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  • Summary: [Also known as SEGA Mega Drive Classics] SEGA's collection of Mega Drive & Genesis classics comes to a new generation of consoles - and players. Over 50 titles across all genres from all-time classics like Sonic and Streets of Rage 2 to deep RPGs like the Phantasy Star series; arcade action,[Also known as SEGA Mega Drive Classics] SEGA's collection of Mega Drive & Genesis classics comes to a new generation of consoles - and players. Over 50 titles across all genres from all-time classics like Sonic and Streets of Rage 2 to deep RPGs like the Phantasy Star series; arcade action, shooters, beat 'em ups, puzzlers, old favourites and hidden gems. New features bring modern convenience to the classics. Save your game at any time, rewind those slip-ups, or customise your controls. Earn bragging rights with online multiplayer and achievements. The largest collection of retro classics on console in one package. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. May 25, 2018
    95
    Sega Genesis Classics boasts an amazing collection of 50 games, all of which will keep you busy and entertained for hours. Some of the games can be challenging to a fault, but that's just the way some old school games were made. The games hold true to their original forms and bring you a cartridge full of nostalgia that you can pop right into the console of your heart.
  2. May 26, 2018
    84
    If you love the 16-bit era as much as I do then purchasing Sega Genesis Classics should be mandatory. With loads of must-have games and hidden gems, you're bound to spend hours upon hours reliving one of the best eras in gaming history.
  3. May 31, 2018
    80
    Another generous collection of old-time classics, packed with a charming retro-nerd interface, online gaming and some pretty challenging new features.
  4. May 25, 2018
    75
    SEGA Mega Drive Classics is a beautiful collection, a dive into the past for the old videogamers, an entertaining glimpse into the 16bit world for the younger gaming class.
  5. Jun 1, 2018
    75
    Packed with both nostalgia and great games, Sega Mega Drive Classics delivers a true retro experience. Visualization options are pretty much cool this time, and everything works as a Mega Drive suited for today´s screens, with a decent line up of the system´s finest. Significant absences hurt the overall quality, though.
  6. Jun 5, 2018
    70
    The games are still great, and for any newcomers to SEGA or just games in general I say buy this to experience these titles because it’s the most forgiving any of these games have been. As an archival look at SEGA’s glory days though this is yet another fumble and I can’t wholeheartedly recommend it, especially when a more complete collection has been available on Steam for years and was updated to share the same features as the console release (and it has more games in it).
  7. Jul 9, 2018
    50
    A compilation does not need to do much to honour its legacy. It is expected that the games play exactly as they did when they released, at the very least. Having them play worse is unacceptable. The technical issues may not be as noticeable in some titles, but they utterly break the likes of Alien Soldier.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 3 out of 7
  1. Jul 19, 2018
    10
    50 classic games in one CD with full HD... lot's of time to play time... now playing with my sons in ps4 instead of playing in malls (old50 classic games in one CD with full HD... lot's of time to play time... now playing with my sons in ps4 instead of playing in malls (old arcade game)... Expand
  2. May 30, 2018
    7
    Sega Genesis Classics manages to have the largest selection of Genesis games yet, yet fails to feel as complete as last generation's "Sonic'sSega Genesis Classics manages to have the largest selection of Genesis games yet, yet fails to feel as complete as last generation's "Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection" due to the fact that both Sonic 3 and Knuckles are missing without good reason, as well as the Ecco games. There are also audio bugs heard in most games. It's still worth the $30, but I recommend the previous compilation, as that also came with unlockable Master System games on top of having every Sonic game that was released on the Genesis. Expand
  3. Jun 29, 2018
    5
    Let me first say that as a gamer I was pretty much raised on the Sega Mega Drive and have nothing but love for it and my childhood memoriesLet me first say that as a gamer I was pretty much raised on the Sega Mega Drive and have nothing but love for it and my childhood memories playing it. But despite the quality of the games on offer here, there are far too many issues for this to be considered a successful release.

    I've KINDLY given this a 6/10 rating, if I was being very critical it would be much lower and I don't blame others for doing so. Sonic 3 and Sonic and Knuckles are the obvious glaring omissions from this disc - I mean seriously, WITAF? Sonic 3 was one of the best titles on the Mega Drive yet it is completely missing from this collection.

