Sony continues its celebration of the 20th anniversary of the first PlayStation’s launch. It’s worth noting that while the first PlayStation console was a smashing success, the PlayStation 2 was even bigger! Up until today, the PS2 has a legion of loyal fans and gamers who continue to patronize the franchises that the PlayStation 2 had made big hits in the gaming community.
Compared to the PS1, the PS2 was a quantum leap forward in terms of technology. Its graphics processor, for its time, was a big improvement over the first PlayStation. While the PS1 had support for audio CD playback, the PlayStation 2 added the capability of being able to play games and movies in the DVD format.
Of course, who would forget the slew of successful games that made their debuts in the second PlayStation console? These games include Dark Cloud, Twisted Metal: Black, and Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
To give both new and old players in the American and Europe the chance to relive the fun and excitement of these titles, Sony is now making it possible for people to purchase PS2 games and play them on the PlayStation 4.
The following games are now available for downloading via the PlayStation Store at the following prices: Dark Cloud for $14.99, Grand Theft Auto III for $14.99, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City for $14.99, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for $14.99, Rogue Galaxy for $14.99, The Mark of Kri for $14.99, Twisted Metal: Black for $9.99, and War of the Monsters at $9.99.
Of course, to take advantage of the next-generation capabilities of the PlayStation 4, these PS2 titles have been re-mastered to upscale their graphics to 1080p. The experience will play out like you’re playing a version of the game that’s made specifically for the PS4!
Sony has developed Trophy sets for each of the games with cooperation from the developers of the original versions to ensure that the Trophy challenges are in tune with the feeling of the original games. Players can also access Remote Play, Live Broadcast, Share Play, Activitiy Feed, and Second Screen capabilities with PlayStation Vita or PlayStation App.
Some PS2 games will also be showcased by Sony at the PlayStation Experience in San Francisco this weekend. Attendees can play Dark Cloud, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, PaRappa the Rapper 2, Rogue Galaxy, The King of Fighters 2000, The Mark of Kri and War of the Monsters.
King of Fighters 2000 and PaRappa the Rapper 2 will also be available for download soon! In addition, Sony is promising to bring more PS2 titles to the PlayStation 4! The company is even inviting gamers to give them feedback on which games they are looking forward to playing versions of in the PS4 so make sure to let them know!