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The Dreamcast Collection might have the worst 'intro' ever

Pardon me for being nit-picky, but the time has come for me to wear the Geek Pants and pull the belt tight because I’m none too happy with the Dreamcast Collection’s intro sequence, or should I say the complete lack thereof!!


Not even a Sega splash, geez!

Okay, I understand that many of you could get behind the minimalist intent behind what I basically view as a no-frills, Gen 1 DVD menu, but I’d argue that slam-bangin’ FMV was the only extra “Oomph/POW!” Sega needed to add in order to get me to purchase the remarkably halfassed Dreamcast Collection (No Volume number… so this is it then?)


Above: Is this your proud game collection or a CD-ROM of photos intended for Sega's grandparents?

Regardless of how well one could argue the FOUR games on this disc hold up today, I already own Sonic Adventure and Space Channel 5 on about a billion different platforms, and about a dozen copies of Crazy Taxi featuring that irritating Offspring music I love to hate on, but pretty much need playing incessantly in order to fuel my resolve for dropping people off at Pepsi-Cola owned fast food franchises (also stripped from the game, coincidentally.) That leaves goddamned Sega Bass Fishing as my only incentive to purchase this collection. If that’s the case for you, you must have a working modded fishing reel controller and a raging nostalgia boner significantly thicker than mine.


Above: At least the launch trailer put some stank on it

For me, all of this could have been overlooked by some kind of reverential intro animation sequence… perhaps something better representative of the experience held within these games, or even the potential of the console that never truly got its fair shake.

To add insult to injury, even those unplayable Midway/Atari compilations get some kind of exclusive, introductory fanfare. Even as embarrassing as they look now, at least they provided something new and exclusive for classic gamer, even if every single title contained in the repackaging already resides in their collection in premo condition.

Worst of all, the disc contains an executable example of Sega’s astounding cinematic potential. Click on the portion of the bootlegged, convenience store-grade DVD menu that says “Sonic Adventure” and see a glorious introduction sequence that remains as great as the day it was unveiled to me on September 9, 1999.


Oh, I did find one new thing (I believe.) Sonic Adventure now comes with an epilepsy warning:


Above: NOW YOU TELL US?!

Feb 28, 2010

21 comments

  • nebno6 - March 1, 2011 9:09 p.m.

    Sega bass fishing music? Slap bass!
  • reveffect - March 1, 2011 8:48 p.m.

    A bit dissapointed. Its ok I guess except for the fact that you can already get sonic adventure and crazy taxi on xbla already. Space channel 5 is good but sega bass fishing? What the hell? A lot of people were expecting Jet Set Radio but instead they replace it with a fishing game that isn't all that good without the actual fishing rod controller.
  • foxyexplosion - March 1, 2011 8:31 p.m.

    Heh, my friend did something similar when he gave me the FLCL episodes on discs, he was able to put up a menu with two options (play and episode select) over a picture and some music. That was about 5 years ago so its good to see they tried. Also wasnt that some sick slap bass for the bass fishing. I would buy the game for that track alone.
  • GorditaSlim - March 1, 2011 7:16 p.m.

    Wow. That's not minimalist, just lazy. I always remember playing Crazy Taxi in arcades, and every time I would start, so would this song where the guy is all "WHY YAY YAY YAY YAAAAY" (cue crazy punk guitar).
  • PlainLikeVanilla - March 1, 2011 4:06 p.m.

    W/e I'm still buying this. They might not be what I wanted but I'm still happy to have them, especially since my original copies of Sega Bass Fishing and Sonic Adventure have stopped working.
  • Ovenman - March 1, 2011 4:01 p.m.

    Funk bass on Sega BASS Fishing? Well played, Sega.
  • TyrannosaurusTexMex - March 1, 2011 3:42 p.m.

    I just got super nostalgia from that Sonic Adventure intro. OH HOW MUCH TIME HAS PAST?
  • Pytor - March 1, 2011 3:21 p.m.

