As far as retro gaming collections go, Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 is one of the tightest packages available today. For a mere $19.99, MMLC2 includes Mega Man 7 (1995), Mega Man 8 (1996), Mega Man 9 (2008), and Mega Man 10 (2010), all originally released on multiple generations’ worth of home consoles. Factor in the extra-difficult tasks to conquer in the Challenges mode and fan service in the form of an in-game art gallery and music player, and this action platforming anthology becomes too good of a deal for fans of the Blue Bomber to pass up.
If Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 is your first introduction to the brave robot hero known as Mega Man, then you’re in for a treat. Aside from the convenience of having multiple games available to play one after another, the unforgiving learning curve that is a signature of Mega Man games is still present (so long as you don’t turn on the optional damage reduction and easy modes available). While this may not sound like a lot of fun in an era where regenerating health is the norm in many games, the sense of satisfaction you get when you learn the patterns necessary to navigate the levels and defeat the themed robot bosses is timeless. When the seemingly impossible challenge of defeating that latest robot master gets you just mad enough to consider spiking your controller, the true value of MMLC2’s relaxing Museum and Music Player modes become apparent.
Final thoughts on Mega Man Legacy Collection 2:
Superb controls, stylized graphics, and enough nostalgia to bring parents and older siblings back into gaming, Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 is an absolute gem of a curated gaming collection from Capcom. My only gripe is the omission of the Mega Man X titles released on many of the same platforms that these games came out on, but I’m sure they’ll be seen again in the future.
Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 on PS4
- Incredible value: 4 games in 1!
- Mercilessly challenging, making it even more satisfying to beat.
- Fan service spanning over 15 years of the Mega Man series.
- Mega Man’s brother, Proto Man, available as a playable character in Mega Man 10.
- Fewer games than the first Mega Man Legacy Collection’s 6.
- Extra Armor Mode and Easy Mode.
- Sometimes clunky menu navigation.