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  • Power Drift

    Power Drift
    Publisher: SEGA (Arcade, Saturn, DC, 3DS), Activision (Amiga, CPC, ST, ZX, C64, DOS, MSX), Asmik (PCE)
    Developer: SEGA AM2 (Arcade, Saturn, DC), Activision (Amiga, CPC, ST, ZX, C64, DOS), New Frontier (MSX), Copya System (PCE), M2 (3DS)
    Platform: Arcade, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, MS-DOS, MSX, PC Engine, Saturn, Dreamcast, 3DS
    Year: 1988 (Arcade), 1989 (Amiga, CPC, ST, C64, ZX, MSX, DOS), 1990 (PCE), 1998 (Saturn), 2001 (DC), 2016 (3DS)


    Power Drift was a kart racing arcade game that came out in 1988, four years before Mario Kart on the Super NES. The game made uses of 2D sprite scaling for 3D effects much as the Super Nintendo would later do. Power Drift was somewhat similar to Outrun and Super Hang-On which were out around the same time.

    Power Drift was ported to a variety of home system, mostly computers. I know that in the U.S. it was officially released for the Commodore 64 and DOS based PCs. It was also available for the Atari ST and Amiga but these may have been European only releases. It was also available on other popular computers in the U.K., the PC-Engine in Japan and much later, the Sega Saturn also only in Japan.

    The original home platforms did not have sufficient power to scale nearly the number of sprites that were used by the arcade version so they often became quite different games though some versions were good in their own right. For example, the Commodore 64 version was quite a decent game despite the limitations of that system compared to the arcade game. While the Atari ST and Amiga had prettier graphics, the frame rate was abysmal and the playability was not as good. I suspect the later Saturn version was better than arcade perfect. Versions were also planned for the Mega Drive/Sega Genesis and Mega/Sega CD but were never completed.

  • 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.