DC was absolutely more fun than PS2 during the year 2000, until early 2001. Short but sweet. The DC lifespan was my favourite era of videogames. I met a guy I hadn't seen since college and who's writing for dutch IGN now, DC eventually came up and we kind of agreed.
That was an awesome time in gaming for me. I will admit that the PS2 was pretty weak until MGS2 came out but it was lights out afterwards. I went from the DC experience to the PS2 GOAT library. That was pretty awesome. And even the complementary consoles like the cube and the xbox were awesome. Xbox was necessary for Halo, which doesn't seem like a big deal now but people lost their shit over that at the time. And the Cube is the best complementary system of all time. I think I got a brand new console with a game and second controller for like 99 dollars less than 2 years after it launchd and got a handful of fun games (Monkey Ball was lights out) with it as well.
I bought my Dreamcast classic Sonic! The Dreamcast is my favorite console of all time. When Sega died, I was at a loss because I didn't really play Nintendo or Sony stuff like that. Xbox was new so I didn't believe in it but bought it anyways for Otogi and yeah I did Nintendo handhelds because... everyone did, but I did want a Game Gear. I mostly stuck to the Sega stuff when I could and wanted a Saturn for Nights, but I was a kid so it was too expensive so we got an N64 which I did enjoy a lot.
I had all the consoles, but my Dreamcast is what I poured all my hours into with PSO, Shenmue, Sonic Adventure, Soul Calibur, Third Strike, Marvel, Guilty Gear, Grandia II, Skies of Arcadia, and so many more amazing titles. I ended up getting a Gamecube purely because Sega started porting all of their games to it so I was treating it the spiritual successor to the Dreamcast which is funny because they both sold poorly.
had a near launch Genesis, thanks - and you left off a ton of stuff but more importantly?
-capcom alone had some of their finest output ever on DC
-lol at revering shmups (as you should) but passing on the DC, much less JP Saturn library aka some of the finest the genre's had
-shining force tied up on Saturn (and it was amazing)
-phantasy star is an all time favourite series of mine but you really should've stuck with that team for skies of arcadia
Why do you even want this abomination when you have already pillaged my grave? “Oh great Shenmue is on Steam now!” SO HAPPY FOR YOU! Sure, we practically bankrupted ourselves to throw $50 Million dollars behind Yu Suzuki so he could INVENT SANDBOX GAMING but hey, glad you’ve got an extra $20 two decades later to plunk down to see if it was worth the hype.
As much as I love the DC, I don't think I need a classic. Many of the best games have been ported elsewhere, sometimes many times over, and they're not going to fill it with the weirdo niche stuff I'd actually like to revisit.
Shenmue 1&2, Jet Set Radio, Rez, Crazy Taxi, Code Veronica, Soulcalibur, Sonic Adventure & Sonic Adventure 2 etc have all had rereleases.
Stuff like MvC2, Virtua Tennis 2, Metropolis Street Racer etc ain't getting licensed again.
Really they just need to remaster Skies Of Arcadia & Power Stone 1+2.
I'm happy with no retro dreamcast console bc I still have mine and thats all that matters.
If you never owned one, but want to comment on it based on youtube videos/commentary or random gamer articles. That's fine because I actually don't care at all
If you bought one decades later and are critical of stuff like the controller and are ignorant on how microsoft ripped off its DNA for the XBOX. That's fine because I actually don't care at all
There will never be a feeling like when this console released, and what it was trying to (and did) accomplish. You won't find anyone trying to convince you, because back in September (or christmas!) of '99 it already convinced us... Or '98 if you were in East Asia or a grown ass person at the time who wants to stunt on pedantry
The DC would be the PERFECT mini-console. A great system with a relatively small library so choosing the best wouldn't that tough. It has the right amount of nostalgia to really make a decent buy especially for those too young or disinterested at the time.
Honestly I had stopped paying attention to Sega with the Saturn (shame on me) and literally 120% of next gen hype was devoted to the PS2 so the DC came out of nowhere for me.
It looked awesome so I got one shortly after launch and it just kept blowing me away. Some of it makes no sense because I had played online games on the PC but for me it was really novel to play NBA2K and Phantasy Star Online on the Dreamcast. Stuff that was not really matched by other consoles until much later on. I doubt Sega could have kept it up but the amount of content for that initial year and a half run (or whatever it was) just seemed non-stop. It was such a fun time.
My favorite Sonic Sez segment was when he said "piracy was blamed for the failure of the Dreamcast, but while it was a factor, the true culprit was undeserved hype for the inferior PlayStation 2 and I'm still bitter about it in 2018 and haven't liked a Sony home console since."
Oh man a Dreamcast classic woukd be awesome, Soul Calibur Jet Set PSO Skies of Arcadia Tokyo Xtreme Racer 2 Sega GT Powerstone Mars Matrix Chu Chu Rocket Shenmue Tech Romancer KOF Dream Match 99 Bangai-O CVS2 MOTW Grandia 2 damn
I mean, the Genesis was also highly lauded for being the first home console to really deliver the "arcade experience". The Dreamcast would have probably had the same sort of legacy of the Genny if it lived as long.
Crazy Taxi 1 and 2
Rent a Hero nº1 (OG xbox does not count)
Heavy Metal Geomatrix and Spawn: The Demon's Hand
OG Maken X
both Power Stones (PSP repack does not count)
Psychic Force 2012 (psx port looks bad)
Soul Calibur 1 (XBLA port does not have mission mode wtf)
Space Channel 5 (the first one)
probably half a dozen racing games I never ended up playing
One could argue PSO and Skies of Arcadia too, since the GC is also kinda dead (and I think GC SoA is hard to find?), though Blue Burst lives on PC.