It's an uphill battle for Sony to entice people to buy modems for the PS2 (whether theirs or a USB one) combined with getting developers/publishers to support it with titles.
Not to mention the fact that the hardware is no longer standard, or even designed to be used with a PS2. The possibilites for compatability issues or certain hardware not being supported are even greater.
THPS3 could have been a great launching point for online PS2 and would have likely sold quite a few modems. Now, it may fragment the market even more.
IMHO it doesn't seem like an obvious choice for online play either...
How many skate parks have you seen with only one person in them?
"The internet is a place where people from all over come together to
bitch about movies and share pornography."
I didn't mean that the PS2 and XB were equal in the fact that they will have equal online gaming markets, but rather that you don't actually need to buy the modem for the PS2. If you do buy one, you could buy a compatible USB one and then also use that for your PC.
As far as the gaming public is concerned, you don't have to buy internet ability and a hard drive for the XBox. Since the XBox is at least as powerful as the PS2, and costs the same, the net connection and the hard drive are free.
It's going to be interesting to see how the THPS3 online stuff works out. IMHO it doesn't seem like an obvious choice for online play either
Grafitti mode is great fun and I can only imagine how intense it will be with more than 2 players. In many parks you can run around and find things to trick off of with an easy move and gain control. With 8 people, that would be much tougher and stealing becomes and even bigger part (which is the best part). Tag would also be great with more people, and I'd like to see the new modes they have come up with.
As good a choice as a sports games IMO.