The new year is going to be a good one for Dreamcast owners. Although most of 1999’s releases haven’t been very inspiring or long-lasting, 2000 promises to be completely different, with a large number of impressive looking titles scheduled to be released. We’ve decided to pick the five titles we personally are looking forward to, and give brief previews of why they should be in any Dreamcast owner’s library.
Since the Dreamcast’s graphics capabilities pretty much guarantee that all games will look amazing, we decided to base our decisions upon gameplay, story and pedigree information collected across the ‘net, and upon the likelihood of the game actually shipping before Jan 1, 2001.
1. Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future
Appaloosa’s vision of the future is one in which humans and dolphins rule the Earth together, protecting the inhabitants of land and sea alike from a group of evil tyrants. In a desperate, last ditch attempt at victory, these tyrants build a ship and send it back through time in order to prevent the historic alliance of man and dolphin from taking place. Fortunately for us, however, Ecco is caught up in the backwash of this ship, and is also transported into the past, where he is the only being capable of saving the future.
Any serious Genesis fan will tell you that the original Ecco the Dolphin was one of the most unique titles to grace the system, and Defender of the Future looks to follow in that tradition, which makes it THE title to own in the new year. Ecco’s world is an incredibly detailed, realistic underwater environment, filled with both danger and beauty. Once again, not only is Ecco required to explore and manipulate his environment in order to progress through the adventure, but he must also interact with a variety of creatures who can either help or hinder him. The gameplay looks to be rock solid, and even if it weren’t, Defender of the Future would be worth buying, if even just to swim around in its incredible oceans.
2. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
The world of Nosgoth was once a beautiful place, but was threatened by evil. Then came Kain, a cruel and vicious nobleman who was first murdered, then brought back from hell as a vampire. Kain proceeded to save Nosgoth but, at the last minute, conquered it instead, and remade it in his own image.
Fast forward a bit. Kain rules over a world of vampires, where humans are kept as cattle. Living eternally, he passes the time by evolving new abilities, which he passes on to his six lieutenants. When one of those lieutenants, Raziel, appears one day with a new set of wings, Kain flies into a rage, divesting Raziel of his prize and hurling him into an abyss.