A Tale Of Two Bits

    By: Nicholas Catto – As you all probably know from content, Mega Man is one of my favorite video game franchises of all-time. For years Capcom treated this legendary series like garbage, putting it on ice and taunting us at every turn. The most flagrant offense of this was when they added “Mega Man” into Street Fighter X Tekken. Since then, Capcom has been doing great damage control by releasing the first Mega Man Legacy Collection, which was the first six NES Mega Man games. After that was released, we all knew that a second collection would be inevitable, and now we finally have the whole series. Let’s see if the second collection of games lives up to the first.

    Museum of Mega Man

    Some of the coolest features in the Legacy Collection’s are the museum and music player. Whether you are new to the franchise or a veteran, going through the pictures and concept art from all the titles is informative and fun. On top of that, the music player lets you jam out to all of the amazing tracks that Mega Man has to offer. Features like this are what make the Legacy Collection’s love letters to true fans.

     

    The Jump To 16-Bit… 

    It’s safe to say that Legacy Collection 2 is inferior to the first installment and that not only because of only having four games. The main reason why is because Mega Man 7 and 8 are just okay at best. The jump from the 8-bit to 16-bit era didn’t treat The Blue Bomber kindly. The sprites of Mega Man are insanely large, which changes the fundamental way the character feels when controlling him. The movement in Mega Man is key, and the changes completely mess you up. The Robot Masters also feel like they’re lacking in the creativity department. They all just seem bland or just plain dumb. While Mega Man 7 & 8 aren’t bad games, they are significantly worse than 1-6, 9 and 10. Also, Wily’s Capsule in number 7 is unnecessarily hard. That’s my small rant about the boss. I won’t even get into the voice acting…

    Back To The Glory Days

    After playing Mega Man 7 and 8, jumping back into 9 and 10 was a breath of fresh air! Going back to the 8-bit style gave Mega Man the proper movement feeling back. On top of that, Capcom made some of the best and most challenging stages of any game in the franchise. The Robot Masters got their charm back as well. The added ability to play as other characters in the series in number 10 also gives you a reason to go back and play through it again. Mega Man 9 &10 should have been included in the same package as Mega Man 1-6.

    Accept The Challenge

    After you’ve beaten all four games and feel like you want more, try jumping into the challenge mode Legacy Collection 2 offers. As the title implies, challenge mode sets you in a variety of challenging situations through the four Mega Man games, timing you on how fast you can beat it. Depending on your time, you will be given a medal, bronze, silver, gold, etc. Running through these challenge missions are more difficult than actually beating the games. If you’re up to the task, try it out!

    The Verdict

    Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 is a continuation of the love letter Capcom put together for fans of the franchise. Even though Mega Man 7 & 8 are lack luster, Mega Man 9 & 10 pack the same charm as the classic NES titles. If you are new to the Mega Man franchise, I highly recommend picking up both of the Legacy Collections.

    7.0/10 “Good”