Well, as the title says, I got my Dreamcast today. I ordered it Saturday from a guy on Amazon for $39, but since I had $15 in credit (Thanks Swagbucks and CashCrate!), I ended up spending $24.
When I saw the USPS truck pull into my driveway, I was so happy. Until, I found out that it had insufficient postage. I had to spend an extra $5
to pay for that. I'm pretty angry about that, but I contacted the guy and waiting for him to reply.
Anyways, I opened up the package, got all the cords and such out, and here's the Dreamcast.
I got a black one (which the guy told me, and I wanted). If you can't tell, it is a bit sticky and has some dust, but that's nothing some cleaning can't get rid of. The controller was really nice, but it came with a regular memory card, not a VMU. Luckily, I had ordered one and it came today too.
After plugging it in (and moving all my cables around), I booted it up. I sure was glad when I saw that little swirly logo on my TV for the first time. After setting it up, I went to play some Crazy Taxi. I think I played that game for three hours today. I love it! So addicting. I haven't had any time yet to play Sonic Adventure yet.
So, from the tinkering with settings and playing with the console, here's my first impressions.
(of the console): This might be my favorite part. I love the black, and I love the swirly logo on the front. The little red light that shows up when it's on goes well with my red lights on my other consoles.
I also find it cool how the controller ports say A,B,C,D isntead of 1,2,3,4 lol.
The one downside, you can't really stand it up. It takes up A LOT of room next to my Wii and my PS2 (as you will see below).
: At first, I was nervous. I was thinking, "how would I manage to use this controller?" Luckily, it ended up being better than I thought. The A and B buttons had some weird stuff on them, but I'm guessing that's because of the seller. The triggers are nice and so is the start button. I also love the VMU idea. I'm gonna install some games onto there with DreamExplorer once I burn that disc.
However, the controller isn't all that great. I REALLY don't like either the analog stick or the d-pad. The hole in the middle of the d-pad just doesn't feel right to me, and the analog stick just seems like it's a cheap plastic. I hate how in Crazy Taxi, when I go straight, it goes to the left and right a lot. (That might just be the game though)
: This is very interesting. I've messed around with all of the options besides music, and they seem pretty good. The VMU stuff is helpful, and the settings sure are detailed. Not much to say on that part.
I'm not sure what else there is to say about the console from first impressions, so I'll just say that I'm so glad I went ahead and bought one of these.
So, for some reason, I just thought I'd post some pics of my "gaming setup". Just to add pics to this.
My SDTV (probably about 15-17 inches), PS2 standing up, Wii standing up, and of course, the Dreamcast. Sorry about the poor lighting, my room sucks.
I know it's not a "fancy HDTV" like most of you have, but it works for me.
My awesome chair (and guitar behind it). That chair is SO comfy when playing games.
So, once again, thanks for hanging in there. Also, thanks for feedback on my last article. I don't know why I posted two blogs in one day, I just couldn't wait to tell about my Dreamcast.