SYSTEM
PSX

PRICE
$39.99

DEVELOPER
Capcom

PUBLISHER
Capcom

RELEASE DATE
10/00

Megaman Legends 2 Review

By: John Doe


Mega Man has been around since the early days of the NES and he's developed quite a following by invading virtually all the regular and next generation consoles. What makes him so popular? Well the game has always looked like an anime cartoon and it lies somewhere between lighthearted and intense. Megaman Legends 2 is an action/adventure RPG that excels at blending all these elements to create a game that entertains a wide age group. When you get right down to it, what's not to like? Plenty of shooting, secrets to unlock, puzzles to solve, strategies to implement and lots of levels to explore.


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What's up with everybody's favorite blue robot in Mega Man Legends 2? Well for starters he's looking pretty good in the 3D format and there's plenty of puzzles and interactive character dialogues to encounter on this outing. As usual, Mega Man is on another quest for energy. This time he's searching for explorers that mysteriously disappeared when searching for a legendary goddess and a rumored infinite power supply called the Mother Lode on Forbidden Island.

My favorite features are the total 360-degree playfield and the chance to use the analog sticks. I've been wondering what those strange growths on my controller were for. Use the left to maneuver old blue boy and the right one to shift camera angles. It's a bit awkward to get used to at first but in a few hours you won't be able to live without them.

There are a lot of eccentric characters here and when I mean a lot, I mean more than two. You know the instant that you fire this baby up on your screen that it's going to be bigger and better than the first 3D Mega Man. The cut scenes, story animations and voice-overs are superb. Everything that you hear and read is pretty much a mystery at first but things begin to make sense as you probe deeper in to the Mega Man world. Another thing that you will notice is that the world is just a little bit cuter this time around. It's filled with young cherubs and cuddly mammals and monkeys that can help you with clues and power ups if you know how to answer their questions correctly.

It seems as if all the cuteness and whimsy is just a cover for the actual premise of the game which is blasting enemies with an assortment of fantastic weapons; sort of what you might expect if you mixed Unreal Tournament with Harvest Moon. The bosses are very unique and they are not limited to 2D movements. Some can be real bastards and some are so easy you'll wonder why they were even included. You really have to be on your toes with some of them because you only have one life and when it's gone, it's game over. You won't get any weapon upgrades by defeating the bosses. You have to build your own weapons from parts that you find and purchase with Zenny that you earn from completing puzzles and other challenges. Although the arm canon is standard issue and tons of fun, the homespun weapons such as the missile launcher are much more powerful and satisfying to use.

At virtually every turn there are more objectives, side quests and riddles to solve. But you have to keep your focus on finding the four keys, each one located in one of the four dungeons. With the keys you will unlock the Mother Lode and complete the game. In the meantime, expect to go nuts trying to maintain your concentration. If you like the concept of RPGs but find them too slow and time consuming, then Mega Man Legends 2 will take you on a tour of the neighborhood without slowing down at the stop signs. Definitely not a renter. You will want this one all to yourself for a good long time.

OVERALL
8.0

GRAPHICS
8.0

CONTROL
8.5

MUSIC/FX
8.0

FRUSTRATION
6.0

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