Dreamcast Survivors - Online


For Dreamcast fans who Sega left behind

Quake III Arena

RATED: M

CONNECTION TYPE: BBA & Dial-up modem

    This intense FPS game allows you to play online with others and test your skills. This game allows up to 4 players to battle it out online. There are still many servers that still support the Dreamcast game system running today (yes, 2008 still rocks for the DC). There are still yearly tournaments hosted for the Dreamcast online. This is the first successful online FPS game that was ported from the PC to a game console. The only game to eclipse this feat is Unreal Tournament.

    To go online, you have to find a server IP address prior to connecting to the internet by using the following links (below) or if your PC has GameSpy loaded, it too will find servers with the "dc" maps:

http://dreamcast-talk.com (this will show active servers)

http://www.gameaholic.com/servers/quake3/ (these are active servers from Spain)

http://www.game-monitor.com/ (use the pulldowns and search for "dc_map" in the map search)


 

Phantasy Star Online

RATED: T

CONNECTION TYPE: BBA & Dial-up modem

    This role playing game, with a little relation of a first person shooter, allows you to create your own character and explore different areas on the planet of Ragol.  There are three different classes of characters: Rangers, Hunters, and Forces.  Each character has its own advantage to leveling up in the game. For example, if you are a hunter you might have better attack power, if you are a force, you might have a better defense.  

    Phantasy Star's offline mode, offers a conspiracy theory. When you first start off in the game, you meet the principal, scientists, and the principals secretary of Pioneer 1. Then behind you would be a green transporter you would warp threw to Pioneer 2. There, is where your missions take place. You may also take on quests in the Guild, which also helps you to figuring out more peices of the puzzle as to what really could have happened to the departure of the pleasure boat. 

    The pleasure boat was given the name: The Gran Squall. It was suppose to depart and join Pioneer 1 and 2 together. However, after the departure, there just happened to be a huge explosion.  As a result, Pioneer 1 had lost contatc with Pioneer 2. Then you are given the job of resolving the conspiracy, it is up to you to find information, and put it together and solve the mystery! As you are running around on the different areas of planet Ragol, you will find messages on the ground that will light up yellow, these messages are put in almost every part of the areas, this is where you are to find most of your information. These messages are left behind by none other than, Red Ringed Rico, who happens to be the principal daughters. She is a big part of the story board. 

    To go online, you can go to Dreamcast-Talk, Schthack or the PSO Palace home page and go to the forums. There is no charge to register although both will accept donations. For dreamcast-talk's server, you need nothing more than to download and burn the ISO, then boot up with your DC. It will automatically take you straight to the server without any configuration upon selecting "ONLIME MODE".

http://www.schtserv.com

http://dreamcast-talk.com

http://psopalace.sylverant.net/

Please note that the admins here at DC Survivors do donate for their efforts for allowing us to register and play on their server.

Note: Dreamcast PSOv2 NTSC/U, PSOv1 NTSC/J & PSOv2 NTSC/J  versions no longer work online. If you are having trouble connecting online with PSO for your Dreamcast, you need PSOv1 NTSC/U or any PAL version before visiting our Connecting with PSO page.

OFFICIALLY DEAD ONLINE:

1. PSOv1 NTSC/J

2. PSOv2 NTSC/J

3. PSOv2 NTSC/U

 

ACTIVE ONLINE:

1. PSOv1 NTSC/U

2. PSOv1 PAL/E

3. PSOv2 PAL/E

4. PSOv2 Dreamcast-Talk

 


StarLancer

RATED: T

CONNECTION TYPE: Dial-up modem

    Starlancer is a flight simulation game that feels like a motion picture space battle epic (ala Star Wars). Countries from around the world form an alliance known as the 45th Volunteers Squadron to defend the Earth and solar system. The phrase "defend" is the key in this game as you find yourself always in defense mode. Despite the fact that you are on the defensive, sound mix is bad and the storyline is weak, it does not take away the fact that this game has great graphics as well as great game play from the DC controller. 

     When playing online, it differs greatly from the offline game play. Some differences include  power-ups and a confined arena. One difference between PC and DC is the DC version does not have a cooperative missions mode. 

     GameSpy still hosts the server. Please note that the PC-DC server connection method is not recommended due to latency issues, but the Netopia and true dial-up are recommended.

