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Hands-on with the PlayStation2
(IDG) -- The GamePros finally got their grubby hands on the Japanese PlayStation2, and the other consoles have already begun collecting dust.
While the first handful of games don't seem to show the full power of this groundbreaking console, they do offer glimpses of what's in store for you American gamers who are wondering what's up Sony's sleeve.
New Ridge Racer, new Street Fighter, new PlayStation
In honor of the launch of an all-new console, Namco and Capcom have shipped new versions of old PlayStation favorites, and Jaleco chips in with an all-new dancing-pad game. Other launch titles include Drumania by Konami, Kessen, which is a war simulation by Koei, and From Software's newest fantasy adventure, Eternal Ring.
Ridge Racer V shows off the PS2's speedy real-time rendering power while retaining the controls that made the series great. Street Fighter EX3 brings your favorite fighters into awesome 3D arenas, with eye-popping special effects unlike any you've seen in Street Fighter before.
Stepping Selection is an "interesting" new dancing game which, when coupled with the PS2's dancing pad, allows you to jam down to hot karaoke tunes or boogie to the musical stylings of Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys.
Fans of Romance of the Three Kingdoms will want to check out Kessen, while King's Field veterans should take note of Eternal Ring. Last, but not least is Drumania, a conversion of Konami's Japanese drum simulator arcade hit .
You are not Red-E
The PS2 should genuinely make waves when it lands on American shores later this year, but don't toss out your old PSX and accessories yet, because this baby is backward compatible. This means that your old PSX controllers, cables, memory cards and games should all work fine with the new PS2. Toss in full DVD movie support, and you've got the makings of a revolution.
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