Review: Mega Man Legacy Collection (PS4)

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Title: Mega Man Legacy Collection
Format: PlayStation Network Download (297 MB)
Release Date: August 25, 2015
Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom
Original MSRP: $14.99
ESRB Rating: E
Mega Man Legacy Collection is also available on Xbox One and PC. It will be available on Nintendo 3DS in early 2016.
The PlayStation 4 download version was used for this review.
A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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Gameplay:
Dr. Light creates an android that he calls Rock following treachery by Dr. Wily. Rock is later converted into a battle robot to defend the world against Dr. Wily’s violent robot army. This is how Mega Man is created.

All of the games in Mega Man Legacy Collection are 2D side-scrolling platformers. The unique feature of these games (at least at original release) is that when you defeat one of Dr. Wily’s evil robots you get his power. You can then use this power against other enemies or robot bosses.

Some robot bosses have weaknesses to other attacks and that is part of the unique puzzle of this game. What order do you fight the bosses in? Each stage is unique to each boss you will encounter.

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This collection is comprised of Mega Man 1 through 6. There are also Challenge and Boss Rush modes to add some additional replay value. Challenge modes are speed runs where your best times are awarded with Mega Man heads that represent bronze (1 head), silver (2 heads) and gold (3 heads).

Once you complete a number of challenges you unlock more and there are fifty-four different challenges in the game. These can be anything from a Mega Man 1 speed run to an all robot rush mode with no items. Each of the six games has a database that has info on each and every character in the game. There is also a museum gallery that has high-res pictures of all the artwork in each game.

… the unforgiving platformer that I remember …
Nothing has changed in terms of how the games play. Capcom has added support for the analog sticks on the DualShock 4 which is a huge win for me since I hate using the D-pad. It is still as hard as ever to progress through each level. Timing your jumps and attacks is imperative to your success.

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For every game in the collection there is a suggested order to defeat the bosses in order to make your playthrough more successful. Of course, this isn’t listed in the game, but it’s something you can find on the internet, a product of countless people playing countless hours of the series. Mega Man Legacy is the unforgiving platformer that I remember. I swear that there were times that I’d press X to jump and Mega Man just wouldn’t jump.

You can customize your button layout in the options menu. It also has a save game mode where you can save your game mid-session and pick it back up at same spot later on. The original password system works in this version of the game as well.

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Visuals:
When I first loaded up the collection I was slightly disappointed that it was in a 4:3 aspect ratio. I understand that if it was put in widescreen mode it would just stretch the visuals out. I was just hoping it would look a little better.

… The sound of dying …
I then realized with a press of the Touch Pad you could bring up a tons of visual choices. You can play the game with the original screen, fullscreen and widescreen. You can also turn border effects on or leave the unused part of the screen black.

There is also a filter you can set to off, TV, and monitor. When messing with the filter setting I found the “off” setting to be the best. The other two just made the game look funny on an HDTV.

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Audio:
The iconic Mega Man music is in this legacy edition and its still sounds amazing. The sound of dying is something that I remember as a kid since I did it so many times back then, and what feels like many more times now.

… a great deal of fun …
Online/Multiplayer:
This game is single-player only. There are online leaderboards for the challenge modes and even a replay mode that allows you to see how the person was able to accomplish that crazy time.

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Conclusion:
If you’re looking for a better version of Mega Man this isn’t for you. If you want to be able to play some classic games on your current gen console then this is exactly what you want to pick up.

Playing through these games has been a blast. The new challenge mode adds a great deal of fun and a unique spin on the game. If you are really into speed running games or like to see you name on top of a leaderboard this is the game for you.

Score:
8.0

* All screenshots used in this review were taken directly from the game using the Share functionality on the PlayStation 4.

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