Mega Man Anniversary Collection
I have this love/hate relationship with Mega Man, and I think it's a relationship most old-school gamers have with the classic franchise. Mega Man is an icon in the industry whose roots stem all the way from the 8-bit NES generation, and for me, Mega Man was right up there with Zelda and Mario. However, as I grew older, the charms of the Blue Bomber gradually faded, but it seems that the Mega Man Anniversary Collection has warmed my heart once more towards the Blue Bomber, and it will likely do the same for any gamer that's jaded towards the franchise.
The Mega Man Anniversary Collection is exactly what the name implies: a collection of Mega Man games that commemorates the franchise's 15th anniversary. In this one disc package, you get Mega Man 1-8 right off the bat, plus two other unlockable Mega Man games. That's a ton of content, and yes, that content is a lot of fun since the simple platform-centric gameplay still holds up extremely well. It's still the classic Mega Man that was on the NES and SNES, but Capcom has added several features that takes a lot of the frustration out of the hard-boiled games of yesteryear. There's an auto-save feature, for example, so you no longer have to keep your GameCube on overnight allowing you can start from where you left off the next day. There's also a nicely implemented system that lets you navigate between each game with ease, and the shoulder buttons have been configured to let you switch between Mega Man's powers with just the touch of a button. All are nice touches that don't interfere with the game itself.
Aside from those features, however, each Mega Man game has been ported in exact form from the 8-bit generation. Well, kinda. In the GameCube version, they switched the fire and jump button around from how it's always been configured. In theory, it makes sense since the A button, which is the fire button, is used more often than the B button, the jump button. It may not seem like a big deal, but for those who have the old way hard-wired into their brain, it can be a hard crossover. Worse is that there's no option that let's you change the control configuration, so you're stuck with it. The PS2 version of Mega Man Anniversary Collection doesn't have this issue, so if you don't think you can get past the control configuration, you know which version to get.
Really, the thing that seals the package on Mega Man Anniversary Collection is the fantastic price point of $30. That's an incredible value for how much content that's packed into this game. Whether you're a die-hard Mega Man fan, or a gamer that's never experienced the simple joys of a classic 2D sidescroller, there's something for you in Mega Man Anniversary Collection.
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There have been a number of games released that take us back to the old days of gaming. When side scrolling was the primary means of game development combined with a simple story line, those of us old enough to remember the old NES days couldn't seem to get enough. Now however with the quality and quantity of games reaching new levels, it's easy to forget the fun of the franchises. One of those franchises that sustained high levels of popularity was Mega Man and the Mega Man Anniversary Collection puts all those great titles in one location.
Included in the collection are the Mega Man titles 1 ' 8 plus two bonus games. All are represented in their original form and together create one of the better compilations available. There have been a few global options that were added to reduce frustration however, and are much appreciated. For instance, an auto save feature has been added so pencil and paper are no longer required for recording passwords, a quick switch from one weapon to another can be done using the triggers, and a rapid fire button is available.
The graphics and sounds are also all from the original games, so don't expect any updates here. There are however, a number of unlockable features such as artwork, interviews, and bonus games that offer more then the original graphics and sound. It's the original state of the these games that makes it so engaging and few will have any complaints here as the gameplay elements that were so successful back then are surprisingly engaging today as well.
Capcom has put forward a fantastic effort with the Mega Man Anniversary Collection. For $30, there are hours of gameplay available and unless Mega Man isn't your thing, pick it up and enjoy the nostalgia.