Archive for PS2

Cutscenes on PS2 keep lagging? How to fix this problem

Hi guys, for ages now, I’ve had this problem with the PS2 (Note: We have a European, “Fatboy” style PS2, but the fix is pretty much the same for all of them, I gather) – any time we played a game with cutscenes (I play a lot of JRPGs so it’s pretty much every game) the cutscenes become unbearably slow to load.

Anyway, here are a few common solutions:

  • Use the “Settings” within your PS2 to go into “Diagnostics” mode. I think this supposedly tells it to “skip anything if it sticks for too long” but I’ve yet to see it work.
  • Use a disk cleaner. Might work if your PS2 is fairly new/well maintained, didn’t work for me
  • Take PS2 apart, take the disk tray apart and clean the disk reader – this worked for me

If you have another fix, please add it in the comments.

I’m going to talk about how my girlfriend Jo fixed it. She is a writer and doesn’t do a lot of DIY/Maintenance so you can do it too! It’s slightly tricky, but fear not, you just need the right tools.

Stella Deus: The Gate of Eternity Review

Hi all, welcome to a review of a game you may or may not have heard of. This is what happens when Atlus tries to make a grid based game. My Stella Deus: The Gate of Eternity review.

Setlla Deus Gate of Eternity Cover

Console: PS2
What is this game? Imagine if Atlus tried to make a Fire Emblem Game
Best Character: I’ll just say Prier because she combines “adorable” with “healer” and “hits hard”.

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Silent Hill 2 Review

Remember a while ago I bought Silent Hill and actually played it without too much screaming and crying? Well, this time I decided to go for the fan favourite: Silent Hill 2.

Silent Hill 2 Cover

Console: PS2
This is the one with Pyramid Head, right? Yes you are correct!
Scarier than the first? I would say on par.

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Ratchet & Clank Review

I’d like to dedicate this Ratchet & Clank review to Matt who reminded me how much I love this game.

Ratchet and Clank

Console: PS2
What is a Ratchet & Clank: A fluffy guy and a little robot
Kinda game is this? Explore, hit things, use gadgets. It’s fun!

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Things that I hate in games

Hi guys, let’s go on a rant about things that I hate in games!

By all means, a game isn’t bad if it features it, but man it can make it a hell of a lot worse!

If anyone can think of anything else they hate and primary examples, go right ahead!

Rusty Bucket Bay Banjo Kazooie

I’m looking at you Underwater Levels!

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Persona 4 Review

I dedicate this Persona 4 review to my good man Oliver because he said I should play it and now I have.

Persona 4 PS2 Cover

Console: PS2
Compared to Persona 3? Similar. Better battles.
Best Character? Kanji, duh.

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Canis Canem Edit AKA Bully Review

I’ve never played too many sandbox games in my time, but here is my Canis Canem Edit (better known as Bully) review.

Canis Canem Edit Bully Cover Art

Console: PS2
Latin? Canis Canem Edit Means “Dog eat Dog”
Isn’t this game called Bully? In America, yes. In Europe, no.

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Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne Review

The second game in a series that cool guy AJ told me I should play. I liked the first one, so please enjoy this Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne review.

Max Payne 2 The Fall of Max Payne Cover Art

Console: PS2
Better, Worse? I liked this one a lot more
What changed? To me the biggest change was the saving system.

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Max Payne Review

,Hello gang, I dedicate this Max Payne review to nice guy AJ who convinced me to buy this game and play it, even though it is not turn based and involves shooting real guns rather than summoning monsters.

Max Payne 1 PS2 Cover

Console: PS2
What other games in this field have you played? The only games I’ve played that handle like this would probably be BloodRayne, Goldeneye (I’ve only really played the multi-player) and the game based off the film Underworld (which was an awful game).
Verdict? I enjoyed stepping out of my comfort zone, but really need the comfort of a JRPG now.

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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Review

I’m going to reivew a game I remember seeing advertised on TV when I was a teenager and thought “WOW THIS IS COOL”. Whether this Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time review reflects disappointment or joy… you’ll see.

Prince of Persia Sands of Time Cover

Console: PS2
Where in the series is this? I suppose it could be considered a re-imagining for the first Prince of Persia game.
Aren’t the PoP games hard as balls? The original ones were, but this wasn’t too tough.

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