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Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future

MobyRank MobyScore
Dreamcast
79
3.8
PlayStation 2
72
3.6

User Reviews

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Platform Votes Score
Dreamcast 32 3.8
PlayStation 2 11 3.6
Combined MobyScore 43 3.8


The Press Says

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100
DreamcastDreamcastmagazin.de
Optisch sehr aufwendig gestaltetes Unterwasser-Action-Adventure mit tollen Meeres-Szenarien, aber trotz 60 Hz-Modus mit Schwächen in der Grafik-Engine. Ausnahmslos gelungen ist dagegen die meditative bis aufpeitschende Soundkulisse, die mit tollen Melodien und Soundeffekten aufwartet. Atmosphärisch sehr dicht gemacht, überzeugt auch das komplexe Leveldesign auf ganzer Linie. Leider drückt der harsche Schwierigkeits-Grad auf die Spielspaßwertung, dafür freuen sich Profis auf eine echte Herausforderung. Durch ein Probespiel sollte man sich vor dem Kauf vergewissern, ob man sich mit dem ungewöhnlichen Konzept eines Unterwasser-Spieles anfreunden kann, denn Defender of the Future hängt sehr von dem eingenen Geschmack ab.
97
DreamcastShin Force
Ecco the Dolphin is nothing short of excellent. The transition to 3D was seamless and worthy. Kudos to Appaloosa for producing this kind of quality on their first try. I wonder what their next uber-game will be???
91
DreamcastDC-UK
At the end of the day, this is one of those games that blind-sided us - appearing out of nowhere just a short while before we could actually get our filthy little mitts on it, it's incredible just how fantastic it is. Not only does it look the part but with plenty of levels to explore and puzzles to solve, you'll be sleeping with the fishes for a long time to come... , though not in the biblical sense, of course.
90
Dreamcast4Players.de
Dieses Spiel ist innovativ, spannend und wird nie langweilig. Jeder der sich also grafisch und spielerisch berauschen lassen will, sollte sich Ecco the Dolphin schnellst möglich zulegen.
88
DreamcastneXGam
Ansprechend, abwechslungsreich, grafisch hervorragend und der Langzeitspiel-Effekt ist auf alle Fälle vorhanden. Ich bin ein begeisterter Spieler und empfehle dieses Spiel sehr gern weiter.
88
DreamcastGamezilla
Unless you don't read English you will have noticed that I thought this game is hard, but there is nothing wrong with a challenge. So what if it takes you four months to beat this game! Get it! Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future has an "Everyone" rating that will undoubtedly appeal to the younger kids, too bad they won't get that far without being a card carrying member of Mensa or using a walkthrough. This is a cool, hard game and should be a staple game for any Dreamcast library. The feeling of relief you will have when you figure out a tough quest is unparalleled in videogame-land. With its fluid controls, phenomenal graphics, and "challenging" quests, no self-titled gamer can afford to not have this game spinning in his or her Dreamcast.
85
DreamcastVideo Games
Ein schönes und intelligentes Spiel - aber die wenigsten von euch werden die nötige Geduld aufbringen, um Polygon-Wunder Ecco das Schwimmen beizubringen. Ein Titel, für den man viel Zeit mitbringen muß...
85
DreamcastJeuxvideo.com
Servie avec des graphismes somptueux, Ecco est loin de décevoir le regard. La qualité des textures employées a été rarement observée sur le support surtout qu'elles sont tout aussi riches que le sont les fonds marins... Le luxe de détails qui recouvrent les décors sont splendides et on a l'impression d'avoir mis la tête dans l'aquarium du salon en permanence, la sensation d'être mouillé en moins. Pareil pour les animations de tous les êtres marins qui ont été reproduits à l'identique et les oscillations d'Ecco sont un ravissement. La Dreamcast étant réputée pour ses effets de lumière et de transparence, Ecco s'en donne à cœur joie. L'eau et les reflets qui illuminent la faune aquatique sont du plus bel effet.
