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Sonic Mega Collection Plus (PlayStation 2)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
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Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.2
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.2
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.4
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Overall MobyScore (13 votes) 4.2

The Press Says

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Retro Gamer
Despite this, the simple platform formula, coupled with mad bosses, great level design and all sorts of added extras should grip old hands and newcomers alike. If you’re a Sonic fan this is an essential purchase, pure and simple. If you’ve never played any of the ‘hog’s games then this is the best place to start.
Next Level Gaming
Even with that, I am happy to be playing Sonic again! Sometimes the nostalga just takes over. Even listening to some of the music tracks in that old Genesis 16-bit midi-like sound brings back memories of my youth, working at Electronics Boutique (which BTW for trivia purposes at the time I was there was also called Games & Gadgets). Ahhh, the memories. Anyway, all in all a nice compilation to have, especially if you spend your days on Ebay trying to find these games.
For what it’s worth, Sonic Mega Collection Plus is still a first-rate classic game collection. You’ll get to relive a lot of old-school memories, as well as have a visual timeline of how far Sonic has come. The best part about the collection is that you can buy it for the budget price of only $19.99. If you’re a Sonic fan who still enjoys his Genesis exploits, do not pass this up.
Throw all of this together on one disk and you've got easily one of the most appealing collections of old games ever devised. Those who purchased Mega Collection on the GameCube will be miffed but for PS2 and Xbox owners this is an essential purchase. The emulation of the games is nigh-on perfect (although pedants will note that sound emulation is a little off) and save states are even offered should you wish to stop playing before you finish (how did we ever do it all in one sitting before?). There's virtually nothing to complain about here and Sonic Mega Collection Plus comes highly recommended - glowing praise for classic Sonic? Who'd have thought it?
When Sonic first hit the console market he caused a big stir. Sure, it was a platform game, but the combination of an immediately likeable character and insanely quick gameplay struck a chord with players. The now-famous hedgehog and his friends have through the various game releases wowed and entertained players over various adventures and game environments.
Despite its exclusions, though, Collection's large selection of titles for $19.99 is a tough thing not to recommend to anyone who calls himself a gamer. Even if a few of the games undeniably suck.
You can't find a better deal than 20 games for 20 dollars. While not every Sonic game is a winner, the majority are. These games, though old, are superior to Sega's more recent 3D Sonic offerings. Nothing has changed (though, for some reason, you can save your progress mid-game on Xbox), but that's okay. Sonic Mega Collection Plus offers gamers a chance to step back in time to look at games when they were a little simpler and in some ways a little better. I'm not a fan of the ugly border put around the screen, but otherwise there's nothing that should keep a Sonic fan from snagging this one up.
Vom Umfang her fast perfekte Sonic-Sammlung - aber an der Technik hapert es.
Once again the old school bug has struck. We’ve had a Street Fighter collection, a Mega Man collection, and reworks of several classic series released over this past year. Well now Sega has given us another collection of games starring probably their most famous creation, Sonic the Hedgehog. In case you’ve never played a Sonic game before, Sonic the Hedgehog is Sega’s answer to Nintendo’s Mario. Just like Mario, Sonic is an icon in the gaming industry and the Sonic games have helped shape the video game industry. Sonic Mega Collection Plus is an expansion collection of games that offers players to see the good and sometimes bad side of the blue hedgehog.
Digital Entertainment News (den)
Sonic Mega Collection came out about this time 2 years ago for the Nintendo GameCube, and as I was eager to get my hands on it. While an incomplete overview of Sonic’s past titles, the promise of more was enough to satiate me at the time, and the collection was a good introduction to what made SEGA’s mascot such a beloved character.
Game Informer Magazine
Whether you love Sonic or hate him, it’s hard to deny that this is one great collection. Twenty games for a budget price is hard to resist, and many of them are simply classic. Many others, however, are flat-out crap. It’s fun to see the old Sonic Game Gear titles, but looking at them on a big screen made my eyes catch fire, and Sonic 3D Blast is about as much fun as taking a swim in a chemical treatment vat. Still, despite the presence of some really questionable games, this is the best disc a Sonic the Hedgehog fan can ever invest in. If you grew up with these games, they’re still a joy to play. New converts to the Sonic fold will get a great introduction to the ‘hog’s history.
