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Old 12-14-2006, 10:51 PM
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Recommend a PS2 game

I want to get a couple of PlayStation 2 games for my nephew (twelve) and niece (eight), preferably two-player games so they can play together. I know they enjoyed Kingdom Hearts but don't know what else they've played. Can anyone suggest something appropriate?
Old 12-14-2006, 11:08 PM
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1) Kingdom Hearts 2 (no multiplayer)
2) Katamari Damacy (some multi) and/or the sequel We [heart] Katamari (lots of multi)
Old 12-15-2006, 12:17 AM
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Guitar Hero and Guitar Hero 2.

That'll give them 2 games, 2 guitars and hopefully, an appreciation of good music. No swearing or violence.
Old 12-15-2006, 12:39 AM
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The SSX snowboarding games are kind of fun to play. I second Katamari Demacy - and Guitar Hero is cool, but make sure you get guitars that they can play - some smaller children have problems getting their hands to fit right on the guitar keys.

Old 12-15-2006, 05:24 AM
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Threads of Fate is a rather short RPG for beginners. It's a PS1 game, which means you should be able to pick it up cheaply. It's not a two player game, but there are two characters to choose from. The Katamari games are fun to watch as well as fun to play.
Old 12-15-2006, 07:14 AM
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Originally Posted by tashabot
The SSX snowboarding games are kind of fun to play.
Heresy! The SSX series of games* are not "kind of fun" they are the very definition of fun! Seriously, SSX 3 is, in my opinion, the best game ever for PS2.

War of the Monsters is entertaining -- playable with one or two players, you get to be giant monsters destroying cities and fighting other giant monsters.

Not multi-player but along the lines of Kingdom Hearts is the Final Fantasy series. The latest is Final Fantasy XII: This Time We Mean "Final" For Real!**

Any of the Dance Dance Revolution games might be good -- things that get them (and you) up off the couch and moving are always a positive. Along the same lines, the Eye Toy and its accompanying games are really entertaining. I had a party last weekend, and the last hour or two had pretty much everyone entranced watching (and playing) the simple games in Eye Toy: Play. It's really fun to get to be on screen karate-chopping bad guys into the air.

*With the exception of SSX On Tour, which sucks really really bad.

**Okay, I made up the subtitle. Aside from the silliness of a 12-plus series of "final" anything, they're really good games.
Old 12-15-2006, 07:33 AM
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Old 12-15-2006, 08:07 AM
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Lego Star Wars is fun.
Old 12-15-2006, 08:23 AM
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Thanks for the recommendations. I'm checking with my brother to see which of these they've already got.
Old 12-15-2006, 05:46 PM
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I cannot believe that nobody has mentioned Metal Gear Solid!! Freakin' awesome game!
But then if you want something easier to play yet quite entertaining check out [Ratchet and Clank] and [Sly Cooper].
Old 12-15-2006, 06:27 PM
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According to Wikipedia, Metal Gear Solid is rated M and it's a single-player game, so it won't be appropriate for the twelve year-old and the eight year old who are the intended recipients.
Old 12-16-2006, 02:45 AM
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Ratchet and Clank, while very entertaining, might be a bit too difficult for the eight year-old at least. I second the Eye Toy, which is fun for everybody. Along the lines of Guitar Hero or the Dance Dance Revolution, there are a couple of singing and dancing games that are fun (Sing Star and Dance Star, I think, there are a couple of incarnations)

Another little game that my friends and I enjoyed a lot was a small multiplayer game called Crash Bash: Any game where you have to push your opponent off a tilting ice floe while a walrus lobs fish at you needs to be more recommended IMHO.
Old 12-16-2006, 03:26 AM
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I forgot to say, when I recommended a PS1 game, you'll need a PS1 memory card for a PS1 game. There are many, many PS1 games available in new and used, and they're mostly very reasonably priced. There are some arcade game collections, but I don't know if your niece and nephew would like such old style games.


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