The Dreamcast’s first online game wasn’t perhaps what people wanted, but the creative geniuses at Sonic Team gave them the one they deserved. ChuChu Rocket doesn’t show off the console’s power but provides hours of fun that can be enjoyed off or online.
After an absence on the Saturn, Sonic returned on the Dreamcast with a new platform adventure. It was hailed and welcomed by many at the time, but the Blue Blur still had a lot of adjusting to do in the third dimension. A disjointed plot and a problematic camera keep Sonic’s first proper 3D outing from being a true classic.
Buzz Lightyear certainly went “to infinity and beyond” on the Dreamcast. His 3D adventure was a surprisingly good licensed romp that shouldn’t be overlooked. There are expansive levels, great puzzles, and engaging boss battles in this excellent port that deserves a spot on your shelf.
After its debut on the Nintendo 64, Rayman 2: The Great Escape was ported to the Dreamcast as what many consider the best console version. Its large, colorful world and great platforming make it one of the best in the genre, and it definitely deserves a place in every Dreamcast owner’s library.
Long after the 16-bit era has ended, gamers in the west are finally beginning to enjoy these titles through emulation and the efforts of companies such as Super Fighter Team. One beat-’em-up that conjures forth images of Capcom’s Knights of the Round is Never Ending Soft’s Shui Hu Feng Yun Zhuan (known to many outside Taiwan as Water Margin: Beneath the Clouds) is a two-player experience that most definitely should have been localized.