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PS2andPS2SlimConsole

A PlayStation 2 (left) and PlayStation 2 Slim (right).

DriverParallelLines-PS2

The cover of Driver: Parallel Lines, PlayStation 2 edition.

The PlayStation 2 (abbreviated as PS2) is a gaming console made by Sony, and is the second installment to the PlayStation lineup, being the successor of the PlayStation. Driver: Parallel Lines can be played on the PlayStation 2 with a PlayStation 2 copy of the game.

DescriptionEdit

The PS2 offers powerful performance which was, at the time, designed to be aimed at a younger audience of players. As a sixth-generation console, the Wii competed with Microsoft's Xbox, Sega's Dreamcast and Nintendo's GameCube.

Driver: Parallel LinesEdit

Driver: Parallel Lines was released on the Sony PlayStation 2 on March 14, 2006 in North America, March 17, 2006 across Europe, and March 30, 2006 in Australia.

Released more than 1 year before the Microsoft Windows and Nintendo Wii versions of the game, it is notable that the game features numerous differences from the aforementioned releases, including render distance, graphical quality and mechanics, the former 2 also being limited due to the power of the PlayStation 2 and its direct competitor, the Microsoft Xbox.

Overall, the game is significantly different in graphical quality by the fact the PlayStation 2 version, alongside the Xbox version, lacks an anti-aliasing system, meaning raw pixels, particularly those in far render distance, are more visible. In the HUD, the scale and size of the fonts used for the speedometer is significantly smaller than that of the PC version, and the Nitro reading reads simply "N", rather than "N20". It can also be noted that faded-out parts of the HUD are more prominent than those in the PC version.

Being the first platform to receive the game alongside the Xbox, the beta version of the game is also significantly different to the final version.

Other changes to the gameplay are

  • The 2006 heart icon next to the health bar is lower down compared to the PC version.
  • Both the 1978 and 2006 variants of the HUD, including the Speedometer and Ammo have smaller fonts than the PC version.
  • All weapon icons and models are slightly adjusted, for example, the Shotgun lacks a handle unlike the PC version.

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