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Sega Classics Collection - PlayStation 2

by Sega
PlayStation2
Teen
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews) 46 / 100


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  • ten games
  • contemporary 3D engines
  • enhanced versions
  • Columns - Arrange falling jewels in piles of three or more while making chains that earn you the big points
  • Alien Syndrome - Blast invading aliens and rescue the captives held hostage in the spaceship before the clock winds down

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  • ASIN: B0002VYPE4
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.8 x 0.5 inches ; 5.6 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: March 23, 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,220 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

SEGA Ages: Classics Collection features enhanced versions of Fantasy Zone, Golden Axe, Monaco GP, Tant R/Bonanza, Alien Syndrome, Columns, Outrun, V.R. (Virtual Racing), and Space Harrier. Each one of the ten games put on the Sega Classics Collection disc began its life several years ago as one-off budget games produced and published by an off-shoot company of Sega's: 3D Ages. The idea of the 3D Ages project was to delve into Sega's backlog of classic games and revive them in more contemporary 3D engines and designs at a budget price. Games like After Burner II, Alien Syndrome, Golden Axe and other Sega brands were given additional life as new developments on the PlayStation 2.

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44 of 51 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Be warned: these are not the games you remember November 13, 2005
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
At first glance, this Sega Classics Collection appears to be a great buy for it's price. The packaging states that classic Sega games from yesteryear such as Golden Axe, Alien Syndrome, Space Harrier, Outrun, Columns, Fantasy Zone, Virtua Racing, Monaco GP, Tant R, and Bonanza Bros are here, but these games hardly resemble the classic favorites from Sega's heydays. Maybe that's because the games are supposedly "remastered" with different graphics, sound, and music; and none of it is for the better at all. The graphics on all of the games look like polygonal messes, the music is atrocious, there's way too many load screens, and plenty of more gripes that are too many to mention here. Space Harrier isn't challenging here, Golden Axe is annoying with some just plain bad hit detection, and the racing games are almost uncontrolable. If you have fond memories of the aforementioned games, avoid this at all costs, and others who may be looking to pick this up, be warned: these are not the classic games the way you remember them. Sega usually has a good history track with classic game compilations (the various Smash Pack volumes for example), and why they would try something like this now is just mind boggling. Avoid at all costs.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag... April 24, 2006
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
Yes, unlike similar compilations by Midway, Taito, etc, most of these games are remakes, and a bit challenging (I couldn't get used to the "new" Golden Axe, for starters). However, both Virtua Racing and OutRun seem to have made it relatively unchanged (though there must have been licensing issues over OR, since the familiar Ferrari has been replaced by a larger car that looks out of place, IMO), as did Space Harrier, so that's a redeeming factor. My take? If you like the new and different, it's worth picking up, but if you're looking for actual arcade ports, better try some other compilation.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Only Two Are Original Classics... March 24, 2006
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
With the exception of Virtua Racing and Columns, these are all "remastered" editions of the listed Sega arcade classics. I'm giving 3 stars because I absolutley love Virtua Racing; it was the only reason for me to purchase this collection.

V.R. is nearly a perfect translation. In fact, they have gone a step further by incorporating some anti-aliasing and realtime lighting...the result is astonishing (be sure to check out the photos I uploaded!). The only downfall is that the controls are a little touchy and the driver animation is inaccurate while playing in first person mode (the on-screen steering wheel barely turns at full steer). Otherwise, this is very close to the original arcade, Yu Suzuki classic.

If you're not into V.R. however, pass this up. Hopefully Sega will soon wise up and "open their vault" of arcade classics. It amazes me that they have not done so in light of the success of classic compilations from Midway, Capcom, etc.

Come on, Sega!

Edit 03/04/2008: I decided to give Alien Syndrome another try since I had a second player to play it with. This game is considerably more fun to play with a second player than playing alone. The controls are very similar to Smash TV and Robotron; both analog sticks are utilized. My only complaint is that you can only shoot in eight directions despite using the analog stick. This collection is now a good buy at under $10.00 along with both Alien Syndrome and Virtua Racing.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible Wannabe Arcade Collection... November 13, 2005
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
These games are REMAKES of arcade games. The remakes are WORSE than the original, especially Golden Axe! The only decent game is Space Harrier and Out Run.

