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Platform

Xbox 360

 

Genre

Classic Games

 

Publisher

Sega

 

Developer

Sega

 

ESRB

E - T (Everyone, Teen)

 

Released

February 22, 2011

 

 

- Itís Dreamcast games on your 360!
- Crazy Taxi is still a lot of fun
- Achievements added to the games

 

 

- Barebones presentation
- No real extras
- Music changed on Crazy Taxi

 

 

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Dreamcast Collection

Score: 6.0 / 10

 

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First of all, I have to give a disclaimer here. I love the original Dreamcast. In fact, I own every single North American Dreamcast release and dozens of imports. So you have to understand that Iím a little pained to score this thing so low, and thatís with doling out a mercy point or two.

So now weíll move onto the basics.

This package gives us four Dreamcast releases: Crazy Taxi, Sega Bass Fishing, Space Channel 5 Part 2 and Sonic Adventure. It does deliver those four games on a

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single retail disc (and I really do prefer retail discs over downloads) but that is as far as it goes.

The menu is about as basic as it gets. You select the game you want and it loads. When you exit a game, it takes you back to the dashboard, not the ďchoose a gameĒ menu. Fortunately, because the menu is so basic it doesnít take too long to

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load.

The games are all what you will remember back from the day, with the one noticeable difference being achievement support. This is of course great, but leaves a lot to be desired.

The games themselves are mostly unchanged. Crazy Taxi however has lost its great music! Due to a licensing issue, the Offspring (to me) is the most notable change and loss and I was really surprised how much I missed it. The game is still fun, having you pick up fares and drop them off at your destination in the most crazy way that you can.


Sonic Adventure was a big disappointment to me, I donít know if I just remembered this game being better or exactly what happened but itís not quite was I was looking for. Both the Sonic Adventure and Crazy Taxi are identical to the versions currently offered on XBLA so if you are thinking that they would be different, they arenít.


Sega Bass Fishing is here too, although perhaps a bit of an odd choice in the mix. Although not a bad fishing game per se, it did gain extra brownie points back in the day for its innovative fishing rod controller. Of course, thatís not available on the Xbox 360 (although an included Dreamcast to USB adapter would have just been over-the-top awesome) so in the end youíre left with a fairly average fishing game.

 

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Space Channel 5 Part 2 is a music rhythm game that actually never made it over to North America on the Dreamcast (although you might have tried it out on the Playstation 2). Itís quirky and unique, and you are either going to love it or hate it. It translated over fairly well although you do really notice that polygon count on the Dreamcast is (not surprisingly) a lot less than what we are used to today.

At the end of the day, some are going to question the choice of games. Itís called a Dreamcast collection, but itís probably more correct to say itís a ďFirst Party Dreamcast CollectionĒ as many of the systemís greatest games (Soul Calibur Iím looking at you) were not owned or published by Sega.

The lack of extras and choice of games makes this harder for me to recommend than I would like to. The fact that you get four reasonably good games in one package is nice, but knowing the size of these games there is no reason why between 6 and 8 games could not be included in a compilation. Tack on some Dreamcast development extras, videos (the cool 9.9.1999 launch anyone?) and so on and I could have hung a 9 or 10 on this one. Hereís to hoping for a sequel sometime soon.

 

- Syd Bolton

(April 4, 2011)
 


Syd Bolton is Canadaís top videogame collector who surrounds himself in thousands of classic video games at the Personal Computer Museum (http://www.pcmuseum.ca/) in Brantford, Ontario, Canada.

 

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