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  • Summary: Take a trip back in time with over 40 titles from the SEGA Genesis era, including your Sonic The Hedgehog favorites. In classic single-player and multiplayer battles, you’ll take down a huge variety of enemies, including Sonic’s nemesis Dr. Eggman (AKA Dr. Robotnik), shuriken-flingingTake a trip back in time with over 40 titles from the SEGA Genesis era, including your Sonic The Hedgehog favorites. In classic single-player and multiplayer battles, you’ll take down a huge variety of enemies, including Sonic’s nemesis Dr. Eggman (AKA Dr. Robotnik), shuriken-flinging ninjas, hordes of altered beasts and the world’s greatest fighting champions. [Sega] Expand
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  1. Positive: 29 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. 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]
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. PSM3 Magazine UK
    60
    They have trophy support though, which is nice. [Apr 2009, p.78]

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  1. 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. Expand
  2. 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 toThis 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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  3. Mar 15, 2021
    9
    Like each collection you appreciate it much more when you played the games in your childhood (aka nostalgia and fond memories) and this is theLike each collection you appreciate it much more when you played the games in your childhood (aka nostalgia and fond memories) and this is the main consideration for you. For itself it has a good variety of games with all Sonic games but sadly no combined Sonic 3 / Sonic and Knuckles, all 3 Streets of Rage, both Shining Forces games, all 3 Golden Axes, the 4 Phantasy Stars to name the bigger franchises. Overall it has 48 games (Remark: Some games must be unlocked and there are some Master System games added too). I am mostly O.K with the selection but like everyone I would have wished that some games were added and I don't care about some included games. For example: I would have liked Soleil, Landstalker, NBA Jam, Alexx Kidd in Shinobi world or the Langrisser games added to the collection atop of Sonic and Knuckles / Sonic 3 combined. Also I don't care about Flicky, Decap Attack, Super Thunder Blade, Altered Beast and Fatal Labyrinth. However this is just me and it is not possible to please everyone. On the technical side all games I played worked well and I encountered no bugs. Take this with a grain of salt as I have not beaten all games and will not do it as for example Comix Zone is much to hard for me and most other players (Awesome art style by the way) and the Ecco Games have not much appeal to me. Graphically and soundtrack wise the games look and feel like I remembered them from my childhood. I must warn you that the analog controls are not good enough for all games. I got frustrated at my lack of skill in the bonus zones from Sonic 3 until I switched to the four way digital cross. I got accustomed to analog controls and switched back here avoiding them in total which helped a lot. In total I was more than satisfied with the game and found the hidden gems Beyond Oasis (Story of Thor), Shinobi and Shining in the Darkness quite good (The Shinobi series was not popular in my region). Overall a well done compilation that I recommend to Genesis fans. Be warned that it has less appeal if you don't experienced it during childhood. For example I enjoyed this and the Minin NES / SNES but the C64 or PC Engine equivalent has not much appeal to me and my circle of friends. If you liked the games or want to check them out after all the years this is a good opportunity. Expand
  4. 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 andLove 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
  5. 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. Expand
  6. 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 Expand
  7. Oct 5, 2017
    8
    This was one my first PS3 games (and my first platinum trophy), and I still have a good memory of it.

    The selection of games is quite
    This was one my first PS3 games (and my first platinum trophy), and I still have a good memory of it.

    The selection of games is quite varied; it could probably be larger, but also much more reduced. Evidently enough, there will be some games you may not like, but there are really good games overall: Streets of Rage, Altered Beast, Comix Zone, Golden Axe, Alex Kidd and, of course, some Sonic.

    There have been many subsequent classic video games compilation, but this is most likely one of the best.
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