Let's Talk About: The Dreamcast 360

When Xbox Live Arcade was announced, gamers envisioned entire catalogs of older consoles coming to the Xbox 360 for download. While we have seen entire series like Sonic the Hedgehog appear, consoles are a little trickier due to vast amounts of diverse developers with various distributors makes licensing the retro titles a bit tougher than one might think.

It does seem, however, that now Microsoft might be eying some retro Dreamcast action fairly soon. As reported earlier, titles that made the Dreamcast one of the most beloved consoles to fall victim to losing the console war, including Sonic Adventure and Crazy Taxi, could be on their way to Xbox Live Arcade, with Soul Calibur and Marvel vs. Capcom 2, the trademark fighters from Dreamcast already available.

This is an excellent start to bringing some of the biggest titles from the Dreamcast over to the 360, but there are a few that really need to be ported in order to make this effort a true success. Listed below are titles that really need an updated version released on Xbox Live Arcade.

Top Ten Dreamcast Games That Should Be Ported to the Xbox 360


10. Resident Evil - Code: Veronica

The Resident Evil series has always been incredibly strong and has possessed a ridiculous following, but with Resident Evil 5 being released, the series has never been more popular. Many die-hard Resident Evil fans were actually disappointed with the fifth entry's Gears of War-style gameplay, so Resident Evil - Code: Veronica would actually be a great addition to the Xbox 360 platform for those hardcore Resident Evil fans that felt betrayed by Resident Evil 5. Even though the title was essentially re-released for the Wii as a part of Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles, Code: Veronica remains one of the most highly praised titles in the Resident Evil series.


9. Phantasy Star Online Ver. 2

When Phantasy Star Online was originally released, online gaming with consoles was pretty much unheard of. While not many people bought into the title's online component until well after the Dreamcast's heyday, the game remains one of the innovators in online gaming. Even though the title was re-released on the original Xbox, with Xbox Live being more popular than ever, a port to Xbox Live Arcade would certainly be overwhelmingly well-received. Now that online gaming is a mainstay in the industry, it would only make sense to bring back one of the original titles that was responsible for innovating the genre.


8. Seaman

The Dreamcast was the previous generation of the Wii in many ways. Not so much the gimmicky side of the Wii, but more so the amount of titles that were just flat out odd. Not only was the game weird, but it was even named by Game Informer as one of the top ten weirdest games of all-time. For those unfamiliar with Seaman, you basically control a fish that has the face of a human. It's The Sims meets Nintendogs meets a night of binge drinking and drug abuse. That's really the only way to describe this strange ride of a game. The game was received with mixed reviews across the board, but in Japan, the game was the third top-selling Dreamcast game in the region. It's unclear of whether or not that's a testament to the uniqueness and quality of the actual game, or just a display of how strange the Japanese culture truly is.


7. San Fransisco Rush 2049

If you think back to the days of the Nintendo 64, you can probably remember a racing franchise called "San Fransisco Rush" that generally competed with the Cruisin' USA series. The game was based on arcade-style racing and fairly over-the-top physics. Now, for San Fransisco Rush 2049, you can take everything that made the Rush franchise great and pretty much put it on steroids. The game took place in 2049 (obviously) and was pretty much a ridiculously over zealous imagining of what cars will be able to do 39 years from today. The cars can magically spread their wings and glide through the air, making the racing one of the most unique experiences in the genre. Perhaps the best mode was multiplayer, where players could either race or choose to do a stunt mode using the cars with wings. The mode would be spectacular on Xbox Live with online multiplayer and leaderboards to show who exactly is the best futuristic car flier in the world.


6. Virtua Tennis

Back in 2000, tennis games weren't incredibly popular. Sure, they had some merit, but none were able to appeal to a wide-enough audience to make them a force in the sports game industry. Once Virtua Tennis was ported to the Dreamcast, however, that all changed. The game was incredibly user-friendly and quickly became a party favorite. The game even inspired many people to go out and learn how to play tennis. The game's success spawned several sequels, but few were able to deliver the spectacular quality that the original brought. If the game could be released with an updated roster of players, it could truly prove to be one of the best-selling Xbox Live Arcade titles.


