Nothing makes a retro console more interesting than one that could have gone onto greatness, which is why this list of the best Dreamcast games of all time has an exciting yet bitter-sweet feel to it (that’s a good thing – please don’t stop reading).
The SEGA Dreamcast is a bit of an enigma. It’s perhaps the greatest ‘what if’ story in gaming history, SEGA’s swan song and a last-ditch attempt to keep the Sonic ship afloat in a world of bandicoots, Italian plumbers, and green hatted forest children (if you need help on deciphering those three games, then there’s no hope).
It sits in second-hand gaming stores like a mysterious object in a fantasy quest and prompts strange looks from children, a constant reminder of what SEGA could have gone on to achieve had they got the formula right.
Many consider the Dreamcast to have been way ahead of its time, especially with the removable VMUs that are now used by many aspiring modifiers and the fact that it was the first console that could connect up to the internet.
620 games were released for the console, a lot of which are incredibly innovative and fun to play, but sadly without the longevity needed to make the Dreamcast a house-hold name today. Still, if you are thinking of completing your retro console collection and looking for the best Dreamcast games ever made, then you’ve come to the right place.
That’s the history lesson over – let’s crack on with Number 25.
25. Chu Chu Rocket
First up on our list of the best Dreamcast games is ChuChu Rocket! It’s an action/puzzle game developed by the genius minds over at Sonic Team, and it’s addictive as hell. It’s also the first game for the console to support online play.
Talk about kicking things off with bang!
The aim of the game is to direct mice into escape rockets so that they can get away from hungry cats. Sounds totally legit, right?
Critics and the gaming public alike went mad for this game. It topped the charts in Japan when it first came out, and it was also the fist Sega release on a Nintendo console in the form of a GBA launch title.
The process of making this game online compatible also helped Sonic Team to develop the 10th entry in our list of the best Dreamcast games too. ‘ChuChu Rocket!’ was a groundbreaking title for the console. If only the Dreamcast could have got into one of those rockets and escaped its own terrible fate too!
24. The House Of The Dead 2
I’m gonna be honest with you; this game scared the living daylights out of me as a kid. I considered long and hard whether to include this title in our list. But I can’t deny that despite the childhood trauma it caused, it’s actually a cracking title.
Good games need to evoke a strong reaction with players, even if it is being scared out of your pants. The original arcade game with the light rail gun was a huge success, and the Dreamcast port allowed hardy gamers to experience some undead slaying action from the comfort of their own homes.
The House Of The Dead 2 has a cool multiple path feature. It allows gamers to experience different scenarios determined by which direction they take, but they all lead to the same point at the end.
It’s gory, it’s full of zombies, and it’s probably not something that you’d want to have a go on before eating your dinner. Fans of Resident Evil and The Walking Dead will love this title. Just don’t play it when I’m around.
23. Unreal Tournament
Before PUBG and Fortnite, Unreal Tournament reigned supreme. It’s a first-person shooter with some of the gnarliest weapons of any game, and the general aim is to make sure that you outlive all of the other competitors.
Head-to-head death matches never looked so good thanks to the Unreal Engine that powers this title. The graphics are superb, far outshining what you might expect from a Dreamcast game. Critics went crazy for it, and rightly so.
My mates and I still kick back on this game on a weekend, and they still cry when I beat them.
Unreal Tournament has multiple modes such as capture the flag, last man standing, and domination. In true Goldeneye-style, body armour and a whole host of mad weapons can be picked up as you search the levels for other players to wipe out.
You can fight against bots in single player mode while working your way up a tournament ladder, or you can destroy your mates while kicking back with a few beers. You’re bound to have a good time no matter how you play Unreal Tournament, which is why it’s a fitting entry for our list of the best Dreamcast games.
22. Metropolis Street Racer
This next fast-paced racer was made exclusively for the Dreamcast and was officially intended to be a launch title. In true Sega style, however, this never happened. It was one of the first games to introduce the idea of a Kudos points system, where players are rewarded for slick driving moves.
The main levels are based around London, Tokyo, and San Francisco, and they look a lot like the real thing too. The graphics are swish, and there were plenty of nice cars to choose from. Player garages could hold up to 6 cars, so you had to pick your ultimate favourites.
Metropolis Street Racer had a lot of attention to detail that other racing games simply hadn’t thought of before. If the player logged on to their Dreamcast at 9am in London, then all of the races in San Fransisco would be at night. Likewise, if you logged on at 12am, the American races would be in glorious sunshine.
