I recently reported here that Sega Mega Drive: Ultimate Collection was available for just £17.99. Just a few weeks later you can now snap it up for a measly £14.99 from Play – that's about 31p per game! (The link is for the PS3 version but the XBox 360 version is also available at the same price).
The next best price for this is £17.79 but lots of retailers seem to be out of stock on the title at the moment so you're actually looking at a price jump to £19.95!
The collection is comprised of the following games:
Alex Kidd In The Enchanted Castle, Alien Storm, Altered Beast, Beyond Oasis/Story of Thor, Bonanza Bros., Columns, Comix Zone, Decap Attack, Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine, Dynamite Headdy, Ecco The Dolphin, Ecco II: The Tides Of Time, E-Swat, Fatal Labyrinth, Flicky, Gain Ground, Golden Axe I, Golden Axe II, Golden Axe III, Kid Chameleon, Phantasy Star II, Phantasy Star III: Generations Of Doom, Phantasy Star IV: The End Of The Millennium, Ristar, Shining In The Darkness, Shining Force, Shining Force 2, Shinobi III: Return Of The Ninja Master, Sonic 3D Blast, Sonic And Knuckles, Sonic Spinball, Sonic The Hedgehog, Sonic The Hedgehog 2, Sonic The Hedgehog 3, Streets Of Rage, Streets Of Rage 2, Streets Of Rage 3, Super Thunder Blade, Vectorman, Vectorman 2.
And that's not including the unlockables!
While not every game in the collection can really be called a “classic”, at this price the disc is worth it for the nostalgia factor alone. That said, there are some really great games included: highlights include the original Sonic series, the Shining Force games, Ecco the Dolphin, Streets of Rage, Columns, Phantasy Star, Vectorman and Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine. In fact I found plenty of the titles just as enjoyable now as I did the first time around. There's a few games included that seem rather gratuitous (did we really need the second and third instalments of Golden Axe?) and take up slots which could have been given to much more deserving titles but maybe that would not have left enough scope for the surely inevitable ”Sega Megadrive: Ultimate Collection 2”...
All the games have been transplanted over to the new consoles nicely. While it is hard to see much result from the work that has been done to make the graphics HD, I personally really liked the graphics filter that gives everything a pleasing “hand-painted” quality. There's trophies to collect and resettling old multiplayer scores is a lot of fun but it's a shame that there's no online capabilities. The unlockable master system games are a great incentive to keep playing and before you know it, you may well find yourself hooked on a title that you were never interested in before.
While the absence of some titles seems to stick out like a sore thumb, this is a great collection and will provide plenty of entertainment, especially to those of you who look back fondly at a golden era of gaming. It really is a steal at this price but even so, I don't think it will be long before it dips below the £10 barrier.
Thanks to Floss313 from Hotukdeals!