Sega Dreamcast Console
- Contains: Gray Dreamcast unit, modem, controller, power cable, and stereo a/v cable.
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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.
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By Megathirst on October 31, 2018
Games to get with this:
Sonic Adventure 1 and 2: Two classic 3D platformers, though 2 has aged much better than 1. They can still be found affordably and playing them on their original console (Dreamcast) gives the best control experience.
D2: An obscure horror game that will have you hiding under your bed at night for weeks after playing it. This game made great and novel use of the VMU screen
Shenmue: Considered one of the best games ever made, with graphics that hold up well even today
Chu Chu Rocket: Great puzzle game, with a competitive multiplayer mode for up to four local players
Space Channel 5: A music game that has you helping a space news reporter (you heard me) dance. Very bizarre, very fun.
Crazy Taxi: I cannot do this game justice in my writing. Just go look up Crazy Taxi gameplay online.
And so many more.
With its second screen in the controller's memory card and its amazing library of games, this console is a boon to own today. Used Dreamcast games are often sold for $10 or less on Amazon, and that means you can quickly build a true library of games for a fraction of the cost.
It arrived in a medium sized box, and it had like, 20 layers of saran wrap on it, which was kind of annoying to peel off, but I suppose it did its job in keeping the console safe, and the console itself is only a little bigger than the controller.
I highly recommend this console. I gave it a 4 because there's a few errors with my console, but only minor ones, like having to reset the internal clock EVERY TIME I turn it on, long loading times on games, the grinding noise, which I might add, my PS2 started making before it died, and the cooling fan. I feel like I should also add that it had a bit of trouble picking up the controller the first time I used it, but that was easily fixable.
Overall its a great console that I would recommend to people who want to experience some history in gaming without the loss of content from an N64 cartridge.
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The Laser is VERY loud and will probably die if I'm not careful. But agian, it's an old system, it does read all my discs.
All in all not bad for a used system.