Mega Man returns in a giant collection and No Man’s Sky reinvents itself in one of gaming’s finest comeback stories

Legendary game developers Capcom, brought us the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection recently. Plus Okami HD is scheduled for release next month and we have been hearing whispers of a Devil May Cry collection. Now they have brought us a new collection with their classic character Mega Man, bundling all his past games into a two-part legacy collection.

Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 and 2

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What’s it about?

Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 and 2

  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Price: Approx ₹2,000+ for PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Along with names like Mario and Sonic, has always been Mega Man, a thinking and feeling android created by Dr Light. Mega Man X marked an evolution of the character in 1993, bringing into the spotlight the character design we now know and love, making that iconic blue suit edgier with a gun arm. The X series débuted on the SNES and rose to fame. This is where the Legacy Collection 1 drops you. You start off playing the first four games, which are the best the series has to offer.

Legacy Collection 2 is where the nostalgia sort of peters off, as you play X5 to X8, mostly due to the inclusion of the not-so-good X7. The worst part of the collection though, is the splitting of it into two parts. Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection packed in 12 games into one bundle, why couldn’t they do the same with the Legacy Collection?

How does it play?

If you loved Contra in the arcades or on your old home machines, you will love Mega Man X. It’s a side-scrolling platformer, with a lot of bullet hell elements that make this a fantastic game. Playing X1 to X8, you can see the evolution of the series, as they pack in a lot more characters, storylines and gameplay elements into the mix, to make things fresh. Especially the evolution of the art style and the technology of that time, as the bits evolved from 16 to 32 and so forth.

Capcom has included a lot of fun stuff in the package. Mega Man X is a tough game and they have a Rookie Hunter Mode that lets you breeze through and experience the levels and story. This is especially great if you want a hard dose of nostalgia without going through the challenge. Undoubtedly, this is best played on the Nintendo Switch, as the game seems to be perfect for the plucky handheld. Whatever the console, be prepared for a lot of repetitive stress disorder from mashing the fire button in the first few Mega Man X games, which lack rapid fire.

Should you get it?

If you’re a fan of Contra and other side-scrolling games, you can indulge yourself in this collection, though first buy either the individual games or the first part of the collection to see if it’s your cup of tea.

With all the gaming giants showing off the same old, same old, No Man’s Sky stood out because it offered us something so vastly different. After a long and troubled development, No Man’s Sky launched in August 2016, with all the fanfare of a broken record — riddled with bugs, with no multi-player. While it still had the generated worlds, the game was almost unplayable. Fast-forward two years and the developers have kept at it, fixing the game slowly. To mark their launch on the Xbox One, Hello Games released a game-changer of a patch codenamed Next, which completely redefines the game. This is not just a patch, it’s a second-coming.

No Man’s Sky Next

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What’s it about?

No Man’s Sky Next

  • Developer: Hello Games
  • Publisher: Hello Games
  • Price: ₹1,799 on Steam, ₹2,750 Playstation 4 and Approx ₹3,000+ for the Xbox One version

Hello Games didn’t just dream a game, they dreamed an entire universe. That wasn’t all; it was a universe that would take you millions of years to discover yourself. They took their procedurally generated dream and wowed us collectively at every E3. The very thought of a program that created entire worlds filled with creatures, flora and fauna that were completely unique. Where you, along with millions of players across the globe, can discover together. That was No Man’s Sky.

That was not all. No Man’s Sky was inspired by the cover artwork of great science-fiction writers Isaac Asimov, Arthur C Clarke and Robert Heinlein. Adding that secret sauce made the game all the more compelling. While the launch did not go well for No Man’s Sky, the vision was there, everything looked beautiful. You could lose yourself in this game. Except, it just was not quite baked as yet. The spirit was and is still undeniably there, as players uncovered secrets and communities built bases and colonised those digital stars, while Sean Murray and his team at Hello Games got things right. Which they did in their next patch.

How does it play?

“This is an important next step on our journey,” their patch notes open with. If you’ve been disappointed with No Man’s Sky in the past, think of Next as the first step. This is the game they wanted to build, this is the game that dropped our jaws, this is the game I fell in love with.

In addition to the improvements in the graphics department, there are better base-building options and weekly challenges to keep things fresh. There is better multi-player too, and while you still can’t see players floating about, you can invite your friends over to your freighter to complete missions, dogfights or just discover and colonise new planets together. The feeling of jumping into your spaceship, accelerating towards the stars, each one of them a planet waiting for you to discover, is unparalleled.

Should you get it?

If you have been turned off by the negative reviews of No Man’s Sky till now, you can ignore it. At this very moment, people are actively changing their Steam ratings to reflect this new patch, giving the game a fighting chance. Everything deserves a second chance and No Man’s Sky is high up on that list.

The writer is a tech and gaming enthusiast who hopes to one day finish his sci-fi novel

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