The Glorious PlayStation 2 Is 15 Year Old in North America Today

By Giuseppe Nelva

October 26, 2015

Tomorrow is going to be a very important day for PlayStation, but today isn’t irrelevant either, as the PlayStation 2 turned fifteen in North America. Launched at the turn of the millennium, the North American release came on October 26th, 2000, following the Japanese launch on March 4th and preceeding the European debut by about a month.

The console, that went on to become the favorite PlayStation machine for many (me included, especially due to the abundance of awesome JRPGs), was the fastest console ever to reach 100 million units shipped, achieving that feat in five years and nine months, and is still the best selling console of all time.

It launched with the inevitable Ridge Racer game (Ridge Racer V, when the franchise was still relevant), Armored Core 2, Dead or Alive 2: Hardcore, Tekken Tag Tournament and more classics.

After its launch, it swept our feet off the floor with games like Gran Turismo 3 and 4, God of War I and II, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Final Fantasy from X to XII, Kingdom Hearts I and II, Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3, the Xenosaga series, The Dark Cloud series, and many, many more.

Personally, I still have my silver fat PS2, while unfortunately both my original black fat and my slim died long ago. What about you? Do you still have that lovely brick somewhere in your gaming setup?

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Giuseppe Nelva

Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.

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