People seem to think Summer ends after Labor day, truth is, Autumn doesn’t start until September 22nd or 24th pretty sure. What PS2 journey would be complete without tapping into the Kingdom Hearts series, the unexpected combination of characters from Disney and Final Fantasy. Just enough time for one more in the Summer of Playstation 2 and I’ve committed to finishing this sucker.
Forget what you know about video games based on movies for just a minute. Now imagine a movie that you loved (or in this case a trilogy). Wouldn’t it be great to continue that experience in game form; to relive those awesome moments with you controlling the action. I believe that was always the intent with movie games but it almost never seems to work out. Perhaps game developers should take a look back on some PS2 era games because The Matrix: Path of Neo is a great game.
A loan from good friend and contributor to the Gamedae blog, B-Real. B-Real was nice enough to help me continue my Summer of Playstation 2 with some of his favorites from way back. A pair of popular adventures that I’ll be playing for the first time!
Kingdom Hearts (1) (March 28, 2002)
The beginning of the Disney and Final Fantasy mash up. Published by Square Enix (Formerly called Squaresoft)
Kingdom Hearts II (December 22, 2005)
The sequel to the original action, role-playing game
+ Check out B-Real’s related post from 2010: Kingdom Hearts 358/2
Halfway through writing this post for Robotech Invasion, Harmony Gold, the company that owns the rights to Robotech, launched a Kickstarter campaign for a new animated series. It’s exciting to think there is a chance for a new series. Robotech the animated series was one of, if not the first, successfully ported anime from Japan and near and dear to my heart. It was in my early childhood when I first saw it on TV, very early in the morning. All it took was a glimpse of the mecha and I was hooked. Flash forward 30+ years, here I am probably the only person playing through Robotech Invasion on the PS2 recently.
Today, the day of the summer solstice, it is most evident to me that this will be the Summer of PlayStation 2 (for me anyway)!
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (November 8, 2004)
A single-player, shooter title published by Sony, Bandai and Atari based on the anime series of the same name.
The Matrix: Path of the Neo (November 7, 2005)
An action-adventure game based on the movie trilogy, published by Atari
In this awkward time of the new-Next Gen, with the looming game expo of the year around the corner, you might think I’d be playing the latest and greatest game titles right now. I’m not. I’ve been in a funk lately, not responding well to some of the best “AAA” games I’ve played. I’m also getting tired of the so-called indie games for the Next/Current Gen systems. Without even knowing it I think I was looking for something simpler and more fun to get into, then, as if the by the grace of the Gods, God of War lands at my feet.