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1. The game is a DVD-ROM version for the North American Release, not a CD-ROM as shown on the box and disc label. Sega did not change the packaging and this may lead to many unhappy people that this game does not work in their machine.
2. The localization for this version of the game seems to be the European Localization and not the North American Localization found on the XBOX and Playstation 2. Sonic 3D Blast is known as Flickies Island in this compilation. Shows MegaDrive Icons too next to each game.
3. The roms they use in this compilation seem to be the PAL versions , as shown in the file folder directories.
4. The XBOX 360 Controller for Windows, and any controller that does not have dual analog sticks will not function properly in Sonic Mega Collection Plus and will exhibit behavior as if the DPAD is stuck in one direction. A controller such as the Logitech Dual Action or Rumblepad 2 will work just fine. There may be other dual analog ones that work fine too.
On the plus side, you can save an unlimited amount of save games for the classic games something that had a limitation in the XBOX and PS2 versions of these games.
Overall I am satisfied with my purchase and reccomend this to anyone who has wanted to play this game before but do not own a PS2 or XBOX and could not play it before....
The graphics look rather out of date on today's HD monitors, but the colours still look vibrant. The sound is exactly the same, although it pails in comparison to the surround sound available on many modern games.
Bonus features include comic book covers and character designs as well as all the original game manuals.
Overall a decent collection for any Sonic fan or anyone harking back to a simpler time.
One advantage of getting this collection is that it is an emulator that has a save function, so you can stop and continue at any time, and play those Chaos emerald missions over and over if necessary. This collection does seem to have a Sonic running speed problem though, he seems to accelerate and run about 4/5 of normal, but everything else is the same (I double checked with online videos). According to other reviews there is a patch available, but I was unable to find in on Sega's website, probably due to the age of this game.
If you want to play your favorite Sonic games again, then this collection will let you do that.
Compatibility: On Windows 7 64-bit I was able to get this game to run in compatibility mode for Vista Service Pack 2.
In general, the games are visibly dated, and simplistic comparatively speaking to modern games, but have been nicely re-mastered, and look sharp and vibrant. The sound can't compare to modern games either of course, but is just as you remember it, and even sounds good with surround speakers. Native gamepad support is included (but no rumblepad support), and the button layout is customizable. Keyboard controls are customizable (the mouse is not used), but I don't use them, and can't speak to how intuitive, or well implemented they are. I use, and strongly recommend a dual analog gamepad since this game prefers, and plays best with one. Also, please be aware that this game will require an older type, DirectInput gamepad (like the Logitech Dual Action, or Rumblepad 2 for example) for full, and proper gamepad support. Even if the game will recognize an X-Box 360 controller for Windows, there is a good chance it will not behave correctly since the game pre-dates, and therefore does not support Xinput.Read more ›
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Doesn't work on all pc's. Graphics outdated. Not what I expected. Delivery and packaging were excellent.Published on July 11, 2014 by Ken Marshall
I've always loved the old school Sonic games. I've played and beat them countless times and never really get tired of doing so. Read morePublished on October 4, 2013 by Nocturne00
This collection has everything. It has all the classic Sonic titles of the 90s and the ability to save at literally any point during game-play. Read morePublished on January 24, 2013 by Draykar the Dragon
I bought it even though other people said that it would not work on their PC. After many attempt with installing, uninstalling, turning off the firewall, etc, it does not work on... Read morePublished on December 28, 2012 by N. Smith
WARNING!!!! the game does not load with newer pcs which should have been noted in the description. I have Windows 7, 8gb of ram, and so on. Read morePublished on May 15, 2011 by MrsKuchiki
I have always loved Sonic. When I saw this, I had to have it. I was concerned when I read the other reviews that it didn't load properly, but I had no problem with Windows 7. Read morePublished on June 9, 2010 by Penny A. Brannon
its good to play the old games. and sonic was my favorite. so it's good to play them again. overall great buy.Published on November 16, 2008 by Luke Olsen
Often, when a game is transferred to another machine, the game developer tries to 'improve' it, and so in the process loses the game's charm. Read morePublished on September 13, 2008 by Atli Hafsteinsson