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Veteran Sega developers reveal their favourite Mega Drive Classics

Creators from Yakuza, Shining Resonance, Sonic Team and more weigh in on personal favourites in new PS4 collection, out 29th May

Hi everyone, it’s Ibrahim Bhatti, Community Manager at Sega here again to bring you a small update about the Sega Mega Drive Classics collection announced last month and set to launch on 29th May. You’re now able to pre-order the game from PlayStation Store where come launch day, you’ll get access to over 50 classic titles from Sega’s iconic Mega Drive console!

So, to celebrate this, we thought we’d ask some of our developers what they’re favourite games in the collection were! With so many to choose from, we weren’t sure what they’d come back with and it seems Puyo Puyo Tetris Producer, Hosoyamada-san couldn’t bring himself to pick just one! Here’s what they had to say:

Hiroyuki Sakamoti – Director of Yakuza 6

Title: Alien Storm

I’ve intentionally dared to pick this title as it reflects one of Sega’s most devilish works at the time! It’s definitely a game you’ll enjoy! My favourite character is the Robot on the Scooter and I pretty much picked him every time. The game has great character designs and the aliens and animations are really well made. It was a clear departure at the time from other side scrolling action games.

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Makoto Suzuki – Producer of Shining Resonance Refrain

Title: Shining in the Darkness

It may come as little wonder to many but this title, Shining in the Darkness, the beginning of the Shining series. I always felt a huge sense of excitement exploring the dungeons (shrines) and the game’s storyline is breathtaking. The elaborate animation when encountering an enemy was really impressive too and the game has a great balance and is smoothly paced making it great for RPG beginners. That’s something we’ve tried to continue through the entire series.

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Mizuki Hosoyamada – Producer of Puyo Puyo Tetris

Title: Gain Ground, Comix Zone

As I used to work for Sonic Team on the development of the older Sonic games, I’ve decided not to pick one even though they’re all classics! The Mega Drive featured many other classic and edgy titles but my favourite games were “Gain Ground” and “Comix Zone”, I played these the most for sure. If I played these games again now, I’m sure I’d enjoy them again straight away and many of the other games in collection. Speaking of which, have a look for “Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine” in the compilation!

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Takashi Iizuka – Head of Sonic Team

Title: Bio Hazard Battle

Looking at these Mega Drive Classics and seeing Bio-Hazard Battle has reminded me of the past. I first joined SEGA in the development team that created Bio-Hazard Battle, and I was really impressed by the beautiful graphics in game. They were creating art that looked like it was CG using dot-based pixel art. I was super impressed by the skill and talent of those development team members. I’m great at shooters, but reflecting on Bio-Hazard Battle has really made me want to pick it up and play it again!

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Al Hope – Director of Alien Isolation

Streets of Rage 2

It’s 1993 and I didn’t know the Mega Drive could look or sound this good! An original pixel art masterpiece, Streets of Rage 2 is justifiably regarded as one of the greatest nineties arcade-style beat’em ups and it blew me away at launch. Slick controls, huge character sprites, brilliant and super vibrant colour palettes all combined to suck you into the dangerous underworld of street punks and secret society ninjas inhabiting some truly memorable locations – including an eerie ALIEN inspired homage!

This was arcade quality – at home. But for all its qualities today it’s the soundtrack which still stands out the most. Yuzo Koshiro and Motohiro Kawashima pushed the Mega Drive hardware to the limit to create post 80s rave and early 90s house and techno influenced compositions which are the game’s thumping heartbeat and a vivid snapshot of the time. Drop the beat and take down Mr. X!

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That’s it from us, but if that trip down memory lane did it for you and you fancy jumping back into these retro masterpieces, you know exactly what to do next!

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johngenegenie 04 May, 2018 @ 14:00
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Dear Sega, I only have so much money to spend on games. I’ve been holding out for sonic mania and now thats getting a second release so I’ll buy that. I backed shenmue 3 on kick starter and pre ordered shenmue 1&2, and with yakuza and something else I’ve forgotten thats a fair chunk of money. Stop releasing stuff that gives me nostalgic feels!

I had a SNES growing up so the Mega Drive was the “enemy”, but I remember being jealous of Comix Zone.

Carnivius_Prime 04 May, 2018 @ 14:33
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Love me some Streets of Rage 2 but oddly I’ve never really liked the soundtrack that much. Some tunes be good (and I like the Level complete tune) but the level 1 theme really grates for me.

Anyways will be buying this set even just to play Golden Axe II with my bestie far away as it’s one of her fave ever games. :)

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Any news on why Sonic 3 & Knuckles aren’t included?

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Pretty sure it’s to do with music licensing

We_Are-The_Dogs 04 May, 2018 @ 15:20
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Shame so many of the best Mega Drive games weren’t added (I assume for licence reasons) like: Desert Strike/Jungle Strike, Disney games (Fantasia, World of Illusion, Castle of Illusion, Quackshot), Skitchin, Road Rash, Lost Vikings, Fantastic Dizzy & MIcro machines. Add some of them as DLC and I’ll bite but this collection is 95% same as the ps3 one from years ago

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Yea, it’s licensing. You’ll only see SEGA produced titles on here.

Futureshark 04 May, 2018 @ 15:26
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Lots of fab SEGA games but for me arcade was always Space Harrier top (thanks to Yakuza 0 I can now play in the comfort of my own home), and Revenge of Shinobi was my favourite Megadrive game (big shout to Thunderforce 3 too).

I used to love two player Herzog Zwei, and Castle of illusion of course.

https://youtu.be/BYfYrhT82RM

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I really like the lion king and NBA jam was my…ah nevermind

Cyberendpunk 05 May, 2018 @ 10:43
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Revenge of Shinobi is the one for me, what a great game from beginning to end fighting all manor of bosses like Spiderman, Batman, Godzilla and Terminator. I would be doing so well and then die for no reason only later realising the ninjitsu of mijin power takes your life as well.

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Where’s my mini megadrive? With the proper controllers, and cords that are too short so I have to hunch over in front of the tv.

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