Sega Sends Collection to PS2, PSP
date posted: 06:02 PM Thu Aug 10th, 2006
last revision: 04:19 PM Fri Aug 11th, 2006
Sega announced today that they're bringing some gamer favorites in the Sega Genesis Collection to PS2 and PSP. The compilation features 30 different games from Sega. Along with their major franchises like Sonic the Hedgehog, Golden Axe, Ecco, Shinobi, and other famous Genesis games, Sega Genesis Collection features some of the lesser known games - but still worth playing - from the 16-bit generation like Vectorman, Decap Attack, and Ristar.Here's the game list:
- Alex Kidd - The Enchanted Castle (Originally released 1989)
A somewhat cartoony-looking game, Alex Kidd featured excellent platorming elements, even for seasoned gamers.
- Altered Beast (Originally released 1989)
One of the all-time greats on the Genesis, Altered Beast is the origin of the words "Rise from your grave!" By punching, kicking, and upgrading to monstrous proportions, you have to journey through oddball worlds. Short game, but it's great. Two players make it better.
- Bonanza Bros (Originally released 1991)
Control the brothers as they burgle banks, casinos, and treasuries. It's a pretty fun game about hiding, dodging and sneaking by guards.
- Columns (Originally released 1990)
Sega's answer to Tetris. While not as well known, Columns may have been the simplest puzzler at the time, as you only had to match three gems together (there are 5 different types), which made the game fun, but not terribly competitive.
- Comix Zone (Originally released 1995)
I remember Comix Zone as being one of the most difficult games for the Genesis, but also one of the most unique, set among a comic book world where it's creator has been sucked into it. Tough but very rewarding, Comix Zone still feels like a spiritual father of games like Viewtiful Joe.
- Decap Attack (Originally released 1991)
One of the first Genesis games I had an obsession about conquering, Decap Attack places you in the role of Chuck D. Head who has his head embedded in his torso. The gist is that you have to help Chuck get a-head in life by reuniting a world of body parts. Maybe then Dr. Frank N. Stein might give you what so so desire... In case you haven't picked up on it, puns are unabashedly abound in this one.
- Ecco the Dolphin (Originally released 1992)
One of my favorite games of all time and, I would until the day I die, one of the most unique platformers of all time. Ecco the Dolphin came at a time of traditional platformers and reinvented the way of looking at games. In it you guided Ecco a dolphin separated from his pod. Journey the ocean, learn, solve some cryptic puzzles, and discover what caused the great storm to occur.
- Ecco: The Tides of Time (Originally released 1994)
The sequel to Ecco, and a very strong effort in its own right, Tides of Time was basically more of what made the original better. It was more lengthy, tougher, and decided to take Ecco beyond the present, into the future.
- Ecco Jr. (Originally released 1995)
A somewhat mediocre effort, but still fun for kids. Ecco Jr. wasn't really a sequel to Ecco. We'd have to wait until the Sega CD and later for the Dreamcast for that.
- Eternal Champions (Originally released 1993)
Was a rental for me back in the day. Still, Eternal Champions was challenging, though not entirely balanced. Street Fighter and Fatal Fury topped it in spades.
- Flicky (Originally released 1991)
Guide Flicky to save baby chicks and then escape in the elevator. I didn't really get it back in the day, and I'm not sure I really get it now. Flicky is a very tough game, worth a few plays.
- Gain Ground (Originally released 1991)
One or two player strategy was slim back on the Genesis. Games like General Chaos and Gain Ground didn't come along all that often. But Gain ground was one of the few that featured some downright stellar gameplay, even if it the visuals did look like it they were run over by a semi.
- Golden Axe (Originally released 1989)
Oh classic! The original was part of what made the Genesis so unique. This swords & sorcery side-scroller, beat-em-up was great fun and spawned two sequels...
- Golden Axe II (Originally released 1991)
Chosen by many to be the superior in the Golden Axe series, Golden Axe II had streamlined gameplay, better magic system, and a longer adventure.
- Golden Axe III (Japan Only - 1993)
This part of the trilogy didn't make it stateside due to some less than stellar gameplay. Still, Golden Axe III can be a nice diversion for those who want to experience everything the series has to offer, just don't expect better graphics or controls than II.
- Phantasy Star II (Originally released 1989)
My personal favorite in the Phantasy Star series, the storyline was better than Final Fantasy and the gameplay was awesome. Job system anyone? II is the reason that many RPG buffs consider Phantasy Star one of the most innovative and solid RPG series of all time.
- Phantasy Star III (Originally released 1992)
Sadly, III was a slight misstep for Phantasy fans. The midieval setting didn't do it for many, and the backstory wasn't the most polished.
- Phantasy Star IV (Originally released 1994)
A much longer and prettier game than II or III, Phantasy Star IV actually released with a huge price tag of $95, which makes it a hard-to-find comodity, and a single reason to pick up this compilation. The gameplay was a return to II's and some consider it the best in the series.
- Ristar (Originally released 1995)
A neat little gem from Sonic Team, Ristar used his stretchy arms and hands to grab onto objects and manipulate them.
- Shadow Dancer: Secret of Shinobi (Originally released 1991)
Joe Musashi's son is the main character and has a sidekick dog? It's not a great Shinobi title, but an alright action game.
- Shinobi III (Originally released 1993)
Regarded by many to be the best in the Shinobi series, III returned to the solid gameplay of Revenge of Shinobi and added the ability to do a running slash, scale walls, and shimmy, along with some useful - and hard to come by - ninja magic.
- Sonic the Hedgehog (Originally released 1991)
Sega's mascot's debut kick started the "Blast Processing" advertisement back in 1991. The first of the Sonic games is one of the best, with some solid, fast-paced gameplay.
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Originally released 1992)
Sonic enthusiasts consider Sonic the Hedgehog 2 to be the pinnacle of Sonic games. With an epic story ending in space, the introduction to Tails (don't worry, he doesn't speak), and a versus 2 player mode, Sonic 2 was definitely leaps ahead of the predecessor.
- Super Thunderblade (Originally released 1989)
Featuring scaling effects, in Super Thunderblade you flew through cities, naval bases, and power plants, avoiding scenery and blasting enemies. It plays like Space Harrier but doesn't have as much of a following.
- Sword of Vermillion (Originally released 1990)
Not the most well-known of the Sega RPGs, Sword still has it's own offerings. While the gameplay leaves something to be desired, it does feature first-person exploration and real-time battles. And don't forget it has one of the best soundtracks in all of RPG-dom.
- Vectorman (Originally released 1995)
Released late in the Genesis' lifecycle, Vectorman had everything a platformer should - excellent shading effects, strong gameplay, and lots of things to shoot.
- Vectorman 2 (Originally released 1996)
The sequel to Vectorman was more of what gamers loved from the first. It featured a ramped-up difficulty and a slightly longer game.
- Virtua Fighter 2 (Originally released 1996 - Saturn/arcade)
While, VF2 isn't a Genesis game, it's more of a bonus. Virtua Fighter 2 was not the best in the series, both VF1 and VF3 and 4 were more positively recieved. Still nice to have, nonetheless.
There are three unlockable games available in the PS2 version only: Zaxxon, Tac/Scan, and Zektor.
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