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Sega Classics Collection
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  opened by paleface at 03:18:10 05/21/18  
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Compilation of 10 of the 3D remake versions of classic Sega games (note: does *not* include the original, low-res 2D versions of the games!) that came along separately for the Japanese PS2 under the "Sega Ages 2500 Series" banner. I did like some of those, but the ones I like didn't make it into this collection. This collection has (again, these are kind of low-budget-looking (almost slavishly so, like flat, low-poly was a certain consistent aesthetic they were going for) polygonal 3D remake versions):
 
- Outrun
- Space Harrier (entry 351)
- Virtua Racing
- Monaco GP
- Tant R (entry 431)
- Golden Axe
- Columns
- Fantasy Zone (entry 348)
- Bonanza Bros. (entry 431 again)
- Alien Syndrome (entry 676)
 
Outrun feels like a particularly ugly, brutal version of Outrun. Golden Axe is absolutely horrendous; you start to feel like Sega was putting their interns on these games. Space Harrier is kind of okay, but the consistent stiff ugliness makes you wonder why you would play it instead of a version that tried a little harder to be appealing.
 
I skipped Virtua Racing, Monaco GP, and Columns entirely (well, I did look up the remade Columns on Youtube), so those might be awesome for all I know.
 
Of the others, maybe the one I liked most was Tant R, possibly because it's actually 2D (albeit of a high-res, pre-rendered stripe designed to look as cheap and lame as possible)--but the mini-games, while repetitive and not the best, are at least a bit of simple fun--probably better two-player, too.
    
references:
· Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol.14: Alien Syndrome (PS2)
· Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol.3: Fantasy Zone (PS2)
· Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol.4: Space Harrier (PS2)
· Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol.6: Ichini no Tant-R + Bonanza Bros. (PS2)

 
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