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SEGA Genesis Collection Coming Exclusively to PlayStation Plus Subscribers for FREE!

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VP, PlayStation Network

Hi everyone –

Gaming has come a long way since it became popular with the release of the Atari 2600. As the industry continued to build steam over the years that followed, we saw some iconic classics emerge. One publisher, SEGA, has definitely had its fair share of games that brought mass appeal in the early stages of gaming.

SEGA Genesis

Whether it was our favorite blue hedgehog or playing couch co-op as two centurions tried to free Zeus’ daughter, SEGA created some of the most defining titles in video game history. Now, the SEGA Genesis Collection is coming to PlayStation Store. Starting March 29, SEGA will be rolling out the SEGA Genesis Collection, including Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Altered Beast, and more. All six of these titles will be playable on the PlayStation 3 and will include trophies. As a special gift and exclusive offer for our PlayStation Plus subscribers, the upcoming games (an almost $30 value) will be available two weeks early and free for one month each to download. To kick off the event, Sonic the Hedgehog will be available a full four weeks early on March 1 to PlayStation Plus subscribers!

View the full list of titles below (including release dates) and enjoy jumping into some gaming nostalgia.

PlayStation Plus Releases (free)

  • Sonic the Hedgehog – Available March 1 – April 5
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – Available April 5 – May 3
  • Streets of Rage 2 – Available May 3 – May 31
  • Golden Axe 2 – Available May 31 – July 5
  • Comix Zone – Available July 5 – August 2
  • Altered Beast – Available August 2 – August 30

Regular PlayStation Store Release ($4.99 each)

  • Sonic the Hedgehog – March 29
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – April 19
  • Streets of Rage 2 – May 17
  • Golden Axe 2 – June 14
  • Comix Zone – July 19
  • Altered Beast – August 16

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Myke-Myke said:

February 16th, 8:03 am

Cool Beans!!!

Can you try to get UMK3???

Gueeds said:

February 16th, 8:03 am

Looking forward to these. PlayStation Plus is great!

ModernYorkster said:

February 16th, 8:03 am

Although I’ve already beaten these on Sonics Ultimate Genesis Collection, I’ll be picking these up since I’m getting them free.

steven_bodner said:

February 16th, 8:03 am

Holy craaaaaaaaaaaap.

drew327 said:

February 16th, 8:05 am

“Free for one month” – is this the usual deal of “as long as you subscribe” they are available? Or after a month will these become inactive?

UltraRazpacho said:

February 16th, 8:06 am

I love you guys so much.

G-Force08 said:

February 16th, 8:06 am

Sweet. And people laughed when I got that PS+ subscription on day 1. I laugh at them now! :] Got to love the classics! I know I do. Thanks guys! Keep the great content rolling!

BrianMcGuinness said:

February 16th, 8:06 am

I’d love to see people still complain about this.

VectorRaven said:

February 16th, 8:07 am

Streets of Rage 2 – Available May 3 – May 31

This is worth plus alone.

mi33ke said:

February 16th, 8:08 am

It would be cool if each game had a platinum trophy. I hope they will.

Butters360 said:

February 16th, 8:08 am

Thank you Grace, thank you. I still wonder how people say PlayStation Plus is not worth it, when we just got $30 worth of games!

DJKim0701 said:

February 16th, 8:08 am


GoldenGotGame said:

February 16th, 8:12 am

I’m a PS+ member since day one, but I’ll gladly pay quadruple the price for Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker. Here’s hoping we get it somewhere down the line.

GoldenGotGame said:

February 16th, 8:13 am

Actually, an HD remake would be even better! (Moonwalker)

Xer0Signal said:

February 16th, 8:15 am

this is so, so awesome.

can you please clarify about what happens after the first month for us PS+ subscribers?

like, if we download it during the free month, does it expire at the end of that month? i think it’s a bit confusing in the post.

thank you!

Hellman said:

February 16th, 8:15 am

I really need to get a PS+ account!

Arayku said:

February 16th, 8:15 am

<3 being a PS+ member, been totaly worth it since day 1.

Zezzler said:

February 16th, 8:15 am

Eff Yea! No regret buying PS+ at all! That’s for the awesome update Grace! Long live the genesis!

Dafreakzo said:

February 16th, 8:17 am

This is pretty awesome Sony! Classic Sega FTW!

Andrefpvs said:

February 16th, 8:18 am

Will these take the place of the regular monthly PSN game? ‘Cause lots of people already own SEGA Genesis Ultimate Collection.

x_NiiGHTMARE_x said:

February 16th, 8:18 am

PS+ keeps getting better and better.


boneyardweller89 said:

February 16th, 8:21 am

Holy cow that’s an amazing deal! Thanks PlayStation Plus! =D

cwsluke said:

February 16th, 8:22 am

How I love co-op games! Not to complain but I am getting to many free games (lol) I can’t beat the first before I get another one! I LOVE IT! I guess I need to stop buying games from PSN. Still have not even beat the first episode of Sam & Max yet. I knew PS Plus was worth it! Very happy day 1 PS+ subcriber!

