Disappointingly, the PS3 is not backwards compatible with PS2 games. This means you can’t play your old PS2 games on your PS3. But, due to the existence of PSN, you can purchase some PS2 games, download them directly, and play them on your PS3. The list of available PS2 classic in the U.S. is rather small compared to the number of games originally released on that system, but there is still a nice selection. If you are looking for a good retro game, the following are the best PS2 classics on PSN.
Psychonauts – This action platformer received almost no recognition when it was first released in 2005. It did garner a cult following, though, which helped revive it for the PSN seven years later. If you never played it, you’ve missed out. The plot revolves around a psychic kid who has run away to a camp filled with other psychic kids. He then becomes embroiled in an evil plot that only he can stop. Humorous dialogue and breathtaking graphics will draw you in, while the varied game play will keep the game continually fresh. This is a game that was in the running for almost every game of the year award when it was released and yet almost no one played it. PSN offers you a chance to see what you missed out on.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City – Any of the Grand Theft Auto games on the PS2 could be in the running for best of the series. The argument for this one is simple: it has the best soundtrack by far. The one thing that truly follows you throughout this game is music, played by various car radios. And the radio stations in this game are brilliant. From classic 80s rock and roll to a talk show station that will have you laughing through the entire skit, you will almost certainly have multiple favorite stations. The game play is pretty much identical to both its immediately predecessor and successor, so if you like either of those games, you’ll love this one.
Disgaea: Hour of Darkness – Disgaea is pretty much a love letter to fans of tactical role playing games. Fans of this genre tend to try to find the little tricks and combinations that turn characters into completely broken killing machines. The creators of this game understand what their fans want and actually hand you the tools to do just that. You can play through the main plotline without ever trying to create an abusive character and beat the game with a good ending. Or you can explore every nook and cranny of every little stat boost and ultimate weapon to find secret characters, items, and endings. You want to deal over 10 billion damage in an attack? Disgaea wants you to fulfill that wish and even finds ways of rewarding you for the diligence it takes to reach that end. It is a brilliant game for gamers who like to delve deeply into a game for that elusive 100% completion.
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 – The Shin Megami series is a role playing game with very dark overtones. You play the role of a high school kid who can enter a strange TV world and often have to rescue your kidnapped friends. Additionally, the game explores concepts of the subconscious. Your party members can project a persona, which acts as an avatar for battle. Game play is a little old fashioned, with combat taking place in a turn based battle system that emphasizes elemental strengths and weaknesses. Despite this, the game really evinces a feeling of suspense and will definitely challenge you even during the early parts of the game. It is a role playing game designed for fans of the genre, but if this is your preferred genre, you should try it out.