Today is the twentieth anniversary of the Dreamcast – the worlds most underrated console. So, to celebrate this gone before it’s time beauty I thought I would pick out 10 games that still hold a special place in my heart from this dead for its time diamond in the rough.
Ten. Chuchu Rocket
This will be a controversial choice, but man this game was fun. It was free for everyone who owned a Dreamcast and was the first time many of us got to play an online game via our console. In the game players must place arrows on a board to lead mice into escape rockets while avoiding cats. It was really simple but a lot of fun and would lead to so many text message rows between me and my friends, well until another game came out – one we will talk about later.
I borrowed my friends copy in 2001 and have never gave it back so technically I own this one. It was my first ever arena fighting game, one where you needed to grab powerstones – thus the name- to turn into a super powered version of yourself – also the game let you download little mini games onto the Dreamcast memory card to play on the go.
Eight. Crazy Taxi
I fell in love with this game – from the moment i heard the opening YEYEYE in the Offsprings now classic “All I want” I was hooked. Crazy Taxi was a very basic game where you assume the role of a taxi driver who must accumulate money by delivering passengers to their destinations in the fastest time possible, earning tips by performing “crazy stunts” before the time runs out.
Seven. Slave Zero
I know very few people will remember this game and lord knows it was probably awful but for me I loved it. You assume the role of Earths Guardian, who controls a Slave – part machine part biologica, making you mankind’s last hope. This game was so early 2000’s, it was unnecessarily dark and techno and looking back proabably rather dull, but still I enjoyed it.
Six. Star Wars Episode I: Racer
Probably the best thing to come out of Episode 1 this was just a fun game and it really is shame Disney wont make more of them. If you have not played it, the game allowed you to take control of a Pod Racer and over the course of the game upgrade it and craft it to your hearts desire.
Five. Soul Caliber
I got this for my fourteenth birthday and it meant that the summer of 2000 I barely slept and developed a probably unhealthy crush on Sophitia (Blame the short skirt and knee high boots). Still it was fun and I loved spending days grinding away to unlock every character and complete every difficulty.
You would think this would be higher because from the Christmas when I got this game right through to March that next year I played and replayed this game constantly. I just really wanted to avenge my fathers death. If you have never heard of this masterpiece then get caught up because number Three in the series is out very soon.
Three. Marvel Vs Capcom 2
Another fighting game I was obsessed with – I just had to unlock the over 50+ characters that came with the game. You can really tell that this was from a time before DLC a time when companies did not screw us over to get more and knew that they had to work us hard. In the end – I wanna take this game for a ride – that is an in game joke so if you don’t get do not fret.
BTW if you have a copy of this game for sale hit me up – I will buy.
Two. Sonic The Hedgehog
The opening of this game was just epic, as a city is destroyed by a giant monster made out of water, in comes Sonic and he is back with some serious attitude. How could that not win you over?
To make this game ever more awesome you could play as Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Big the Cat, E109 and Amy – all characters could be upgraded and on top of that there was a mini-game where you could raise little pets that could be taken care of on the memory card.
One. Phantasy Star Online
The game that kept me a virgin for longer than necessary. It was the first online RPG for game consoles; players adventure with up to three others over the internet to complete quests, collect items, and fight enemies in real-time action RPG combat. The story is unrelated to previous games in the Phantasy Star series. You could focus on Melee, Ranged or Magic – it was very primitive but it was glorious. Every Friday night me and my mates Mike, Ped and Phil would meet online as LC, Snacks, Pweddy and Agent Phil H respectively – also known as Team Delta and every week we would kick ass… sort of.
So what where your favorite Dreamcast games?