SEGA 3D Classics Collection review – How much are old games worth to you? – TechnoBuffalo
So, the big question is which games has SEGA decided to use this flawless, perfectionist-driven emulation to re-release. After all, it’s rather pointless if the games themselves aren’t any fun, right?
Remember, this is late 80s/early 90s SEGA, back when the company found ways to churn out pure gold just by thinking. Saying every game in this bundle is a “lost classic” would be a little too much credit. However, the games that nail it are about as pure “Golden Age SEGA” as it gets.
Those sweet arcade sound boards. Ahhh… music to my bleeding ears! Arcade games first!
3D Power Drift: A Yu Suzuki racing game that borrows the faux-3D sprite-scaling technology used in his other SEGA classics like Outrun and Space Harrier. This differs from Outrun in that it adds more verticality to the tracks and wraps up its races much more quickly. It feels much more like a Mario Kart game in that regard, and it is a ton of fun to play.
3D Galaxy Force II: Another faux-3D sprite-scaling game, this one takes Space Harrier’s ideas and just goes all-out with elaborate levels, massive armies of ships, and just an unbelievable amount of business occurring on the screen at once. Soar through enemy ranks, destroy fortresses, and make sure not to run out of energy along the way during the race against time. Again, excellent title.
A lock-on attack in this game also provides a look into where Panzer Dragoon’s iconic lock-on attack originated.
3D Puyo Puyo 2: It’s a sequel to the eternally enjoyable Puyo Puyo and just as addictive. Align four matching colored slimes and ruin your opponent’s day with a rain of colorless husks. Bonus points for the cute enemy designs! This is definitely the strongest game in the bundle and could carry it on its own if need be. Luckily, there are plenty of other great titles to help it out.
Oh yeah, and wireless multiplayer for the win!
3D Fantasy Zone II W: SEGA’s classic “cute ‘em up” holds up very well in an age of explosive bullet-hell shooters. Fantasy Zone allows players to fly both ways on a screen, meaning danger can come from anywhere, and the boss fights require an inhuman level of observation and reaction skills. Plus, that presentation is overly to the cute to the point of being a distraction. Wonderful game from a bygone age.
3D Thunder Blade: I can’t really get behind this one. These overhead helicopter games never did it for me back in the day, and they still don’t. Dropping bombs, shooting machine guns, blowing up tanks. It’s a decent shooter, but give me Fantasy Zone or give me death!
The SEGA Genesis also shows up with two predictable releases. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. You probably already own them in some capacity since SEGA releases them every chance it gets.
3D Altered Beast: Really, SEGA? No Ristar or Shining Force? We have to suffer through “WISE FWOM YOUR GWAVE” again? This simplistic beat ‘em up is more of a nostalgic favorite for those who played it back in the day and not an essential classic by any means.
3D Sonic the Hedgehog: Because SEGA needs to sells this bundle.
And then we have the SEGA Master System games, which are a more tolerable selection than their Genesis brethren.
Fantasy Zone II: The Tears of Opa-Opa: A 16-bit port of the above mentioned arcade game. Released alongside the original, it’s somewhat pointless as a far inferior version. However, comparisons are always fun to make, and such “from the ground up” ports are a lost art in the gaming world.
Maze Runner 3-D: I have never heard of this game, but it’s an interesting little one. The final game in the collection is an overhead action game which employs just what the title suggests: lots and lots of mazes. The action is slow and deliberate, but the learning curve is fair enough to leave you wanting more.
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