Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future Dreamcast

Metascore
84

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
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  1. Daily Radar
    100
    With only a few camera issues to stomach and a raised eyebrow given to the level of difficulty (especially in later stages), Ecco's 25+ stages of fluid, gorgeous gameplay show it has the brawn to back up its beauty.
  2. 100
    A game with a porpoise, and that porpoise is to entertain the witty and insightful gamer. This is not a fishy fighting game.
  3. 100
    It is rare that a game this difficult can be this entertaining, but Ecco delivers the goods with a huge splash.
  4. Game Fan
    98
    From the moment the title screens blinks on your television, to the time you finally force yourself to slap your dorsal fin on the "off" switch, you're bombarded with brilliance and visual splendor the likes we've haven't seen in ages.
  5. Da Gameboyz
    94
    The best-looking game I have seen in a long while and it combines that with a great main character, an engaging story and fabulous locations.
  6. Spank!
    92
    The audio is wonderful and matches the graphics, though the storyline is fairly pointless, and there's a certain childlike quality to it that could annoy but was fine with me.
  7. From the first instant that this GD-ROM starts spinning until the final level is finished, Ecco's gorgeous graphics, amazing soundtrack, and unique premise will captivate players.
  8. It's absorbing, beautiful, plays well, and will provide many, many hours of adventuring.
  9. Total Video Games
    90
    If there was one thing that I had to moan about, it would be the story which involves Humans and Dolphins travelling outer space in little bubbles, until an evil alien species invades the earth and it's up to Ecco to save the day whilst the rest our up in space...
  10. Sega X
    89
    There's still much to do, and with some patience and an appreciation of exploration, "Ecco the Dolphin" can end up more fun than a barrel of sea monkeys.
  11. Dreamcast.net
    87
    If you like solving riddles and whatnot, "Ecco" can be a very enjoyable experience. If you don't, then you may want to simply give the game a rent and see what you think of it.
  12. "Defender of the Future," like a fine wine, should be savored; not slammed for the quick buzz it might provide. Buy it.
  13. With great presentation and control to go along with plenty of challenging gameplay, "Ecco" still looks like a winner.
  14. AllDreamcast
    82
    Playing "Ecco" is like transforming your room into a submersible underwater vehicle, with your tv screen being your window into the ocean depths.
  15. If you like to boot up a game for an action-packed twenty minutes at a time, look elsewhere.
  16. 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.
  17. Antagonist
    77
    It's WAY too hard to figure out what you're supposed to do.
  18. 76
    The in-game hints are cryptic and sometimes flat wrong.
  19. If the storyline were simplified, the objectives more clearly stated, and the technical glitches ironed out, then this game would be an absolute classic.

Awards & Rankings

#15 Most Discussed Dreamcast Game of 2000
#2 Most Shared Dreamcast Game of 2000
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. StephanieS.
    May 18, 2002
    10
    How the hell would a great game like this get rated so badly!!?? Well, the controls could be better my ass, your a dolphin. HELLO!!!! I mean, How the hell would a great game like this get rated so badly!!?? Well, the controls could be better my ass, your a dolphin. HELLO!!!! I mean, any game that you con be and control a dolphin has to be damn good. You can do flips out of the water!! Holy SH*T!!! Full Review »
  2. AndreaF.
    May 7, 2002
    7
    This game has outstanding graphics and sound, along with imaginative puzzles and unique ideas. However, the camera angles trip you up and the This game has outstanding graphics and sound, along with imaginative puzzles and unique ideas. However, the camera angles trip you up and the control is somewhat off. Also it is not very difficult to finish. Full Review »
  3. PhilS.
    Oct 5, 2001
    8
    The game could be more clear about what you are suposed to do to get to the next level.