Sonic Gems Collection GameCube

  • Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Aug 16, 2005
Metascore
64

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 32
  2. Negative: 2 out of 32
Buy On
  1. In other words, if this sort of thing matters to you, if you still can't bear to unplug your Dreamcast, and you do own "Virtua Fighter 4" and all the others and think they're brilliant, this is for you.
  2. While seeing Sonic on a Nintendo console is weird enough, this compilation will please the hedgehog's hardcore fans, while being a fun diversion for the masses.
  3. AceGamez
    60
    It isn't worth buying Sonic Gems Collection unless you simply can't live without "Sonic CD".
  4. Considering the other six games in the compilation, some of them are a lot of fun it's a shame many players just won't touch them half the time.
  5. Sonic CD is fine game, however, and Sonic R and Sonic the Fighters are worth checking out at the very least. Any fan of Sonic really ought to pick it up.
  6. This game would be better if Sega just released Sonic CD for the GCN alone with Vectorman as an unlockable, but only for $20. Instead we get a bunch of lame filler material that is best forgotten.
  7. If there's one thing that the Sonic Gems Collection taught me, it's that Sega is out of Sonic games to repackage. None of the titles here are particularly famous, nor was there any particular fan outcry for their release.
  8. Sonic Gems Collection is packed with rare games, but "rare" is frequently confused with "good". Is this disc interesting enough to rent? Absolutely. Is it worth $30? Not really.
  9. 65
    While a Sonic compilation is always welcome, Sega seems to have shoveled the worst Sonic has to offer in with the sure-to-sell Sonic CD.
  10. 65
    Worth looking at, and would probably keep the kids busy for a while, but doesn't pack the punch it could have with some more titles and unlockables that are WORTH unlocking.
  11. Sonic CD is a title worth purchasing on pure merit, and whatever their standard, the sheer number of games on the disc make Gems an economical acquisition.
  12. Unless you're a devout Sonic fan, you probably haven't heard of most of the games included here--and, with a few exceptions, most of these games aren't really worth hearing about.
  13. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    62
    A woefully uneven mix, but one that true Sonic fans will probably still want to own just for "Sonic CD," aka the best Sonic game ever. [Sept 2005, p.115]
  14. Keep in mind that the gameplay is strictly old-school and while it may have been unique for its time, it hasn't aged well.
  15. 60
    Where's Knuckles Chaotix, one of the few decent games to see the light of day on Sega's abortive 32X system? Or how about Sonic Pocket Adventure for the forgotten Neo Geo Pocket Color? And what about the surprisingly competent Master System ports of Sonic and Sonic 2?
  16. 60
    Apart from housing the much desired Sonic CD and the arcade only Sonic the Fighters, Sonic Gems is a collection of past Sonic titles (most of which appeared on the Game Gear) that shine forth with about as much brilliance and polish as a piece of coal.
  17. The large majority of this package is underwhelming and really not that good to say the least, but the games that are good, are really good, so it's a definite toss-up.
  18. This compilation really is quite disappointing. Though Sonic CD is quite nice, and it is worthy of a play-through, that's the one and only game worth looking at in this.
  19. Sadly, this is a curiosity and nothing more. Sonic CD isn't bad but the others make us feel, well, uneasy. [NGC]
  20. 70
    Definitely a weaker package than "Sonic Mega Collection." The only games that truly hold up today are "Sonic CD" and the "Vectorman" titles. The rest are merely passable and are only of interest to the hardcore crowd.
  21. The title's still worth picking up with the classic Sonic CD game, as well as a few other fun titles that will provide hours of retro gaming joy.
  22. 60
    We can't stress how outstanding Sonic CD is. It was one of the finest games around in its day and it still offers a fantastic time years later. This game alone makes Sonic Gems Collection a consideration at $30. The other featured titles don't add enough to the offering.
  23. Overall, for $29.99, it's not a bad deal to get 3 "A" tier games, 2 "B" tier games and a lot of junky Game Gear games.

Awards & Rankings

#11 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2005
#32 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2005
User Score
8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Jun 9, 2016
    9
    Classic. That's all the controls are good and I like the great games they picked for the collection well except Sonic R that's why it's not aClassic. That's all the controls are good and I like the great games they picked for the collection well except Sonic R that's why it's not a 10. Either way this game is great! Full Review »
  2. Sep 2, 2016
    8
    sonicCD IS AWSOME but to bad its the CREEPY AMERICAN SOUND TRACK so I never really play the game for that reason but 9.5/10 for that and sonicsonicCD IS AWSOME but to bad its the CREEPY AMERICAN SOUND TRACK so I never really play the game for that reason but 9.5/10 for that and sonic R 8/10 tails sky patrol 4/10 tails adventure 5/10 vector man 6/10 and 2 is 6.5/10 sonic the hedgehog 2 (gg) 6/10 sonic triple trouble 7/10 sonic the fighters is 7.8/10
    now the worst one is sonic drift 2 0/10 BECAUSE ITS SOOOOOO BORING AND UNLIKE MARIO KART IT HAS NO ENJOYMENT THE PLAYABLE CHARACTERS DONT DIFFER and SONIC R is a great game and people don't now about the spin dash! XD oh and sonic spinball is not as good as the sega genesis one which is the best pinball game ever! but the game gear one isn't THAT bad so it deserves probrably a 5.5/10! so so far this game is mostly good so ill give its total score a 8/10 medal:GOLDEN sonic has better anniversaries than Mario too
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  3. Apr 6, 2016
    7
    I play this game on Ps2 . Im cant put a higher estimate this game , Because its a collection of Sonic retro games , but this collection hasI play this game on Ps2 . Im cant put a higher estimate this game , Because its a collection of Sonic retro games , but this collection has got Sonic R and Sonic the fighters unlike Sonic mega collection Plus on PC . This is good collection , but only 6/10 . Full Review »