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so i'm shopping around for PS2s to see if the old version (non slim) prices have come down on the used markets and to see if this weird desire is at all worth it, or if the ddr franchise is worth buying (or someone buying for me) this whole stupid system, if there are some party games that make it fun, etc. and i remember that i like shooting games. BUT! i realize that while i had my console gaming head in the sand, they stopped making cute shooting games. have they really not made a cute shooting game since duck hunt? wtf? someone who actually pays attention to this stuff, help! p.s. do i really want a PS2?

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lekythen
Nov. 30th, 2004 12:15 am (UTC)
They didn't stop! The Point Blank games for the PSsystems are a scream. I know there are two of them, might be three. I'm not sure. They're brilliant fun, challanging for either solo players or for two players competing. I -love- them.
snidegrrl
Nov. 30th, 2004 01:06 am (UTC)
OOH! Thank you! I am so on this. If I get a PS2.
lekythen
Nov. 30th, 2004 01:33 am (UTC)
Have to admit, I've only played the first game (and trounced Mark and Pat on it when I was living with them at Apt. 1) I think you might be able to snaffle them on Ebay. They're a tad old.
cephalophore
Nov. 30th, 2004 06:32 am (UTC)
hi, you don't know me or anything, but
Light gun games in arcades aren't really light guns: they're elaborate joysticks that don't actually see the screen. Because of that, the modern home translations of these games (which are often a hell of a lot more complex than duck hunt) are often really crappy when they're forced to use a real light gun: the new Silent Scope game, you have to turn your screen brightness up to where you can barely see anything for it to "work."

PS2 is undoubtedly the best for this type of game (xbox only has house of the dead and starsky and hutch), but it's still a big investment in an outdated system to enjoy a niche genre. I went through a duck hunt phase myself a few months ago. Unless you have a fancy HDTV that's incompatible with the NES light gun, you might just want to pick up Hogan's Alley, Gotcha!, and the like for $4 each.
snidegrrl
Nov. 30th, 2004 01:29 pm (UTC)
ooh! thanks for the education. i'm actually trying to justify the investment by adding a second niche genre (gun games) to my first niche genre (DDR games). i'm so not running out and spending this money - i have already been waiting a year. :) i'm also a little concerned about purchasing a console towards the end of its life cycle - if i had bought the thing 4 years ago it would make more sense.
jsciv
Nov. 30th, 2004 02:34 pm (UTC)
If you get one, I can highly recommend Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal! Of course, I kind of HAVE to, but hey, that's just me. :)

It's not a light gun game, but there is a lot of shooting. And explosions. And turing your enemies into sheep and/or giant flaming ducks.

I wouldn't worry about end-of-life-cycle issues (which is most of what I'm allowed to say on that issue), there is still a huge library and many more good games will be developed for the platform: it's got the largest install base of any of the consoles. Top tier games will continue to be made for quite a while.
snidegrrl
Nov. 30th, 2004 06:44 pm (UTC)
excellent! thanks for the tips!!
booyeah
Nov. 30th, 2004 07:04 pm (UTC)
I loved duck hunt.

I love gun games, and this reminds me that I don't have one. (Though I'm not sure how well they work on the bigscreens.)

http://www.ps2home.co.uk/ps2_light_gun_games.htm

Had some nice info, but definitely a shortage of cute games. There is a dinosaur shooting one, which hits me in the 8-year old dino obsession part of the brain.
snidegrrl
Nov. 30th, 2004 07:12 pm (UTC)
Clearly this will inspire you to purchase a new, slim ps2. And then I have an idea what you can do with the old one. ;)
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