Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: 10/02/18
ESRB Rating: E10
Platform Reviewed On: Nintendo Switch
Additional Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
Initial Thoughts: I was excited late last year when I heard that Capcom was finally going to produce a new Mega Man game. And I was even more excited when I found out that it was going to be a platformer with modernized graphics. I don’t have anything against 8-bit graphic games but I’m still trying to figure why the last two Mega Man games were done with 8-bit graphics. Especially since the first six of them were 8-bit since they are all originally on the NES. I had never seen a Mega Man game done like this before so I knew I had to check this game out. I knew it was already going to be added to my backlog of never ending games but hey that’s why we game right?
Description: So if you have played a Mega Man game before you know that Dr. Wily is at again. A bunch of robots are under his control and you play as Mega Man and must go out and stop him. When starting the game you are given a choice of four difficulties. Newcomer, Casual, Normal, and Superhero. I chose Casual. I probably could’ve beaten on Normal but I didn’t want to struggle that much with it. It’s hard regardless. LOL! If you do play this game you will probably die a lot regardless of what difficulty you put it on. One thing I did discover later on throughout the game is that the bolts you collect through the game can buy you items that can help you a lot. One of those items are extra lives. Trust me you’ll need it. You have a choice of eight boss levels. You can fight them in any order you would like but I recommend you start with Block Man. He’s the easiest to beat with your regular Mega Buster. Once you beat him you’ll get his power and you use that to defeat the next boss. Then you get their power and so on and so on. It pretty much goes like the original Mega Man games. Just find the boss order and use that to get through the game. Going through the levels you’ll find some of the obstacles a bit frustrating and will even have to get through some mini bosses as well. The game wasn’t definitely a walk in the park but if you are patient, have expereience with platformers, and have played Mega Man games in the past you’ll know what to expect. Once all 8 bosses are out for the count you go through Dr. Wily’s Fortress. More challenging obstacles, bosses, and having to fight the 8 bosses again. Then you get to Dr. Wily. One of the new things they added in this game was the double gear system. You have two gears. One is speed gear where you slow things down and you are speeding through certain parts of the levels. The other one is power gear where Mega Man shots are more powerful. It’s a unique system that they added to the game. I saw myself using speed gear more than power gear. As you go through the game there are certain parts when you need to utilize speed and other parts when you need to utilize power. Aside from that at the end of the day it’s still Mega Man and aside from the graphics and few things here and there not too much has changed with Mega Man 11.
Final Thoughts: So this game may have been a bit harder than it needed to be. But if it wasn’t it wouldn’t be Mega Man right? With smart strategy and patient gameplay getting through this game won’t be a piece of cake but it is doable. The fact that you can buy items to help you through the levels is something players should be taking advantage of. As for the story it played out pretty well. I hope they make a Mega Man 12 a lot sooner rather than later. But it seems like the story with Mega Man keeps getting old but we as fans seem to never get tired of it. Please Capcom no more 8-bit games.
My Score: I’m giving this game a score 8/10. There were some parts of the game that didn’t need to be as hard as it was. But overall for the price you really can’t go wrong. I had fun playing it.
Music: Here’s a link to a YouTube video of the OST. One of my favorites is Tundra Man. If you got the DLC there is different sounding instrumental music as you go through the levels. Here’s a link to Tundra Man. Very well done soundtrack.
Video Gameplay Footage: Coming soon!