- 1 height nostalgia
- two Sega Mega Drive Classics
- 3 My ’90s gaming room
- 4 The most authentic pixel
- 5 Options and multiplayer
- 6 Some recommendations
- 7 Conclusions
- 8 where to buy it
Now a whopping 28 years ago (30 in Japan) Sega put on sale, in Europe, the video console with which it managed to bring all the strength and quality of arcade games to our homes.
In this way, some of the great arcade titles such as Altered Beast, Golden Ax or the unforgettable OutRun invaded our homes and made us enjoy the best arcades of the moment together with other jewels that were launched for the powerful Sega’s 16-BIT.
I was one of those who, a year after its launch, received a Sega Mega Drive as a Christmas present with a pack that included the unforgettable Sonic and Altered Beast. To these two titles they added the fabulous Populous to complete a winning trio of which I have very good memories.
So I have celebrated in style the arrival of Sega Mega Drive Classicsa compilation for PlayStation 4 that includes more than 50 titles released on the original console and with which I can enjoy many classics in the middle of 2018 without having to dust off the old Sega Mega Drive and having to get a CRT TV (the old tube TV).
Sega Mega Drive Classics
This new compilation of Sega classics includes nothing less than 53 titles legendaries of the old Mega Drive covering, in this way, a large number of genres, from the typical beat’em up, going through puzzles and adventures and reaching role-playing games.
Below you have the complete list with the 53 video games included in this selection:
• Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
• Alien Soldier
• Beyond Oasis
• Bio-Hazard Battle
• Bonanza Bros.
• Columns III: Revenge of Columns
• Crack Down
• Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
• Dynamite Headdy
• ESWAT: City Under Siege
• Fatal Labyrinth
• GalaxyForce II
• Golden Ax
• Golden Ax II
• Golden Ax 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 the Hedgehog
• Sonic the Hedgehog 2
• SpaceHarrier 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
• Toe Jam & Earl
• Vector Man 2
• Virtua Fighter 2
• Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair
• Wonder Boy in Monster World
My ’90s gaming room
When we enter the compilation and once we have overcome the magnificent introduction to the world of Sega Mega Drive, we enter a room decorated with typical Sega items from the 90s.
Posters with Golden Ax and Altered Beast hang from the walls as if they were large banners, a large golden ax rests leaning against the back wall, a shelf full of authentic video game gems awaits us to the right and in the center of the room, occupying the most important place, the typical 14′ television and an authentic Sega Mega Drive welcome us to a world full of fantasies to live.
And this is where the magic begins, enjoying the collection on the shelf and trying one after another as if there were no tomorrow.
We go to the shelf, we choose a title, we put the cartridge in the console and enjoy its full potential. Out of curiosity, note that the lighting of our ’90s room will be according to the time of day we play.
The most authentic pixel
Each title is perfectly represented with respect to its original, respecting all the work behind these iconic video games, so we will enjoy the most authentic pixels in the best possible way. For this we can choose different display modes.
The mode that comes by default (black or decorated vertical borders, pixel without anti-aliasing and full screen) is the best way to approach these games while preserving the sensations of the ’90s, although the most purists will want to activate the typical horizontal lines. of old televisions and give curvature to the screen, managing to recreate even more the sensations of yesteryear.
For those who are not so used to pixels, don’t worry, because among the options that are included is the ability to soften the graphics of all the included titles until they look like current games.
This option has surprised me for good, and after fiddling with filters (bilinear, EPX, HQ4X and XBR) I prefer the XBR, which gives it a well-defined and current watercolor look.
Options and multiplayer
In addition to the display options already mentioned, it is worth mentioning the possibility of playing all the titles in mirror format. This means that we will be able to pass all the games but in reverse, from right to left. Even the letters will appear upside down and the controls will also be inverted. Quite a challenge, really.
Another noteworthy point is that we can play practically the entire compilation with a partner “doubles”, both in local mode as well as onlinewith which this Sega Mega Drive Classics is a highly recommended option for this summer, remembering old times or discovering a brilliant past.
We will also have a long list of trophies to unlock and a game mode called Challenge mode that will ask us to do specific things within some games. An interesting addition to take into account.
With all that said, it’s time to talk about recommendations. What to play? I would start with the essential and wonderful Sonic. The speed, the challenges, the different paths and the well-implemented difficulty mean that, on its own merits, Sonic is the first cartridge you put in your PlayStation 4 Mega Drive.
The second vice of the day? It is clear, it can not be other than Golden Ax, of which we have the entire trilogy that appeared on Mega Drive. Enjoying the magic of arcades at home again is a unique sensation for the oldest. And for young people it is quite an experience to discover one of the best medieval beat’em ups in history.
Once you’ve tried these two wonders, get ready to enjoy another mythical trilogy: Streets of Rage. Sega had to deal with Nintendo’s exclusivity with Capcom and the brutal Final Fight, which was sweeping back then, pulling out a new IP that could face the gale of competition. And they got it in style with three essential titles. Beware of the graphic jump between the first and the second installment.
And for the most role-playing fans, we cannot ignore three classics such as Phantasy Star II, III and IV. To these jewels also join Shining Force and Light CrusaderAbsolutely essential video games.
Long live the quality retro. We are facing a very careful compilation. You can see the care behind this “cartridge” that includes a good handful of mythical games and others that may not be as well known but that continue to hold up perfectly over the years.
Whether you were one of the lucky owners of this fantastic game console or if you are a new player interested in recovering jewels from the past in its best version, you can’t miss this Sega Mega Drive Classics.
where to buy it
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