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This really is a great time to be alive. You know that any TV show you’ve ever liked will soon be released on DVD, any celebrity you’ve ever had a crush on will soon release an internet sex video, and most importantly, any old-school game you loved playing will be released on next-gen consoles. This time around though, it’s more than just an old school game- it’s a collection of possibly the best side-scrolling platformer series ever- the Mega Man Anniversary Collection. Now, an anthology release may seem like a gimme, but there are a lot of things that the developers can do right, and lots that they can do very, very wrong. So, how did Capcom do with the blue bomber’s chronicles? Let’s find out together, shall we?
I can't thank Capcom and Atomic Planet enough. They've let me into a world I wasn't developmentally ready for 15 years ago, but which still makes me feel like a kid again. I always knew I'd come back to Monsteropolis someday. Thanks for waiting, Mega Man.
Anniversary Collection is packed with tons of nostalgia, unique weapons (including the suspiciously fanciful "Top Spin"), and more hardcore 2D shooting and platforming than you can shake an arm cannon at. If you pine for your younger days when you could effortlessly fire off rounds of Search Snakes, you owe it to yourself to pick up this testament to one of gaming’s true legends.
Over the years, Mega Man has earned a place in gaming history, and this collection of his exploits is absolutely essential for even moderate fans of the series. Highly recommended.
The Anniversary Collection essentially boils down to a simple matter of degrees of Mega Man fandom. Younger players will have to decide if they can put up with old sprite based gameplay and 2D side scrolling action titles with limited environmental details or, for those who opt out of “navi mode,” old school musical scores. Those who can’t fathom a gaming experience not entirely grounded in 3D will probably wind up passing on this disc. However, gamers with a taste for nostalgia or older gamers who remember slogging countless hours against Wily will have the definitive title to relive their glory days and nights with. This is classic gaming done right with one of the industries best heroes finally getting his just due and future compilations from other companies would do well to take heed of how Capcom delivered this tribute to fans.
Mega Man Anniversary Collection is surprisingly fun, especially for a group of games that debuted decades ago. If you’ve ever enjoyed a Mega Man title as an older gamer, you’ll find nostalgic fun. If you’re a younger player looking to explore Mega Man’s origins, you’ll find history on the home console. Either way, pick this title up today and you won’t be disappointed.
Though the current generation has already seen its fair share of old-school compilation sets with games like Activision Anthology and Midway Arcade Treasures, few of them have ever focused on anything other than the pre-NES days of the early 80s. So while a legion of gamers out there have already experienced Pole Position and Pac-Man in a million different ways, a significantly smaller number of users have yet to partake in efforts like Clash at Demonhead, Faxanadu, or The Adventures of Lolo. Unfortunately our gut instinct tells us that this type of situation isn't going to change anytime soon, but at least Capcom's first PS2 omnibus known as Mega Man Anniversary Collection gives us some legitimized hope.
However, if you don't mind outdated graphics and have any interest in Mega Man whatsoever, then there isn't a single reason not to pick up Mega Man Anniversary collection. This is simply one of the richest, most well-put-together classic compilations ever made, and it manages to not only refrain from sacrificing key elements of gameplay for the sake of making the hardware transition process easier but also makes improvements that are not only great but practically seem like common sense. Not to mention all of the neat unlockables that are sure to please any longtime fans of the Blue Bomber and his many adventures.
Megaman Anniversary Collection is definitely a must-have for Megaman fans, but, in my opinion, it is a must-have for anybody who appreciates 2D gaming. Ten games for $30, even if the two arcade games won't last that long, is a deal that should be seized by anybody who has a GCN or a PS2. Who knows, if enough people buy this, maybe we'll see Megaman X Anniversary Collection in a couple years.
Mega Man Anniversary Collection is an import piece of gaming history that continues the trend of old becoming new again. Whether you’ve never tried a Mega Man game before or you’re a season veteran, Mega Man Anniversary Collection is a must have for all gamers. The game even includes two unlockable Mega Man-s that were never released on a console system in America. Both of the games are based on the Mega Man arcade games, which can best be described as Mega Man meets Street Fighter. The additional bonuses included such as character art and videos were a nice touch as well.
At the time of the original release, this was your only way to play each game without having the original versions. Since then, many of the NES games have been released on Playstation Network as PSOne Classics and one Wii Virtual Console in their original form. For now, this is still the way to go. Just be warned of each versions strengths and weaknesses. The Gamecube version isn’t bad, but aside from the Inafune interview, it is inferior in most ways to the X-Box version, and inferior to the Playstation version as well when you factor in the lack of remixed music. You can still find this game secondhand for about $15, which is an absolute steal even with all the negatives factored in. Atomic Planet took a lot of heat for the compilation, but the test of time has shown that aside from the controller blunder, the package is a sound one.
There are few unlockables in the game such as interviews with producers as well as two Mega Man arcade games, Mega Man The Power Battles and Mega Man The Power Fighters. Both are very similar to the original eight games although they are a little less intense. These unlockables bring the game total to 10. For a budget-priced game, this is an example of a good value staring you right in the face.
Still, at a time when Nintendo has the nerve to release single NES games on the Game Boy Advance for 20 bucks a pop, we really can't complain. If nothing else, Capcom should be commended simply because it included all eight games in one package rather than trying to skimp out and release them in multiple volumes. For pure dollar value -- 10 total games for $29.99 -- Mega Man Anniversary Collection is a great buy. That is, if you can make your peace with the atrocious button-swapping snafu.
Mega Man Anniversary Collection commemorates the birth and rise of one highly distinguished star amongst many in the Capcom universe. Totaling 10 playable Mega Man games?eight games were previously released on home consoles (the NES (one through six), the SNES (seven), and the PlayStation (eight) and two arcade games were never officially released in the U.S. (until now)?this peculiar assortment ensures loyal fans a holistic experience in reliving the origin of our hero. This means that the same 8-bit battling bots we saw and heard in the first six Mega Man games on the NES are back alongside the evolved and more elaborate sights and sounds from the later games in the series.
Mega Man Anniversary Collection is a great collection for nostalgic fans and newcomers alike. None of the spin-off Mega Man X titles are included in the package, but what's included is more than enough to keep any player blasting for more.
If you can get over the criminal lack of configurable controls, it’s hard to go wrong with Mega Man Anniversary Collection. The games vary in quality, but even the worst one is pretty good, and the best ones are deservingly legendary. With these games and at this price, all the control problems in the world can’t keep this collection from being a must-own.
Mega Man Anniversary Collection is about as good as we could have hoped, and maybe a bit better. It faithfully reproduces the classic action series, and the handful of modern conveniences are a nice addition. However, the display method the game uses looks bad and the extras are not quite there. It's a good collection, but those shortcomings bring it down a bit. If you've never played the original Mega Man series and/or don't notice the graphics issues, feel free to add another star to the score. The low, $30 price tag and the convenience of having so many games on one disc make this an excellent place to start playing.
Reviews are supposed to begin with a bit of context or history to help you better understand the game under scrutiny. Or perhaps with a touch of navel gazing, so you can better understand the reviewer's perspective. This review is different than most, as it begins instead with a bold, assertive warning.