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Top 10 Dreamcast Games

VO: Dan Paradis
Sega's final attempt at the home console market, the Dreamcast was the first console released in North America and Europe to support online multiplayer, back when the standard internet connection was 56k dialup. The console was only supported for 2 years before Sega pulled support from the console and became a 3rd Party Developer due to financial struggles and the success of the PS2. Join as we countdown our picks for the Top 10 Dreamcast games.

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Top 10 Dreamcast Games

They’re the best games on Sega’s swansong device. Welcome to and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Sega Dreamcast games.

For this list we’re sticking with one game per franchise. We’re also only focusing on games that we’re released while Sega officially supported the system, so as much as we love games like Sturmwind which was released in 2013 on the Dreamcast. We can’t include it since it’s not an official release.

#10: "Skies of Arcadia" (2000)

Kicking off our list is the swashbuckling sky pirate RPG. Taking place in a world where chunks of land float in the sky and you travel around on flying pirate ships, Arcadia used featured dungeon exploration and airship combat as well as a mini RPG that could be uploaded to the Dreamcast’s VMU. All this combined made it a solid RPG for the system.

#9: "Power Stone 2" (2000)

A unique 3D fighting game that’s absolute madness, Power Stone 2’s arenas were filled with various hazards, useful weapons and even changed dynamically as the matches played out. It also allowed for up to 4 players in a match, who sometimes had to team up to take down bosses that would sporadically appear, making this an epic choice for a partygame.

#8: "Jet Set Radio" (2000)

Known as Jet Grind Radio in North America, this colourful celshaded street art game has you playing a rollerblading graffiti artist. As you skate and around covering up rival gang tags with your own, you’re forced to deal with the most trigger happy police force ever, who frequently call in SWAT teams and Apache attack helicopters to take you out. Overreaction much?

#7: "Crazy Taxi" (2000)

A well made port of the arcade game, this game has you playing as a guy who clearly can’t follow the road rules yet somehow is a licensed Taxi Driver. The game revolved around delivering impatient passengers to their destinations while performing the wildest tricks along the way. Top it off with a licensed soundtrack from The Offspring for … as the announcer would say: a CHrrraaazzzyyy experience.

#6: "Resident Evil: Code Veronica" (2000)

Code Veronica the survival horror series to use 3D backgrounds rather than Pre-Rendered environment’s compared to previous entries. The game has you playing as Claire Redfield from the 2nd game, who’s now trapped on an island infested with, you guessed it, zombies. Later bringing in her brother Chris as well as antagonist Albert Wesker, CV is a solid but oft forgotten entry in the seires.

#5: "Soul Calibur" (1999)

A launch title that ended up being graphically superior to its Arcade counterpart, Soul Caliber set a new benchmark for 3D fighting games. Bringing into combat some of the bluntest but effective weapons videogame history, this game was the go to choice for those looking for arcade fun in living room setting.

#4: "Sonic Adventure 2" (2001)

Sonic has struggled with 3D games as of late, butr his second outing on the Dreamcast can show that it can, or at least could, be done well. An interesting twist on adventure games where you can play as either the hero’s or the villains, each character brought unique gameplay elements with them. Oh and you could raise those cute little Chao creatures too.

#3: "Phantasy Star Online" (2001)

A prime example where the term “Way ahead of its time” is an understatement, this was an online RPG released when 56k dial up modems were still the standard. An RPG that blended science fiction and fantasy, its servers are no longer running meaning that if you want to play it you have to hack your system to access private servers. Despite these modern limitations, it’s groundbreaking ambition wins it it’s spot here.

#2: "Shenmue" (2000)

Here it is, the Dreamcast’s killer app in more ways than one. Originally planned to be released on the Saturn, and in a trilogy, production was moved when that system stopped being supported by Sega. This action adventure game was also one of the most expensive games ever made with production costs ranking in over $45 million. Sadly this game’s trilogy has never been resolved since the 3rd game died with the Dreamcast.

Before we get to number #1 here are a few honorable mentions

#1 "Marvel VS Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes" (2000)

Taking the top spot is the fighting game that not only was great port of the arcade game, but the definitive version for it’s time. With 56 fighters to choose from, put together into a 3 vs 3 fighting arena, there’s a lot to experiment with. Not to mention it’s over the top screen filling specials and fast moving combo gameplay, it’s easily takes the iconic #1 spot.

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