Okay sorry about the cheesy carnival introduction, but this is simply one of the best compilations I have seen for the PSP. The PSP's strong points have gaven us some awesome complilations (Namco Battle Museum, Capcom collection), and it just got better. Now, here's the thing.
YOu could again, like most of the sheep, buy this for the PS2 console and write of this one, but seriously, do you really want to play old games on a big screen TV? IS it really a treat to here the crappy Columns music blasted everywhere from a home theater sound system? Yeah, the truth is, old games are just so much better on the go, on a slaw system. Okay, if you don't have a PSP, don't run out and get it just for this, but seriously, though, get this instead of the console versions. IT just seems better. Save your HDTV's screen life for Gears OF war or Motorstorm instead of ancient games. Oh and by the way, I can't imagine how grainy the old games will look on a huge TV. That is all.
Now for the game itself. THis truely is more than just a game collection. THe menus are stylish full of great music and cool effects and are easy to use, and fell really slick. Each game has box art, tips, and a museum about the game. You get 28 games that can be customized quite a bit, but are exactly like they were when they first came out. Like for example, each game starts out with the old Sega intro, so basically, right when you start the game, the game feels like you just hooked the original Genesis collection to your PSP. Sonic even has the pause effect it had on the Genesis. The games itself are pretty self explainitory, and you get Golden Axe, the Sonicx games, 3 Phantasy Star games, Columns, and other great games, but you also get some classics some people never got, such as the underrated Super Thunder Blade.
To top it off, you also get some very great extras. YOu have some interesting interviews, a cheat sheet, some interesting arcade games (that probally only took up 60 KB), and some trailers for new games like Virtua Fighter 5 and Phantasy Star Universe. It's prety cool stuff, but you have to unlock it, so if you really are a Sega nerd or like to cheat, your gonna have to play it to win it.
And best of all, the game loads fast. The port when very smoothyl, so you odn't need to worry about wonky controls (the controls are great, and using the analog stick to play Sonic is very good) and load times (they are very fast). So basically, this is better than the console version, plus, who can deny great Genesis games on the road. Sure beats any cellphone game.
This is a no-brainer. If you liked the games from The Genesis, than this will be a game you need to pick up. Add this to your PSP collection, and Happy new Year as well. Can't believe I am already in my 20's. But that's life. Peace out.