Underrated Systems – Dreamcast

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The Sega Dreamcast is one of the best systems ever released, yet it is very underrated. So, without further ado, here are a few reasons why the Dreamcast is an underrated system:

The Dreamcast was released on November 27th 1998 (in a select few countries) and October 14th 1999 (for the rest of the world). However, many gamers steered away from this Sega console, as a new competitor was arriving soon, the Playstation 2.

The Dreamcast had many good games. So many, in fact, that it would take so long to list them all and explain why they were amazing. Because of this, I’ve had to pick a select few games that I remember from the system.

Sonic Adventure/Sonic Adventure 2
These games were some of the best 3D Sonic games. They had colourful visuals, high poly models, and most importantly, fun gameplay. These games were the pinnacle of the Dreamcast’s library; if you owned a Dreamcast, you had to own one of these games.

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Sega Bass Fishing
You know you want to play this game. Doesn’t it sound like fin (bad pun)? But, seriously, this game had very good visuals for the time, and the gameplay was solid. It may have not been the most original idea on the planet, but it was certainly a good game.

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Jet Set Radio
The graphics and gameplay in this game still hold up today! The cell shaded style made this game really vibrant, and even if you dislike the game, this deserves to be in your collection, as it is one of the best looking Dreamcast games. Let’s not forget the amazing gameplay; it was so great it won many awards!

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And many other games!
It would take up an entire page if I had to write about every single great Dreamcast game. I’ve selected the few that popped into my mind when I thought about the Dreamcast. But, two honourable mentions are Crazy Taxi, and Metropolis Street Racer.

But, as with any great system, the Dreamcast was held back by a few major flaws. Sega decided to battle piracy, by developing a great new format for disks. However, hackers managed to burn their own GD-ROMs, and piracy continued as usual. This means many developers steered away, as it was easy for pirates to pirate their game.

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A look inside the Dreamcast console

GD-ROMs also broke very easily. This meant that your system was bust when the drive was broken.

So, that was the Dreamcast. Do I even have to say why you need to go and buy one? But seriously, if you don’t own one, go on Ebay or Amazon. You can find the system for cheap, and it will be one of the best investments you have ever made.

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