Uploaded on May 21, 2009
Wow, I just recently bought this game right away after I saw the demo on PSN. The Sega Megadrive is definitely is an awesome console and it had a really good start here in Europe when it hit the market in 1990.
Then the SNES arrived in 1992, all hell broke loose. It became one of the biggest console wars with no clear winner. Even though the Sega Megadrive had advantages like being on the market for 2 years before the SNES and having a bigger game library, it eventually lost it's popularity. They tried to breathe new life into it by releasing add-ons and such, but it was a commercial fail. After that, it went pretty much downhill for Sega. After releasing 2 more consoles, who both weren't able to take back the console market, Sega finally stepped down and left the game console world.
Does that mean the system failed because it had bad games? Not at all, the Sega Megadrive spawned some amazing games that even rivalled the best games on the SNES. It's popularity shows by the many releases of game compilations on the newer consoles.
One of them is this one, the Sega Megadrive Ultimate Collection or Sega Genesis Ultimate Collection/Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection in the US. It contains 49 games, 40 of them are Sega Megadrive games that are directly available to play and 9 arcade or Sega Master System games that you have to unlock.
If you are already familiar with the Sega Collection on the PS2, you will notice that many of the games are also listed in this one. They removed the games Sword of Vermillion and Virtua Fighter 2 and added the Shining Force serie, Street of Rage serie and the Sonic serie is complete.
Honestly I expected a little bit more from this collections, since it is apparently the ULTIMATE collection and it's freakin' bluray for crying out loud. There are a lot more great games on the Sega Megadrive like Alien Soldier, Toe-jam and Earl, Strider, General Chaos and many others, but fail to appear in this complitation.
Yet I won't complain too much, the added games are a welcome addition, Shining Force being one of my favorite series on the SMD. The compilation also features a good amount of unlockables and extras. You can read interesting background information of every Sega Megadrive game and even look at a 3d model of the cartridge. You can unlock the 9 games as I previous mentioned and unlock interviews with people who worked on the games.
The difficulty for unlocking things is different for each item. For some items you just need to start up a game, while others require you to get a ridiculous highscore. It can be very challenging at times, but it does add some replay value and even trophies are awarded for it.
All in all, if you are into retro gaming, then this is a must buy. It has a great compilation of games, but I still miss some other great games that should have made the compilation. But still with the 40+ games and a good amount of extra's, makes this compilation worth every penny.
I hope you enjoyed this showcase and see you next time.
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