4 player experiences you have had with your DC

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dark
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4 player experiences you have had with your DC

Post#1 » Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:12 pm

Many DC games support 4 players, but these days, how often are you able to have 4 friends together, and get them to play DC? Sometimes doing 4 player mode is great fun, but other times it can be significantly less fun than doing 1 or 2 players.

I was inspired to create this thread because I saw on another forum that no one there had ever played Gigawing 2 with 4 individual players, and people didn't know what it was like. Then I saw a post here wondering about what 4 player Gauntlet Legends is like.

So here's what I've played 4 player before. Most of this was back in the day, 2000-2005. Post 2005, I've only played Propeller Arena, Gigawing 2, and Worms, once each, as 3 or 4 player games.


-Sonic Shuffle: vastly improved the experience, but it is a party game so that is understandable

-Powerstone 2: greatly improved the experience to have each of the 4 characters controlled by a human rather than the somewhat predictable computer AI. People started employing strategies, such as camping on a platform, or running away from the player - strategies that the cpu never ever does

-Marvel Vs Capcom: this is a 4 player tag team mode, making a team of 2 on 2 with friends was good for rivalries and trash talking. An enjoyable experience.

-Gigawing 2: While I think it is awesome that this game has a 4 player mode, since this is a bullet hell title, it is better in theory than in execution. At least with my unskilled friends, mega bombs go off every few seconds, people die all the time, and its complete and utter chaos which is unfortunately not so fun as you can't really tell what's going on. This pushes gameplay and strategy out the window, which is where the fun is as far as I'm concerned. The unlimited continues entails that we only play through the game once or twice, as my friends can die continuously and not have any adverse consequences for it, which means they don't have any incentive to learn a strategy, or play the game differently.

-Outtrigger: As with a lot of FPSs, this is much better with human controlled opponents, but be prepared for your friends to complain bitterly about the control schemes

-Chu Chu Rocket: Much more fun with human controlled opponents. Something about playing it against humans raises the tension factor as you compete for and steal each others mice.

-DOA2: Excellent game with 4 players. My friends and I spent a lot of time on this before DOA3 came out. It's a tag match like MVC, but as a fluid 3d game, at the time it was more fun and easier to convince my friends to play

-Armada: I played this in 4 player mode, but my friends couldn't get into it and we probably played for a grand total of an hour. Since they didn't enjoy it, it wasn't a fun experience. The additional players didn't affect the gameplay, and since its a cooperative rather than versus game, there was no fun competitive spirit or trash talking going on. There was also little strategy to be employed, as the gameplay is fairly cut and dry, "guard a convoy" and shoot the aliens, and the graphics, while not bad, don't impress

-Gauntlet Legends: Played it with 4 players, and that is the best way to play it. It does get extremely chaotic, and like Gigawing, it gets hard to understand what is going on in the game, but 4 players makes it much easier to get through the levels, and with the way the levels are set up, you do start to feel like you are cooperatively going through an adventure with your friends.

-Propeller Arena: I've only played this as 3 player. There are always computer opponents in the match as well, which detracts from the fun a little bit. It's good as a multiplayer title, like it was designed, but probably wouldn't be a game you would play with your friends very long before you or they get bored of the gameplay

-Worms World Party: Excellent with 3 or 4 players. The strategy and anticipation of your opponent's next move is really amped up when there are human opponents

4 player games I own, but have not been able to play 4 player yet:
-Aerowings 1
-Test Drive Le Mans
-Project Justice

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everynewday84
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Re: 4 player experiences you have had with your DC

Post#2 » Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:14 am

I've had a bunch of 4 player sessions with friends in the last year or so.

Quake 3 Arena- hours of laughing at each other. Good times
Chu chu rocket- crazy ass game, makes for some 4 player fun
Worms Armageddon- the loading kind of kills it.
Out trigger- short lived fun
Unreal Tournament- too choppy to really enjoy 4 player split screen
Test Drive 6/Le Mans- a great 4 player experience, if you're into racing games.
NFL 2K- perhaps the best 4 player game dreamcast has to offer.


I'm sure I've played other 4 player games recently, this is all that is coming to mind though.

Dreamcast. It's a 4 player thing. I pity all who play solo :P

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dark
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Re: 4 player experiences you have had with your DC

Post#3 » Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:28 am

Come to think of it, I have played Unreal Tournament 4 player as well on DC, and I have to agree that the choppiness and frame rate drop makes it fairly unplayable.

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ice445
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Re: 4 player experiences you have had with your DC

Post#4 » Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:38 am

dark wrote:Come to think of it, I have played Unreal Tournament 4 player as well on DC, and I have to agree that the choppiness and frame rate drop makes it fairly unplayable.


Unreal Tournament is a PC game through and through. It's unfortunate, but the console ports were never very good.

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Re: 4 player experiences you have had with your DC

Post#5 » Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:47 pm

Cool Herders as a 4P game is a favorite at my convention. I should really get a copy of Inhabitants for the convention as that is a 4P game too!

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Re: 4 player experiences you have had with your DC

Post#6 » Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:59 pm

Looney Toons Space Race, Fur Fighters and Sonic Shuffle (which was mentioned at the beginning by dark in this topic).

All work great. We just played these games in 4 player mode very recently.
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Re: 4 player experiences you have had with your DC

Post#7 » Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:37 pm

I tried to put progress in a Sonic Shuffle game loool.. but it's true the load times really fuck it

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Re: 4 player experiences you have had with your DC

Post#8 » Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:49 pm

My main 4 player gaming sessions on Dreamcast were Power Stone 2 and Chu Chu Rocket.

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Re: 4 player experiences you have had with your DC

Post#9 » Fri Oct 11, 2019 2:49 pm

San Francisco Rush 2049 - Stunt Mode

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Re: 4 player experiences you have had with your DC

Post#10 » Fri Oct 11, 2019 2:54 pm

Believe the networking in 4x4 plus ChuChu greatly count too, you could link three Dreamcasts ala dial-up across the friggin globe and one could be two controllers playing two other way out there players!

All my homies just like the new nonsense I am lucky to get even a second player >.<

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