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The Video Game Critic (Apr 02, 2009)
Does this collection have any faults? Well, the 360 controller is not ideal for these kind of games, and after a while your fingers will long for a Genesis control pad. The emulation is not perfect, but it's very close. I noticed some subtle slow-down and slight control lag, but it's barely worthy of mention. Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection is a treasure trove of fun from the 90's. With so many games, you could play this all night, and that's really not a bad idea. I just hope this isn't the last Genesis collection, because there's a lot more where this came from!
IGN (Feb 12, 2009)
Yes, there are games from your SEGA days that you won't find on this "ultimate" collection, and yes, the lack of online multiplayer is sucky, but neither of those things should keep SEGA fans away from this game. Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection is a slick package, a lot of unlockables, and 49 games; it can all be yours for $30. That's a steal, and I can't recommend picking this one up enough.
GamePro (US) (Feb 10, 2009)
With over 40 classic Sega Genesis games packed onto one disc, Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection brings players back to the glory days of 16-bit gaming. With an incredible amount of variety, the Ultimate Genesis Collection is nothing short of a pixilated party for your 360.
4Players.de (Feb 20, 2009)
Ja, man muss vermutlich mindestens 25 Jahre alt sein, um eine Sammlung wie diese wahrlich würdigen zu können. Aber wenn man zu der Fraktion zählt, die nicht mit Polygonen im Mund aufgewachsen ist, sondern kein Problem damit hatte, ein Spiel so um die 100 Mal zu spielen, um es wirklich durchzuspielen, dann wird man angesichts der Ultimate Collection die eine oder andere Freudenträne kaum zurückhalten können. Denn Sega hat es einmal mehr geschafft, nicht nur sich in Sachen Retro-Liebe selbst zu übertrumpfen, sondern auch die Konkurrenz kalt lächelnd hinter sich zu lassen: Die Spieleauswahl ist größtenteils exzellent, die Präsentation elegant, es gibt einen Haufen nützlicher Komfortfunktionen vom Quicksave bis zum Grafikfilter und jede Menge freispielbares Bonusmaterial, dessen Freischaltung auch noch gewitzt in die Hauptspiele eingebunden ist.
XboxAchievements (Feb 23, 2009)
With some exceptions and some inclusions that maybe should have been, this would have been perfect. That said, it is pretty close. There is a great selection of games here and a lot of replay value. For the value ($30 retail) it really can't be beat. Well, maybe a 4-disc epic like Lost Odyssey or the online staying power of Halo and Gears might be better value, but they definitely can't rival that overwhelming nostalgia factor.
Eurogamer.de (Feb 25, 2009)
Das mindert aber nicht die generell hohe Qualität der meisten Spiele auf der Disc. Etwa die Hälfte der 50 Titel lohnt auch heute noch ohne zu große Vorbehalte. Und nur der kleinste Teil fällt durch alle Raster. Die Aufarbeitung ist liebevoll genug, die Emulation sauber und der Preis von etwa 35 Euro verdeutlich geradezu brutal, dass es wohl auch preiswerter als auf der Virtual Console geht. Für SEGA-Fans und Historien-Freaks ist SEGAs Mega Drive Ultimate Collection sowieso eine sichere Sache. Angesichts der gelungenen Zusammenstellung und des günstigen Preises dürfen aber auch Retro-Neulinge gefahrlos hereinschnuppern.
SEGA-Portal.de (Sep 21, 2009)
Für weniger als 1 Euro pro Titel erhält man in der SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collection ganze 49 Klassiker- preiswerter kommt man nicht an Spiele. Allein schon aus diesem Grund sei die Sammlung jedem ans Herz gelegt, der in Erinnerungen schwelgen oder sich zum ersten Mal mit dem Thema “Retro” beschäftigen will. Die Kompilation bietet einen guten Querschnitt durch die Auswahl der Mega Drive-Spiele, Komfort-Funktionen wie Speichermöglichkeit und Weichzeichner-Filter runden das Angebot zusammen mit allerlei Bonus-Inhalten ab. Ein paar Kracher-Titel mehr sowie Online-Funktionen wären jedoch wünschenswert gewesen.
UOL Jogos (Feb 23, 2009)
"Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection" é uma excelente coletânea de jogos de Mega Drive, não só por contar com títulos excelentes, mas por trazer extras muito interessantes. A emulação é de qualidade e traz de volta a diversão sem compromisso do passado, com um interessante sistema de objetivos que habilita bônus e games escondidos, mantendo sempre o interesse dos jogadores. Se você já possui um Playstation 3 ou um Xbox 360 e curte os clássicos do velho console da Sega, sai mais barato do que comprar um aparelho da TecToy.
GamesRadar (Feb 11, 2009)
If you remember the 16-bit wars fondly, there's no reason to pass up this treasure trove, especially at a price that works out to around 60 cents a game. Perhaps some don't want this set because they already bought some of the included games on older sets or as DLC. We can't blame you for being hesitant, but the odds are pretty low that you have even half of these that will play on a current system. While every game isn't a winner, Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection is the best you can do, outside of Japan anyway. At least until the next, even more Ultimate Collection.