Details like that really make a lasting connection with a player. Given that there were a whopping 262 tracks to play from, all in different time zones, this game had a huge re-playability factor. Most of these were unlocked through the one-player mode and could be enjoyed again and again with a friend.
21. Space Channel 5
The next title in our list of the best Dreamcast games is a space-age music video game. It was Sega’s attempt to draw in female gamers and took two years to develop. The character design, style, and music throughout Space Channel 5 are very ’60s influenced. And for some reason, MJ makes a cameo appearance!
But what is Space Channel 5, and who is the disco-groovy lead protagonist, Ulala? Well, the game is set in a futuristic world where rival news channels are constantly competing against each other. Ulala, a reporter for Space Channel 5, is reporting on the invasion of an alien race, but she soon finds herself in hot water.
Ulala must dance and shoot her way through the various stages in Space Channel 5. Dancing stages revolve around her copying the moves of her opponents and generally getting her groove on. Shooting stages, on the other hand, see her defeating enemies, rescuing hostages, and generally being a bad-ass.
The game was a little bit of a slow burner when it first came out. Critics went on to give it good reviews, and Ulala has since gone on to become a bit of a heroine in the gaming cosplay world. The original music, on the other hand, was awesome, and while the game was short, it’s still a decent one to play.
20. NFL 2K1
NFL 2K1 is far more than just another football game for me to get my ass whooped at. Without it, the Dreamcast would have been a bit low on the ground with sporting titles.
EA decided early on that they weren’t going to make any games for Sega’s exciting new console. That meant that fans wouldn’t be seeing a new Madden release for the console.
Unfazed, Sega bought Visual Concepts and not only made a game that rivalled Madden in every way, shape and form but also made a gaming franchise that is still battle EA to this day.
NFL 2K1 was one of the first sports games of the time with online multiplayer action. That’s something we take for granted now with now when we turn on our PS4 or Xbox One, but it was a major deal back then!
The graphics, as you can see in the image above, were far superior than other titles of the time too. According to Metacritic, this is the 14th best game ever made! That’s some high praise!
So, if you’re a Dreamcast owner and are looking to get your American Football fix, look no further! NFL most definitely deserves this spot in our list of the best Dreamcast games!
19. Sword of the Berserk: Gut’s Rage
Sword of the Beserk has one of the biggest weapons I’ve seen in any computer game! If hack and slash titles with lots of enemies to slay and mighty bosses to take down are your bag, then Gut’s Revenge will be right up your guts-strewn street.
Fans of the manga series ‘Beserk’ will no doubt know Gut and the associated characters. For newbies to the series, this game provides a great way to blow off steam and a narrative that has, quite literally, jumped out of a comic book series.
Like Shenmue, Sword of the Beserk was one of the first games on the scene to make use of quick-time events. That’s the bit where you have to make a quick decision that can change the way the game plays from that moment onwards.
Critics gave Gut’s Rage a reasonable review, praising the original music, graphics, controls, and value of play. Everyone loves playing a good button-mash-slash game every now and again. It’s why Hyrule Warriors is so popular, and why my thumbs are always sore.
18. Street Fighter 3 III: 3rd Strike
Ryu and the gang always appear in our ‘top games’ compendiums, so it’s not really a surprise that we’re seeing them here in our list of the best Dreamcast games. Street Fighter is a household name; even your granny knows what it is!
Quite confusingly, this is the third Street Fighter III game in existence, following Alpha, and Street Fighter III: Second Impact. It has five new characters compared to the second title in the sequence, including the return of the classic fighter Chun-Li.
That woman has one hell of a kick!
You know what you’re getting with a Street Fighter game. The controls and gameplay are all very similar to other versions that have come both before and after it. The backgrounds on 3rd Strike look a lot better, however, and characters now have different end moves.
Other refinements were made such as changing move combos and adding in a guard option. There’s also a judgement grading system that determines how well you have fought in a two-player match. But above all, it has that same Street Fighter playability and button-mashing excitement that we all love.
17. Grandia II
Grandia II is an RPG title filled with more fantasy elements than a game of D&D. It’s set in a world that has been ravaged by a battle between the god of light and the god of darkness. The storyline is, as you would expect from an RPG, very intricate with lots of hidden twists and turns along the way.
The battle system in Grandia II is what separates it from other titles in the same genre. It’s turn-based, like Skies of Arcadia and Final Fantasy, but the characters also have limited movement, giving you the ability to run up and whoop an opponent with your sword before retreating back to ranks.
