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Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection review

£39 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Sega

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

With more than 40 classic Sega Genesis games packed on to one disc, Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection brings players back to the glory days of 16-bit gaming.

With more than 40 classic Sega Genesis games packed on to one disc, Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection brings players back to the glory days of 16-bit gaming. With an incredible amount of variety, the Ultimate Genesis Collection is nothing short of a pixilated party for your Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3.

Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection: what's old is new

The Ultimate Genesis Collection comes jam-packed with an amazing assortment of readily playable titles, complimented with in-game achievements that often reward you with brand new games, arcade exclusives, and interesting interviews with the minds behind some of gaming's greatest hits.

As you browse Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection's library, you can sort games by genre, alphabetical order, or even by your personal favourites, allowing you to rank each game.

One of the most interesting aspects of the Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection is the Museum option offered up whenever you scroll over a game. With a press of the B button, you're given a synopsis of the title you're about to play, interesting facts about the game's production and to top it all off, the game's original box and cartridge art. Let me tell you now that nothing brings a nostalgic tear to my eye like looking at the box art for Ecco the Dolphin.

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Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection: ultimate indeed

All of the two-player games support local multiplayer, so you can bash away with a friend in games such as Golden Axe and Alien Storm. Whether you're taking these games on solo or with a mate, the sheer excitement and nostalgia is overwhelming, and truly adds to the experience as a whole.

While the games support 720p, there's really no reason for it; these are the classic Genesis games you saw back in the early 1990s, so don't expect any revolutionary graphics. Still, the aging is rather relevant with some of the more obscure titles (Congo Bongo, Gain Ground) that are really just there for the memorabilia factor rather than an actual reason to pick up the compilation.

All in all, Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection is an extremely solid assemblage of some of the Genesis' greatest hits, and with extras and achievements, hidden interviews and an entire museum of concept art thrown in for good measure, it's definitely worth a look from old school gamers looking to re-live the glory days when a hedgehog didn't need a lame Werehog gimmick to prove that he was the baddest mascot around.


Sonics Ultimate Genesis Collection Expert Verdict »

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  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

With an amalgam of fantastic titles from the beginning to the end of the Mega Drive's lifespan, Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection proves itself a must-own for fans of the titular hedgehog's original home.

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