GameDaily (Feb 11, 2009)
Sega's latest 16-bit compilation, Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection, brings over 40 games from the late '80s/early '90s to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Fans of the classic games gain numerous bonus items, including interview clips, classic arcade and Master System games (Zaxxon and Phantasy Star) and a large assortment of Achievements and trophies. Everything looks impressive with high definition graphics, and Sega restored the old school audio to sweeten the deal. That said, there's no online play and several favorites, including Herzog Zwei, After Burner, Toe Jam and Earl and Gunstar Heroes, didn't make the cut. Nevertheless, you'll get more than your $30 worth from this nifty little package. Nearly two decades later, Genesis still does what Nintendon't.
1UP (Feb 18, 2009)
Taken for what it is, though -- a cheap collection of tons of Genesis games -- the Ultimate Genesis Collection satisfies. No compilation is ever perfect, and Sega and Backbone definitely leave room for improvement. But there's a lot of great gameplay to be had here, and plenty of interesting obscurities for the adventurous to explore -- and all for an enticing price.
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Mar 01, 2009)
It is, by definition, trying to serve both two audiences: the casual fan who wants low price and high content, and the hardcore enthusiast, who wants polish, precision and concentrated fan service. It serves the former group very well, but the latter group less so. As a cheap and cheerful overview of many of the system's treasures it offers far better value for money than the download services, each title costing well under a pound. But it lacks the reverence and polish that would make it essential buying for the SEGA devotee. Perhaps, though, this is the best we can ask for while we still have 'retrogames'.
Gamereactor (Sweden) (Mar 25, 2009)
Normalt när jag lägger mina labbar på en sådan här samling brukar det sluta med att jag klara några av mina favoriter, testar resten och sedan är nöjd så. Men tack vare achievements (och troféer till Playstation 3, men vi har fått Xbox 360-versionen att recensera) blir det plötsligt någon mening att spela de gamla spelen ordentligt igen. Nya utmaningar och ofta är de så genomtänkta att man verkligen får utforska spelen medan man plockar sina poäng. Dessutom finns här fruktansvärt mycket kuriosa som intervjuer och gammalt nostalgi i olika form att njuta till. Men att recensera en samling är alltid lite vanskligt. Det är ju inte ett spel. Eller ens två, utan drygt 40.
Jeuxvideo.com (Feb 25, 2009)
Comparée à l'anthologie précédente sortie sur PS2 et PSP, SEGA Megadrive Ultimate Collection se démarque par certains ajouts supplémentaires (les Streets of Rage, les Shining Force, La Légende de Thor) qui raviront les nostalgiques, bien plus que par ses options graphiques franchement dispensables. Il vous en coûtera certes dix euros de plus, mais quand on est fan de Sega, on ne compte pas vraiment, n'est-ce pas ?
Vous l'aurez sans doute compris, cette compilation se réserve surtout aux joueurs n'ayant pas trop joué sur SEGA MegaDrive 'à la grande époque', ou aux jeunes joueurs qui faisaient leurs premières dents dans ces années là (au sens propre du terme). Pour les autres, ceux qui connaissent déjà tous ces classics, le plaisir de jouer est réellement présent étant donné la qualité du travail réalisé dans l'émulation des jeux. Mais l'absence incompréhensible de certains Hits et à contrario la présence de certains titres pas du tout Ultimate vous laissera un goût amer en fonction de l'importance que vous accordez au grand absent. Le prix va sans doute convaincre une partie des frileux, mais ne vous voilez pas la face, vous en aurez pour ce que vous aurez dépensé. SEGA Megadrive Utimate Collection aurait pu porter parfaitement son nom si la sélection des titres avaient été plus rigoureuse. Un nouveau volume verra à n'en pas douter le jour, dans l'immédiat, c'est bien mais pas top.
Giant Bomb (Feb 16, 2009)
For me, Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection had me at Fatal Labyrinth. This sort-of-crappy dungeon crawler was one of my favorites back when it was new, and for whatever reason, I still enjoy it today. Chances are, if you played a lot of Genesis games, there's at least one game in this collection that you feel this way about, and at least one missing game that will seem like a horrible, glaring omission. Either way, it's hard to argue with its relatively cheap price, and 49 games for $30 is a pretty good deal... even if the Space Harrier audio is totally jacked.
Sega-16.com (Feb 17, 2009)
When you take into account the fact that twenty-four of the twenty-eight games from the Sega Genesis Collection return for this set, along with the multiple flaws in emulation and the lackluster extras, Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection is truly a bittersweet release. It’s probably only a definite purchase for those two souls who never got the chance to buy these games in some form before and for those looking to trade up from their PS2 collections. True, there are plenty of things to unlock, and players will most likely spend more time with the two hidden RPGs than with most of the main games, but everything else has been recycled from previous compilations.
GameCola.net (Jun 09, 2010)
I can pretty much put it this way—Ultimate Genesis Collection is worth playing and owning, but it’s not in any way a unique, aesthetically pleasing or special experience. It isn’t going to change your life, and it doesn’t deserve a high score—but it does deserve some care and attention. Like a Tamagotchi. Or everyday life.

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