I never heard of the Dreamcast roots of these, but you might not be too far off, Critic. I don't remember the details, but the original press release when Sega went multiplatform made everyone think that this budget line of remakes/ports would be Playstation 1 games. Whatever the story was, it seems quite plausible that they weren't originally slated for the PS2.
I wish they had done a slight bit of polish in Virtua Racing and Outrun. Fine games, but Outrun could've used an additional perspective choice since many thought that the camera was placed a bit too low (It never really bothered me though). And both had some pop-in despite their clean but primitive graphics by PS2 standards, that seems inexcusable given their modest technical demands.
CharlieR wrote:I had no real idea about SEGA classics collection, in that I didn't know they wre 3d verrsions of older games. Sounds like it might be worth checking out.
It has been a few years, but be sure to try out the arranged modes in Outrun if you do, Charlie.
It adds a lot of new courses along with a rival system that seemed pointless but didn't cause any harm. And it ends in one of my favorite Outrun tracks across any version, with one that seems to be based off the Overseas Highway in the Florida Keys.
For years I thought that would be the perfect inspiration for an Outrun course, and Sega must've agreed. That stage turned out well, albeit suffering perhaps the worst of them all due to the draw-in issue.