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发信人: ayanami (尖骨头~甲亢中), 信区: Game
标  题: [转载] Deathmatch: Dreamcast vs PS2
发信站: The unknown SPACE (Wed Nov  1 11:18:28 2000), WWW转贴

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发信人: ayanami (尖骨头~甲亢中), 信区: ITnews
标  题: Deathmatch: Dreamcast vs PS2
发信站: The unknown SPACE (Wed Nov  1 11:09:04 2000) WWW-POST

The PlayStation 2 has finally launched, and with a whopping
27 launch titles in its software stable, one would expect
that there's a lot to see and do on Sony's sleek new system.
Unfortunately, we've got some bad news for all you suckers
who just dropped $300 bones on a new unit, because Sega's
Dreamcast is still sitting on top of the gaming world when
it comes to quality software.
Not that we're biased or anything, but we just thought all
you gamers out there would like to know exactly why we have
decided to make this proclamation, so we've put together a
game by game comparison between the PlayStation 2 launch
line-up and this Holiday's Dreamcast line-up. Though many
are, it's not so much about games in the exact same
category, but more about similar games you should be playing
instead, and why. Keep that in mind, take a look, check out
the articles, and ask yourself: what would you rather be

You may say "But these are 1st generation PS2 titles, and
Dreamcast is on what, its 3rd?" But the fact is, it's not
about what games were made when, it's about which games are
the best today, and thus, worth your hard-earned money.
Anwyays, let's get down to it:

SSX vs. Jet Grind Radio - A tough call here against the
PS2's lead title this Fall, but hear me out: Both games have
great gameplay, awesome level design, and an amazing
soundtrack, but where Jet Grind smokes every other title
this holiday is in an area that SSX simply cannot match:
originality. While EA's snowboarder refines a genre we've
all seen before, Smilebit has redefined action gaming with a
game that is so distinct, it hurts. Both games are solid,
but if you had to choose, wouldn't you rather be playing a
game you've never come close to experiencing before?

Madden NFL 2001 vs. NF2K1 - What we've got here is two
quality football titles that certainly put up one helluva
fight on the field. But, in the end, Madden's polished
visuals and options can't handle the superior passing game,
playbooks, line play, receiving game, and overall AI of
NFL2K1. Gameplay is what really counts, and in the end,
Visual Concepts takes advantage of Red Zone opportunities
and Madden just can't seem to rally. Once these aspects give
2K1 the lead, a little nail to the EA Sports coffin we like
to call "online play" comes and spikes the ball right in
Johnny Boy's endzone. It's all over but the post game
interviews folks.

Tekken Tag Tournament vs. Soul Calibur - Sure, it looks
better, but it still plays the same. Love it or hate it,
Tekken isn't out to offer you anything new outside a
facelift since the last time you played it, whereas Soul
Calibur still stands tall an intricate, beautifully animated
masterpiece that no fighter has yet to challenge. Add to
this the fact that SC is now checking in at $19.99, and you
have to ask yourself why you'd pay $50 for a game you've
already worn out on the PlayStation instead of going for the
cheaper, more impressive Namco effort? Seems kinda silly,
don't it?

DOA 2: Hardcore vs. Dead or Alive 2 - Alright, so "the boobs
bounce a little bit more," and if revealing outfits are your
thing, the PS2 version of Dead or Alive will tickle your
fancy a bit better than the Dreamcast version, but on the
whole, these games come up fairly even in the gameplay
department. While we won't claim a victory for Team Sega
here, we will say that we love our smooth characters here on
the Dreamcast, and that you won't be missing much by picking
up our version of the sexiest fighter in town.

Midnight Club: Street Racing vs. Metropolis Street Racer -
Angel Studios' Midnight Club comes out swinging with a
hot-looking, fast-paced racer, but Bizarre has managed to
strike a blow for both Sega and an increasingly uninspired
racing genre by changing the way gamers look at street
racing titles. Sure, Midnight Club can burn rubber, but can
it compete with a driving RPG featuring real cars,
pain-stakingly recreated real-life environments, and a cool
experience points system that keeps the challenge pushed to
the floor from the second you hop in the car? We think not.
Viva la MSR!

