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Gaming Evolution
Gaming Evolution
Published By: SEGA
Developed By: SEGA
Genre: Action Compilation
Players: 1-2
Rated: E10 (Everyone 10 and Up)
Release Date: February 10, 2009
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Written By: Matthew Prunty








Growing up in the Sega Genesis and SNES era, games like Sonic The Hedgehog, Comix Zone, and even Streets of Rage were must have titles. Countless hours were spent playing these games over the course of several playthroughs, which resulted in a fascination of any and all things Sega. As new generations came and went, many gamers like me always found satisfaction in hooking up their old consoles to play these titles, while others would invest in game collections released just for nostalgic reasons. Upon the announcing of Sonicís Ultimate Genesis Collection, I was instantly sold on the idea of an immersive collection of some of the Genesisís hottest titles to ever be released. Experience gamers cannot argue against getting every Sonic The Hedgehog title, Streets of Rage series, Ecco The Dolphin, Vectorman, plus more than two dozen of quality titles from the SEGA Genesis for the low price of $29.99.

Sonicís Ultimate Genesis Collection features forty-nine games in total; forty Genesis games and nine more from the Master System/Arcade systems, which are unlocked as you progress through the various Genesis titles. What is very unique about this collection is that thereís literally something for each and every type of gamer out there. Upon firing up the title in your PS3 or Xbox 360, you are greeted within simplistic, yet interesting menu screen. On the menu screen, there is an image of the Sega Genesis console, from which you can scroll through a listing of the available games to be played. Though not mind-blowing, this subtle setup ads to the nostalgic atmosphere of the collection. Another feature, which is welcome by all, is the ability to save your game, no matter where you are. You just simply have to press the select/back button on the controller to bring up the option to save your game progress.



Sticking with the looks of the game, all the titles within this collection sport their original graphics from back in the 16-bit era. The only difference between the collection and the original versions of the games is that SEGA put the titles through an HD filter, allowing them to look a bit better than their original counterparts when gaming on an HDTV. Of course, for those gamers who want the look and feel to be that of the original version, you can adjust your consoleís settings in order for things like Ďimage smoothingí and Ďimage sizeí to be set to their default settings. While there isnít much of a difference between the two versions, I rather prefer gaming with those settings on to make the games look their best on my TV.



Gamers who donít know what it feels like to play a game on the Genesis console may feel a bit out of place when playing these classic titles. Most of the games within Sonicís Ultimate Genesis Collection utilize only two buttons, which was the norm of the early Ď90s. Depending on your preference, you can go within the options menu to adjust what buttons will be used for the action commands within the games. As far as movement, you have your choice (between) the D-pad or the left analog stick. No matter if you are gaming on the PS3 or Xbox 360, the controls are very responsive, similar to that of the original Genesis controllers.



When it comes to collections, Sonicís Ultimate Genesis Collection is one of the best collections to ever be released. While it doesnít provide all the bells and whistles of modern-day titles, its game line-up is one of the best to be released. With co-op gameplay offline only, some who purchase the Xbox 360 version will be disappointed considering some of these titles are available via Xbox Live and include online support. Whether you purchase the Xbox 360 version or the PS3 version, you are in for a solid gaming experience that can and will be enjoyed by all, especially those who never got to play the earlier titles within the franchises of Phantasy Star, Sonic, Streets of Rage, etc.

9/10


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