P.S. has anyone actually counted the total value of all the games PS+ has got for free so far (not counting all the free themes, Qore and discounts that have already payed the whole thing off so far)?

KidCommando said:

February 16th, 8:23 am

Very cool!, too bad I already own the Collection disk. :( bummer.

Are these games in addition to the regular Plus updates


Are these our free games for the coming months?

TooTall19 said:

February 16th, 8:23 am

Good can’t wait!

markburleson85 said:

February 16th, 8:28 am

Sweet. PS+ has totally paid for itself. At least another $30 added onto the $396.60 free thus far and another $323.86 in discounts. Not to shabby for a $50 investment that still has another 6 months to go in the initial subscription. Note: numbers are based upon a day 1 PS+ subscription.

adolson said:

February 16th, 8:28 am

Awesome! What about TurboGrafx-16 games? Will we still be getting those in North America even though Hudson Entertainment is gone? I sure hope so – PS3 needs more of the old classics like these.

EventStatus said:

February 16th, 8:33 am

So these are the same games from the Sonic Ultimate Genesis Collection you released in 2009, which I already own, and you get a lot more games on that actual disc. Since it’s release people who own the collection have been asking for online co-op, for games like Golden Axe and Streets of Rage, yet they went ignored.

Now reading this news I saw regular co-op, which is fine. But still no online co-op. What is the point of this, since you can get the Ultimate Collection hard disc for like 16 bucks now, which offers many more games?

5 bucks for 6 games with no improvements the community asked for since 2009, compared to 16 bucks for 49 games. You get more for your money buying the Collection hard disc. And it is a great collection.

SmooshyKing said:

February 16th, 8:34 am

When assessing the value of PlayStation Plus (the value to yourself on a personal level), you can’t simply add up the price of all the freebies and then declare PlayStation Plus to be worth X dollars.

For an accurate assessment, you should only count the products you would have actually purchased if they weren’t free…or the difference between the discounted price and the regular price on items that you would have actually purchased at full retail price.

For myself, I wouldn’t pay a dime for any of these old games. I’ve bought a few PS1 classics…and they’ve just left me disappointed.

Of course, everyone will compute a different final value. And for some, Plus is a great investment.

flannelbeard said:

February 16th, 8:34 am

sweet! i sure am glad i am a psn+ subscriber. i have been enjoying all the benefits! :)

Tank_Baked said:

February 16th, 8:35 am

haha this is awesome. Thanks so much . I will only need a month or less the beat them all so you can have them back after a month if you want. I’m pretty sure that’s what this means.

M-Easy said:

February 16th, 8:36 am

Sweet, Sweet, Sweet PS+ just keeps paying for itself. I love you PSN

awsome_robot said:

February 16th, 8:37 am

wow, this is the complete opposite of what i expected from sega.

stlthriot said:

February 16th, 8:41 am

Will Sonic 3 and Sonic & Knuckles be coming eventually?

PlayEvoinsec21 said:

February 16th, 8:44 am

WOW this is awesome… love being a plus member.. THANKS SONY SEGA.. EVERYBODY !!

djspinal said:

February 16th, 8:44 am

I luv free stuff! But why doesnt my sega genesis collection psp game, that i already paid for, play on my ps3? all those games are in the collection i think. right?

ArcaneAltair said:

February 16th, 8:44 am

Awesome. Keep it up guys.

Edd said:

February 16th, 8:45 am


BeechV35Pilot said:

February 16th, 8:45 am

Would love to see “Road Rash” come out of the archives and to the PS3… Already have Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection so these PS+ freebies are not as heart-pounding.

LokeSTL said:

February 16th, 8:47 am

Hello Grace, I have a few questions:

1) Are these individual releases with their own trophies?

2) Will there be trophies that weren’t on the disk version?

3) Are there any plans for Shining Forces, Phantasy Stars, and/or Fatal Labyrinth to be released as part of this promotion?

I already own the disk version, but will be excited if there are separate/different challenges to meet for these releases. Please respond.

The_Leducs said:

February 16th, 8:53 am


m101dream said:

February 16th, 8:54 am

£5 that’s 30 quid is a bit too much for each game when the whole disc is available on eBay for less then £20 . Came on Sony the least you could do is decrease them by half to £2.50

TheIceCamel said:

February 16th, 8:57 am

Will these free Sega games be in addition to other free PSN games that will come in the future for PS Plus?

jrivera0108 said:

February 16th, 8:58 am

I am loving my free PS+ games! SEGA!

BigBadBob113 said:

February 16th, 8:58 am

Please let Streets of Rage and Golden Axe have online co-op!

KazeEternal said:

February 16th, 8:59 am


I’m with #40 LokeSTL, Shining Force, Phantasy Star, etc yes, please :-D

hush404 said:

February 16th, 8:59 am

Yay, PS+ pays off again.

blakseed said:

February 16th, 9:00 am

Pretty awesome. Need some Altered Beast in my life once again.

VixDiesel said:

February 16th, 9:07 am

same trophies as on the disc or new ones? if they’re new i might have to consider getting sonic 1 and 2 then.

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