Sonic Mega Collection Reviews (GameCube)

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A great trip down memory lane, albeit with a lack of extras, an incomplete selection of games, and an INSANE lockout system. David Mackenzie (48) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
Sonic and friends are gonna make you love the Mega Drive Again knuckles-rox (11) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
I was strolling down memory lane one day.... Exodia85 (2183) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars

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Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.1
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.8
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.9
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.0
Overall User Score (37 votes) 3.9

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GamersMark (Nov 16, 2002)
Sonic the Hedgehog, just like Nintendo’s Super Mario, is a videogame icon that is recognized around the world. Over the past few years his popularity has declined, but back in the 16 bit era he was tearin’ up the scene like nobody else. Sonic Mega Collection is the ultimate tribute to the blue hedgehog and his fans. Packed with 12 games from Sonic’s and Sega’s history, such as the original Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic the Hedgehog 3, and the infamous lock-on cartridge Sonic & Knuckles; Sonic Mega Collection is a dream come true for the old school gamer.
The Video Game Critic (Jul 27, 2006)
The Sonic Adventure games are fine, but once you experience this fine collection of the original Sonic games for the Genesis, you'll have to admit Sonic was better in 2D. Most of these titles have aged extremely well, boasting artistic graphics, simple gameplay (one button!), and memorable soundtracks. Mega Collection contains Sonic 1, 2, and 3, as well as Sonic Spinball, Sonic and Knuckles, Dr Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine, and Sonic Blast. The "normal" Sonic games (1 to 3) are all outstanding, with polished graphics, toe-tapping tunes, and hyperactive gameplay.
Nintendojo (2003)
SEGA put out two excellent compilations in 2002. One with THQ on the Game Boy Advance called Phantasy Star Collection and the other on the Cube as Sonic Mega Collection. Both of these titles, despite their content's considerable age, are two of 2002's must-own titles. If you enjoy revisiting the past, pick this one up the next time you need a hundred hours of playtime. Otherwise, go ahead and wait for Sonic Adventure DX this summer.
GameZone (Nov 21, 2002)
Sonic Mega Collection is a constant reminder of the early 90s. Back then, we couldn't have even envisioned what a 3D game would be like. It's pretty amazing how far we've come, isn't it? Yet we still love to go back and play classic games. And there aren't many games out there worthy of being called a classic as much as Sonic the Hedgehog 1 and 2.
With 12 classic Genesis games crammed on to one disc, Mega Collection reigns as perhaps the best compilation ever to appear. Almost every 16-bit Sonic is represented; these include Sonic 1, 2, and 3, Sonic and Knuckles, 3D Blast, Spinball, and Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine.
Power Sonic (Mar 23, 2013)
Os gráficos não ficaram muito bons. Talvez tenham se perdido durante a emulação. Comparando com o Mega Drive direto é nítida a perca. Coisa que não se teve tanto em Sonic Jam... o som segue bom, sem as falhas da versão Plus, a jogabilidade continua boa como sempre e a diversão é garantida.
games xtreme (Mar 26, 2004)
The game play has stayed faithful to all of the original titles even down to the irritatingly repetitive music that accompanies most of the titles. The graphics aren’t brilliant but then they’re not meant to be. However, having the benefit of the GameCube’s advanced gaming system has certainly improved all of the games graphically and the controller works just as well in this new form as the original. These games may be old but at the time of their original release they were some of the best games around. It also just goes to show how far gaming technology has advanced in the last few years. If you have never played Sonic before in its original form then this classic collection is certainly worth a look. They may be old but they are still addictive. If you are like me and have had Sonic titles in the past but sold your SEGA system, then this is a chance to replace 7 original titles on one disc with slightly improved graphics.
Armchair Empire, The (Mar 22, 2003)
Any fans of Sonic that own a GameCube will want to get a hold of Sonic Mega Collection. It’s the perfect melding of classic old-school gaming on the newest generation of video gaming consoles. If you were too young to remember the original Sonic games and have an appreciation of the early years of console gaming, this is the perfect opportunity to get an enjoyable introduction to the speedy blue hedgehog.
GameSpy (Dec 24, 2002)
For what it is, Sonic Mega Collection does very well. The game doesn't make any promises it can't keep, and it delivers just fine on the one promise it does make, which is the ability to play some very good Sonic games on your GameCube.
Gamereactor (Sweden) (May 08, 2003)
Sonic Mega Collection är en samling som får en att minnas sin gamla Mega Drive. Det finns oerhört mycket att göra och när spelet dessutom är lite billigare än andra spel så ser jag ingen anledning att lämna spelet på butikshyllan. Visst hade man kunnat önska sig Sonic CD, det läckra spelet till Segas Mega Drive-tillsats Mega-CD. Men man får ju inte allt här i världen. Observera att grafikbetyget är satt i relation till spelens ålder.
UOL Jogos (Dec 06, 2002)
O game é vendido nos EUA por um preço mais barato que um jogo convencional e não deixa de ser uma das melhores compilações de games antigos do mercado. Até o pouco conhecido "Ristar" está escondido no disco. Se você não tem problemas em lidar com as limitações técnicas do game, é uma ótima oportunidade de conhecer as raízes do porco-espinho azul cobalto.
GamePro (US) (Nov 11, 2002)
Sonic returns to the GameCube with a collection of his past video games that originally appeared on the 16-bit Sega Genesis.
