Why should I get a Dreamcast?

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I vaguely remember someone saying they got one a few weeks ago under the advice of these forums. So I was just wondering what's so great about them? Obviously I don't want to to touch on details of homebrew, but is it a good console for that sort of thing (simple answers will suffice)? Can I add some nice big storage to it? What games are worth getting?

I'm quite fond of my xbox with all the bits and bobs chucked in, so I'm quite keen to have a go at a new project.

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Ripper^ said:
Buy one just to play shenmue1 and 2, anything else you enjoy will be a bonus.

As above, there were some cracking underrated games I'm gutted i sold mine to get a gamecube. It was well ahead of its time, IMO it was the 360 of the modem era........ they just brought it out all too soon :(
 
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Soulcalibur is still a thing of beauty on the DC.

I'd really liked to have seen how hard they could have pushed the hardware if it had been around long enough, some of the later PS2 games have been pretty stunning, God of War etc. We can only imagine what the DC may have been capable of by the end of its life had it been given a decent run.
 
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Yeah like others have pointed out it is worth it just for the Shenmue series alone. I really need to hook mine up to play some Soul Calibur :)

There is really no excuse not to buy one as they can be had cheaply as can the games.
 
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Go for it, I've just splashed out £17 for my 4th one with keyboard 4 pads and a VMU, keep selling them and regretting it so buy another, only thing is now Shenmue & Shenmue II are fetching quite a bit on ebay, so I'll have to crawl around some 2nd hand shops for copies.

Need typing of the dead too, was great fun.
 
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There were so many awesome games it was unreal. One which was very good, but I think put a lot of people off due to its slow start was Ecco the Dolphin. Now that was a freaking hard game, but so, so so good. I'm sure many would disagree, but that was one of my highlights.

One game which I spent hours, and hours, and HOURS playing was the original marvel vs capcom and even better, marvel vs, capcom 2.

There is nothing more satisfying in the world than connecting with ryus/akuma level 3 grab of death and watching them die in practically one hit. Best fighting move ever (Not that I'm an akuma whore! :o ).

EDIT- AGHHHH I just remembered my MvsC2 disc has snapped! :(

Oh, and MSR. For some reason I found this much more playable than PGR3...
 
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Don't forget Power Stone, this is a 4 player classic!

Get a VGA cable, 4 pads and your in gaming heaven.

Also F355 is an amazing driving sim.
 
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Nitefly said:
There is nothing more satisfying in the world than connecting with ryus/akuma level 3 grab of death and watching them die in practically one hit. Best fighting move ever (Not that I'm an akuma whore! :o
You mean the Shun Goku Satsu or Raging Demon?
 
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L0rdMike said:
You mean the Shun Goku Satsu or Raging Demon?
Yes :D

I was a bit annoyed how they took out some of the classic moves from the first one, along with a few specials, including Morrigan's 'apparently shag to death' move. Strider in the original had sooo many special moves, it was crazy.
 
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Shenmue and ShenmueII > *

Another few that I truly love (maybe because I was ~7) were:

Sonic Adventure (1)
Toy Commander
Speed Devils

Also, you could get a few hours of fun out of of Re-Volt which can be had for pennies.

But the memory card.. How many memory cards have a name as cool as VMU (visual memory unit)? :cool: I had a racing game on mine, and even though it was pretty bad, just the fact I could play it made it even better. Little things like that, and the built in 56k modem. Consoles only now are having internet browsing built in, I had a PC for it, but I loved doing it on the Dreamcast. Little things like that are what made this console something so special.
 
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wannabedamned said:
Phantasy star Online was good too, but i doubt anyone would be online in this day and age :p

you'd be surprised, there's still an avid community going. It's a shame, you try to play it now and it feels so rubbish.
 
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