In 1989, the Genesis turned Sega into one of the most powerful video game companies. Ten years later, Sega's fortunes had changed considerably. The various mistakes of the Sega 32X and Sega Saturn badly hurt Sega’s relationship with fans.
But in 1999, the Dreamcast arrived, and it was briefly the very best video game console on the market.
The mistakes of the past seemed far away when Sega Dreamcast delivered several breathtaking games that truly seemed to be a step beyond what the other systems could offer. The Dreamcast offered an in-system modem for online play, connections ports for up to four controllers, in-game chat, and DLC. It also boasted a lineup of innovative games that have withstood the test of time.
For the latest installment of SYFY WIRE's 7 Essential series, we're taking a look back at the very best Sega Dreamcast games. The system had such a deep library that even titles like Shenmue, Jet Grind Radio, Power Stone 2, Phantasy Star Online, and Samba de Amigo only received honorable mentions. Likewise, the nearly perfect ports of Marvel vs. Capcom 1 & 2 also remained off the list.
What made the cut? Sonic Adventure 1 & 2 shared a slot for bringing the Sonic the Hedgehog series into 3D territory for the very first time. The multiple characters and different modes also made those titles easy selections for this list. Space Channel 5 was also chosen for its unforgettable sci-fi dance battles and eye-catching character designs. Additionally, Crazy Taxi gave fans all of the thrills of the arcade title. It's still fun to play after nearly two decades.
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