75 (Mar 09, 2003)
In Zeiten, da alte Serien in neuer 3D-Umgebung zu neuem Leben erweckt werden, trifft die Sonic Mega Collection punktgenau den Nerv der Retro-Fans. Grafisch und akustisch eine akkurate 1:1-Umsetzung der alten Mega Drive-Klassiker, dürfte die Spielesammlung Sega-Fans der alten Garde Freudentränen der Erinnerung in die Augen treiben. Auf Grund der nach heutigen Maßstäben unspektakulären Jump&Runs dürfte es Sonic aber nicht gelingen, die neueste Generation an Videospielern hinter sich zu vereinen. Doch wer irgendwann einmal einen Sonic-Teil auf Mega Drive gespielt hat, wird momentan keine bessere Möglichkeit finden, einen erinnerungsreichen Trip in die Vergangenheit der Videospiele zu absolvieren. Nur für absolute Fans, aber für die uneingeschränkt empfehlenswert.
Game Shark (Aug 04, 2003)
In the end we were very satisfied with the Sonic Team's collection of what essentially made them a force in the gaming industry. Personally I'm looking for them to release a part two with such games like Sonic CD, Knuckles Chaotics, Sonic Racing, Sonic Adventure 1 and the Sonic games from the Game Gear.
IGN (Nov 12, 2002)
Only via Sonic Jam and Sega Smash Pack Vol. 1 has Sega compiled some of its greatest hits into one complete package. Of course, with Sonic Adventure 2: Battle becoming a million-seller on GameCube, it didn't take long for Sega to announce it would give all those Sonic fans a little more to love. Sonic Mega Collection was revealed earlier this year and now it's arriving just in time for the holiday season. The main draw is the inclusion of seven perfectly emulated, and sometimes improved, Sonic-themed games. Additionally, fanatics can unlock five bonus games, a few of which are fairly eccentric. It's a wonderful little collection that, while not perfect, is a great value.
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Für Sonic-Fans geht kein Weg an dieser Collection vorbei, es sei denn, man hat die Spiele alle schon im Original. Grafik und Sound sind aus heutiger Sicht natürlich völlig veraltet, aber trotz oder gerade wegen ihres Alters können die Spiele auch heute noch begeistern. Sonic 1-3, Sonic & Knuckles und Sonic 3D sind nach wie vor top, der Rest ist immerhin eine nette Zugabe.
Nach heutigen Maßstäben sind Grafik und Sound natürlich ein Witz. Aber egal, die alten Sonic-Hüpfer machen auch heute noch mächtig Laune und zeigen Nintendo-Jüngern, dass die Jump'n'Run-Welt nicht nur aus Mario besteht.
GameSpot (Nov 18, 2002)
It seems the retro game compilation trend is trucking right along--plenty of companies are taking the time to mine their back catalogs for their previous hits and are bringing them to modern systems. While some companies take the bare-bones approach to compilation design, the better packages toss in a handful of extras along with the games, such as old commercials, manual scans, video documentaries, and more. Sonic Mega Collection has a few of these sorts of extras, but more importantly, it combines most of the core 16-bit games from Sega's long-running and popular Sonic the Hedgehog series of fast-paced platformers onto one disc. And while it certainly could have benefited from the inclusion of a few key Sonic games that are missing from the collection, the games on the disc are well emulated and still play as well as you remember.
70 (UK) (Mar 19, 2003)
Whichever group you fall into though, you've got to applaud Sega for keeping its end up. It's been original Sonic content only on GBA so far, and this title is a vastly preferable alternative to a myriad Sonic Advances in the style of Nintendo's Mario rehashes. If you buy it, you can look forward to many hours of Sonic-related fun, and most places are flogging it for £30. Bravo, Sega.
Nintendo Life (Oct 14, 2006)
A very good compilation and worth the purchase if you're either new or old to the Sonic series of games. This would have had a 9/10 if it wasn’t due to Sonic Mega collection + being released on other formats consisting of not only this version of the game but also another 15+ sonic related games bringing the total to well over 30. So this version can only get 7/10
70 (Apr 03, 2003)
Une compilation sympathique mais exhaustive, on retrouve toutefois avec bonheur les premières aventures du hérisson bleu parues sur Megadrive. A conseiller avant tout aux inconditionnels de l'époque et du personnage.
Games TM (Mar, 2003)
Sonic CD, Knuckles Chaotix and a few of the Game Gear or Maser System games would have made this a lot more sought-after, but as it stands you'll probably need to consult your gaming archives before parting with your cash.
Game Revolution (Dec, 2002)
Sonic Mega Collection includes some light extras, but don't get excited. The art section is very incomplete. While the comic book covers of some 100 Sonic the Hedgehog comics are included, where are the pencil sketches or character concepts, the roots of Sonic? Instead, we get a few scans of post-Sonic Adventure art with other images that you can easily find online.
Is the Sonic Mega Collection worth it if you have the original games? In all honesty no. These games are direct ports which as we've already mentioned is a shame. The aforementioned games (and the few extras that are included) will only be of interest to those who no longer have the original games and those who are interested in Sonic after his appearances on the GBA and GameCube. It's a good collection but the sore point is the price tag which at just under £40 is shocking for games that are direct ports from an ancient console. Had the price been £20, then it would have represented far better value for money.
Netjak (Jan 08, 2005)
There is a saying, often attributed to Santayana: "Those who fail to learn history are forever condemned to repeat it." While in most cases it is a foreboding omen warning against the willy-nilly disregard for past consequences in matters of greater significance than video games, it is no less important in our chosen field of obsession. Sega, it appears, has not learned much from history, and instead willingly chooses to repeat it. The results, while neither disastrous nor ominous, are not nearly as great as they could have been.