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Platform

Xbox 360

 

Genre

Classic Games

 

Publisher

Sega

 

Developer

Backbone Entertainment

 

ESRB

E +10 (Everyone)

 

Released

February 10, 2009

 

 

- The games play, sound, and look exactly like you remember them

- The extra content like the box and cartridge art and developer interviews is great

- Huge list of Genesis games, some arcade games, and even handful of Master System titles

 

 

- It's missing ToeJam & Earl!

 

 

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Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection

Score: 9.5 / 10

 

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Most of the games included with Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection are beyond reproach simply because they’re so woven into so many great game memories from fifteen (or more) years ago.  That doesn’t mean they all hold up under the passage of time; but since the collection is so utterly aimed at nostalgia-loving gamers (i.e. me) that any shortcomings of the included games is protected by a

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rose-colored tint.  In fact, the games are actually made better by the fact progress can be saved and, from all the games I’ve played, each and every one completely matches my memory of how the original played.

 

Streets of Rage, Phantasy Star, Sonic the Hedgehog, Golden Axe, Vectorman, and Ecco the Dolphin; those series alone, plus spin-offs like Dr. Robotnik’s

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Mean Bean Machine, will pull Genesis fans in but with the inclusion of titles like ESWAT: City Under Siege, Kid Chameleon, Bonanza Bros., Columns, Altered Beast, Dynamite Headdy, Comix Zone, Alien Storm, and Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master, Sega seems to be making a concerted effort to appeal to a more niche and completionist audience.

 

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Sega has also gone the extra mile by including a host of developer interviews, a complete gallery of the box art and cartridges for each game, and the ability to play the games in either widescreen or its original aspect ratio.  And hidden among the Genesis games are some arcade games and even Sega Master System titles. (All told, there are close to 50 games included on the disc.)  This is an example of how these compilations should be put together.  Backbone took the time to absolutely nail these games for hi-def TV’s and audio equipment.  And it also brings to mind that some of these titles could be candidates for a Bionic Commando-type reboot like Streets of Rage or the panel-busting of Comix Zone or a ESWAT (imagine piloting a big robot around a wide-open city) but that might just be the nostalgia talking because many of Sega’s reboots have met with, at best, mediocre response, like the recent Golden Axe: Beastrider or the continued meandering of the Sonic the Hedgehog series.

 

Basically the games are just like you remember them – in many cases, just as simple and just as difficult as you remember them – and anyone wanting to round out their video game knowledge and experience with one big package, this one is perfect.

 

- Aaron Simmer

(March 12, 2009)

 

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