There are all of the usual magic and hit points in the battle system, and the controls are pretty intuitive. The storyline is compelling, and the developers have done a really good job of drawing you into the character’s world.
Speaking of the characters, Grandia II has a cast of memorable heroes and villains that you’ll enjoy interacting and fighting with. The main character, Ryudo, is voiced by Cam Clarke, a voice you might recognise as Leonardo of TMT cartoon fame. He also did Liquid Snake in the Metal Gear series.
That’s practically retro gaming royalty right there!
16. San Fransisco Rush 2049
Long before Mario Kart 8 characters were driving upside down and flying through the air, the cars in San Fransisco Rush were soaring along tracks and pulling off unbelievable moves. In this futuristic version of San Francisco city, sometimes you’ve got to fly to reach the finish line.
The cars in San Fransisco Rush 2049 have the ability to sprout extendable wings from their sides, giving you control over your car in mid-air. Rocket League eat your heart out. The Dreamcast was doing this kind of crazy stuff long before you!
This game started out life as an arcade title and proved to be a big hit. It was originally supposed to be for 8 players at once, but how many arcades have got space for 8 of the same machine!
This multiplayer madness was recreated perfectly on the Dreamcast, however, with impressive deathmatch, stunt, and racing modes. You can also play through battle arenas and a brutal obstacle course named ‘The Gauntlet’.
Like all the best racing games, 2049 had an epic soundtrack. You gotta’ get pumped up if you’re going against The Gauntlet, and the techno tunes never disappointed. Upgrade cars, risk your neck finding shortcuts, and prove that good drivers don’t need to keep all four wheels on the ground.
15. Dead Or Alive 2
The next game in our list of the best Dreamcast games is a great fighting title. It’s also a series that blatantly uses sexualisation as its main marketing tool. That much can be seen from the front cover! Still, the graphics and gameplay are stunning in this game, even if the developers did have a bit too much fun creating certain parts of the characters.
If you were to put them side by side, DOA2 and Virtua Fighter would have many similarities. In my opinion, DOA2 has the upper hand thanks to the more intricate fighting style and level locations. Fighters can be stunned when knocked down on water/ice, and blocking is just as important as button-mashing.
This sequel to the original DOA game sees 10 of the previous characters returning for the fight, as well as 4 new fighters. There are characters that need to be unlocked, and each of the fighters has their own fighting style.
Fans of Ninja Gaiden will recognise Ryu Hayabasu as one of the main characters. He must defeat the evil Tenga, bring the world back to balance, and stop the maniacal promoter of the Dead or Alive tournament from corrupting humankind. Are you up to the job?
14. Samba de Amigo
If you’re a fan of games like Donkey Konga and PaRappa the Rapper, then you’ll love Samba de Amigo. It’s all a bit bonkers, but that’s what makes it so much fun!
This rhythm game developed by Team Sonic features a monkey named Amigo as the main character. He looks as though he should be rolling around with Ai-Ai and Gon-Gon in Super Monkey Ball. Instead, he’s wielding a pair of maracas, and so are you!
Instead of using the Dreamcast controller or the VMU, the player uses two maracas that are plugged into a bar at their feet. You have to shake your funky controllers in line with the symbols on the screen, keeping in time with the Latin American carnival music.
Shake your maracas and strike poses in a bid to attract more people to the weird spectacle you’re taking part in. Do well, and you’ll get a bigger crowd. Do bad, and amigo will be performing to an empty street. Keep your curtains closed for this one – the neighbours might think you’ve gone mad!
13. Resident Evil – Code: Veronica
The next title in our list of the best Dreamcast games is one of the most well-known survival horror games around. In fact, I think it’s safe to say that it’s the ruler of the genre. Code: Veronica is set three months after Resident Evil 2 and follows on from the destruction of Racoon City that occurs in Resident Evil 3.
This game was the first in the series not to debut on the PS2, and it’s also one of my favourite. In Code: Veronica, we experience stunning real-time 3D environments and dynamic camera angles for the first time in the Resident Evil series. It makes the whole game so much better, and consequently a lot scarier!
Code: Veronica sees Claire and Chris Redfield kicking Zombie ass once more. The game is split between a remote prison and a research facility, two of the most creepy settings on earth. You split between the two storylines as the game progresses, keeping things fresh and the player hooked.
The gameplay, controls, and puzzle-solving elements are all similar to the previous titles in the series. As is the sheer volume of braindead, undead cretins trying to take a chunk out of your face. This is one of my favourite storylines out of all of the R.E games. I’m not telling you any more; this is one that you need to experience for yourself!
