The Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection is the latest in a lineup of re-releases within the franchise, which also includes the classic Mega Man games as well as Mega Man X. This time, it consists of 6 games : Mega Man Zero 1-4, Mega Man ZX, and Mega Man ZX Advent. Mega Man Zero 1-4 were originally released for the Game Boy Advance, while Mega Man ZX and Mega Man ZX Advent were originally Nintendo DS games. For Mega Man fans, Zero fans, and newcomers alike, this is an almost perfect way to experience the sub-series that started way back when.
Undoubtedly its biggest selling factor is the nostalgia associated with these games, as it is omnipresent in every entry in the collection. Despite playing it on PS4, it really felt at times like we were back in the GBA days, and that’s remarkable for something that’s been re-released. Gamers expect big updates when something like a remake or remaster is announced, but the minimalist approach here for Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection is in the right place and exactly what is needed.
As a quick reminder, these games see players take on the role of the legendary Reploid Zero following his disappearance from the main line of Mega Man X games. It sees Zero returning to his heroics, trying to find his role in the larger events of the game, and ultimately reaching this point at the end. ZX and ZX Advent reintroduced these old Reploids and heroes as Biometals, first introducing the ability to play as a male or female hero while using the powers of various Mega Man characters.
It is worth mentioning that there is no hand-holding when it comes to the story and lore found in Mega Man Zero and its successors. Because of this, it’s not a bad idea to brush up on some Mega Man lore before diving into the collection or to play the original Mega Man Legacy Collection. Returning fans lost in the franchise or newcomers will find themselves thrust into a world of conflict between Reploids, Mavericks, machines, and power without any detailed explanation of what these concepts actually are.
Players will upgrade their weapons through use, complete platforming levels, and face various villains that will remind them of the glory days. This basic and straightforward gameplay mechanic is not only complemented by the details of the game itself but also by the tweaks and options that Capcom provides in Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection, helping to prove that it is one of hottest video game releases in february.
For example, the graphics are slightly enhanced for modern consoles, but players can dial them back in the options menu if they prefer the original graphics. They can also change the overall layout of the presentation screen, blowing it up to fit modern consoles or displaying it in a way that suits the original games. One drawback of this can be seen on the ZX and ZX Advent where the Nintendo DS touchpad is displayed and used in ways of little import, meaning that phasing it out somehow is probably a better way than in actual mechanical integration.
There is also a save assist program that will be very helpful for Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection players, as it creates checkpoints in different levels and worlds and before different Mega Man bosses, so players don’t have to do it completely. reset after losing their lives. After all, many would agree that nostalgia can sometimes be overwhelming, and it’s not really a stretch to say that Mega Man Zero and its various iterations are particularly difficult. Despite never being known as an easy franchise, these games can be really difficult and frustrating at times, something that is not easy to remember compared to their original releases.
Fortunately, for those who want a more leisurely playthrough, there’s also a casual mode alongside the aforementioned save assist program. The latter can be recommended for everyone, while casual mode is for anyone who doesn’t want to pull their hair out through some of Mega Man’s level designs in Zero and all the games to follow. However, those looking for a challenge will appreciate a basic playthrough of the game, as well as Z Chaser.
This is a competitive challenge addition that allows players to race through stages taken from each game in an attempt to post the fastest time. It can also be done solo against ghost data, which sometimes feels like racing against the Blue Bomber himself, or in local multiplayer, and it’s easy enough to let the time pass while checking out this Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy collection. mode. Playing Z Chaser mode can stack hours upon hours for what players will invest in the collection just to beat the game.
From the Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection, players can expect a lot of content at a great price. The main playthrough of each game will take players a few hours, reaching around 10 each for ZX and ZX Advent. This means that for the solid price of $29.99, players can experience the full and complete story of Zero at a reasonable price. In fact, the only question left up in the air with this collection is when Mega Man Battle Network and Star Force will receive the same treatment.
Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection is out for PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One. Today Technology was provided with a PS4 code for the purposes of this review.