SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis Classics Review

SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis Classics


SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis Classics

Sega Mega Drive Classics is a retro compilation of over 50 games that includes many familiar names like Sonic, Golden Axe, Streets of Rage and Shinobi.  I myself had a Mega Drive and absolutely loved it when I was 8 or 9 so was really looking forward to revisiting old classics and remembering these simple classics.

When the you ‘boot up’ you are met with a cool virtual bedroom that offers a bookshelf library to browse titles to play, an old-school TV that can switch to full screen, and of course a Mega Drive to load-up each game on a virtual cartridge. 

Retro Gaming Centre

I like this idea which sticks with the retro theme although I would like to be able to view each games cover art for the front and back covers, as only seeing the game side on doesn’t offer much information for the games I’m not so familiar with.

Without cover-art, descriptions, release information, bonus artwork or behind the scenes material, the overall package feels somewhat incomplete.

Streets of Rage 2

When playing any of the games you have quick save and quick load facility just by using the analogue stick and you can rewind and fast forward using the bumpers, which is perfect for the near impossible difficulty of Alex Kidd and those alike.  I also really liked the single-player challenges for 20 of the included games. The only rewards for completing them all are Achievements/Trophies, but avid gamers should enjoy them.  Separate from these Challenges, many of the games in this collection get their own Achievements/Trophies too.




Here’s the full game list:

Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle

Alien Soldier

Alien Storm                          

Altered Beast

Beyond Oasis


Battle Bonanza Bros.               


Columns III: Revenge of Columns                      

Comix Zone                          

Crack Down                           

Decap Attack                        

Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine                

Dynamite Headdy                                

ESWAT: City Under Siege                   

Fatal Labyrinth                     


Gain Ground                         

Galaxy Force II                     

Golden Axe                           

Golden Axe II                        

Golden Axe III

Gunstar Heroes   

Kid Chameleon                     


Light Crusader                      

Phantasy Star II                    

 Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom          

Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium                  


Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi                          

 Shining Force                       

 Shining Force II                    

Shining in the Darkness                     

 Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master            

 Sonic 3D Blast

Sonic Spinball                       

Sonic the Hedgehog                            

Sonic the Hedgehog 2                                        

Space Harrier II                   

 Streets of Rage                     

Streets of Rage 2 

Streets of Rage 3                  

Super Thunder Blade                         

 Sword of Vermilion

The Revenge of Shinobi                     

 ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron               

ToeJam & Earl


Vectorman 2                         

Virtua Fighter 2

Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair                            

Wonder Boy in Monster World
Alex the Kidd


There are enough enjoyable games here with something for everyone, although some of the games could be replaced with actual “classics” such as Echo the Dolphin or Sonic & Knuckles.  This may come in another release I suppose.

If retro games are your thing then this Mega Drive Classics collection is great and well worth owning to relive the glory days.  For younger games or those less familiar with older games it may not instantly grab the attention but there is genuine fun games here for people to discover.

GoG: Rating: 7.5/10 

* Review code provided free of charge by SEGA Europe*

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