Sega Dreamcast - Appreciation and Emulation Thread

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I know some European and USA cool games but the Japanese line up is totally unknown for me. Advices are absolutely welcome!

I have just bought from Amazon Metropolis Street Racing, it will arrive in few days!
The first thing I suggest is Capcom vs SNK 2: sure, you will find on GC/Xbox/PS2 too but, trust me, having on DC is really "special".

If you like shmups (and have a good budget):
  • Border Down
  • Ikaruga (*)
  • Trigger Heart Hexelica (*)
  • Zero Gunner 2 (*)
  • Mars Matrix
  • Psyvariar 2 (also on Xbox OG)
The ones with the (*) are also on more modern platform (X360 and/or Steam) but the DC ones are pretty cool to have (and are only Japanese releases).

Check Frame Gride too, it's a sort of mecha-action game in a fantasy world, made by From Software.

If you understand japanese, I reccomend Sakura Taisen games, good RPGs with nice stories.
 
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The first thing I suggest is Capcom vs SNK 2: sure, you will find on GC/Xbox/PS2 too but, trust me, having on DC is really "special".

If you like shmups (and have a good budget):
  • Border Down
  • Ikaruga (*)
  • Trigger Heart Hexelica (*)
  • Zero Gunner 2 (*)
  • Mars Matrix
  • Psyvariar 2 (also on Xbox OG)
The ones with the (*) are also on more modern platform (X360 and/or Steam) but the DC ones are pretty cool to have (and are only Japanese releases).

Check Frame Gride too, it's a sort of mecha-action game in a fantasy world, made by From Software.

If you understand japanese, I reccomend Sakura Taisen games, good RPGs with nice stories.
I think that I have a copy of Capcom VS SNK for GC somewhere in my room but that version is totally unplayable due to the GC controller >__> I think I will buy the DC version at this point!

For the Shmups, I'm not that good and I usually play the 3D ones like REZ or Sin & Punishment... Does the DC library contains similar titles?
 
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I think that I have a copy of Capcom VS SNK for GC somewhere in my room but that version is totally unplayable due to the GC controller >__> I think I will buy the DC version at this point!

For the Shmups, I'm not that good and I usually play the 3D ones like REZ or Sin & Punishment... Does the DC library contains similar titles?
Well, REZ born on Dreamcast, before arriving on other platforms. I don't remember other rail shooters on DC like Sin&Punishment, sadly.

I can suggest two games: Cannon Spike (great arcade shooter made in 3D) and a Spawn arcade shooter too (very cool, especially if you like the comics).

You can also find some good lightgun shooters (but you will need to buy lightgun and use it on a CRT TV): House of the Dead 2, for example.
 

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Posting my custom Dreamcast. Mods include:

Paint job and new front sticker, USBGDROM with lid switch, fan mod, USBGDROM insert, battery mod, and a failed LED mod so the LED doesn't work at all anymore lol. I'll fix that one day, maybe...

 
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Oh, ok =/



I know some European and USA cool games but the Japanese line up is totally unknown for me. Advices are absolutely welcome!

I have just bought from Amazon Metropolis Street Racing, it will arrive in few days!
 
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I tried to leave off the more language intensive stuff although i kept a few of the more interesting, quirky titles in.

Of course, there some interesting japanese titles i havent tried yet as well.
 
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Cool Cool Toon   
Cosmic Smash   
Dead of Alive 2 Limited Edition   
Frame Gride   
Giant Gram 2000 All Japan Pro Wrestling 3   
Giant Gram All Japan Pro Wrestling 2   
Hundred Swords   
Mobile Suit Gundam EFF vs. Zeon & DX   
Nanatsu no Hikan  
Puyo Puyo 4   
ROOMMANIA #203   
Tako no Marine   
Treasure Strike   
Vermilion Desert

I tried to leave off the more language intensive stuff although i kept a few of the more interesting, quirky titles in.

Of course, there some interesting japanese titles i havent tried yet as well.
Thanks!

I was also looking for arcade racing games!
 
