Review by JSonavil
"This is worse than Mega Man Legends 1 !"
In this review, I will be comparing Mega Man Legends 2 (MML2) with Mega Man Legends (MML).
First the bad things about this game. The music is horrible. There are very few catchy tunes in this game. There are a few towards the end of the game and some at the beginning, but everything is forgettable at best. The movie scenes which were so memorable and plentiful in the first game are only at the end of the boards. Which brings me to the next flaw in this game; there are hardly any boards and all of them are way to short. People say that this is much longer than the first game. This is not true. It is much SHORTER than the first game ! While the graphics are not pixelated (except in the first few movie scenes), they are scarce. Luckily, the few movie scenes that are in this game are quite lengthy. They can range from 15 seconds to over 4 minutes. If there were more movie scenes and more of a story than this would be almost as good as MML. Another bad thing about this game is that the main villains (the Bonnes) are hardly in it at all. Now, you probably are thinking that there must be some new villains in this game, right ? Well, there are a couple of new villains but they are NOT Main villains because they are only in a few scenes and are only fought once or twice. The Bonnes are also not Main villains because they are fought only a couple of times too and appear in only several movie scenes. So who is the main villain ? I won't tell you who she is but she only appears towards the very end and the movie scenes towards the end are quite LENGTHY !
If Capcom had simply made this game as the last 1/2 of it, it would have been a 9 or above game (assuming they added a little more depth to it). The music is above average (but no where near as good as MML) and the cut scenes draw you into the story ... and answer some philosophical questions and some unanswered questions from MML. In this game, you will learn things like how humans came into existence and who are the Ancients. As for the ending, which is crucial to making the entire game good (some games go downhill at the end), it is mediocre. The final bits of it are quite funny and you should see it at least twice (although I would not recommend playing through the entire game again). To see the full ending (and the best part), you will have to sit through the boring end credits.
What about the boards ? They are very short and have stupid bosses that seem to all look like animals. The only cool bosses are the eye boss and Tron and the skeleton sub-boss. Yes, some boards have sub-bosses and one board even has two sub-bosses and a boss fight. But when there are only 4 dungeons and a couple of in between boards, the game ends too quickly. The last boss is all flash. She looks cool and takes awhile to beat but you will not have the urge to fight against her again and again. IF you manage to survive through the first half of the game and not return it or stop playing it forever, then you will get involved with the end half of this game (especially the last 1/4 of the game) ! It has awesome movie scenes that are up to par with MML (and one surpasses it) and the music is above average. Also, the auto-aim feature has been fixed. Now, you can actually move around while auto-aiming !
Is there anything good about this game ? Yes, there are a few good things about it. The graphics are better than MML. The last 1/2 of the game is good (but no where near as good as MML). The last 1/2 of the game gets you hooked. And some questions from MML are answered (like how did humans come into existence on earth). But this is not enough to warrant buying this mediocre game. If Capcom had simply had the last half of the game, this would be a 9 or higher game. But because of the slow start up of the story (it only starts to get interesting at the 1/2 way point), this game falls short of MML by a landslide.
Here are the scores for this game :
Graphics : 8/10. Some pixelation but most of the graphics are good.
Controls : 9/10. The auto-aim mode sometimes locks you onto the wrong enemy. This can get you killed very easily on boss fights with weak enemies in the area too.
Music : 5/10. The last 1/4 of the game has good music. Also, the theme from Dr. Wily's first board in MM2 is redone on the first section of the game in the flutter. Besides this and a couple of good tunes, this game's music is bad. I would not even think about buying this soundtrack (unless it was for free. Then I might consider getting it).
Presentation : 5/10. The end of the game is good. But there is no plot at the beginning. All you know about the story up to the 1/2 way point is to get some keys and stop pirates from getting to them first. And none of the movie scenes have the personality that MML's movie scenes had. Although the ending movie scenes are close to MML's movie scenes.
Fun factor : 6/10. The only good part of this game is the second half of it. Unfortunately, you have to beat the first half of the game first.
Replay value : 4/10. You will want to replay the last 1/4 of the game. But that is all that you will want to play again.
Overall Score (not an average) : 7.1/10.
This game is no where near as good as MML.
Buy or Rent ? RENT first ! Even if you loved MML (which most people do), MML2 is not as in-depth nor as fun as MML is. The only reason to buy this game is to get answers to questions from MML. Other than that, I would just rent it. You can probably beat the game during one rental anyway so there is no need to buy it at all. I beat it in only 3 days.
Bottom Line : Stay away from buying this game. This is a rent-only game !
MML got a 9.8 from me as compared to MML2's 7.1. MML2 is not worth buying. Just rent it. It is nothing earth shattering and it is certainly not worth spending $30 on.
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 11/12/00, Updated 11/12/00
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