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  • Electronic Gaming Monthly – Issue Number 69 – April 1995

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    Source: Electronic Gaming Monthly – Issue Number 69 – April 1995

    I think the mid 1990s had more video game systems actively marketed at the same time than any other time in history. Electronic Gaming Monthly was covering at least the following systems: Super NES, Genesis, 32X, Sega CD, 3D0, Saturn, PlayStation, Jaguar, CDi, Neo Geo, Game Boy and Game Gear.

    The April 1995 issue of EGM includes the following:

    Cover Story

    • Mortal Kombat III and Street Fighter Legends

    Departments

    Fact-Files

    • Super NES – Spider-Man, Warlock, Syndicate, Oscar, Whizz and more!
    • Genesis – Stargate, No Escape, Spider-Man, Knuckles Chaotix and more!
    • 32X – Brutal: Unleashed
    • Sega CD – Rapid Deployment Force
    • Game Boy
    • Game Gear – Stargate

    Features

    • Begin the Mortal Kombat III Kountdown Inside This Issue of EGM
    • Capcom is Bringing Back a Winner – Street Fighter Legends is Coming Soon
    • While in Tokyo, EGM Gets An Exclusive Preview On Hot, New Arcade Games

    …and more!





  • Skies of Arcadia (Sega Dreamcast)

    Skies of Arcadia (Sega Dreamcast)

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    Skies of Arcadia is a role-playing game published by Sega for the Dreamcast in 2000. It is a Japanese style RPG similar to the Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy series. It is an excellent game and was loved by critics. However, excellent reviews apparently didn’t translate into the kind of sales that Sega was expecting. This was probably more a reflection on the declining sales of the Dreamcast in general after the introduction of the PS2 than on the game itself.

    The game has a fairly unique premise that involves exploration via flying from floating island to floating island in an airship. At times, battles with other airships are also involved. After reaching an island, there are various above and below ground locations to explore.

    This game, being a Sega release, was originally an exclusive for the Dreamcast. However, after support for the Dreamcast was dropped, a slightly enhanced port was released for the GameCube. Versions were also initially planned for the PS2 and Windows but were never completed. No further sequels or remakes have since materialized. Today, if you want to play this game, the Dreamcast or the GameCube are the only way to do it. The GameCube version generally has slightly improved graphics and frame rates but you lose out on a few minor features like a mini game and messaging on the Dreamcast’s VMU. The Dreamcast version is generally rated higher but only because expectations for improved graphics had risen so much in the two years since the original release, largely thanks to the PS2. Both versions are essentially the same game and both are excellent.





  • Ecco The Dolphin: Defender of the Future (Sega Dreamcast)

    Magazine advert for Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future on the SEGA Dreamcast.

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    Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future was actually the fourth game in the Ecco the Dolphin series though it was more a remake than a sequel. It was developed by Sega and released for the Dreamcast in 2000. The main advancement in regards to this game was the move from 2D to 3D. Previous games in the Ecco series were released for the Sega Genesis and Sega CD.

    The game encompasses a large span of time and is set in the distant future. Dolphins are as intelligent as humans and are at different point allies or enemies of human. As Ecco, the player is always attempting to unite them and save the earth from various threats, the biggest of which is an alien invasion.

    This is a pretty unique game as are all of the games in the Ecco series. It also received very good reviews. As a first party Sega title it was initially released only on the Dreamcast but as Sega eventually dropped support for the Dreamcast, it was later also released on the PS2 (in 2002). A sequel was planned for the Dreamcast but was never completed because of the Dreamcast’s early demise. However, a partially completed copy has made its way into the wild.

    Above is a magazine ad for the original Dreamcast release.