PlayStation 2: 2000, Sony Computer Entertainment
Sony's PlayStation 2 is the best-selling console of all time; it passed the 150 million-unit mark back in 2011. Sony does not plan to stop production of the PlayStation 2 until demand tapers off. For now, it's still selling well.
The Four Genre Winners
Shadow of the Colossus: 2005, Team Ico. Shadow of the Colossus is an interesting puzzle game with a simple goal: the protagonist, Wander, is trying to revive the body and spirit of his girlfriend, Mono. To accomplish this, a voice tells Wander to kill colossi, giant creatures that roam the land. Whereas most puzzle games revolve around dropping blocks to create lines, like Tetris, or matching colored blocks together, like Bust-a-Move, the colossi in Shadow of the Colossus are the actual puzzle.
The entire world is barren except for the colossi, Wander, and his horse Agro. This evokes a great sense of isolation. Each colossus is wonderfully presented, typically in the shape of some animal, and they move and react fluently with the environment. When a colossus falls dead at the player’s feet, there is a tremendous sense of loss as the area is returned to the utter emptiness of the landscape surrounding it.
Gradius V: 2004, Treasure
Okami: 2006, Clover Studios
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty: 2001, Konami
Photo: Shadow of the Colossus, Fumito Ueda, director and game design, PlayStation 2, 2005, Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC.