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:
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