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Japanese PS2
« on: February 20, 2020, 10:28:04 AM »
My latest toy :)

I got this for a few reasons.

Sega Ages Series - some of these are expensive now but they are very collectable and look great play value-wise.
2D shooters - my favourite genre - some superb games available and I thought it high time to dip in before prices go mad.
Japanese PS1 library - another rich seam

So far I have procured these:
Sega Ages : Fantasy Zone - one of my favourite hori-shooter series. I have the Saturn version but this adds in a nice updated version and a challenge mode.
Sega Ages : Tetris - last word in Sega Tetris - every conceivable version with every option and mode. With a New Century version with modern additions and features. Coded my M2 themselves - the meisters of ports. Tetris is minor obsession of mine - I have a good sized collection of Tetris games.
DoDonPachi DOJ - considered by many as "the best shooter ever". Gorgeous port by Arika with extra modes. TATE too. and a superplay DVD included
Espgaluda - another lovely job from Arika. Extra modes. Superplay DVD.

JP-PS1:
Gradius Gaiden - widely considered as the best entry in the series. Superb game.
Xevious 3D/G+ - lovely Xevious compilation with original, Super, Arrangement and a semi-3D remake which is actually good - using nice clean polys and textures meaning it has aged well.
Space Invaders 2000 - continuing my Space Invader collection. Just a nice basic port with a time attack mode and a 2 player versus mode.

On the lookout for more. Raiden DX, Castle Shikigami 2 in my sights next. :)

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Re: Japanese PS2
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2020, 12:03:20 PM »
Very nice.  Does it look any different from other PS2 units?
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Re: Japanese PS2
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2020, 13:25:22 PM »
I have a slim - silver. Looks exactly the same as the PAL slim I have apart form it being black.

I have a PAL phat PS2 as well. I have the PAL slim hooked up to a rotated CRT and use it exclusively for vertical shmups. The phat is connected to my larger CRT for normal gaming. I swap the JP slim between the two TVs depending on the game I am playing.

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Re: Japanese PS2
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2020, 13:34:35 PM »
I have a slim PS2 in black.  I like that model.  Small and compact.
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Re: Japanese PS2
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2020, 09:55:21 AM »

The only issue I have with the slims is that they run warm/hot. They are nice little console though. They are sometimes a bit noisier too - I have some games that run quieter on the phat.

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Re: Japanese PS2
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2020, 13:34:49 PM »
Interesting.  Since I only have the slim one for the PS2, I did not realize the performance in those terms could be different.
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Re: Japanese PS2
« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2020, 23:55:42 PM »
To be fair there is one game I have noticed in particular - called Detonator. It's a 2D puzzle game -quite simple looking but rock hard. On the slim the drive whirrs like blazes - no noise from the phat at all. Weird - there shouldn't be any difference really.  I'm wondering if it is to do with whether the disc uses DVD format or not.

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Re: Japanese PS2
« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2020, 11:59:23 AM »

Ordered some more shmups...

Castle Shikigami 1 & 2.
Also Gradius III+IV

These games had PAL releases but were butchered. Shikigami 1 is aka Mobile Light Force which was a ultra cheap release but 50Hz and letterboxed  and had features stripped out. Shikigami 2 kept the moniker and features but also the 50Hz letterboxed image. Gradius III + IV had a similar treatment.

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Re: Japanese PS2
« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2020, 18:17:38 PM »
I have a modded region free PS2 slim but I don't think I've bought any Japanese PS2 games. I do have a few Japanese PS1 games that I use it for but not all PS1 games will play on a PS2 slim unfortunately. I really like the arcade game Night Striker and I bought a copy of it but it does not like the slim :(. Looking at the price of the Saturn version, I guess I'll just be sticking to mame!

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Re: Japanese PS2
« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2020, 21:04:44 PM »
Didn't realise some games don't work on the slim!!!


EDIT: PS1 games - yeah some of those don't work even on the phat console - think there's a Atari compilation pack for PS1 that won't run on a PS2.


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Re: Japanese PS2
« Reply #10 on: March 29, 2020, 14:00:12 PM »
Few more games in the post. Castle Shikigami 1 & 2 + Gradius III+IV

Altogether now....

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Re: Japanese PS2
« Reply #11 on: March 29, 2020, 16:03:27 PM »
Nice set of games.  Gradius and Fantasy Zone are supposed to be excellent games for the system.
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