Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection


posted 3/12/2009 by Cyril Lachel
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On top of earning achievement points, most these challenges reward you with extra content. For example, fans of Sonic will be happy to know that there are plenty of videos about the birth and growing pains of this popular mascot character. The real gems are the extra games you can unlock. I'm not just talking about old school arcade games (though there are a few of those), but rather important titles like Phantasy Star and Golden Axe Warrior (both for the 8-bit Master System). While Golden Axe Warrior doesn't quite live up to the 16-bit brawlers, the original Phantasy Star is a must play and worth the price of this disc all by itself.

Unfortunately it's not all good news for Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection. While it's great that have 47 games on one inexpensive disc, there's one glaring omission -- the complete lack of online play. For those expecting to play Streets of Rage 2 or Golden Axe with your friends online can think again. These games, as good as they are, are only playable with friends that are looking at the same television screen. This is definitely the one and main problem with Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection. I guess you'll just have to buy Street of Rage 2 on Xbox Live Arcade if you want to play with friends online.

Outside of the lack of online play, Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection certainly lives up to its name. It has a great mix of Genesis games from all eras, a couple of must-play Sega Master System games and a few classic arcade games thrown in for good measure. And even though the collection is huge, there are always more titles that need to be added. Where is Green Dog? Or what about Chakan: The Forever Man? Sonic CD? Eternal Champions? I guess you can't please everybody. Perhaps Sega is only holding these titles back for when they give us Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection 2. One can only hope.

All in all, this Genesis collection is exactly what you were hoping it would be. Even if it only had half of the classic games, Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection would still be worth the $30. At the budget price, you would be insane to pass up a deal like this. Who knows, maybe you'll find that some of these games hold up a lot better than you think they would. Don't be afraid of the lame title, this is without a doubt the single best Genesis collection ever assembled in one place.


Don't be fooled by the crummy name, Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection is not a hedgehog-only affair. Instead this is a compilation with 47 classic games, most of which are well worth playing. With the complete Phantasy Star collection, six Sonic the Hedgehog titles and a bunch of Streets of Rage titles, this Sega compilation is one of the most comprehensive yet. You would be a fool to pass up this $30 compilation disc!

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