Sega’s final console was a technological marvel that was far ahead of its time. The Dreamcast introduced many staples into today’s console landscape, such as online play, microphone attachments and the tantalizing visual memory unit (VMU), which acted as a second display and could be removed for portable play with some titles. Nintendo would draw inspiration from the VMU with their dual-screen Nintendo DS handheld. While these hardware innovations will always be fondly remembered, it’s the games the Dreamcast provided that will remain its strongest point. The following are the 25 best games released on Sega’s deep and timeless Dreamcast library.
25. Rayman 2: The Great Escape (2000)
Originally a Nintendo 64 hidden gem buried behind the likes of Super Mario 64 and Banjo-Kazooie, the Dreamcast version of Rayman 2 showcased how to properly enhance a game beyond the common port. The Dreamcast edition takes full advantage of the superior hardware running the game and changes the two-dimensional sprites into 3D models. It also fixes the camera angle by zooming out slightly, making some of the more perilous platforming feel a little less cheap with increased visibility. Finally, the Dreamcast version goes beyond aesthetic makeovers by also offering exclusive mini-games, a revamped world map and a remastered final battle. Rayman 2: The Great Escape is one of the best platforming games ever made. The game has since been released on countless platforms spanning multiple generations, but the Dreamcast version remains significant and mighty impressive. Despite being based on a game released on the previous generation’s hardware, players who have experienced Rayman 2’s captivating gameplay understand that it’s one of the best titles on the Dreamcast, and simply one of the best games ever made.