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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb collection for retro gamers and new gamers alike, February 14, 2009
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This review is from: Sonic Ultimate Genesis Collection (Video Game)
Right to the point: There is nothing not to like about this collection. I've played it for the last few days and have loved every moment.

This disc brings together a huge collection of almost all of Sega's best games from the Genesis era. All the expected titles are here -- the Sonic the Hedgehog games, the Golden Axe series, Space Harrier, Shinobi and much more -- plus some awesome stuff you might not expect. (Presumably we'll see games like Afterburner and the lock-on version of Sonic 3 + S&Knuckles in a second installment.)

Two of the biggest reasons to be wowed by this set are:

Phantasy Star series -- With the four games included here (1-4), you get some of the best RPGs of the era and dozens upon dozens of hours of gameplay. The ahead-of-its-time Phantasy Star, the stunning Phantasy Star II (which influenced the direction of Final Fantasy in a big way), the amazing epic Phantasy Star IV. Just these four games alone are worth the $30. Heck, DOUBLE that. No fan of JRPG's should go without playing these.

Shining series -- Two predecessors of the popular Final Fantasy Tactics series (Shining paved the way for this sort of game) as well as a first-person dungeon crawler, these are fan favorites for a reason. They're great. Ahead of their time and they hold up great.

And SO many more. Shinobi. The difficult roguelike Fatal Labyrinth. Fun platformer Alex Kidd. Tetris clone Columns. Even coin-op classic Zaxxon! A HUGE collection!

All games allow you to save at any time, in any game, anywhere. This is a GREAT feature. Plus it saves high scores, has full 16:9 support for widescreen TVs, and you can toggle on graphics smoothing to make the games look even better than they did upon release. It's a dynamite feature. (The "museum" and interview extras are a nice bonus, too.)

All in all this is one of the best retro gaming bargains of the year. Got my copy a few days ago and already have loads of hours under my belt. The inclusion of not one but TWO fan favorite RPG series gives this disc an enormous amount of play value.

If you have any interest at all in retro gaming, ESPECIALLY if you were a fan of the Genesis era or if you missed out on the Genesis because you had a SNES, you owe it to yourself to grab this collection.
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Initial post: Feb 20, 2009 11:41:53 AM PST
Turtle502 says:
Good review! Helps me decide whether to get it or not.

Posted on Jun 10, 2009 6:58:54 PM PDT
Illiria says:
Solid review.

Please note though, that unless I'm missing something, the original Phantasy Star is not included.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2009 7:30:52 PM PDT
SirArthur says:
The original Phantasy Star game is unlockable if you play through the first level of Sonic 2 with two players. Yes it's true. :)

Posted on Jan 14, 2011 5:20:22 AM PST
Josh says:
For the past year I have been contemplating the purchase of this game.
After my 3rd orgasm I experienced while reading this review, I officially decided to place my order.

Cheers.

Posted on May 7, 2011 9:25:08 AM PDT
Anti MTV says:
I never owned a sega genesis as a kid before, my cousin had one and I had NES & SNES.

I Think I will buy me this game and I hope sega will release more dreamcast titles too.

Thanks for your review!

Posted on Jul 21, 2015 5:15:59 AM PDT
Beanz says:
Question about this - "All games allow you to save at any time, in any game, anywhere." I do not see that to be true. I'd like to save in Sonic or Sonic 2, or 3, but it doesn't allow me. Am I missing something?
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