"THQ is one company that has made a big business of selling licensed games. Power Rangers, Rugrats, WWF -- THQ is the king of the license, and while some of the games are fantastic (the WWF games from THQ are unparalleled) many of them (such as Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and Rugrats) are seriously less than stellar.
But from a business perspective, the same licenses that make hardcore gamers snort in disgust have made THQ a killing. According to License! magazine, THQ released 207 games for nine different platforms in 1999. That's huge. And THQ made $302.4 million as a result. It's obviously doing something right. THQ is also the largest third-party developer for the Game Boy."
To tell you the truth, I am a bit underwhelmed. The DVD function is great, but I could have had that with just a DVD player.
As for the games, they're probably pretty good, but I'm not much of a video game player. I thought things might have changed a lot since my last console (original Atari), but I just don't think I'm cut out to be a video game player.
I bought both Madden and Summoner. While they're both fun as a novelty item, I lost interest pretty quick. This is less a reflection on the games and more a reflection of the time and effort I'm willing to put in to figure out the games (not much).
I'd say this: If you've got kids, or if you're an adult and you're an occasional gamer, then Playstation 2 is probably a good item. But if you haven't liked console games in the past, then Playstation 2 probably won't change your mind. It certainly isn't the quantum leap in technology that the hype suggests. That was apparent at E3, where the Playstation 2 games didn't look that much better than their Playstation counterparts. Second and third generation games will probably look much better, but right now I don't see that much improvement.
I do think that Sony is leaving a big open door for Microsoft's X-Box. The X-Box site lists both developers and games under development for X-Box. They are really putting together an huge array of stuff, and their Direct X-based OS makes it much easier on developers. It may not be that much better than Playstation 2, but I think Microsoft will focus more on the older market, and they will have a much wider array of games and functions with their box. Again, though, I'm not much of a gamer, so take my comments with a grain of salt.