Rating

B+

Specific Ratings

GameplayB+
GraphicsB+
Learning CurveA
Replay ValueB+
SoundB+

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Large amount of games
  • Priced very reasonably
  • New addition of games not on previous collections
  • Trophies
Cons
  • Several repeat games found on other collections
  • Not many improvements in graphics or sound
  • No online mode for co-op play

Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection (PlayStation 3)

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Summary

The best Sega Genesis collection to date

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Description

Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection is the newest and best Genesis Collection to date. Now with nearly 50 games, Trophies to be earned and priced very reasonably at 29.99 . This collection is hard to pass up.

Game List -

Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
Alien Storm
Altered Beast
Beyond Oasis
Bonanza Bros.
Columns
Comix Zone
Decap Attack starring Chuck D. Head
Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
Dynamite Headdy
Ecco the Dolphin
Ecco: The Tides of Time
E-SWAT
Fatal Labyrinth
Flicky
Gain Ground
Golden Axe
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 Force
Shining Force 2
Shining in the Darkness
Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
Sonic The Hedgehog
Sonic The Hedgehog 2
Sonic 3
Sonic 3D Blast
Sonic & Knuckles
Sonic Spinball
Streets of Rage
Streets of Rage 2
Streets of Rage 3
Super Thunder Blade
Vectorman
Vectorman 2

Unlockables -

Golden Axe Warrior (SMS)
Alien Syndrome (Arcade)
Phantasy Star (SMS)
Shinobi (Arcade)
Space Harrier (Arcade)
Altered Beast (Arcade)
Congo Bongo (Arcade)
Fantasy Zone (Arcade)
Zaxxon (Arcade)

Gameplay

As you can see, there are many games. Now, I won't go through the gameplay for all, but I will give you a quick run down. In this collection there are some Action titles, Puzzles, RPGs, Shooters, Platformers, Beat em' ups and more. As you might know, these are games that are almost 20 years old. Most games can be played and enjoyed by gamers of all skill levels; there is something here for everyone.

Games like Streets of Rage 1,2,3 and Golden Axe 1,2,3 are classic beat em' ups, where you go level by level pounding on bad guys until you reach your goal. Columns and Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine are your puzzle games. Platformers like the Sonic games, Vectorman 1 & 2, Ristar, and Kid Chameleon are alot of fun. Plus many RPGs like the Shining series and the Phantasy Star series are here in this collection. Action games like Shinobi 3 and E-Swat are great also. Lots to enjoy with this collection.

Graphics

Being that these games are nearly 20 years old, you can't complain about the graphics. They appear just like the 16 bit Genesis carts you may own. In this collection they added a feature to upgrade the graphics to a somewhat HD quality. When this is used it slightly enhances the graphics, but won't give you true HD. It just removes some of the fuzziness to give it a polished look. Overall, the graphics are decent and you should not complain.

Sound

Again, given the age of the games, the sound can't be complained about either. Some people mentioned hearing irritating things, like scratching noises and other various sounds. I did not notice this, maybe because I didn't try hard. I guess when you play old games you get used to hearing funny noises and sounds, so it passes unnoticed. Some of the games in this collection do have some nice music though. Overall, the sound is decent as well.

Learning Curve

A lot of these games are simple. The game play is basic; no real deep storylines, complicated controls, or big difficulty. Most games are controlled by the D Pad or Analog stick, and pressing 1 or 2 buttons only. Right off the bat you should understand quickly how to control and play the game. Some games vary in difficulty, most being easy to average, with only 2 or so games being quite hard. What I am trying to say is, you don't need to be a hardcore gamer to enjoy Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection!

Replay Value

Excellent replay value in my opinion. Of course, there may be a few titles you don't like, and won't want to play them much, or at all (some repeat titles are to blame). But there is a substantial amount of games you will play, and will want to play again. In my opinion, you can pop this disc in any time and find a game to play and enjoy. I have beaten some of the games, but there are still quite a bit of games I'd like to play through in this collection. There are also some games that never get old, and you can play them over again. With nearly 50 games, this should be enough to satisfy you for many hours.

Final Notes

Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection is a worthy game. It brings alot of good games on one disc. The only problem is there are some repeat titles that were on previous collections. It kinda bums you out that they would not put other titles in place of some of the Sonic games and Ecco games. This game is also on the Xbox 360, and as far as I know they are identical. If you own the PS3 version you can earn trophies, or Achievements for the 360. You can also unlock video interviews in addition to unlocking games. Priced at $29.99 you can't go wrong.

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