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

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 32
  2. Negative: 2 out of 32
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  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
    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. Nintendo Power
    Worth the price of admission for "Sonic CD" alone. [Sept 2005, p.85]
  6. Play Magazine
    An excellent classics compilation, due mostly to "Sonic CD," finally revived after so much begging. [Sept 2005, p.57]
  7. "Sonic CD" and both "Vectorman" games alone make paying the $30 price an extremely easy decision. With those three brilliant titles in hand, the remaining eight can basically be treated as bonus additions to mess around with.
  8. I can do without some of the Game Gear games in the collection, but to have Sonic CD once again just makes it worth having.
  9. 75
    A decent compilation, even though it's not as solid as Sonic Mega Collection. At a bargain price of 29 bucks, however, "Sonic CD" and "Vectorman 1" and "2" make for a worthy purchase for fans or anyone who may have missed them the first time around.
  10. Sonic CD alone would be a good reason to own this collection. If Mega Collection has left you hungry for more Sonic, Gems Collection has got everything else between it and Sonic Adventure DX. Sonic Gems Collection completes the continuum of Sonic history available for GC.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    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]
  20. 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.
  21. 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?
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. Sadly, this is a curiosity and nothing more. Sonic CD isn't bad but the others make us feel, well, uneasy. [NGC]
  26. Pelit (Finland)
    Another Sonic Collection. "Mega Collection Plus" was good value, but this one is a disappointment. Why were not these included on the Mega Collection? Sonic CD is a nice Sonic game, though. [Nov 2005]
  27. Offering the proverbial something for everyone, Not only does it give Cube owners (and PS2 owners, if you get the PS2 version) the chance to get to grips with some of the lesser known, but ultimately brilliant Sonic games of yesteryear (which are still great now), but also give the long suffering Sega masses the chance to finally play Sonic the Fighters on a home console.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. Short of Sonic CD, there's really not much here for the casual Sonic fan, as they'll either grow bored or quickly blaze through everything else.

Awards & Rankings

#11 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2005
#20 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2005
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 37 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 37
  2. Negative: 1 out of 37
  1. Jun 9, 2016
    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. Nov 4, 2017
    There are tons of hidden gems: The SEGA CD was a failure, so Sonic CD wasn't played by a lot of fans; Sonic The Fighters was only an ArcadeThere are tons of hidden gems: The SEGA CD was a failure, so Sonic CD wasn't played by a lot of fans; Sonic The Fighters was only an Arcade Game, no console port, only Arcade; So you can play that too! The Game Gear and the Saturn weren't too successful, so Sonic R and tons of Game Gear games are here! PLAY THIS! Full Review »
  3. Sep 2, 2016
    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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