12. Crazy Taxi
Everyone around the world has probably had a go at the next title on our list of the best Dreamcast games. You might have played Simpsons Road Rage or other similar titles, but Crazy Taxi was the first and best game of its kind. It went on to spawn various sequels on different platforms and was super fun to play.
As well as the original map that you could play on the arcade version, the Dreamcast port featured a MASSIVE San Fransisco map where the player could really explore and get completely lost (something that you don’t want to do when you’re trying to get a lot of points and keep that clock from running down!)
The premise of Crazy Taxi is simple – take passengers to their destination while pulling off cool tricks and destroying stuff. Get them there quickly and you get more points and cash. It’s so simple it hurts, making it one of those games that anyone can pick up and play no matter how much gaming experience they have.
Dreamcast used this title to show off the fact that their new console could hold 60 frames a second, and it received positive feedback from game reviewers the world over. Just imagine how Crazy Taxi might look if we were opening up the ‘Dreamcast Series X’ or something today – maybe we’ll see an improvement when the Dreamcast Mini drops.
11. Soul Calibur
I first got into Soul Calibur on the Game Cube when Link became a playable character. Since then, I’ve gone back to collect all of the variations on my previous consoles and still can’t decide which one I like the best. Nightmare is undoubtedly my favourite character, but you can’t beat Voldo or Yoshimitsu either.
The Dreamcast port of this game is one of the first titles that really outshined its arcade counterpart. It gave home console owners a better experience than the kids queuing up with a pocket full of quarters ready to beat each other to a virtual pulp.
Players could work their way through a main ‘mission’ mode with their favourite fighters and collect points that could be used to unlock different costumes and add-ons.
Characters each had special moves and lots of quick attacks that could be pounded out in close-combat, and the level of thought that went into creating the characters themselves is what really sets this game apart from other fighting titles (excluding Number 5 on our list of the best Dreamcast games of course).
If you haven’t visited the Soul Calibur series, then this is certainly a good place to start. Game on!
10. Phantasy Star Online
If you’ve read my articles before, then you’ll know that I love a good RPG game. Phantasy Star Online was the worlds first online RPG game for home consoles, allowing up to four people to join forces from anywhere in the world for role-playing nerdiness.
Games like this really make me wonder how Sega got it so wrong with the Dreamcast – this was pioneering stuff, and the game was an absolute belter too!
Playing in real-time with people who weren’t sat right next to you was huge back in the day and is pretty much the only way that people play multiplayer games today! PSO is undoubtedly the main muse behind many of our favourite RPG games, and critics called it a ‘landmark game’ for the console.
If you’ve ever played games like PSO before, then you’ll pretty much be already acquainted with how this title works. There is an offline mode that frankly was a little bit dull, but the online mode allowed you to meet your friends in a virtual lobby and fly a spaceship to an uncharted planet where you had to defeat monsters and aliens.
Players could choose their own race of fighter and special skill, spend coins on items, make battle plans, and throw out pre-set phrases to get everyone hyped up. It’s like a virtual Dungeons and Dragons with nice graphics and gameplay that is 100% addictive.
Hobbyists still keep private servers open for playing Phantasy Star Online even today, which proves what a dedicated cult following this game has!
9. Power Stone 2
Like many of the best Dreamcast games on the console, the Power Stone series started life as an arcade game. It’s essentially Sega’s version of Super Smash Bros. and is a great title to kick back with while socialising with your mates (in the flesh this time, and not online).
The worlds are insane and the items are very Smash Bros-esque, especially the big K.O hammer! Some levels have sub-areas and interactive scenery that might change or disappear entirely at a moments notice, forcing you and your mates to battle while skydiving or literally jumping ship!
Power Stone 2 utilised the VMU for trading items bought in the store or picked up in the Adventure Mode with other gamers. You could also keep certain items to hand and pull them out in a fight to give you an advantage over your opponent.
Capcom certainly has the special formula for making a great fighting game – all you need to worry about is finding a set of mates and persuading them to take a beating!
I really should have included both Shenmue titles in this list of the best Dreamcast games, but I guess it’s a good idea to start off where the saga first began.
The Shenmue series has only just concluded, having an 18-year gap between games two and three. While the third part (released for PS4) had to be made via crowdfunding donations on Kickstarter, the first Shenmue title cost around $47-million to make!
That’s one pricey game, and while it pulled a cult following that helped to keep the series alive in later days, it wasn’t enough to save the poor old Dreamcast (cue disappointed sigh).