 

4x4 Evolution

RATED: E

CONNECTION TYPE: Dial-up modem

     4x4 Evolution is a racing game with pick-up trucks and SUV's instead of race cars. All vehicles are based on actual trucks by Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, Nissan, Toyota and more are included.

    Up to 4 players can compete online. There is also a "career" mode where you can buy a "low-end" truck and try to earn money.

     GameSpy still hosts the server and Dreamcast-Talk has their own connection. A DNS entry will be required to connect to the Dreamcast-Talk server. Go to Dreamcast-Talk for more information.
 

 
Maximum Pool
RATED: E

CONNECTION TYPE: Dial-up modem

     Maximum Pool contains 12 game modes including eight ball, nine ball, rotation, cutthroat, pocket and carom billiards, and snooker (as well as a unique game of Pocket Poker). Be sure that it's the  online mode that makes this game a hit. The game graphics, limited music jukebox and repetitious comments from the game. There is virtually no lag online as you face pool hustlers who will take the shirt off your back. You can also face PC players online just like in Quake 3 and PSO.

     You will need to download the Maximum Pool VMU save to get online if you are just starting out. Thanks goes out to Blue Swirl and Dreamcast-Talk for making the save available.

http://bswirl.kitsunet.org/vmu/save/public/liste.php?lg=en&menu=on&path=M%2Fmaximum%2520pool%2520online

http://dreamcast-talk.com/Max Pool


Sega Swirl
  RATED: E

CONNECTION TYPE: Dial-up modem

     Sega Swirl is a puzzle game that was included in various demo discs released for the Dreamcast through the Official Dreamcast Magazine (UK) and Official Dreamcast Magazine (US) magazines.

    The game presented swirls of different colors stacked upon each other. The player would try to match up as many of the same colored swirls onscreen as possible, then, when satisfied with a combo, they would press the color, making them disappear. The more swirls one can gather together, the more points earned, as well as a reward of seeing the swirls disappear in different ways. The most rewarding way to see the swirls disappear is when they all go into the air and burst with firework-like sounds and cheers. If a swirl of a certain color is alone within a stack of other colored swirls, the player actually loses points.

    The Dreamcast version featured a snake in the bottom right corner of the screen, who would act pleased when the player did well and shook his head when they did poorly. If the player did nothing for an extended length of time, the snake would stare at them and then gesture to the left, towards the play field.

Online game play is more of a file exchange via email with a POP3 account than an actual online game.

 

Unreal Tournament
  RATED: M

CONNECTION TYPE: Under Construction

    This game is still being worked on by others to get online. This game was both BBA and Dial-up modem friendly and allowed up to eight players in a server! GameSpy was the original host/server administrator who ran the Dreamcast UT servers. They mercilessly pulled the plug on Dreamcast users without a second thought of the community and refused to aid anyone trying to get their own server (not the way to treat the game of the year). Despite the fact that they really do not care about anyone on the planet but their selves, there are people who are still trying to get it to work. One of the nice things about Unreal Tournament is that you have your standard First Person Shooter weapons and it is easy to control your movements in the game. When in game mode, you may even give your bots orders.

    Recent attempts in which we partially participated in has proven futile. The most successful progress anyone has ever done is to make a server that the Dreamcast can see once online (most recently, TeamXlink). When the Dreamcast selects the server to connect to, the communications between the server and the DC fails at that point with a "Denied Connection" message. It is believed that the public Unreal Tournament releases are not compatible with the Dreamcast release.

    We hope that someone's efforts to get this game online will happen but we are doubtful.


Planet Ring     

RATED: Not Rated

CONNECTION TYPE: Under Construction

    This game is still being worked on by others affiliated with Dreamcast-Talk to get online as of 2013.

    A Sega Dreamcast game released in 2000 in the United Kingdom (UK) only. The disc was distributed for free through the "Official Dreamcast Magazine" and was one of the few games released in PAL regions to support the Dreamcast Microphone as well as the Dreamcast Keyboard.

    It was one of the first video games to require the user to be connected to the internet at all times, as it contains four online mini-games to help promote the Dreamcast's internet features. Up to 32 players could compete in online events, though it is largely unplayable now due to the online servers being shut down.

    Recent efforts have shown success in the ability to connect and travel through the game via a home-brew server. At this stage, the server and console's stability of functional connectivity are being further tested at this point.

    We hope that someone's efforts to get this game online will come true before it's too late.

    Video of the beta test of the server can be found here:

http://dreamcast-talk.com/Planet_Ring