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Sega Dreamcast Console

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Platform : Sega Dreamcast
Rated: Everyone
1,095 customer reviews

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The Dreamcast system is, in a word, awesome. Fire up Soul Calibur, and instantly you'll appreciate that the graphics and gameplay are even better than in the arcade version. And Sonic Adventure, with its light-speed gameplay, is sure to wow even the most jaded gamer.

It's amazing that such a small machine (it's about the size of your mouse pad) can deliver such incredible performance. Chalk it up to superior engineering. Dreamcast's only downside is that it comes with only one controller and a demo disc. In order to truly take advantage of Dreamcast's capabilities, we recommend outfitting the controller with a Jump Pack and a Visual Memory Unit. Getting one or more extra controllers is also a good idea, because some of the best Dreamcast games support up to four players at once.

Why it's so cool:

  • Ultramodern components: Custom-made video, audio, and processor technology blows away the Nintendo 64 and PlayStation and puts Dreamcast in the same league as PS2 and XBox.
  • Integrated modem: In another video-game first, Dreamcast comes with a 56K modem. Use your regular Internet service provider and the separately sold keyboard to access e-mail, shopping, and the World Wide Web. Not only can you upload high scores, participate in chat discussions, and download updates and enhancements for your games, but, through a membership to the SegaNet Internet service provider, you can play Quake III Arena, NFL 2K1, and other games against Dreamcast owners over the Internet.
  • The Visual Memory Unit (VMU): More than just a memory card, the VMU is a miniature portable game system that fits inside a controller--so its LCD screen is easily seen by you but hidden from your opponent.
  • All-in-one entertainment: It plays games. It plays audio CDs. It connects to the Internet and lets you browse the Web or e-mail friends. Our note to the cost-conscious: If you have a Dreamcast system, you just don't need a separate CD player or a separate computer. Dreamcast does it all, and does it well.
--Mike Fehlauer


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  • ASIN: B00000K2R4
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 13.3 x 7 inches ; 5.5 pounds
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: September 9, 1999
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,095 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,336 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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351 of 389 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 2000
I purchased a Sega Dreacast last Christmas and couldn't be happier. The graphics are jaw-dropping and there's a truckload of games, 200 or so by Christmas 2000, some titles like Shenmu, Ecco the Dolphin, and Soul Calibur could be classified as works of art. As an engineer in the hi-tech field I'm always impressed by a design masterpiece, you can be assured I'm impressed with the Dreamcast. Now let's talk about the PS2, I've studied the Dreamcast and the PS2 for over a year by researching numerous design articles on the Internet and unfortunately for Sony, the word is getting out, the PS2 is a bad design. Sony had great plans for a powerhouse machine, but they all fell apart due to a serious design flaw that traumatizes the entire system. Here's the bottom line, the PS2 is severely limited by an anemic 4 MB Video ram memory in the graphics subsystem, this is the pipeline that controls video output to the screen, everything must pass thru this pipeline before it appears on the television. By comparison, the Dreamcast has twice the size of the PS2 pipeline, or 8 MB video ram memory. This still does not tell the complete story, the Dreamcast has a superior graphics engine that makes it's 8 MB pipeline perform more like 10 times the pipeline in the PS2, yes, that's right, I said 10 times. This gives the Dreamcast the ability to produce screen output the PS2 simply cannot match. This probably sounds hard to believe after all the hype you've heard about the PS2, but sadly, it's true. In a nutshell, Sony built a 750 horsepower Ferrari and then fitted it with a Ford Pinto exhaust system. No matter how much power the PS2 engine can deliver, the entire system is choked by the restricted output and software developers are left frantically scrambling trying to work around the problems this causes.Read more ›
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 10, 2000
For the upcoming holiday season, this is the system to get. Nevermind the PS2 - at this point in time, the best games on any console system are for the Dreamcast. Sure, PS2 games are going to get better, but if you're looking for something that's a lot of fun right now, the Dreamcast is your system. I'm a college student who just purchased a Dreamcast last week, along with Jet Grind Radio, Rayman 2, Power Stone 2, and Street Fighter Alpha 3, all of which are incredible. If you're looking for great platformers, arcade translations, and innovative new games, look no further. The quality of games on this machine are simply incredible, and even though the PS2 boasts more powerful hardware, keep in mind that the most powerful system dosn't necessarily have the best games.
While Sega's future may be uncertain, they're definitely giving their best effort with their push for SegaNet. Any PC gamer will tell you that it's infinitely more satisfying to play against other people rather than CPU-controlled opponents. One other thing to consider is the cost of a PS2 (assuming that you can find one).
With a lot of promise on the horizon (including, finally, some quality RPG's in Skies of Arcadia and Grandia 2), the Dreamcast would make a great gift or purchase.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By "book_worm_31" on November 23, 2001
Dreamcast is no doubt the most underated console on the market...Everybody is talking about the "BIG" 3 PS2..Xbox..and gamecube...but they seem to forget that dreamcast is in the same league as those systems...The graphics are excellent, the game play of it's large library of games is excellent.. it comes with a build in 56k modem.... I have had a blast playing quake 3, Alien Front online, the NFL2k series etc over the internet..
The Dropped price of the dreamcast is more than amazing, I have had my dreamcast since may of 2000, I will buy me another one. Just in case the one I have breaks or get brokens...
I will soon own a playstation 2 (hopefully)..but i will not stop playing or buying new games for my dreamcast...
GET THIS SYSTEM, ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN OR PLAYED THE NEXT GENERATION GAMES YET....DREAMCAST IS IN THE SAME LEAGUE WITH THE NEW SYSTEMS, AND IN SOME ASPECTS IT'S BETTER...
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 30, 1999
I waited, researched and played many different consoles from Super Nintendo to the Dreamcast - (including 3Do) and I just bought a Dreamcast last week (11/23/99) and I love it - no regrets, especially after reading the lack lustre reviews of demo games on the Playstation2 out of Japan. Originally I thought I may had made a mistake, that the PS2 would blow DC away upon release(fall 2000?), but there is no indication that PS2 will do that. As for Nintendo Dolphin, they aren't even releasing official specs, so it will surely be 2001 by the time it's released. DC2 may be out by then. Sega has done a really good job with the Dreamcast and a year before all others. I do like playing some of my old Playstation games, but less and less as time goes on. Once I get a collection of DC titles, the ol' Playstation will be in a garage sale.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 24, 1999
Deciding which console to purchase is a confusing and intimidating task. What if one maks the wrong choice? There is no need to worry anymore. Finally, a system exists that is going to beat every competitor it faces. Dreamcast is the best console on the market. In addition to that, it is going to trounce the upcoming Playstation 2. But what exactly is going to put Dreamcast ahead in the video gaming market? Exellent graphics? Sensitive play control? Sure. But the Dreamcast's true strengths are still lying in wait. By the middle of next year, the ability to play Dreamcast video games over the internet will be fully realized. This promises to put and keep the Dreamcast on top for a good while. Unfortunately, Playstation 2 will not have internet capabilities. In addition, the line-up of third party development for Dreamcast is superior to the development teams for Playstation 2. In Layman's terms, there will be more and better games for Dreamcast. So for anybody out there who fears buying a Dreamcast, rest assured that Playstation 2 is not going to offer it much competition.
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