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    Default Review: Blaze Sega Mega Drive

    Blaze Mega Drive Console.

    Finally got my hands on one of these. I was intrigued when I saw them on sale in John Lewis a few Christmas’ ago, but a few came up on Ebay recently and I won one of the auctions.

    The console itself is small and quite sturdy, the build quality seems good. It has a simple on off button and a menu/reset button on the top, as well as two controller ports on the front. On the back is the power and AV connections - just a mono output though.
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    The supplied controllers are the same shape as the original mega drive ones, although the quality of the pads is somewhat below the original. A very clunky set of buttons and the D-pad sticks out of the controller by quite a distance.
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    It is compatible with the original controllers though.

    I found it compatible with all the games I have and the 15 on board games are:
    Alex Kidd
    Alien Storm
    Altered Beast
    Arrow Flash
    Bonanza Bros
    Cloumns
    Crack Down
    Decap Attack
    Eswat
    Fatal Labyrinth
    Flicky
    Gain Ground
    Golden Axe
    Shadow Dance
    Sonic and Knuckles.

    Here’s the kicker though. The sound is appalling. I don’t know the technical reasons why it is so bad, but it sucks big time. This is not me being snobby and saying its no good as it doesn't sound like the original, it actually just sounds bad.

    I have recorded the first minute of sonic on each system. (couple of MP3's in a zip) The loud white noise on the Blaze is sonic going past a waterfall. It's really not very nice.

    So in conclusion.
    Pros:-
    Small, good build quality on the console, compatible with most games and controllers.

    Cons:-
    Supplied controllers, very stiff cartridge insertion, mono sound, terrible sound quality.

    Recommended? Not really I’m afraid, get an original off Ebay. Yes its smaller, but a mega drive isn't really that big anyway is it?
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    Thanks, you saved me wasting my money - I was tempted to get one for my Everdrive MD but I can't stand poor quality sound
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    Quote Originally Posted by KieranD212 View Post
    It doesn't have real Megadrive/Genesis hardware it uses emulation on a chip. Its cool that it comes with so many games but in general why would a person buy something that emulates, when you can emulate on a pc for free? There are similar controllers for the PC. I would rather buy real hardware or emulate on a pc.

    The sound is appalling on the Blaze, i just listened to your zip file. A 50/60hz switch would fix the music slowdown on a real Megadrive.
    I really like the idea of it though. A little modern bit of kit that plays all the old games. Just plug it in and have a laugh playing, and it's great - except the sound. I get what you mean, if you're going to emulate, you may as well just use a PC, but for the sitting round the TV and having a quick gaming session, it ticks all the boxes except one.

    Quote Originally Posted by fitzsteve View Post
    Thanks, you saved me wasting my money - I was tempted to get one for my Everdrive MD but I can't stand poor quality sound
    Its a novelty really. Nothing more, certainly not worth being the centrepiece of your Mega drive collection.

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    Original Megadrive MK1 with Scart (and stereo sound outbreak) + Everdrive MD = something better than any company like Blaze will ever pump out. Period.
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    I agree. Furthermore, some Mega Drive II models have sound issues which require modifications to be fixed.


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    The audio on the blaze also sounds to me like its off key

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    Agreed, at times its out of tune.

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    Not surprising - nobody has that fm chip down in pc emulation yet and even Sega couldn't get it right with the MDII, let alone a Chinese soc solution

    Most probably won't notice though, since they'll think the original also sounds bad

    Thanks for the review!
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    There's a difference in audio between model 1's and model 2's?

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