Buy A DC Now Or Wait For The PS2?
Ahh, the age old question, should I buy system A or should I wait for system B. This question has been appearing much lately. Gamers are trying to make decision between the already released Sega Dreamcast or very promising Playstation 2. There is no doubt that the PS2 will sell out in hours here in the US, but many stores have finalized pre-orders on the system and it may be harder than ever to get the system before this Christmas. The PS2 will debut on the 26th of October and we anticipate at least 25 games at launch, breaking the record that Sega's DC held with a whopping 18 titles. If the Japanese PS2 launch is any indication of how the US launch will be then we should expect a war zone. Now the Dreamcast was no wallflower when it launched here in the US, but we all know that the PS2 will exceed the number of DC's sold launch. In Japan, the PS2 sold over 980,000 units in 2 days, but for the Dreamcast it took much longer to reach those numbers.
Being the only next-generation console in the US market, it seems as if Sega is being counted out of the fight way too early. With titles like Grandia 2, Jet Grind Radio, Crazy Taxi, Resident Evil: Code Veronica, Rayman2, Sonic Adventure, Space Channel 5, Chu Chu Rocket (the very first online console game), and Seaman, Sega is definitely heading places. Sony says that they will revolutionize gaming but Sega is already doing that with their two prime games Seaman and Chu Chu Rocket. Seaman is the very first voice recognition console game, with the game will come a bundled microphone that plugs into the DC pad, right behind your VMU. Seaman is programmed to respond to any question you ask him. If you ask him "what system would you rather be played on, the PS2 or DC"? He will give you some smart ass answer and may even humiliate you if he feels like it. Seaman is like your virtual pet, he is a half man, half fish creature, you take care of him by feeding him and being a good companion. But he isn't as annoying as those stupid Tomagachis, Giga Pets, and other virtual pets, Seaman is a title that puts a smile on your face, and then later makes you jaw drop.
Chu Chu Rocket is the worlds first online console game, free of charge to play online, Chu Chu Rocket (CCR) is one puzzle title for the ages. This multiplayer mayhem game is where you have to get the Chu Chu's into their rockets and that's how a puzzle is complete. We have played CCR online and the result is quite good. Unlike online PC games on 56K connections that lag and at times just shut down, CCR played smoothly and only at times did the connection get slow. Voice recognition and online gaming, this is what I call revolutionizing the gaming industry. Sony claims that they will change the way we all play videogames, but I say that they will only change the way we look at them. But who knows, when 3rd generation titles start to pop out, and we may see some wacky music games, or even something that may have never even crossed our minds. Sega certainly has potential, and their library of games is probably the best for your gaming buck so far.
We have a DC unit here in the office, and honestly it is one great system. Graphically it may be inferior to Sony's PS2, but the quality that the games have is remarkable. There has always been something about Sega games that I have always found so enticing, Sega games like Streets of Rage 1-3 and Sonic, have always given me a passion to play those games over again. Take a game like Crazy Taxi, before I got my DC, I used to play Crazy Taxi whenever I saw an arcade box, but once my DC arrived with a copy of Crazy Taxi I was instantly in heaven. Bringing the arcade experience to our office was sheer video gaming bliss. The rock hard sounds of The Offspring and Bad Religion roaring as I mindlessly steer a speeding a taxi cab through many different streets, just trying to earn a few bucks, this is the type of action I crave now and sadly I can't find such a fast paced roller coaster ride on the PS anymore. It may be hardware limitations or something else, but lets face it the PS is not only showing its age but developers have run out of gaming ideas for the system.