SEGA FOREVER

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Sega… what do we all think of Sega?

There’s no denying they still make some great games, but what they are now is a long way away from what they once were.

Sega’s Total War series is easily the best RTS game series available and Company Of Heroes isn’t far off either. Then there’s Bayonetta and Football Manager who lap the plaudits up too, but it’s their little, blue mascot that doesn’t fare all that well lately.

I’ve never really been into Sonic since it’s early foundations, everything pre-2002 was great but I personally don’t feel like it’s progressed anywhere since then. You look at other platform game-series like Mario, Rayman, Metroid and even Tomb Raider to see that where they have evolved and adapted to new audiences, Sonic The Hedgehog just hasn’t.

But who cares? That’s not what I want to talk about and if I’m being honest, that’s a totally unrelated conversation altogether. That’s just me, getting carried away and taking things off-course.

As I’ve mentioned, Sega’s early versions of Sonic The Hedgehog are all classics in their own right, right? In fact, pretty much every game Sega made in the 1990’s was golden. Well, Sega have taken a look at their past and decided to drive it down Mobile Gaming Avenue.

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I know, I know! Mobile gaming, as it’s called, is not a viable form of gaming and i hear that loud and clear, but it can still be fun and if you’re into your retro games, you might just be in luck – SEGA may have the answer.

Sega is now bringing some of its best retro games to your smartphone. A while back the company announced a new service called Sega Forever, which is essentially a lineup of classic games from the company that will be available on both iOS and Android. Each game will be available for free — you can pay £1.99 to turn off ads — and will include modern features like cloud saves, Bluetooth controller support, and online leaderboards (Sega notes, however, that you can still play each game offline).

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At launch, five Sega Genesis games were available, including the original Sonic the Hedgehog (which was already previously available on mobile), Comix Zone, Altered Beast, Kid Chameleon, and Phantasy Star II.

“As the Sega Forever collection expands through months and years,” the company explains, “it will include both official emulations and ported games that pan all Sega console eras, each adapted specifically for mobile devices while remaining faithful to the original games.”

The developer says that following the launch of the first five games, additional titles will be added to the collection every two weeks. The debut Sega Forever games launched a few weeks ago in June globally on both iOS and Android.

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Trying to take a screenshot whilst playing is tougher than you might think.

I have to admit, it’s a pretty good collection and I’m looking forward to see what else Sega release.

I’ve played with hundreds of emulators on my phone and PC, literally. I’ve had just about every console under the sun running on my Samsung Galaxy S8+ and most of them on the whole have been, at the least, usable. Framerates have been iffy at times and the onscreen controls have always been clunky but I’ve had plenty of fun on them, especially the GBA, NDS and N64 emulators that are available.

These Sega games, feel much more polished than anything I’ve used though. These few games haven’t just been lazily ported across to mobile, they’ve been designed with them in mind. Surprisingly, the controls feel great (well, as good as they can be on a touchscreen) and they look fantastic. Each game runs at a solid 60 frame per second, and even when I’ve had notifications and messages pop up whilst in-game, this has continued running smoothly without any drop. They sound great too with their funky Genesis and Mega Drive tunes.

So yeah, I’d recommend you give them each a download, whether you’re into your classics or not. Besides, what else are you going to do whilst taking a dump at work?

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