Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 and 2 brings together 8 games from a videogame series which began with Mega Man, and which has been running since 1987, but prior to this, I’ve never played a single entry from it in my life. After the amount of enjoyment this compilation has given me, I have clearly missed out (I never had a NES or SNES), but now I can correct that.
I won’t get into the differences with Mega Man and Mega Man X – nor even go into the backstory, as I’m coming to this fresh, so no complaints from any ‘Comic Book Guy’ types about this. To me, it’s a simple case of shoot all the baddies, collect power-ups – some of which restore your energy to full health, and try to battle your way through the levels. In fact, when you see my gameplay videos, you’ll see I skip through most of the backstory inbetween levels. I just want to get to the next bit. If I’d had time to edit them more thoroughly, I’d have edited those sections out. Still, I skip through them quickly.
I had to use the Rookie Mode to give myself a chance, as it’s not easy when you’re first attempting it. After a while, you do get the hang of things, but some of the gameslater feel like they’re giving me infinite health – except when I’m going into a boss fight, so I’m not quite sure what’s going on there. It’s like I feel I should be taking hits to my health as a minor baddie crashes into me, but it’s not happening.
Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 and 2 – Footage from every game in this collection! – DVDfeverGames
I have to say, I do enjoy the earlier titles than the later ones, as they have more of that retro feel. In addition, when playing the games in 4:3, the games have side bars with Mega Man X artwork, but I’d much rather have them blank, and… thankfully, this option is included.
Oddly, in some of the in-game menus (as this can change from one game to another), you can’t select an option with X, but with ‘Start’ which is counter-intuitive. For those where you *can* press X, this is great.
If I could make a change, it would be that you could just press jump to jump high! As it stands, you only continue to go up while you hold the button, otherwise it’s a short jump. If this is how the original game was, then fine, but it’s just a minor nig -gle from me.
I’ve included example gameplay from each of the eight games, and you can count these as first-run gameplay. For games 1-3, I used the original graphics, and after that, I went for the enhanced ones.
For the record, games 1-6 are the US edition, while 7 and 8 are the UK edition. I’ve no idea what the differences are, but they’re all given English subtitles, even if some of them have Japanese dialogue.
Mega Man X 2 – Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 and 2 – Example gameplay – DVDfeverGames
Some random observations:
- You can get achievements in the form of Hunter Medals. There’s 52 of them!
- Another option is to view the game’s credits, which also acts like a practice mode as you can jump around and destroy them! That was cool.
- You can apply retro filters to make it look more like the game was back in the day, or with a CRT screen effect, or use the mode for which they’ve been enhanced a bit. The last couple of games in this collection don’t have these options as they look very hi-res already, since that’s how they were made.
- You can also play the game in the original 4:3 aspect ratio, or slightly windowboxed in case you have an old CRT screen with overscan problems. Alternatively, you can fill your 16:9 TV screen with a slightly stretched and cropped image – ugh! Give me the original 4:3!
Mega Man X 4 – Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 and 2 – Example gameplay – DVDfeverGames
And some more observations:
- The Mega Man X Museum includes a gallery of images from all of the games, each of which can be zoomed in for a closer look. There are hundreds of pics, here, so big fans will be in the museum for quite some time.
…And that’s even before I get onto the music player with all kinds of audio and effects from the series; a product gallery with all the Mega Man X action figures, cards, T-shirts and all kinds of elements; trailers for each game (for the Japanese game, Mega Man X was known as Rockman X); and an anime called The Day of Sigma. Not sure how long it lasts as while it has chapters, it doesn’t have a running time along the way like you’d get with a Blu-ray or DVD.
- There’s also an additional “X Challenge” mode in which you can challenge two bosses from the game at once! This is an offline mode only, although there are online leaderboards. Multiplayer would’ve been a cool addition for those into that, but then each of the two collections only retails for £15.99 apiece, so you’re getting more than enough value here!
Overall, this is a solid 8/10. We have some amazing games, even if the latter ones do get on my nerves a little as I couldn’t work out why I was living forever. However, that could just a failing on my part.
Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 and 2 is out now on PS4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch on all their respective online stores only.
- Publisher: Capcom
- Players: single player
- Languages: English, and some Japanese
- Subtitles: English
Mega Man X 8 – Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 and 2 – Example gameplay – DVDfeverGames
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