TVG: 2.00 – The Best Games (Sorted By Console) Pt. 3 – PlayStation 2

The playstation 2 slim model

Hello and welcome back to the greatest podcast this side of the known universe! That’s right folks, it’s been a minute since the last season of The Vagabond Gamecast, but rest assured that your favourite internet personalities would never deign to keep you from knowing what their favourite games of their live are. So strap yourselves in and get ready – it’s the return of Matthew “Can’t Get Enough of the 80’s” Langille and Stephen “Doesn’t Play Enough of The Games He Buys” Tucker.

Are you ready to hear about the PlayStation 2!?

While the insight you’ll garner from listening to our voices will be the most important thing you can do today, he’s some of the relevant information in short form so that you can be sure to remember what we’ve relayed to you forever.

  • *  We begin the podcast discussing Mega Man 6 (with some side discussion on Mega Man 1, 4, and 5) at around the 2 minute mark.
  • *  We also mention a subreddit you might be interested in called “Patient Gamers” – a community devoted to discussion on games that are more than 6 months old. Digging up something from your past that you’ve never played before? This is a fun place to find like-minded people.
  • *   At around 10:15 we discuss a little bit about the early polygon days including PlayStation 1 and briefly mention the SNES’s Star Fox. 
  • *  At 13:00 the Netflix documentary narrated by Charles Martinet “High Score” is mentioned. It’s pretty educational in terms of how the game industry developed. Definitely worth checking out.
  • *  14:30 is where we finally get into the meat of “PlayStation 2” and how it got into our lives. From this point on we This includes such games as:
  • Final Fantasy X
  • *  Brief mentions on how gaming experiences began to change with Final Fantasy VII
  • *  Comparison between the “jump in and play” experience of “Castlevania: Symphony of The Night” and “Castlevania: Lament of Innocence” (admittedly slower than we remembered -> but your initial gameplay begins almost 9 and a half minutes sooner in SoTN from the time you power on your console.
  • *  Being fair – the “cinematic experience” was definitely in issue as early back as Final Fantasy IV
  • *  at 24:10 we discuss Shadow of The Colossus which was one of those games that we feel nostalgia for. Is it as good as we remember? Was it worth the internet getting angry with Roger Ebert? Probably.
  • *  at 30:30 we start discussing Kingdom Hearts. It’s got a killer audio score. It also had great animation. Kingdom Hearts II – also – was fantastic in both of these regards. How could you not love this trailer as an animation enthusiast in the early 2000’s? 
  • *  at 39:00 this is the Final Fantasy IX art book Steve references
  • * We then discuss Metal Gear Solid 3 and of course Metal Gear Solid 2.  Really tho, it’s all about the Tree Frog Song.
  • *  43:35 is where Steve mentions Persona 4. Since it’s available on Steam, it’s worth checking out.

While not PlayStation 2 related. It’s worth taking the time to watch this “How Crash Bandicoot Hacked The Original PlayStation” video from Ars Technica.

And was that a commitment for another episode in the near future??

Stay tuned!

The Vagabond Gamecast is a podcast by Stephen Tucker and Matthew Langille that covers gaming from the perspective of nomadic parents.
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TVG: 2.00 – The Best Games (Sorted By Console) Pt. 3 - PlayStation 2