23 Jan, 2005

Sonic Mega Collection Plus Preview

GCN Preview | The greatest Sonic compilation of all time is coming to Xbox and PS2. PALGN takes an extended look at the game.
Everyone knows Sonic, like Mario was the flagship title for the Nintendo, Sonic was the mascot for the SEGA consoles.

SEGA have decided to celebrate Sonic's success in style by releasing a ridiculously large Sonic compilation that features just about every Sonic game ever created.

The Gamecube recieved Sonic Mega Collection two years ago, but in this time more titles have been added to the fold and the menu system has been reworked. Sonic Mega Collection Plus will also retail for a meagre $69.95, which, for over twenty games, is incredible value.

So, what's included in the overall package? The full list of games are:
  • Sonic The Hedgehog
  • Sonic The Hedgehog 2
  • Sonic The Hedgehog 3
  • Sonic & Knuckles
  • Sonic 3D Blast
  • Sonic The Hedgehog Spinball
  • Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
  • Three Sonic lock-on games
  • The Ooze
  • Comix Zone
  • Flicky
  • Ristar
  • + six hidden SEGA Game Gear games:
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Sonic Chaos
  • Sonic Drift
  • Sonic Labyrinth
  • Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
  • Sonic Blast

That is a ridiculously large amount of Sonic. SEGA have been kind enough to include a few Genesis titles that most people wouldn't have had the opportunity to play, so if you get sick of Sonic, you can always go and play one of these Genesis titles.

One of the biggest criticisms of the Gamecube version of Sonic Mega Collection was the lack of a save state in some of the games. This meant that players had to start from the very beginning of every game, making completion quite difficult. Sega have addressed this problem and every game now contains a save option, which is extremely handy and makes the game much more pick up and playable.

A Sonic museum is also included in the game which features art, comics, instructions books and more. This is a great place to get your quick Sonic nostalgia fix and more content has been added since the Gamecube incarnation.

The biggest omission from this compilation is Sonic CD. We've heard plenty of excuses / reasons that this game isn't on the compilation, but we've going to bet that it is missing because it is harder to emulate than the other titles, as it was on CD. This is a bit of a shame though and the "Plus" tag at the end definitely would have been more warranted had Sonic CD been included in the pack.

Sonic Mega Collection Plus will be available on the Xbox and the Playstation 2 on February 25th, 2005. We strongly suggest that any Sonic fan picks this compilation up, for the price it is going for, no-one can complain. PALGN will have a review of Sonic Mega Collection Plus as soon as possible. Stay tuned to PALGN for more information relating to Sonic Mega Collection Plus as soon as it becomes available.

All preview scores are out of 5 and are a approximate rating as to how a title is shaping up. This score is by no means an accurate representation of what our review score will be.
Sonic Mega Collection Plus is going to be every Sonic fans dream come true. The big omission from the title is Sonic CD, but maybe Sega are holding this for a Sonic Mega Collection Plus Plus?

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9 years ago
Ive always been a fan of Sonic (I even enjoyed the scrappy anime), but after all these 3D releases Ive been totally turned off.
But its awesome to see all the original titles coming back in one disc, it would mean I can pack away my Megadrive now icon_razz.gif
9 years ago
But it's so much more fun to use the original console! icon_biggrin.gif

Quite a good compilation, this one, though. icon_kero.gif
9 years ago
Hyperworm wrote
But it's so much more fun to use the original console! icon_biggrin.gif
One word, RF icon_razz.gif
9 years ago
never been much of a sonic fan, but it looked better when sonic adventure battle was released. but the controls were so dodgy! the only part i enjoyed were the downhill run for your life stages. man, that got the 'ol ticker up and running! which my dad made me do right after...
9 years ago
i was never really exposed to Sega so i never really got the Sonic treatment... i might get this though, quite good value...

and i like the old school platformers...
9 years ago
you can always go and play one of these Genesis titles.
Last I checked, we called it a Mega Drive here! icon_razz.gif (Infact, everyone did, but the North Americans)

If you've never played Sonic and love platformers, this is certainly a must. I've been a Sonic fan since my folks bought me Sonic 1 on the Master System (didn't have a Mega Drive at the time) and have almost every Sonic title for the systems I own.

It's a pity that of all the Game Gear/Master System titles they could have had, Sonic 2 wasen't in the lot, since in my opinion, it's the 2nd best Master System/Game Gear game of all time.

never been much of a sonic fan, but it looked better when sonic adventure battle was released
The 3D Sonic's can't hold a candle to the traditional 2D Sonics (Sonic 1 to 3 and Sonic & Knuckles). They are quality games, but the 2D one's are so much more fun which is why Sonic became so popular in the first place.
9 years ago
I have only got one Sonic game, it's called the ultimate sonic collection or something. It's really old. The begining screen is the Sonic and Knuckles on the PALGN title page. I personally prefer the 2D versions.
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