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October 24, 2006
Sega Mega Drive Collection - PS2 Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
8/2/2007SegaDigital Eclipse1-2$49.95

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Sonic; absolute classic.
We love our retro compilations. We've seen some good, and some not so good in recent years with Capcom's standing out as the best to date. Now, there's another contender entering the ring - and they aren't only packing the disc full of extra content but also over 30 games. Now that's impressive. Perhaps even more important is the fact that the company has probably the strongest lineup of retro games ever - that company is, of course, Sega. Sega Mega Drive Collection (or Sega Genesis Collection as it will be known in America) looks absolutely fantastic. We've taken a look at the PSP version already, and this PS2 compilation looks nigh on identical.

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Golden Axe is here too!
As we've already mentioned Sega Mega Drive Collection includes over 30 games in total. Some of these titles include the likes of Altered Beast, Shadow Dancer, Golden Axe, Golden Axe 3, Vectorman, Vectorman 2, Super Thunder Blade, Gain Ground, Ecco, Ecco Jr, Shinobi III, Phantasy Star II, Phantasy Star IV, Decap Attack, Bonanza Bros, Virtua Fighter 2, Sword of Vermilion, Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Ri-star, Kid Chameleon, Columns and Alex Kidd. You can probably fill in a couple of gaps there too. I would expect Phantasy Star, and Phantasy Star III to appear, as well as Golden Axe 2.

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Altered Beast - looking dated.
From what we have seen developers Digital Eclipse seem to have perfectly emulated the games. Naturally the PS2's Dual Shock 2 controller will have no problems emulating the limited buttons of the Mega Drive. As well as the games though the developers are promising plenty of unlockable items. It will be possible to access a virtual museum rammed with original artwork, game tips and background information on the games,as well as unlockable interviews with the games developers themselves. It will be interesting to see just how much effort is put into this area - some companies have gone to great lengths while others believe that gamers will be happy with the games only.

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The much loved Shinobi.
While the PSP version will make use of the Wi-Fi connections PS2 owners will be able to play the multiplayer games on a single system. As far as we know there will be no option for online gameplay which is a bit of a shame really.

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Look, more Sonic action.
Naturally many of the graphics in Sega Mega Drive Collection are looking pretty dated - what do you expect for games around 10 years old! The interface looks sweet enough and as long as the emulation is solid this should be a fantastic compilation. Sound, as far as we know will be accurate to the original games - there hasn't been any mention of remixes as yet.

This compilation looks absolutely stunning. Electronic Arts' upcoming EA Replay looks like a half baked, rushed compilation compared to this. Sega Mega Drive Collection is almost certainly a must have purchase in February 2007, and even has a low RRP of only $AU49.95!