Mega Man Legends…

…or Rockman Dash, if you want.

I’m in the middle of re-playing the first Mega Man Legends-game, again. I already completed it once since it was featured in one of my loot-posts. And before that I’ve completed the PC-version a few times. I have yet to finish MML 2 on PC but that mostly boils down to awkward controls.

My import PC copy of MML 2

PC doesn’t seem to be the most obvious platform of choice in this case but the reason is simple, I got into MML before I got a PS1 of my own, which was just some year ago. A few years back, my old PC-gaming self found a torrent of the first game, packed to just over 100 megs, floating around a well known tracker. Way to small, I thought, but it worked flawlessly. Prior to that, I had tried the demo, but it was limited to 15 minutes or something and that time was spent in the menus, trying to make the controls acceptable.
To me, this game was uncharted territory. Most of the other MM-games, save for some of the later X-installments, I could easily enjoy through an emulator of some kind. But I hadn’t had any real successes with PSX emulation.
I booted up the game and made my way through the first dungeon. The demo had ended somewhere around the end of it, so I didn’t know what to expect after that. Controls felt clunky and weird, the fact that it was a very direct conversion was obvious. No upgrades to the control scheme or added things like mouse support.
After having fought more with said controls than the first boss, I started to glimpse what the game had to offer. 15 minutes later and after my first run-in with Tron and the Bonne-family, I was in love. I enjoyed it thoroughly and I just couldn’t leave the game alone.

Now, a few years later, I can finally enjoy the game on the PS1. Despite the lower resolution and warp-happy textures, it looks great. Actually, some parts look better. The PC-versions of both MML 1 & 2 are plagued by blue, sharp borders around all clouds, for example. Mega Man Legends just manages to strike something inside of me just the right way. The blocky but charming & colorful aesthetics are enjoyable, the music is simple but strikes the right mood and the english voices aren’t actually that horrible at all. Though, being the weeaboo I am I prefer the Japanese voice over, of course. Anyhow, the only negative thing I immediately can point out would be the length, it’s a bit on the short side.

After I finish the game, again, I will have to look for MML 2 and The Misadventures of Tron Bonne for PS1 as well. But before that…maybe a new memory card is in order.
My thoughts about the now cancelled Mega Legends 3 for the 3DS is probably best suited for another time.

Further reading about Mega Man Legends:
Retronauts wrote a piece about the first game.
Mega Man Legends Station is a recommended visit for anything MML.


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Laid back swede with an for affection games, sweet music and specific parts of Japanese pop culture.

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