Space Invaders on the Sony PlayStation 2 / PSX2 / PSTwo / PS2

You know how it goes. It’s a Sunday afternoon, the only game console you can lay your hands on is a Sony PlayStation 2 and the only game that will do is classic arcade Space Invaders… Again. What are your options?

 

  1. “Space Invaders Anniversary” – European Release 2003
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A collection of eight different Space Invaders flavours / romsets presented in a comfortable virtual back street arcade setting. The versions included are:

 

  • Tabletop  Monochrome Version
  • Tabletop Cellophane Version
  • Tabletop Colour Version
  • Upright Colour Version
  • Tabletop Part II Colour Version
  • Space Invaders VS
  • Space Invaders Doubles
  • 3D Space Invaders
Four of the games listed above are available on the PS1 Simple 1500 Series “The Invaders” release, however the 3D Space Invaders game on this release does differ from the PS1 Simple 1500 Series “The Invaders” 3D Space Invaders.
There is also a Space Invaders memorabilia section containing original game artwork and other original Space Invaders material.

 

  1. “Taito Legends” – European Release 2005
A collection of 29 various Taito arcade games including the following Space Invaders releases:

 

  • Space Invaders
  • Space Invaders Pt II
  • Return of The Invaders
Also included are a Taito history section and an interview with Space Invaders original creator and of course, a whole host of other Taito arcade classics.

 

  1. “Taito Legends 2” – European Release 2005
A collection of 39 various Taito arcade games including the following Space Invaders releases:

 

  • Space Invaders DX
  • Space Invaders ’95
  • Super Space Invaders ’91
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Again this collection contains Taito game memorabilia and a large collection of other Taito arcade classics.

 

  1. “Taito Memories Joukan” – Japan Release 2005
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A collection of 25 various Taito arcade games including the following Space Invaders releases:

 

  • Space Invaders Colour
  • Space Invaders DX

 

  1. “Taito Memories Gekan” – Japan Release 2005
A collection of 25 various Taito arcade games including the following Space Invaders releases:

 

  • Space Invaders
  • Space Invaders Pt II

 

  1. “Taito Memories II Joukan” – Japan Release 2006
A collection of 25 various Taito arcade games including the following Space Invaders release:

 

  • Return Of The Invaders

 

“It’s Worth Noting….”

It is worth noting that you can play classic arcade Space Invaders on the critically unclaimed “Space Invaders – Invasion Day” also known as “Space Raiders”. At the ‘Press Start’ screen, enter this code: Hold L1+R1 & press X + O.

 

Sony PlayStation 2 / PSTwo / PS2 with built in games

I’ve had a few good geeky afternoons with one of my old fat ps2’s.

First I installed Free MCBoot and a selection of PS2 apps (ulaunchelf, OpenPS2loader and HDLoader) onto a standard PS2 memory card.Next using Popstarter and a 32Gb USB2.0 USB memory stick, I got my fave PlayStation games running with no need for any disc of any kind to be inserted and no need of any modchip. 

Basically you make an ISO (.cue and .bin) from your original game disc on a PC, then use CUE2ELF to convert the ISO to a .vcd file. Copy to USB stick, plug into PS2 and then use popstarter and ulaunchelf to run.

Then using an old ide hard drive and the ps2 network adapter, I got my fave ps2 games running from hard drive too.

Plug the drive into a PC using a USB to IDE adapter and then use WINHIIP to format the drive PS2 style and add your original PS2 games from disc to the IDE drive. Fit drive into the PS2 drive bay and then use HDLoader or PS2Open Loader to run the games.

In short, there is no need for the DVD drive any more, and the laser in it always was the weak link. Also there’s no need for any mod chip as all the code/apps are on the memory card.So the result, a ps2 with all of my favourite PlayStation and PlayStation 2 games built in.

Rumours of the PSOne and PSTwos death have been vastly exagerated!!