X gon’ give it to ya. Eight times

PlayStation Official Magazine (UK) - - CONTEST - Scully1888

Af­ter bar­ren pe­ri­ods where it felt like their hero was be­ing ig­nored by Cap­com, Mega Man fans were blessed with the Mega Man Legacy Col­lec­tion and its se­quel, which to­gether com­prised all ten games in the main se­ries. As die-hard devo­tees of the Blue Bomber know, though, that’s only half the story: step for­ward this new pair of com­pi­la­tions which now of­fer the en­tire Mega Man X spin-off se­ries too. Col­lec­tion 1 in­cludes the SNES ver­sions of Mega Man X, X2, and X3, as well as the PlayS­ta­tion ver­sion of Mega Man X4. The sec­ond col­lec­tion, mean­while, adds a cou­ple more PlayS­ta­tion games in the shape of Mega Man X5 and X6, and rounds things off with the con­tro­ver­sial PS2 duo of Mega Man X7 and X8 (which ditched the sprite-based char­ac­ters and went polyg­o­nal).


The first six games are han­dled ex­actly as you would ex­pect a retro com­pi­la­tion to be these days: there’s a se­lec­tion of dif­fer­ent up­scal­ing fil­ters – smooth, scan­lines, and un­fil­tered – and the op­tion to play in full screen, a slightly re­duced screen (to keep the pix­els square), or stretched widescreen. X7 and X8, how­ever, get ar­guably the best treat­ment due to their polyg­o­nal na­ture. The char­ac­ters and stages are up­scaled sig­nif­i­cantly, es­sen­tially mak­ing them HD re­mas­ters rather than the stan­dard-def­i­ni­tion PS2 games they orig­i­nally were. Purists may sneer at this, but there’s no deny­ing they look much bet­ter on a mod­ern telly.

As with the pre­vi­ous col­lec­tions, there’s also a gen­er­ous Mu­seum mode here, in­clud­ing loads of art­work and mu­sic. You even get Day Of Sigma, a 25-minute anime made for Mav­er­ick Hunter X on PSP (though an­noy­ingly it’s on each col­lec­tion, mean­ing you’re es­sen­tially wast­ing time down­load­ing it twice if you own both).

Add to this a new Rookie Hunter mode, which greatly re­duces the amount of dam­age you take, and an X Chal­lenge mode, where you take on two bosses at once with lim­ited weapons, and it’s safe to say there’s a healthy se­lec­tion of con­tent here for be­gin­ners and vet­er­ans alike.


Two great retro pack­ages. If you only want one, go for the first: like the Po­lice Academy movies, the qual­ity dips as the se­ries pro­gresses. Chris Scul­lion

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