things that complicated/lowered the quality of III and IV. Not sure if I'd rate it #1 today, all things considered, because P3 and P4 were so brilliant (still to beat P4 in fact, started playing it again lately though!) but an absolutely easy recommendation for someone who likes the occasional RPG.

Thwartstop (Will M.), Thursday, 13 December 2012 20:23 (seven years ago) link

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# 38 - Yakuza 2 - 24 Points - 3 Votes

Thwartstop (Will M.), Thursday, 13 December 2012 20:24 (seven years ago) link

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# 37 - SSX - 24 Points - 3 Votes - 1 #1 Vote

"BACKSIDE RODEO! WITH A STIFFY!" - JimD

Mordy's Ballot, in full: "1. SSX"

Thwartstop (Will M.), Thursday, 13 December 2012 20:25 (seven years ago) link

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# 36 - Marvel vs. Capcom 2 - 25 Points - 3 Votes

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# 35 - Street Fighter Alpha Anthology - 26 Points - 2 Votes

Because I really like to play with all the Alpha characters. Like Cody, Adon and Guy. - captainlorax

Thwartstop (Will M.), Thursday, 13 December 2012 22:23 (seven years ago) link

i love ssx

Mordy, Thursday, 13 December 2012 22:44 (seven years ago) link

all day i dream about ssx

Thwartstop (Will M.), Thursday, 13 December 2012 22:50 (seven years ago) link

...said a million people who probably made that joke before me

Thwartstop (Will M.), Thursday, 13 December 2012 22:50 (seven years ago) link

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# 33 - Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy - 26 Points - 3 Votes

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# 33 - Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3 - 26 Points - 3 Votes

Can't remember the exact timescales, but I played THPS3 for something like 6 months solid, and I'd clocked all but one mission in the first 3 of those. Then I spent weeks and weeks going for the final score threshold on the cruise ship. Kind of amazed it held my attention that long, but I guess I was consistently inching nearer and nearer to where I needed to be, which helped. And so when I finally managed it I got a feeling of achievement that I don't remember getting from any other game ever, really. - JimD

Thwartstop (Will M.), Monday, 17 December 2012 14:44 (seven years ago) link

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# 32 - Capcom vs SNK 2 - 26 Points - 3 Votes - 1 #1 Vote

I picked this game as my #1. Me and a friend played this game all the time in college. There's actual strategy in this one rather than button mashing. It's a fairly balanced fighter with some of the coolest characters (like Iori, Nakoru, and Terry). It was also fun playing some characters that I never completely mastered (Rolento, King, Athena, Hibiki). I spent a lot of time playing this game. When I finally got around to playing MvsC2 (with a different buddy) the gaming experience was completely different. I was pretty much bashing buttons. MvsC2 is also 'broken'. - captainlorax

Thwartstop (Will M.), Monday, 17 December 2012 14:56 (seven years ago) link

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# 31 - Final Fantasy X - 28 Points - 4 Votes

X is great with the sound down and skipping through boring bits as quick as possible - a hoy hoy

with X i think it was a combination of a few things wrt the combat that really clicked with me (true turn-based + extremely rapid battles = perfect 2 me) plus having cut scenes with actual voice acting makes a story-based game way more immersive imo, plus having non-static environments - it all just felt refreshing at the time - Princess TamTam

when final fantasy x came out, i played it from 26 hours in 2 days. the 2nd night i had a dream that i was playing it and couldn't beat one of the blitzball games. that is all. - CGC

Thwartstop (Will M.), Monday, 17 December 2012 15:13 (seven years ago) link

My new foolish hope = FFX-2 beating FFX. Curious whether the first Lego Star Wars is going to rank higher on innovation, or whether LSWII is the genre representative because it's the right films (and actually a bit better).

THPS3 is Metacritic's Greatest Of All Time, btw.

Andrew Farrell, Monday, 17 December 2012 15:41 (seven years ago) link

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# 30 - Pro Evolution Soccer 2005 - 33 Points - 3 Votes

unbelievably good, unbelievably addictive. - cozen

I like how when you play Spurs the machine keeps Defoe on the bench until it's too late for him to save the game. Just like real life. - onimo, 7 years ago

Thwartstop (Will M.), Monday, 17 December 2012 15:44 (seven years ago) link

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# 29 - Beyond Good & Evil - 34 Points - 4 Votes

My inability to find my way around in games eventually put paid to my attempts to complete this, but it was good fun up to that point. - if

it's like all the good parts of every game genre with none of the bad parts! - tracer hand

Thwartstop (Will M.), Monday, 17 December 2012 15:51 (seven years ago) link

http://i.imgur.com/So8w8.jpg
# 28 - Gradius V - 36 Points - 5 Votes

Thwartstop (Will M.), Monday, 17 December 2012 16:09 (seven years ago) link

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# 27 - Gran Turismo 3 - 39 Points - 5 Votes

In hindsight, this game was boring, but at the time I spent aaaaages playing it. It's probably a big part of the reason I even have any interest in cars these days (always wanted an FTO, til I realised they look nowhere near as badass in the flesh as on GT3). - craig G

(Just for the rally sections) = jimd

Thwartstop (Will M.), Monday, 17 December 2012 16:17 (seven years ago) link

I am prepared to grumble about every game that places above Beyond Good & Evil, particularly those two.

