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  • Record of Lodoss War (Sega Dreamcast)

    Record of Lodoss War: Advent of Cardice (Sega Dreamcast)

    It would be the only Lodoss video game released outside of Japan.


    Record of Lodoss War (subtitled Advent of Cardice in Japan) was released for the Sega Dreamcast in 2001 and was the only Lodoss War game released outside of Japan. It is based on the anime of the same name which in turn was based on a series of novels which were based on a traditional RPG so it came almost full circle.

    If you are looking for an RPG for your Dreamcast then this is a good one to have. It’s a pretty good game, still relatively affordable, and you won’t find any other officially released English language games based on Lodoss.

    Above is the cover of the North American release of Record of Lodoss War for the Sega Dreamcast.

  • Phantasy Star Online (Sega Dreamcast)

    Phantasy Star Online (Sega Dreamcast)


    Phantasy Star Online was released for the Sega Dreamcast in January 2001. Unlike previous entries in the series, combat was real-time vs. turn based. This was also one of the first console games designed to be played online. It was both a critical and a commercial success.

    Nearly a year later, Phantasy Star Online ver. 2 was released. It was mostly the same game but it added the ability to battle against other people, added a new difficulty level and increased the maximum level a player could reach. Version 2 was also released for Windows.

    The Dreamcast did not have a long commercial life and Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II was released in 2002 for Xbox and GameCube. A slightly enhanced version called Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II Plus was released in 2003 that fixed some bugs and added some quests for offline use that were previously online only. This was later ported to Windows as Phantasy Star Online: Blue Burst with an additional episode.

    What is sad about this and many other online games is that the servers eventually shut down and all official servers for Phantasy Star Online shut down long ago. However, all is not lost, at least in the case of Phantasy Star Online, as others have figured out how to create and run their own servers.

  • Sonic Adventure 2 (2001)

    Sonic Adventure 2 (2001)


    Sonic Adventure 2 was (obviously) the sequel to Sonic Adventure which was a launch game for the Sega Dreamcast. Both games are 3D platform games featuring Sonic and the first Sonic Adventure was the first Sonic game in the main series since Sonic & Knuckles on the Genesis.

    Development started almost immediately after the first Sonic Adventure and took approximately 18 months. Like Sonic Adventure, Sonic Adventure 2 was released first on the Dreamcast and then on the Gamecube months later. Sonic Adventure 2 was also re-released in HD as downloadable content in 2012 on the Xbox 360, PS3 and Windows.

    I was always more of a fan of the 2D games myself but if you are a Sonic fan then these are worth playing as they were some of the best 3D platform games out there during that era.