Time Splitters vs. Half-Life - Let's see, the best first
person shooter on the PS2 takes on....the best FPS title
ever made, which also happens to be one of the most
impressive feats of game design of the last decade. Not to
take anything away from Free Radical, but Half-Life is
certain to usher in a new era of console action gaming,
whereas Time Splitters simply seeks to revisit the past with
renewed graphic splendor. I'm afraid style loses out over
substance here.

Unreal Tournament vs. Quake III Arena - Here's a great idea!
Bring over a high quality deathmatch-centric first person
shooter, and take out the one element that makes it
worthwhile. The kids will love it! But seriously folks. We
can't wait for a real version of UT hits next year on Sega's
console, but with comparable visual effects, awesome
gameplay, and great new maps chosen specifically for the
Dreamcast aside, Quake III Arena one-ups Epic's PS2
powerhouse, delivering the most authentic Deathmatch
experience to console freaks by taking them online. Let the
games begin!

Gun Griffon Blaze vs. Starlancer - GameArts delivers an
above average experience in GGB, but according to IGNPS2,
the game will be over long before you're ready. Enter
Crave's port of Starlancer, the definitive 3D space shooter,
which not only offers an engrossing single player game with
multiple endings and game paths depending on performance,
but multi-player for up to six pilots in both team and
free-for-all matches for longevity that's impossible to

Summoner vs. Skies of Arcadia - An admittedly rough American
RPG, THQ's Summoner is being billed by critics as a game
that is unfortunately "as good as it gets on PS2." Why
settle for a less-than-stellar effort when you could be
playing the latest epic RPG from the mind that brought us
the legendary Phantasy Star series? Skies if Arcadia will
mark the return of the epic Sega RPGs to the console world,
and should not be missed.

Kessen vs. Age of Empires II - Perhaps the only chink in the
Dreamcast's rock solid armor is its noticeable lack of
strategy offerings, and Kessen is certainly set to make EA
look good if Konami reneges on their promise of a Dreamcast
version of AoEII. But if the big K comes through, you're
looking at one of the best RTS titles ever made coming to
console complete with online play. Can you say here comes
the cavalry?

Ridge Racer V vs. Test Drive V-Rally - OK, here's the deal.
Both of these titles are solid, but the word on RR5 is that,
despite its good looks, it isn't quite as solid as Namco's
past efforts in the series in terms of gameplay, and there's
still that whole track thing, which even IGNPS2 admits is a
step down from the PlayStation's R4. Enter Test Drive
V-Rally , an arcade style racer with slicks and cool cars
while featuring 80 tracks and the ability to create a
limitless number of randomly generated and homemade tracks
via its own in-game editor. Replay value makes me happy!

Armored Core 2 vs. Virtual On Oratorio Tangram - (Brandon
is...um, "incapacitated" for the next five minutes, so I'll
just give my five cents) There's no doubt that the visuals
of Armored Core 2 are as good and perhaps even better than
the Dreamcast robot brawler, Virtual On Oratorio Tangram.
Oh, and all those additional weapons and parts you can use
on your robots in AC2 are pretty keen. But look beyond the
visual splendor and you've got the same game that came out
on the PlayStation three years ago. And you'd think they
would give AC2 analog control, but noooooo. VOOT has oodles
more of gameplay, unique robots each with over 80 different
attacks, and blazes at 60 fps. Even though VOOT is a bit
old, they say classics never die and... oops, gotta run
(damn, Brandon woke up quick).

ESPN Winter X Games Snowboarding vs. Tony Hawk 2 - You want
"extreme" sports at their finest, well, I'm afraid we don't
have to tell you why Tony Hawk's second Dreamcast outing
beats the snot out of any title we'd put it up against. XGS
just happened to be the unfortunate bastard that got in the
way of Treyarch's second 50 billion point combo. Survival of
the fittest is always a harsh reality for lesser games to
face, and we're sorry you had to see it, but when nature
attacks, the victim is always the last to know.

