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Sega 3D Classics Collection

Sega 3D Classics Collection

Retro collections are a dime a dozen, but Sega's 3D Classics deserved extra credit as they really take advantage of the hardware.

  • Text: Jonas Mäki
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Back when the bulk of the Gamereactor crew grew up you were either a Nintendo fan or you were a Sega fan. Many of us fall into the latter category. That is to say we're fans of the Sega we knew up until the Dreamcast was abandoned. Where Nintendo held a very consistent, high level of quality, Sega offered more unique gaming experiences that were, for lack of a better word, cooler.

This package contains eight games from the late '80s and early '90s that have gradually been released for the Nintendo 3DS under the brand 3D Classics, all made with the utmost care and consideration for the originals and with 3D effects added in such a way that it actually adds something. Over time we have bought most of these games from the eShop and they offer a quick fix gaming that's perfect when you have a bit of extra time, but not a lot. Fantasy Zone II is a prime example of game that is as fun whether you want to invest five minutes or an hour into playing, and the music is guaranteed to turn that frown upside down.

Fantasy Zone II is treated especially well in this collection and in addition to the original is the remake M2 did a few years back, making it a total of nine games to choose from. Ut's undeniable that there are retro collections with more titles, including from Sega themselves, but the fact that the games have been revamped to take advantage of the platform and that all the games (except two) still entertain today is quite unique. These are the games that are included in chronological order:

Fantasy Zone II (1987) & Fantasy Zone II W (2014)
Thunder Blade (1987)
Altered Beast (1988)
Galaxy Force II (1988)
Maze Walker (1988)
Power Drift (1988)
Sonic The Hedgehog (1991)
Puyo puyo 2 (1994)

Which games don't hold up then? The most obvious answer is Altered Beast, which was originally bundled with the Mega Drive. Thus it's also a game many Sega fans have sweet memories of, even though it really wasn't particularly good even at the time. This game still isn't great, and we have yet again made numerous attempts at giving it a fair chance. It also seems that Thunder Blade hasn't passed the test of time very well either, and is only entertaining when viewed as a small glimpse into a bygone era.

Sega 3D Classics Collection
Power Drift turned out to be one of the major positives of the compilation and doesn't seem to have aged at all.
Sega 3D Classics Collection
Sega 3D Classics Collection
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