Well let’s get this out of the way straight away, I loved the Dreamcast. Having a mispent childhood stood in seaside arcades, the chance to play these great arcade games at home was irresitable.
But the Dreamcast was far more than arcade perfect conversions, as fun as they were. It had some great sports, epic RPG and hard-core shoot em ups.
But one of the things that made the DC great were the truly original and quirky games available.
The built in modem allowed for playing multiplayer games over the net, including some MMO games, a thing not seen on consoles at the time. One of the unique things about the modem, was the ability to play games like Quake 3 against people playing the games on a PC.
Other peripherals available for the Dreamcast included a fishing rod controller, a camera, keyboard, mouse and maracas!
So here goes my top 10 Dreamcast games (Not in order).
1) Soul caliber
A brilliant fighter with graphics that showed the power of the DC off compared to PSX / N64. The animation was super-smooth. What really kept me engaged was the variety of game modes and the amount of trophies and unlockable content, which again was unusual for the time.
2) Virtual Tennis 1 & 2
I loved these games, the graphics seemed amazing at the time and the gameplay while simple was engaging. What extended the lifetime of the game was the career mode, and the associated training mini games.
3. Jet Set Radio
Mainly remembered for its then grounbreaking cell shades graphics, but ithad brilliant gameplay too.
A cell shaded, skating / graffiti simulator, with funky music. Nuff said.
4. Skies of Arcadia
A pirate themed RPG set on flying ships, what more do you want. A great game on a system that had only a few (but quality) RPGs.
5. Marvel Vs Capcom 1 & 2
6. Powerstone 1 & 2
A frantic 4 person beat Em, where the scenery is destroyable, places can access all sorts of cool weapons and power ups.
7. Metropolis Street Racer
Gorgeous looking racing game. Race real cars through the streets of real cities. Unlocking cars to store in your garage, a kudos system that gave points forcstylish dtiving, over 250 courses set in recreations of real cities, multiple radio stations, real cars and damage. This game was well ahead of its time and rivals.
8. Crazy Taxi 1 & 2
Surely everyone knows crazy taxi, an arcade perfect port of a fun racing game. Known for its punk soundtrack and arcade frenetic action.
9. Resident Evil: Code Veronica
A Dreamcast ‘exclusive ‘ that was later released on other systems. The first resident evil game to not use pre rendered backgrounds. Veronica had real time 3d rendered backgrounds and a dynamic camera.
You play a bounty hunter suffering from amnesia. A story driven 3rd person shooter. Some driving sections involve driving to different sections of the city on your trusty motorbike.
A classy game with good visuals, engaging cut scenes and a specially commissioned soundtrack recorded at Abbey road studios with an orchestra.
11. Shenmue 1 & 2
Sega’ s open world masterpiece. A Chinese cinema inspired revenge, action adventure game. With mini games, real life simulator elements and brawling martial arts sections. Go into an arcade and play classic arcade games, get a job as a fork lift truck driver or go gambling. This game provided a level of detail and freedom that hadn’t been seen before, with day and night cycles and people who went about their daily routines.