    Secondly, the online feature is totally unacceptable. I own alot of my favourite childhood Mega Drive games on cartridge so have little need for a PS4 emulator, so the main selling point for this PS4 release for me was the ability to play with others online and it is truly an absolute shambles! You cannot select which game you would like to play online, you are drawn into a random game with a random online player and can then you can both select whether or not you wish to play the random game you are both assigned. If you both decide that you would in fact like to play the assigned game together, at least NINE TIMES OUT OF TEN the game will lag to a completely unplayable level. It will freeze, the sound will stutter. It is totally unacceptable for an online game in 2018. I've heard talk of Sega re-entering the console market, but on the basis of this release I would say that would be a very bad idea (And to reiterate; I am a big Sega fan and was raised on their consoles in the 90's).

    The sound blips are even apparent in offline mode, which affirms that the bugs and sheer laziness of the developers infest the single player portion of this release too - again, totally unacceptable for a 2018 release. How could it be that I was emulating these games over 10 years ago on unofficial ROM's and emulators more or less perfectly, yet somehow the actual developer of these games could not get right in a bona fide release that cost me £25 in actual money in 2018?

    As I said, the games that do appear on this release are good, but I really expected better from Sega on this one. This is pure laziness on their part and the online connectivity is absolutely appalling.

    EDIT: Screw it, let's make it 5/10.
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  4. May 29, 2018
    5
    Well, this is slightly disappointing. It's a very similar set of games to "Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection" for PS3 and Xbox 360, butWell, this is slightly disappointing. It's a very similar set of games to "Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection" for PS3 and Xbox 360, but with a redesigned front-end and a few more emulator choices.

    This would all be ok and worthy of something well above 5/10, except that the emulation is actually shade worse than the PS3 release in two key areas:

    1. Sound: Ok, you may not have an "echoic memory" like I do, but if you played the original games back in the day, there are bound to be some moments where you realise the sound is off. The most noticeable are the noise Sonic makes as he spins through the end sign in the first Sonic the Hedgehog, and the noise made in Toejam and Earl when you cause parts of the land to appear.

    2. Performance: This emulator frequently stutters badly in certain parts of certain games. Often when transitioning to a new background screen, but I haven't yet narrowed it down. You will lose frames of animation and the music will noticeably stutter.

    Neither of the above are game-breaking, but shows a general lack of care and finesse, not to mention the fact that these issues don't occur when running the same games in emulation on a Raspberry Pi 3, which has a fraction of the processing power of the PS4 and Xbox 360.

    In terms of the games you get, it's easiest to compared with the PS3/X360 release. The following games have been dropped: Ecco The Dolphin, Ecco: The Tides of Time, Sonic 3, Sonic & Knuckles.

    ... and, in their place, we have: Alien Soldier, Bio-Hazard Battle, Columns III, Galaxy Force II, Gunstar Heroes, Landstalker, Light Crusader, Shadow Dancer, Space Harrier II, Sword of Vermillion, The Revenge of Shinobi, Toejam & Earl, ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkatron.

    These 14 new games are extremely welcome, but why did we have to lose 4 absolute classics to make way for them? A Sonic 3 + Sonic & Kuckles combination is surely long overdue Sega? I'm pretty sure the hidden games from the previous collection (such as the arcade version of Shinobi) have also been dropped, so the total number of games is roughly the same. Perhaps more games will be added via DLC? Time will tell.

    You can play the games in fullscreen with borders, or stretched (which is yuk!), or in a TV Mode where you're looking at a 14" Trinitron-like TV set with a slightly curved screen. That last one is actually quite cool, but my preference is fullscreen with black borders.

    The new emulator "pixel-hiding" settings may please some, but I personally find they ruin the look. There's a scanlines option, but it causes banding on large areas of the same colour (such as the blue sky background on Sonic) and causes a weird moiré effect in TV Set Mode. This is a shame, as other games such as Sonic Mania and the entirety of the SNES Mini collection managed a more convincing scanlines option.

    If you already have a working PS3 or X360 and a copy of the previous collection, it's difficult to recommend this unless you consider the 14 new games essential. If you've gone down any of the alternative routes towards Genesis/Megadrive emulation, then I think you're definitely wasting your money unless the convenience of being able to play specifically on a PS4/Xbox One is critical to you.

