Definitely the most comprehensive collection of classic Sonic the Hedgehog games around.

User Rating: 8 | Sonic Mega Collection Plus (Greatest Hits) PS2
Definitely the most comprehensive collection of classic Sonic the Hedgehog games around, Sonic Mega Collection Plus combines all the amazing Sega Genesis and Sega Gamegear titles onto one disk. However, do these ports mimic the quality of the originals that made Sonic a staple of the gaming industry?

Gameplay : 6.0

Overall, each port included in this collection play just like they did on the Genesis and Gamegear respectively. Each Sonic game is just as fast paced and fun as they were on their original consoles. This is especially true for the offshoot Sonic games (Sonic Spinball, Dr. Robotnic's Bean Machine); the controls are spot on and easy to ascertain. However this cannot be said for the main Sonic titles (Sonic, Sonic and Tails, Sonic 3, Sonic and Knuckles). While overall the main Sonic series games play well, they suffer from control issues involving controlling Sonic's movement with the D-pad, especially when trying to simultaneously do Sonic's spin-dash. Certain parts of the game which require more precise control of Sonic can be made very frustrating and difficult by these control issues, and unfortunately interfere with the enjoyment of these ports. Most of the time, however, you will enjoy these ports just as much as you did for the Genesis, just know that the controls will take a little more patience in certain parts of the game.

Graphics : 9.0

Graphically innovative for its time, the Sonic games still look great in all their 16-bit, Blast Processing splendor. The game animation flows smoothly and quickly, capturing the graphical essence of each of the games perfectly, well almost. While there are no complaints about the way the Genesis titles look, the Gamegear ports look more blocky and rigid than their original releases. This is no doubt a result of the games being ported from a very small screen of a Sega Gamegear to a larger TV screen. As a result, the graphics will appear less refined then those of the Genesis ports.

Sound : 9.5

The sound in all of these games is wonderful and holds true to the original versions of each game. While no sound upgrades are offered, that isn't an issue with this game since most people who buy it aren't looking for the most innovative game around, but rather a nice thick slice of gaming nostalgia. The midi-tuned game music fits the retro graphics of this game perfectly, and truly creates an overall memorable gaming experience.

Overall : 8

Sonic Mega Collection Plus is a great way to own the entire collection of amazing Sonic games that made the lightning fast, blue hedgehog one of the most famous faces in gaming. The game looks and sounds just a great as it did back in the early and mid-90s when these games were released, however the controls of some of the titles do not fare as well as their original releases on the Genesis and Gamegear. Given the sheer value of this collection, however, the controls can mostly be overlooked and this game can be considered a must own for any retro Sonic the Hedgehog fan.