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01 August 2015 @ 06:40 pm
Games: Defender of the Future [ディフェンダー オブ ザ フューチャー]  



Defender of the Future is... odd. The series was totally overhauled, branching out into an alternate universe/timeline -- which is fitting to be honest given the history of time travel within the original series, but it also created a schism when it first came out. 'Where is Ecco 3?' often was asked. We later learnt from Ed that Ecco 3 was going to focus on the war between the Atlanteans and the Vortex. Instead of that we got this, an amazing 3D engine and high-end graphics that at the time of it's initial release on Dreamcast were utterly mind blowing, and a good just very different story.

It's both good and kinda sad.

I'd been on the fence with DoTF for a number of years, and eventually settled to accept it for how great a game it is even if it was so different from the established series at the time. I've loved the style of gameplay, as it was a very successful transition from 2D to 3D, and the music was to die for, but I never found the Foe to be intimidating as an enemy compared to the more Geiger-esque Vortex. It does at least carry through with the weirdness which makes it pretty cool. The actual story elements with the multiple treks through time to restore all the traits that make the world balanced, the utterly messed up dichotomy of Man's Nightmare vs Dolphin's Nightmare, and the strong writing overall however are absolutely wonderful.

Though we may never see Ed's true Ecco 3 vision come to life, or even the series continuation of this story through Sentinels of the Universe thanks to its cancellation, we did at least get the spirit of it in DoTF.

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Index:
[DC01] Ecco The Dolphin Defender of the Future
[DC02] エコー・ザ・ドルフィン ディフェンダー オブ ザ フューチャー
[DC03] Ecco The Dolphin Defender of the Future White-Label Sample Disc
[PS01] Ecco The Dolphin Defender of the Future
[PS02] Ecco The Dolphin Defender of the Future Sample Disc


Title: Ecco The Dolphin Defender of the Future [DC01]
Media: GD ROM
System: Dreamcast
Catalogue: 830-0110-50 / MK-51033-50
Press: MK-51033-0148SA
Released: 16/06/2000
Region: PAL

Scans: Front | Back | Disc | Manual [PDF]

Information:
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Title: エコー・ザ・ドルフィン ディフェンダー オブ ザ フューチャー [DC02]
Media: GD ROM
System: Dreamcast
Catalogue: HDR-0103
Press: HDR-0103-0606
Released: 25/01/2001
Region: NTSC-J

Scans: Front | Back | Obi | Disc | Manual [PDF]

Information:
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Title: Ecco The Dolphin Defender of the Future White-Label Sample Disc [DC03]
Media: GD ROM
System: Dreamcast
Catalogue: 950-0043-50 / 952-0041-50
Press:
Released: 2000?
Region: PAL

Scans: Disc

Information:
A white-label promotional Sample Disc of DoTF. Most Sample Discs are full builds of the game sent to magazines and other reviewers, while others contain earlier builds which might have alpha assets.

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Title: Ecco The Dolphin Defender of the Future [PS01]
Media: DVD
System: Playstation 2
Catalogue: SCES-50499
Press: A0100398205-A511
Released: 04/03/2002
Region: PAL

Scans: Cover | Disc | Manual [PDF]

Information:
While it's neat that it did get a port, the PS2 port suffers a lot from slowdown and lag due to the engine not being ported correctly, which as far as I can tell is a problem from going over from the NAOMI board to the RISC in the PS2 -- Biohazard CODE:Veronica suffered the exact same problem too. But it was the first version I was ever able to play after years of not being able to, so I took it as I could.

While DOTF on the DC has aged well, I find the slowdowns, especially in the PAL PS2 version, pretty horrible to play through these days so I tend to avoid playing this port. Nonetheless, it's good to have!

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Title: Ecco The Dolphin Defender of the Future Sample Disc [PS02]
Media: DVD
System: Playstation 2
Catalogue:
Press:
Released: 2002?
Region: PAL

Scans: Disc

Information:
Most Sample Discs are full builds of the game sent to magazines and other reviewers, while others contain earlier builds which might have alpha assets.

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