Sony recently announced a new hashtag you can use to connect to PlayStation to tell them which PS2 games you want brought to the PS4. Hopefully, PlayStation diehard fans have continued to populate the hashtag with requests for Persona 3 and Dark Cloud 2. All jokes aside, the hashtag is an obvious and clever way to communicate with fans to decide which games are worth spending the time and money to send through ESRB certification, QA, trophy patches, etc., but it may mean that some games may not be ported. Here are, in my estimation, five great #ps2ps4, that will allow gamers to experience or to be reminded why these games were great entries in the PS2’s vast catalogue.
Dragon Quest VIII
Dragon Quest VIII, which our Twitch manager Cody has streamed numerous times here on our Twitch channel, is one of the last Dragon Quest games to be released on a PlayStation console that retains what made the seminal JRPG series so great. Dragon Quest IX was released on the Nintendo DS, and Dragon Quest X is an MMO available on numerous platforms in Japan. Square Enix announced in 2015 that Dragon Quest XI will return the series to what makes it great. Developed by Level-5, expert JRPG developers of the Dark Cloud series, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, and Rogue Galaxy, the game follows the silent Hero, who must journey with his party so he can defeat the evil Dhoulmagus, who has poisoned the kingdom of Trode. It would be great to see it on the PS4, to remind gamers why they should get excited for new Level-5 properties, as well as preparing PlayStation 4 owners for Dragon Quest XI.
Absent of any mainline continuity in either the Marvel or X-Men universes, X-Men: Legends is a story about the title mutant team, and one mutie in particular, Alison Crestmere, as she learns to control her explosive powers and join the ranks of the X-Men to take down Magneto and the Brotherhood of Evil. The game’s single player gameplay is just as good, if not better, than its cooperative mechanics. You can play as Cyclops, Wolverine, Alison herself, or any of 15 iconic X-Men characters. Developed by Raven Software, it set the template for the very good X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse, which added online play and a larger cast of characters, but it’s always good to check out the original. A #ps2ps4 port would allow gamers to sink their teeth (or claws if they’re a certain Canadian mutant) into one of the few licensed superhero games that isn’t bad at all.
Guilty pleasure aside, why not? The rest of the games on this list are objectively good games. Why not throw in a stinker (if enough people want it)? Why not have a game for all of the kids who grew up with the Shrek films? Released in 2005, Shrek SuperSlam is a fighter in the same vein of Super Smash Bros., with “slams” replacing conventional arena knockouts. Different modes such as a brief story mode and a more expansive Mega Challenge mode provide a change of pace from the multiplayer, which may or may not be included in a PS4 port. It actually has a small presence on the competitive scene, beginning in the first half of 2015, and a port to a new console may allow PlayStation to fix some of Shrek SuperSlam’s framerate issues the PS2 version never got ogre.
The only reason this game does not top my list is because we can already play it on the PS3 as a PS2 classic. “But where are the trophies!?” shout PlayStation fans. Bully was a significant deviation from Rockstar’s usual outings. Developed by Rockstar Vancouver, who has since merged with Rockstar Toronto in a move that has since been financially supported by the Government of Toronto, Bully featured an open world set Bullworth. James “Jimmy” Hopkins is forced to go to Bullworth Academy, an entire school filled with bullies, and he decides it is up to him to bring peace, by being the biggest bully in the school. Whether skipping class or attending chemistry, there are a plethora of mini-games to play for a game that was released during the early days of the Xbox 360 and Wii. You can currently play it on the PS3 as a PS2 classic, but I think the diverse world Rockstar has created, as well as the different missions and “romance scenarios,” would serve as great trophies for the single player game.
One of the best superhero films of all time, surprisingly, has a great PS2 game to accompany it. Set in a similar world to that of the film, with slight deviations, such as new villains and heroes, it provided gamers with a New York City to swing through, an open world that didn’t feel too empty at the time, and really good web-swinging mechanics. While not considered one of the PS2’s best games, it is still a PS2 game that should still be remembered for all the good it brought to superhero licensed games. A #ps2ps4 port would allow Sony to follow the recent gaming trends, of big, sprawling open worlds that allow for dozens of hours of gameplay.
Liam Crossey is the Executive Editor of Features for The Game Bolt. Follow him on Twitter for too many retweets.