Venturing into console gaming!

By Zen · 62 replies
Jul 8, 2011
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  1. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    Wow, a multi tap. I used to have one of those, It was magic. When i bought the game Operation Winback (about 8 years ago i'm talking) me and my mates used to get in with a four player setup and have some right laughs on it. I still think that's one of the best multiplayer games you can get for the PS2.

    I lost my multi tap in the end though...boy, what a piece of kit that was. The amount of hours i got out of it was amazing.
  2. Zen

    Zen TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 861   +50

    Just got home from a brisk trip out on the town and wound up at one of my local Dimple Record shops. I originally went in there for a pre-owned music CD, for I have a "customer card" with them that had like $50.00 in store credit on it. I made my way over to their PS2 section and found some items that I grabbed.

    The first item is a strange and interesting looking race game controller, it's kind of a partial steering wheel deal. The device is made by a company called "Gamester", it's specifically designed for use on a PS2 system. Here have a look at the thing, haven't tried it out yet, but I suspect it might be fun to use!?!


    Also while at Dimple Records, I used up some more of that credit on my customer card and grabbed the following PS2 game titles. I grabbed "Enter The Matrix" & "Star Wars Starfighter" & "City Crisis" & "Power Drome" & "Wave Rally" & "Motocross Mania 3". City Crisis might be fun for my kid, it's a rescue helicopter game, you fly into a city in chaos and have to rescue people.

    Also due to fact that I'm pretty happy & proud to have this device, I took a snap shot of the Sony Playstation 2 "Multi Tap" thing that my friend Craig gave to me, it has seen some action and it works! :)


    Well that's it for now, I'm sure as I make my way through life, I will find some more PS2 stuff to blow my money on! :) At least this time is was only store credits!
  3. Dowz

    Dowz TS Rookie Posts: 17

    Loved reading this topic. Brought me back to my teenage years of gaming ah good times. PS2 is a special little thing. And some games still look pretty decent on it.

    I myself have a ps3 now and still to this day have some ps2 and ps1 games i play on it hell even bought ones off the psn.

    Reading through all the games i am surprised nobody metioned god of war. Those games are great hack and slash gore fests. And even has really good greek mytholigy storyline. I highly recommend these for some good old button bashing fun.

    Gta also has to be a game for buying just for all the fun you can have after completing the game. easy to get caught up in rampages on the story but alot of fun.

    Also try geting freekstyle i think it was called great motorbike game with some rad tricks am sure you will enjou. Oh and SSX tricky if you like tony hawks like that but snowboarding again with some rad tricks.

    Hope you get as much years as i did playing this console. Has so much to offer even to this day
  4. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    Hmmm...My multi tap was different to that; mine was a housing that the PS2 sat vertical in.

    Still, a great piece of kit there Zen :).
  5. Zen

    Zen TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 861   +50

    Thanks Benny for your support here about me getting that Sony PS2 Multitap thing! And by the way, you wouldn't be talking about this particular multitap model?


    It's the only vertical standing PS2 multitap I could find, if so, looks like a good space saver! :)
  6. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

  7. Zen

    Zen TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 861   +50

    Wow that Multi-Tap looks like something right out of a Sci-Fi movie! Looks kind of "star ship-ish"! I was impressed how it was designed to support a docking bay all for it's own with that remote controller. It's kind of cool, you had a PS2 vertical stand, 4 player Multi-Tap and a remote control port all in one! I guess that's making good use of the device's space. :)
  8. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    The remote wasn't much cop but the stand and multi were great. I remember picking mine up for about £5 ($7) around 5 years ago, but now they're going for about £15...which i don't understand to be honest :D
  9. Zen

    Zen TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 861   +50

    Maybe your old Multi-Tap in the video game world tuned into a fine wine. You know what they say about fine wine, it only gets better and more expensive with age! :)
  10. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    Maybe so. I think they're also quite rare now, which could explain it.
  11. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    Crash Banditcoot games were always a hoot on the PS2. The mariokartish Crash Bandikoot racing game was good fun too.
  12. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    I'll second that! Loved playing SSX (snowboarding game) series.
  13. Zen