83
PlayStation 24Players.de
Im Prinzip hat Appaloosa Ecco bis auf minimale Veränderungen 1:1 auf die PS2 portiert. Wer also das Dreamcast-Original zu Hause im Schrank stehen hat, kann sich die Neuauflage getrost sparen. Die stimmungsvolle Optik kann zwar auch heute noch begeistern, wirkt allerdings trotz verlustfreier Umsetzung nicht mehr ganz so spektakulär wie damals. Die idyllische Soundkulisse ist hingegen zeitlos und sorgt mit der übrigen Präsentation für eine immer noch einzigartige Atmosphäre. Spielerisch ist es Appaloosa allerdings nicht gelungen, neue Akzente zu setzen oder die Kritikpunkte der Urfassung auszumerzen. Nach wie vor wirkt die Steuerung in vielen Situationen trotz relativ intuitivem Gameplay überladen und die verschleierten Aufgabenstellungen und der gehobene Schwierigkeitsgrad lassen das Unterwasser-Geschehen oft unnötig hektisch und kompliziert werden.
83
DreamcastGame Revolution
Overall, Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future is a very well-made game. Fans of the original game will be proud. A few small issues keep it from excellence, but with great presentation and control to go along with plenty of challenging gameplay, Ecco still looks like a winner.
82
DreamcastGameSpot
Ecco the Dolphin isn't for everyone. If you like to boot up a game for an action-packed twenty minutes at a time, look elsewhere. However, those that enjoy a slowly paced game experience will find it enjoyable. The game contains sufficient depth and length to give patient players a satisfying and rewarding experience. Some of Dreamcast's recent titles, such as Seaman and Space Channel 5, have been idiosyncratic in their own way, and Defender of the Future helps to further this trend. In the end, Ecco holds up the standards of creative execution that Sega has set for its flagship titles and simultaneously makes clearer the potential for artistry in video games.
81
DreamcastNowGamer
Following in Sonic’s footsteps, it’s a return to form for Ecco. Forget Sea World – this is one dolphin you’ll want to play with!
80
DreamcastSegaFan.com
Pero la pregunta, que a todos vosotros os debe de interesar es: realmente ¿merece la pena "Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future"? Si eres un jugador novato, y buscas en especial acción, "Ecco the Dolphin" no es tu juego; pero en caso de que seas un experto jugador, amante de los puzzles y la exploración, este GD te hará vivir horas y horas que jamás olvidarás.
80
DreamcastPlanet Dreamcast
Although Ecco was obviously a labour of love for its developers, it isn't necessarily something everyone will find instantly accessible as a masterpiece (unlike something like Soul Calibur, which has a huge appeal). If you persist and have the time to learn Ecco's massive levels, however, you'll find it immensely rewarding, especially once you reach Atlantis itself. Even if through reading this review you don't like the idea of Ecco (i.e. you're an action-quick-fix-junkie) at least try renting Ecco for an evening or two. Even if you have a short temper, Ecco's combination of beautiful graphics and soothing, ambient music can be strangely therapeutic.
80
DreamcastSEGA-Portal.de
Dank der erstklassigen und sehr atmosphärischen Technik zieht einen Ecco the Dolphin sofort in seinen Bann, der erst erlischt, bis die Zukunft gerettet ist. Eine kuriose Story, ideenreiche Levelgestaltung und abwechslungsreiche Aufgaben lassen das Abenteuer eigentlich nie langweilig werden. Zu dumm nur, dass durch den teils sehr hohen Schwierigkeitsgrad die Nerven ein wenig zu sehr strapaziert werden. Wenn dann auch noch durch Informationsarmut über zu lösende Rätsel Lehrlauf entsteht, verlieren einige sicher schnell die Lust. Geduldige Zocker beißen sich jedoch durch und stehen am Ende voller Stolz vor einer kompletten Levelwahl. Ecco ist also nicht unbedingt jedermanns Geschmack, stellt aufgrund des Settings unter Action-Adventures aber sicherlich etwas einzigartiges dar. Mir hat’s sehr gefallen.
80
DreamcastAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
When Sega announced that they were going to bring Ecco to the Dreamcast, it seemed like a good move given the success of the original and the graphic power of the new system. A dolphin may not be as flashy as a hedgehog, but moreso than Sonic’s Adventure, Ecco is a nearly perfect update of a 16-bit classic; it translates the gameplay and the world underneath the waves in amazing new ways. The graphics are phenomenal, the sound is incredible, and rarely has there been a title where you will just enjoy exploring to see what everything looks like and moving just to watch yourself jump and dive. This is such a game.
