In light of the 20-year anniversary of the system's debut, here's a top list for ya!
The Dreamcast was meant to be Sega's big comeback, and in a way, it was; unlike the Saturn, it initially met with strong sales (with preorders tripling those of the Playstation), it boasted innovative features like "Visual Memory Units" that had mini-display screens, allowing the user to play minigames and transfer save data without the aid of a console, as well as being the first home console (in the west, at least) to officially support online play. That, plus quite a few high-quality ports of fan favorite franchises and strong support from Capcom, made it a hit among the Sega faithful. However, it didn't last long; Sony announced the technologically-superior Playstation 2 a full year before it was ready to launch and the Dreamcast's sales quickly fell off, and after a long period of the company hemorrhaging money, Sega announced the end of the Dreamcast's life less than two years after its launch. Still, the Dreamcast had quite a few high-quality games in that short time period, and it remains a fan favorite even today, continuing to get homebrew releases and unlicensed third party support for its online component. So let's look at my fifteen favorites on the system!
15. Jet Set Radio (Smilebit, 2000)
Jet Set Radio is an odd beast, combining some elements of Tony Hawk into a game about evading the police and tagging marked spots with graffiti by inputting sequences of buttons. However, it was the first game to utilize cel-shaded graphics, which lent it a very stylish charm, and its upbeat funk/rap soundtrack made it a game that perfectly immersed you in a dystopian Tokyo-to. It does have a few odd control quirks (like not being able to fully control the camera) and some weird physics at times, but the sheer presentation and killer soundtrack make it a game worth undertaking. The Dreamcast version is arguably the definitive one, too, as many later ports lost songs due to licensing issues.
14. The Typing of the Dead (WOW Entertainment/Smilebit, 2001)
13. Fighting Vipers 2 (Sega AM2, 2001)
12. Bangai-o (Treasure, 2000)
11. Garou: Mark of the Wolves (SNK, 2001)
10. Street Fighter III: Third Strike (Capcom, 2000)
9. Chu Chu Rocket (Sonic Team, 1999)
8. Ikaruga (Treasure, 2001 in Japan)
7. Crazy Taxi (Hitmaker, 2000)
6. Marvel VS Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes (Capcom, 1999)
5. Capcom VS SNK 2: Millionaire Fighting 2001 (Capcom, 2001 in Japan)
4. Phantasy Star Online Version 2 (Sonic Team, 2001)
3. Tech Romancer (Capcom, 2000)
2. Grandia II (Game Arts, 2000)
1. Marvel VS Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes (Capcom, 2000)