The ps2 game controllers are the most widely known tools of the Playstation 2-verse and it has been used by gamers the world over. While the ps2 dual shock controller is the most versatile tool of its kind; it has allowed gamers to take their gaming to the next level, it cannot be argued that it has made gaming gods of not only adults but children as well.
One of the greatest features of ps2 game controllers is that it comes in more than one color, it gives gamers an option on what color controller that they want to personally collect and use. Although the ps2 game controllers inherited this from their PS1 predecessors, it has no doubt given gamers a choice regarding their controller preferences.
The sony brand PS2 controllers are my favorite to use when I play my Playstation 2, I stand by it with my whole heart as I have for the last 17 years. The PS2 controller, like everything else, has good things that make it good and bad things about it that make it bad or fail to meet certain standards. Here is my review.
Pros, the good; obviously.
There are many great things to love and adore about the Playstation 2 controller and from experience, it is a gaming item that I would use until the end of time just because I love the many things about it that make it great not to mention a household name.
One of the general pros of this gaming item is that it can withstand the test of time which is something I value in all gaming tech especially this one; the durability of the item is second to none, I’ve had it fall on my hardwood floor without so much as a malfunction or short out.
Dual Shock, enhances gaming experience and comfort
The vibration from the Dual Shock aspect of the controller makes gamers a part of the action whether it is feeling that in game shockwave from a special attack or an earthquake from an in game cutscene; the controller sees to it that you’re as much a part of the action as the in game characters.
This controller is comfortable to hold to the touch. I’ve held controllers in the past and none of them are as comfortable to grip than this one; it makes gaming more enjoyable so gamers can work on their gaming and while not trying to get their hands around the controller.
Analog Stick, on and off
The Analog Stick function on the controller is absolute and it can be controlled giving gamers the ability to choose when and when not to use the analog stick function. The Analog Stick function button in the bottom center of the controller can be activated and deactivated at will in accordance to the game they are playing. For example, activating the Analog Stick function to play Akuji: The Heartless makes the gamer easier to play vs. playing it using the directional pad.
Can be used on the PS1
The versatility of these controllers makes them cool gaming items solely for the simple fact that they, much like the Playstation 2, backward compatible which allows gamers to be able to use it to play Playstation 1 games on the Playstation 1.
While many controllers for many consoles are only programmed for a certain game system, it is great that this controller can be used across two game systems which means that if a gamer couldn’t afford a PS2 but have the controller then they can use it on their ps1.
Cons, the bad and unfair
One of the most unfortunate facts of life is that for every good, there is something bad; the sony brand ps2 controller has cons that can and have upset many a gamer myself included.
Although the valuable piece of video gaming tech is 17 years old and works like the day it was created, it does age to the point where it is not as “obedient” when it comes to the button presses which can cause a problem for gamers who use it on a regular basis. Sadly, this is the ultimate gaming toy’s fatal flaw.
I don’t advise doing this!
Unresponsive Analog Function
As previously mentioned, the PS2 controller does age as everything does, but it seems to age slower than most video gaming tech. One of the cons of this game controller is that the Analog function of the controller can deactivate at will which means that if you plug the controller in, you have to activate the analog function by pressing the Analog Stick button at the bottom center.
You don’t have to replace this to get your analog functions working; just move it around rapidly.
This has caused quite a problem for me because died have I many times in games because the analog stick function just turned off without warning, it doesn’t even blink to signify that there’s a problem. There’s a quick fix to handling the problem that this causes; gamers can restore functionality of the analog stick functions on the controller by slightly unplugging the PS2 controller which will fix the problem; so don’t unplug it completely just a little bit.
Naturally, the problem with this is that it can make it so gamers start questioning whether their controller is functioning properly which can lead to frustration and second guessing. Another bad thing about this is that the analog sticks can seem as if they have a mind of their own in which the in game characters will start moving by themselves which can be a headache to get under control unless the gamer wiggles the analog stick.
All in all, Playstation 2 controllers have their good and their bad, but no other controller on earth is as versatile as this one especially since it can be plugged to the PS1 and can be used to play the games on it. Also, being able to control the analog stick functions by turning them on and off is a big benefit to the gamer because some games do not require the analog sticks.
Despite the fact that this item has created many a gaming god/goddess, it is one of the most comfortable controllers to ever be used especially gripping it which can get gamers used to it rather quickly; if you’re looking for a versatile controller that will last then get a sony brand ps2 controller.