• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Mar 22, 2005

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 18
  2. Negative: 8 out of 18
  1. In short, this isn't going to please anyone, apart from the few of you who are after a decent Virtua Racing for the lounge.
  2. What the hell is happening to the Sega that I knew and loved through the Genesis, Saturn and Dreamcast eras?
  3. A collection of the original games would have rocked, but in too many of these games, Sega Classics Collection has reinvented the wheel - and somehow made it square. [March 2005, p.78]
  4. Even at twenty bucks, which turns out to be two bucks a game, there are games that I wouldn't ever consider putting eight quarters into if they were in an airport arcade and I had a ten-hour layover. I would just opt for a nap instead.
  5. 40
    Proves one thing--Sega needs to stop tinkering with its past and start respecting its illustrious history as much as its core fan base does.
  6. It's just too bad that Sega didn't take more time with these games since some of them, in their original form, could still hold up after all of these years. [March 2005, p.97]
  7. These are 10 awful remakes of old Sega games that will only serve to infuriate their intended audience.
  8. The worst compilation of all time. [Apr 2006, p.107]
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. MichaelLynn
    Sep 27, 2009
    The conversion of Outrun is not a perfect rewrite from the arcade. Due to licensing issues the Ferrari Testorossa has been replaced with a generic red sports car. The cars are not the same as those in the original arcade version. They have added yellow taxi cabs and vans which were never in the original OutRun.

    - The car is too big and looks terrible.
    - The vibration function does not work when the car crashes. Doesn't matter if turned onoff in options.
    - The red colour on the speedometer is too dark.
    - The hilo gear change indication on the screen should be able to be optionally displayed (initially off).
    - The mountains on Devil's Canyon should go to the edge of the road.
    - The KTM motorcycle advert has been changed to some fake brand.

    The vibration function would have been a nice effect when a steering wheel is connected as an analog controller on the PS2.

    For an arcade perfect conversion check OutRun on Sega Ages Volume 1 on the Sega Saturn. That conversion was by Robuto games.

    This could have been so much better.
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  2. KennyB.
    Jun 16, 2009
    I agree with the last poster that reviewers have been way way too critical. If you want arcade perfect versions of these games, get a PC emulator! Personally I like what they did with most of the games. Alien Syndrome is a stellar game now with great graphics and sound. Reminds me of Loaded for the PS1. If you liked Loaded, you'll love this version of AS. Outrun moves at a fast 60fps and they replaced all the confusing herky jerky scaling sprites with smooth moving polygons. All of the music remakes on Outrun are the greatest I've heard even compared to Outrun 2006 for PS2. If you don't like the remakes, they have all the original music as well. TantR and Bonanza Bros. got a major graphic boost. TantR is alot of fun and much like Warioware. Space Harrier is a beautiful game. They added much to the dull scenery of the original and once again removed all the scaling sprite with smooth high res textured polygon graphics. The music was not remade nearly as well as Outrun was, but it's still decent and like playing it way more than the original. Golden Axe is just fine. I prefer it over the original due to way better sound and music than the original and the addition of the 3D graphics. Personally I think there are way better beatem' up games besides Golden Axe so I don't need a perfect version of it anyway. Lastly is Virtua Racing. It is the closest version to the arcade of any console. The sounds and music are the same as the arcade. The reason why I gave this title a 9 and not a 10 is because the steering in Virtua racing seems way too loose. The car appears to fishtail on even the slightest turn. Playing it more I found that the steering controls are fine, its just that the car is way way over animated and plays great as long as you ignore the direction your car is pointing. Still it's like the programmers got lazy and didn't wanna take the time to animate the car differently for when the tires are gripping the road compared to when they are slipping. So the car looks like it's constantly out of control, but it actually is not. Overall I think the Sega Classics Collection is a great collection of remade games. To me it did what it was supposed to do which was bring new life to old classic games. I just wish they would have included Afterburner II in the collection. Let's be clear about this title though. Purists need to stay far away from this game. Full Review »
  3. Ralph
    May 15, 2005
    First off every pro reviewer of this game has been way too critical. After reading the reviews, I expected to play a total piece of crap. After playing it, I was wondering if they were playing the same game I was. Alien Syndrome and Outrun alone are worth twenty bucks. Golden Axe is far from unplayable. Its actually very good; just different. My nieces and nephews who have never played the original game love it. I grew up playing all of these games as kid so I remember how they are supposed to be. Anybody that likes the old arcade style gameplay will be happy with this collection. It takes you back to what gaming is supposed to be, Fun. Full Review »