Whether you'll be playing Sonic Mega Collection Plus on a PS2 or on an Xbox, you'll be treated to emulation that's virtually indiscernible from the original games running on the original hardware. For $19.99, Sega's offering a lot of cobalt blue for the buck, and those with a "need for speed" will certainly enjoy having this collection of classics on a single disc.
The announcement of Sonic Mega Collection Plus felt like a real kick in the breadbasket for loyal GameCube owners. After all, they had already bought the game two years prior, except there was no "Plus" attached to the end -- leading to a sinking sensation that PS2 owners were getting something more worthwhile as a reward for not being more enthusiastic Sega customers.
Thunderbolt Games
I'm trying to figure out who Sonic Mega Collection Plus is for. Diehard Sonic The Hedgehog fans would already have all the great Genesis games in their possession, surely. And if they wanted a convenient way to play those greats, they could use emulation to back up their hard copies--I'm thinking that emulation is legal in this capacity. So perhaps SMC+ is for the true Sonic collector, who just has to own everything Sonic.
70 (UK)
There are some truly magic moments here that transcend nostalgia. Even now, that first time you achieve absolutely blinding speed is exhilarating. For us, it was the Chemical Plant Zone in Sonic 2, watching Sonic go so fast that he practically breached the right-hand side of the screen. Ten years and hundreds of other platform games have done nothing to dull the impact of the blue blur pushing the boundaries. Heck, he probably invented that turn of phrase, too.
Devant un ratio si faible de jeux intéressants, on se prend plutôt à réver d’une compilation de titres Sega toutes séries confondues. Oh que oui, la pilule passerait tellement mieux si on pouvait y trouver du Streets of Rage, du Shinobi, du Wonder Boy ou du Golden Axe. A bon entendeur pour votre prochaine compilation, Monsieur Sega !
Flottant sur la vague de plus en plus étendue de la nostalgie, ce Sonic Mega Collection Plus offre à tous les joueurs désireux de découvrir les monuments de jouabilité et d'intérêt une occasion inespérée. S'adressant autant aux fans qu'aux novices donc, il commet pourtant l'affront de ne pas être assez complet pour les uns, et pas assez attirant pour les autres. Une bonne compilation malgré tout, qui aurait mérité un peu plus d'égards. Et je finirais sur ces mots de Jean Giraudoux : "De ces hérissons écrasés, vous en voyez des dizaines qui ont l'air d'avoir eu une mort de hérissons. Leur museau aplati par le pied du cheval, leurs piquants éclatés sous la roue, ce sont des hérissons crevés et c'est tout. Ils sont crevés, en raison de la faute originelle des hérissons, qui est de traverser les chemins départementaux ou vicinaux..."
The Video Game Critic
Unfortunately, none of the games are presented in their full glory. For one thing, the sound effects are not perfectly synchronized with the action, and even the music seems a tad off at times. The game screens are reduced in size and surrounded by a black border, which is totally lame. You can save your games in-progress, but it's a shame high scores can't be saved as well. Extras include hidden games (Comix Zone, Flicky, Ristar, Blue Sphere), original manuals (digitized), comics, and illustrations. There are less extra features that the GameCube version, and most notably absent are those kick-ass Sonic CD videos. Sonic Mega Collection Plus may suffice for casual fans, but if you have a choice, opt for the superior GameCube version.
Sonic Mega Collection + n’est pas une merde finie. C’est juste un achat parfaitement inutile : les nostalgiques préféreront ressortir leur Megadrive du placard tant les bonus sont peu nombreux et dispensables, tandis que ceux qui veulent découvrir la série auront sûrement mieux à faire de leurs cinquante euros. Sur une console portable ça aurait pu passer, mais là, non.