The moments in which I will whole heartedly give a company my money without a second thought is rare, but such a thing is the case with the latest reveal made by Sega. Certain choices made by Sega may seem questionable such as the Anarchy Reigns debacle, but the company is doing gamers a solid by releasing the ode to old-school gaming that is the Model 2 Collection.
Set for release on the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade, the Model 2 Collection consists of old Sega classics such as Virtua Fighter 2, Virtua Striker, and Virtua On released in their original glory with a few minor modifications made such as online multiplayer being thrown into the mix. Besides the aforementioned games, the Model 2 Collection will also see the return of Fighting Vipers and Sonic the Fighters for better or worse.
Each game in the Model 2 Collection will be sold separately in addition to being part of a bundle for a discounted price; at least that’s the plan for the Japanese release. So far Sega has only announced that Virtua Fighter 2, Fighting Vipers, and Sonic the Fighters will be released this Fall while Virtua Striker and Virtua On are simply pegged for a 2013 release.
Given how none of the games in the Model 2 Collection are niche hits it’s likely that these classics will make an appearance in the West at some point. I’m of course hopeful that such a thing will be the case since I will lay down whatever it costs to play Virtua Fighter 2 on my PS3 since I was addicted to that when it came out back in the day. Seriously, I would plunk down as many quarters as I had to continue laying the smack down as Kage Maru until my pockets were totally empty. So to say that I’m excited for the Model 2 Collection would be a bit of an understatement.