Excerpt: The retro scene has been getting some serious recognition of late. Commercial Atari, Intellivision and various arcade packages have been released at budget price recently, and the big guns finally seem to realise that there is money to be made from the days of yore. In case you weren’t aware (and have never heard of Sonic The Hedgehog ) Sonic Mega Collection Plus isn’t about your big explosions and your licenced movie actors, rather quality gameplay from the era of the...
Excerpt: Who'd have thought it? Sonic the Hedgehog, unashamedly one of the 'old guard' of computer game culture, enjoyed a stellar return to popular form in 2004. Spurred on by a new cartoon series and the critically derided Sonic Heroes (which topped the UK charts for months on end), it seemed that a re-release of the GameCube Sonic Mega Collection was on the cards for PS2 and Xbox late in the year to capitalise on the resurgence.
Excerpt: For some odd reason, probably just gaming companies wanting to make more money on games already created, this generation is seeing a lot of ports, remakes, and compilations. Sonic Mega Collection is part of this group of games, and is one of the first ones to come to GCN. Sonic Mega Collection is a collection of 12 games (7 by default, five unlockable) that originally appeared on the Sega Genesis, along with other Sega systems.
Excerpt: I’m trying to figure out who Sonic Mega Collection Plus is for. Diehard Sonic The Hedgehog fans would already have all the great Genesis games in their possession, surely. And if they wanted a convenient way to play those greats, they could use emulation to back up their hard copies–I’m thinking that emulation is legal in this capacity. So perhaps SMC+ is for the true Sonic collector, who just has to own everything Sonic. If that’s you, SMC+ is an absolute must have.
Excerpt: The game consists of seven Sega Genesis games: Sonic 1- 3, Sonic & Knuckles, Sonic 3D, Sonic Spinball and Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine all in their entirety. The game also includes six Game Gear games from the Sonic world, some of these games are rather weird or just seem like novelties, but diehard Sonic fans will be pleased to see that they are included.
Conclusion: Whether you'll be playing Sonic Mega Collection Plus on a PS2 or on an Xbox, you'll be treated to emulation that's virtually indiscernible from the original games running on the original hardware. For $19.99, Sega's offering a lot of cobalt blue for the buck, and those with a "need for speed" will certainly enjoy having this collection of classics on a single disc.
Pros: Good collection of games, Perfect emulation, glitches and all, Games hold up, even today, Save state feature implemented, Comics collection in .
Cons: No Sonic CD, Sonic R, Sonic the Fighters, etc, Save state works slowly.
Excerpt: Why a nocturnal, insectivorous mammal was chosen as Sega's mascot and challenger to Mario's platforming preeminence, we may never know. What we do know is that the aptly named Sonic is blue, fast, and remarkably tolerant of the titian-tinted, two-tailed toddler Tails, who has tagged along on the spiny hedgehog's missions since Sonic 2.
Pros: Good collection of games, Perfect emulation, glitches and all, Games hold up, even today, Save state feature implemented, Comics collection in
Cons: No Sonic CD, Sonic R, Sonic the Fighters, etc, Save state works slowly
Conclusion: Playing Sonic again felt just as great as it did when I fired it up all those years ago, everything just feels right about it! The gameplay is still fast, and it was fun remembering where all the hidden rings were, and some of the sections were still tougher than some modern platformers I’ve played. On a lesser note, the hideously camp Red Baron -wannabe nemesis, Dr.
Pros: It’s Sonic on PS2!, Loads of classic games to choose from., Easy interface.
Cons: Looks ugly nowadays., The games lack lasting appeal., Some of the games just “fillers”.