Capcom Mega Man Anniversary Collection

Last updated date: July 1, 2019

DWYM Score
8.3

Capcom Mega Man Anniversary Collection

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 74 expert reviews, the Capcom Capcom Mega Man Anniversary Collection placed 6th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.3
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.3
681 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The Mega Man games have a unique kind of difficulty that you don’t see in a while lot of games; it’s the kind of difficulty that drives you forward. Each time you fall in a pit, you become more determined to get further. It’s this kind of difficulty that makes you proud to say you beat a Mega Man game. Mega Man is definitely one of the best games of its kind, and whether you’re new to the series or have them memorized forwards and backwards you can’t go wrong with this title.
- Game Zone
May 4, 2012 | Full review
The game offers many options for how to play. Normal and Easy modes are available for all games from the start, though it should be noted that Normal corresponds to the Difficult modes that some games originally shipped with. Also, the game features an alternate mode of play called “Navi Mode,” which as mentioned above provides remixed music in the levels and incorporates a directional assistance feature from the later Mega Man games.
- Gaming Trend
July 2, 2004 | Full review
The disc contains Mega Man 1-8, as well as two fighting-style arcade games never before released in the U.S. With ten good-to-great-to-classic games and a budget price, you really can’t go wrong with this package unless you have zero interest in the series.
- Nintendo World Report
Fortunately, the programmers didn't go overboard with the mechanical enhancements, as other eventual gameplay maneuvers like slides and weapon charges have been kept exclusively for games in which they originally appeared.
- IGN
March 15, 2005 | Full review
Fans of the series will be pleased to see that in this collection we are given a Museum Mode that allows players to enjoy hundreds of vintage concept sketches and piece of production art
- Birth Movies Death
September 2, 2015 | Full review
Near-perfect ports of the first eight Mega Man games, as well as two bonus arcade-only games. A gaggle of extra content, including both the PS2 and GameCube exclusive features wrapped into a single package. Only $20 for some excellent classic games. Remixed versions of the classic Mega Man tunes that you can turn on or off. Any disc that has Mega Man 2 and 3 on it is worth twice what this costs.
- GameSpot
March 14, 2005 | Full review
Like the game play, the graphics were left unchanged, and this is a good thing. They are 2D sprites, full of color. Not only did the graphics look great back then, they look great now. They put some PS2 sprite based games to shame. Oh, I said it! Most of the music, which is something of great importance in any Mega Man game, was left unchanged as well. The music in MMX3 is the exception here.
- Game FAQs
January 18, 2006 | Full review
This collection features the first eight of his classic games beginning with his first appearance on the NES in 1987. The virtually faithful ports are a classic-gaming junky's dream come true.
- Cheat CC Game Cube
What experts didn't like
There aren’t many graphical improvements, besides the reduction of slow down on some of the old Mega Mans. In some parts the screen even flickers, just like it used to. It’s a little frustrating that they weren’t able to get rid of that, but at the same time it doesn’t really hurt anything and it’s kind of nostalgic.
- Game Zone
May 4, 2012 | Full review
Most of the old bugs and glitches remain, plus some new ones. The games are played with two buttons...so what’s the confusion?
- Nintendo World Report
Graphics and sound might seem a bit crusty to people used to new fangled gaming. The arcade games are a nice bonus, but aren't that great on their own. The distribution of the remixed tracks is a little weird--some stages don't have them at all.
- GameSpot
March 14, 2005 | Full review
The game selection screen isn't as cool as the first Mega Man collection, and the extras are rather hum-drum. You can unlock a racing game never released in America called Mega Man Battle and Chase. After being introduced to games like Mario Kart and Chocobo's Racing, MMBnC just lacks the fun factor needed for a racing game. Sure it's fun unlocking new things, but it's not worth stressing over.
- Game FAQs
January 18, 2006 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Have a blast with Mega Man titles past-plus dozens of original, unreleased games, footage, art and music-featured in this special collection celebrating Mega Man's 15th anniversary. For the first time ever you can play the original Mega Man 1 through 8 series, along with two cool arcade games never before released in the U.S. That's 10 Mega Man games on 1 disc! Add to that, original footage from the Mega Man TV series, more than 30 original artwork selections and remixed music tracks that were inspired by the series.

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An Overview On Playstation 2 Games

The PlayStation has long been a favorite home gaming console with players of all ages. Every iteration of the platform has brought increasingly more elaborate and realistic games, and the current incarnation — the PlayStation 4 — is no exception. But it’s quite possible that the release of the PlayStation 2 in the year 2000 was a perfect illustration of that old capitalist mantra: Competition drives innovation.

