There comes a time in every gamers life where his or her favorite game series gets picked up again and dusted off by the makers who think everyone should have the chance to play there great titles all over again. While I know that there are plenty of great collections, I will list those that truly offer the best bang for your buck. Note: I am only going to list those collections and/or versions of collections I have had the personal experience of owning and/or playing. Enjoy!

The Sims was and still is one of the most influential games of all time. Release in 2000, this title allowed you to live out your own little virtual life complete with a house, a spouse, and if you didn't take care of your garbage, a virtual mouse. Once created and release though, noticeable things from every day life were missing. Pets, cars, karaoke machines, robot house keepers, and of course the sky diving simulator. So came a plethora of expansion packs to fill these missing needs. The first of these was The Sims Livin' Large. Then, From the "romantic" side of things came The Sims Hot Date. Then there was The Sims House Party complete with Drew Carey cameo. Then there were countelss others including The Sims Makin' Magic,The Sims Superstar,The Sims Unleashed, and of course The Sims Vacation. While all of these expansions were great, the price became a little too much. Alas came The Complete Collection. The only reason it is at number 10 is because it was release a full year after the release of The Sims 2. Nonetheless, for roughly $20 new now a days, a great collection.

A great package released for the little purple box in the fall of 2003. It contained the Zelda essentials of The Legend of Zelda from the NES, the sequel Zelda II: The Adventure of Link also for the NES and two games considered to be some of the greatest of all time, the N64 compilation of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. This little disc could only be obtained (at the time) through special promotions held by Nintendo, namely by registering a GameCube and two games at Nintendo.com. It was also obtained through a bundle with the system and a subscription bonus through Nintendo Power magazine. A major selling point to get this disc though was for a chance to play the Wind Waker demo that was included on the disc. While at no fault of the games themselves, there were some technical issues. During a playthrough of Majora's Mask, you may encounter a much slower frame rate and possibly data corruption. While all of these issues could be averted, thus it's placement on the list. Still, a great collection worth the $35 - $40 price range many people and places may ask for it used.

While not a personal favorite, these two are still great collections overall. The first collection disc came packed with Mega Man, Mega Man 2, Mega Man 3, Mega Man 4, Mega Man 5, Mega Man 6, Mega Man 7, Mega Man 8, Mega Man: The Power Battle, Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters. The X collection ,however, came with Mega Man X, Mega Man X2, Mega Man X3, Mega Man X4, Mega Man X5, and Mega Man X6. While all of these were truly great games and offered a great value for what the consumer was paying, at times these games just didn't seem to fit the control schemes sometimes laid out for you. This could all be fixed with a third party controller specifically created for retro games, though. This created a much more enjoyable playing experience. So while these two are a great mega man collection, the fact that you may need a third party controller to feel more relaxed while playing loses them points. Still, at $10 - $15 each, these are no brainers.

This could have been the greatest collection of all time. First, you have the original Playstation Behemoth that is Metal Gear Solid. A true marvel for it's time and still adored by many today. This game kicked off what would be a true masterpiece of a series, and this collection allowed those that missed out on it another go around. Not only was the original MGS included with brand new cover art, but it came packaged with the special edition of Metal Gear Solid 2 (Substance) and the prequel Metal Gear Solid 3 (Subsitence). Two things that hold this great little collection back from being the best though is that Metal Gear Solid could still only be saved with a PSOne memory card. This really isn't that big of an issue if you had a PSOne (though if you had a PSOne and not MGS, something is seriously wrong), but for those that didn't, it meant taking to the streets to the local Pawn shop or used electronics store or ebay to find one. Issue two, while not a game stopping issue, is the inclusion of Metal Gear Solid 3 Subsistence minus the elusive bonus disc. This bonus disc included the clever Snake vs. Monkey mini game, a cutscene theatre of all the cutscenes unlocked, and the two Original Metal Gears from the MSX. So while these aren't anything to keep it from being a great game collection, it does stop it from being an awesome Metal Gear Solid collection. For $30 though, you have to pick this one up.

A very conveniently released collection. This Blu Ray remastered collection for the PS3 takes rerelease to a whole new level. This was packed with the Original God of War, God of War 2, and the bonus content disc included with God of War 2 all on one crisp Blu Ray disc. Not only was it remastered in 720p, it also introduced Trophy support for the series. No longer would you open a green chest at max health for no other reason except for the fact that is was there and not be rewarded for it. All joking aside, these were a very nice incentive to replay through these classics prior to the release of the third and final chapter of this series. It didn't lose any points on anything that it did, because this is definitely a great value for those that missed out on them, but it doesn't gain any points due to the fact that it isn't quite the complete collection because it definitely could have used the inclusion of the PSP title Chains of Olympus. That small detail aside, it is truly a great value at only $30 and is a truly awesome collection.