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Happy Sega Dreamcast Day 2018! Our beloved videogame system celebrated its 19th birthday on September 9, and I hope you had fun playing your favorite titles. I hooked my DC and immediately grabbed one of my all-time favorites, Midway's Hydro Thunder. This home version was a launch title on 9/9/99 and was translated by Eurocom, who were later responsible for the GoldenEye reboot on Nintendo Wii, among other things. This spectacular arcade racer offers roller coaster thrills, chills and spills, some extremely challenging competition and a wide variety of imaginative landscapes. They don't make racing games like this anymore.

I didn't see any specific threads to mark the occasion, so I wanted to post some photos here on the official DC collectors thread. Here is another Sega thread that needs to be revived (most of my energy these days is devoted to the Sega Saturn thread), so if you're a fan of this great indestructible console, please join in and share the love.
 

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Dreamcast is so beast that 20 years after launch it still has a huge community of devoted fans making games and peripherals for it... I really love most of the Dreamcast community. I wish the Shenmue community was half as cool lol...
 
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Just picked up Soul Caliber. Is there atill a community out there that talks about this game?
There certainly ought to be. Soul Calibur hasn't aged a day as far as I'm concerned. I was just playing for a couple hours last week to open the remaining art gallery items (only to unlock the final 2500-point gallery, d'oh). I would seek out the general Soul Calibur fan community. Even though they're probably focused on the more recent entries (and the upcoming SC6), there has to be some Dreamcast fans among their ranks.

Of course, you could just talk up SC here on the Dreamcast forum. Share, share!
 
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Soul Calibur is fucking sick and I also agree it hasn't aged at all. It's butter smooth and so in depth and fun...
 
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(Source: Dreamcast, composite, Sony Trinitron CRT)

Here are some photos of Soul Calibur's art museum. This was always my favorite part about this game and greatly added to its sense of grandeur. I especially enjoy the fan art, such as the drawing of the girl handing a flower to Astaroth.

Kudos to Namco for going the extra mile with this game. They didn't have to put in so much effort to create a home version of Soul Calibur that absolutely destroys the arcade version and really made the Dreamcast shine. Indeed, given the system's lackluster Japanese launch (proving that Sega of Japan's bosses learned absolutely nothing from Saturn), it's a miracle that this videogame was ever made.

On a related note, I do wish Namco had made a side-scrolling beat-em-up that used the graphics from the Soul Calibur "Lizard Man Bridge" stage. That would be awesome.
 

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Yeah, back in those days the truly amazing devs really blew us away with content. Something like that would be about $200 of seperate DLC nowadays... if it existed at all...

Those artworks really made the game more immersive to me, made me invested in the characters and the game, and gave me a reason to beat those tough as nails challenges...
 
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As much as I love my Dreamcast, the Sega Saturn was my favorite Sega console ever.
My biggest regret was begging my parents for an N64 rather than a Saturn when I was a kid. So many amazing games I missed out on that I'm just now catching up on... If only I knew...
 
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Here are some screenshots of Street Fighter Alpha 3. It's an excellent home version of the arcade (actually a Naomi-based variation) that features all the cool extras of the Playstation and Saturn versions. Sega fans will point to the Saturn version as the definitive translation, but I think this Dreamcast disc competes very nicely. The only problem, of course, is that the Dreamcast controller is an absolute steaming pile of pig vomit for 2D fighting games. It's fine for Soul Calibur, but everything else is a mess. You'll either need a Saturn adaptor or an arcade joystick.

I've never understood why Sega chose that particular controller design for Dreamcast. They only made a couple modifications to the Saturn 3D controller, but made it less comfortable and removed the masterful d-pad in the process. Really, all they ever needed to do was take the model 2 Saturn joypad and add two analog sticks like the Dual Shock. If they had done that, all would have been well.

Joypad issues aside, Alpha 3 on Dreamcast is excellent and a must for all fighting game fans. Hopefully, the prices haven't shot to ludicrous levels yet.
 

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Here are some screenshots of Street Fighter Alpha 3. It's an excellent home version of the arcade (actually a Naomi-based variation) that features all the cool extras of the Playstation and Saturn versions. Sega fans will point to the Saturn version as the definitive translation, but I think this Dreamcast disc competes very nicely. The only problem, of course, is that the Dreamcast controller is an absolute steaming pile of pig vomit for 2D fighting games. It's fine for Soul Calibur, but everything else is a mess. You'll either need a Saturn adaptor or an arcade joystick.

