My last Dreamcast game?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by David Lawson, May 11, 2002.

  1. David Lawson

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    With the addition of NHL 2K2, I sometimes think my collection is complete, despite having only a dozen games. I've played more than a dozen, of course, but I didn't find much replay value in many of them; I'm an arcade gamer at heart, so having to earn cars (for example) just doesn't appeal to me. I just want to play, damn it.
    I guess I'm looking for suggestions, games I might have missed. S.F. Rush 2049 is the only one that still tempts me, if I could ever find it for under $30 (and, yes, I did find NHL 2K2 used for under $30, fortunately). I hear great things about Rez, but I'm hesitant to spend the money on a new import and a boot disc, especially if it would be the only import I'd get. Similarly, I'm sure Samba De Amigo could be a blast with the maracas, but is it worth it to save $200+ by using the standard controllers to play it?
    The games I've kept:
    - Atari Anniversary Edition
    - Bomberman Online
    - Crazy Taxi
    - Crazy Taxi 2
    - ChuChu Rocket!
    - Hydro Thunder
    - MagForce Racing
    - Midway's Greatest Arcade Hits Vol. 1
    - Midway's Greatest Arcade Hits Vol. 2
    - NHL 2K2
    - SoulCalibur
    - Space Channel 5
    - Virtua Athlete 2000
    - Virtua Tennis
    The games I haven't kept include NFL Blitz 2001, Jet Grind Radio, Metropolis Street Racer, Toy Commander, Test Drive 6, Vanishing Point, Bangai-O, Unreal Tournament, and Re-Volt. I'm sure I'm missing a few.
    Anyway, I look forward to suggestions. [​IMG]
     
  2. BrianB

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    Don't spend money on a bootdisk - there's perfectly usable ones for REZ available for download online at DCEmulation. The Utopia disk is what I use for REZ & other European games.
    If you've got access to a PS2, it may be worthwhile renting REZ for it from Blockbuster to see if it's worthwhile importing. I love it to bits - it's stylish, it's fun, it's impressive, and did I say it's fun?
     
  3. Steve Y

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    Hey David,
    Since you like the Crazy Taxies and Hydro Thunder I think you'll really like SF Rush 2049 - I think it's a blast. Crazy physics, but that's part of the fun. This is the best you'll currently see any Rush game on a home console. It's also pretty darn difficult I think (I'm no expert gamer), but I also like that you don't have to place first overall in the circuits to unlock new engines, tires, tracks, etc. Which makes me keep playing. Lots of exploration, too...
    The stunt arenas are really fun too, and a nice touch, even if I find them insanely impossible.
    I don't know how things are in Ohio, but here above San Francisco you can't get this game *anywhere* except online. I got mine new for $20 last year and it was worth every penny.
    I can think of MANY more great games... I think the DC has more than just a dozen "keepers", all depending on your taste of course. The Power Stone games (particularly PowerStone2 with 4-player simultaneous) are some of the most fun multiplayer fighters on the system, I really recommend them. They're more of the button-mashing variety, but very imaginative with lots of environmental interaction and weapons. If you like Bomberman you'll like this.
    Do you like shooters? As you didn't seem to like Bangai-O I won't push this, but there are some nice ones available if you ever get interested.
    Samba de Amigo... depends. I am addicted to music/rhythm games (don't really care for the slow controller response of Space Channel 5), but without the maracas this is not a "must-have" game. The only sound you'll have to accompany the music are the sounds of your fingers hitting the plastic controller!
    Definitely get yourself a boot disc, preferably following BrianB's advice. The import games can be pretty cool, yes, especially Rez. [​IMG] There are lots of cool arcade-style titles if you scan the online retailer import lists.
    Steve
     
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    Any reason to import Rez for DC if I already have it for PS2?
     
  5. BrianB

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    None whatsoever. Crisper graphics via VGA, but with a little slowdown in places (not that it affects the game). The game is exactly the same as far as I know.
     
  6. Scott L

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    Just looked on ebay and the Maracas are going for ~$50 I recently played Samba at a friend's house and man is it fun. The songs alone are worth buying the game for, even if it does have the Macaroni.
     
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    Are those official Maracas or some other brand?

    And does it matter? I had a friend say the official ones are better, but that's only one opinion.
     
  8. Gui A

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    Dave EH, I have knock-off maracas, and while they're not that good, they get the job done. They're a lot cheaper, and easier to find. I haven't used official maracas, but yes, they are supposed to be better.

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    Suggestions: Headhunter, Capcom v SNK 2 Millionaire fighting.

    I also recommend you get Jet Grind Radio from your list... I liked it better than the Xbox version. (It's more fun to tag in the DC version).
     
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    Just saw that Level Six has some knock-off maracas for $30. I'd snatch that up if I had more cash lying around.
     
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    Three of the best fighters, IMHO, are on the Dreamcast.

    Powerstone 2

    Marvel vs. Capcom 2

    UFC

    Virtua Fighter 3 Team Battle

    I would add all four to my library if I could. You also may want to add Tennis 2K2 as well. It is the sequel to the very good Virtua Tennis.

    I know you said you like arcade style games, but I also recommend Shenmue, Ecco, Rayman 2, and Resident Evil: Code Veronica (if you don't have a PS2).

    -Dean-
     
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    I have a set of knockoff maracas as well, and they work just fine!

    If you like racing games, Ferrari 355 is fantastic, although it may be too simulation-y for your tastes. It's tough!

    I've also heard that DC LeMans is superior to the PS2 version. Can anyone confirm or deny?
     
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    Le Mans DC is way way better than the PS2 port. It's a very tough racer, but very good.
     
  15. David Lawson

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    Well, low prices have a way of making me change my mind.
    I found a new copy of S.F. Rush 2049 for under $20 at a local Circuit City, so I bit. They had a number of 2D and 3D fighters, too, including Street Fighter Alpha 3 for $10, Virtua Fighter 3tb for $20, and Capcom vs. SNK and Marvel vs. Capcom for $15, but I haven't bought any of them...yet.
    Dean, I notice that you recommend Tennis 2K2 in addition to Virtua Fighter. I've read complaints that 2K2 isn't as easy to "pick up and play" as the original was, which is somewhat important to me, as my sports games don't get much play unless I have a group over, none of whom have any experience with the games otherwise. Confirm/deny?
    Also, I've been reading the GTA2 threads here, and the game has my curiosity piqued. Is it something you play like an arcade game, maybe just drive around for fifteen minutes running people over, or is it oriented more towards finishing levels and earning weapons/upgrades? Or both?
    Thanks for the recommendations so far. I get the feeling I might be spending more money on this system after all, although I'm still not convinced that the knock-off maracas will get me to take the Samba plunge, even at that price. [​IMG]
     
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  17. millercv

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    I bought my Samba De Amigo controllers from Hong Kong - there are several places selling them CHEAP (between 8-20)but shipping is a bit pricey. That is where the eBay people are getting them.

    Just do a google search on "Cha Cha de Amigo" and you will find several

    hope this helps
     
  18. James_A

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    For the DC,

    Powerstone 2 (Like a fighting 4 person Chu-Chu Rocket)

    and DOA 2 are the ones that I like, not on your list.

    Speaking of which... Mag racer over MSR? Wow...

    Jim
     
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    Since I haven't seen it mentioned yet (suprisingly) I'll throw in Daytona USA. Very fun arcade racer. Just make sure you tweak the analong sensitivity.
     
  20. Phil_O

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    STREET FIGHTER 3 3RD STRIKE if we're talking fighting games!
     

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