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.
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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.
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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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