There's no question that with 28 games this is one packed collection, but there are a few noteworthy omissions. It would have been nice to be able to play the three Streets of Rage games, a franchise that Sega has kept in the shadows since the last game was released in 1994. I also would have loved to have seen Sonic 3 or Sonic & Knuckles, a couple of games that have been featured on other Sonic collections. And where's Green Dog, Eternal Champions, and Chakan: The Forever Man? And since we're listing off missing classics, it would have been nice for Sega to give us Treasure's amazing 16-bit entries, such as Gunstar Heroes and Dynamite Headdy. I can only hope that these titles (and many more) will be included in a Sega Genesis Collection 2 disc.
Along with faithful emulations of 28 games, the Sega Genesis Collection also features some extra features that are well worth exploring. For example, by achieving certain goals in the various games you can unlock interviews with the people that made the game, a cheat sheet and even trailers for upcoming games (such as Virtua Fighter 5 and Phantasy Star Universe). And that's not all, play enough of the games and you can even unlock full arcades games like Super Zaxxon and Congo Bongo. The amount of extras in this game are staggering, and they do an excellent job of incentivizing you to play through all of the 28 Genesis games in this collection.
The Sega Genesis Collection also has a few interesting technical tricks up its sleeve. For one thing you can save your progress at any time, which is a much needed addition to a lot of these old Genesis games. You are also able to bring a friend in at any time for some fun two-player gaming. Like Capcom's recent PSP collections, you don't have to start your games from the beginning to enjoy a multiplayer experience, just as long as you have your Wifi switch turned on a friend can enter whenever he or she feels like it. Also nice is the ability to change the screen, which allows you to view the game in a number of different ways (stretched, original, etc.).
The Sega Genesis collection doesn't have a lot of new game play ideas or amazing 3D graphics, but you don't need that in a collection of 10+ year old games. What we are given are 28 games that are just as fun to play today as they were before Sony and Microsoft entered the fray. Not every game in this collection is worthwhile, but there's enough here to keep you busy for a long, long time go come. Regardless of whether you're already a fan of this era of gaming or you want to see what everybody was playing before the PlayStation and Nintendo 64, the Sega Genesis Collection is an amazing disc full of memorable games. Outside of adding more games, it's hard to think of anything Sega could have done to make this a better deal. If you're the type of person who wants to pack a lot of games on the go then you can't do much better than the Sega Genesis Collection for the PSP.
Sega manages to pack just about every great Genesis game into one UMD. With games like Shinobi III, Ecco the Dolphin, Vectorman, Comix Zone, Sonic the Hedgehog and the three 16-bit Phantasy Star games, the Sega Genesis Collection is a must own no matter what type of gamer you are!
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