The original Mega Man games on the NES are absolute classics. Not only did the series provide tremendous gameplay, but each game incorporated some of the most catchy and iconic music of all-time. It’s safe to say that those who didn’t own any of the six games during the late 1980s and early 1990s were missing out. But if you still haven’t found the time to play any of the Mega Man games, then you’re in luck because Capcom recently released Mega Man Legacy Collection for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. While it isn’t perfect, Legacy will have old and new fans alike feeling nostalgic. But wait, there’s more! Legacy Collection isn’t just the original six games; Capcom decided to add a few new features into the mix to keep things interesting. From Challenge Mode to the entire discography, the game has some tremendous features. So with that in mind, here’s why we love everything Mega Man Legacy Collection has to offer.
It’s a no-brainer, but it should be said anyways. Having all six of the original Mega Man games at your disposal is something to be desired. Other than a slight HD enhancement, nothing has changed. Each game is exactly how you’d remember them and that’s a good thing. But whether you’re blasting through Metal Man’s stage in Mega Man 2 or fighting Gamma in Mega Man 3, switching between games on the dime is a nice feature. And even more so, having the ability to use a save state helps when dealing with difficult jumps or annoying enemies. Each game also comes with a museum that features character bios and original concept art. Now it’s nitpicking, but it would have been nice if both Mega Man 9 and 10 were added; the game as a whole would’ve felt a lot more complete.
The best feature Legacy Collection has to offer is Challenge Mode. Just when you think Mega Man couldn’t get any more difficult, Capcom goes ahead and ups the ante. In short, Challenge Mode remixes various stages from all six games. But to throw a wrench into the system, each challenge must be done with in the confines of a time limit. Some of the most difficult parts of each game seem impossible in this feature. Whether you’re fighting Yellow Devil from Mega Man 3 or taking on Dr. Cossack in Mega Man 4, Challenge Mode brings is a fresh idea that any longtime fan can appreciate.
Half of what makes Mega Man so great is the iconic music. Filled with upbeat and catchy songs, Mega Man never seemed to disappoint music-wise even later down the line. With Legacy Collection, Capcom has included the entire Mega Man discography; from Dr. Wiley’s stage in Mega Man 2 to every boss theme within the six games, Legacy Collection allows you to listen to every Mega Man song at your leisure. Sure, you could just download the soundtrack or listen on YouTube, but having the entire discography is a nice touch, even if it’s a small feature.
Mega Man Legacy Collection has some great features and it’s impossible to argue with the price. Whether you’re playing any of the six games, attempting Challenge Mode or just listening to the soundtrack, Mega Man Legacy Collection has something everyone can enjoy.
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