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Ecco the Dolphin series
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Everyone (hopefully) knows of this series or at least heard of it. I've been rather attached to the series as of late as I'm sure some of you know =P

The series tarted off on the Genesis with Ecco the Dolphin back in 1992. Notorious for it's high difficulty level, the series very much appealed to me as a child and still does today. The series retains the same gameplay style with riddle clues as your objectives given by crystals. Some hints more puzzling than others. Ecco II: Tides of Time was released in 1994 and Ecco Jr. shortly following in 1995.

The most recent game (recent being 2002), Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future. Originally released on the Dreamcast in 2000, this game was presented in 3D but still retains the original 2D Genesis style controlling (as weird as that sounds). I for one fell into that game because of the amazing and beautiful, atmospheric music. I can thank andy_k_250 for telling me about this gem. The gameplay in DotF is also the same style as the others but with a few nostalgic style levels such as Passage from Genesis which is in the original 2D style of the Genesis games. Hanging Waters which uses a similar concept to an Ecco II level in which channels of water hang in the air. Very awesome and beautiful game in my personal opinion.

I heard they planned on releasing another Ecco but it was cancelled. It was called Ecco the Dolphin 2: Sentinels of the Universe, which is a real shame because the series is so short.

Those of you who played the series, what do you think of it? Love it? Hate it? I have deep-rooted nostalgia for Ecco 1 and 2 and I also really love Defender of the Future for many reasons.
I tried the first one but the gameplay and everything didn't really suit me at all. A shame because the premise was actually quite interesting.
Originally posted by Slash Man
The most recent game (recent being 2002), Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future. Originally released on the Dreamcast in 2000, this game was presented in 3D but still retains the original 2D Genesis style controlling (as weird as that sounds). I for one fell into that game because of the amazing and beautiful, atmospheric music.

Out of the few games I've ever played on Dreamcast this game probably had the best aesthetics (worms coming second because worms is always amazing). The controls were amazing and the game was just amazing to play. I was probably too young to play it though, as I didn't really understand English and I had a hard time getting through some levels.
I kind of wish I could play some more of it now. I guess it's possible to emulate but I don't know when I'll get the time to play it. There's other games I wish to finish before it :<

Originally posted by Slash Man
I heard they planned on releasing another Ecco but it was cancelled. It was called Ecco the Dolphin 2: Sentinels of the Universe, which is a real shame because the series is so short.

This would probably make a really good launch title for the WiiU, considering the game would look gorgeous on a HDTV and with the hud on the controller. It's rather unlikely that that would ever happen though (again) :<
I've played Ecco, Ecco: Tides of Time, and Ecco Jr. as 'em all are included in Sega Mega Drive Collection for PS2. The first two have some nice music, Jr seems kinda odd. >.>
Ecco: DotF is easily one of my favorite games on the Dreamcast.
In my over 20 years of gaming I can safely say that there were few moments in games that truly blew my mind, but a certain infamous late game area of DotF
Hanging waters
was one of those.
To be fair, there were also some really obnoxious parts (ugh, transfiguration) but it doesn't taint my love for this game.

I've also played Ecco 1&2 retroactively, and they're pretty nifty as well.
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