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8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 31 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 29 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31

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  1. Jun 11, 2012
    9
    Megadrive ultimate collection is a really good collection. A lot of the games are classic and amazing (examples: Sonic the hedgehog 1-3 and knuckles, Shinobi 1 and 3, Dr. robotnik's mean bean machine, shining force 1 and 2 and more!). Of course, some of the games aren't as good as other ones on the collection. Mostly, this is a quality collection!
  2. Jul 18, 2011
    9
    pretty good deal for $30 getting some real good classic genisis games like shining force 1 and 2 , shining in the darkness , phantasy star 1 , 2 , 3 and 4 , golden axe 1 , 2 3 , streets of rage 1 , 2 3 and more . they are all emulated perfectly now in HD . i felt sega missed abunch of great games they could have added to this pack like master of monsters , star flight , virtau racer , and alot more also online co -op for games like golden axe and streets of rage would have been great . even though you get alot for your money and its well worth it to play some great classics . over all im just happy it has shining force 1 and 2 in HD :) Expand
  3. Mar 5, 2011
    9
    Love this game and will keep it until the new consoles are released. Basically you get 40 games that were the best in Sega Genesis history and you get to play them in high definition. You get to hear the collection of rings from Sonic 1 through 3 including Knuckles and spinball (which is a hard trophy to get) and playing Golden Axe, kicking the crap out of little elves for magic pots, brings back memories. My only problem is why not put all of the games that were released for the Sega Genesis, I don't mind playing the crappy games and punching the walls while swearing at the same time (at least it gets the anger out). But anyways its a great game with a lot of interviews from the people who made it and play the original arcade games such as Alien Syndrome or Congo,which is my favorite. You should try and relive those days even for young ones who don't know what Genesis is this will be their first. Expand
  4. Dec 14, 2010
    9
    This is tremendous value for money and represents one of the greatest retro collections ever. Well ok, it would be pretty hard for Sega to mess this up, given that the Megadrive had one of gameings best back catalougues. But this is conclusive proof (if it was needed) that the 16 bit era really was as good as people of a certain age remember. Some of the games here genuinely belong among the greatest games of all time - Streets of Rage 2 must be the best scrolling beat em up ever and Sonic 2 possably the best platformer ever and i'd say of the 40 games at least 25 of them are excellent. Ther's some baffling omissions such as Strider and Toe Jam and Earl especially when tripe such as Fatal Labyrinth and Super Thunder Blade have been included but ther's only about 5 duffers in this collection.
    The only reason i didn't give this a 10 is that it only features games made by Sega themselves and no third parties (apart from 1 game Dyneamite Headdy by Treasure) and therefore shouldn't really be called the "ultimate" collection.
    For oldies looking to relive the golden era it's as good a collection as you're likely to get for the foreseeable future and ther's bound to be at least some gems that even Megadrive veterans won't have played before. If you're a youngster that still needs convincing then all i can do is advise you to look past any preconceptions about the graphics and sound and just give it a go. If you still don't get hooked on at least some of these games then you simply wouldn't know decent gameplay if it spin dashed you in the face!
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  5. Dec 13, 2010
    8
    Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection (Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection in the US) is a great treat for gamers craving for some nostalgia gaming. I didn't own a Mega Drive due to the fact I was too young back then when the Mega Drive was released but this collection does a good job at showing me what I would have experienced if I owned one. 40+ games in this collection is brilliant value for money considering that this game has been out for a while and these games included cover loads of genres like platformer, shooter and RPG's which means there's something for everyone. At least you're not forced to play every game that you don't fancy. Some of these games (like Decap Attack and Bonanza Bros) I've played are unique in their own way with interesting and innotive game play. Some games like Dynamite Headdy and Altered Beast and probably some others will require a lot of patience to get through because they are quite hard in terms of difficulty. At least these provide a good (if sometimes frustrating) challenge that these newer games don't seem to give us. Things are made easier through a "state save" feature (which is commonly found in Emulated games played on a PC) which can be used to save anywhere during game play. This takes some of the frustration away considering most Mega Drive games send you back to the beginning of the game when you lose all your continues or lives, you can just continue from your last save state. The games in this collection are presented and run well on the PlayStation 3 and can either be played in their original screen ratio or be stretched to fill a wide screen TV. This does reveal individual pixels more clearly when the games are viewed like this but at least Backbone have had the courtesy to add a "Smoothing" option. Another good thing with this collection is that you can rate the games (out of 5). All of the games may not appeal to you depending on what kind of video game genre your into but Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection is a well put together collection of Mega Drive games and is a must have title for anyone who wants a break from all of the high technological games we're playing today. Expand
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80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. You'll get more than your $30 worth from this nifty little package. Nearly two decades later, Genesis still does what Nintendon't.