#11 Segagaga

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  • Original release year: 2001
  • Consoles: Dreamcast

Segagaga is the embodiment of everything fans loved about the classic era of Sega. It was wacky, adventurous, ambitious, bizarre and fun and it also represented an unprecedented amount of self-awareness that Sega had during the days of the Dreamcast. What other company would actually have fun with and parody their own downfall? Well, that’s exactly what this game did.

Segagaga was released in Japan towards the end of the Dreamcast’s life (available only on Sega’s online store, in Japan).  What the game proved to be was a fantastic farewell to the Dreamcast and a brilliant gift to the Sega fans that had supported the company through its history  It is unfortunate that the game was never released outside of Japan as it presents both an incredible game and a nostalgic trip through Sega’s history.  The game is text heavy and therefore it is difficult for those that do not speak Japanese to understand quite what is happening in the game.  Despite this, it is a fairly simple game and is a lot of fun regardless of whether you know the language or not.  There are translation guides and walkthroughs out there to help those that need help.

Better beat the Samba De Amigo monkey. You don't know what he's going to do with those maracas.
Better beat the Samba De Amigo monkey. You don’t know what he’s going to do with those maracas.

Segagaga is a RPG with a difference… Instead of being set in the past with an ancient fantasy theme, the game is actually set in 2025.  Segagaga’s storyline actually parodies the commercial failure of the Dreamcast and the console battles between Sega and Sony that were happening at the time.  It was great to see Sega still having a sense of humour and ability to laugh at themselves, all whilst making subtle jabs at the games industry.  You play as a child recruited by Sega in a last-ditch effort to stop the evil DOGMA (*cough* Sony *wink wink*) Company from taking over the console market.

Cameos. Awesome Sega cameos, galore.
Cameos. Awesome Sega cameos, galore.

The game plays like a typical console RPG, with an overhead view and bright detailed 2D visuals.  The player must make their way through Sega’s development studios (Dungeons) and battle various employees.  Employees can be hired in order to make games once you reach the later stage of the game.  The cut scenes are beautifully animated visuals and are a real treat to watch.  Within the game there are also numerous cameos by characters from previous Sega games that bring joy to any Sega fan lucky enough to play this game.  Some characters that make cameos for example are Sonic the Hedgehog and Alex Kidd, just to name a few.  Seeing Alex Kidd working in a games shop apparently moaning about being fired as a mascot by Sega was particularly entertaining.

If you own a Dreamcast, you owe yourself to play this game.  Do it. Do it now!

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