    Zen TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 861   +50

    Well Zen was slightly a "busy boy", for yesterday in the evening I made a run to my Gamestop shop and picked up some personally chosen and TechSpot member recommended games! I grabbed the following......:)

    Lego's Star Wars.......for $5.99
    Lego's Indiana Jones.... for $9.99
    SSX 1 & 2..............(original) was $2.99 and the 2nd was $4.99
    ESPN NBA 2005.......for $0.99
    Madden NFL 2007.........for $0.99
    ESPN Major League Baseball 2006.......for $0.99
    Star Wars Episode III..........for $9.99
    Test Drive "Unlimited"........for $9.99
    God Of War..........$14.99

    God I love pre-owned games, cheap, just the way I need it and like it! :)

    That's it, a little bit of something for everyone on this trip.

    Keep the recommendations coming, if any, I'm listening and as you can tell, buying some of what is recommended. :)
  14. Zen

    Zen TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 861   +50

    Well I'm quite surprised! My old friend Mr. Raykin just popped me a quick visit here at my place. While here he handed me three Playstation items that he no longer needs and or wants. He gave 2 Playstation 1 games, the first is called "Skydiving Extreme" and the second is called "Rally Cross"! And the third item I was given was a Playstation 2 console stand. It had belonged to Dave's brother, but has left it in his garage for well over 5 years, he figured he'll never be coming back for it, so why not give it to me.

    The console stand is cute and really adds a nice classic Playstation 2 color theme to my system, but to be honest, I'm not seeing very much functionality. The thing may add like 2-3 centimeters of gap around the bottom outer portions of the whole console's base. This might make for greater or better air flows under the unit. And there's enough "gap" behind that nice blue colored plastic strip to not impede the air flow to the front of the console.

    Plus I like the way Sony went for a little bit of "color matching" here! They matched the color of the stands front plastic strip to the color surrounding the USB connectors on the front of the console. Here check it out......kind of cool! :)


    Well that's about it from me, 2 new/used PS1 games and a Sony Playstation 2 Horizontal Stand.
  15. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Posts: 823

    Got to hand it to you Zen, when you do something you definitely go all in ... let me know how you like Rally Cross :)
  16. Zen

    Zen TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 861   +50

    Well maybe what I've done and gotten and have been given in regards to my PS2 system may be looked at as "going all in"!

    Lets see if it is, for poo poo and giggles.....

    Former Sony Playstation 2 "Fat Boy" Edition 3000 Series (With 1 Yr. Protection Plan) ((The 3000 Died & Was Exchanged))
    Current Sony Playstation 2 "Fat Boy" Edition 5000 Series (With 1 Yr. Protection Plan Continued) (July-29-2011)
    Two matching stock Playstation 2 "Dual Shock" controllers
    Two matching wireless Katana Playstation 2 controllers
    Two matching Gamester mid wheel hand held racing controllers
    One Playstation 2 DVD remote control, with I.R. censor
    One Playstation 2 4 game controller & memory port "Multi-Tap"
    Five matching 8MB Playstation 2 memory cards
    One 16MB Playstation 2 memory card
    Two matching PS1 1MB memory cards
    One Playstation 2 Internet Network Adapter, with I.D.E. hard drive support
    One Playstation 2 color accented horizontal console stand

    Purchased on July-29-2011, After Submitting Original Post.

    One wired Guitar Hero guitar controller

    Purchased on August-1-2011, After Submitting Original Post.

    The Sony Playstation 2 "Eye Toy" Image Capturing & Motion Capturing Device.

    Purchased on August-8-2011, after submitting original post.

    Two matching official Sony Playstation 2 USB headphone/mic combo head sets

    The system is hooked up to my Sanyo 20 inch LCD TV, for video
    The system is hooked up to a Harman/Kardon 2.1 sound system, for sound
    The system is hooked up to my Comcast Internet, via a Hub & Router, for Internet
    Also the system is being backed up "power wise" by a Tripp-Lite 1.5 hour battery power supply


