Review by Shadow_07x

Reviewed: 07/13/06

The Best Battle Network game in the series.

It doesn't need to be noted that Capcom had come out with a lot of Mega Man games, six in the Battle Network franchise to be exact. Each one improving on it's predecessor, becoming a more refined, polished game. Well I'm here to say the Mega Man Battle Network 6 is no exception to this philosophy. Battle Network 6 is hands down the best game in the series. The game is well put together, and extremely fun to play.

Story: The story of this game is basically like all of the others. Lan is thrown into a plot with an evil organization plotting to destroy the world, and Mega Man has to save the world. But this game mixes things up a bit. Lan is forced to move to a new city when his Dad gets a Job transfer, so he has to leave his old town and friends behind; He has to go to a new school and meet new friends in Central Town located in Cyber City, Lan's new home. And, after Lan discovers the legend of the two Cybeasts, Gregar and Falzar, the plot only thickens and becomes more and more interesting. The overall story of the game is pretty good.

Game Play: This game feels outstanding to play--Battle Network wise at least. This game is highly driven towards Internet exploration as your cyberwarrior, or more commonly referred to as,"Netnavi,"explores the Net you can't help but to have this feeling of limitlessness. But, to the point, there is an all new,"Beast Out," system in this game that is fun to mess around with. The battling in the game takes place on a 3x3 field; Each side of the field has 9 panels each in which you can freely move around in. You have your standard buster which is your backup weapon in case one you lose all of the Battle Chips. There are over 250 Battle Chips in this installment of Battle Network, some only obtainable through trades with your friends to get the corresponding chips through the opposite version of your own game (Cybeast Gregar or Cybeast Falzar). There are all new Battle Chips in this game as well as a new Mega Man Character model for NetBattling. There is also a new,"Cross System," to replace the old Soul Unison system from Battle Network 5. But enough with the battling, let's move onto the exploration part of the game. As mentioned previously, most of the game is played out over the Internet, so basically when ever you,"Jack in," your navi you are sent into a certain area of the Internet where you can explore, NetBattle, talk to programs, and even shop. In the real world you can explore, talk to your friends, and do pretty basic things. That's about all in the Game Play section, now onto Graphics.

Graphics: The graphics in Battle Network 6 have been fine tuned and well polished. The menus have a certain fluidity to them that make them easy on the eyes, as well as new characters and character models, and all new backgrounds. This game's graphics aren't anything to write home about, but they're good for a Battle Network game. Onto Music!

Music: The music in this game is the same cheesy Battle Network music you've heard in all of them. The music does fit the mood at times, but can get quite repetitive and irritating at times. This is the one factor that could really have made Battle Network 6 annoying at times.

Overall Battle Network 6 is the best game in the series with it's well polished graphics, and tight, addictive game mechanics, but the music was lacking. If you've played all of the other Mega Man Battle Network games, then you won't find much changed about this one, other than the Beast Out and Cross Systems. But for the low price of $29.99, and if you're a fan of the series, then buy Battle Network 6 without hesitation it is a really good game.

Rating:   5.0 - Flawless

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