Like many gamers of a certain age, I grew up playing Mega Man X. I often compare the Super Nintendo classic to a Chanel suit; it’s something that will never go out of style. Since it arrived in the early 1990s, the Mega Man X series has been a running and gunning, Maverick hunting good time. Well, for the most part. There have been a few stinkers. Everyone who has played this series has their favorite and least favorite entries. No matter where your rankings lie, chances are you’ll find something worth enjoying in the Mega Man X Legacy Collections.
I won’t go into the details about every game. Instead, I’ll try to cover the collection as a whole. Something you might be wondering is whether or not you should get the Legacy Collection in the first place due to the cheaper price tag of the PlayStation 2’s/GameCube’s Mega Man X Collection. You get more Buster-bang for your buck with the Legacy Collection for a few reasons. The first is due to the games included in the Legacy Collection. Here, you get Mega Man X through Mega Man X8. In the X Collection, you are limited to Mega Man X through Mega Man X6. While Mega Man X7 is still one of the most poorly created games in history, having both it and the much better X8 are nice additions. Another feature is that the Legacy Collection’s version of Mega Man X3 is the Super Nintendo version. Remember, the version included in the X Collection was the inferior Sega Saturn version. I feel that this important to point out because Mega Man X3 was always one of the most expensive video games on the Super Nintendo. Now, you can finally play the proper version without resorting to emulation.
Those that are new to the series can play each game in Rookie Hunter Mode, which lowers the difficulty. Finally, X Challenge Mode provides you with fighting two Mavericks at once. It sounds daunting, but the difficulty can be lowered (or raised, but I don’t recommend) for you to see victory.
Another reason why the Legacy Collection is worth a purchase is because it features a huge variety of bonus playable content. There’s a music player, videos, commercials from Japan, advertisements, collections, concept art, official art, and much more to view at your leisure. Speaking of viewing, you can adjust the display to be in crisp HD, or you can you opt for a more retro styled look featuring the pixels of yesterday.
There really isn’t much left to say. I’m a Mega Man fanboy through and through, so it should come as no surprise that I enjoyed the Legacy Collection. However, casual fans will find something worth their time here, too. Something I’ve always liked about Mega Man is that the games are easy to pick up and play, and now they’re more accessible than ever thanks to a lower difficulty option. I’d like to point out that I played the Switch version due to the ability to take the games with me, but the game is a solid purchase for any of the current systems.
Overall, 9/10: The Mega Man X Legacy Collection provides an array of video game history’s most cherished characters.