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.