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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 & 2 is an action-adventure compilation for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PCs. The eight games feature a group of robots fighting against seemingly impossible odds against a group of rogue machines intent on destroying the human race. Players will engage in almost constant combat against attacks from all sides with energy swords, blasters, and other weapons against robotic enemies that explode when defeated. Players will see some blood in some animated cutscenes, as well as a robot impaled on a sword and bodies on the ground. Players will also face off against two boss opponents at the same time. Apart from one female character that can be seen wearing a bikini that shows lots of cleavage, there's no inappropriate content to be found. Gameplay is accessible but challenging, testing a player's reflexes and skills to succeed through stages and against bosses.
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What's it about?
MEGA MAN X LEGACY COLLECTION 1 & 2 is the latest compilation of the classic action-adventure franchise. Like the previous Mega Man Legacy Collections, this version collects eight games from the Super NES, PlayStation, and PlayStation 2 systems. Players step into the boots of X, Zero, and Axl, machines known as Reploid Hunters. These three are charged with hunting down and destroying rogue robots that want to exterminate the human race. Legacy Collection 1 & 2 packs in a lot of extras, such as a museum with conceptual art and promos for each game, as well as a Rookie Hunter mode to make the challenging gameplay somewhat easier for gamers, and an animated movie. Additionally, there's an X Challenge mode that tests a player's skills at fighting two boss characters at the same time.
Is it any good?
This action game collection may not be as beloved as the classic games in this franchise, but the challenging gameplay and extras will keep people playing for a long time. Mega Max X Legacy Collection 1 & 2 gathers eight games from the series as it moved from the Super Nintendo to the PlayStation and PlayStation 2 consoles. While the plot is basically the same (fight through hordes of enemies to a boss and defeat it to take its powers), the X franchise introduces new abilities that makes the gameplay stand out. Features like jumping up walls, dashing across the ground, and charging boss powers to make them more powerful give players new tactics, opening up stages for exploration. Plus, playing as either X or Zero (and eventually Axl in the last two games) boosts replayability, especially since each Hunter has different weaponry to destroy robots. This forces players to vary their tactics to use each character's strengths, which is key, because the Mega Man X games are difficult.
Fortunately, the collection includes Rookie Hunter mode, which makes some stages and boss battles much easier. Veterans of Mega Man, on the other hand, will love the X Challenge, which offers three powered-up weapons you can take into an arena against two bosses that attack at once. Even players that know the routines of bosses have to change their tactics to succeed at this mode. If there's an issue here, it's the inconsistency in the games. The first four games in the collection are great and stand the test of time, even though they're more than 20 years old. But the last four feel like they've lost their way, relying on new gimmicks or features instead of the Mega Man magic. A truly horrible standout in the collection is X7, which has annoying 2D and 3D transitions on stages that simply isn't fun at all. But if you're willing to overlook some of the rough spots in the collection with the large amount of gameplay here, you'll be blasting robots for a very long time.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in video games. How is the impact of the violence in Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 & 2 affected by constantly fighting against robotic enemies? Would the violence be worse if you were fighting against human opponents?
Why do older series and classic arcade games remain popular? Is it because good game design remains fun despite the "old-style" graphics?
Are the positive skills like persevering against challenging odds in Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 & 2 something you can use when playing other games? How can you apply these skills and lessons to real life?
- Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
- Price: $39.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Capcom
- Release date: July 24, 2018
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Adventures, Robots
- ESRB rating: T for Blood, Cartoon Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes
- Last updated: June 19, 2019
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