It was initially released in Japan on March 4, 2000, in North America on October 26, 2000, at Europe on November 24, 2000, along with Australia on November 24, 2000. It is the successor to the first PlayStation, in addition to the next instalment in the PlayStation console line-up. A sixth-generation console, it collaborated with Sega's Dreamcast, Nintendo's GameCube, and Microsoft's first Xbox. Founded in 1999, the PS2 provided backward-compatibility for the predecessor's DualShock control, as well as its matches. The PS2 is the bestselling video game console of all time, having sold over 155 million units globally. Over 3,800 game titles have been released to the PS2, with over 1.5 billion copies sold. Sony later made many smaller, lighter alterations of the console called Slimline models in 2004. In spite of the launch of its successor, the PlayStation 3, the PS2 remained popular well into the seventh generation, also continued to be made until 2013, when Sony finally announced it had been discontinued after more than twelve years of creation –just one of the longest lifespans of a video game console. Despite the announcement, new games for the console continued to be made before the end of 2013, including Final Fantasy XI: Seekers of Adoulin for Japan, FIFA 13 for North America, and Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 for Europe. Repair services for the system in Japan finished on September 7, 2018.

History

Though Sony has kept details of the PlayStation 2's development covert, work on the console started around the time that the first PlayStation was published (in late 1994). Insiders said that it was created from the U.S. West Coast by former members of Argonaut Software. By 1997 phrase had leaked into the press that the console could have backward-compatibility with the first PlayStation, an integrated DVD player, and Internet connectivity. Sony announced the PlayStation 2 (PS2) on March 1, 1999. The video game console has been set as a rival to Sega's Dreamcast, the very first sixth-generation console to be released, although ultimately the key opponents of the PS2 have been Nintendo's GameCube and Microsoft's Xbox. The Dreamcast itself started very successfully in North America after that year, selling over 500,000 units in just two weeks. Soon after the Dreamcast's North American launch, Sony introduced the PlayStation 2 at the Tokyo Game Show on September 20, 1999. Sony showed fully playable demos of upcoming PlayStation 2 games including Gran Turismo 2000 (later published as Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec) along with Tekken Tag Tournament–that revealed the console's graphic capabilities and power. The PS2 was started in March 2000 in Japan, October in North America, and November in Europe. Sales of this console, accessories and games pulled in $250 million on the very first day, beating the $97 million created on the first day of their Dreamcast. Immediately following its launch, it was challenging to find PS2 units on retailer shelvesThe best PS2 games ever due to production delays. Another option has been buying the console online through auction websites such as eBay, where individuals paid more than a million bucks for your console. The PS2 originally sold well partly on the basis of the strength of the PlayStation brand and the console's backward-compatibility, selling over 980,000 units in Japan from March 5, 2000, one day after launching. This enabled the PS2 to exploit the big installation base created by the PlayStation–yet another major selling point within the contest. Later, Sony added brand new development kits for game developers and much more PS2 components for customers. Even the PS2's built-in performance also enlarged its audience beyond the gamer, as its debut pricing has been the exact same or less compared to a standalone DVD player. This produced the console a low-cost entrance to the home theater marketplace.

The Best PS2 games of all time

Resident Evil 4

One of the largest Resident Evil games of all time, Resident Evil 4 established a brand new blueprint for its favorite horror game titles. You played Leon Kennedy, a police officer tasked with all of the president's kid by a frightful cult. While some longtime fans weren't all too pleased with the turn into action-oriented gameplay and much fewer hop scares, you'd be hard-pressed to name a much better third-person shot in the ps2 iso. Running hordes of zombies, creatures, and impressive directors constantly supplied a joy. With limited ammo accessible, you always needed to make your shots count. RE4's environments along with the non-linear installment offered psychedelic reasons to revisit RE4 once you attained the credits. The Resident Evil series has since return to the horror roots with Resident Evil Evil 7, however RE4 will always hold a special place in our hearts

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time came from left field. While the past two entries in the show were well-received, nobody could've anticipated The Sands of Time to literally change the game. With a powerful assist from the Prince's dagger, The Sands of Time immediately became one of the very best PS2 action-platformers upon launching in 2003.

Viewtiful Joe

Viewtiful Joe attracted a comic book to life. Created by Hideki Kamiya, Viewtiful Joe follows Joe, an unassuming guy who suddenly finds himself in Movieland and in a fight to maintain the universe. Devil May Cry was so great. Devil May Cry 2 was not so fantastic. Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening has been exquisite. Devil May Cry 3 stood out because of its excellent gameplay.

God of War

Sure, the 2018's God of War is easily the best entrance in the Sony show, but let us forget about 2005's God of War, among the most striking action games of the age. God of War introduced us to Kratos and a world steeped in Greek mythology. It's hard to find a more ambitious game on PS2 than Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. Produced by Konami and directed by famous creator Hideo Kojima, Sons of Liberty tried to touch on a vast array of lofty and complicated themes, for example some post-truth
politics which chance to be present today.