When the PlayStation 2 first entered the console wars, there was no shortage of enemies. Sega’s Dreamcast was already in stores. Microsoft’s Xbox and Nintendo’s GameCube would be jockeying for toy store shelf space by the following Christmas. The PS2 offered a relatively low price point and the ability to play games from the first generation PlayStation. Would those perks be enough? In short: Yes.

As of 2012, the console has moved over 155 million units, making it the top-selling video game console of all time. And while Xbox is still a worthy competitor to the PlayStation brand, there’s a reason why you might not remember playing a GameCube. As for the Dreamcast, it would prove to be Sega’s last entry into the video game console market, due in no small part to the market dominance of the PS2. Sony discontinued the PS2 in 2013. But the item had enjoyed a great production run, especially considering the PS3 had already been out for 7 years by that time. Small wonder.

Aside from that affordable price and ability to play older games, the PS2 was an exclusive platform for some of the most iconic titles in video game history. That list includes the original “Kingdom Hearts” and “Guitar Hero,” plus “Final Fantasy X”. You can also play worldwide hits like “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas,” “Gran Turismo 4,” “God of War II” and hundreds of others. The PlayStation 2 may have been affordable at its launch, but you can get them for a steal these days, and that goes double for the PS2 and original PlayStation games you can play on it.

Arguably, the Playstation 2 is also the last relic of a more social time in gaming. While there was online support from individual titles, multiplayer games, for the most part, were meant to be played with friends who were physically present in the same room, trash-talking and jostling each other on the couch. Certainly, it was the golden age for sports games, such as Electronic Arts’ Madden NFL and NBA Live series. Even today, gamers with ultra-modern video game consoles and 4K Ultra televisions will still break out their PS2 controllers for a dose of nostalgia.

DWYM Fun Fact

The early-to-mid 2000s were a time of experimentation in the gaming industry, when tons of new accessories and peripherals were tested on the gaming public. PlayStation 2 gamers were the beneficiaries of a lot of this new tech — or the guinea pigs, depending on how well the gadgets worked.  The “Guitar Hero” series sparked a minor craze with plastic instruments that simulated rock stardom, but there’s a reason you probably don’t remember “Tony Hawk: Ride.” This game came with a motion-sensing skateboard that, in theory, tracked your movements so you could shred along with your skater avatar. In practice, it was a clunky and awkward device that got the game almost universally panned by critics.

The Playstation 2 Game Buying Guide

  • The first thing to consider when buying a PlayStation 2 game, especially if you’re not a frequent gamer … is to make sure it’s a PlayStation 2 game. This may seem obvious, but bear in mind that Sony’s current iteration of the console is the PlayStation 4. Search for “PlayStation games” online, and the bulk of the results will be games compatible with that system. Not that there aren’t tons of PS2 games out there, and they’re all much more affordable. One great feature of the PS2 was backward compatibility, which means you can also play most games that were released for the original, first-generation PlayStation. There are a few early PlayStation games you won’t be able to play this way, so it’s best to double-check before buying.
  • If you’ve got an Ultra 4K or other high-definition television, do not adjust your set. The PlayStation 2 was released before this latest generation of HDTVs, and while it should work just fine on them, the games won’t look as sharp as the ones on more recent consoles. The resolution on standard PS2 titles is going to be around 480p. But this certainly doesn’t mean they’ll look bad. The graphics on cinematic titles like “God of War II” and “Kingdom Hearts” still hold up well more than a decade after they were released.
  • For the most part, PS2 games will work just fine without an internet connection, and online access will probably be superfluous for the majority of titles. For a lot of retro gamers who just want to power on and play, this can be a plus. If you get one of the rare titles that does require online access to unlock certain features, you’ll need Wi-Fi access and a network adaptor if you don’t already have one.
  • A word on multiplayer: The PS2 had some of the greatest multiplayer titles around, from sports games (the Madden NFL series) to racing (“Need for Speed,” “Gran Turismo 4”). Some of these games support more than two players at a time, but if you’re going to bring a crowd, make sure you have enough controllers and a multitap adapter that will allow up to eight players to join in the fun.
  • When it comes to gaming, accessorizing isn’t just about looks. The PS2 introduced several peripherals that replaced or augmented the functionality of traditional controllers, and some games won’t work without them. Some prominent examples are games in the “Guitar Hero” series (which need a guitar-shaped controller), or titles released specifically for the EyeToy — one of the first motion-sensing peripherals.
  • Finally, keep your audience in mind. If you’re buying for a younger gamer, check the ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) box prominently displayed on the box. It’ll give you quick info on what age range the game is appropriate for, along with any red flags about the content (violence, language, etc.).