Dreamcast was an inseparable element of childhood and young adulthood for a lot of people today.
Sega’s final console often described as one of the greatest consoles ever made, brought hours of fun and joy to players around the world. Today we’ll jump into a time machine to remember some of the best Dreamcast survival horror games from the late 1990s and early 2000s.
At first glance Carrier looks like a Resident Evil clone. While the inspiration can be clearly seen, there are also some unique features that made the game worth playing.
Carrier is a survival horror game where players have to explore claustrophobic locations filled with dreadful enemies. The game builds a tense atmosphere by adding overwhelming enemy forces combined with scarce ammo – you’re not defenseless, but using firearms to dispose of the infected foes is not always the best choice.
The Ring: Terror's Realm
Even though The Ring: Terror’s Realm met with a mixed response from the community, it’s still one of the Dreamcast survival horror games that you should know.
The Ring: Terror’s Realm is a survival horror that focuses on the events that take place at the Centers for Disease Control. After the mysterious death of several workers at the facility, you come to the place in order to carry out an investigation and hopefully get to the bottom of the case.
There aren’t many leads for you to follow – the most promising one is a program called “RING” that was found on the victims’ computers. Based on the same source that inspired the creators of the Ring film, the game occasionally manages to strike players with quite a fright, making it a solid Dreamcast horror to playback in the day.
Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare
Classic survival horrors are often compared to Resident Evil, but some people seem to not realize that RE also drew inspiration from other games. More specifically, the Alone in the Dark series.
Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare, or Alone in the Dark 4, takes players for a real survival horror ride, where creatures from the depths of the world begin to pose a threat to the living.
The game makes great use of light, which plays a huge role in gameplay – the development team made an effort to write their own graphics engine that made the interaction between the flashlight and the environment look more realistic. This Lovecraftian horror was also released on PC and is now available on the Steam platform, so you can try the game for yourself even without the need for setting up a Dreamcast emulator.
Evil Dead: Hail to the King
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Speaking of games based on other popular works, one can’t forget about a Dreamcast survival horror that’s directly connected to the Evil Dead film series.
Evil Dead: Hail to the King takes place several years after the Army of Darkness horror film from 1992 and focuses on the character of Ashley Williams as he tries to find the source of his recent nightmares.
His journey makes him confront evil awoken from eternal slumber, now ready to take over the world. The game focuses mostly on exploration and solving simple puzzles, but more fast-paced action sequences are also present to make players sweat occasionally.
Nightmare Creatures II
If running away from a threat doesn’t match your style, Nightmare Creatures II may be just down your alley.
Nightmare Creatures II is a survival horror game where you’ll finally have the opportunity to fight back the enemies.
Don’t get too cocky, though – combat is quite challenging as you can only use your trusty axe, which means you’ve got to get close to your opponents and that makes your character more susceptible to damage, too. Keep your eyes open and pay attention to the surroundings to avoid nasty surprises and stabs in the back – twisted nightmare creatures can appear anywhere.
The House of the Dead 2
Although considered a horror game, it’s not necessarily a scary one. Prepare for a lot of fast-paced action focused on eliminating hordes of evil creatures.
The House of the Dead 2 is a game from the genre of rail shooters, which were immensely popular in arcades in the 1990s. The rules are simple – you’re equipped with a basic gun with infinite ammo and your job is to simply aim and shoot at the enemies that appear on the screen.
After all the opponents are dealt with, the scene changes and new enemies enter the fray. It’s a game of reflexes and serves not only as a fun source of entertainment, but may also improve your eye-hand coordination and perception skills if played on a regular basis.
Illbleed provides players with a one-of-a-kind horror experience where you’ll have to make use of your protagonist’s senses to discover nearby threats.
Illbleed is a quite unique survival horror game. It features tons of jump scares but most of them can be avoided once you learn how to play the game properly – which, by the way, is not an easy task, as the game refuses to hold your hand, so you have to figure how everything works more or less on your own. Illbleed’s gameplay centers around the protagonist’s senses – you’ll have to monitor your sight, hearing, and smell to avoid dangers, and keep your pulse low to prevent a heart attack.
Resident Evil – Code: Veronica
A list of the best horror games wouldn’t be complete without any entry from the Resident Evil franchise, so here’s one.
Resident Evil – Code: Veronica is the fourth main installment in the RE series and allows players to once again experience an intriguing plot that involves the schemes of a shady company known as Umbrella Corporation.
Scary mutants and weird monsters will claim your life if you’re not careful, so explore the surroundings with caution. Collect useful items scattered across levels to make your adventure easier and keep your gun loaded, for lethal threats may be lurking around any corner.
Blue Stinger is not exactly a survival horror game, but it’s close enough that we decided to make an exception and add it to the list.
Blue Stinger is mainly an action-adventure game that takes place in a 3D environment. The gameplay revolves around exploring various locations, solving puzzles, and making use of found and purchased items to safely get through increasingly difficult levels. There are some humorous elements that loosen the atmosphere, so don’t expect too much of a fright in this one, but beware – just because there’s no scary atmosphere doesn’t mean there are no dangers.
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis
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To end the list with a bang, let’s add one more Resident Evil game that’s worth being mentioned.
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is a survival horror title that features a powerful mutant that will hunt you throughout the game. The original RE games are known for their fixed camera angles and the so-called “tank controls” – it’s all the same for Nemesis.
While people could argue that it just makes the gameplay annoying for no apparent reason, it also adds a little bit to the horror part – aiming under pressure is much harder than you think, so you’ll be able to literally experience a desperate fight for your own survival at times.
Horror games were always quite popular, so it’s not surprising that a lot of the titles from this genre made their way to the Dreamcast console, including games that were considered Dreamcast exclusives. Numerous Dreamcast horror games met with mixed reviews, but there are some examples of games that are worth giving a shot anyway.