5. Skies of Arcadia

One thing that the Xbox used to be criticized for back before the Xbox 360 launched was it's conspicuous lack of great RPG's on the system. While titles like Lost Odyssey, Mass Effect, and Final Fantasy XIII have since dashed those problems away, the game remains one of the most under-appreciated titles of the Dreamcast era. Sure, the title was ported to the GameCube and there were plans for it to arrive on the PS2, but the title never quite got the attention it deserved. If it was released on Xbox Live Arcade, perhaps some of the hype would allow gamers from this generation to experience one of the best RPG's on the Sega Dreamcast.


4. Jet Grind Radio

Few titles were as iconic for a system as Jet Grind Radio was. The game was both extremely fun and controversial. The unique art style and extremely strong controls were what set the game apart. What really got the game press coverage, however, was it's seemingly pro-graffiti message. While there was a disclaimer built into the game saying that graffiti is illegal and all that jazz, the media didn't necessarily see things that way. While there was a sequel released on the original Xbox, it didn't quite have the charm or the uniqueness that made Jet Grind Radio the smashing success that it was as cel-shaded graphics was commonplace by the time it was brought out.


3. Sonic Adventure 2

If you didn't own a Dreamcast, ignore everything you know about 3D Sonic games. Back on the Dreamcast, believe it or not, 3D Sonic games were actually amazing. If we actually do end up getting Sonic Adventure on Xbox Live Arcade as the screenshots and leaks would suggest, it would only make sense that somewhere down the road we would get it's sequel that is superior in many ways, Sonic Adventure 2. The title features a great storyline that allows you to choose to fight for the good guys (Sonic, Knuckles, Tails) or the bad guys (Shadow, Rogue, Robotnik). Even though the annoying treasure-hunting gameplay is still present in this game for Knuckles and Rogue, the game ends up being all worth it in the end with one of the coolest boss battles in series history (with an amazing soundtrack provided by Crush 40!). As an added bonus, maybe Sonic Team could include some of the multiplayer modes that were in Gamecube's Sonic Adventure 2 Battle.


2. Power Stone 2

Anyone who owned a Dreamcast and did not own at least one of the Power Stone games was an absolute fool. The game was not only one of the neatest fighting games of all-time, it was possibly the most accessible, which made it one of the best party titles of that, or any generation. From the amazing one player mode that featured RPG elements, to the spectacularly chaotic multiplayer modes that used the items unlocked in single player, the game was truly addicting. The only hint of the title to ever surface after the demise of the Dreamcast was in Power Stone Collection, which was released on the PSP featuring Power Stone 1 and 2. The only kicker is that if Power Stone 2 was released on Xbox Live Arcade, it would definitely need to include an online multiplayer.


1. Shenmue

In terms of epic tales of mystery and deceit, few titles can even touch the tail-end of what Shenmue accomplished. The title put you in the shoes of Ryo Hazuki, who witnesses the murder of his father and decides to go on a quest of revenge. Much of the game will have you performing inane tasks such as walking around investigating when and where to find someone or even visiting psychics and old family firned, but when the game gets going, however, it not only has one of the best stories in any game ever, but the gameplay is phenomenal. Shenmue was the innovator in Quick-Time-Events, which are all too common in games nowadays, but back then, they were groundbreaking. Anyone who enjoyed titles like Heavy Rain would be doing themselves a disservice by not playing through this classic title. There is so much to do aside from the main story that it's almost crazy. You can even walk into 80's arcades and play classic titles like Space Harrier and Hang-On, or you can throw some darts. Perhaps the sales of the game on Xbox Live Arcade would finally drive them to reopen the series and finally finish the trilogy. Unfortunately, that seems highly unlikely at this point in time. Fans might have to write their own endings to Ryo Hazuki's tale of revenge as Sega halted the production after the second title was released on Xbox.