March 6, 2009

10 Must-Have Games for the Sega Dreamcast

Kube00 Says: Is your Dreamcast still sitting in your closet? Well, get it out, dust it off, and fire up your VMUs! Sega’s last console was an innovative piece of hardware that muscled in near the end of the PSX/N64 era and into the beginning of the Playstation 2 era. Although it only lasted 3 years, 1998-2001, the DC left its mark on the world as being the console that could save Sega; alas, it was the last console Sega manufactured. I could go on and on about the features and why it succeeded and failed but that’s another piece waiting to happen. Instead, I give you my top 10 must-have games for the Dreamcast.

10. House of the Dead 2 (100 Goozex pts), one of the Dreamcast’s early arcade ports that made use of the much toted light gun. Feels like and plays like the arcade version, a must have for any Dreamcast owner.

9. Cannon Spike (700 points and a long line), one of the last games to come out for DC from 2001. It’s a top-down shooter with a cast of Capcom characters. From what I remember, it’s an intense game that leaves your thumbs sore.

8. Skies of Arcadia (450 points and not too long of a wait), this RPG was re-released on the GameCube, but the original is still the best. Epic sky-ship battles, along with deep characters, and a twisting plot, what fan can’t say no to that?

7. Marvel vs. Capcom 2 (This game is not cheap, costing 1000 Goozex pts), this is the version that plays the most like the arcades, no frame rate slow down or graphical glitches like the PS2/Xbox version. I spent many afternoons playing this game over and over; it’s a must-have for any fan.

6. Sonic Adventure (Only 150 pts and easy to get on Goozex), it’s an actual 3D sonic game that is really well done. The game shows off the graphic abilities of the DC while keeping the fans happy.

5. Crazy Taxi (Another cheap 100-point game that’s still a blast), although the concept of the game is simple—pick up fares and deliver them fast—the upbeat soundtrack and humor keeps you entertained for hours.

4. Resident Evil Code Veronica, (100 points) although it was re-released on the Playstation 2, the original is still king. Again, a game that showcasedathe abilities of the Dreamcast, it picks up with Claire and Chris heading to Europe to further pursue Umbrella.

3. Dead or Alive 2 (100 pts), this in-depth fighting keeps one to two players coming back for more. Multi-story arenas partnered with a host of colorful and appealing characters makes this a must-have.

2. Power Stone 2 (900 points and a long wait), the hailed sequel to Power Stone 1, it’s a game similar in concept to Super Smash Brothers, only in 3d. 1-4 players battle it out in a variety of stages, utilizing weapons, and the environment to defeat each other while collecting three stones to transform into powered up versions.

1. Soul Calibur (200 points), a game that is much more than a fighting game. Namco’s arcade version fits perfectly on the DC. Two-player vs., arcade, and adventure modes along with the opportunities to outfit your characters with new weapons made this an endless fighting game.

Here’s a list of a few more games that didn’t make the top-10 but are still good games: Sega GT (great arcade racing with a Gran Turismo feel), SNK vs Capcom (another great fighting game with so many characters), and Shemnue II (PAL release only, an in-depth adventure game that has yet to be rivaled). Now go get some Dreamcast Games!