There once was a legend that told of a man. A mega man, as it were; and in the legend, it was foretold that he would don blue apparel and be revered as one of the most iconic gaming characters of all-time. Capcom began to share this legend with gamers in 2015, and the company has now released the next chapter of the tale with Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 – now available for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Two years ago, Capcom released Mega Man Legacy Collection, which contained Mega Man to Mega Man 6, and now they have brought the remaining numbered entries of the Mega Man series to modern day game consoles. Featuring Mega Man 7 thru Mega Man 10, Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 provides fans of the Blue Bomber a chance to complete their collection and enjoy a nostalgic journey through Mega Man’s prime.
For longtime fans of the franchise, the release of Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 presents a convenient way to have all the numbered Mega Man games on a single platform. However, the content of this release is a bit on the light side, and it doesn’t have as strong of a nostalgic appeal as its predecessor. Half of the titles in this collection released less than ten years ago; specifically, Mega Man 9 and 10 which released during the Wii, PS3, and Xbox 360 generation. Nevertheless, this collection is one of quality, one that Mega Man fans will appreciate, and a great way to introduce a new generation of gamer to the series’ classic roots.
What makes this game such a pleasant release is its new features that provide a more friendly player experience. Mega Man is known to challenge the player, and Capcom has included two features that will help alleviate stress and frustration. First, there is a beginner’s mode that equips Mega Man with Super Armor, which reduces the damage Mega Man takes by half. Secondly, save slots have made a return from the Mega Man Legacy Collection – meaning you create a checkpoint anywhere in the game and load the game from that point. Allowing the player to create their own save slots provides convenience and flexibility. If you find yourself failing to defeat a difficult boss, you can reload the save, retry until you figure it out and then continue to progress through the game.
Also returning from the Mega Man Legacy Collection are the Extra Challenges. Each of the four games included in Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 have Extra Challenges for the player to try their hand at. These challenges may dare the player to defeat all the Sub-Bosses of a game or a remixed stage. Completing the challenge is only half the battle, as the real challenge is to beat the times posted. All the challenges have online rankings, so you can compare your best time to that of other players and even watch replays of their playthrough for tips and pointers.
Elsewise, the collection offers a museum and a music player. The museum houses quality art work from each game and allows you to battle any boss robot for extra practice. The music player lets you listen to the original soundtrack of each game. As you can see, there are some nice extras featured in the game.
The ports of Mega Man 7 thru 10 are all well done, as the games look and play beautifully. If you are unfamiliar with any of these titles, this collection is a perfect way to familiarize yourself with them. With a CRT filter option available, four unique game borders to preserve the 4:3 viewing ratio, and the option to play in full screen, you have the freedom to experience each game in your own ideal way.
What’s offered in the Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 is quality, as it features four games that range from good to amazing. It would have been nice if Capcom could have included a Mega Man X title or something from another spin-off. Nonetheless, the Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 is a worthwhile addition for any Mega Man fan.
Capcom provided We Write Things with a PS4 code of Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 for the purposes of this review.