80
DreamcastGame Vortex
I hate to say it, but Ecco is not for everyone. Unlike the old Genesis games, the learning curve is very steep, and tends to get steeper as the game progresses. The puzzles are obscure and the engine sometimes falters when you’d least expect it to. But, as I said before, Ecco is one of the greatest video game experiences I’ve ever had. The graphics are mind-boggling; the atmosphere perfect. It’s a game that everyone should at least try, and if they can manage to beat the first few levels without throwing down the controller in disgust, they know it’s good for them. Too many, however, will get frustrated and stop playing. And I can’t blame them all that much. For all its style and grace, Ecco isn’t the game it could have been.
80
DreamcastGaming Target
Overall this game isn't a disappointment; just a little fine-tuning would have been nice. It does seam a little rushed, but it sure won't disappoint anyone, especially fans of the series. A great game to select for renting, or even buying.
80
PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com
Un titre subjuguant de beauté et d'esthétisme, qui procure des sensations réellement bluffantes. Cette version PS2 est meilleure que l'originale, non seulement au niveau de sa réalisation mais aussi au niveau de son gameplay, mais on aurait souhaité quelque chose d'un peu plus novateur. Quoi qu'il en soit, si vous ne connaissez pas encore ce titre, allez-y les yeux fermés.
80
PlayStation 2GamePro (US)
No matter what system you play it on, Ecco is a rewarding, rich adventure brimming with beauty and creativity, capped in the dorsal fin by absurdly unclear mission objectives, frustrating Groundhog Day gameplay, and an insane difficulty level. Oh, how you want to love the dolphin. But dolphin love?she?s a cold, hard love.
79
DreamcastPower Unlimited
Een schitterend spel dat niet echt lang kan boeien. De puzzels zijn soms te moeilijk en onlogisch en af en toe weet je niet wat je moet doen. Grafisch gezien is het echter een toppertje waarmee de Dreamcast een boel respekt afdwingt.
78
PlayStation 2IGN
Although initially Ecco looks to be a pushover, in reality thanks to the additional features and tweaks, it is actually quite a challenge, though it must be said that it can be frustratingly difficult in some levels. Overall, Ecco just doesn't come up to speed. There are still far too many issues with regard to poorly defined navigation to recommend this game to buy. The whole thing is really quite slow and is almost boring at times. A game for people with staying power.
74
PlayStation 2GameSpot
It's safe to say that Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future is an altogether unique game and one that was executed quite magnificently. The few gameplay quirks it has--specifically, its odd level design and occasionally spazzy camera--are more than made up for by its positive aspects, which are quite numerous. It's a game that's almost more fun to "play around" with than it is to actually play, and that says quite a bit. If you missed it on the Dreamcast and can deal with something that has a more laid-back pace, then you should definitely check it out.
73
PlayStation 2videospiele.com
Scheinbar kennen sich die Entwickler mit der PlayStation 2-Hardware nicht so gut aus wie mit dem Dreamcast. Die grafischen Schwächen sind nicht zu übersehen und nehmen dem Spiel einiges von seinem Glanz. Aber wenigstens wurden die vielen undurchschaubaren Rätsel durch die größere Anzahl an Tipps und Demonstrationen deutlich entschärft. Dieser Vorteil wird allerdings durch die unnötig verschlechterte Steuerung wieder etwas relativiert. So bleibt am Ende eine etwas leichtere Version mit grafischen Mängeln, aber trotzdem noch toller Atmosphäre. Eine echte Topwertung wird jedoch durch die vielen unvermeidbaren Frustmomente weiterhin verhindert.
70
PlayStation 2Peliplaneetta.net
Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future on tunnelmaltaan uskomaton pelikokemus. Eccon esimerkillisen sulavat liikkeet ja koko ympäristön virheetön toteutus saavat kenet tahansa kumartamaan Segan pelitalon suuntaan. Valitettavasti vain ärsyttävät tehtävät ja hölmöt haasteet tekevät Eccosta tuskastuttavan pelikokemuksen ennätysmäisessä ajassa. Mitään motivaatiota ei maailman pelastamiselle enää muutaman itseään toistavan tehtävän jälkeen ole, eikä pienen, kauniin ja suloisen suomusankarin perkaamista estä mikään. Ecco on valloittava ja mielenkiintoinen pelikokemus ensimmäisen vartin ajaksi, mutta sen jälkeen Ecco ei pyrähdä eteenpäin enää millään. Jokainen päättäköön itse ostaako tonnikalapurkkinsa kanssa vai ilman delfiinejä.
