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Sega Mega Drive – The Ultimate Collection: Reviewed (Xbox 360/PS3)
7 September 2013
Excerpt: There’s no need to panic with regards to me going into an in-depth review of about 45 – 50 Mega Drive games. I mean everyone of an age old enough to be asked by acne ridden teenagers to go into a shop and buy them alcohol will no doubt remember Sonic the Hedgehog, Golden Axe, Streets of Rage and all the other major Grade A titles which adorn this rose tinted disc. What I DO intend to do is give a rough idea as to how good or bad a compilation of software this is.
Conclusion: Wow, remember the days when if you died at the final hurdle you had to start all over again? Well those days may be over, but never has the chance to relive them once again been so welcome.
Excerpt: Were you a SEGA or Nintendo kid? I don't know about you, but in my school it was all about SEGA. While I've heard stories of these legendary playground fights between rival SEGA and Nintendo fans (this was a time when fanboys stood and fought with honour and didn't hide behind internet avatars), my experience was more who owned certain games rather than who owned a certain console.
Conclusion: Robotnik's MBM Dynamite Headdy Ecco the Dolphin Ecco II: The Tides of Time E-SWAT Fatal Labyrinth Flicky Gain Ground Golden Axe I Golden Axe II Golden Axe III Kid Chameleon Phantasy Star II Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium Ristar Shining in the Darkness Shining Force Shining Force 2 Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master Sonic 3D Blast Sonic and Knuckles Sonic Spinball Sonic The Hedgehog Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Sonic The...
Conclusion: Ultimate Collection may well feel like an indolent ‘quantity over quality’ effort from SEGA; a game put together to serve no other purpose than act as a convenient and fulfilling amalgamation of our childhood memories. But consequently, it’s hard not to fall in love with – even the weaker titles can induce a smile through mere nostalgia factor alone.
Excerpt: Like many of the readers of this review, you probably grew up with the Sega Genesis – like I did. Most of my childhood memories are off the original Sonic games (back when it was still good) and Golden Axe, slowly eating away at my social life and it was the console which pulled me into gaming. And when Sega originally brought some of my favourite childhood games to the Xbox Live Arcade, I jumped for joy.
Conclusion: With some exceptions and some inclusions that maybe should have been, this would have been perfect. That said, it is pretty close. There is a great selection of games here and a lot of replay value. For the value ($30 retail) it really can't be beat. Well, maybe a 4-disc epic like Lost Odyssey or the online staying power of Halo and Gears might be better value, but they definitely can't rival that overwhelming nostalgia factor.