    Wipeout XL
    Wipeout 3
    Wipeout Fusion
    Wipeout Pulse
    Greg Hastings "Tournament Paintball Max'd"
    Midnight Club 3 "DUB Edition Remix"
    Supercar "Street Challenge"
    Tencho "Wrath of Heaven"
    Soul Calibur II
    Soul Calibur III
    Need for Speed 2 "Underground"
    AG III Anti-Gravity Racing
    ATV Off Road Fury 3
    ATV Off Road Fury 4
    Gran Turismo 3 "A-Spec"
    Gran Turismo 4
    Kessen II
    Smackdown Vs. Raw 2007
    Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005
    R: Racing Evolution
    Harvest moon
    Katamari Damacy
    Mortal Kombat "Armageddon"
    Rebel Raiders "Operation Nighthawk"
    World Series of Poker 2008
    American Chopper 1
    American Chopper 2
    Kengo "Master of Bushido"
    Suzuki TT Superbikes
    Tony Hawk "Pro Skater 3
    Tony Hawk "Proving Grounds"
    Star Trek "Encounters"
    Ace Combat 4
    Ace Combat 5
    Virtual Fighter 4
    Onimusha "Warlords"
    Onimusha II "Samurai's Destiny"
    Enter The Matrix
    Motocross Mania 3
    City Crisis
    Power Drome
    Lego Star Wars
    Lego Indiana Jones
    Star Wars "Starfighter"
    Star Wars Episode I "The Phantom Menace"
    Star Wars Episode III "Revenge of the Sith"
    SSX 1
    SSX 2
    Wave Rally
    Test Drive "Unlimited"
    EA Sports "Triple Play Baseball" 2002
    ESPN NBA 2005
    Madden NFL 2006
    Final Fantasy "X"
    Final Fantasy "XII"
    Skydiving Extreme
    Rally Cross
    Wheel of Fortune
    Need For Speed "Hot Pursuit"
    Need For Speed (Original)
    NASCAR 2007
    ESPN Major League Baseball 2006
    God Of War
    Ford Vs. Chevy 2005
    Ford GT Racing III
    Corvette 2005

    Games purchased on July-29-2011, After submitting original post.

    Guitar Hero I
    Guitar Hero II

    Games purchased on August-1-2011, After submitting original post.

    Eye Toy - Play I
    Eye Toy - Play II
    Eye Toy - Revolution

    Games purchased on August-8-2011, After submitting original post.

    Red Dead Revolver

    Well that's it for everything, I think you might be right, that just might be going "all in", if not, it at least is a good start. ;)
  17. Zen

    Zen TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 861   +50

    Man, this Playstation 2 thing must be really getting over on my kid! My Son has just spent the last 2-3 days with his mother, he gets back and no more than maybe 20 to 30 minutes later he's begging and pleading for some PS2 time. I'm like what? Doesn't your Mothers boy toy have a PS1 and a PS3 and a 360, doesn't he let you play? No Dad, he won't let me touch the suckers! Alright kid, you can get on my PS2 and play!

    Here is the big guy, ripping up the track, playing ATV Off Road Fury 3........


    Man, he was acting a little like a drug addict, or like a pets owner waving a piece of tuna to a cat, meow, meow, meow, meow.......Daddy please, Daddy please, Daddy please......kind of sounds like the same thing to me! :)

    -Good times I guess-
  18. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

  19. Zen

    Zen TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 861   +50

    Alright buddy! Thanks for getting my video game mouth to salivate! This Dropship thing looks hot! I got to see if I can get a line on this one, maybe in the pre-owned department of my favorite Gamestop's!

    Very nice recommendation! :)
  20. Zen

    Zen TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 861   +50

    This Was A Real Drag.....At Least For A While...

    Well folks, this didn't take very long to have happen! But earlier this afternoon, while playing on my PS2 system, the damn thing broke! :mad: The system apparently suffered a "dual malfunction" all within the span of a couple minutes. The first thing to go was the fact that I noticed that my Sony PS2 "Dual Shock" controller was no longer vibrating at all, that part of it's functionality went bye bye! Then within 30 seconds of that, the CD drive started to make terrible sounds, I've been in the computer industry long enough to know that a CD drive only has a couple more minutes of life in it, when emitting metal on plastic grinding sounds. I was able to get the game disk out of the drive quick enough, a split second after getting the disk out the system tuned itself off. Be aware, the system was never able to come back on again, it was dead! :dead:

    So I went on-line to Gamestop's web site, looked up pre-owned PS2's, found a store and with my unit and stuff I went there and had to exchange the unit out with another. Now this might have been the universe working in strange ways! For when I was inside the store and inspecting the exchange unit, I glanced at it's model number, mine that died was a 3000 series, this newer one was a 5000 series. Also this unit had a built in I.R. sensor for I.R. devices, my old 3000 required a sensor to be plugged into a controller port. So the exchange went through, got the unit home set everything back up and when going through it's configurations, I noticed several more "stock" options to choose from, that my old 3000 didn't have.

