Generally favorable reviews - based on 45 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 45
  2. Negative: 0 out of 45
  1. With the complete Phantasy Star collection, six Sonic the Hedgehog titles and a bunch of Streets of Rage titles, this Sega compilation is one of the most comprehensive yet. You would be a fool to pass up this $30 compilation disc!
  2. Basically the games are just like you remember them – in many cases, just as simple and just as difficult as you remember them – and anyone wanting to round out their video game knowledge and experience with one big package, this one is perfect.
  3. 93
    You will be hard pressed to find a better (legal) collection of Sega games in one place.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection for the Xbox 360 features close to 50 games and while not all of them are hits, this collection will not fail to keep you busy … deliciously busy.
  7. 90
    When it's all said and done, this is an excellent value in gaming and something that goes a long way toward preserving many excellent titles from the 16-bit Golden Age.
  8. 90
    Those that sold their originals, or are just wanting to play some of the games on here will get great value out of the disk.
  9. Simply put Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection may not be the ultimate or perfect collection but its damn near close.
  10. With 40 varied and diverse games, this is definitely a great collection that we could recommend to everyone and best of all, the collection is quite affordable.
  11. 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.
  12. These games may not compare to the powerhouses of today, but the extra content, eclectic selection of games, the low price tag, and no fear of jail time, almost every video game fan will find something they love in Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection.
  13. 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.
  14. Genius in it's simplicity, this collection will allow you to revisit your favourite titles from yesteryear, albeit with a few notable exceptions.
  15. 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.
  16. While every game in the collection is not exactly game history master piece, there is a lot of great stuff to play with. Add as much nostalgia bonus to the score as you want. [Aug 2009]
  17. The Genesis generation will appreciate this nostalgia trip, but that trip may result in a few favorite memories losing some of their luster.
  18. There is a great selection of games here and a lot of replay value. For the value ($30 retail) it really can't be beat.
  19. 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.
  20. You'll get more than your $30 worth from this nifty little package. Nearly two decades later, Genesis still does what Nintendon't.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. It's better value than the Virtual Console, but it's still a lazy effort.
  24. 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.
  25. Everything a library of classic games should be: great games, no load times, and simple functionality. Just the way we remember it. [Apr 2009, p.78]
  26. Despite a disappointing lack of online multiplayer, Sega Ultimate Megadrive Collection is one of the best old school compilations that money can buy. It’s well presented, sports interesting behind-the-scenes unlockables, and all the games have been converted so that they play as good as we remember them (except for Alex Kidd, which has aged like a 19th century milkshake).
  27. 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!
  28. Either way though, this is a most welcomed remembrance package from SEGA and as always supporting their fans well, now all we need is some more license agreements for releasing all of those other legendary gaming accomplishments.
  29. 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.
  30. Old-school Sega fans will be in heaven. [Apr 2009, p.91]
  31. No compilation is ever perfect, and Sega definitely leaves room for improvement. But this disc is ideal for all those lovers of retro-gaming.
  32. There are too many classics here to pass up. [May 2009, p.78]
  33. A cracking collection. [Apr 2009, p.75]
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. It may be out of the question if you’ve got a PC and have MAME, where I’m sure all these games are available for free, but if you’ve got the cash and the memories, then this can provide a lot of what games used to be all about – fun.
  38. Should be called the "Sega Mega Drive Really Good But Not Quite Ultimate Collection".
  39. All things considered and all the highs and lows of the Sega Mega Drive experience, Ultimate Collection is a good buy for any gamer old or new.
  40. With so many games here you do find yourself flitting from one game to the next, however even though it's enhanced, it's still all a bit old, perhaps Sega should begin to concentrate on this generation a little more instead of living in the past.
  41. Take Ultimate Collection for what it is – an inexpensive assortment of classic SEGA titles – and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better deal on the market.
  42. For what Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection lacks in quality, it at least partially makes up for by its sheer quantity of emulated games.
  43. 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 squeaky noises. Something a real fan would die for.
  44. As good as some of the games in this package are, these golden memories come with a price tag to match.
  45. Why keep buying Genesis collections?
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Jan 9, 2015
    play with the old 2D platformer sonic and not just one almost all! and not just sonic ether. its got other sega genesis games as well. but meplay with the old 2D platformer sonic and not just one almost all! and not just sonic ether. its got other sega genesis games as well. but me and probably most ppl only got is because sonic. even though i like new sonic better these games are fun aswell. i say get it Full Review »
  2. Apr 2, 2014
    This collection shows just how deep the hedgehog bit into the plumber's butt during the 90s. This a near perfect collection of the SegaThis collection shows just how deep the hedgehog bit into the plumber's butt during the 90s. This a near perfect collection of the Sega Genesis' library. I say near perfect cause this disc does have it's flaws. Having online co-op for the Streets of Rage games would have been stellar, also was anyone crying for Bonanza Bros. or Flicky? Probably not. I wish they would've included a Sega CD or 32X title to unlock through gameplay. I do have a feeling they probably could have put more on this DVD, but I guess somethings come down to whether or not you can obtain a game's rights. All in all a collection worth owning if you remember these games or if you want to know what all those channels on YouTube remember so fondly. Full Review »
  3. Jan 15, 2014
    If you had a Genesis growing up you will love this. You get a huge collection of Sega games from Comix Zone to Vectorman. Almost all of theIf you had a Genesis growing up you will love this. You get a huge collection of Sega games from Comix Zone to Vectorman. Almost all of the greats! The emulation is excellent.

    Some good points I found:

    1. Sound and video emulation is extremely accurate. I still have my Sega Genesis, and it is very similar.

    2. Save anywhere at any time.

    3. Controls are good. If you don't like what they've given you, you can readjust them. You also have the option of turbo.

    4. You might have a tube TV (if you're a retro fan) or you might have a big widescreen. It doesn't matter. You can stretch the screen to your liking. However, it would have been extra nice if I was able to actually move the image (to make it as centered as possible) but most people won't need this feature.

    5. You can play with smoothed out graphics or just play normally.

    6. You can unlock and watch video interviews with the creators.

    7. Each game features artwork and a brief history on the game, however...

    The bad:

    1. ...The artwork for the games only show the front. Not the side and back. It would have been really neat if they made it "3D" so that you could rotate it, and look at the whole thing. Also, having the manuals in there would have been really nice. I guess they were rushed, but they missed an opportunity to recreate the whole experience.

    2. Kind of a pain in the butt to scroll through a huge collection of games like that. You can't even hold down or up to navigate through. You have to tap-tap-tap.

    3. Not everything is unlocked. I understand the videos be clamped down, but I wanted to play the other games right away! I actually thought locking the games was kinda dumb. As far as I know, I didn't see any instructions telling you how to unlock them. (Might be wrong though.)

    All in all, despite a few flaws, you will enjoy this collection if you are a Sega Genesis fan.
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