    It's possible the sound/performance issues could be addressed with patches, in which case add another couple of points to my score. For now though, this gets a "meh" 5/10.

    (Tested on: PS4 Pro)
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  5. Jun 1, 2018
    3
    This is a very lazy collection of Megadrive games. After enjoying the excellent PS3 and XBOX 360 Megadrive collections, this collection movesThis is a very lazy collection of Megadrive games. After enjoying the excellent PS3 and XBOX 360 Megadrive collections, this collection moves a few steps forwards in some areas, but takes massive leaps back in others.

    Pros
    1. Online play across the board. Been able to do it for years with emulators but it is good it has finally hit the console. The matchmaking seems solid too.
    2. It's the biggest collection so far.
    3. The challenges included are a great way of putting a new spin on old games. Shame there is only 20 of them, but a good step forward.
    4. The rewind and fast forward features are neat. Turns out I use the fast forward feature more than rewind in games like Phantasy Star 2.
    4. The emulation options are quite nice, and displaying on the virtual tv is good for adding a curved CRT image.

    Cons.

    1. No Sonic 3, Sonic and Knuckles (or lock on with both obviously), no Ecco the Dolphin... No excuses.
    2. The emulation lags and stutters during play. Other reviewers mention this and write it off, but why should we have to put up with this? Again on an emulator on PC this does not happen.
    3. The emulation sound is off. Passing the goal post in Sonic 2 is definitely weird. Yet again, why should we put up with this.
    4. No box art, manuals, trivia or any extras. Why go to all the trouble of making the virtual bedroom with physical boxes and carts and not put in the proper art?
    5. The last collection had interviews with producers of the games. This does not.
    6. The last collection had Master System and Arcade games unlocks, not here. At least it could have given us Phantasy Star and Shinobi, instead of leaving it at Phantasy stars 2, 3 and 4, and all the Shinobi's but the Arcade game.
    7. Can we not have some MegaCD and 32X games? Come on.
    8. Can Sega sort out the licensing for some 3rd party games? If the Nintendo classic mini can have Contra and Castlevania, why not have some Sega love. I would love to have Castlevania over two different versions of Columns.
    9. The leaderboards are pointless. You can use the rewind feature in the game when submitting a high score. That's just dumb.
    10. The virtual bedroom is ok, but lacks any customisation. Since you can't customise it, it is just a clunky interface, I honestly preferred the list interface from the previous collection. Again, this is laziness.

    In summary, if you don't have the previous collection or any other way of playing these games, this is the collection for you! If not, I would avoid. If Sega want to stop people emulating these old games, they have to put out a decent product, something worth shelling out money for. With poor emulation and virtually no extras, there is very little reason to own this.

    UPDATED:

    Never played the online for the previous review. The matchmaking is terrible. You can't pick specifically which game you want to play, you pick which games you don't want to play and then the game is picked at random. Why?
    When you do get online the experience is stuttering when it does work. Which is not guaranteed.
    Want to map the megadrive buttons to your Playstation pad. Well you have two set options. That's it. How hard would it have been to set up a system to be able to map the individual buttons? The mind boggles.
    There are other niggles with this, specifically the daft interface, but I just can't take it any more. Gone down to from 4 to 3 out of 10. Absolutely hopeless.
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  6. Aug 12, 2018
    2
    Another clumsy compilation cashing in on nostalgia. A missed opportunity with the games they could have included and it launched with weirdAnother clumsy compilation cashing in on nostalgia. A missed opportunity with the games they could have included and it launched with weird jittery framerates. Avoid. Expand
  7. May 30, 2018
    2
    I wish Sega would put a bit more effort into their latest Genesis collection. Unlike their last one (Sonic's Ultimate) it doesn't have theI wish Sega would put a bit more effort into their latest Genesis collection. Unlike their last one (Sonic's Ultimate) it doesn't have the cool extras such as the high resolution box art, developer interviews, or interesting unlockable arcade games such as Shinobi, Space Harrier, Zaxxon, Fantasy Zone, etc..

    In fact they also left off Sonic 3 and Sonic & Knuckles. Not cool Sega!

    I just heard they released a patch for VR support on the Steam version. Now where is the PSVR version of this update?! If they added this it wohkd defintely be something worthwhile, and would show that they do in fact care about their fans on all platforms.
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