I’m already a retired veteran of the PlayStaion 2, but something kept telling me my PS2 experience won’t be complete without taking those Japanese only-released games for a spin. Pity that I already sold my console, but with PCSX2, I have been able to do just that!
Of course, a good machine is needed to play. Though I was able to play 2D games in my old Pentium 4 laptop with stock specs, the thing crashed after punching in FFX. It went smoothly though when I tried it in my i5 1GB-video desktop. Playing the old games again was totally reminiscent, and I just realized PS2 graphics weren’t as bad as I thought they were.
Final Fantasy X
Similar to ePSXe, PCSX2 is based on a plug-in architecture, separating several functions from the core emulator. These are the graphics, audio, input controls, CD/DVD drive, and USB and FireWire (i.LINK) ports. Different plug-ins may produce different results in both compatibility and performance. Additionally, PCSX2 requires a copy of the PS2 BIOS, which is not available for download from the developers, due to the copyright concerns and legal issues associated with it. A free clone of the official BIOS is in development -Wikipedia
Unlike the other emulators, you don’t have to roam around the net looking for the best plug-ins anymore. This one only has a few that are constantly fixed and updated by the developers themselves: mainly GSdx (DirectX) and ZZogl (OpenGL). After installing the free 4MB PCSX2, you’ll be up and playing right after a few preference tweaks.
Rurouni Kenshin Enjou Kyoto Rinne
Melty Blood Actress Again
The Rurouni Kenshin and Melty Blood PS2 games were a real treat, though on the downside is that I can’t read Japanese. Anyway, I can’t wait to try the other games!
To download PCSX2 or read tutorials on how to operate it, just go to http://pcsx2.net/