Sega Mega Drive Classics Review

Sega Mega Drive Classics is a collection of games that any self-respecting video game fan should play at least once. Most, if not all, of the game included in this package, have been re-re-released before, but never in such a prolific collection.

Sure, we’ve seen collections like this released last generation and you could buy most of them on the Virtual Console, but Sega Mega Drive Classics feels like the most complete version yet.

Everything from Sonic to Alex Kidd and everything in between has been included. While some of the games are probably better left in the past, for the most part, this is an impressive collection and look back at the past.

Sega Mega Drive Classics Review

There are over 50 games included in this package and while it is pretty definitive without Ecco the Dolphin and Sonic & Knuckles it feels incomplete. With over 50 games though, you’re sure to find something to play, regardless of a few missing titles.

The whole package is presented as a kid’s bedroom with a CRT TV, a bookshelf full of games, posters on the wall; the whole shebang. It’s cute, but I could honestly do without it. 

I’d much prefer to just choose the games from a list rather than have to navigate the 3D bedroom and wait while the digital cartridge is inserted into the Mega Drive each time. Thankfully, the emulation of each and every game is impeccable as are the systems sitting behind the games.

There are a huge amount of stats you can track, you can fast forward and rewind in every title at any time and create save states at any point. 

Good Old Gaming

The new features do add a lot to the games, especially when you find yourself stuck at a particularly tough section or an unskippable and long high score screen. I suppose purists will be opposed to the rewind and fast forward features, but they don’t have to use it. 

By including these features older players can easily introduce their kids to these classics without too much frustration. Gaming has changed a lot in the last 25-years and these features just make these games accessible to a new audience.

As you’d expect, these games all stand-up pretty well today, especially if you’re wearing the rose-tinted glasses of nostalgia. There are visual options included too to change the screen size and shape, though I think they look best as they are.

For any fans of classic SEGA games, this is a must-have. You’ll certainly get excited and have those moments of remembering playing these as a kid. It definitely took me back in time and it didn’t take long for me to get totally engrossed and lose hours of the day to these classics.

It’s not THE definitive collection, but it’s pretty close. 

Sega Mega Drive Classics was reviewed on Xbox One using a digital code provided by the publisher.

PowerUp! Reviews

Game Title: Sega Mega Drive Classics

  • 8/10
    Huge Collection of Classic Games - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Rewind and Fast Forward Functions - 7/10
  • 5/10
    Bedroom Menu is a bit janky - 5/10
User Review
0 (0 votes)
Leo Stevenson
Leo Stevenson
I've been playing games for the past 27 years and have been writing for almost as long. Combining two passions in the way I'm able is a true privilege. PowerUp! is a labour of love and one I am so excited to share.

━ more like this

Resident Evil 4 Remake Review (PS5) | Ganado She Better Don’t

Let's get it out of the way right off the bat; Resident Evil 4 Remake is phenomenal. Every bit as amazing as you remember...

Frostpunk: The Board Game Review – Punishingly Intricate

Yes, that subtitle is a reference to The Cones of Dunshire from Parks and Recreation. In learning, setting up and finally playing Frostpunk: The...

Win: 1 of 5 Diablo IV early access codes

The wait is almost over. Diablo IV is only a few short months away and to help with that agonising wait, Blizzard is giving...

Solium Infernum – Interview with Principal Designer Anthony Sweet

‘Crafting inspiring video games and enthralling worlds with exceptional people’ isn’t the worst job description one could have. At least, the League of Geeks...

Dead Island 2 – Interview with Technical Art Director Dan Evans-Lawes

Recently we were able to go hands-on with an extended preview of Dead Island 2 and you can read more about that here. We...