"Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection"
For years, I've been holding out hope that SEGA would release a
bunch of the old SEGA Genesis games on a "modern" system so that old
fogies like myself could reach back into our childhood heyday and
play games like "Sonic the Hedgehog" from the comfort of our own
home. But, I was also looking for a disc that had a bunch of
more niche classics, too...and, for that reason, I must say that
while you would never run out and drop $400 for a PS3 just to own
this disc, if you've already got the system and you are 30+ years
old, you need to own this if you had a SEGA system back in the day.
Not only does "Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection" have a bunch
of great Genesis games, it also has a couple of SEGA arcade
conversions AND a couple of SEGA Master System (SMS) games.
The list is awesome, but a couple of highlights really stand out:
- All four "Phantasy Star" games. The first game is a
classic and you can unlock that one by playing some of the other
games on this disc, but games 2, 3 and 4 all shine and let you
relive that old-skool RPG glory.
- Essentially all of the "Sonic" games. The later
"Sonic" games got a little old, but games 1, 2 and "Sonic &
Knuckles" all work well even today.
- "Streets of Rage" 1, 2 and 3...the third game isn't great,
but games one and two will remind you that SEGA should have been
a dominant platform if their marketing department was worth a
damn. Beat-'em-up games don't get any better.
- The arcade versions of "Shinobi", "Space Harrier", "Alien
Syndrome" and "Altered Beast." "Shinobi" alone would be
worth the $20 purchase price of the whole disc, but "Space
Harrier" and "Alien Syndrome" being thrown in? Aces!
Yeah, there are a lot of Genesis games that aren't here; yeah,
SEGA could probably release a disc of just their arcade games for
$50 and make a killing. (Come on..."Out Run", "Afterburner",
"Power Drift", "Virtua Cop", "Crackdown", "Virtua Fighter", "Daytona
USA", "The House of the Dead", "Crazy Taxi"...the list goes on and
on!) But, as it is, you can't beat the value of this disc if
you're a fan of the old SEGA systems.
Rating: Opening Weekend
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Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": Buy
this game right away, and don't ask me any questions as to why
that's a good move. A game experience that will almost
guarantee repeated controller abuse, lots of ManScreaming and high
resale value, you will assuredly play this bad boy for months on end.
after games have been out for a while, they drop in price slightly,
or can be bought for slightly cheaper in combination with other new
games. Usually, that's about $40. You'll feel good
getting the game for this price, since it isn't quite
run-out-and-get-it-right-now good, but it has enough game in the box
for a few weeks' worth of enjoyment.
game is not too bad, but you'd be better off buying it used from
either half.com or eBay. You also might let a friend buy this
game, let s/he beat it, and then try to buy it from them to make
them feel better. Yes, this does tend to feel like "Sloppy
"Rental": Like my
cousin Ron, you should always rent games that you aren't sure about
first, to make sure that your $50 is going towards something
worthwhile. For games in this category, this is the maximum
amount of money ($5) and/or time (3-5 days) you'll need to either
gain satisfaction from the game, or beat the game in its entirety.
Rental-rated games are also sometimes perfect for a weekend when you
are going to be at home on your ass, with some time to kill.
Games like this should have never been released. If you play
this game for any reason, you will regret every second of the
experience. Further, if you can get this game for free, don't
do it, because even for FREE, it will still be a negative experience