Spotting the PlayStation 2’s influence in 2017 4 min read Whilst the gaming blogs are getting hyped up about virtual reality and open-world gaming, it’s clear that the Sony PlayStation 2 still represents perhaps the high watermark of console gaming technology. In the era before having to wait hours for Battlefield 1 to download, we got to enjoy instant gameplay of titles that continue to live on in 2017. Who would have thought that iconic PS2 classics like Grand Theft Auto, Final Fantasy and Resident Evil would still be with us well over a decade later. But seeing as the PS2 is still the best-selling games console in history with over 155 million units sold, it’s clear that it holds an unparalleled position amongst gamers. Although the graphics may have become more detailed, and the gameplay has certainly developed an extra ability to bait the tabloids, it’s clear that the upcoming Tekken 7 still owes a hefty debt to the PS2 original. Other PS2 classics that are looking to get a PS4 revamp in the coming months include God of War and Need for Speed. And whilst we have been able to enjoy a fair amount of backwards compatibility to play PS2 games on a PS4 console, it’s been interesting to see how some of our favourite older titles have also hit the mobile gaming domain. Most of us will have enjoyed the awesome Rockstar Game, Bully, and so it was a real treat to find that they had been given a mobile gaming makeover for iOS and Android devices last year. Although many of the older PS2 games can suffer from some fairly old-fashioned graphics, it’s clear that the current mobile gaming scene seems to revel in such retro visual tastes. Not only do these graphics take less time to load, but they also look fun too. So whether it’s the chunky pixellated visuals of Minecraft, or the classic visuals of Worms, it all shows how the most enduring games don’t necessarily need the fanciest graphics. Maybe this is a result of many PS4 titles like Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare showing off gloomy graphics and complex gameplay, which results in us seeking the colour and simple fun of some of the PS2 classics. So although the gaming press might have gone crazy for the fact that Resident Evil 7: Biohazard took on the first-person perspective and even implemented virtual reality, it’s clear that it still has its roots in the PS2 classic of the past.