Mega Man X Collection
|Mega Man X Collection|
|Series||Mega Man X|
|Platform(s)||Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2|
|Genre(s)||2D action platformer|
Mega Man X Collection is a compilation of video games developed by Capcom. Released on January 10, 2006, exclusively in North America for the GameCube and PlayStation 2 platforms, Mega Man X Collection contains the first six games in the Mega Man X series, which originated on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and made its way primarily onto various 32-bit consoles. All six games are action platformers in which the player traverses a series of stages and gains the special weapons of defeated bosses.
In addition to these games, Mega Man X Collection includes unlockable artwork and music relating to the series, as well as Mega Man: Battle & Chase, a racing game based on the original Mega Man series that was previously unreleased in North America. The compilation is a follow-up to Mega Man Anniversary Collection, another compilation of eight games in the original Mega Man series previously released on both platforms and the Xbox. Critical reception for Mega Man X Collection has been average to fairly positive. Reviews have noted it as a competent portfolio of games of varying quality, but have expressed negative comments regarding its lack of additional content.
A similar collection, titled the Mega Man X Legacy Collection[a], was released worldwide in 2018 for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The collection features all eight numbered Mega Man X titles split between two releases.
Mega Man X Collection was first announced by Capcom Production Studio 1 producer Tatsuya Minami on February 1, 2005. The anthology was formally announced by Capcom's North American division on May 18, 2005, with a projected release date for that autumn. "Building upon the success of Mega Man Anniversary Collection, Capcom now delivers an even more incredible compilation of games from our premiere video game icon," stated Capcom's director of marketing Todd Thorson. "The Mega Man X series of games has revolutionized the long standing Mega Man franchise. Combining them in a comprehensive package is simply a fantastic value." Mega Man X Collection was showcased at Electronic Entertainment Expo that summer, but was not released until January 10, 2006.
Mega Man X Collection contains the first six games in the Mega Man X series. Mega Man X and Mega Man X2 are based on their appearances on the SNES. Mega Man X3, also originally on the SNES, is based on its update for the PlayStation, Sega Saturn, and PC (of which only the PC version saw North American release). The remaining three games are based on their PlayStation renditions, though the Japanese voice tracks for the cutscenes in Mega Man X6 were removed for the collection. All of the games now use save files, including the first few titles that originally used passwords only, though upon loading save data, the player is still greeted with the old, fully functional password entry screen, complete with the correct password to access the saved game. Mega Man: Battle & Chase is a game that is unlocked after completing the first three games. It is a classic series kart racing game previously unreleased in North America. Mega Man X Collection also contains unlockable artwork and music. Unlike Mega Man Anniversary Collection, which had different unlockable content depending on the version, the PlayStation 2 and GameCube versions are identical.
Critical reviews for Mega Man X Collection have been generally positive or average. GameSpot gave the compilation a 7.2/10 and praises the first two Mega Man X games, saying they "are just about on par with some of the better games in the original Mega Man series". However, they comment that X5 and X6 "just aren't very good at all". They conclude by saying the compilation "will please the series' longtime fans, and serves as a good primer for those who never had the opportunity to check out these games back in the day". IGN gave the compilation a 7/10, stating "While its overall game quality and list of extras isn't nearly as consistent or flashy as its Mega Man cousin, there's still a lot to like".
Mega Man X Legacy Collection
|Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 & 2|
Cover art for the first collection
|Series||Mega Man X|
|Platform(s)||PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows|
|Genre(s)||2D action platformer|
On December 4, 2017, during a Mega Man 30th Anniversary livestream hosted by Capcom, it was announced that all eight numbered entries in the Mega Man X franchise will be rereleased for eight-generation platforms, including Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam. On April 10, 2018, it was revealed that the eight games will be split into two volumes. Volume 1 contains Mega Man X through Mega Man X4 and can be purchased physically, while Volume 2 contains Mega Man X5 through Mega Man X8 and can only be acquired digitally. X Legacy Collection features the SNES version of Mega Man X3 as opposed to the 2006 collection which featured the PlayStation port of Mega Man X3, while the Mega Man X5 Maverick bosses whose English names referenced the band Guns N' Roses in both the original release and 2006 collection were changed in the X Legacy Collection into direct translations of their original Japanese names.
Both volumes contain several screen size and filtering options and include the Day of Sigma animated short from the PSP remake, Maverick Hunter X. Both collections allow each game to be played in either their English release or Japanese release. A save feature is added for the SNES games, but still allows the use of passwords. An easier difficulty option, Rookie Hunter mode, was added to all eight titles which halves damaged received, makes spikes less damaging, and makes bottomless pits non-lethal (the latter two enhancements being exclusive to the games originally for Playstation systems). However, it locks the player out of earning some in-game achievements. The collections also include an extensive multimedia gallery including old trailers, merchandise, and concept art for all eight games. A new gameplay mode, X Challenge, allows the player to fight two Mavericks at once from the first up to the sixth game.
- Released in Japan as Rockman X Anniversary Collection (Japanese: ロックマンＸ アニバーサリー コレクション)
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