When you think of Mega Man you probably picture the 2D side scrolling game where you take control of the helmet wearing blue hero. Mega Man Legends is a spin off series from this where you take control of Mega Man Volnutt (who doesn’t wear a helmet). It was released by Capcom on the PlayStation in Europe in 1998, the game was ported to the PlayStation Portable for Japan in 2005 but this never made it to us unfortunately. There were two other additions to the series, ‘Mega Man Legends 2’ and ‘The Misadventures of Tron Bonne’ which focused on the villains of the first game. There were plans for a Mega Man Legends 3 but it was announced that this was cancelled in 2011.
For its time, Mega Man Legends made the jump from 2D to 3D well. It had a solid mix of action and RPG elements. Some defeated enemies left behind money that you could use to buy weapon or armour upgrades in the game’s town. The action itself was in real time and some of those bosses were seriously challenging, I can still remember the difficulty I had with the last boss. This is how I ended up with the game in the first place; it was lent to me after its original owner couldn’t get past the second boss. You only took the role of Mega Man Volnutt but he was supported by his team Barrell Caskett and his daughter Roll. There was a large plot to the game too which was shown through cutscenes. All of this action was set on an island your team crash land on at the beginning of the game. A pirate crew known as the Bonnes appear to be the main villains but there are more dangers and secrets waiting for you underneath the town on the island as you explore it.
Mega Man Legends would be a welcome addition to the PlayStation Store, particularly for the Vita. As far as classic PlayStation games go, it has aged pretty well on the graphics front.