June 27th 2009 2:37 am

9.0
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Detailed review
Way ahead of it's time the Dreamcast brought fusion of advanced graphics, network connectivity, and revolutionary controllers that permitted inclusion of rumble, and personal LCD display.

One of the best features of the Dreamcast was how easy it was to use homebrew content. No hard mods necessary. Unfortunately, this may also be partially responsible for its demise, since it made it easy (and popular) for users to pirate games over P2P networks. I remember reveling in the fact that I could play hundreds of game ROMs from older consoles emulated on the Dreamcast. The Wii didn't bring this functionality until nearly a decade later.

There were a plethora of very enjoyable titles released for Dreamcast, but I split most of my gaming time between a foreign release called Rez, and Unreal Tournament. Yes, believe it or not UT runs very well on this 'dated' hardware. It turns out you don't need those $500 graphics cards after all. And if you haven't heard of Rez, you owe it to yourself to find out what you've been missing.

Failure to deliver exclusive releases on any *must-have* games quickly doomed the console to obscurity. If you can pick up one of these consoles on the cheap, you're likely to be pleased with the outcome.

In fact, I'm so nostalgic from writing this that I'm about to go break out the Dreamcast right now. Happy gaming everyone.