, The Dreamcast Junkyard: January 2006

More new stuff...




I went to Gamestation t'other day and guess what? 2 DC games for a fiver!!!! I could barely contain myself, but I battled through the crowd surrounding the DC section and got Ready 2 Rumble Round 2 and Red Dog (see below) for five English Pounds. I also picked up the classic online puzzler Chu Chu Rocket for a quid. 3 GAMES FOR £6! God Bless the Dreamcast and it's demise.















RED DOG VS RED DOG

VERSUS
Roll up, Roll up! Ladies and Gentleman, The Dreamcast Junkyard proudly presents A Big Red Dog versus Red Dog! One's an oversized canine, the other is a heavily armoured tank with guns and a rocket launcher. Unfortunatley the latter has extreme trouble when strafing, so my money is on Clifford...

Yep, Red Dog is here - and to be honest, it aint a bad little game. Apart from the abysmal Battle Tanx on the N64 and its little known sequel, there arent that many tank based shooters out there in Games Land. Red Dog was universally lambasted upon it's release, but from playing it for a few hours its hard to see why. The graphics are pretty decent and the Red Dog unit itself handles pretty well, apart from the ridiculous strafing controls where you have to hold down both triggers and press up or down on the analogue. There is also a pretty nifty Panzer Dragoon style lock on system where you can fire multiple missiles at targets. As close to Panzer Dragoon as you can get on the Dreamcast. Its a damn fine shoot 'em up by anyone's standard and only cost £2.50 from Gamestation.

SHHHHHHHHHHH!!

It occurred to me last night just how noisy the Dreamcast actually is. Not only does it make that beep when you turn it on (due to the VM's batteries being dead for about 4 years), the cacophony it releases during disc accessing is ridiculous. I'd not actually noticed it before, but I was playing MSR into the small hours and the way it reads the disc is LOUD. And the fan is louder than my PC's.
I'm almost certain that my Xbox was'nt this loud, and neither was my Gamecube. Come to think of it, I'd wager that the DC is the loudest console ever to be released. Perfect for the Disaster Area tour bus. Another feather in the cap, and here's a quickly knocked together table to show the decibel levels of an operating DC in relation to (the most noteable of) the last 10 years worth of hardware (look up). Note: The Jaguar, 3D0 and CDi aren't incuded because they were shite and don't deserve a place on even the most rudimentary of charts.

The Update


Here is my Collection as of January 21st 2006. It's not massive, but a good start and I expect many more items to find their way in by the end of the year. I'll do another update at the end of February as a comparison. Good job I got my overdraft increased and can exist soley on Beans on Toast. Or egg. Or Carlsberg.

I know of at least one other person who has a gargantuan collection of Dreamcast stuff, if you do, send me a pic and I'll post it. The Dreamcast Junkyard: Where having an addiction to defunct gaming is rejoiced!

Jet Set Radio


One of the greatest Dreamcast games of them all has finally arrived in the Yard - Jet Set Radio.

Kudos must go to the seller on eBay - it's in PERFECT condition and even has the little Dreamcast future releases brochure thing included (and it just happens to feature Half Life, that incidentally you can now get! - see post below).

The cartoony, cell-shaded style of the game is frankly brilliant and the overall visual quality easily matches that of Jet Set Radio Future on the Xbox. So far, this is definatley one of my favourite games on the DC, along with Hydro Thunder and MSR. Also, it only cost me about £2.00, which is a bit good. Now, point your eyes downward...

This is a screen from the Dreamcast version:









And here's a shot from the Xbox version. Not much difference
is there...? Well, I supose the 'spark' effects are a bit 'sparkier.' Cough.







And fuck knows what these two retards are supposed to be doing. If I was trying to sell a game as original and downright AWESOME as Jet Set Radio, would I recruit a fat munter like this to pose in a promo shot?!?! WOULD I BOLLOCKS. And she hasnt got roller blades on...

WELL LOOKY HERE!


As Snoop Dogg or Dr Dre may occasionally be heard to say: Check this shit out!! Want a bit of Half Life action on your Dreamcast? No? ARE YOU INSANE?!?! Or perhaps Propellor Arena is more your thang? Email Gary via dreamcasting@btinternet.com for further info and a full list of availible unreleased games. Damn you Sega for keeping these games from us!

Top Level Conspiracy Unearthed



And here's the proof! These pics are taken from the Gallery in F1 World Grand Prix 2. I seem to remember that in Fifa 2001 on the PS2, all the Sega emblems were removed from the Arsenal shirts so how or why did Sega manage to let advertising for a rival console creep into a Dreamcast game?!

The hunt is now on for more weird Dreamcast stuff...

F1 World Grand Prix 2


This game was recently listed on eBay for the ridiculous price of £27.99! Why?!?!? I wasnt stupid enough to pay that - I think it was about £1.20, but I paid the price again - our old friends at Royal Mail have done an even better demolition job on this box than they did on the Incoming one. Bastards.

But its here - and that's what counts. And if I said it was the best F1 game ever made I dont think I could be called a liar. I have noticed something strange in this game though.

In the showroom mode it is possible to view all the cars from various angles. If you look closely on some of them, they are adorned with sponsorship logos "PlayStation 2"! Is this the only game to feature advertising for a rival console? I'll wager it is, y'know. A picture will follow as soon as my PC decides to start noticing my camera is connected.

Incoming Postie


Another new thing!!

Well, not that new obviously - infact it came from eBay...and the box is a bit of a joke (it was described in the auction as 'damaged' but the heroes of the free world that are Royal Mail have done a sterling job of virtually vaporising the remains of the jewel case). In any case, it's here. Rage's (RIP) fabulous sci-fi shoot 'em up.

And that brings the total of games up to a Blue Peter totaliser-esque...er...total of 26! Yes! Only 100 more gems to go before the completion of the Ultimte collection (of PAL) DC games!