I find it odd the VGC has not reviewed MMX collection (or and MMX game I could find!) so here y' are. I know this is also available for Gamecube, ...possibly Xbox too?
At any rate I made a mistake here; I never liked Megama X - I THOUGHT this was a collection of the great NES Megaman games, I just saw "MM collection" and it was cheap so I bought it. I AM desperate for some 2-D PS2 games.
But then I remembered..."Megaman X"....Oh, crap. I remember first playing that game on the SNES a while back when I was in the hospital (they had a SNES and some games in the TV room), and also on a demo disc for my PC. I remembered how I could not get past the first stage, despite beating Megaman 2 (the BEST MM) in a week on the NES long ago. The stage was boring and the controls were stiff. This collection contains Megaman X 1 thru 6 plus an unlockable "Battle 'n chase" game. I had never played the others before, though so I hoped, maybe they were better...
Unfortunately, with one exception the MMX games didn't seem to get better, they just got more complex (moving from 16 to 32 bit) up till #5 where....well, more in a moment.
Megaman X one is a very dull platform shooter that pales next to MM, MM2 and MM3 on the old NES. The graphics of course are good, moving up to 16 bit but the bio-robotic enemies like giant robot cats, dragons, and rats are replaced by just plain ol' ROBOTS, very generic ROBOTS that shoot, stomp, drill or jump. MM's jump and shooting abilities seem weak compared to the old game. It just isn't very fun to me.
MM 2 and 3 are a bit better , but not by much. I'd say MM3 and 4 are by far the best with colorful graphics , a cool 32 bit animated opening and story, and the best control....but still
just damn DULL compared to the old NES MM I knew! 5 and 6 were released near the end of the PSone's life and are noticeably unispired and lacking and "extras".
I'm sure this series has it's fans, but I'm not one. I think Capcom really ruined the blue robot when they turned to 16 Bit- it IS harder, edgier, more "CONTRA" like, but lacks the cartoony ambience of the NES games. I WAS impressed by some of the Anime cartoon animation openings from the MM cartoon, but the games themselves lack the appeal, to me, of the simplier NES games.
If you DO like MegaManX (any one), this is surely a good investment (although the final 2 games are still terrible, so you'll likely be getting FOUR "good" X-games plus B&C, if you can unlock it. If, like me, you PLAYED any of the MMX games and did not like it, don't expect the others to be any better.
Me, I'm gonna keep looking for MM anniversary collection!
Me, I'm gonna keep looking for MM anniversary collection![/QUOTE]
Sucks that you picked up the wrong one in the first place. I didn't think the Mega Man X games were as bad as you seem to think, but I never liked them as much as the originals either. You will not be disappointed by MM anniversary collection. Even the bonus battle game is pretty fun. Just know that the Gamecube version (possibly the PS2 version) has the jump and shoot buttons swapped from where they were on NES; it takes a bit of time to get used to.
But my feeling in general............the "X" series is the prime example of how you can try to add depth/spice/stragedy to a formula, but it ends up just making the game needlessly complex and it ruins the fun of everything.
On a side note..........if you want a good classic complation disc for your new PS2, the very first "Midway Treasures" simply cannot be beat. It's jam-packed with quality, "all killer, no filler" as they say. The first "Capcom Classics Collection" would be a close #2. You get the offical "Zen commands you to buy it"
Mega Man X6 is worse. And that is sad.
But hey, don't give up on Mega Man just because his recent X titles have been rather horrible - the Zero series for the GBA and the new Mega Man ZX (Or "Rockman Sex", as the japanese commercial dubbed it) for the DS are brilliant.
The Mega Man X games aren't awful (at least 1-4, I never got to 5 and 6) they're just not up to the standard of the original 6. To be fair they're basically just the same games, but with a couple new features (wall jump, armor), and slightly worse level designs. X4 was pretty good even next to the old ones, though.
Alot of people complained that Mega Man talked like a little girl in the MM8 cartoon cutscenes, but I look at it this way..........it was a step-up from Mega Man's voice in the "Captain N" cartoons. In the Captain N cartoons, Mega Man talked like Popeye with diarrhea.
Mega Man X4 was was better then Mega Man X5. MMX5 had the most painfully boring and generic levels, and some of them were poory designed, making them too difficult. I recall one stage in MMX5 being this speeder-bike racing level, and you had to replay it over and over, to memorize where each jump&road hazard was. That was unacceptable game design, in my opinion.