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On the 20th anniversary of the Sega Dreamcast's North American release, we look back at its best games. Read more of our treasured Dreamcast memories here.
Why it's on this list:
Where can I play this today?
Xbox One, PC.
Originally published Dec. 1, 2018. Update, Sept. 9, 2019: Adds North American release date.
Developer: Visual Concepts
Why it's on the list:
Gameplay that felt familiar, but different enough from Madden to make an impact.
Incredible visuals for the time. The after-the-play animations were like nothing anyone had seen before. Really!
I saw Steven Spielberg visit the E3 1999 Sega booth to watch this game. It doesn't seem like it now, but at the time, it was amazing to look at.
The series wouldn't get online play until NFL2K1, which was surprisingly responsive even on a 56K modem.
Where can I play it today?
Not natively on any modern devices. Madden is apparently still good though.
Unique, color-switching gameplay added more complexity than your typical shooter.
Great use of the polygonal environment, and great enemy design.
Switch, PC, Xbox One and PS4.
An amazingly realized world.
Having to beat up 70 dudes in a row at the end.
The slow burn of the unfolding mystery.
On PC, Xbox One and PS4. Remastered and bundled with its awesome sequel.
The feeling of spiking the ball past your opponent.
Hitting "MAX" on the serving meter.
Authentic-sounding sound effects.
My favorite sports game of all time: Better than any 2K game, better than any EA Genesis hockey game.
Where can I play it today:
Not natively on any modern devices. Virtua Tennis 4 (pictured) was the latest in the franchise, released in 2011.
Developer: United Game Artists
The godly music, of course.
Those incredibly abstract graphics will never get old.
The Panzer Dragoon-inspired gameplay with a rhythmic twist.
Rez Infinite is on PS4, PC and Android.
The first Resident Evil game with full 3D background and at the time, was the most graphically impressive RE game.
That intro, especially the gun catch move.
That moment when Steve has to get over his fear to "kill" his undead father is maybe the cheesiest and most awesome thing ever.
Steve's voice. That's kind of a negative, but also kind of not.
Not natively on any modern devices. You can watch GameSpot play through the game though.
Airship combat was almost as cool as character combat.
A loooong RPG that rarely hit a pacing wall.
The level 4 super moves are still impressive in 2018.
Not natively on any modern devices.
Developer: Sonic Team
A fantastic RPG even beyond the MMO aspect.
Online worked great -- when the servers were up.
Fun and meaningful character progression.
Before World of Warcraft, this was the best realized version of playing D&D with your friends from across the country.
The futuristic-medieval aesthetic was strong.
Not natively on any modern devices. Phantasy Star Online 2 (that's where this screenshot's from) is currently available for PS4, Switch, PC, iOS and Android, but only in Japan.
Probably the best graphical showcase on the system. It still looks good today!
Gameplay is simple and tight without too many systems to bog it down (I'm looking at you, Soul Calibur 6).
Nearly every character is memorable and "quotable."
This is how you do polish in a game.
Xbox One. The latest sequel, Soul Calibur 6, is on PC, Xbox One and PS4.
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