Mega Man Legacy Collection Review

  • Publisher:  Capcom
  • Developer:  Digital Eclipse
  • MSRP:  $14.99 (Digital)
  • Rated: E
  • Release Date: August 25th 2016 (Digital)
  • Platform:  Playstation 4 and Xbox One, PC
  • Rating: ★★★★☆

After it looked like Capcom was tossing our favorite blue-bomber to the side from the last few years, Mega Man is back for the latest consoles so another generation of gamers can appreciate how fun, and difficult, these games really are.  The Legacy Collection includes Mega Man 1-6, all of his NES adventures into one package with plenty of extras.  There are plenty of things this collection gets right that every Mega Man fan will enjoy, but there is still some exclusions that keep this from being the ultimate package.

Each game included is faithfully preserved from their original form meaning purists will have no complaints.  Even original slowdowns that occurred, such as in the first Mega Man when to many things where on the screen at once are still here.  The additions they added are small, but still very welcome.  You can play in the original aspect ratio with black bars on the side or with a cute Mega Man border, but you can also choose to play in widescreen if you prefer. Easily one of the best new features is the ability to save and load at any point.  Sure, if you want to be real old-school and use the frustrating password system, you still can, but it makes it much easier to pick up and play without it.

For those who have conquered all of these titles before, again and again, Capcom has added a Challenge Mode , which itself almost seems cruel considering how tough these games are to begin with.  It is served up ala Nintendo’s NES Remix where the challenges will rage from speed runs for certain goals or pitting you against all of the bosses.  This is a mode that will keep you coming back even after you’ve already got upset and thrown your controller at the last challenge.  Just like the games themselves, the challenges are tough, but very satisfying when you finish them.

Longtime fans will really enjoy the Database and Museum section for each title.  The Database will list every robot for that specific game along with a picture and short description.  It can be very helpful since it also lists each boss’s weakness so if you need any assistance you can you research them.  Best of all from the Database, you can select a specific robot boss and jump straight into a fight with them, fully powered up.  It gives you a great chance to practice against them or just for jumping straight to them without having to play through their entire level.  Unfortunately it doesn’t allow you to do this for the Willy stage bosses, where practicing would have been even more handy.  Finally the Museum includes sketches, production art, promotional material and more which does a great job to encapsulate the history of the series.

What is ultimately disappointing with the collection is that two generations ago we already received the Mega Man Anniversary Collection that also included Mega Man 7 and 8 along with Mega Man Power Battles and Mega Man 2:  The Power Fighters.  While the last two are not as surprising for their exclusion, we do not understand why 7 and 8 did not make the cut.  Those were both solid titles that are part of the Mega Man legacy as well which we would have loved to replay.

The Challenge Mode, Database, and Museum are all great additions that make this a must have package for any Mega Man fan.  For anyone who has someone missed playing any of them, this package is a great way to dive into the series and see why it has been remembered so fondly.  While it cannot be considered the definitive collection with some missing titles, it still shows how well these games have stood the test of time for a great entertaining and challenging gaming experience.

 

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