Smuggler's Run vs. Crazy Taxi - You know, Rockstar is trying
hard, and they're almost making up for the fact that they
shafted us Dreamcast owners something fierce with titles
like Smuggler's Run, but once again, Sega hits this game's
weak point where it hurts: longevity. According to our pals
at IGNPS2, SR's biggest problem is that it gets old fast.
Well, not only does Crazy Taxi benefit from arcade design
that facilitates a quick jump in and out of the action, but
at its new price point of $19.99, it also won't hurt your
wallet quite as much if you lose interest down the road.

Dynasty Warriors 2 vs. Cannon Spike - Let's see, a middle of
the pack title on the PS2 comes head to head with the game
that has earned multiple magazine covers for its intense,
character –driven gameplay and non-stop action. Hmmmm.
Let's face it, Capcom can make a mean action shooter when
they put their mind to it, and with the option of
controlling countless Capcom legends together in a symphony
of destruction, one would be hard-pressed to opt for a game
of nondescript characters with action that IGNPS2 labels as
equally uninspired after a short amount of PT.

Wild Wild Racing vs. 4x4 Evolution - I know I'm starting to
sound like a broken record, but once again, my fellow
gamers, you're faced with a choice. Two cool-looking,
off-road racers with short-cut laden track design and oodles
of replay value, but one features a full-fledged career mode
where you can trick out everything on your ride, right down
to the mud-flaps, as well as the first ever PC vs. Mac vs.
Dreamcast online play. For the answer as to which title is
pushing the envelope, look for the console with the modem.
4x4 is kickin' up dust, baby!

NHL 2001 vs. NHL2K - The similarities are almost eerie,
folks. Two pretty, rushed hockey games that both could have
benefited from a few more months in development. EA Sports
may have packed in the options, but they also apparently
forgot to pack in some frames, as this game has more trouble
running smoothly than a car with leaves in the gas tank. I'm
not one to gossip, but I find it a bit embarrassing that a
game on such a "superior" piece of hardware can't outperform
a year old title, don't you? But hey, play whatever floats
your boat...

Moto GP vs. Test Drive LeMans - Ah, two arcade games stuck
in a sim body, fighting for supremacy. Both incredibly
beautiful with solid frame rates and deep draw-distances,
but as an arcade port, Moto GP loses a bit of punch when it
comes head to head with Test Drive LeMans, which offers 10
tracks and the signature 24 hour racing bonanza, a tough
pill to swallow for a game that IGNPS2 says suffers from a
definite lack of replay value.

Swing Away vs. Virtua Tennis - Alright, so we don't have a
good golf game, but guess what, they don't have a tennis
game, either. Swing Away is a fairly cool spin on the house
that Hot Shots built, but Sega's attempt at photorealistic
arcade-style tennis is a bit too much for this glorified
game of putt-putt, as Swing Away is admittedly not a leader
in its genre, whereas Virtua Tennis is generally considered
the best in its class. That and hey, it has a bowling
mini-game! Erm, it worked for Tekken Tag...

Evergrace vs. Grandia II - You know, I almost feel guilty
for going here, but hey, these are the RPGs Sony is trying
to pass off on you, so they can grin and bear it. According
to IGNPS2, "no one's going to mistake [Evergrace] for
Zelda," but from what we've seen, plenty of people may start
wondering why Square-worship is such a prevalent trend in
gaming culture after getting their hands on Grandia II. Do
you want to play a game that doesn't even pretend to be a
competitor, or Grandia II, the game that even the Official
PlayStation Magazine publicly begged for in their latest
issue? Tough call, I know.

X-Squad vs. Heavy Metal F.A.K.K. 2 - I am almost starting to
feel sorry for those of you who still aren't convinced. Now,
for you action gaming needs, you'll have the tough task of
choosing between a game that is "really nothing more than a
rental" according to IGNPS2, or the Dreamcast version of
Heavy Metal, a visually stunning title whose one major
drawback is its hardware compatibility issues, which the DC
should more than resolve. Again, the choice is up to you: a
so-so game that doesn't really break new ground, or Heavy
Metal, which IGNPC states is the game that "ends up being
what Tomb Raider should have been all along." We all know
those action fans like to be bored by uninspired gameplay...

