was, and to this very day, still is, a one-trick pony.
It's a fast, ring-collecting platformer that features
a cool, or annoying, mascot - depending on your perspective.
What Sonic managed to do was capture a unique niche
in the market, and it did it very well. But that was
then and this is now. Not unlike Danny Bonaduce, Sonic
may still make appearances from time to time but there's
no denying his career is dead.
Gems Collection is an anthology of Sonic games. I
would like to call it a "best of" but with
a half-dozen Game Gear titles in the offering, this
collection is anything but great. Only a true Sonic
fan is likely to appreciate this collection, but considering
that if he or she is a true fan, they are likely to
have all of these games in their collection anyway.
The only benefit to owning this collection is that
you can play all of the games on one system. That
may sound tempting but let me tell you that the Game
Gear games look about as bad on TV as Danny Bonaduce's
face. If you don't know who Danny Bonaduce is, all
you have to know is that you don't get into a car
with him if you're a transvestite. Not that I know
from personal experience
did the racing, collecting and platforming genre proud.
Some of the games in this collection show just how
bad things can get when you try to introduce a new
genre to a tired premise. The fighting game, Sonic
the Fighters, features Tails, Knuckles, Sonic and
Amy in a limited fighting game that just plain sucks.
The combat system is too simplified to provide a challenge
to any Sonic or fighting fan. Aside from the standard
kick, punch and block there is a Hyper Mode that lets
you issue a special attack. It's inclusion in this
collection, like the Game Gear games is a novelty.
One that wears off faster than The Entire Gilligan's
Island Collection Box Set.
what you get: Sonic the Fighters; Sonic CD; Sonic
R; Sonic Spinball; Sonic The Hedgehog 2; Sonic The
Hedgehog Triple Trouble; Sonic Drift Racing 2; Tails'
Skypatrol and Tails Adventures - plus two unlockable
games, Vectorman One and Two.
games have been ported as good as can be expected.
They don't look all that great and although the sound
effects and music is the same the games sound so much
more empty than I remember them.
CD and the Vectorman series are darn good games and
certainly worth a rental if you haven't played them
before. Keep in mind that the gameplay is strictly
old-school and while it may have been unique for its
time, it hasn't aged well.