Ten Must Own Games for Playstation 2

Hundreds of games were released for PlayStation 2 during the console's lifetime. There are so many, that it can be hard to choose which you want to buy for your collection. Below is a list of the ten must own games for the PS2 and why they should be in your collection.

10. Final Fantasy X – The first Final Fantasy game on PlayStation 2 successfully evolves the best selling RPG franchise. FFX has a very deep battle system with even more complex stat upgrades. Your characters can literally take on hundreds of combinations of skills and abilities.

9. Guitar Hero – Live your rock and roll dreams in Guitar Hero. Use a real guitar controller to play all your favorite rock ballads and guitar solos. Hours of songs to play, multiple difficulty levels for even master players, and a song list with tons of classics. This game is great for casual players because it is so easy to pick up, but will keep you coming back with the steady increase in difficulty.

8. Katamari Damacy – A very strange promise, but very fun game. Roll a ball around a level. Smaller objects get stuck to the ball making it bigger, then you can roll over bigger objects. You have to grow your ball to a certain size to clear every level. Tons of replayability, random and funny cut-scenes, and solid game play make this a very unique but great game for the PlayStation 2.

7. Ico – The game did not sell very well, but has a great story, good puzzle design, and environments that make you forget you are playing a game sometimes. You play as a boy who is destined to be sacrificed to appease the Gods. He must make his way way through the world and solve puzzles or face his grim fate.

6. Kingdom Hearts – Square Enix combines the Final Fantasy and Disney characters into one role playing adventure. You play as Sora but fight along side Donald and Goofy and meet Ariel, Aladdin, and other great Disney characters along the way. Kingdom Hearts is great for RPG fans and fun for Disney fans too. You will love all the cameos from the Disney movies and cartoons.

5. Metal Gear Solid 2 – The sequel to Metal Gear Solid for the original Playstation. Play as Solid Snake as attempts to stop a resistance group from gaining control of a high-tech weapon. Unlike other action games, you have to use stealth and planning to get through the game. You can just kill everything. In-depth story and great cinematics help solidify its place in the top ten.

4. Grand Theft Auto III – The smash hit that went on to create it's own genre. In GTA 3, you can do almost anything you want. Want to follow the story, go ahead. Just want to steal cars and get into police chases, you can do that too. It led to multiple sequels and countless copycat games and helped spark the massive success of the PlayStation 2 during its first year.

3. Resident Evil 4 – Originally released as a Gamecube game, Resident Evil 4 for PlayStation 2 has all the same features plus more levels. Its an action packed, heart pounding horror game as Leon tries to save the President's daughter. With a 95% review score from gamerankings.com it is the best reviewed PS2 game of all time.

2. Gran Turismo 3 – Hands down the best racing simulator. Gran Turismo 3 is a realistic racing game with real cars, real tracks, and real life attributes for all of them. Racing a VW Bug will feel different than racing a Corvette. Different acceleration, speed, and handling for each car and track. And I did not even mention the impressive graphics yet. If you love cars, this is the best racing game you can get.

1. God of War – Great graphics, epic story, near perfect controls. This is the best game on PlayStation 2 and one of the better games released the past generation. Play as Kratos as he makes his way through ancient Greece fighting mythological creatures and using his fallen foes powers to vanquish future enemies. A best seller, highly reviewed, and all around great game.

If any of these games are not in your PlayStation 2 collection you should buy them. All ten games of these games are great gaming experiences that every gamer should experience.

Copyright (c) 2007 JJ Hendricks

The 8 Biggest Severance Pay Package Mistakes

Severance Pay Mistake #1

“There is no law which requires a severance pay”. True, but then why do all companies pay a severance?

There is no law which states that severance pay must be provided, but all companies provide severance pay because the alternative is far worse for them. Keep reading…

Severance Pay Mistake #2

“I’m an at-will employee so I cannot get severance pay”.

At-will employment simply means that you are employed for an unstated duration, not a fixed period of time. It means you can leave at any time, and, your employer can terminate your employment at anytime, but a termination must be for legal reasons and a layoff must be performed legally! Being in an at-will employment state, or having an at-will employment contract, does not mean you cannot obtain severance-pay and a great severance package because you have leverage…

Severance Pay Mistake #3

“I have no leverage to get severance pay and I don’t want to ‘burn bridges’ with my company”.

