[REVIEW] – Sega Megadrive Classics – Xbox one / PS4

I’m a little excited for today. The Mega Drive meant a hell of a lot to me all those years ago, and I still hoard many of those games with a carefully looked after machine today. Opening those black plastic boxes to see a simple cartridge and manual that could give you more Joy than you could find on most systems in the very early 90s (yes I know the SNES had some great titles, but it was also a heck of lot more expensive in the UK and came out later.. and those playground battles where you had to choose between the sleek black engine and the brevile toaster, well where were the cool kids….)

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50+ games included (Titles may not be what you wanted..)

 

It’s this point I happily take a look at the package (mine was purchased, not a promotional item from Sega) and notice that something is amiss, checkout the games list below and see what’s missing:

  • Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
  • Alien Soldier
  • Alien Storm
  • Altered Beast
  • Beyond Oasis
  • Bio-Hazard Battle
  • Bonanza Bros.
  • Columns
  • Columns III: Revenge of Columns
  • Comix Zone
  • Crack Down
  • Decap Attack
  • Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
  • Dynamite Headdy
  • ESWAT: City Under Siege
  • Fatal Labyrinth
  • Flicky
  • Gain Ground
  • Galaxy Force II
  • Golden Axe
  • Golden Axe II
  • Golden Axe III
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Kid Chameleon
  • Landstalker
  • Light Crusader
  • Phantasy Star II
  • Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom
  • Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millenium
  • Ristar
  • Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi
  • Shining Force
  • Shining Force II
  • Shining in the Darkness
  • Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
  • Sonic 3D Blast
  • Sonic Spinball
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • Space Harrier II
  • Streets of Rage
  • Streets of Rage 2
  • Streets of Rage 3
  • Super Thunder Blade
  • Sword of Vermilion
  • The Revenge of Shinobi
  • ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron
  • ToeJam& Earl
  • Vectorman
  • VectorMan 2
  • Virtua Fighter 2
  • Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair
  • Wonder Boy in Monster World

That’s right, there’s no Sonic 3 or Sonic & Knuckles. Come to think of it looking further, theres a few few first party titles that are missing that have arrived on compilations before and having bought this pack on Steam back a while ago, there’s little excuse as to why there missing, given some of there previous inclusions.

Missing classics:

  • Ecco
  • Ecco: Tides of Time
  • Sonic 3
  • Sonic and Knuckles
  • Super Hang On
  • Virtua Racing
  • Outrun
  • Soleil

And that’s just the usual first party stuff! I mean come on Sonic 3 and the Knuckles add on cart!! Surely leaving out one of your biggest games is criminal…

Unless of course you looked at that bottom empty shelf below the on-screen cartridges and thought ” will Sega be releasing some additional titles then..?”

And there lies the issue with the disc. Don’t get me wrong 50+ games for the price of 1x game back in the 90s is a steal!! And with the titles included it’s a no-brainer anyone even slightly interested in replaying older classics will look at this and pick up as an impulse purchase.. They even conveniently released it 1 month prior to fathers day for that added wallet siphoning gift that most wives and kids will consider.

It’s just knowing in the back of my mind i’ll be paying, say £1.49 each on Steam, possibly £5.99 for a pack of 3 missing titles on PS4 / Xbox one which could’ve easily fitted on the disc with no issues (and i’m not convinced they aren’t already on there…) make me look at Sega with that little bit of distrust again.81wAljh-u4L__SL1500_

You know the feeling, it’s when you bought a Saturn over the PS1 and were reminded by that decision EVERY bloody day by the gaming press that your machine wasn’t getting the key titles of that generation.

Or like the time you bought a 32X when Sega promised the earth that the software lineup was there, and hinted at future compatibility of your software library when moving over to the Saturn (by means of the cartridge slot), then dicked you over by making the release window gap 6month months apart, and advising both machines were made by different parts of Sega and had no connection.

Or the Mega CD…….

To be fair to Sega, licencing music and games is expensive, especially when considering 3rd party titles, which is why we’ll never see Sensible Soccer, Earthworm Jim, Decap Attack, or the Strike series on these compilations again. Which is sad as Nintendo have done a cracking job with their mini series so far when compared to this outing.

81vlPu4vMvL__SL1500_But I digress, the games all play well and cannot fault them over their originals, apart from the occasional sound effect (like the sign spin at the each of Sonic 1 levels, the effect is a lower tone than the original). and the option to change screen modes, border styles, scan effects are all useful and in many ways do work better than other alternatives. I particularly liked the option to switch each game to its Japanese counterpart, especially for Streets of Rage / Bare Knuckle to see the subtle differences between titles.

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But on the other hand it would be nice to see to ingenuity from Sega for a change with one of these classic packs. You know… make that 32X compilation, make that Mega CD hits compilation, hell even go for that Dreamcast compilation once more!

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