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Sega Mega Drive: Ultimate Collection (Classics)

Released on 20 February 2009

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Developed by Backbone Entertainment, Sega Mega Drive: Ultimate Collection contains over 40 celebrated Sega classics in one package; making it the largest collection of Sega first party games ever offered. Featured games include Sonic The Hedgehog 1, 2 and 3, Columns, Alien Storm, Ecco The Dolphin, Space Harrier, and cult classic, Streets Of Rage 1, 2 and 3. The games in the collection have been reproduced with the utmost detail and accuracy to commend their originals. In addition, Sega Mega Drive: Ultimate Collection can output the games in 720p with higher resolution graphics for HD televisions, bringing a new visual richness to these classic titles.

Games:

  • 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 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 Hedgehog 3
  • Streets Of Rage
  • Streets Of Rage 2
  • Streets Of Rage 3
  • Super Thunder Blade
  • Vectorman
  • Vectorman 2

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 Grandad, what did you used to play?

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£1600. That's the minimum it would have cost you to own that list of games during the Mega Drive's heyday, when penny sweets were actually a penny and mobile phones were roughly the same size and shape as Outer Mongolia. Not, of course, that you would have wanted to have owned every one of these titles, as no matter how rose-tinted our glasses, some of them are awful.

I remember playing Super Thunder Blade in the arcade, complete with flight stick and hydraulic chair, rushing low through the buildings, grinning like a madman as explosions rang in my ears. Great memories, and they shall remain as such, but playing the game again at home some 20 years on is entirely pointless.

Those psuedo-3D graphics now look like a juddering succession of primary school paintings and the game itself is nothing more than left-a-bit, right-a-bit, while holding down the fire button. At least it is for the three seconds before you're blown out of the sky by another unavoidable hail of fire.

Games like Super Thunder Blade hark back to a time when longevity meant ramping up difficulty to insanely - and unfairly - hard, and this is evident in a few of the titles on offer here. The difference now is that gamers brought up on a diet of Grand Theft Auto are unlikely to want to suffer more than a couple of frustrating attempts.

But it would be churlish to dismiss the 16-bit era for its place in what was a fledgling games industry, and between sips of cocoa, Uncle Mega Drive still coughs up the occasional gem.

Sonic the Hedgehog never had the depth to rival Mario, but it still delivers immediate satisfaction, as do most of the sequels. Ecco the Dolphin remains a curiously soothing and original adventure, while Comix Zone and Shinobi 3 are excellent examples of their kind and worthy of your continued attention.

The glut of non-Sonic platformers are unlikely to interest beyond novelty value and whether Phantasy Star still stands up in a post-Final Fantasy VII world is open for debate, but for the modestly bearded, Shining Force could prove a surprisingly valid distraction.

If there is one stand-out game here, however, it has to be Streets of Rage 2. This superb sequel was never bettered in the now forgotten scrolling beat-'em-up genre, featuring four very different characters, each with their own wide array of moves that could be combined in a sublime two-player mode. This is one old game that laughs at your polygons and is rude to high-definition's mother.

So is your £1582 saving with this disc in 2009 worth it? Just about.

As a definitive collection it's missing some heavyweights from companies such as Konami, EA and Capcom (the latter two have their own retro collections out), and that's not to mention Treasure's fantastic Gunstar Heroes. The highly subjective list could go on, of course.

I would direct PSP owners to the Mega Drive collection already available on that system, as most of the games on offer here lend themselves well to quick-fire handheld bursts. The smaller screen is certainly more kind to the graphics - Sonic looks crisp. It's just unfortunate Streets of Rage doesn't feature.

Anyone born in the mid-90s onwards is just not going to get this, and even some of us of a certain vintage are equally likely to be left cold by the comparitvely weak graphics and simplistic gameplay. But there are around 10 titles here that have transcended time and still stand up to reasonable scrutiny today, and it might be that you find yourself occupied with one or two lesser-known games.

The X-Box and the PS3 may rule the streets now, but it was the Mega Drive that... erm.. laid the pavement...

Or something.

 Good times!!

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If you were like me and grew up playing the megadrive then for the price this is a nice trip down memory lane!

People who complain about the graphics need to sort it out....it was a megadrive of course the graphics look rubbish but that is all part of the charn in my book!

well worth it I say, I think its great how bad the graphics and sound are compared to what we have now....just remember when you were younger and you were playing sonic and thought it was the greatest game ever made!

 The golden oldies

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Awesome collection of the finest Mega Drive games!! If you are someone who never had the chance to experience the Mega Drive, this is the game for you!!

Pretty easy achievements as well.. 5/5

 Pretend your 8 again!

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Summary:
Gameplay - 8/10 - sonic, comix zone, golden axe!!!
Story - 0/10 - no story, just lots of games
Graphics - 10/10 - classic
Soundtrack - 9/10 - classic
Multiplayer - 8/10 - sonic & tails anyone?

Sega mega drive ultimate collection:
Remember when you were little and you would sit down for hours trying to complete sonic the hedgehog 2? But you would get right up to the death egg zone and get your ass kicked? Well now you can do it all again! I would really recommend this for anyone who owned a sega when they were younger. If not, i'd still recommend simply for all the classic sonic titles. Not only that but there are some really cool old games like comix zone, ristar, golden axe and street of rage. Its really good fun and passes the time. Not only that but you can now save the game whenever, so you can save it before the death egg zone and keep trying. You'll finish sonic 2 eventually!

A must-buy for anyone who used to have a sega!!!

 For the OGs of Console Gaming!

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If you're over the age of 21 then it's more than likely that your very first games console was a 16gb mega drive. The graphics werent fantastic like todays 7th generation console (like XBOX 360 or PS3) but oh my God were we all in love with the games or what! I got my first games console when I was 5 and it WAS a Sega Mega Drive. Some of my fondest memories as a kid is having marathon Streets of Rage afternoons with my friend. Now at the ripe ol' age of 24 I have been caught saying that those were the days like I was a 75 year old complaining about Jonathan Ross' salary!
In this 40 game... I'll repeat that - FORTY GAME collection there are such sega classics as Alex The Kidd, Eccho The Dolphin, Phantasy Star Shinobi Warrior, Golden Axe, Alien Storm, Vectorman and The Story of Thor. But my favourites... They have all 3 Streets of Rage games and the oldschool Sonic collection! That includes Sonic The Hedgehog 1, 2 & 3, Sonic & Knuckles, Sonic Spinball & Sonic 3D.
This is a game worth getting if you remember the oldschool consoles like Mega Drive, Master System or even if you were more a NES or SNES fan, it's just a great way to be a kid again.

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