Manufacture of PlayStation 2 has stopped, said the news a while back. Upon closer inspection, it applies only to Japan. Nevertheless, I feel the need to secure one or never in the future.
The first time I played a PlayStation 2 was my roommate’s. He mainly played Dynasty Warriors 3, and we often played coop (well, more like I assisted him to get the final weapons easier, lol). I subsequently borrowed it to play Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons Of Liberty.
I can’t remember how I managed to get my own fat modified PS2 back then, but later it showed its age as it couldn’t play a feature in Dynasty Warriors 5 (or 4?).
I indirectly traded my fat modified PS2 for unmodified PS2 Slim US region as I moved away from piracy. I began to feel the sting of not being able to play Japanese games.
When I got my first generation PS3, which literally has a PS2 inside, it can play Japanese PS2 games. ‘This is exactly what I need,’ I thought, so I got rid of my US PS2 games and console. I began to buy Japanese PS2 games. I had an ultimate PlayStation system that can play PSOne, PS2 and PS3 games.
Then my PS3 died. Yellow ring of death. I got a new PS3 Slim, but as it can’t play PS2 games, my access to PS2 gaming was lost.
I slowly reduced my Japanese PS2 games library. I sold games that have received HD adaptations, or even ported to PSP.
Until today, as I managed to get Asian PS2, which can play Japanese games. Unfortunately it’s modified. Whatever modchip is being used, it appears to use the latest software (Matrix Infinity v1.93) But I got it much cheaper than I expected to pay (like half of my expectation). And this is the latest and last model, SCPH-9000.
I tried playing my original Japanese games. They worked. I also tried downloading fan-translated version of Namco X Capcom and burned it to DVD. It worked, too.
And life’s good.
Why do I feel the need to get a PS2? Well, there are many PS2 games that most likely won’t be rereleased to PSN as digital downloads, due to legal issues and such.
I’m now waiting for my Japanese copy of Crimson Tears. Amazon Japan sold a brand new copy for 500yen, lol. It’s a game I think deserves to be more popular.