At eight years old, the Sony Playstation 2 (PS2) may be considered past its prime. However, it's certainly not dead, evenly pacing the consoles of the next generation, like its older brother the PS3.

With 140 units million sold, and 1,800 games available on the format, and the PS2 is still kicking it. While most consoles call it quits after four to five years, like previous attempts by Microsoft and Nintendo, the PS2 has rewritten the rules in terms of lasting appeal.

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Great games, lots of them

"There are about 30 million active PS2 homes in the US who are still playing," said John Koller, director of hardware marketing for Sony Computer Entertainment. "Affinity for the console is still high because the PS2 engendered fans with great games and lots of them."

The system has such an attentive audience, that Sony projects an additional 130 PS2 games this year, the same number of good times released in 2008. "The PS2 is still on every publisher's list," said Koller.

He wouldn't name specific upcoming titles, and virtually all first-party efforts have been shifted to the PS3, but Koller said an influx of publishers who abandoned the PS2 for newer consoles are coming back.

"They've been calling to revamp their PS2 support," he said.

Although Sony now touts the PS3 as its golden egg, millions of gamers are still buying and playing PS2 titles.

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PS2 owners hoping for more God of War type epics, which Koller called an "early adopter" category, are out of luck though. From now on, it'll be social games like Buzz, SingStar, and Rock Band; sport staples like Madden; and whatever else third-party publishers come up with. You can also expect more "casual" stuff, said Koller.

"In the next year, we're going after the mom purchasers."

That's more than either the defunct Xbox or GameCube can say, though, something Koller acknowledged. "We've never left consumers in a ditch like other console makers," he said, a jab at Microsoft and Nintendo for pulling the plug on their respective sixth generation consoles well before the PS2.

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The long price of victory

PS2 longevity comes at a price, however. "The continued success of console shows that consumers haven't fully adopted next generation," said video game analyst Michael Pachter. Indeed, only 40 percent of PS2 owners have bought either a PS3 or 360, according to Sony - a slothful two to three years after theatter two systems launched.

A lot of that has to do with the unprecedented sales of Nintendo's Wii, but Koller maintained it's more an issue of educating consumers on PS3's value than any indifference to current technology or sensitivity to the system's £299 price.

Several companies have taken to cross-developing between the PS2 and Wii, thanks to the systems' relatively simple design and interface, not to mention its high consumer-installation figures.

Whatever the reason, devout PS2 owners are still feeling the love with a steady stream of new games, thanks to the system's record-smashing life-to-date sales. "There are only a few other types of products that have those numbers, so it calls for some celebration," said Koller.

Pachter predicts the party will continue. "There are still a ton of households that don't own a console, and as we see migration to the lower price points, said homes and lower income individuals will buy PS2s along with catalog titles. With a library that big, there's something 'new' for everyone."

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The PS2 will still be selling millions of games in the coming year, and smart developers are still cashing in on the console that refuses to die. Be it original titles, PS2 exclusives or next-gen ports of big games, the PS2's release calendar is still as hefty as ever. Here are seven of the best games coming to the PS2, pretty much solidifying the console's selling power for at least another year.

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7. Ghostbusters: The video game

It doesn't have the stellar graphics, but the hilarious voice acting and proton pack gameplay is still in the neighbourhood.

6. Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 4

If it says Naruto, you can bet that it'll sell bajillions of copies - Ultimate Ninja 4: Best PS2 Game of 2009?

5. Guilty Gear XX Accel Core Plus

An update to the addictive Guilty Gear XX Accel Core, this title includes plenty of extras and more story.

4. Devil Summoner 2

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon is one of the only PS2 exclusives releasing this year.

3. Samurai Shodown Anthology

An impressive handful of games in one, Samurai Shodown Anthology crams in almost every title from this fighting series.

2. Guitar Hero Metallica

Yet another band will be fronting the annual Guitar Hero train, with this title featuring the metal mayhem of Metallica.

1. MotorStorm: Arctic Edge

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