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Soul Calibur – Dreamcast – YouTube

Soul Calibur – Dreamcast – YouTube.

Soul Calibur was an incredible game. I’ve been following a bit of Soul Calibur V, and that got me checking out Soul Calibur again. It’s amazing that this is about twelve years old now. The newer consoles have better, sharper graphics, of course, but there’s really nothing about the motion of the characters or the fluidity of the gameplay that’s missing.

It’s a big step from Soul Edge, just a few years earlier. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2Io4bkDjog

Altogether, this just reminds me what an incredible step forward the Dreamcast was. I don’t think the gaming industry knew quite what to do with it. We went from awkward, janky polygons on the Playstation straight into something that actually looked good. Moments in Dreamcast games which were designed to be awe-inspiring are still awe-inspiring today. Especially hooked into a VGA monitor, it was our first foray into HD gaming.

It makes me feel lucky, like we skipped over a missing link. Like there should have been another series of consoles on the level of the N64 before we actually got to the Dreamcast. It’s disappointing that it was the last Sega console, but it was certainly a good way to go out.

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  1. December 9, 2011 at 12:59 am

    Also, Jet Grind Radio. How could I forget? To be honest, I never really liked the gameplay, but the graphics were amazing. It was, as far as I know, the first game to show that 3D games could have a visual style and go for something other than realism.

    I remember sending this picture to my brother http://myfeldin.com/pics/jetGrind.jpg and his reaction being something like, “That’s an interesting comparison. Wait, are you saying that the game is changing the left image to the right in real-time?”

    There are PS3 and 360 games that still don’t look this good. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZskOaLuIVbg&feature=related

    Also, I just remembered: DLC! Jet Grind Radio let you download new tags from the internet. Hipster Dreamcast was doing console connectivity before console connectivity was cool.

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