on 30-10-2010 06:02 AM
on 06-12-2010 05:37 PM
toca is still active ,but it probably depends on the game as mont pointed out ,only the major titles will have an online community IF the servers are still running, some game spy servers are still going aswell
on 13-12-2010 08:27 PM
26-04-2012 03:18 PM - edited 26-04-2012 03:22 PM
I run a PS2 games night on Tuesdays called PS2esday (). Currently we play Cold Winter at 7.45pm and Toca Race Driver 3 at 8.30pm (until 9pm). All times are GMT. Given the usual lack of communication options in PS2 era games I usually (if I remember) run Skype group chat for anyone who wants it to discuss arena/race choices and the like.
Since we started we have played XIII, Hardware Online Arena and Juiced. The first 2 of those have shut their servers, Juiced I'm still not 100% on as I changed router at the same time it stopped working for me so it might just be a case of the ports being blocked on my new set-up. We had planned to play Killzone 1 but servers shut on that just before we decided to go ahead.
The general rules is that most of the servers are off except for Gamespy hosted servers and a few exceptions (e.g I've heard Midnight Club 2 & 3 still work). EA and Sony games are also all off.
I recently got Urban Chaos : Riot Response and it seems like it will work but I've not had a proper go.
This list is fairly accurate but not 100%. Games with LAN support are virtually future proof and can be played via network tunneling software like Xlink Kai (www.teamxlink.co.uk). In those cases it's just a case of organising times and opposition. It's a crying shame more games don't have LAN support as without it mutiplayer elements are rendered useless once the official servers are switched off.
The main problem with the stardard servers is that there aren't many people still playing on the servers that still are active. So although cumulatively there may be enough people for a decent game they are rarely online at the same time. Continually finding empty servers isn't much incentive to keep trying so numbers are going to continually dwindle away.
The PS2esday plan for when all the official servers are closed is to continue the Tuesdays games nights using those games with LAN support.
The best thing for anyone with an interest in playing PS2 games online is to search the internet for some of the small but dedicated communities still playing like PS2 Online Gaming (US based I believe) and organise something via their forums. My PS2esday night is run via the Frugal Gaming Forums and a noticeboard here.
Hope this helps.
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