Monday, September 22, 2008

Video - Outrigger (Dreamcast)

It's such a pity that Sega pulled the plug on their Dreamcast so soon, because this great console really needed more first-person shooters. There were really only three quality games in this genre: the venerable computer classics Quake 3 and Unreal Tournament, and Sega's arcade hit Outrigger.

For some unknown reason, I never got around to buying this game. It's rather strange, because I did play a demo version on one of the DC sampler discs that came with the Official Dreamcast Magazine. The Outrigger demo I played was really terrific, very fast, flashy and intense. A quality Sega arcade game, in other words.

Outrigger became one of the overlooked titles in the DC library. Perhaps most shooter fans couldn't trust Japanese developers with what has almost exclusively been an American genre. It was also very, very difficult to compete against Quake and Unreal Tourney. Those were great games, especially Quake online. That was probably my first great online gaming experience, back in the year 2000 and 2001. I understand there are still a few DC servers located around the world, for the sake of the diehard fans. Dreamcast carries the sort of stubborn loyalty usually reserved for beloved pets and favorite sports teams. Part of the joys of life.

So here are some videos of Outrigger in action. Enjoy.

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