Most Beautiful Games On Dreamcast

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Re: Most Beautiful Games On Dreamcast

Post#121 » Tue Jan 24, 2023 5:33 pm

https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/dreamcast ... hikou/data

https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/dreamcast ... masen/data

Well for F since there is no NTSC-U there I assume that is the expansion, but for I I am puzzled, Japanese title seems lengthy enough or that's jus the base 3?

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Re: Most Beautiful Games On Dreamcast

Post#122 » Tue Jan 24, 2023 7:22 pm

That's the expansion, yes, the base game is just Aero Dancing i. It's hard to find good videos, many are labelled wrong as being from the base game when they're from the expansion and there's next to nothing in good quality/60fps but these games are a good showcase, they look great next to other contemporary PC sims like the 2001IL-2 Sturmovik (the base version, not the over the years enhanced/expanded/modernized 1946 edition still getting fan patches/content). The last Dreamcast game also improved controls making it so you can manually select the main cannon or missiles or whatever your plane is equipped with, in the previous game(s) they couldn't figure out good schemes with the limited buttons on the Dreamcast pad and auto-selected them by the context/actions but in i it works pretty great.
Alextended wrote:Some of my favorite looking games (I tried to find decent videos, iPlaySega on YouTube has many).

F355 Challenge https://youtu.be/dMs37K4rZig
Dead or Alive 2 (Japan) https://youtu.be/7Och5MqJqxY?t=7
Crazy Taxi & 2 (the timestamps show the city variety/density) https://youtu.be/RydiOSJazj0?t=797 https://youtu.be/SW9x3o3ecTs
RE Code: Veronica (or X now it's been fan patched to English) https://youtu.be/gtG_z7ufEaA?t=33
Propeller Arena https://youtu.be/9JsRHC8-qcs
The House of the Dead 2 (what a launch title for genre fans, it beat any Model 3 shooter) https://youtu.be/SxkO7qmnjh8?t=7
Cyber Troopers Virtual-On Oratorio Tangram https://youtu.be/UltVe7L1-WA
Giant Gram 2000 (DOA2 looks better but this gets 5 characters on screen with tag + the ref) https://youtu.be/AAkut0URkJw?t=130
Sakura Taisen 4 (3 looks as good and is the better game as 4 is a short homage/send off) https://youtu.be/A59eFpQyF_g?t=121
Propeller Arena https://youtu.be/9JsRHC8-qcs
Skies of Arcadia (check out those waves at 57:38, the game low key drops wow moments all the time) https://youtu.be/PehNkLb1DxU

When looking for Dreamcast footage you must be mindful of the state of the hardware (or emulation which I avoid posting (I only don't know if the Sakura Taisen 4 video is on a real Dreamcast but footage of such games is rare, it's not great quality anyway). A DOA2 video I replaced, either due to a worn drive or because of a modded Dreamcast with loading speed issues as some drive replacement devices have, often paused the image while taking longer than normal to load the next scene. It both looked wrong and the music got desynced so the last intro part was silent. Here's Crazy Taxi with similar issues in contrast to the above https://youtu.be/UN1QtQqYLPc

I was sadly unable to find a good Le Mans video showing the various tod, lighting, flare, glowing, rain, lens, reflection etc. effects it has.

Loads more games look great. Tokyo Xtreme Racer 2, 4 Wheel Thunder, StarLancer is a rare awesome WIndows CE game, Deep Fighter is a great PC port too (I wish we had more, some MechWarrior or Battlezone of that era), Zero Gunner 2 & Under Defeat (I like the former more honestly, stylistically and in gameplay), MDK2 (better than any version until the recent HD remasters), Confidential Mission, the Shenmues (duh), Aero Dancing i (all look great but they all had improvements to show and that is the best third game - it also has an expandalone disc like 2 got in Japan), Gundam Federation vs Zeon & Side Story 0079 Rise from the Ashes, Project Justice & Soulcalibur, Ecco, Grandia II, Jet Set Radio, Metropolis Street Racer (hard to find footage of the cooler later races, I guess folks mostly play/share the arcade style short games), Phantasy Star Online, Daytona USA, Virtua Striker 2, Virtua Tennis 2, D2 and so much more!

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