PlayStation 2 celebrated its 20th birthday in March this year; how fast they grow?
It is two decades later, and the PlayStation series hasn't disappointed its millions of fans worldwide with the long-awaited PlayStation 5 due for release in November.
Even as we follow the latest from the English Premier League
, let's take a walk down the memory lane and reminisce about the good old days of playing soccer on PS2. Here are the top 5 editor's pick PlayStation 2's football games of all time.
1. Pro Evolution Soccer 2
Pro Evolution Soccer, later branded as PES, was voted players' PlayStation football game of all time by the Ranker.
PES was launched by Japanese gaming giant, Konami, in April 2002, a month after the PlayStation 2, although the version also worked on PlayStation and Nintendo GameCube.
The game was famed for its outstanding graphics (compared to the standards then) and improved player movements, which earned it a rating of 94 by Metacritic.
Perhaps the most memorable aspect of Pro Evolution Soccer 2 was its theme track of the Queen, 'we will entertain you' and not to forget the world-class commentary from Peter Brackley.
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2. Pro Evolution Soccer 6
Some improvements made between Pro Evolution Soccer 2 and 5, which peaked in the game's sixth edition, won the fans' hearts.
The game was released in 2006 with the cover featuring England's John Terry and the unstoppable former Brazilian striker Adriano.
Unlike its predecessors, the game made dribbling and defending easier. However, the most notable improvement was on player ratings with Konami drawing a line between pro players and the rest of the pack for the first time. The result was improved game tactics such as through balls and long balls.
Overall, this was one of the best and the last reputable Konami's production before EA sports took over through its FIFA series.
3. FIFA 2005
EA sports enjoyed more than 14 FIFA releases under PS2, and FIFA 2005 was the granddaddy of them all.
The game was in a class of its own, starting with the cover that featured Patrick Vieira and Andrei Shevchenko, who were terrific talents.
That's not all; there were the free-kicks!
FIFA 2005 allowed players to score free-kicks beyond the halfway line. Who wouldn't love trying those Cristiano Ronaldo knuckleball hits from the halfway line?
Lastly, FIFA 2005 introduced a 15-year extended career mode, a dream come true to gamers.
4. FIFA 14
FIFA 14 is a more revolutionary release, and it's arguably superior to the much-improved PES 2015, and its earlier versions in terms of pure footballing gameplay.
That said, FIFA 14 offered a complete virtual footballing experience available on PS2. Whether in single or multiplayer, there was enough to keep gamers busy through challenging career modes.
5. FIFA Street
This list would be incomplete without the legendary FIFA Street game series. Released in 2005, the game provided ample room to create customized teams and player avatars.
The game became popular with fanatics who would wander from reality, and develop advanced characters that could rainbow flick three defenders at a time before kicking a volley that would go through the net into the streets. Amazing!
The gaming industry has hugely evolved over the years, but one thing is for sure; memories will stay with us forever. Today, there are so many channels for playing your favorite games. For live sports, you can bet with Betway88, one of the leading bookmakers globally.