Review by Megaman1981

Reviewed: 07/06/06 | Updated: 10/23/06

The Gems don't apply to the Game Gear games.

Back in 2002, Sega released the Sonic Mega Collection on the Gamecube. It contained several classics including Sonic 1, 2, and 3 from the Genesis among other games as well. One game however was not included; Sonic CD. In fact over the years several Sonic collections have been made for the Saturn, Gamecube, PS2, and Xbox, and in none of those collections was Sonic CD available. Most people believed that Sonic CD would never be available in a collection ever. Those people were wrong. In August of 2005, Sega released Sonic CD in part of the Sonic Gems Collection. Now while the entire lineup of games isn't stellar, Sonic Gems Collection is still worth a purchase.

The biggest game is of course Sonic CD. The game is very similar to both Sonic 1 and 2. Tails isn't present, so Sonic goes at it alone like in Sonic 1. The plot involves the introduction of Amy, Sonic's girlfriend. However Amy is kidnapped by Dr. Robotnik and it is up to Sonic to travel to the past and the future to rescue Amy. The graphics look fantastic, better than Sonic 2. The music is your usual Sonic quality. The game can be best known for the introduction of Metal Sonic, although he was in Sonic 2, but never named.

Another game in the collection is Sonic the Fighters. It's a decent game where you select a character and then beat up other characters from Sonic's world in order to reach Metal Sonic in the Death Egg 2. The graphics are decent but nothing out of this world. They actually look a bit dated. The music isn't that spectacular either. Still a fun game to play though.

The final decent game is Sonic R, a racing game that simply has the characters running instead of driving (Amy and Dr. Robotnik don't apply to this rule though). The game is fun to play threw much like Sonic the Fighters, but much like that game, Sonic R loses it's fun pretty quickly. Still fun to play threw every now and then. The graphics and music are basically the same as Sonic the Fighters, but they do look dated. The fact that there are only five tracks is a bit of a letdown, but since every race only last about two minutes, you don't seem to notice.

The final collection of games are the Game Gear games, which rage from good to terrible. They include decent games like Sonic Spinball, Sonic Triple Trouble, and Tails Adventures, to average games like Sonic Drift and Sonic 2, to total garbage in Tails Skypatrol.

There are two hidden unlockable games called Vectorman 1 and 2, but I really don't care for Vectorman that much. The replay value is a bit low only because Sonic the Fighters and Sonic R simply don't hold the charm of Mario Kart or Super Smash Bros. and their charm will run out fast. The same applies to the Game Gear games. All in all, Sonic CD is the main reason to own this game. Sonic the Fighters and Sonic R are decent and a few of the Game Gear games are a bit playable. Still, this collection isn't as good as Sonic Mega Collection, but for $30 it is still worth a purchase.

Rating:   3.5 - Good

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