I've never understood why Sega chose that particular controller design for Dreamcast. They only made a couple modifications to the Saturn 3D controller, but made it less comfortable and removed the masterful d-pad in the process. Really, all they ever needed to do was take the model 2 Saturn joypad and add two analog sticks like the Dual Shock. If they had done that, all would have been well.

Joypad issues aside, Alpha 3 on Dreamcast is excellent and a must for all fighting game fans. Hopefully, the prices haven't shot to ludicrous levels yet.
I actually love the Dreamcast Dpad, but I know I'm a rarity... Saturn for sure is the best...
 
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Here are some screenshots of Test Drive V-Rally, an excellent rally racing title for the system that compares very favorably to the system's best. I popped the disc into my Dreamcast this morning and found myself having to tear myself away. After a couple races, the car handling clicked with me and I was having a blast.

The graphics are wonderful, offering 60 fps frame rate, sharply detailed textures, richly varied environments and a brilliant sense of speed. I really enjoyed seeing the cars take damage as you smack into walls and other cars. Your vehicles can flip over a little too easily, as though they were made out of cardboard, but you recover quickly enough that this doesn't become an irritant (like, for example, the crashes in the otherwise excellent Excite Truck).

V-Rally was highly praised by videogame critics when it was released, and I have to agree with them. This definitely belongs on the 'A' tier of racing games for Dreamcast. It's different enough from Sega Rally to not feel like a copycat or wannabe, looks and plays great and offers a lot of challenge.
 

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I've never played the JP Shenmue before, but the voices and BGM were always that muffled and poorly mixed?

It didn't helped that the constant CD reading noise got in the way of the actual game sound.
I've only played the undub version and it does seem like the music overtakes the voices sometimes...
 
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The Ultimate Dreamcast Rankings (Official Dreamcast Magazine, March/April 2001)

Here are magazine scans from the final issue of Official Dreamcast Magazine's article ranking every Sega Dreamcast game released to that point, not counting the games reviewed in that issue. I wanted to share this with everyone for posterity, as it has always been very useful for me as a reference for collecting and writing. As this was written in early 2001, many of the system's latter titles were not included, such as Phantasy Star Online, Sonic Adventure 2, Ikaruga and the 2K2 sports games. Some of these rankings will raise eyebrows among today's collectors and diehard gamers (who love everything and won't tolerate any criticism), but this is a valuable document of its time, reflecting a strong bias towards innovation and against older genres such as shoot-em-ups, beat-em-ups, wrestling and anything 2D.

Personally, I'd love to see the staff of OFDC reunite to complete these rankings to include the full US software library, and perhaps even include some of the post-2001 indie games as well. Somebody ought to contact Chris Charla and ask him about that.
 

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Test Zone Archive (Official Dreamcast Magazine, March/April 2001)

This review archive also appeared in the final issue of OFDC, containing short capsule reviews of all Dreamcast videogames reviewed during the magazine's run. It's very unfortunate that they didn't continue to publish any more issues, as software titles continued to be released throughout the year, but this is a great archive for classic videogame fans and players alike.

I loved this magazine, it was an absolute must for all DC players. The writing was very solid and their reviews were honest, critical when necessary, but always fair. Heck, I miss videogame magazines and wish the tradition of games journalism and criticism would endure. You can thank the internet and excessive fanboy-ism for putting an end to that.

The first photo shows the complete pages, and all the following ones are closeups that you can read more easily. Enjoy.
 

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Bought a Dreamcast today at a retro shop for $60. Looking forward to diving into a few games. I ordered a VGA to HDMI cable that should be here Monday. Dreamcast had a great line up and I was really sad when Sega announced they were done supporting it.
 
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Starting with Tomb Raider the Last Revelation since I am in the mood for some classic TR. On my list to grab are Sonic, Chu Chu Rocket, Legacy of Kain and Skies of Arcadia.
If you like Dead or Alive, try out Ultimate Fighting Championship for Dreamcast. Totally underrated fighting game. Really cool grab/chokehold system.