Overall DON'T buy this game. I recommend Capcom Classics Collection, Midway Arcade Treasures 1, then Namco 50th Anniversary Collection.

Dear SEGA: Why not make a collection of true original Sega arcade hits. Game like Altered Beast, Shinobi, After Burner, Metal Slug, Zaxxon, Frogger, Choplifter, Planet Harrier, Golden Axe, etc.... Alex the Kidd, Phantasy Stars from Sega consoles. The fun brawler similar to Kung-Fu Master from the Sega Master System.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what i was expecting February 22, 2006
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
I had the urge to play some classic games and purchased this thinking that it would be a collection of original arcade classics, however on playing the games on the disc, they are remastered versions of the originals. Some are good remakes, outrun being particularly impressive but far too east. Space Harrier also has done well from the face lift and Alien Syndrome. However the others are not great by any means i have to agree with one reviewer that Golden Axe is Awful! Bonanza Brothers is ok. The only real original looking and feeling game was the VR racing which bought back some childhood memories. This collection is not that bad and at $20 it isnt ripping you off..but you can go to target and they are selling them for $9.99, at that price it qould be a bargin.

Look at other classic hit titles before buying this one!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated March 9, 2007
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Honestly, this is all about expectations. If you expect to play this and have exactly the same experience as, say, playing a VR cockpit model, you'll be sorely disappointed. If you can accept the collection for what it is--excellent remakes of classic Sega arcade games--you'll be satisfied.

I'm definitely a Virtua Racing fan; I probably spent $500 worth of quarters on it when it came out. I'd love to own a VR arcade cockpit but I just don't have room for it, I have too many arcade machines already. Granted, almost any modern racing game has much better graphics and more complex gameplay.

But this remake is very good, and I enjoy VR for its simplicity. This remake isn't perfect; in particular, the voices and music aren't as good, and there's no Bikini Babe. (I was disappointed yet not surprised to see they left her out.) It's just as much fun as the original to play, the graphics and controls appear to be 100% identical with the original and the additional modes are an improvement. I felt right at home playing it.

The remake of Alien Syndrome is awesome. After trying it once I ended up playing it for 4+ hours straight, and I still have this overpowering urge to go back and try to get a better score. I didn't like the original at all, but this updated version is a huge improvement and I sincerely think it alone would be worth the inexpensive price of the collection. (If you're expecting it to look/play like the original arcade version, it doesn't in the slighest. The only thing really in common is the theme. But it's *fun*!)

Fantasy Zone was underrated when it came out and is just as underrated in this collection. (It looks to me like the only emulated game here, the others seem to be primarily remakes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic
I started out with a Sega System, so this series brings back a lot of good memories. Great addition to my collection.
Published 7 months ago by Harold Armstrong
4.0 out of 5 stars Sega Classics Collection - PlayStation 2
Fun Game for my daughter she could play it all day worth the money' many games I recommend Sega Classics Collection - PlayStation 2
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sega Ages
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outrun need I say more
I only purchased the game for outrun but got to like bonanza bros.so I got my moneys worth outrun is truly amazing you must understand it was ahead of its time try it you'll love... Read more
Published 21 months ago by The critic
5.0 out of 5 stars You can't go wrong with classic
needless to say. These games are all classic, the one I paid the most attention is the Golden Axe PS version, it has orchestral remake music, which is one of the best OST I've... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Sleepy Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Birthday Present
Birthday present for a grandson. He has spent hours,where available,playing it. Not a bad purchase for kids, adults,or grandpa's. Buy it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars SEGA CLASSICS COLECTION PLAYSTATION 2
some of their choices in sega games were interesting i was more hoping for the actually arcade version of every game mentioned & not a makeover of the original version i thought... Read more
Published on June 26, 2012 by C. Glass
5.0 out of 5 stars This rocks no matter what they say. People are wrong about this.
The problem lies not in the games but in the people. Those who have reviewed this, have seriously undermined this. It's nowhere near as bad as others say. Read more
Published on September 2, 2009 by J. R. Casey
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