Not only does this collection come with the classic Rondo of Blood tale, but it comes with a 3D remake of said title. Whats that? Not enough of a reason to be included on this list you say. Well how about the fact that it comes with not only the greatest Castlevania game of all time, but possibly one of THE greatest titles ever released on any console. While it is bonus unlockable game, Symphony of the Night is the real reason to own this collection. A redubbed, better translation makes this title truly worthy of all of the praise it receives (especially from myself). I did mention that it was an unlockable bonus though, which loses it a couple points since you may have to drag your knuckles through the sometimes sleep inducing remake of Rondo of Blood. It is a terrible game, but knowing that it is what is between you the gamer and SOTN, it drags. It is still a great collection though, and at only $10 - $20 most places, I can definitely recommend!

5, 10, 20, 30, 40, almost 50 of the best games ever released on Sega's systems, you almost can't not get this collection. Including such greats such as Vectorman, Comix Zone, Ecco the Dolphin, Phantasy Star (1-4!) and Shining Force, it is hard to say no. Hmmm, still not convinced huh? How about for the first time in true HD, Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2, 3, & Knuckles, 3D, Spinball, and Mean Bean Machine? Oh got your attention now do I? Yes, that is right, almost the entire Sonic collection packed onto one disc. While there have been multiple Sega Collections in the past and countless other Sonic collections as well, never has there been such a definitive Sega Collection such as this. The only thing that costs this one a spot or two lower is the missing Knuckles expansions for the original Sonic games. For $10 - $20 though, this is a must have.

This one should hold a very dear spot in everyones heart as it was probably one of the first games you ever played on the SNES. This cartridge was one of the first compilations I remember ever owning. All Stars was truly a Mario fans dream. Included was a beautifully redone Super Mario Bros. Another wonderful remake of (my personal favorite) Super Mario Bros. 2, and another very sharp redesign of Super Mario Bros. 3. Also included was the original Super Mario Bros. 2, dubbed here in America as The Lost Levels. So not only were you getting remakes of the system sellers from last gen, you were getting a brand new (to America) game. What knocks this one down a peg though is that there was another version of said collection. Thats right. This entry is actually for that version, which included the SNES gens system seller, Super Mario World. While this is the definitive version of the collection, it wasn't available to everyone and most people already owned either the orginal collection or World seperatley. Still though, if you happen to stumble upon this collection at a reasonable price (sometimes $20for the original, a little more expensive for the All Star & World set) and have never played any of these, do yourself a favor a pick this one up.

Where to start for our number 2 entry. Metroid Prime, originally released for the Gamecube, was THE game for the cube at the time. Boasting beautiful 3D first person graphics, a wonderfully orchestrated soundtrack, a very detailed environment, very creative boss battles and platforming puzzles, and one of the baddest video game heroines of time, it captures exactly what the old purple box was all about. Then came the sequel that lived up to its predecessors name fully introducing an alternate universe gameplay mechanic that would make every corny "Split Universe" B movie run with its tail tucked between its legs. Then came the third and final chapter released on the Wii. Corruption introduced such fine motion control, that it was almost needed for the first two to be done this way. Thus, The Metroid Prime Trilogy Collection was born. All three games now have the very tight and slick control scheme that made Corruption the game it was. I managed to pick this one up for $20 and it is worth every penny. This is the "Prime" example of how a Compilation or Collection should be done, besides.....

What can I say? If you thought The Metroid Prime Trilogy was impressive, you just ain't seen nothing yet. Included in this great disc are Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, the addictive Portal, and, just thrown in for good measure to cement it's place as the best comp ever Team Fortress 2. This is the definitive Half Life 2 collection where you take control of Gordon Freeman in a twisted and maniacal plot that is envied by other video games and Hollywood productions alike. Often ranking within the Top 10 of greatest games ever created, Half Life alone would have been worth it. But the inclusion of Portal and Team Fortress is the cherry to top this sundae of a video game collection off! At $20 tops, why don't you have this collection yet???

Well there you have it folks. The best collections a person can put there hard earned bucks into and know for a fact they are going to have an outstanding time. While there are countless other collections (Devil May Cry, Namco Museum, World of Warcraft), these are the cream of the crop, best bang for your buck, in a whole entire league of their own collections.

List by al_ien5000 (03/30/2010)

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