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Great for nostalgia, but nothing else.

posted by EvanCD (BERTHOUD, CO) Jun 25, 2010

Member since Dec 2008

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Sonics Ultimate SEGA Genesis Collection was a game that I decided to rent and try out because it sounded pretty good, had nice reviews from critics, and I have never had a genesis myself (and for the easy trophies! Trophies and achievments forever!). What followed was fun, nostalgia, and frustration. Some games were easy, some were hard, some (like the Ecco games) confused me to death with extremely hard puzzles. Also, on some games, the control scheme was awkward, and clearly were meant for the genesis's controls and nothing else. So overall, a good game with average controls, updated graphics, lots of classics and games that were unknown at the time, but turned out to be pretty good. Also, as a pretty cool little game fact, in Altered Beast for the Genesis, one of the old ladies who was in the 'Where's the beef?' commercials for Wendys (I can't remember which), she voices the first boss' famous line "Welcome to your doom!" (Thanks for telling me that, GamesRadar!)

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Solid Selection, At Least Worth a Rental

posted by FryHole (Anchorage, AK) Nov 10, 2009

Member since Jul 2009

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Step back into another time, when only the hardest of the hardcores had multiple game consoles, and when cross-platform titles were the exception rather than the rule. The games on this disc represent some of the biggest hits to grace Sega's 8-bit and 16-bit consoles, and most hold up well for people who would have actually owned and played these systems in their heyday. Forty games are available at the beginning, and nine more can be unlocked by completing Achievements (360) or earning Trophies (PS3).

However, it should be noted that the game list includes lots of sequels; Sonic and Co. account for seven games, plus you'll see Golden Axe I-III, Streets of Rage 1-3, and Phantasy Star I-IV (the original game must be unlocked by playing Sonic 2 for some reason; the other three are available by default). This is a refreshing change from some shoddier collections, where they couldn't secure the rights to game 1, but they include 2 and 3 anyway. On the other hand, if you didn't go for Streets of Rage, that's three games that you'll probably never play. Still, you get a lot of games for the price.

As far as I can tell, there haven't been any major graphical or gameplay changes to the games. This isn't Golden Axe HD, and it's not meant to be; it's the game you would have played twenty years ago. The only real difference is the feel of playing on a PlayStation controller rather than a 3- or 6-button Genesis controller. It's not a big deal, but it does confuse the ol' muscle memory a little.

If you owned a Sega Genesis or Master System, you'll probably remember most of these games fondly, and get hours of retro-gaming enjoyment from Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection. If you didn't, most of these games will be foreign to you, and you may find yourself playing a game once, exiting, scrolling through the game select screen a few more times, then ejecting the game and returning it. Sorry, but the nostalgia's half of the appeal to these games.

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First Game I Have Kept So Far

posted by TheJeremy (JERSEY CITY, NJ) Aug 24, 2009

Member since Aug 2009

5 out of 6 gamers (83%) found this review helpful

This is a game that you can always come back to and play. If you are someone who likes retro gaming and remembers playing even a few of these games, you will be in for a treat. There is so much to explore. For the price and features of this package, I don't know how you could do much better unless the graphics or gameplay was somehow enhanced. 9/10.

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