The storyline revolves around protagonist Ryo Hazuki setting out on a quest to avenge the death of his father. The game features quick-time events that determine certain outcomes, and players must collect information from background characters in order to solve clues and progress through the vast open-world levels.
One of the best bits about this title is that you can fight multiple opponents at once, making you feel like a virtual Chuck Norris. If in-depth plot lines and games that you can really sink your teeth into are what you’re after, then this could be well be one of the best Dreamcast games for you!
7. Marvel VS Capcom 2
What could be better than seeing Captain America face off against Ryu, Wolverine fighting Blanka, or Spider-Man taking on Chun-Li? It’s the stuff that dreams are made of, which is why Marvel VS Capcom 2 takes the Number 7 spot in our list of the best Dreamcast games of all time!
This could possibly be one of the most influential fighting games ever made and one of my favourite titles when I fancy a bit of ‘beat em up’ action. It’s the ultimate nerd frenzy, with every kick-ass character from film and video gaming history taking part in the biggest clash of muscles, superpowers, and egos.
The game works very much like any Street Fighter title and indeed the previous titles in the Marvel VS Capcom series. All characters have special abilities as well as button-mashing attacks, and the player can choose to call in a sidekick for tag-team style action throughout the fight. ‘Oi, Hulk; give us a hand will you?’
The Dreamcast port of this game looked superb and played incredibly well, and it’s one that you should definitely include in your collection.
I don’t ever think that I’ve come across a game quite like Rez in all my years of gaming. Sure, it has similarities to Tron, Guitar Hero, and VR Troopers, but it’s the only game that would dare put all three of those things together.
And the weirdest thing is that it actually works, and it’s addictive.
To be honest, I still don’t really have a clue what the storyline is, but that doesn’t matter. All that matters is getting into the groove and pulling that pistol trigger… pushing that shoot button… you get the idea.
So what is Rez all about? It’s a musical rail shooter, kind of like Sewer Shark (one of the best SEGA CD games), but without the weird FMV characters and zombie rats, and more music.
Still with me?
Players must shoot down enemies to ‘killer tunes’ (see what I did there).
The game fx and music both combine together to create a sort of experimental soundscape that was incredibly clever and very intricate for a computer game of its time. This is another one of those titles that you really have to play for yourself to truly understand.
I couldn’t resist sticking it in our list of the best Dreamcast games of all time because, while it’s a bit of a wild card, it certainly leaves a lasting impression.
5. Jet Set Radio
The next title on our list of the best Dreamcast games was all about being a massive rebel, inline skating your way around Tokyo, and graffitiing up any surface that you could find. It was one of the first games to use cell-shaded graphics, a style that would later go on to be used for the ever-popular Legend of Zelda: The Windwaker.
This game follows in the footsteps of titles like ‘Parappa the Rapper’ and is a mixture of Crazy Taxi and the spray-tag minigame on Tony Hawks Pro Skater. Long story short; it’s awesome!
As you might expect, the game plot is a bit insane. Rival gangs of street-taggers compete to win pieces of a mysterious vinyl that can supposedly summon the devil. The main antagonist is eventually defeated by destroying his turntables and tagging his head as he plummets to his death.
It’s all a bit bizarre, which makes it even more fun! This is one game that you should definitely give a try if you’re looking for something to do during the Covid19 lockdown.
(If you’re reading this from the future, then I would like to think that lots of people bought Dreamcasts during the pandemic because they finally had time to experience this groundbreaking console. And because ‘why the hell not!’).
Ikaruga is a shoot ’em up game with a difference. Instead of following the side-scrolling norm, this game uses a forward-scrolling motion. It’s like Space Invaders on steroids, and the careful design that has gone into the various levels is out of this world… literally!
This game grew a cult following in Japan before hitting the Western gaming world by storm. It really is one of a kind and changes your perception of blaster games completely. Rather than just gunning down opponents, you have to use your brain and solve puzzles as you fly through space.
Ikaruga follows a rebel space pilot by the name of Shinra. His ship is the Ikaruga, a specially designed craft with two polarities – white and black. Enemy bullets that are the same colour as the ship will be absorbed, while the opposite colour can destroy the Ikaruga. You’ve got to keep your wits about you if you want to survive!
Critics loved the concept of the game, though some said that it was too hard. I reckon they were amateurs; you don’t want a game to be over too quickly! Like a lot of the best Dreamcast games, the soundstage is fantastic. Maybe they’ll bring out a ‘Sega Best Of’ album one day!
