If you wanted to know who is mega Man and why he is still remembered (in Monster Hunter: World, for example, you can dress up an ally-Paliko in his suit), Capcom offers to get acquainted with all the games about this character. At the end of spring there was a collection of Mega Man Legacy Collection, which includes all the numbered parts of the series Mega Man, and in the summer there was a set of Mega Man x Legacy Collection — it included eight games about Mega Man X. and the usual mega Man, and X — robots, only the second differs from the first ability to make decisions. And the gameplay of the game about these characters are different – the gameplay for X is more dynamic.
The first Mega Man X was released already in 1993, but even modern fan of action-platformers will be difficult to break away from her. It looks stylish, it has wonderful catchy music, and the design of the bosses is damn good. The basic formula of Mega Man X emerges already in the debut game and practically does not change in the next — after passing the introductory Chapter, you are shown images of the leaders, each of which you need to win to get to the final. This can be done in any order, and the destruction of one of the bosses will lead to some changes in other locations.
Unlike the usual mega Man, X is able to slide on walls and bounce off them, which allows him to get out of the pits and quickly climb from the lower floors to the top, without using lifts. In the rest of the skills are almost identical: X runs, jumps and is armed with a Blaster with infinite ammunition, with which you can make regular or heavy shots. Victory over the bosses give access to new weapons, and armor can be improved by finding special capsules, so for the study of locations (small enough) are awarded useful bonuses.
In the first part, as well as in all the others, you can enable the so-called beginner mode. Like it or not, many old games were much more difficult than modern ones, so when passing on emulators quick save is useful. There is no such option, but in the” beginner Mode ” opponents do half the damage, and the main character does not die instantly from falling into the abyss or spikes. But the first Mega Man X is somehow not concerned, so be prepared to suffer at the level under water, where the spikes are located in the most uncomfortable places.
Mega Man X2 came out a year after its predecessor, and at first glance the differences between these games are not so much. But still, there was a place for fresh ideas: added a few 3D-effects, and boss battles have become more interesting due to the appearance of weaknesses — the enemy gets more damage if you use the weapons obtained from another boss in the battle with him. Level design has become even more intricate, so look for secrets has become somewhat more difficult.
But Mega Man X3 is clearly created in a hurry – even in those days Capcom came under fire for trying to sell the same third time in a row. If you pass three games in a row, the similarity of the third part with the previous ones is really very noticeable. In the design of the levels there is nothing special, the bosses are also not the most interesting, but for the first time in the history of the series was introduced an additional character — zero. Initially, the Creator of Mega Man wanted to make it the same mega Man X, but felt that the hero is too much different from the usual mega Man, and therefore gave him the role of assistant. That’s just zero one life, and on many levels it looks inappropriate, so it is difficult to consider its presence in the game a plus.
In Mega Man X4, the developers have made a huge step forward and moved from Nintendo to PlayStation. The result was a project of a very different quality. The fourth part from the very beginning is felt as the evolution of the series: it has good animated videos, mega Man and other characters have a different design, and the levels have become much more detailed. The plot here is much more emphasis, but the voice quite failed, and today to hear this talk especially painful. Well, at least zero this time is much better balanced, and the gameplay for it has become more fun. And although there are no significant innovations in Mega Man X4, it can be considered one of the best projects in the series.
Is not the happy ending
In the fourth part is to finish acquaintance with the series, because in the future the game became worse. It is very good that the opportunity to purchase only the first half of the collection is available on all platforms where the collection is available.
Producer series Keiji Inafune (Keiji Inafune) wanted to complete the series on Mega Man X5, but because its creators sketched in one pile of new mechanics, which eventually worked somehow. There was a timer, and the speed of passage depended on the ending, which forced to hurry and cross the fifth part for another final. Conversations became more, but it is better to pass than to sit and read all this graphomania. Bosses are boring and monotonous, the system of pumping armor complicated, and in General the game is very tired after a few minutes. And depending on whether you start for Megamena passage or for zero, the second available character will be weaker, and this — quite too inappropriate innovation.
With the passage of Mega Man X6 developers fatigue almost emerges through the screen — if they had nothing to think of to leave the series fascinating. Locations become more dull, the bosses are significantly easier. This is the case when the “beginner Mode” simplifies the game so much that you can put a cat behind the gamepad and he will somehow pass it. The sixth part does not remember — it’s a good action-platformer, but after its completion you begin to regret a little about the time spent.
Mega Man X7 is the first attempt to offer full 3D, and this attempt was a failure. The available characters are not balanced, the music is not as catchy as before, and the transition to two-dimensional locations does not feel something new — only makes you remember the glorious times of the first Mega Man X, which gave a lot more emotions, being “flat”. Many shortcomings of the seventh part were corrected in the eighth, made in the style of 2.5 D. It was the only good game from the second half of the collection. And although many of the old 3D-games today without tears will not look, Mega Man X8 preserved very well.
But still it is not a reason to buy a second collection, when it is possible to purchase separately the first. Fans of the series, who watched the evolution and degradation of Mega Man X in those days, for the sake of a sense of nostalgia certainly want to go through all eight games. But beginners (which will be very much, because the last part came out almost fifteen years ago) enough to get acquainted with only the first half of the collection. All the more bonuses that in the first collection, that in the second virtually identical: trailers, animation the film and gallery with toys, artbooks and other attributes. Differ only music players and collections of concept art.
Visually, the games of the Mega Man x series have not changed, but the reissues include several options that allow you to customize all the parts for yourself. Each game has three resolution options: the usual original 4:3, slightly increased 4:3 with “Wallpaper” only on the sides, as well as stretched horizontally and vertically 4: 3. In the latter case, “eaten” part of the picture, but on the monitor or TV there is no empty space. A filter is also available that smoothes pixels a bit, but you can turn it off. All these settings are available in the middle of the game, to complete the passage to switch between them is not necessary.
There is also the X Challenge mode-consecutive battles with bosses from different games in the series. Megaman locked in a room with two large opponents, allowing you to pre-select three types of special weapons. The better you perform, the higher you will be in the online table of records. Unfortunately, for a long time this mode will not entice — still in Mega Man X the process of passing the levels was no less important than the final battle. If desired, you could probably come up with something more interesting than the dreary mode in the spirit of boss rush from many other games.
In General, the collection of Mega Man x Legacy Collection turned out very good. Bonus content is enough to justify not the lowest price, and the opportunity to buy only the first four games came to the place.