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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!