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22 brilliant Dreamcast games doomed to die

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Test Drive V-Rally

In its brief two years, Dreamcast managed to rack up quite the impressive list of racing games. Sega Rally, Daytona, Metropolis Street Racer (which became Project Gotham), Sega GT, San Francisco Rush 2049… we could go on. But if we had to choose just one to promote, one that likely rolled right on past your radar, we’d go with V-Rally.

Most of the other racing options were exaggerated (Rush) or lined with pavement, and Sega Rally was arguably popular enough to gain an off-road following. V-Rally, meanwhile, offered 80 courses, a notable metal soundtrack and expertly tuned handling for era-appropriate authenticity without a great deal of fanfare surrounding it.

Current value: Good news! No one cares about this anymore, so a decently preserved copy will only set you back $5-10


Mars Matrix

If you relish the chance to dance around billions of projectiles with no margin for error, games like Mars Matrix and Giga Wing are your new best friends. It’s a pity the now-infamous Ikaruga never made it over here on Dreamcast (GameCube ended up with it in 2003), but taking Matrix as a consolation prize is more than acceptable.

Make no mistake, this is hard. In fact, we’d probably use a different four letter word to describe what it’s like to get your ass handed to you over and over, but for those who live and breathe this type of gameplay and never knew Matrix existed, it’s one of your best options.

Current value: The shooter niche may be small at this point, but it’s devoted. A sealed version breaks the scale at $100, with used copies still asking $30 or more. Shoulda bought it when retailers were discounting everything with a Dreamcast logo.


ChuChu Rocket!

The ultimate “wait, what?” game for the Dreamcast. Out of all the borderline unmarketable videogames on the platform, ChuChu Rocket! is the pinnacle, the unquestionable oddity that exemplifies the creative freedom Sega allowed its developers: give directions to mice so they can board rockets and avoid orange alien space cats. What.

Frenzied as the main game was, Rocket will also be remembered as Sega’s first crack at true online gaming. Unsurprisingly, the 56k modem experience was limited and many basic functions (lobbies, for one) were clunky or barely functional. Forget all that. Fire it up and play with four in-house pals and you will love this. If not, you are possibly dead. Ask someone about that.

Current value: Copies were never hard to find – Sega pushed this like it was a major title, so you can find latter-day discs for anywhere from $2 to $15.


Toy Commander

A wonderful game that may or may not have taken place within a little boy’s imagination, Toy Commander put players in control of a series of toy-sized vehicles in a big, dangerous house. While the overarching theme was that a war was being fought between the little boy and all but a few of his toys, the missions were actually pretty diverse, ranging from aerial dogfights to tank combat (with pencils as missiles!) to straight-up races that could take you up walls and across ceilings.

It was wildly imaginative and wildly fun, but there was a lot of that on the Dreamcast, so it’s not all that surprising that it sort of got lost in the shuffle.

Current value: We watched one auction conclude at $10, while another barely passed $5, so don’t worry about paying too much for this (at the time) technical marvel.


That brings us to the end, which is a bit awkward for a celebration of Sega’s stillborn console. Why awkward? Throughout this whole week of content we didn’t mention several key games that are known for appearing on Dreamcast over other platforms. They weren’t superb enough to make the Top 7 and were just a bit too well known to land in this article.

Our parting gift to the best of the rest:

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53 comments

  • sandylewis90 - June 13, 2012 12:58 p.m.

    Man I remember all of these games. I don't get why Dreamcast gets such a bad rap. I'd LOVE to spend a rainy weekend inside playing all of these games and the so many others. http://www.ranker.com/list/all-dreamcast-games-list-of-sega-dreamcast-console-games/video-games-by-console has a pretty good list of all of the games and I can only count about a dozen that don't look absolutely fun. I vote we bring back the Dreamcast.
  • deadendeavor - March 4, 2011 3:13 a.m.

    No mention of Shenmue? Grandia II? The original Soul Calibur?!
  • Mirako - September 16, 2009 9:58 p.m.

    I've got most of these games and yes they were brilliant, who cares if it died? It had some amazing games while it lasted. Also I still think that Power Stone 2 was better then the first one.
  • IRIsH - September 15, 2009 11:42 p.m.

    love my dreamcast and chu chu rocket still gets a good long spin with a monthly tournement between me and my friends. to the dreamcast may you live long in our memories R.I.P
  • RandomIdoit - September 14, 2009 10:29 p.m.

    Hmm... I don't really know what to say about the Dreamcast... I never had one, and always thought that it had only about 13 games, I was obvioslly wrong. Funny thing though, one of my friends at the time had a Dreamcast, and said that it would beat all other consoles, I said he was wrong. I was right, but at what cost?
  • Hydrohs - September 14, 2009 8:35 p.m.

    You're right... EGG does remind me of Choose Your Own Adventure...
  • jar-head - September 14, 2009 8:18 p.m.

    Nintendo kicked All ass...
  • JohnDD - September 14, 2009 12:10 p.m.

    I remember going into Game when the PS2 just came out, and asked "what good games are there on the PS2?". He couldn't answer, he had to keep looking back at the shelves of PS2 games. This truly shows what strong marketing means to companies (not just games related ones) and what it means to the general popluation.
  • coolbeans - September 14, 2009 1:51 a.m.

    Bomerman, crazy tax, and power stone... ahhhhhh good memories...
  • sato - September 14, 2009 12:43 a.m.

    Well, not exactly the start.
  • suicidali - September 13, 2009 2:08 a.m.

    I found a copy of ChuChu Rocket for £1 a couple of weeks ago I was tempted, but I didn't take it... Slightly regretting it
  • AuthorityFigure - September 13, 2009 2:05 a.m.

    They seem like an odd bunch of games. Dreamcast 2 would be a treat to us all...
  • TreeWhale - September 13, 2009 12:49 a.m.

    @Terro you just got burned! Oh Snap! I am a Whale!
  • Terro - September 12, 2009 9:26 p.m.

    Why do doomdoomdoom and YOURMUM insist on fighting on every article I've been in today? Maybe it's their way of showing their sexual attraction to each other?
  • Xplosive59 - September 12, 2009 3:01 p.m.

    i wouldnt of minded a dreamcast but people always told me that they chewed up discs so i didnt get one.
  • wrapdump - September 12, 2009 1:21 p.m.

    tuto11025...you are a pillock.
  • SwishiestB0g - September 12, 2009 3:39 a.m.

    Worst come back ever doomdoomdoom also tuto, most of these games kicked butt. Go play the DC games and remember this came out BEFORE the ps2. They weren't the best games ever, but they were innovative and FUN. Something that lacks from a lot of games today.
  • Embolado - September 12, 2009 1:39 a.m.

    Never played any of these games, and looks like for a good reason. And Seaman was the worst title for a game. EVER. That fish faced creep looks like he would spoon you in your sleep.
  • Johnny6Gun - September 12, 2009 12:50 a.m.

    For Treasure fans, stick to the DC version of Bangaoih. Far superior to the DS entry. Lovely article. I really ought to hook the DC back up.
  • gmcb2011 - September 12, 2009 12:42 a.m.

    Can we ban doomdoomdoom? Please?

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