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Quick Look: Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 & 2

Jul. 28th 2018

Ben and Jan relive the hits and misses from this series of extreme robot love stories.

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Time to start Saturday out right

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Already bought the first X collection, I'm interested to see X5-X8.

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Ben's taste in screen filters is reprehensible.

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Edited By deactivated-5b85a38d6c493 • 

X4 is the best Mega Man X game and I will hear no different.

Also that smoothing filter looks terrible. I don’t understand how anyone thinks putting a smooth filter on a 2D pixel game is a good look. You’re removing the great looking sprite work and left with an ugly looking paste. Everything looks smeared on.

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There's a weird audio glitch at 51:29, the earlier audio loops in.

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bathala • 

Is this the only Quick Look that had a count down on the main page?

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Another glitch at 58:50

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Edited By makari • 

What am I fighting foooooOooOooOOOooooOooOooor?!?!

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Jan’s Megaman voice sounds like a 90s cartoon announcer

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Edited By forteexe21 • 

The filter is so bad.... Its unbearable for X4.

Edit: Mega Man Zero collection already came out for DS. They should re-release it with the ZX games though for 3ds.

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so1337 • 

I’ve heard a lot of good things about the X Games so I might grab this. There hasn’t been a good extreme sports title in a while.

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ben that filter is fucking irredeemably bad

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Edited By DasaKamov • 

Yeesh, I'd say the voice acting in these games give Resident Evil a run for its money in terms of being the worst of all time.

"Hey Robot Army, you're the most elite, deadliest military force in the world."

"Yayyyyyyyyy"

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That screen shaking almost made me motion sick and I never get motion sick.

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I gasped when Ben chose the smoothing filter.

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Man, every game in the second X collection is baaaaaaaaaad.

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ben I love you but choosing that filter is unforgivable

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Mayor_McCheese • 

Agreeing that X4 if the best of the bunch and is more balanced/fair than a few of its sequels when shit just goes off the rails.

Ben what are these filters oh god

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Ben using smooth pixel mode is going to cause me to cancel my giant bomb subscription, please help him Jeff

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Ben looking like Neo dodging those Wheel Gator saws, nice job man

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"I wonder if anyone else cringed at that ZSNES-grade super eagle filter.... Oh."

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Edited By ninkendo • 

X4 > X1 > X8 > X2 > X5 > X3 >>>>>> X6 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>X7

Raw Pixels > Scanlines or Super Eagle they should just patch both of those out.

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I guess they saved Command Mission for the "Weird Spin-Offs" bundle which will presumably also include Soccer.

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Never let Ben drive a retro game quick look again if he's gonna put on the garbage filter that makes everything look like clipart

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You can definitely change the controls. You have to go into the options menu for every individual game, however - there's no universal control change. Some of the later games control differently than the previous ones.

Mega Man X1 through X5 range from pretty good to great games. Mega Man X6 is kind of bad, but not total garbage. I've never personally played X7, but I've seen enough of it to know that it is a flaming pile of garbage. I finished X8 several times back in the day and remember enjoying it a lot, though not anywhere near as much as X1, 4, and 5, and I don't know how well it holds up today. In any case, Mega Man X games at their worst is some of the worst Mega Man out there, but at their best Mega Man has never been better. Except for Mega Man Zero. Can I get a Switch version of that old DS Zero collection, please? Preferably including the two ZX games as well, because those are a ton of fun to play as well? Maybe toss in Mega Man and Bass as well?

I have no idea why people are complaining about the Type 1 filter. Without that, you get aliasing and jagged edges all over the place. The Type 1 filter smooths all of that out and makes all of the games looks really nice. It especially improves X1-X3.

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I have no idea why people are complaining about the Type 1 filter. Without that, you get aliasing and jagged edges all over the place. The Type 1 filter smooths all of that out and makes all of the games looks really nice. It especially improves X1-X3.

Have you never seen pixel art before

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Wait why the fuck doesn't this have save states like the original Mega Man Legacy Collection? I wanna be able to save scum my way through these if I have to so that's a real bummer...

Also was expecting Alex to cover this..

