“Ultimate Genesis Collection” Review

Game Review: Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection
Release: February 11th, 2009
Genre: Compilation
Developer: Backbone Entertainment
Available Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Players: 1-2 (offline)
MSRP: $29.99
ESRB Rating: E 10+


The time has come for you to put away your emulators. Backbone Entertainment and SEGA have released the ‘ultimate collection’ for the PS3 and Xbox 360.

Many of us as children remember playing hours of Genesis games, even though others were strictly Nintendo players. Either way you look at it now, this compilation offers something for everyone. This title gives you 49 games to chose from. When it is broken down, that’s 40 SEGA Genesis titles and 9 unlockable SEGA arcade titles.

The games included cover a nice variety of genres. You have the classic Sonic games such as Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2, and 3, Sonic Spinball, Sonic 3D, and other of the blue-spiked variety. There is also a good representation of the Genesis RPG games like Phantasy Star 1, 2, 3, and 4, Shining Force 1 and 2, and Beyond Oasis. Not forgotten, you also get plenty of beat-em-up games. Streets of Rage 1, 2, and 3 are here. You also can magic your way through Golden Axe 1, 2, and 3. Of course, there are other games on the disc that I did not mention here.

Though the games come with a somewhat upgraded HD quality, the games will not wow you as other games of today’s era will. But this game is not meant to impress you with graphics, though colorful. This game is about gameplay and a brief look to where we came from as a video game culture.

There is an option to put games in a 16:9 ratio for your widescreen television and when this is turned on, the games look like they belong in this format, not looking stretched or out of place. The controls are responsive and accurate, supporting both the analog stick and the d-pad. The games play as the originals and the translation to the newer consoles did not sacrifice the controls or gameplay.

Though not all of the titles will be your favorites, the great games on the disc will outweigh those you might find odd to be included. There are some notable games not on Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection, but I can only hope they are holding out these titles for a sequel to this compilation.

Also, not included with Ultimate Collection is the lack of online gameplay and leaderboards. Games like Streets of Rage or Golden Axe would be perfect with a friend on the PSN or Xbox Live.

The bottom line for this game is: this is a must-buy for any gamer, hardcore or casual. The price is only $30 and you get 49 games. With this many titles on the disc, you will be entertained for hours, days, and months on end. If you weren’t into SEGA as a child, or these games were before your time, go and pick up this game.

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