"Brought to you by Digital Eclipse. Because someone had to remind Capcom this franchise exists."
Let's say you're in the mood for Mega Man, and want to play something recent. Unfortunately, as of this writing, the last legitimate new game dates back to 2010 with Mega Man 10. What followed was a blitzkrieg of sorrow: lame mobile titles, cameos in other IPs, and ambitious games that were cancelled the moment Inafune went to the restroom. While Capcom of Japan is treating the franchise as if it's some kind of venereal disease, the American branch at least tries to give it some love. By "try", I mean promote a fanmade game, Street Fighter X Mega Man, which was done for free, and now by approving a compilation for the 8th generation console cycle.
Mega Man Legacy Collection encapsulates the franchise's origins; what started as a single action game with unorthodox ideas, blossomed into a long-lasting, endearing series known for its challenges, quirks, and unique characters. To say that the first Mega Man stood out back then would be an understatement, as it defied the typical approach to side-scrolling action games. Instead of playing levels in the same order every time, MM allowed the freedom to do them in any order, creating a different flow with each new session. Not stopping there, the devs also awarded your protagonist, a little blue robot, the special powers of defeated bosses, allowing for additional, limited firepower against enemies. If you choose carefully, too, you can deal massive damage to bosses with specific powers.
Community review by pickhut (March 05, 2016)
Alternative tagline: Hit the Road, Jack.
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