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According to actual research. Just 12 of the 50 most popular European PS2 games work properly on PS3. 9 have "minor issues" while 13 have "noticeable issues" and 16 "don't work at all"

TOTALLY BROKEN: Guitar Hero, Guitar Hero II, SSX Tricky, Gran Turismo 4, Metal Gear Solid 2... AND MORE:
"I've just gone through the top 50 highest-reviewed PS2 games according to Game Rankings (don't ask me how I got the time, it involves having a breakdown and being a drop-out until I'm sane again) and checked them all against the PS3 backwards compatibility lists for the new European version of the hardware."

1. Resident Evil 4 - Noticeable Issues
2. Grand Theft Auto III - Works
3. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas - Noticeable Issues
4. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty - Doesn't Work
5. Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec - Minor Issues
6. God of War II - Works
7. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City - Works
8. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 - Minor Issues
9. Pro Evolution Soccer 2 - Minor Issues
10. God of War - Works
11. Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence - Works
12. Burnout 3: Takedown - Minor Issues
13. NCAA Football 2004 - Not released in Europe
14. Okami - Noticeable Issues
15. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 - Noticeable Issues

16. Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2007 - Not released in Europe
17. Final Fantasy XII - Minor Issues
18. Devil May Cry - Works
19. SSX Tricky - Doesn't Work
20. Guitar Hero II - Doesn't Work

21. Madden NFL 2002 - Noticeable Issues
22. Guitar Hero - Doesn't Work
23. SSX 3 - Doesn't Work
24. SSX - Doesn't Work
25. Madden NFL 2004 - Doesn't Work
26. Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal - Doesn't Work

27. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time - Minor Issues
28. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater - Noticeable Issues
29. Soul Calibur II - Doesn't Work
30. TimeSplitters 2 - Noticeable Issues
31. Pro Evolution Soccer 5 - Noticeable Issues

32. Shadow of the Colossus - Works
33. Madden NFL 2003 - Noticeable Issues
34. Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution - Minor Issues
35. Final Fantasy X - Noticeable Issues
36. NCAA Football 2003 - Not released in Europe
37. World Soccer Winning Eleven 8 International - Not released in Europe
38. Virtua Fighter 4 - Minor Issues
39. Tony Hawk's Underground - Minor Issues
40. Pro Evolution Soccer 4 - Noticeable Issues
41. Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando - Doesn't Work

42. Burnout Revenge - Works
43. Madden NFL 2005 - Noticeable Issues
44. NCAA Football 2002 - Not released in Europe
45. Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy - Doesn't Work
46. Winning Eleven 6 International - Not released in Europe
47. ICO - Works
48. Madden NFL 2001 - Noticeable Issues
49. Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King - Doesn't Work

50. NBA Street Vol. 2 - Works
51. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004 - Works
52. NCAA Football 2005 - Not Released in Europe
53. Ratchet & Clank - Doesn't Work
54. Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory - Doesn't Work
55. NBA 2K2 - Doesn't Work
56. Gran Turismo 4 - Doesn't Work

57. Tekken 5 - Works

Incredibly, Sony's OFFICIAL ADVICE includes the following line:
  • You should skip optional FMV sequences

    You should skip PlayStation3.


    Blogger Jayne said...
    By skip the PS3 do you mean not bother with it or chuck it out with the rest of the rubbish ?
    Either way is good for me....
    Blogger Dan said...
    I was surprised to see that anyone other than me liked TimeSplitters. Maybe it's the home-field advantage.
    Anyway, the list probably could have been organized in a better way, with functional games written in green, those games with minor issues in red, those with noticeable issues in a bold, blinking red font, and those that don't work at all in a big, bold, blinking yellow-on-red-background font. All caps of course, too. That, I think, would better convey the ugly situation that is PS3's backwards compatability, although I don't know how much worse it is than what the XBox 360's was when it came out. Maybe Mark has time to figure that out. Then again, I guess if backwards compatability is that big an issue for you, you should just get a Wii.
    Blogger DiablosDevil said...
    It's odd. No backwards compatibility would look better then partial backwards compatibility. Especially with it being forced only onto one region.
    Blogger pete_b said...
    the backwards compatible list of ps2 games contains sooo many duplicates (some games up to 6 times), and of course Sony count each of these as individual games. i counted the actual unique GAMES that will run and its 1218 (give or take), not the 1700+ that they claim. tsk tsk.
    Blogger dante76 said...
    Their official advice is really use a PS2
    No Rez?
    What. The. FUCK??
    Blogger gobbler said...
    God bless you Sony, If I want to buy a PS3 and play your top rated PS2 game, I should have to buy two consoles. Whats wrong with that! Will I get an extra slice of Bacon in my Sarnie for being such a stupid punter ?

    This is an excellent strategy for freeing up space in that warehouse you have that holds 100million emotion engines that you manufactured for the PS3. Oh by the way if you need a hand shifting them you could try ebay, starting price £0.01

    Oh and as for Curry's trying to flog people non-sony HDMI cables, I don't doubt they'll tell their punters they're screwed if their machine dies- All warranties are void if you use non Sony cables.
    Blogger Ino said...
    my new shoes are backwards compatible with all my old socks.
    Blogger Markusdragon said...
    "Although I don't know how much worse it is than what the XBox 360's was when it came out. Maybe Mark has time to figure that out."

    The Xbox 360's backwards compatibility functionality was more black and white. They list things as either working or not working (whereas sony have things listed as anything 'kinda works' or higher). In comparison it was 17 working to 33 not working, but with a higher number of rubbish NFL games in the top 50 (seriously, why do they keep on getting released over here!?) it's a flawed statistic.

    As of this message this has increased from 17/33 to 24/26 compatible to incompatible on the 360.


    "Thanks for that awesome, cutting-edge research. I'm so glad you had that breakdown."
    Gee, thanks Gary :P.
    Blogger phorenzik said...
    Also, Sony recommend not running PS2 games in 60HZ mode too. This basically means that the few games that do work will have to played 17.5 percent slower than they should be played.

    Top job sony
    Blogger Chris said...
    You probably wouldn't want to play Rez without rumble anyway, it wouldn't be the same game.
    Blogger primaleyes said...
    How ironic. Sony telling people to " Skip FMV "

    These bastards have been pushing FMV more than anyone for 12years. I remember being at a show where they showcased FF7. All they went on about was FMV this, FMV that :(

    Down with Sony, down with FMV.

    Let the revolution begin. ( I'm not talking about the crappy Wii )

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