Release Date: February 2020
Mode(s): Single-player, Multiplayer (Local & Online)
Genre: Adventure, Action
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch
The majority of the 21st century has been either a hit or miss for the Mega Man franchise as from 00-2010 had a plethora of Mega Man titles released from the Legends series, Battle Network series, Starforce series, and even the resurgence of the classic series but the X series was one that did not have the best time in the new century with the decent Mega Man X5, mediocre and down right broken X6 and atrocious BURN TO THE GROUND X7, return to form with Mega Man X8, and an evolution of the series in a new genre with Command Mission and yet despite all this people were not interested in the X series anymore and Keiji Inafune wanted to move forward with the franchise with a sequel series. He was able to make the 2nd sequel series to the Classic Mega Mean series with Mega Man Zero debuting on the Game Boy Advanced platform which is set 100 years after the Mega Man X series and was supposed to be a follow up to Mega Man X5 which was the intended end to the X series but is now set after Mega Man X8 staring Zero as the main character exploring his story in more detail. In 2006 we got the start of the next series with Mega Man ZX (although I view it as part of the Zero series and not its own). The ZX games utilize a lot of what the Zero games implemented and by proxy what the X series innovated but add a twist of making the Mega Man series transition into the MetroidVania genre and explore a world without the Bluebomber. This series only got 2 entries and never caught on to the mainstream and thus the franchise went into a hiatus and was ignored by Capcom for quite a while until the Legacy Collections revived the interests in the franchise. Is the Zero/ZX Legacy Collection worth picking up and playing on modern consoles and PC? Let’s find out!
Covering the story of the 2 series in this collection isn’t very difficult as the Zero series kicks off with resistance members Ciel and company running from Mega Man-esque enemies, they eventually find a lab with a dormant and damaged Zero in a new body as well as with a new artstyle instead of the X series style Zero. The gist of the story is an amnesiac Zero joins forces with the Resistance to oppose the tyranny of Neo Arcadia which is lead by Mega Man X…….or so we are told, as repliods are hunted down and deemed Mavericks being pushed to the brink of extinction. We then transition from the fight agai