    This sucker doesn't require my two matching Katana wireless PS2 controller I.R. sensors to reside inside both game controller ports, this unit supports remote controls and wireless game controls with it's built in sensor. :) Also lucky for me all the accessories I purchased for my old 3000 works with this newer 5000. :)

    Also seeing the fact I was already at a Gamestop, I went ahead and picked up Lego's Star Wars "Original Trilogy", I also got a wired Guitar Hero guitar controller and the games Guitar Hero I & II.

    So now everything is back to normal, but it was sure nerve racking and many being pissed off sessions in the mean time!
  21. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    I guess the good luck didn't work then.
  22. Zen

    Zen TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 861   +50

    Nahhhh..............don't worry about any "good luck" statement on your end not working. I think things actually turned out for the better! For some reasons things are actually working better with this 5000 series model then they ever did with that older 3000 series model of mine. My multi-tap for starters works better with the 5000, than with the old 3000, for it now works regardless of what memory and controller ports it's plugged into. Also the fact that this newer unit came stock standard with that built in I.R. sensor thing, now I don't need to worry about wasting time plugging in wireless controller sensors into game controller ports and playing a game, now everything I need is built into the system. My DVD remote control works better with this 5000, for with the 3000 I needed once again to worry about plugging in a I.R. sensor into a game controller port to get it to work, with that built in sensor, no more plugging that thing in either. Also I did some research on this and come to find out that there was indeed a graphics upgrade with the 5000 series, for I'm noticing crisper, cleaner more defined graphics with this new unit, than with my old 3000 series. Also unlike my old 3000 that could only support stereo emulated surround sound, this 5000 was the first Sony Playstation unit to fully support true Dolby Pro Logic II surround sound. And lets not forget the progressive scan feature for DVD and game disk play, the 3000 didn't have it, my new 5000 does. Plus in their Playstation 2 sections reports that the 5000 was purposely built to be 50% quieter than their older models. Also reports in regards to my new unit that it was designed to be quicker on boot ups and game loads and game saves.

    The only loss here to me, which is something I never planned to use anyway with my old 3000 series model was the "firewire" plug in port near where the USB 2.0 ports are in front of a Sony Playstation 2. So the older 3000 model supported "firewire" but the newer 5000 model does not, odd, but I guess that's ok, I'll live. :)

    The important fact here, I'm back in the saddle again, better than I was and my Son and I are able to have good PS2 times again! :)
  23. Zen

    Zen TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 861   +50

    Well I just got back from my mornings running around session, while out I stopped off at one of my local Dimple Records, for their little banner sign outside said "10% to 50% off on all used games & accessories all systems"!

    So I picked up 4 little items, the first thing grabbed was a Sony Playstation 2 "Eye Toy" USB camera & motion capturing device.

    Here it is right there........

    Next were the games that were meant for that little camera thing, Eye Toy Play I, Eye Toy Play II & Eye Toy Revolution!

    Here's one of those three......

    Don't really know if I will be the one playing on this new thing!?! This might be something more geared for my Son and his friends. The employee at Dimple said this device makes for a good time when hosting house parties! :)

    But not a bad deal, everything purchased was under their umbrella of savings! The Eye Toy was $6.99 at 50% off dropped down to $2.45, and each Eye Toy game was $2.00 to start, each being 50% off dropped those down to 0.99 cents each! So not bad, for around $5.45 I got a major Playstation 2 accessory and three games meant for that accessory, not bad! :)
  24. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,984   +72

    The PC gods are angry with you! :darth:
  25. Zen

    Zen TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 861   +50

    So how much more do I need to get for my PS2, to REALLY make the PC God's raging angry? :evil:

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