Playstation 2 Fall Preview

Nearly seven years after its initial launch, the Sony Playstation 2 is still alive and kicking. Despite stiffer competition this year with the Nintendo Wii and Sony Playstation entering the market, the Playstation 2 still manages to strive with great games being released constantly. This fall especially, is filled with must own games. Here are the top five Playstation 2 games this fall:
5. Twisted Metal: Head On
Publisher: SCEA, Developer: Eat Sleep Play, Release Date: TBA, 2007, ESRB Rating: RP
From the director of God of War and Twisted Metal: Black, Twisted Metal: Head On is a port of the PSP game of the same name. The port will come with some enhancements such as graphical improvements (the game will be running at 60 frames per second) and new levels that were previously designed for the cancelled sequel to Twisted Metal: Black. To top it all off, Twisted Metal: Head On for the Playstation 2 will be released at the budget price of $19.99.

4. WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2008
Publisher: THQ, Developer: Yuke’s, Release Date: November 13, 2007, ESRB Rating: T
Another year, another great wrestling game for the Playstation 2. WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2008 will not only include an updated roster but also, for the first time in the series, include the ECW brand. One new feature is the new secondary fighting style for each wrestler. In addition, the new story modes will now allow you to go all the way to the top and become a Hall of Famer. The content-rich WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2008 will be a great addition to any fighting fans’ library.

3. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
Publisher: Activision, Developer: Neversoft Entertainment, Release Date: October 28, 2007, ESRB Rating: T
With each new installments of Guitar Hero, the series keeps reaching a whole new level of popularity. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock will be no different. The third game in the music rhythm series has a robust soundtrack with over 50 songs from the likes of DragonForce, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Tenacious D, The Rolling Stones and more. Although Guitar Hero III is compatible with previous guitar controllers, you may want to get the newest one that comes with the game as it has been optimized for guitar playing goodness.

2. Manhunt 2
Publisher: Rockstar Games, Developer: Rockstar London, Release Date: July 9, 2007, ESRB Rating: M
Originally planned to be released in the summer, Manhunt 2 was delayed (even banned in some countries) after being slapped with an Adults Only (AO) rating from the ESRB. Sequel to the original cult hit, this ultra violent game has you running away from an insane asylum. Although some of its content may have been cut and censored, Manhunt 2 is still a great action adventure title with a psychological horror twist.

1. The Simpsons Game
Publisher: Electronic Arts, Developer: Electronic Arts, Release Date: October 30, 2007, ESRB Rating: RP
Historically, Simpsons-licensed games have been horrible. It looks like the developer has taken that sentiment to heart because The Simpsons Game is shaping up to be easily the best Simpsons game ever made. The game is a parody of the TV show (you will see many familiar faces like Mr. Sparkle) as well as videogames in general (i.e. Grand Theft Scratchy). The story and scenarios is written by the show’s writer themselves, making sure the game stays authentic. With great cel-shaded graphics and solid gameplay, The Simpsons Game will revitalize the franchise the same way The Simpsons Movie did. Not only is it the best Simpsons game ever made, The Simpsons Game is also the best Playstation 2 game this fall.