The Rebelscum 2001 Holiday Guide to Star Wars Console Gaming

Console: Sega Dreamcast


Down but not yet out. While the Dreamcast’s days may be indeed numbered, the console still sports an impressive library of games. The Dreamcast has been around since September of 1999 and while a host of unique and innovative titles made it popular among the hardcore gamers, it never really found mainstream acceptance. Unable to earn its keep, Sega ceased production on the console earlier this year and shifted their focus to strictly making games.

At the heart of the Dreamcast is a 200MHz processor – a little weak under the standards being set by the newer console systems, but fairly powerful back when first released. It has also had two years to build a library of games, which can now be found at very affordable prices. The system itself is available for around $80.00, and game prices are lower than average across the board, making it the ideal gaming machine for shoppers on a budget.

Official Site: www.dreamcast.com
Launch Date:
Currently available
Cost: $79.99 - click here to buy

Star Wars Games:


Star Wars Demolition
Arguably the height of Star Wars gaming on the Dreamcast, Star Wars Demolition is based on the popular vehicular combat game Vigilante 8. Players pilot one of ten vehicles, each with its own unique characteristics and abilities, from the Star Wars series, engaging in arena-type combat across a variety of popular locations (Death Star, Hoth, Tatooine, etc). While frame-rates and play control are a bit choppy, it was fairly well received, particularly among fans that always wondered what it would be like to see a snowspeeder on the Death Star… Despite an adequate single-player mode, this game really shines as a multi-player experience.

For additional details on Star Wars Demolition, visit the official LucasArts website right here.

Launch Date: Currently available
Cost: $24.98 - click here to buy


Star Wars: Episode I Jedi Power Battles

Star Wars: Episode I Jedi Power Battles on the original PlayStation was, by most accounts, a very disappointing effort. Only die-hard fans were able to overlook the dark, muddy graphics, terrible play control, and frustrating camera angles. This Final Fight-clone was reworked for the Dreamcast release, and while it still leaves much to be desired, improvements to the camera, graphics, and control are enough to make the Dreamcast version a worthwhile diversion for interested in a fighting game with a Star Wars flavor.

For additional details on Star Wars: Episode I Jedi Power Battles, visit the official LucasArts website right here.

Launch Date: Currently available
Cost: $39.99 - click here to buy


Star Wars: Episode I Racer
Star Wars: Episode I Racer is an almost direct port of the Nintendo 64 version of the game – dishing out almost the exact same graphics and gameplay. It made for a pretty darn good N64 game, but a disappointing Dreamcast game, since the console’s added power should have been used at the very least to deliver a graphical upgrade. The only major difference to be found is the in-game John Williams soundtrack, which can now be heard on all laps, not just the last. Regardless, race fans who skipped the N64 version won’t be disappointed in this fast-paced, enjoyable title.

For additional details on Star Wars: Episode I Racer, visit the official LucasArts website right here.

Launch Date: Currently available
Cost: $19.99 - click here to buy

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