In 1990, Sega released the MegaDrive - and we were all in awe of it's 16-bit technology, the great carts you could get, and most of all, people fell in love with a blue hedgehog called Sonic... what nostalgia? Now in 2009, Sega have decided to collect the 100 games they thought really made the MegaDrive what it is.
Here's a collection of 100 games, everything from Shinobi 3 to Sonic And Knuckles, and my favourite - Streets Of Rage. It's funny though how we can see the past in tinted rose glasses, as the gameplay of Streets Of Rage is primitive now, and the rave soundtrack of 1992 just seems so primitive, but you can tell they were motivated by music, and that's what really advanced game music as it is today.
Other favourites include Sonic - though I am finding the music has been speeded up on this conversion, which is a bit strange. Funny how you forget those hidden monitor boxes all around the levels, and how you forget where the rings are!
Classics like Golden Axe are here too, and Alex Kidd, who was a big hit on the MegaDrive's predecessor, the Master System. One thing I did notice about this series is there's a lack of racing games, but at least I get to waste hours playing Columns and Dr Robonik's Mean Bean Machine, which is still addictive 18 years on.
The games are well presented and can be set out in alphabetical order, or in the order they came out on the system. You can also gain trophies by completing games. I am really hoping once I've completed SOR I will get extras or even hidden games.
This isn't a bad compilation, it has all the Sonics you could want, but the sound quality is poor, even in Columns you can hear pops and digital artefacts. The claim that these games are in HD is a bit of a let down too, as they're boxed in 4:3 windows with a silly surround - and they don't obviously look any better. The sprites are just as I remember them on the MD though, so you can't complain.
Shame EA didn't get in on this project, as Road Rash, Desert Storm and other classics would have made this a must have. I'm a bit disappointed Sega didn't add VR Racing or other MegaDrive classics, as the BD disk is pretty much empty and this could have been better on DVD rather than the expensive BD disk.
Not bad, good fun, but could have been miles better content wise.