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Ben commits one of the gravest GB sins known to man

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Edited By Protome • 

Megaman X7 is one of the worst games I've ever played and I also kinda love it.

Also i agree with this smoothing filter being terrible, Ben has bad taste.

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Here's a question I've always had since I was a kid. Are Mega Man, X, Zero, etc. cyborgs or are they 100% robot? If they are 100% robot how do they have human-looking faces under their helmets? Or maybe they are Battlestar Galactica-style robots that look identical to humans? If so do they have working reproductive systems? Then why does Dr. Wily have to create them from scratch instead of breeding them? Or are they Terminator-style robots so that they have lots of wires and things in their guts?**

** Yes, I could probably google all these questions, but that's not as much fun.

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Edited By SleinMcAwesome • 

Why the fuck would you choose this filter, Ben?!?

Also, you can totally rebind your controls. It's per game basis in the options menu of that game.

Also, you can save in the password screen of the SNES games by press X. Then when you play the game again: go to Password and press X to load that save.

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@wollywoo: Megaman X and Zero are androids, 100% synthetic but they have freewill and independent thought, basically they think like a human would. All the other robotic types are reploids, they used Megaman X as reference point but couldn't 100% recreate his unique android traits. It's also why X and Zero are not affected by the same virus infecting reploids, because they are androids. Regarding their appearance, I don't know the lore there, but it is just natural to make an android look human.

Sidenote: the X in Megaman X is meant to be a variable representing that X has unlimited potential because he isn't limited to the coding that creates the logic of Robots and Reploids, he can learn and change indefinitely.

original Megaman is a robot, so he doesn't technical share the same freewill a human or an android might have.

I did a deep dive into the Megaman lore around the time of the Zero games for GBA, so I apologise if my explanation isn't 100% on point.

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@gsgaret said:

Sidenote: the X in Megaman X is meant to be a variable representing that X has unlimited potential because he isn't limited to the coding that creates the logic of Robots and Reploids, he can learn and change indefinitely.

By the same token, Zero is meant to represent the integer 0. It never changes, but is the most "mysterious" number. Is zero positive or negative? Or is zero the separation between positive and negative numbers? But you can't divide by zero... it does not compute...

Edit: Oh, and I didn't even think about this one: any number multiplied by zero equals zero. Zero is the source of the Maverick/Irregular virus.

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@boonsong Agreed on X4 being the best, its the one game I play through at least once a year without fail. Though, yeah this filter is awful. I'm glad I got it for Switch because playing with an emulator on PC is just a better way to go about it than this collection.

Also X7 is indeed the worst one. Keep that 3D bullshit out of my MMX

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You can save in X1-3 by pressing X on the password screen.

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I'm just here to complain about the filter.

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@gsgaret: More questions! We know their helmet can come off from the intro to MM2. So, does the other armor come off? Is there a hand inside that buster? They have hair on their heads, so do they have body hair inside all that armor as well? Or is it just their head that's humanoid? In MMX when Zero is dying you see a bit of blood trailing from his lips, so they can bleed, but what is the blood made of?! Also - do they smell nice?

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I'm sorry but it's absolutely hilarious that Ben turned that filter on and Jan let it happen and now everyone is super mad.

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I'm sorry but it's absolutely hilarious that Ben turned that filter on and Jan let it happen and now everyone is super mad.

Some people just want their games to look like dogshit and who are we to steer them otherwise

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Dammit Ben you can totally change controls. They’re in each game’s option menu!

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MMX4 is one of those wonderful PSX games sporting shitty, SHITTY VA but top-shelf music.

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lol I can't even watch this with that filter on

g r o s s

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@dasakamov: They were both the result of Capcom recording the voices in Japan, and just rounding up any English speakers they could find during casting. For X8 they actually hired an anime dubbing company so the voices are a notable step up.

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Only problem I have with this is that it doesn't include the remake Maverick Hunter X. The graphics weren't great, but it's basically Mega Man X Second Quest with the items in a different places. Also, Vile mode was cooler than it had any business being. At least it has the OVA included in it.

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Wow. I heard X7 is terrible, but Ive never actually seen it before. That's just... wow, that's pretty special.