You have to admit, it's intriguing that Series X may end up with the most diverse library ever (apart from PC) just based on backwards compatibility alone.
I don't really buy the whole nostalgia angle a lot of people are taking in this thread. Rose colored glasses, be damned. I enjoy plenty of older titles which I didn't grow up with.
Because they are prisoners of their nostalgia just like people that think the first game in a series is the best one all the time. Pretty much always the newest consoles is in fact the best one.
The true reason is to put forth our own opinion, and to see other people agree with it, in order to validate our belief in our taste, not what our taste believes.The Playstation 2 has an amazing library, and so much of it perseveres in terms of overall quality to an insanely strong degree to this day. The sixth generation of consoles all hold a very special place in my heart, and the Playstation 2 was undeniably the hands-down winner of that generation, despite not packing the most horsepower inside the plastic casing when compared to either the Gamecube or Xbox. The library was phenomenal, including full PS1 backwards compatibility, and had more exclusives than you could shake a stick at. So much so, that I'm still discovering new favorites on PS2 in 2020 that I never got a chance to play previously.
For these reason, people often consider the Playstation 2 to be the greatest console ever. I've read this opinion stated objectively countless times on this forum alone. In my opinion, Xbox 360 absolutely gave it a run for its money and if you consider that Xbox One plays a good amount of Original Xbox and 360 titles as well.... you could even make an argument there too - but so few do.
This argument isn't exclusive to the PS2 though. People will say this about SNES, Dreamcast, etc.
I guess my question is, why do people even bother playing the newer games or getting hyped for PS5/Series X when they already have their favorite so readily available?
I don't buy the story that most people have played all there is to play on a library as diverse as PS2/PS1 combined (or 360/Xbox for the sake of argument) yet. Both Sony and Microsoft spent a lot of money on research and development towards new technologies and studio acquisitions to secure that their upcoming products continuously provide a superior gaming experience to their previous iterations. Shouldn't this ensure a better gaming experience overall? Doesn't the truth of GAF focusing so heavily on next gen and current gen right now reflect that directly? Why aren't we all still talking about Dark Cloud 2?!!
As much as I love the now-classics, there's plenty of modern QoL features which retro titles just can't deliver on, and sometimes formerly well regarded games age like milk and feel awfully clunky compared to their modern counterparts.
So, why do we bother with the new consoles when the so-called 'greatest ever' already exist? How many people here apart from myself still even have a PS2 hooked up? What about your original Xbox? Gamecube? Do you play them more than your PS4, Xbox One, and/or Switch?
Because you can't play 282262742627426 times the same games without getting bored sooner or later??
Humans always search for new things to try exactly like reeeee always search for new thing to get triggered by, it's just nature.
You will eventually get bored even with an arcade cabinet (i don't know what change from pc\console gaming in term of not being boring after a while but ok)you can if you have an arcade cabinet
You will eventually get bored even with an arcade cabinet (i don't know what change from pc\console gaming in term of not being boring after a while but ok)
I absolutely love metal slug, i finished the first 3 like 20 times, i will not play these games for another 20 times even with an arcade cabinet at home, but maybe it's just me.