Whether you were fired for poor performance, laid off, outsourced, or you have resigned, your employing company is fearful of negative publicity, complaints from former employees to board members, the possibility of being sued and the disruptive time and expense of litigation, and anyone speaking ill of the company. Companies want you to go away quietly and stop any possible controversy. All companies expect to negotiate severance packages in exchange for a Separation and Release Agreement, so you will be leaving not only on ‘good terms’, but also on your own terms!

Severance Pay Mistake #4

“My company is bankrupt or is being acquired, so no severance pay”.

Most severance packages are provided when companies have no money, file bankruptcy, or simply cut costs through layoffs. In fact, severance packages provided during these unfortunate events are usually more generous.

Severance Pay Mistake #5

“My severance package is not negotiable and must be signed right away”.

Human Resources and your boss will push you to take the check they’ve already cut and sign a release agreement right away. Don’t do it as no employment situation is ‘take it or leave it’. Tell them you need to think this situation over. They will not, and cannot, withdraw the severance offer-even if you ask for more! In fact, there are federal laws which require them to give you three weeks or up to 60 days to consider the agreement-more than enough time to negotiate a better severance package.

Severance Pay Mistake #6

“I can negotiate a severance package by myself”.

People who do this always underestimate their own value, what their company has in the past provided to others, and, what their company will provide for them in a severance package. In addition, they leave out compensation, benefits and legal protections which can be negotiated and should be included in all severance packages.

Severance Pay Mistake #7

“I can review and understand the legal language within the Separation and Release of Claims Agreement my company wants me to sign in exchange for my severance package.”

All Separation and Release Agreements state that you should consult with an attorney and have the attorney review the release of rights prior to signing it. This is for your protection, as you may not understand or even see the hidden restrictive covenants within the separation/release agreement and within your original employment agreement. An experienced Employment Attorney with a Human Resources background is best qualified to review a separation/release agreement, not your family or business contracts attorney.

Severance Pay Mistake #8

“I will hire an attorney to represent me”.

Severance pay packages are created and implemented by your friendly Human Resources Department. But, if you hire an attorney to represent you to negotiate a severance deal, your friendly HR Department MUST, and will, turn you and your attorney over to its corporate Legal Department and its attorneys. You will have a tough time negotiating a severance as corporate attorneys always take a tough stance against opposing attorneys. Your matter will be legally escalated into a battle of attorneys. And, it’s another story if you launch a lawsuit. The best severance deals come from HR departments.

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The Lost Art of Thank You

With the holiday season upon us I couldn’t resist my next subject. I have been watching this for some time and as long as I have been in business and have listened to people complain about not having enough business and ask each other how can we get more referrals. I’ve got an easy answer. Say “Thank You”. That’s it! I could stop there but I’m not going to. You know me. I love to run my mouth. Now, I’m not talk about that automated “auto-responder” crap that we put on every order that someone buys from their on-line store. Or that out-of-office response we add before we go on vacation either that you’ve somehow morphed to say “Thanks” I got your email. I’m talk about an old-school “Thank You card”. You remember those. Yeah, or better yet, make a 1 minute phone call and say “Thank You”.

My Grandmother always said you attract more flies with honey. So for those of you who can’t or refuse to pick up the phone in this new age of removed connectivity, go to one of your nearest retailers or office supply stores and buy a box of nice looking “Thank You” cards. Then grab a sheet of paper and write down a list of people who have down something nice for you that has furthered your business and send them a “Thank You”. The list may be short or long. Depends on how many people you know or how many you remember that have helped you. I know this sounds so easy and simple yet how many of us do it.

The thing about saying “Thank You” is it connects you with someone around an event or subject. Which can be a bonding thing and also let the recipient know what you appreciate them thinking of you enough to refer a trusted friend, associate, or client to you. And if you have the time and the budget to throw in a nicety like a gift card to their favorite haunt. Believe me, they’ll love you for that because it means that you really see them, feel them and hear them.

Now how often should you send thank you cards to people who refer someone to you. Read my lips…FOREVER! Need I say more. The moment you stop saying thank you. It will only be a matter of time before you never hear from them again. We all remember when someone sent you an unexpected “Thank You” and how it made you feel. That positive reinforcement went a long way didn’t it. I bet you told a few people and even called that person and said “ah, you shouldn’t have”. See what I mean. Remember it’s the little things that make the difference. Something this small could make a huge difference between reaching your yearly projections or not. Look at it this way. Grandma would be proud. Have a fantastic holiday season. Thank you for reading my words. It feels good to know that they may make a difference for someone. Until next time this is my “Life Through a Different Lens”. Be Well.