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The Dreamcast system is, in a word, awesome. Fire upSoul Calibur, and instantly you'll appreciate that the graphics and gameplay are even better than in the arcade version. AndSonic 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.
--Mike Fehlauer
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Brand:  Sega
Category:  Video Games
Developer:  Sega
Release Date:  September 9, 1999
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Quick Tip by . September 26, 2010
Sega's last console and ironically they're best. Lots of great games, but they couldn't get enough of them out.
Quick Tip by . December 01, 2009
Amazing quality for such a short time. From Skies of Arcadia to Soul Calibur to Virtua Tennis, it had it all, and then it was gone.
review by . September 11, 2000
I've always liked SEGA because of the great games they provided us with. Who would have thought a game about a running blue hedgehog (Sonic The Hedgehog) would be so fun? Or that a worm in a power suite (Earthworm Jim) would be so challenging? And after all these years of us having to deal with lousy 3D games that have no deapth (Most of them 3D killers of 2D classics), SEGA finally rises to show us what games SHOULD be like! "Sonic Adventure" is probibly the first 3D game I liked that was originaly …
review by . August 07, 2000
...really stupide. Okay I'm just kidding, this is the best system out there to date. The game's (As you can tell) SEGA really spent some real time making them perfect in every way (Except those dong-gong sports games we've seen enough of). But this system thouhgt of everything from great games, to internet play (Remember, SEGA thought of this! NOT SONY! ), it's here in one complicated system. Now this review is shorter then most of my reviews because I am going to go around reviewing the games and …
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