|Right there, under TrickStyle. The audacity...|
Anyway. The sun's still out and my garden is still dying in the unexpected summer heat. I'm not complaining, but my significant other spent quite a while planting all sorts of green, leafy stuff out in the mud and I'll be damned if I'm going to fill a jug with water and start messing about expending calories by pouring the aforementioned wet stuff onto it. In the immortal words of Ivan Drago, if he (the foliage) dies, he (the foliage) dies. Of course, I'm just joking...I'll go and throw a mug of vodka on them in a bit: there'll be Hell to pay if she gets back from her travels and the yard resembles the surface of Planet Crematoria. Gulp.
And while we're on the subject of arid, sunny locales I thought it might be fun to profile some of the Dreamcast's best beaches!
Yes, the first stage of Sonic Adventure features some lovely set pieces, from the loop-de-loops to the epic killer whale bit. However, for the purposes of this post you can forget all that guff. What we're interested in is the beach. And what a lovely beach it is too. Apart from the robotic death machines roaming around, this particular beach has everything you could want: sun loungers, palm trees, crystal-clear water and even an impressive hotel complex. Who wouldn't want to spend an afternoon here sipping cocktails and jumping on badnicks' heads?
I love Buggy Heat. Why? because it features a vehicle called Drank Schenker. Aside from that, it has a ridiculous picture-in-picture camera view that almost makes the game unplayable...and it features another great beach. Just look at it. It goes on for as far as the eye can see and there isn't an empty beer can, takeaway carton or fat, shirtless bloke in sight. Come to think of it, there's no-one in sight, but that just makes it all the better for doing do-nuts on.
Now we're talking. Who hasn't dreamt of smashing a cadillac painted like a taxi across a beach full of semi-naked sunbathers?! I know I have, and Crazy Taxi makes this a reality (sort of) by allowing you to do just that! Sadly, it's impossible to actually hit any of these savvy holiday makers...but the question remains: why is that dude stood on the beach in a tweed suit holding a bunch of flowers? Rumours that his inside pocket contains a scrap of paper with the words 'Taman Shud' scrawled on it are unconfirmed.
Alien Front Online
When the aliens finally do invade Earth (it's coming, people), the first place they're likely to hit is an unpopulated archipelago in the middle of the ocean. We know this, because Alien Front Online predicted it. Back in 2001. Shudder. This particular beach is, like Buggy Heat's example, completely void of any holiday makers...although it does feature a column of tanks and a couple of thousand soldiers battling an alien invasion force. So plenty of evening entertainment, then.
I'm certain there are more glorious beaches out there in Dreamcast land, but my Dreamcast kept resetting as I was trying to grab more images...so I stopped at four before I launched the thing through the window. Let me know your additions to this list in the comments box people!