Conclusion: The games in the Dreamcast Collection , as separate entities, are each enjoyable in their own right, and all worth playing if you haven't yet tried them. However, as a whole, this is a package not worth buying. Simply grab them each separately (preferably when they each appear in the inevitable sale), and your life will be a whole lot more fulfilled.
Summary: While I applaud Sega’s effort to shine some spotlight on their often underrated final console, the Dreamcast Collection underwhelms in almost every way imaginable. Crazy Taxi and Space Channel 5: Part 2 still have some life left in them, but Sonic Adventure has not aged well over the past decade and Sega Bass Fishing doesn’t belong anywhere near the rest of these games.
Conclusion: single retail disc (and I really do prefer retail discs over downloads) but that is as far as it goes. The menu is about as basic as it gets. You select the game you want and it loads. When you exit a game, it takes you back to the dashboard, not the “choose a game” menu. Fortunately, because the menu is so basic it doesn’t take too long to load. The games are all what you will remember back from the day, with the one noticeable difference being achievement support.
Excerpt: Sega had a legacy here to uphold. You know how hardcore gamers love to laud accolades on lesser known, dead systems and celebrate their obscure appeal? Well Dreamcast was one of those systems.
Summary: With the Dreamcast Collection, Sega finds yet another way to disappoint their fans. Instead of releasing a comprehensive disc full of must-own games, this once-mighty company chooses four games at random. Throw in some questionable design decisions (like not being able to switch games without exiting the disc) and you have one of the worst compilations I've played in years! This product was submitted by the publisher for review.
Excerpt: You could be forgiven for being excited when SEGA first announced their intention to revive some of their classic Dreamcast titles. After all, the Dreamcast is undoubtedly one of most revered consoles in recent gaming history, and it had a stellar library to go with that reputation. Unfortunately, it was all too easy to overlook the sad possibility that these revivals would be nothing more than bare-bones ports. And so it has turned out to be.
Excerpt: When SEGA announced they would be releasing a Dreamcast Collection, I have to admit I was pumped. The Dreamcast rejuvenated my love of gaming when I started to lose interest. Games like SoulCalibur, NFL 2K1 and Speed Devils bring back some fond memories and the thoughts of playing the games all over again was starting to warm the cockles of my heart. Unfortunately, the Dreamcast Collection is anything but a complete collection featuring some of my favorites.
Conclusion: Dreamcast Sampler would have been a more apt title. After putting together the wonderful Ultimate Genesis Collection and the stellar Sega Ages line, it's hard not to feel like Sega dropped the ball with Dreamcast Collection. Busting out of the gate with two prerequisites, one throw-in, and one legitimately interesting game wasn't the greatest way to reintroduce Dreamcast in the retail space.