Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection (Xbox 360) by Southpeak Interactive

Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection (Xbox 360) by Southpeak Interactive Box Art

Release Date
February 10, 2009.

Average Overall Score:
9.50 / 10


Thursday, February 5, 2009


Get Rich
Alex Kidd: Collect 1,000 in currency
Don't Die
Alien Storm: Reach Mission 3 without losing a life
Enter the Beast
Altered Beast: Collect 100,000 pts or higher by the end of the first level
Holy Water
Beyond Oasis: Unlock the Water Spirit
Stealing Points
Bonanza Brothers: Reach 40,000 points on the first level
Easy as Pie
Columns: Get 20,000 points only on Easy Mode
Hardly a Hero
Comix Zone: Complete first episode
Get Ahead
Decap Attack: Collect 5 Bonus Coins
Communication is Key
Ecco: Talk to another dolphin
Taste Like Tuna
Ecco: The Tides of Time: Eat 200 fish
Suit up
E-SWAT: Obtain the Combat Suit (Complete Mission 2)
Don't Get Lost
Fatal Labyrinth: Progress to the fifth level of the labyrinth
Getting Chicks
Flicky: Collect 80,000 points
Garden Gnomes
Golden Axe: Collect 20 magic power-ups
Tower Up
Golden Axe II: Complete Tower Level
Saved by Magic
Golden Axe III: Use magic 10 times
Kid Chameleon: Collect Maniaxe
Twinkle Twinkle
Ristar: Collect 5 Yellow Stars
Dr. Robotnik's M.B.M.: Complete the game
True Ninja Skills
Shinobi III: Complete first level without using continues
Complete Chaos
Sonic The Hedgehog: Obtain a Chaos Emerald
A Different Tail
Sonic 3: Collect 100 rings with Tails anywhere on Angel Island Zone
Flicky to the Rescue
Sonic 3D Blast: Rescue 20 Flickies.
Lots of Zeros
Sonic Spinball: Get 10,000,000 points in the first level
Get to the Chopper
Super Thunder Blade: Score over 1,500,000 points in the first level
Three Times a Charm
Streets of Rage: Complete 1st Level using all 3 characters
Good Day Mate
Streets of Rage 3: Unlock Roo the Kangaroo as a playable character
Super Charged
VectorMan: Collect 500 photons
Can You Dig It?
VectorMan 2: Reach Scene 11
Blast Processing
Play all Genesis™ Titles
Master the System
Unlock Everything
No Life
Watch Every Video
View all Artwork
Only in the '80s
Play all Arcade Titles

User Reviews

Score: 95
Overall User Average: 9.50 / 10 (95.0%)
Gameplay User Average: 9.80 / 10
Graphics User Average: 8.00 / 10
Sound User Average: 7.00 / 10
Date reviewed: April 6, 2009.

Overall: Anyone who grew up in the 90s can remember the glory days of Sega. Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection brings nostalgia to those gamers, with a collection of 40+ Sega games (mostly from Sega Genesis, with a few from the Arcades and from the Sega Master System.) Not to mention Sega offers the very reasonable MSRP of $29.99.

Games included:

Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
Alien Storm
Altered Beast
Beyond Oasis
Bonanza Bros.
Comix Zone
Decap Attack starring Chuck D. Head
Dr. Robotnik's MBM
Dynamite Headdy
Ecco the Dolphin
Ecco II: The Tides of Time
Fatal Labyrinth
Gain Ground
Golden Axe I
Golden Axe II
Golden Axe III
Kid Chameleon
Phantasy Star II
Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom
Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium
Shining in the Darkness
Shining Force
Shining Force 2
Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
Sonic 3D Blast
Sonic and Knuckles
Sonic Spinball
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Sonic the Hedgehog 3
Streets of Rage
Streets of Rage 2
Streets of Rage 3
Super Thunder Blade
Vectorman 2

In addition, the following games are available as unlockables:
Space Harrier
Golden Axe Warrior
Phantasy Star
Congo Bongo
Fantasy Zone
Altered Beast Arcade
Alien Syndrome

Gameplay: The gameplay does not get much better than this package. With cl@!%#*!ic series like Sonic, Shining Force, Streets of Rage, Phantasy Star, and Golden Axe, the package is like a Sega All-stars collection. Great games that may have went unnoticed before like Comix Zone and Alien Syndrome are also here. Sega did include some questionable choices though, finding games like Flicky and Fatal Labyrinth included in this great package is like finding coal in a diamond mine. Multiplayer games are available to play with friends locally, but sadly they did not implement online play. The controls work well, and at the beginning of each game, it tells you what buttons on the 360 controller does what.
Graphics: Visually, the games are emulated perfectly. I did not notice any major graphical glitches. Since the games do not take up the entire screen, the game screen is surrounded by game related artwork that I believe is a nice touch. The menus work well, allowing you to sort games alphabetically, by year, by your rating, etc.
Sound: The audio is what would be expected. You won't be hearing orchestral scores in these games, but the emulated bleeps and bloops are just as good for any nostalgic fan of Sega. I only encountered one glitch in the sound while playing, but that may have just been due to my 360 acting up, otherwise the sound is emulated perfectly.
Suggestions: The only suggestions I would have is to implement some sort of online capabilities; online multiplayer or even online leaderboards would be amazing if they somehow implemented them with DLC. But for 30 dollars, you cannot complain much, this collection has more hours of enjoyment in it than any other game on the 360. This collection is definitely the best bang for the buck on the 360 so far.

Overall: 95 %
Gameplay: 98 %
Graphics: 80 %
Sound: 70 %

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