Review by Compuman

"Best of the best"

I have played every single battle network game in the series from the first to this one as well as network transmission and battle chip challenge. I have to say this one beats them all!

Story 9/10
The story is not that much different than any other battle network games. The protagonist Lan moves away from the traditional ACDC town in the beginning of the game and goes to Cyber City. In Cyber City, Lan and Megaman start a new life. The duo come across the cybeasts and learn that a new organization is plotting to take over the world yet again. The story itself is not as long as it was in previous battle network games, but it is pretty good.

Gameplay 10/10
Here's where the game became better than all the rest. If you've ever played battle networks 4 and 5, then you know about souls. Luckily, Capcom got rid of souls and added crosses which are so much better. To acquire a cross, you have to do a little training with the navi whose cross you want to acquire. Once you finish the training, besides getting the cross, you also get the ability to go on the net as that navi, but in order to do that, you have to go to the same port where you trained with that navi. These additional navis are called link navis and can be used in battle as well as to clear some obstacles on the net. But, going back to crosses, once you have a cross, press up on the chip select screen to see your list of crosses avaliable for activation. Something even better than crosses is beast out. Beast out is gained when Megaman absorbs one of the cybeasts in the game. Beast out is activated by the mark in the southeastern corner of the chip select screen. When Megaman is in beast out, he gains incredible powers but he can only stay in beast out for three turns. When the three turns are up, Megaman becomes tired. If you beast out again, while Megaman is tired, you trigger Beast Over mode where Megaman is berserk. If Beast Over mode does not delete the enemy, then Megaman becomes exhausted and his hp drains rapidly. To replenish the number of turns avaliable for beast out, either jack out or defeat enemies without going beast out. Also, you can combine crosses and beast out to form a beast cross. The gameplay is the best of the battle network series, in my opinion.

Sound 9/10
The sound is very nice. The title screen music is second only to the title screen music in battle network 3, in my opinion. The boss music is superb. Even the normal music is quite good. There's not much else to say.

Graphics 9/10
The graphics are extremely well done. There's really nothing flawed with them, but there's not one thing really superb. Although, I do like the cybeast graphics.

Controls 9/10
The controls are nothing to get excited over. They are pretty much the same as always.

Replay 9/10
The replay is pretty good. You have to get all standard, mega, and giga chips like in the previous games. You have to defeat Bass SP as well. These are all for icons which unlock some extras when you beat the game with all of the icons. There is also creating a good folder and completing the job bbs board. It's a lot to do and you'll be busy for a while.

Overall 9/10
You should definitely go buy this game. Don't count Falzar out too, it's pretty good as well. You'll never beat everything if you only rent the game and why rent such an awesome game?

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 06/19/06

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