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Oct. 16 2005
Sega Mega Drive Collection - PSP Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
23/11/2006THQSegaBackbone Ent.1-2$59.95
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Altered Beast is classic.
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The game selection screen.

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Graphics; old school. Gameplay; 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. There's another contender entering the ring though - 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.

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Umm, Sword of Vermilion I think...
So this is a compilation. Given that the Mega Drive - Sega's terrific 16-bit console - only had a couple of buttons on the controller we can expect perfect ports to the PSP's controls. This was Sega's heyday with fantastic franchises, and a period where they led the console war - which admittedly was only against Nintendo for the most part. Developed by Backbone Entertainment this package promises to relive many of those classic moments.

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Alex Kidd was classic.
In terms of games there will be over 30 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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Games look faithful.
The PSP systemís wireless function will for the first time ever, allow Mega Drive fans to connect with friends for a wireless multiplayer gaming experience. It remains to be seen which games will be compatible with the wireless game modes however we can hope it, at the very least can be used with the Golden Axe series, Virtua Fighter 2 and, should they be included (and there has been no mention as yet), Streets of Rage.

The compilation will include 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.

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Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
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 late this year, and even has a lower RRP of only $AU59.95!