Capcom have certainly capitalized on the concept of using rereleases to bolster their software lineup. Having already released Resident Evil and Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition this year, the company decided it was time to bring another one of their famed, though not often seen, franchises to the new console generation courtesy of a rerelease. The Mega Man Legacy Collection brings the Blue Bomber’s first six games to the Xbox One, PS4, PC, and 3DS with a number of new features. We don’t know when a new Mega Man title will see release, so this is a great way to get your Mega Man fix.
Instead of upgrading each game with fancy new graphics and updated gameplay, the Mega Man Legacy Collection is all about preserving these gems and delivering a faithful reproduction of the original games. Developer Digital Eclipse have done just that. Each game has been accurately reproduced to match their original look and feel – complete with slowdown, the pause trick, and visual glitches. This collection is meant to pay homage to the legacy that is Mega Man, and what better way to do so than remaining true to the source material.
While the games will play just as they did on NES, Digital Eclipse and Capcom have included some new features to help bring Mega Man and this collection of games to the modern era. For the retro-gaming purists among us, the game supports a retro-filter to give a CRT visual quality to the games. Otherwise you can choose to play the games in 4:3 display to deliver 1:1 pixel accuracy with optional border art, or stretch the games to a 16:9 ratio.
Additionally, every game now supports manual saving, thus making it possible for players to beat these games without having to restart from the beginning after each failed attempt. Players can also customize the controls, and each Mega Man game now supports a Rapid Fire button. Outside of those new additions, all six games play just as they did when they first released.
The short-version being: if you loved these games when they saw release decades ago, you’ll love them now. If you found them infuriating, the inclusion of manual saves and rapid fire may bring you joy as you now have the opportunity to complete the games with less frustration.
In terms of new content, each game has a dedicated museum showcasing assorted pieces of character art, background information on the characters and enemies featured in the game, and the entire OST for the game available for your listening pleasure.
Now, all this content may be more than enough to satisfy the diehard Mega Man, but Digital Eclipse goes the extra mile by adding in a new game mode – Challenge Mode. Featuring remixed stages, speed-runs, and boss battles, Challenge Mode offers a wide-variety of trials. This mode has the unique ability of being able to appeal to the hardcore Mega Man fan, but being accessible enough that newcomers will also be able to complete missions. There are a ton of challenges to unlock and each has a bronze, silver, and gold medal to earn.
Mega Man Legacy Collection offers a lot of quality content for its price of admission. With six Mega Man games, a museum honoring each game with character art and music, and a new Challenge Mode featured, this is a fine collection to please the Mega Man fan in your life.
- An accurate reproduction of each game
- Challenge Mode
- Manual Saves
- Old-school gameplay may still prove too challenging for some
(Editor’s Note: A digital code for Xbox One was provided by the publisher for review purposes.)