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This sci-fi action game collection is about going online as a digital avatar and fighting against an organization called WWW ("World Three") and its programmed computer viruses and other threats. Since you're fighting evil, it's mostly a positive message, though you're "battling," which might not be considered a good message.
Positive Role Models
These games star a fifth grader, Lan Hikari, who uses a device to become his online avatar, MegaMan.EXE, to fight against the evil corporation. Lan/Mega Man is positive, as he wants to fight against evil, but he uses weapons like guns and cannons to fight countless (digital) enemies.
In the town of ACDC, there are many people Lan will interact with, at the school and other locations. There's a mix of male and female and some diversity when it comes to race and skin color, body size, and age.
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Ease of Play
Playable on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Windows PCs, the 2D game collection -- originally on the Nintendo Game Boy Advance handheld system -- enjoys simple movement and battle controls. For Windows PC, it's recommended to have a game controller rather than keyboard and mouse.
Violence & Scariness
This has some cartoon violence, in which MegaMan.EXE fights against computer viruses and robotic enemies on the internet, using swords, cannons, bombs, and more. No blood or gore; enemies simply disappear when defeated.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection contains sexually suggestive themes in the dialogue, with examples such as "Stop peeking, you pervert," "You missed out on seeing Moi naked," and "Her measurements are 33, 22, 33."
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No strong profanity -- the worst examples are "hell" and "damn" -- but some "crude" humor, such as one scene with animal droppings on the ground. One character says, "The smell here is too much."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Two short sequences in which Lan may see people inebriated (hiccupping during dialogue), and another with a bottle of whiskey. One character's profile picture is seen with a cigarette in their mouth.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection is available in two volumes for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Windows PCs. These are remakes of previously published Game Boy Advance titles. The action-heavy role-playing game lets a young boy become a superhero-like online avatar, MegaMan.EXE, to fight computer viruses and robots, using all kinds of weapons. The game has some sexually suggestive dialogue at times, which may be perceived as sexist as it comments on a girl's measurements and someone who "missed out" seeing another character naked. There's a scene with alcohol and a still photo of a character with a cigarette in his mouth.
Is It Any Good?
Those with a sentimental connection to Mega Man will likely get a lot more out of this game collection than younger audiences unfamiliar with Capcom's franchise. Nostalgic players will also enjoy all the extras in Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection, such as the vast gallery of images, music soundtrack, and other goodies to commemorate and celebrate the franchise. While fun, it has plenty of repetition in the gameplay (within each game and between them), in your quest to collect more Battle Chips and unlock new fights and foes. It should be pointed out that there are really six games here: Mega Man Battle Network 1 through 6, plus the variants on some of them, but a hefty collection nonetheless. Along with Lan's story in real life and how it bridges to the network, the charm of Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection lies in the actual battles that require more tactics and strategy than one might think at first blush. As your enemies begin to destroy the grid-based environment, limiting your moves and which weapons you can use, you'll need to figure out the best offensive and defensive plan to stay alive and defeat enemies.
While it could prove difficult to find online opponents, kudos to Capcom for allowing multiplayer support, a modern version of the Game Boy Advance "link cable" of yesteryear, to battle or trade Battle Chips with others. Simply pause any of the games, and you can choose a region to connect online, between public and private games, and casual or ranked matches. You can also adjust the rules, such as the one where the losing player must surrender a Battle Chip. While somewhat pricey at $59 for this collection of 20-plus-year-old titles, Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection is a blast from the past, and will no doubt please longtime fans of this series. While it may do little to attract all-new players, this fun and challenging suite of games is sure to impress for its selection, depth, and extra goodies.
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