For the first time in its eight year life span, the Playstation 2 saw dismal sales in 2008 as many gamers decided to move on to next-generation video game systems. Sony hopes the Playstation 2 can regain its prominence in 2009, starting with a strong lineup early in the year. Here are the top five Playstation 2 games to be released in the spring.
5. King of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match
Publisher: SNK Playmore, Developer: SNK Playmore, Original Release Date: March 3, ESRB Rating: T
2D video games may be dying out with the arrival of next-generation systems but the visual style still lives on with King of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match, the latest addition to the much underrated fighting series. What makes this spring Playstation 2 game stand out from the rest of the King of Fighters titles is that it features an all-star list of the most popular fighters. With the addition of more modes, King of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match should please many 2D fighting fans on the Playstation 2 this spring.
4. Tomb Raider Underworld
Publisher: Eidos Interactive, Developer: Buzz Monkey Software, Original Release Date: March 3, ESRB Rating: T
For years, the popular Tomb Raider series has been struggling. It started to turn around with Tomb Raider: Legend and Tomb Raider: Anniversary. Tomb Raider Underworld continues the positive momentum of the series with a solid adventure filled with intuitive puzzles and dazzling moments. This spring Playstation 2 title should make fans fall in love the sultry Lara Croft once again.
3. MLB 09: The Show
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment, Developer: Sony Computer Entertainment, Release Date: March 3, ESRB Rating: E
Sony’s own baseball franchise has quietly become one of the best sport titles in the market. MLB 09: The Show looks to be the most refined experience in the series yet. Among the new improvements are the ability to practice in the Road to the Show mode and the expanded 40-man roster for franchise mode. Coming during the spring training season, MLB 09: The Show should be the best sport game on the Playstation 2 in 2009.
2. Naruto Ultimate Ninja 4: Shippuden
Publisher: Namco Bandai, Developer: CyberConnect2, Original Release Date: March 24, ESRB Rating: T
Naruto Ultimate Ninja 4: Shippuden marks the first game to be based on the Naruto Shippuden anime series. If that wasn’t enough for fans, they should also expect brand new characters as well as gameplay modes (including a story campaign that combines role-playing elements with action components). Naruto Ultimate Ninja 4: Shippuden will brighten up eagerly awaiting fans this spring on the Playstation 2.
1. Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2
Publisher: Namco Bandai/Koei, Developer: Omega Force, Original Release Date: March 24, ESRB Rating: T
Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2 brings back two popular franchises: Mobile Suit Gundam and Dynasty Warriors. Fans of the popular anime can ride their favorite giant mechs and unleash devastating attacks on the hordes of enemies onscreen. This Playstation 2 spring title is everything a sequel should be with extra content (like new playable characters) and more gameplay elements (like the ability to attack in the air). You won’t find a more anticipated Playstation 2 game coming this spring.