Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection PlayStation 3

Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
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  1. 93
    You will be hard pressed to find a better (legal) collection of Sega games in one place.
  2. Games normally don't make that kind of mark on us anymore, but nearly every game included in Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection does.
  3. 90
    Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection is a slick package, a lot of unlockables, and 49 games; it can all be yours for $30. That's a steal, and I can't recommend picking this one up enough.
  4. The definitive assembly of some of the Genesis' best games.
  5. GamePro
    90
    All in all, Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection is an extremely solid assemblage of some of the Genesis' greatest hits, and with extras and achievements, hidden interviews and an entire museum of concept art thrown in for good measure, it's definitely worth a look from old school gamers looking to re-live the glory days when a hedgehog didn't need a lame Werehog gimmick to prove that he was the baddest mascot around. [Apr 2009, p.83]
  6. This is a cracking set of games, filled with fond memories and frustration alike, and is recommended to everyone from grizzled old fogies like us to those born into Generation PlayStation that fancy a look back on how things used to be. Brilliant stuff.
  7. Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection is easily the most value that has been offered on one disc since The Orange Box back in the fall of 2007, so this is a no-brainer if you have any interest at all in playing a good number of these games.
  8. For the price and the large array of classic titles featured, you would be hard pushed to really find excuses for missing such a superb release.
  9. 40 of Sega's greatest games of all time. With its new added features (HD filters, interviews, museum, achievements and trophies, and so on) and its perfect emulation, this disc is ideal for all those lovers of retro-gaming. Many of this games are really valued today, and at a budget price, it's a great deal.
  10. Genius in it's simplicity, this collection will allow you to revisit your favourite titles from yesteryear, albeit with a few notable exceptions.
  11. This is a must buy for gamers who are looking for a ton of games which are quick and easy to play for a few minutes here and there or even those gamers who wish to experience some of the classic RPG greatness which influence some of the best RPG games of today.
  12. 85
    Some of these games are good – some aren’t. It’s only about £30 for 48 titles and it’ll make your house look tidier, and save your knees from too much bending down.
  13. Still, anyone who is a fan of Sega's biggest 16-bit franchises could do a lot worse than picking up this latest compilation.
  14. We can't blame you for being hesitant, but the odds are pretty low that you have even half of these that will play on a current system. While every game isn't a winner, Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection is the best you can do, outside of Japan anyway. At least until the next, even more Ultimate Collection.
  15. You'll get more than your $30 worth from this nifty little package. Nearly two decades later, Genesis still does what Nintendon't.
  16. Gamers brought up on the likes of Halo and Call of Duty might struggle to see what's so great here, but that's their loss.
  17. 80
    Despite the occasional dog in the roster, there is more than enough gold in Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection to justify the purchase at double the price. Older gamers looking for a shot of nostalgia will absolutely find it here, and younger gamers wondering what all the fuss was over that mysterious “16-bit era” they keep hearing about will find an excellent education in the digital classics.
  18. The lack of online play is a shame, but the list of titles included here is a true all-star lineup from the Genesis era.
  19. This collection probably won’t keep you busy for too long, but it’s certainly great for a short glimpse into the past. Great cost-performance ratio too!
  20. 80
    A terrific sampling of the Mega Drive's greatest hits, with excellent achievements that egg you on to play them all.
  21. Out of the 40 standard games in this collection, about half of them are really good games, and there's hours of fun to be found here. It's a pity that there's no online multiplayer, but these games should be played on the same screen anyway.
  22. Despite minor problems, the big failure is not to include online support, given the potential for certain games of this compilation. Be the justification nostalgia or only curiosity, "ultimate" is not the ideal word, but it’s certainly an appealing compilation to all fans.
  23. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    80
    There are a few curious selections(Hi, Flicky. Hi, Ristar), but overall, Sonic knows old school games. [Apr 2009, p.82]
  24. Even though many of these titles can be hunted down for free online or downloaded for a small wedge of cash, Sega have rounded up their proudest moments and presented them to a willing audience who can now appreciate the glory days of the mega-company.
  25. And while there are plenty of popular titles that could have been added to the collection, including Earthworm Jim, Gunstar Heroes, Splatterhouse 2 and 3, and perhaps a few games from the SEGA CD and Saturn consoles, there is still more than enough bang for your buck here. It may not be the ultimate collection fans wanted, but it’s still a jam packed look into a time when the Genesis does what Nintendon’t.
  26. Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection is a great compilation of 16 bit golden age games for the Sega Genesis. 40 titles plus a few extra arcade classics and Master System gems are the perfect deal for a true Sega fan.
  27. No compilation is ever perfect, and Sega definitely leaves room for improvement. But this disc is ideal for all those lovers of retro-gaming.
  28. 75
    Taken for what it is, though -- a cheap collection of tons of Genesis games -- the Ultimate Genesis Collection satisfies. No compilation is ever perfect, and Sega and Backbone definitely leave room for improvement. But there's a lot of great gameplay to be had here, and plenty of interesting obscurities for the adventurous to explore -- and all for an enticing price.
  29. If you have any love for any of the old Genesis games or the system itself, $30 is a very fair price for Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection. In fact, if you look hard enough, you can find it for a little less, which comes out to be like 65 cents a game. Quite the deal.
  30. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    70
    Best of all, technically it's fairly good. [Apr 2009, p.103]
  31. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    70
    A lacking update from the 2007 collection. Not sure it's needed. [Apr 2009, p.76]
  32. Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection is a collection of almost fifty games. Most of them are well worth playing. The nostalgic feeling is great and a lot of bonus material can be unlocked. The only two downsides are that none of the games has an online multiplayer and that half of the games are already downloadable.
  33. For what Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection lacks in quality, it at least partially makes up for by its sheer quantity of emulated games.
  34. This collection is a pretty decent compilation with some of the best titles the Mega Drive has seen. If you're one of those gamers that is still longing for the glory days of the 16 bit era then you shouldn't miss out on this title. If you're not, keep in mind that the games on this disc offer you nothing more than the games like they where back in the days. Meaning outdated graphics and squeeky noises. Something a real fan would die for.
  35. PSM3 Magazine UK
    60
    They have trophy support though, which is nice. [Apr 2009, p.78]
User Score
8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. ChazS
    Apr 6, 2009
    9
    Very good game all the way around. Of course there are several games on this collection that sucked 10 years ago but for the most part thisVery good game all the way around. Of course there are several games on this collection that sucked 10 years ago but for the most part this collecion is a definate win. I really liked the fact that you can smooth the pixles via the select option and adjust the screen ration. good stuff Full Review »
  2. AlO
    Feb 14, 2009
    10
    Bargain, look at all the classics on this game. This has to be 10/10 Ristar is my personal favourite, can you imagine downloading all these Bargain, look at all the classics on this game. This has to be 10/10 Ristar is my personal favourite, can you imagine downloading all these games from the Wii network? Any old school gamers need this game. Full Review »
  3. RetoReto
    Feb 11, 2009
    9
    An awesome collection. My only complaint with it is that you can't play Sonic 3 with Sonic & Knuckles as a whole game, but other than An awesome collection. My only complaint with it is that you can't play Sonic 3 with Sonic & Knuckles as a whole game, but other than that a must buy. Full Review »