Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Soul Calibur on Dreamcast
Still the best Sega Dreamcast game ever made, and still very, very impressive. We're now up to Soul Calibur 4 on Playstation 3 and XBox 360, and, surprise, I'd rather play the Dreamcast original.
Dreamcast was never expected to be taken seriously. It was supposed to be a simple stopgap to keep gamers happy until Playstation 2 arrived and demolished everything (Sony was at their peak in 1999). Even the Japanese launch in late 1998 was uninspired. But something happened on the way to America. Game developers got interested, a number of terrific arcade games found their way home, and Namco dropped this bombshell. Overnight, Sega was back in force with their strongest lineup since the glory days of the Genesis.
This is still a spectacular fighting game, one of the very best. I can't say the same for the sequels, but that's usually how these things evolve. You have to complicate things, add features, pile on more characters, and always try to do more, more, more. Sooner or later, the formula just runs out of steam.
Whenever the topic of video games comes up - Marcee really wants to get a Nintendo Wii - I always give the same reply: I'd rather have a Sega Dreamcast. Dreamcast was always more fun. Soul Calibur is my #1 reason.