Mega Man Legacy Collection was a refreshingly take on the popular Mega Man franchise by bringing back the original 6 Mega Man games to the current generation consoles. It packaged these games in a single collection and added a lot of extras into the mix including challenges, concept art and music from every game in the collection. There were a lot of customization option available for those who prefer to play these classic games in their own way, whether they play it in full screen or running at their original aspect ratio, the collection offered most of the options.
Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 continues this tradition but this time adding less games into the mix. While the original Legacy Collection featured 6 of the original Mega Man games, this collection only includes 4 of them: Mega Man 7 to 10. While the developers have managed to add almost every mainline game, they also missed the chance to include some of the more popular spin-offs which now seems like a missed potential and also brings down the overall appeal of the package compared to the original Legacy Collection.
If you are a Mega Man fan then there is a good chance that you might have hated Mega Man 8. One of the reason it was hated back during its release was because of how it changed the general gameplay dynamics set by the series. While this is easily the most impressive looking game in the collection, it is also the most mixed one in term of reception. Both Mega Man 7 and 8 were released on the PS1 and the visuals are a step up from any other Mega Man games released in the series at this point. This might seem like a good thing but unfortunately the quality of the whole has suffered as a result leading to some terrible boss battles and level design.
One thing that you should keep in mind when playing these classic Mega Man games is that they won’t be easy, especially if you have never played them. There is a steep difficulty curve for Mega Man games all the way from Mega Man 1 to Mega Man 10. Despite being a more modern version of the classic franchise, these Mega Man games can often result in a lot of cheap and frustrating deaths which might dampen the experience if you are not a hardcore enthusiastic of the series. Fortunately this aspect is remedied somewhat with the inclusion of a quick save and load option available directly in Mega Man Legacy Collection 2. This allows you to save at any point during the level and load from there to start again. It makes some of the more frustrating moments easier to bear and works well in establishing a sense of progression.
There is one unique aspect in this collection and it is the inclusion of Mega Man 9 and 10, both of which retain the classic visuals which made the series in the popular in the first place. However if this is your first time with a Mega Man game, you might find it easier to play though Mega Man 7 or 8 than to suffer through the brutal difficulty curve of Mega Man 9 and 10.
One of the thing that I have always enjoyed in Mega Man games is how the boss battles feel unique. They all carry a charm despite being boss fights that some of these characters end up achieving popularity among fans. This tradition continues with the 4 Mega Man games again. As you defeat each boss, you will be able to power up your abilities and learn a new attack or two to make it easier for you to go through the other boss fights. The game asks you to choose the boss that you will have to fight and each of them have their own unique levels with cleverly laid out death traps, so prepare to die a lot in Mega Man Legacy Collection 2.
Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 as a whole has a ton of content to offer aside from the 4 mentioned games. You can tackle challenges to attempt a level in a specific time, or to go through boss fights in a boss rush mode. These challenges are available for every one of the Mega Man game although there might be some difference in their implementation. You can also browse concept art for some of the games that shed an interesting insight on how the developers created some of the more iconic characters. The music featured in the Mega Man games from the collection can also be played individually if you prefer to do so.
Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 Review (PS4)
Game Reviewed on: PS4
Game description: The Blue Bomber is back in this second collection of classic Capcom titles! Featuring faithful reproductions of Mega Man 7, 8, 9, & 10, this collection spans the iconic series' evolution and retro revolution. Take on the nefarious Dr. Wily and his diverse Robot Masters in these timeless 8-bit, 16-bit, and 32-bit adventures!
This is the second collection of Mega Man games so it doesn't really manage to look as appealing as the first time, but the games that are included in this Legacy Collection are still extremely fun on their own.