Dreamcast lives again on Xbox Live, PSN

Sega's finally releasing titles from its venerable Dreamcast library as DLC on the Xbox 360 and PS3. What took so long?

Crazy Taxi's a great start, but where's Seaman?

I owned a Dreamcast, proudly, back in 1999. I loved Jet Grind Radio and Crazy Taxi. It's with a note of personal affection that I report that Sega's officially releasing Dreamcast games onto both PSN and Xbox Live later this year.

What that means, for now, is that only Crazy Taxi and Sonic Adventure are making the leap. Sonic Adventure, as one of the first 3D Sonics, is a dubious choice. Crazy Taxi, however, is sheer genius. I always felt that Grand Theft Auto owed a bit to Crazy Taxi's madcap mission-based racing. As a quick-fix arcade download, it should be perfect.

Sonic will arrive first on September 9, which happens by no coincidence to be the 11th anniversary of the Dreamcast. Both games will feature enhanced graphics, online leaderboards, and, of course, achievements.

Which Dreamcast games should hit next? We can think of a few we'd love to see, easily: Shenmue, Jet Grind Radio, and, hopefully, Seaman.

About the author

Scott Stein is a senior editor covering iOS and laptop reviews, mobile computing, video games, and tech culture. He has previously written for both mainstream and technology enthusiast publications including Wired, Esquire.com, Men's Journal, and Maxim, and regularly appears on TV and radio talking tech trends.

 

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