Excerpt: Sonic Gems Collection basically dares its audience to ask one question: does merely being old qualify a game for 'classic' status, or did the game have to be good in the first place? Sonic Gems offers three previously unrereleased Sonic games, as well as eight other 'bonus' titles, bringing the grand total up to 11.
Excerpt: Sonic Gems Collection is a rather odd compilation of Sonic games. Sonic Mega Collection on the GameCube featured seven Sonic games from the Megadrive era and Sonic Mega Collection Plus on the PlayStation 2 and Xbox featured the same Sonic games plus an assortment of other SEGA titles.
Excerpt: Some may argue that Sonic has worn out his welcome by now, but there’s no arguing that some of the classics can still rock. Sonic Gems collection is a compilation of Sonic games that most casual and some hardcore gamers might have missed out on due to Sega’s phase of bringing out new technology every six months such as the Sega CD or platforms that just flat out failed like the Game Gear and Saturn.
Conclusion: Hopefully Sonic team will make a collection of their good Non Sonic games like Burning Rangers and Nights in Dreams and hopefully the Nintendo Revolution virtual machines will be like this. This is s great collection of Sega games for only 20 bucks and is a perfect companion to Sonic Mega Collection.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Sonic Gems Collection is a pretty average Sonic retro collection - but still essential for fans. Despite the amount of content available in the collection, the rarity of some of the titles like Sonic the Fighters, and the inviting price tag, this is by no means the definitive Sonic compilation.
Summary: Is this really a collection of gems, or is it all plastic jewelry? Find out inside.
Pros: Japanese ROMs yield Engrish. GO KNUCLES!, Museum of unlockable artwork, remixes, and secrets, Obscure and hard-to-find games, finally conveniently available, Sonic CD is a solid Sonic game, Three unexpectedly good Game Gear games
Cons: Asinine requirements for some unlockables, Inconsistent and clumsy menus, Low-resolution artwork, Most of the games are disappointing, Vectorman needs a customized seizure warning
Conclusion: In addition to the nine games listed here, there are also hidden prizes from Sonic’s notable past. The original game manual for each of the startup games are included, showing controls and info about the game itself. In addition to that, there is also a museum of 140 pieces of artwork from each of the games on the disc. There is a Sound Test-type area as well where you can listen to any tune that you’ve heard from any game on the disc.