Review by NeonOctopus
"A refreshing tweak to the Mega Man formula!"
Mega Man 6 is the sixth game in the Mega Man franchise. The series follows the titular character Mega Man as he fights off evil robots and tries to stop Dr. Wily.
The graphics are excellent for the NES.The colors are vibrant, the sprites are detailed, and the level design is varied. The opening cutscene looks great and has a lot of detail in it. Sometimes the sprites flicker, but it's pretty rare and hardly noticeable.
The music in this game is pretty good. While not the best, the songs do a decent job of portraying the mood for the level and setting the atmosphere. The sounds effects borrow heavily from previous Mega Man games (which isn't a bad thing >_>). The sound is crisp and never gets in the way.
The gameplay is pretty standard for a Mega Man game: there are 8 robot masters and you have to defeat them all and collect their weapons before you can go face the evil doctor that created them. Mega Man 6 added a new gameplay element though. Instead of having Rush as a partner to help you get to difficult to reach places, he now augments himself onto Mega Man and gives him special abilities that are immensely useful (called Rush Adapters). The two adapters you receive are the power adapter and the jet adapter. The power adapter allows you to charge a short range punch that can break through certain walls and is slightly more powerful than a charged buster shot. The Jet adapter allows you to fly places fairly easily with a short range jetpack. This makes traversing difficult terrain much easier and much more fun.
The weapons are decent for this game. Notable examples include a ground-hugging tornado that can lift enemies away, a boomeranging mace ball that can be shot in several directions, and a fireball that is lobbed into the ground to create a flame pillar. The weapons in this game are overshadowed by the Rush Adapters though. Most of the time, you'll probably be using one the of adapters instead of a robot master's weapon. The controls are tight as usual, the boss fights are engaging, and the level design is pretty varied; it keeps everything fresh.
While nothing extra is unlocked when you beat the game, you can always replay the game through a different order or using different weapons. Plus it's a fun game in general that you'll probably want to replay anyway in the future.
Overall, Mega Man 6 is a breath of fresh air into a series that was starting to get stale. It brings a lot of new ideas to the table, while remaining true to the old Mega Man style. You'll definitely have a blast whenever you play this game!
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 02/22/11, Updated 03/22/11
Game Release: Mega Man 6 (US, 03/31/94)
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