    SEGA lost all it's identity when they left the console race! I WILL NOT STAND FOR THIS COMPLETE AND UTTER DEFECATION ON QUITE POSSIBLY THEIR GREATEST TIME... Ok, I'm better now. Seriously though, SEGA, I once loved you. Now, I feel like I don't even know you :(
  • philipshaw - March 1, 2011 1:43 p.m.

    That is a pretty bad menu, also these are not the classic games I want in a dreamcast collection. Where is shenmue or jet grind radio?
  • seabassuk - March 1, 2011 9:59 a.m.

    "...Even those unplayable Midway/Atari compilations get some kind of exclusive, introductory fanfare. Even as embarrassing as they look now, at least they provided something new and exclusive for classic gamer" Not a great example, since even back in the day they looked awful. But I agree the Dreamcast Collection should have had some intro as now CG technology and experience is good enough to create something awesome.
  • werewolfninja - March 1, 2011 7:37 a.m.

    Just a wasted opportunity all around. I would try to encourage people to buy it anyways, because the support might get SEGA to releases another Dreamcast collection; but now that I think about it, they're just going to half-ass it like this one.
  • happydude007 - March 1, 2011 6:16 a.m.

    Wow the intro is something I could make in iMovie so easily...Sega trying to save some money?
  • GamesRadarChrisAntista - March 1, 2011 5:51 a.m.

    I actually feel totally bad for writing this right now, but I honestly expected something extremely cool to kick off what would, "undoubtedly," be the first of MANY Dreamcast compilations. So while I didn't get that, we've all been asking for something like this, and Sega finally delivered. They deserve some credit for that, even if it's not exactly packaged how we wanted it. I see @Ricitor mentioned Shenmue, and yeah, any release of that would seem like a no brainer... which immediately brought to mind the 360's data capacity. (This isn't even coming out on PS3, if I'm not mistaken.) Given that old DC games were on something like a 1GB "GD-ROM," there's not a whole lot of room for stuff on any single disc release. There's almost no way ANYTHING could fit inside a collection containing Shenmue (Chu Chu Rocket, maybe!) Made me think... Maybe it was too early for a Dreamcast Collection? And that notion depressed me more than you'd ever believe :(
  • revrock - March 1, 2011 5:02 a.m.

    This has to be the lamest "collection" ever... Heck even the old Genesis 6 Pack (which could have been Sega's first video game compilation) kills this... Let's see 20 years ago we got 6 recent games on one Genesis cart, today we get 4 10 year old games on one disc???
  • SirNinja - March 1, 2011 4:36 a.m.

    Wow...the "bare-bones DVD menu" treatment? Really, Sega? Between this and the fact that we haven't seen a new Panzer Dragoon or Jet [Grind/Set] Radio in nearly a decade, I'm starting to think they don't really care all that much about their history. (Or at least any part of it that doesn't include Sonic.) It's a minor miracle that we actually got a new NiGHTS game after all this time...
  • G0D - March 1, 2011 4:35 a.m.

    dude dig that crazy bass on the BASS fishing selection ha ha *sigh* where is my Jet set Radio!?
  • Ricitor - March 1, 2011 4:24 a.m.

    Would have loved me some Shenmue on this, sprinkled with some Seaman and Power Stone. But instead... I get Crazy Taxi....
  • garnsr - March 1, 2011 3:56 a.m.

    You know, everyone has an Xbox headset, why didn't they include Seaman?
  • batmanboy11 - March 1, 2011 3:34 a.m.

    That's horid.
  • MichaelCera - March 1, 2011 3:33 a.m.

    I have my own Dreamcast collection. Daytona USA, NFL Blitz, Jet Grind Radio, Tony Hawk 2, Hydro Thunder, DOA 2, Capcom vs. SNK, just to name a few. Too bad this release is limited to just the 4 games.

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