Fantavision vs. The Next Tetris: Online Edition - Much like
a boxer is ill-advised to get in Mike Tyson's way when he's
hungry, a puzzle game is not acting in its best interest
when it tries to mess with Tetris. While small children and
feral animals enjoy staring at pretty lights for hours on
end, a real puzzle fan knows the genre is not about tuning
out to the pretty display, but tuning in to the on-screen
action. Throw in the fact that TNT offers online support, so
that you can bury puzzler addicts across the country under a
heap of garbage blocks, you're looking at yet another
console revolution from our friends at Sega.

Eternal Ring vs. Shenmue - OK, so this one is damned near
criminal, but is it our fault that after all our previous
RPG comparisons, the game that almost every major game maker
is now trying to stylistically rape is going up against yet
another King's Field clone? We think not. Will it be your
fault if you buy a game that causes even IGNPS2 to tell you
to find solace in the RPG goodness of the Dreamcast instead
of Yu Suzuki's masterpiece? The Magic 8-ball says, "it is
decidedly so."

Silent Scope vs. Silent Scope - You know, I'd go off on this
game, too, but to be honest, the two versions of this
ill-advised arcade port are equally painful without the
light gun. Playing without the gun is like Unreal Tournament
without online play. A Dreamcast user without fear of other
platforms. A next generation console without four controller
ports. You know, completely illogical. To that end, we will
save you from the sins of both versions by saying that you'd
be better served looking elsewhere, because these
nearly-identical ports of the arcade classic are equally
insulting to a gun gamer's intelligence.

Ready 2 Rumble: Round 2 vs. Ready 2 Rumble: Round 2 - Oh my,
as we near the end of the list, I feel an evil power coming
over me....I must...concede....PlayStation 2 R2R:R2 is bit
more attractive than the DC version, but unless blurry
recoveries and a few more people in the crowd are enough to
woo you away from the Dreamcast on a game IGNPS2 gave a
whopping 6.2, again, you're not exactly missing the boat on
this boxing extravaganza. Our gloves ain't as purdy, but we
can still step in the ring with our heads held high.

Street Fighter EX 3 vs. Capcom vs. SNK - Ah, now this is
more consistent with our earlier findings. Two fighters,
both by our friends at Capcom, however, one is a game that
is regarded as one of the biggest let-downs of the PS2
launch, and the other is one of the most anticipated
match-ups in console fighting game history. So ask yourself,
fighting fans: do you long to be disappointed, or fulfilled?
The choice is yours.

Orphen vs. Umm...Anything, Really - Although we love
Activision's contributions to the Dreamcast this Fall, we
have to admit we feel a bit sorry for them when it comes to
the critical beat-down that they're receiving for their
localization of Orphen, a game that made the Reverend Doctor
break down into tears. I won't bother slumming here, but
let's just say unless it has Quarterback Club or the
initials TR in the title, just about any Dreamcast game
you'll pick up will offer more value than this one.


So there you have it. Yeah, it was harsh, and yeah, the
PlayStation 2 line-up is so sparse we can't even sing the
praises of Samba De Amigo, the upcoming Daytona USA Online
or the long-awaited return of the Phantasy Star series, but
we did what we could. The truth is, it's not so much that we
hate the majority of these PS2 titles, it's just that only a
complete idiot would try to tell you that when you compare
all of the available games this Christmas, your best
interests as a gamer would be served by picking up a
PlayStation 2. Well, a complete idiot or a Sony Marketing
exec. The bottom line is, before we reach the official start
of the holiday season, the Dreamcast will offer you so many
more AAA titles that it boggles the mind why anyone would
skip out on this opportunity to be entertained.

Sure, folks, we're absolutely giddy for Sony that Metal Gear
Solid 2 is coming next year. But guess what? It's hitting
Xbox, too, and Microsoft's pony offers much more horsepower.
Why not save yourself a good $300 while you wait? We love
the fact that PS2 is backward compatible, but chances are,
if you have a ton of games you plan to use this feature
with, you probably already have a PlayStation. Like you need
two. And all this hoopla about the DVD capabilities. That's
great, go buy a stand-alone DVD player. It will cost less
and offer better image quality -- and a remote.

If you actually want to play good games, I think the choice
is pretty clear here. Dreamcast has the games, and if that's
what you're buying your console for, Sega most certainly has
your back. 'Nuff Said.

--- Biased Editor from ign.com

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