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What consoles just didn’t click with you?


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I probably wouldn't have given a shit about the Gamecube were it not for Resident Evil 4. Machine was worth it for that alone, but in buying it I spent more time on the console and so did pick up the likes of Viewtiful Joe, which made me genuinely love the thing.

 

My personal non-click-spot lies firmly with the Dreamcast. I love it for what it is, but I don't love it in the same way I do the Amiga, PS1, PS2, SNES, or GBA. Or maybe Vita.

 

It was clearly a huge step up for home consoles and introduced us to affordable, arcade perfect games on a consistent basis - we'd had arcade perfect before but they were every now and then - one-offs - or the Neo Geo which I don't count because £££££. But the DC also died well before it had any chance to realise its potential, so what we're left with is a bit of a damp squib.

 

It has some absolute bangers in its catalogue, but it never got to the point where the Dreamcast seemed to (this is where people will get angry) grow up. It seemed stuck in a world of arcade ports and quick, snappy, five-minutes-of-play games. It had no analogue to Ico/Shadow of the Colossus, Final Fantasy X, GTA III, even a Ratchet and Clank or Jak and Daxter.

 

Aware most of those came out well after the DC had died, but the point remains: to me, it felt like the Dreamcast was a console lacking depth in its games - both in the catalogue of games and the actual depth of the games themselves.

 

Of course there were things like Record of Lodoss War, Skies of Arcadia (which I had on GC to be fair), and Elemental Gimmick Gear among others*; I know these things exist but they're outliers next to the Dreamcast's real calling: being a NAOMI cab at home.

 

*and Shenmue, which I completely forgot waheyyyyyy

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