The burning question is, why? Even though Amrich is clearly a PS2 aficionado, and he's aptly documented the state-of-the-art in PS2 hardware and software, it's unclear what unique value this book provides. The universe of gamers has access to several print magazines and hundreds of Web sites dedicated to the same subjects Amrich covers. Most of them will be more up-to-date than this book, in terms of PlayStation news and game releases, within two months. Browsing this book will mostly entertain those unfamiliar with the PS2 scene ("Hm, a game entitled Bloody Roar, and another called Theme Hospital..."). --David Wall
Topics covered: The Sony PlayStation 2 game unit and DVD player--how to set it up, use it, and win at the games. A long, annotated list of PS2 games fills most of the book. Each write-up includes information about the game's theme, objective, notable features, and sometimes cheat codes, as well as details about publisher, price, and Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) age-level rating.