3. Garou: Mark Of The Wolves
You might remember this next entry on our list of the best Dreamcast games from our article on the best Neo Geo games! Garou: Mark of the Wolves is the final instalment in the Fatal Fury series. And for me, it’s the best fighting game there is.
This isn’t your average fighting game, and compared to the others, it just feels more thought out. For starters, there are returning characters from the King of Fighters series, which is a nice little touch for fans of the genre.
Then there’s the Tactical Offence Position gauge which grants you special moves, health rejuvenation, and increased attack power. There are hidden characters to unlock, just like in Super Smash Bros., and you are rewarded for pulling off the perfect block via the ‘Just Defend’ rating system.
All of these extras serve to keep you on your toes. You’re thinking while you’re fighting, which is unusual in a game like this. The levels are nice and busy too, with plenty going on to look at in the background. The storyline is engaging, and the whole thing simply works. A great buy!
2. Skies Of Arcadia
Multiple RPG games in one list – I feel like I’m binge-watching The Big Bang Theory all over again!
This game was fantastic and the vast landscapes that you could explore were breathtaking. Turn-based battles, flying spaceships, epic soundtracks, and a host of weird and wonderful enemies to defeat. Yep, Skies of Arcadia had it all and was described by critics as being one of the best games for the console.
I loved the epic fantasy storyline and the kick-ass weapons available throughout the game, and the fact that you could spend such a long time exploring the vibrant worlds (something that we take for granted in titles like Skyrim and BOTW) allowed you to fully immerse yourself in a completely different reality.
If you haven’t played Skies Of Arcadia before, then it’s very much like Final Fantasy and indeed Phantasy Star Online. Players can explore cities or delve into maze-inspired dungeons, collecting items that will help them in their quest and battling monsters and demons at every turn.
Like many RPG games, different mana points are used in the battle system with health being picked up along the way. If you like any of the other fantasy titles that I’ve referred to throughout this article, then I urge you to give Skies Of Arcadia a try – you’ll be lost in another universe before you know it!
1. Sonic Adventure
Selling 2.5million copies, Sonic Adventure wholeheartedly deserves the top spot in our list of the best Dreamcast games of all time! The first fully 3D Sonic adventure – it’s what we all dreamt of during the side-scrolling days of the SEGA Mega Drive, and Sonic Adventure certainly didn’t disappoint.
All of the usual suspects including Tails, Knuckles, and Amy are back, as is Robotnik who just doesn’t know when to give up! I spent hours playing this game back in the day, raising my Chao’s and making them win races to bring me eternal glory. Make me proud, my little odd-shaped minions!
The premise is tried and tested – collect rings, stop ol’ ‘moustache face’ from using the Chaos emeralds for his own evil gain, and run as fast as hedgehogly possible everywhere you can.
Seeing Sonic in a 3D adventure was absolutely amazing and finally put the blue wonder at the same level as Mario and Spyro. Sonic was always a gaming hero, but being able to move him in any direction and having the ability to revisit certain areas felt so good.
It wasn’t just about speed anymore (ok, it’s always about speed with Sonic), and many people saw this game as the one that would bring SEGA back to the forefront of the console market (how many times have I written something like that so far in this article!). This will always be one of the best Sonic games in my opinion, and I hope that you agree with my choice!
Final Thoughts. . .
I don’t normally write a final thoughts section on these ‘best games’ articles, but I think that this one calls for a brief conclusion.
Look how many of the games above had positive reviews from critics or were hailed as being ‘the Dreamcast’s saviour, and the console still didn’t manage to take off. I honestly believe that the world just wasn’t ready for this style of next-gen console back in 1999.
People were still playing with the NES and SNES for crying out loud, unboxing N64s and getting to grips with sticking CDs in consoles instead of cartridges. I think my mum had just found out about Tetris back then too! Most other online consoles didn’t start taking off until around 2005, making the Dreamcast around 6 years before its time.
I honestly believe that, had the Dreamcast come out a little later, it would have been a much bigger commercial success. Now, sadly, it’s too late for SEGA to make a resurgence in the console world. They’ve had a lot of success with the SEGA Mega Drive Mini, but times are changing, and the Dreamcast will forever be an albatross around SEGA’s neck.
Luckily, Dreamcast consoles do still exist in the world, and those of you that are dedicated to achieving retro gaming enlightenment can sit back and pretend that this console actually made it, that it went on to be one of the greats. If you’re reading this in Brazil where the Sega Master System is still in production, then ignore everything I have said; you’ve got one hell of a console coming your way soon!