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Home Console - Media Format: CD-ROM - Controller Slots: 2 - Release Year: 1995

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published 08/12/2000 | andithegoose
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Pro Cheap, good looking, CD player for £30!
Cons Old, bulky, no longer supported
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"The Sega Saturn"

The Sega Saturn is a dead console: no one supports it, not even Sega. So why should you invest in one? Well, let me tell you a story...

I bought by Sega Saturn in the summer of 2000. The sun was out, everyone was care-free. Rabbits hopped along the tree-lined streets of the rural town of middlesbrough(!), and people went about their normal daily business.

I walked into the local Chips and went to their display cabinet. There it was: a Sega Saturn, with Sega Rally and Virtua Fighter 2, for only £30. £30! That was a bargain! I took my money and paid for it. I got home, plugged it in and enjoyed every second of it.

The thing to remember is, at second-hand prices, the Sega Saturn is tremendous value for money. That £30 gets you a CD player, it gets you 2 fantastic games and it gets you a nice black piece of electrical equipment to stash under your TV. In any language, that is value for money.

The machine itself is actually very attractive, in an electrical goods sort of way. It is big, but hten electrical equipment should be. The CD opening mechanism is very smooth, and it has two lights at the front. The cosole doesn't need a memory card, as it has on-board battery back-up, although extra back-up cartridges are available. The Sega Saturn alos includes a Scart lead as standard, meaning the sound and picture quality is excellent.

The operating system on the console is good. There is a time and date option, and also the Cd player itself. On start up, you are presented with a Sega Saturn logo that constructs itself in front of your eyes - impressive. The CD player is based on what appear to be the controls on a spaceship. The options are better than on most "real" CD players, with pitch, speed and bass controls, Playlist editing etc. If you want, you can hide the controls, leaving you flying through space, with a little spaceship occasionally performing stunts.

So, now onto the games. The games themselves aren't up today's standards graphically. They are pixelly and sometimes garishly coloured, and not as attractive as the PlayStations. However, the games themselves are excellent, as titles such as Sega Rally, Virtua Fighter and Daytona USA clearly testify. The Saturn suports FMV, so movies are sometimes included in the games. A good example is Resident Evil, which is almost a direct port of the PlayStation version.

Finally, the pad. The pad is nowhere near as good as it's competitor's, or even the SNES'. However, it does include 2 shoulder buttons, 6 fire buttons and a d-pad. Sega brought out an alternative, though, which offers analogue controls. It bears a striking resemblance to the dreamcast's, and handles roughly the same.

So, should you buy a Saturn. Well, at £30, it's a real bargain. If you ould like a CD player and a chance to play some classic games, then go ahead. If computer games don't bother you that much, and you're looking for a machine just to muck about with your friend's on, you may be better off looking at the PlayStation and Nintendo64.

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Home Console - Media Format: CD-ROM - Controller Slots: 2 - Release Year: 1995

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Type: Home Console

Console Type: Sega Saturn

Long Name: Saturn

Production Year: 1995

Media Format: CD-ROM

Max Number of Players: 2

Manufacturer: Sega

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