Review by Neo Alucard X

Reviewed: 03/28/05

Want to live a day in the life of Megaman? Here's ten opportunities.

Play the series that made Capcom what it is today. And for a $20 price tag, even fans would be stupid to not pick it up. How often do you come across ten games for two bucks a piece? Not very often! So did Megaman age like a bottle of wine? Let’s take a look at it shall we…

Gameplay (9/10): Megaman games have always been notorious for being easy to pick up and difficult to master. Considering you are given ten games in one package, this is no exception. If you have never played a Megaman game before, it works like this: You are given multiple stages to choose from, pick one, move on through, and fight the boss. If you beat the boss you are granted their power, which will be useful on another one of the robot masters. The amounts of stages you get to choose from vary from game to game. All of them, except for the original, have eight robot masters, but in Megaman’s 7 and 8 they are divided into two sets of four bosses.

Each game has brand new enemies and weapons. The games later in the series even have intro and intermission stages. As for the moves, in the first two games you can only run, jump, shoot, and climb ladders (apart from the special abilities that can make it easier to get around). Then in Megaman 3 the all new slide was introduced, an easily executable move by simply pressing the down and jump buttons. And last but not least, the Mega Buster made its first appearance in Megaman 4, which allows you to power up your basic weapon so you can dish out some serious damage.

Graphics (4/10): Yikes! Not only are the NES’s graphics hideous by today’s standards, the lousy port of them caused them to blend together and look even worse. Like all videogames, the Megaman series has not aged well. The now blurred graphics of the original six games will cause many gamers to look upon them with disgust. Thankfully Megaman’s 7 and 8 were both introduced on entirely new systems, causing them to look a whole lot better. There are even two hidden fighting games with the same style of graphics as Megaman 7. All you new gamers need to know is that these graphics and bosses were once the cream of the crop back in the day, you know, when things cost a nickel and food was made of dirt.

Story (3/10): Megaman games have never really been known for their storylines. Taking them seriously would be a foolish thing to do, Capcom has dug the series so far into a trench that they won’t even bother to dig themselves back out. In short, Dr. Wily is bent on world domination and Megaman has to stop him.

Music/Sound (6/10): Great music in a videogame used to be a rare thing, and you can be sure the Blue Bomber had it. Sadly enough, like the graphics, the music hasn’t aged well. Luckily, Capcom decided to threw in all new remixes for some of the games in Navi mode. They aren’t the greatest but that’s okay. In Megaman’s 1-3 only about half the stages are remixed, while in 4-6 they redid the whole shebang. You’ll find that some of the most notable tunes of all time are in this collection.

However, music/sound effects will be louder than they should be, which is slightly obnoxious. Not only that, but in Megaman 8 some of the boss’s voices are speed up and sound rather silly. As a whole the sounds effects are atrocious by today’s standards, but for the lot of you it should ruin the gaming experience.

Challenge (7/10): Megaman games are among the most difficult out there. But you’ll be happy to know that there is now an easy difficulty to lighten up on your thrashings. Hell, if you even get lost you can switch on Navi mode to help guide you through the linear stages. Some of the hardest levels of any videogames are in here, like Quickman’s stage. Not only will you require a twitchy finger, but also mad skills to conquer the bosses. And like all 2D sidescrollers, there are many pits and spikes abound, so watch your step. Oh yeah, and just so you know, Megaman 7 has one of the hardest last bosses of all time, but thankfully he is pale in comparison to Demon’s Crest’s “Dark Demon.”

Replayability (10/10): A lot of new gamers will find plenty of substance to keep them busy. In addition to that, as you complete the games you are granted unlockables. But the older fans will be disappointed as these features are pretty poor. The only thing of interest is the behind the scenes look at the creator of Megaman, as the anime episode of NT Warrior is really freaking lame.

Conclusion: The shear volume of games is enough to keep anyone occupied. And despite its many short comings and lack of quality bonus material, I would recommend this game to everyone. The amazing gameplay is the only thing that will keep casual gamers coming back for more. And if you like the taste of old school gaming then I would also recommend to you the Sonic Mega Collection Plus. Final Rating, 9/10.

Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

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