This week is the 20th birthday of the PlayStation 2 with its release in North America (November for Europe and Australia, but March for Japan), and the internet is collectively saying a big ol’ Happy Birthday to one of the best consoles of all time!
The PlayStation 2 was released in the year 2000 and it brings back so many fond memories for us all. For me personally, while I was unable to purchase this legendary console at launch, it was the very first console that I purchased with my own money. Aww!
I even got a discount on my purchase as I worked in video games retail and to this day, I can still hear the iconic system boot-up sound when you fire-up the console.
My purchase came bundled with WWF Just Bring It, a year after the console launched in 2001. My very first video game purchases outside of the console bundle were however very Konami-heavy.
The very first PlayStation 2 video games that I purchased with my own money aside from the bundle of joy, which I believe may have also been my first online purchase was Pro Evolution Soccer, Silent Hill 2 and Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty.
Back then the price of the PlayStation 2 console was £300/$300 and if I remember correctly it was also my very first DVD player. In comparison to today in which the PS5 costs £449.99/$499.99 for the disc version and £349.99/$399.99 for the digital-only version.
For me personally, if I was going to pick my top three PlayStation 2 games (which is a tough task to narrow down), I’d probably pick Silent Hill 2, Metal Gear Solid 2 and Devil May Cry.
Gamers online have also been sharing their memories of the beloved console.
Up until its final days which remarkably ended in 2012, the PlayStation 2 console shipped more than a whopping 155,000,000 million units worldwide.
Happy Birthday, PlayStation 2!
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