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    I bought Timesplitters on PS2 used awhile back, and I'm wondering if this is the original case. I saw a copy of Unreal Tournament for PS2 used at Gamestop awhile back, but I didn't buy it because it had a case similar to this and I wasn't sure if it was the original case.

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    My copy of Armored Core 2 (early ps2 release) is in a stock box, and I owned timesplitters but dont have it to check, but I'm pretty sure a few original ps2 games came in generic boxes.

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    the memory card slot in PS2 cases were not in launch titles. im not sure exactly when they started including the slots, but im pretty sure it was less than a year after launch.

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    Alright, thanks.
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    My first PS2 game, Dynasty Warriors 2, has the memory card slot, and I'm pretty sure it was released a few days after launch.

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    yeah my original SSX game from launch has no memory card holder either.

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    Ring of Red didn't have the memory card slot either.

    Interestingly enough, the Japanese version of Ring of Red had the memory card slot (it came out ~2 weeks after the PS2 launch in japan, IIRC) as do the two Japanese launch games I picked up (Street Fighter EX3 and Ridge Racer V).

    Anyone know if the UK got shafted with some non-memory card slot cases around launch as well or was it just a US thing?

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    Gradius III & IV is another no memory card slot release.

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    Does anybody know if Unreal Tournament was a no memory card release?
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    Not to burst anyone's variant bubble hunting...

    But there's a *third* case now.

    a. The original 'DVD Case'
    All launch games, several games after that...

    b. The PS2 Memory Card Case
    Just like the Japanese ones, has the slot above the DVD tray

    c. The new "PS2 DVD Case"
    No memory card slot, but now there is a PS2 logo above the tray. Introduced about a month ago. I think Juiced 2 has it, as well as 4 others within that time frame. I'm on vacation this week so I can't go in and see which cases have the new feature.

    Looks like a small bit of plastic saved per case is a money saving idea...

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    Has anyone noticed that some PS2 cases (I am not sure about all of them) are actualy a very dark blue and not black? maybe its just me but if you hold them up to the light you can see some blue, atleast on the older cases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PDorr3 View Post
    Has anyone noticed that some PS2 cases (I am not sure about all of them) are actualy a very dark blue and not black? maybe its just me but if you hold them up to the light you can see some blue, atleast on the older cases.
    I too haver noticed this. Odd, isn't it?
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    For something close to the first year the PS2 cases didn't have memory card slots. They were then all worked out and had moved on to the standard Memory card PS2 cased games. I've not bought but a few PS2 games the last year or so (and hardly any have even been opened) so I've not noticed this new third style.

    In America all PS2 cases are of that Dark Blue color. Always have been. Put them next to a black case and they really stand out. Its really no different than the Xbox (or 360) Green/Silver cases, the white Wii cases or the squared corner cases for the GameCube. Sony, like everyone else just likes their cases to stand out and for your mind to say, 'Oh thats a PS2 case'.
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    i have got a factory sealed choroQ thats definitly black and not dark blue.
    i also bought it for $1

    a couple of my imports do not have memory card slots. GranTurismo Concept from korea has no slot for example

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dangerboy View Post
    Not to burst anyone's variant bubble hunting...

    But there's a *third* case now.

    a. The original 'DVD Case'
    All launch games, several games after that...

    b. The PS2 Memory Card Case
    Just like the Japanese ones, has the slot above the DVD tray

    c. The new "PS2 DVD Case"
    No memory card slot, but now there is a PS2 logo above the tray. Introduced about a month ago. I think Juiced 2 has it, as well as 4 others within that time frame. I'm on vacation this week so I can't go in and see which cases have the new feature.

    Looks like a small bit of plastic saved per case is a money saving idea...

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    I can confirm that the PS2 version of Guitar Hero III is in the form of that new "PS2 DVD Case" with no memory card slot and a Playstation logo above the tray. This was the first time I have seen this type of case used for a PS2 game, as the rest of my PS2 games have a memory card slot above the DVD tray.

    With Timesplitters, my copy of it came in the DVD case with the memory card slot...that's odd considering I bought it new/sealed from Blockbuster a few years back (like 2002/2003). I have never seen the original launch games in a case with no memory card slot, at least in my area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Niku-Sama View Post
    i have got a factory sealed choroQ thats definitly black and not dark blue.
    i also bought it for $1
    I know I'm in the extreme minority, but that's a hell of a good deal. I loved that game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Niku-Sama View Post
    i have got a factory sealed choroQ thats definitly black and not dark blue.
    I have a bunch of PAL PS2 games in black cases. Also i have at least 2 PAL games in a white PS2 case (Max Payne and some of the Singstar games) (and let's not forget that all platinum edition games come in ugly grey cases)...

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    The third variant has been used in pal land for a long time, infact there hasnt been a memory card holder cover for a long time.

    We also have ps2 blue cases as well.
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    BTW i checked my white Max Payne case yesterday and it does not have a memory card holder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dangerboy View Post
    c. The new "PS2 DVD Case"
    No memory card slot, but now there is a PS2 logo above the tray. Introduced about a month ago. I think Juiced 2 has it, as well as 4 others within that time frame. I'm on vacation this week so I can't go in and see which cases have the new feature.
    It was introduced a loooooooooooooong time before that - my copy of Devil May Cry 1 in the 5th Anniversary Collection has one of those. I haven't opened the other two, yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Niku-Sama View Post
    i have got a factory sealed choroQ thats definitly black and not dark blue.
    i also bought it for $1
    I'd love to see detailed pictures of this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PDorr3 View Post
    Has anyone noticed that some PS2 cases (I am not sure about all of them) are actualy a very dark blue and not black? maybe its just me but if you hold them up to the light you can see some blue, atleast on the older cases.
    Back when I collected early PS2 games I noticed quite a few had a blueish tint to it.

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    Man, I feel really bad because I bought some used PS2 games in what I thought were generic DVD cases, and switched the cases to the "standard" PS2 cases, and probably threw out the original cases.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dangerboy View Post

    Looks like a small bit of plastic saved per case is a money saving idea...

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    It has more to do with QA and failure rates. Those little lumps of plastic were kind of a bitch to get out of the press.

    Quote Originally Posted by PapaStu View Post
    In America all PS2 cases are of that Dark Blue color. Always have been.
    There may be some black cases out there. When the 4th quarter gets hot and heavy, sony will sometimes offload the cases to a different manufacturer, in which case the coloring may not match. I've seen some ship that may as well have been straight blue.

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    Games i own with the new style ps2 case are, (all bought brand new)
    Soul Nomad & the World Eaters 09/25/07
    Mountain Bike Adrenaline 10/09/07
    The King of Fighters XI 11/13/07
    NeoGeo Battle Coliseum 12/17/07
    Call of Duty: Legacy 11/14/07 (this is a double case game, both games have it)

    Other games that are claimed to have it, (I don't own these, so can't confirm)
    Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock 10/28/07
    Transformers: The Game 06/26/07
    Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights 09/17/07
    Devil May Cry - 5th Anniversary Collection (there are 2 versions of this box set, i think only the white box version would have the new cases.) (Unsure when white box version came out)


    Some fairly new games that do have the memory card case, (i own these)
    Hitman Trilogy 06/30/07
    Biker Mice from Mars 06/05/07
    GrimGrimoire 06/26/07
    Odin Sphere 05/22/07
    Swashbucklers: Blue vs. Grey 11/20/07


    Swashbucklers seems like the odd man out so far, i wish i had some more "new" release games, but i tend to wait till prices go down for the new games, before i buy them.
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