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I Have a Dream...
Feb 2, 2001
Review by Freshman
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Sega has some of the most innovative and fun games ever seen before
Cons:The system will be dead in a year and Sega has stopped making Dreamcasts
The Bottom Line: Great games, great company, great quality. What's not to like?
That people will realize the greatness of this system. Sadly, the Dreamcast has been overlooked by mainstream gamers who only care about the shiny overhyped Playstation 2. The Dreamcast has been out for about a year and a half now and has produced some great new games and raised the bar for everyone. It has an impressive games resume with the likes of Sonic, Soul Caliber, Shenmue, Virtua Tennis, Resident Evil, Samba de Amigo, plus many, many more.
Recommend this product?
The areas the Dreamcast excels in most are fighting and sports games. The 2K series brought new meaning to the sports genre when they introduced the lush graphics, multiplayer capabilities, and stellar gameplay. It has a great sports game for every sport imaginable (with the exception of baseball and hockey which will soon change). Here are all the greats:
Football: NFL2K1, Blitz Series
Tennis: Virtua Tennis
Xtreme Sports: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 & 2
Boxing: Ready 2 Rumble
All of these games are great for the sim fans and fans of arcade style gameplay. Plus, the 2K1 games can be played online with Seganet with almost no lag as you experience trash-talking sweetness.
The other area where the system has shined in since the beginning is the fighting games. When the Dreamcast was realeased on 9/9/99, Soul Calibur amazed gamers with it's silky smooth graphics and great fighting engine. There are also a horde of Capcom fighting games such as Street Fighter Alpha 3, Street Fighter 3, Marvel vs Capcom 2, and for you nontraditional fighting fans, the Powerstone series. Also of worthy mention are Dead or Alive 2 and Ultimate Fighting Championship which are also great fun. With the Dreamcast's NAOMI board, you can expect games that make the arcade fighting games look like crud. And Capcom has supported Dreamcast from the beginning which is a very, very good sign.
Now for the other games. Although the other genres don't have as much depth as the fighting or sports games, they can compete with any of Nintendo's or Sony's products. First there is Shenmue. This project was the most ambitious and expensive video game ever created as it costed Sega millions of 10's of millions of dollars to make and many years of development. Created by the legendary Sega developer, Yu Suzuki, Shenmue in my opinion is the greatest video game experience ever. The graphics in the game will make you think to yourself if your watching T.V. The FMV's are beautiful, the story is amazing, and the game has brought a new genre, F.R.E.E. (Full Reactive Eyes Entertainment) to gaming. In the game you can venture to just about anywhere you want and interact with hundreds of different people all with different appearances and voices. If you own a Dreamcast and don't own this game, you should be punished.
Then there is that little game called Sonic which gave birth to a cult of followers back in the Genesis days. Although the first one on the Dreamcast was far from perfection, it was still great, and the sequel looks very promising. The new game should give new birth to the Sonic series.
Now there is the question is "Does the Dreamcast have any good RPG's?" The answer is yes, and they're only getting better. Till last fall, Sega owners were saddened by the lack of great RPG's but then, within a span of 2 months, 2 amazing RPG"s known as "Skies of Arcadia" and "Grandia 2" came out. The Sega owner could finally claim that their RPG's could compete with the Final Fantasy series on the Playstation, or anything else Square churned out for Sony. Plus, just yesterday, Phantasy Star Online was released. Phantasy Star was one of the games that brought huge popularity to the Genesis and was the main competition of the FF series in the early 90's. Now the game is back and with an online vengeance. The game was a hit in Japan and it looks like the same will happen in the U.S.
Then there are the first person shooters. You know, the games the politicians claim are "too violent". Well, maybe they are but that doesn't mean exploding someone into pieces isn't fun. Although the computer will always be the king of the FPS's, the Dreamcast isn't too shabby. All the huge PC hits, Unreal Tournament, Half-Life, and Quake 3 are on the Dreamcast or will be out very shortly. And since no other video game system currently supports online gameplay, the Dreamcast has a huge advantage against the competition. Be forewarned though, that if you want to get a Dreamcast to just play FPS's, you WILL need a mouse and a keyboard since playing with a controller is no fan and you will get crushed.
Hmmm, what else is there? Oh yeah, adventure games. The Dreamcast has had some great adventure games that most people don't even know about. There is MDK2, a very fun and challenging game where you control a 6 legged dog. There is Soul Reaver 2, which after being already a year old, has some of the best graphics on the system. And there is Rayman 2, which just recently won IGN.com's Dreamcast game of the year award for it's amazing graphics and tight gameplay.
Ever want to race 200 mph down the Indianapolis speedway making sharp turns and ear shattering tire-screeches? Well, chances are you won't ever have a chance to so playing racing games on the Dreamcast is the next best thing. Just about every racing game on the Dreamcast that has come out so far has been good with the likes of Test Drive Le Mans, Metropolis Street Racer, Ferrari F355, Rush 2049, and Toyko Extreme Racer to name a few. Not to mention, the most popular racing game ever, the Daytona series, will be brought back to life this March with online gameplay.
Then there are the innovative games which the Dreamcast has had more of than any other system I can think of. There is Seaman, where you take care of this weird human-fish hybrid and can talk to it with a microphone, there is Samba de Amigo, the game with the Ricky Martin tunes and maracas which are a blast with friends, and there are some great fishing games with an equally great Sega made fishing controller.
The only thing that doesn't impress me with the system is the standard controller. It's not that bad, it's just that it's hard to play most fighting and FPS games on it. The system does possess the memory card of the future, the VMU. The VMU is a memory card with an LCD screen and works with just about all games that come out now. It adds a new dimension to football games so you can hide your plays from your opponent and has other useful features for other games too.
Sega has recently announced that they have ceased the production of Dreamcasts and lowered the prices of Dreamcasts from $150 to $99. Unfortunately Sega is the Rodney Dangerfield of video games, getting "No Respect". It's unfair that even though they have turned out some of the greatest, original games ever, they cannot compete with the Hypestation 2 and it's subpar quality games. There are about 2 million Dreamcasts left for sale in the world and you owe it to yourself to go pick one up if you haven't already. Just because Sega has decided to stop making consoles and become a software developer, 2001 looks to be one of the best years for Sega ever. They have over 30 titles being made by Sega themselves, plus many more by third party developers who haven't jumped ship on Sega.
There is already an abundance of great Dreamcast games so do yourself a favor for you and Sega and pick up the Dreamcast. With it's super low price of $99 and it's still very powerful gaming engine, it is worth every penny.
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