70
PlayStation 2Gameplanet
Well - at first it was tempting for this reviewer to pan Ecco for it's frustrating difficulty level, which definitely threatens to overwhelm it's finer points - but that wouldn't be fair. It's to be imagined that a certain breed of gamer will rejoice at a title like this - a game that will continue to tease and wrack the brain for a very long time ... the likes of which you really don't get to see too often these days. There's an awful lot of levels here, a huge number of bonus items to search for... all in all - it's a substantial package which just oozes with well-designed quality. However... others, used to the prevailing standards of fast-paced action and intuitive gameplay - may only find this game to be a new-age nuisance: a bit dull, and no fun at all.
67
DreamcastJust Adventure
There's really not much more that can be said about Ecco. The sounds of the oceanic creatures are as well-done as the graphics, and the soundtrack is a light, lilting accompaniment that blends into the background much like elevator music. Lovely to look at, sometimes tedious to play, Ecco the Dolphin is truly a game for patient adventurers.
65
PlayStation 2PlayFrance
Ecco the Dolphin : Defender of the Future propose une longue et passionnante aventure des plus dépaysantes. La conversion Dreamcast / PlayStation 2 est un modèle du genre avec même l'intégration d'un mode secondaire inédit. Hélas, les lacunes d'origines n'ont pas été rectifiées et les soucis d'orientation et de difficulté élevée sont encore d'actualité. Amateurs de plongée sous-marine, ce jeu est donc fait pour vous, à condition bien sûr que vous soyez persévérants et que votre sens de l'orientation soit extraordinairement développé.
61
PlayStation 2Futuregamez.net
Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future is such a hard game to give a score to. Technically it's stunning to look at and just swimming around the levels is a joy, but it's perhaps a little too unconventional for many people. The AI of the enemies also needs a little work. I dare any of the developers to think they can swim directly under a real shark without being noticed. Fans of the original game will likely enjoy this quite a bit more then I did but if you're really wanting to support Sega in the coming weeks you will probably be better off with Rez, Headhunter or Space Channel 5 next month. Ecco the Dolphin is a disappointment.
60
DreamcastSuper Play
Spelets frihetskänsla smittar av sig och det är skönt att vara djupt där nere i en värld som för stunden känns helt problemfri. Appaloosa smickrar spelaren med undervattensscenarier som aldrig tidigare har beskådats i spelsammanhang, och låter tonerna förföra den som vill omslutas av lugnet. Känsla och atmosfär är alltså inte Ecoo the Dolphin: Defender of the Futures problem, det är spelets avsaknad av vitala äventyrsinslag som drar ner betyget. Men när man fritt styr Ecoo och synkroniserar simningen för att sedan kasta sig över vattenytan för att utföra en frivolt glömmer man lätt bort det.
60
DreamcastDigital Press - Classic Video Games
Other people may be easily drawn into Ecco's world with their senses tantalized by the overwhelming sense of being underwater. However, the vast majority will find that Ecco simply doesn't offer enough to the player and will tire quickly of the repetitive missions far too quickly. Pass on this one unless you're some kind of dolphin nut, and in that case alone this is a must have.
52
PlayStation 2GameCola.net
This game is good fun for those of you who like to just play around with your games for short amounts of time without really feeling a need to complete them; if you are that type of person, then this might just be the game for you. If you are looking for a strong game that will keep you enthralled for hours and hours on end, try an RPG. I bought this game for 20 bucks at an EBGames, and for such a low price I'd say the game was worth it. If it was 50, I'd say buy .hack instead.
25
DreamcastThe Video Game Critic
Sorry, but I refuse to jump on the Ecco bandwagon this time - I don't care what the magazines say. Yes, the graphics are some of the best ever seen in a video game, and yes, the sound effects and music are sensational. But once you get over that, you're left with some very frustrating gameplay thanks to confusing objectives and ultra-high difficulty.