It's like a backend for them. So once you get past the new Sega splash screen that's in front of all these titles, it prompts you if you want to run ad-laden, remove ads for $2 (here in AU, anyway) or Restore Purchases. I tried restoring purchases and it didn't seem to go through the first time, but then I reopened the app and it didn't prompt me. But for some reason I was still getting an ad between the main menu and the start/save game screen.
But other than that ad/restore purchase option, it's identical to how it was prior to this update, Taxman goodness and all
Crazy Taxi, JSR and Chu Chu Rocket have already been ported to iOS (and possibly Android). Like with Sonic 1, they'll just use those same versions but with an ad-supported backend. I doubt we'll get any other DC games, though (except for maybe the ones that were ported to PC in that Dreamcast pack, like Space Channel 5 Part 2 and Sega Bass Fishing).
Seems like it. I'd recommend people try it for themselves to be sure but that's my experience.
I had something similar with Crazy Taxi when they rolled out an update a week or two ago when it went "free". Ads I couldn't bypass despite having bought the game previously, and no option to "restore purchase" like they say there was.
I've only tested Phantasy Star 2 so far, but first impression isn't good. I'm experiencing slowdowns on my phone (iPhone 6), the virtual buttons look horrible and are intrusive (seriously, how come devs still haven't figured out how to design virtual buttons that don't look like ass) and while there aren't many ads it's kinda hilarious that I've got to watch a 30 second video each time I want to save my game (and knowing these kind of phone ads, it's only a matter of time until one of these will cause the app to crash).
I re-tried Phantasy Star 2 a bit later (disabling all the extra permissions except storage) and uh... yeah. It's bad. There are slowdowns everywhere that shouldn't be there. The audio is significantly off, and has a nasty static in the background of almost every track. The virtual D-Pad is an unwieldy mess that has difficulty with left and right.
This is on top of the fact that it sends regular push notifications to you, and presumably uses your location for advertising purposes any time you pause or save the game. Not good, not good at all. :S
In contrast, my Moto G4 can handle the Phantasy Star IV rom (from Steam) in Retroarch just fine. :S
Ahh, so always online too. I guess my copies of sonic 1, 2, and CD are going to get messed up. Thank you for improving experience for your actually paying customers, Sega (bought most old Sega games long ago).
I mean, you can't beat free, that's true. But all of the Genesis emulated games in question are available on Steam for a couple of dollars. At which point you can take the ROMS from that (SEGA even has them uncompressed) and play them in RetroArch or MD.emu for a much superior and more accurate experience.
The only game of the Genesis games that'd be worthwhile here is Sonic 1, and only because that's the Taxman port with spiffy new features. Even then, I'd disable all permissions except storage for that, just to be safe. >.<;