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Since the release of their ‘Sega Saturn’ Sega Inc have been shunned and put down every step of the way except for their exceptional quality of games which they have now published for other consoles, but these insults were not fair as after buying a Sega Saturn for only £20 second hand, I was astonished by the quality at which it was made.
Although the Sega Saturn is slightly bulky (No more so than the X-Box, or should I say ‘X-Bulk’) I consider it a brilliant console, the GUI (General User Interface) when you turn it on without a CD in, is superb to begin with, as it has a wide range of settings allowing you to configure the console almost down to each resistor.
The graphics on this system aren’t exactly great, infact I’d say the rendering of each image is very bad indeed, but it still doesn’t mean the games aren’t good for a laugh, I mean you still play your Playstation don’t you? And compared this console is a complete antique even if it was brought out in the same year.
The Game play is brilliant in my opinion, the control pads are well designed so you can play for hours on end without hurting your wrists or fingers, and the range of games is phenomenal, On this console just as the Playstation there are titles such as Resident Evil, Magic Carpet, Alien Trilogy, Street Fighter Alpha and Firestorm Thunder hawk 2. But also in addition to these great titles you can get a feel of the Sega way of life with games such as, Virtua Fighter, Virtual Cop, Sonic The Hedgehog and many other great classics!
Sound quality on the Sega Saturn for it’s time is exceptional, it boosts the ability to use surround stereo sound, which means your gaming fun will always be with the best of sound.
Loading times are minimal, infact seemingly faster than Playstation so there’s not really any wait for your games to start and there is no gaming lag time, so the game speed is of high quality except for perhaps on one game I’ve played called, “Virtual Hylide” perhaps one of the worse games Sega made. The Consoles memory card system is built in but you can also add an external cartridge, so you’ll always be able to save your games.
Over all apart from the graphics this console is brilliant and at £20 - £30 a pop with games ranging from £1 - £10 in price you can’t really go wrong with the Sega Saturn, it’s very much recommended by me, but don’t take my word for it. Give it a GO!
There are some nice rendering game out there for the SS. Have you played Creature Shock? Smooth visuals. One of the main reasons (I'll never figure this out) it was bad at rendering on most games was because of the 1 processor, as compared to Playstation's 2 processors. Sega's always cutting back, eh?
mbmb11 26.06.2002 14:35
Sega consoles are excellent - and its a real shame that both this and the dreamcast are no longer in production.
vinodgm 26.06.2002 12:22
Yes I got my kids one of these many years ago. These use the N64 more nowadays but we still ocassionally use the Sega Saturn and play Sega Rally Championship - Vinod
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