Andrew Farrell, Monday, 17 December 2012 16:20 (seven years ago) link

what's wrong with gradius v? it's fantastic. best gradius game since... gradius 2? or maybe life force or one of the parodius games if those count.

original bgm, Monday, 17 December 2012 16:31 (seven years ago) link

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# 26 - The Warriors - 42 Points - 6 Votes

I liked the Warriors, though I never played it through to the end. It was dark, had neat sidegames, got to play as different characters, wasn't all "there are 12 targets in this warehouse before you reach the guy who jumps through a window and gets away or dies." There was one fight that pretty much felt like what it would be like to crawl around in a dark vacant lot, looking for a brick to throw at some unknown perpetrator.

Plus you could hang out in the Warriors clubhouse, work out on the punching bag and chill with some Joe Walsh tunes. - pplains

it's the warriors, there's no point going any further guys - ogmor, on best PS2 game nom thread

Thwartstop (Will M.), Monday, 17 December 2012 16:36 (seven years ago) link

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# 25 - God of War II - 46 Points - 5 Votes

The story is basically just an angry dude being angry. But the gameplay's solid, and it features some of the most vibrant, fantastic environment and bosses in any title on the platform. It's like a Greek fantasy interpreted through Frazetta. - Matt D

Thwartstop (Will M.), Monday, 17 December 2012 17:23 (seven years ago) link

http://i.imgur.com/00VpB.jpg
# 24 - Guitar Hero 2 - 47 Points - 6 Votes

I downloaded my first Stevie Ray and Edgar Winter albums because of this game. - polyphonic

My bassist claims that GH has improved his arm strength a lot, so that he never gets tired from fretting during practice now. I mean, I dunno, since I've never played it. He's probably better at wanking too. - libcrypt

Sunn0)))

Level 1:
green button-------------------------------------------------------->

Level 2:
Green button----------------------------------->
blue button ----------------------------------->
- digestion is easy

Thwartstop (Will M.), Monday, 17 December 2012 17:59 (seven years ago) link

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# 23 - Rez - 48 Points - 7 Votes

Probably liked the idea of this more than the game in all honesty. And the synathesia claims are a huge exaggeration, obviously. But the back half of that first level did somehow manage to make shooting baddies feel sort of similar to dancing in a club, and that was prety great. - JimD

Holy shit. Between this and Fahrenheit it's like I've now finally played the two games I've always wanted to play without even realizing they existed before. One, all sensation. The other, all angst. Both - fairly easy for the most part! Perfect! - tracer hand

Thwartstop (Will M.), Monday, 17 December 2012 18:01 (seven years ago) link

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# 22 - Burnout 3: Takedown - 49 Points - 5 Votes

Pretty much my all time favourite arcade racer. Handling was perfect, taking down other cars always felt great, crash mode was amazing fun on its own. - JimD

i could play crash mode forever. - Jordan

Thwartstop (Will M.), Monday, 17 December 2012 18:35 (seven years ago) link

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# 21 - Singstar - 51 Points - 4 Votes - 2 #1 Votes

We had a LOT of late night post-pub singstar parties, and they were all great. Might be the most fun game ever really, definitely the most sociable I've ever played, dozens of great memories in here. I guess people just really enjoy singing together, and people used to do that as a leisure activity, and then for some reason stopped (recorded music? TV?) but singstar was an excuse to start again. So in that sense it ACTUALLY MADE THE (MY) WORLD A BETTER PLACE. Therefore, first place. - JimD

A game I can play with my girlfriend. And lose! Also, watching my parents competing on "Come As You Are" is one of the funniest things I've ever seen. - if

I love Singstar. Scientific proof that you are better at singing than your friends, what more could you ask for? - chap

Thwartstop (Will M.), Monday, 17 December 2012 19:30 (seven years ago) link

Top 20 should all go up Tues-Fri, and hopefully not get in the way of C&P (if we have it). Yay!

Thwartstop (Will M.), Monday, 17 December 2012 19:30 (seven years ago) link

Sorry for totally hogging these mid-table blurbs. Struggling to remember what else I voted for now.

JimD, Monday, 17 December 2012 20:51 (seven years ago) link

not hogging, just one of about 6 people who sent some in (the rest i am scraping from old threads)

Thwartstop (Will M.), Monday, 17 December 2012 21:52 (seven years ago) link

Continued:
And the DualShocking Conclusion: ILX TOP PS2 GAMES POLL RESULTS (20-1)

Thwartstop (Will M.), Tuesday, 18 December 2012 16:03 (seven years ago) link


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