Bleemcast Example clips

Three topics in a row? Two in one day? Surely I'm over doing it? Meh, I'm bored is all, and I've actually had this post planned for weeks now, and finally managed to rip the footage properly. Basically, if you have no idea what 'Bleemcast' is, check out Tom's previous posts about it here and here, as well as my Sega Freaks post about it here, before I joined this blog's staff. Get ready for an overload of YouTubes!



This first clip is of Time Crisis, which works almost perfectly. This was always a favourite of mine in the arcades back when I was about 11. The intro is all in real time so this is a great way to show how the emulator works at it's best. The only main thing that sticks out is some of the voices fluffing up, especially near the end. Also, the fact that you can't use the Dreamcast light gun on it takes away some of the fun. Oh well.



Next is Parappa the Rappa. I don't own this game properly (it's a rare one, lke a lot of the good ones are), but have a burnt copy from a torrent site to check this out, as I was told it worked well, and it does. The title screen is a bit messy, the menu's graphics are not quite right, and the cut scenes in-between levels don't play right, but the in-game stuff works perfectly, as seen here. Because all the pixelation is smoothed out, the game looks like a real cartoon almost.



This clip above is of Riddddddge Racerrrrrrrrrr: High Spec. First it plays the original mode, which runs kind of slow but perfectly playable, then the 'Turbo' made which is even slower, but runs pretty well none the less. This is one of those games you don't need a save file for either, as it's just a quick fix arcade title. It seems Namco games are the ones that work the most for Bleemcast, which is good news for me, as there games are pretty much the only ones I like on the Playstation that I can't get anywhere else.



Next up: Ridge Racer Type 4. Dreamcast nuts will remember that this was the first game Bleem showed screenshots of running on Bleemcast, and sure enough it works really well, especially in time attack. The main problem I noticed is in the Grand Prix mode, where the car engine plays up, sometimes going silent then suddenly really loud.



Rollcage also works well enough to play, but it has some problems with loading textures from time to time, and there's no sound effects at all. It also makes me feel like a casual gamer playing it, for some reason.



Finally, Driver 2. If you thought Rollcage had texture problems, check this out. It also slows down from time to time (especially when you first start up the car) and, not shown in the video, the menu's are a bit of a pain of navigate. Meh.

Well there you have it. Conclusion? Unless you already own the games on the Playstation, this is only really a novelty more than anything. What's more, Dreamcast games are far more interesting anyway, as long as you're not counting all those games they ported from the Playstation that weren’t even it’s good ones.

9 comments:

Ross said...

Well actually I cant agree that DC are far more interesting (check out my huge PSX collection compared to my somewhat small DC one), but the Bleamcast was an interesting little thing.

Sucks that you coulden't find Parappa, but in 2002 I managed to buy a sealed, brand new copy for $14.

And Ridge Racer 1 on PSX has a custom soundtrack option, something missing from the Bleem! version...

The GagaMan(n) said...

I have the original Ridge Rcaer 1 as well, which has a really over the top noise soundtrack.

gnome said...

I guess Bleemcast is -nowadays- pointless. I mean it only a curiosum, since the PSOne costs less than 20 euros. even in Greece.

All and al, an amazing series of posts Gagaman.

Tomleecee said...

I love Bleemcast - simply for it's novelty value. I can't think of another console other than the dreamcast that is so versatile. Obviously theres the GP32, but that's intended for open source apps. The DC isnt really.

gnome said...

Novelty value indeed. Now that I think about it, Bleemcast is definitely the way. No room for another console here, and the PS does actually have some decent games...

Ross said...

Well actually there are lots of great games for it, if you need reccomendations just ask me... I know alot about the obscure titles too. Its the best system to collect for because so many titles were released.

The GagaMan(n) said...

Yeah, but to be honest not a lot of the titles released for the PSX interested me, bat the Capcom and Namco stuff. I can imaine here are some nice misc games out there, but try finding them under the 15,356 footie games XD

I'm still glad I bought a Saturn over a PSX back in the day when they were the new thing.

fatherkrishna said...

Gagaman I bow at the altar of ur DC knowledge. Keep the faith! DC Junkyard rocks.

daman said...

i nwas playing around with the bleemcast earlier and it kind of works but its still cool

however since i have a modded psx i feel the purpose is kind of defeated