Buy A DC Now Or Wait For The PS2?
Again the DC may be technologically inferior to the PS2, but don't forget about Sony when it first stepped in with their Playstation. Nintendo was claiming that there N64 would be the best thing since sliced bread, but after the systems launch, grumpy gamers returned the kiddy system and traded it in for either a PS or Saturn. The Super Nintendo was a powerful system, and up until the time that Sega started going peripheral crazy with their Genesis, both consoles were neck and neck. Genesis was the system that sports enthusiasts would want to play, while SNES was the gamer's choice because of its great RPGs, fighting games, and action/adventure games. SquareSoft was very tight with Nintendo, they even developed a Mario game (Mario RPG), but departed from Nintendo when the company made an extremely ridiculous move. They planned on using cartridges for their next system, the N64, meaning that developers like Square would have very limited space to work with, why do you think Nintendo games have such little replay value. So Square boldly decided to work with Sony on creating their seventh Final Fantasy for the Playstation. Not many know, but there was a Nintendo 64 version of FF7 being planned at one time, but the awful limitations of the cartridge were so bad that the project was canned very quickly. Now after the release of FF7, Sony then made a bigger impact on the video gaming market, but was it revolutionary? Nah, it was just a technological achievement, its still a videogame, and its still an RPG, the only that changed was the graphics and that's about it.
Sega Dreamcast is the first system that will be revolutionizing the way we play videogames, Seaman and Chu Chu Rocket as I said before are perfect examples of revolutionary products. Sega has made mistakes in the past, but I think they have learned their lesson. Sony may be going all out with their PS2, but that isn't stopping Sega from putting out a good fight, remember Sega "when the going gets tough, the tough gets going". My final verdict is that I think gamers (especially those who love playing arcades) should buy a DC right now, and purchase the PS2 next year when the more innovative games are released. Also a note: this editorial is aimed at gaming and not the PS2's DVD feature, just gaming in general, so don't send me bitchy comments about the PS2's DVD feature, 'cause I'm pretty damn exhausted from writing this huge article. The Sega Dreamcast will be aimed at gamers who want to try something new and at the same time enjoy a good sports game or two. While the PS2 is a system for the more casual gamer, who is willing to try something new but will wait for it, playing his Final Fantasy online, Metal Gear Solid 2, Dark Cloud or Tekken 4. Still have doubts then it's your call!