Easily one of the best series' of games ever released (back in it's hayday it gave Mario a SERIOUS run for his money...literally!), here is 16-bit Sonic as it was meant to be. All together in one tight, snug package.
Everything here is wonderful. Obviously, the games are the highlight, but the other little things (digital scans of the original manuals, concept art, comics, etc.) are really interesting to take a good look at.
So the games...
Sonic 1: The rival equivalent to the original Super Mario Brothers and the single most important game from the Sega days. While a lot of differences are noticeable in the later games, and many are much better, the sheer importance game of what this did for gaming is unquestionable.
Sonic 2: Better level design, more well-designed sprites and a great soundtrack, this game is a must.
Sonic 3: Best level design of all the games and with the best soundtrack (the graphics are on-par with Sonic 2's) it's one of the best in the collection.
Sonic & Knuckles: A continuation of Sonic 3, it is much harder and does not include the save feature Sonic 3 does. The soundtrack is still a high point here.
Sonic 3 & Knuckles: Put together the last two games and you get this. You can play as Knuckles in the earlier levels and Tails in the later ones. Best game in the collection.
Mean Bean Machine: A Tetris Attack clone. I like it, but others won't.
Flicky: Some people like this but I just don't see the point.
Ristar: This was the original concept for what Sonic was gonna be. It's still a fun game if you've never heard of it.
Sonic Spinball: People call it clunky, but it is definitely hard. I still have yet to beat it. I love it as a challenge.
Sonic 3-D Blast: It's a good offering for Sonic fans, but newcomers to the series might be put-off by it. It's definitely different.
S2&K: Good but I still cannot beat the last boss with Knuckles.
Overall, easily worth buying over renting. If you have a PS2 or Xbox I recommend the plus version.
Sonic the Hedgehog was the best game of its time. It sill is. 2-D Sonic game are always fun. there are the four best sonic games. Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2, 3, and Sonic and Knuckles. Plus 6 more games. mostly sonic fans will like this game but Anyone will will enjoy this game.
I grew up on the Nintendo side of the fence, and never played any of the Sonic games on Sega's systems. So, when Sega brought this collection of old-school Sonic games to the GameCube, I was excited. Having always missed out on Sonic's exploits before, I was prepared for my maiden voyage into Sonic's world to be nothing less than epic. Unfortunately, I was destined for disappointment. Now, I don't want to come off as some kind of hater, because I know that there are a lot of gamers out there who count Sonic among their absolute faves, but I just don't understand what they see in it. I've been told that the exhilaration of speed is a big part of it, but if you just run through the levels like a madman, you're going to crash into an enemy or hazard and die. So, take away the speed factor (which doesn't look nearly as impressive fifteen years later), and I'm not sure what you have left. Also, the different games seem to me to be overwhelmingly similar to each other without much diversity of gameplay or design; to me, they come off as different from each other as "Pac-Man" and "Ms. Pac-Man".
Doubtless a lifelong Sonic fan would derive no small amount of satisfaction from "Sonic Mega Collection", but this lifelong Mario fan just couldn't get into it.