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Mega Man 6 (NES) artwork

Mega Man 6 (NES) review


"I want to reflect for a moment on how much Mega Man 6 represented the end of an era. The first Mega Man was released in 1987, only two years after the Nintendo Entertainment System came to Western shores. It appeared in the same year as Contra, Castlevania, and Metal Gear. It was the year that saw the American release of The Legend of Zelda and Metroid and, in Japan, Final Fantasy. There is no year of gaming that is as nostalgic or carries with it such weighty titles."




ME: Six was the one with the equal opportunity robot masters, right?

OVERDRIVE: What I remember about 6 was that Capcom didn't even try. The "plot" this time was that a mysterious Mr. X took over. Beat the 8 robots and beat Mr. X's castle and you find out that he was really Wily all along.

I always made fun of Mega Man 6. It was easy pickings. Released in 1993, it was one of the truly tail-end releases for the NES, the second half of a dual advertising campaign that partnered it with Zodaís Revenge: Startropics II--a game so overlooked that even many fans of the original have never heard of it.

Keep in mind that 1993 was the same year as the following releases: Secret of Mana, Doom, Myst, The Legend of Zelda: Linkís Awakening, and Day of the Tentacle. These were games that helped create the modern-day gaming craze, featuring innovations that took advantage not only of new technology, but which built upon predecessors in order to redefine their genres for a broader audience. Against their ranks marched Mega Man 6, which featured the same design that had been around for five previous games.

Even worse, it seemed that even Capcom wasnít taking the games seriously anymore. Asking fans to design the robots for Mega Man 6 had resulted in Robot Masters such as Plant Man, Yamato Man, Centaur Man, and Tomahawk Man. Each was supposed to represent a different nation around the world. For instance, Centaur Man was standing in for Greece, Plant Man for Brazil (inexplicably), and Tomahawk Man represented the United StatesÖ because of course all Americans define themselves by their wonderful treatment of the Native Americans. The whole concept sounded bad enough that I felt I didnít even need to play it in order to make fun of it.

So the biggest surprise of my entire Mega Man run has been the fact that I enjoyed Mega Man 6.

A quick note before I leap inÖ the last couple of reviews I spent a lot of time talking about stage design. In Mega Man 6, the stages have become much larger than ever before, featuring branching paths and secret items. To go over them in depth would be more like a walkthrough than a review. So this time I want to do things a little differently and get back to covering the Robot Masters. Each stage did have at least one thing that stood out for me, so Iíll mention that, but Iím going to get right to talking about the Robot design.

Centaur Man 3/5
The Greek representative, Centaur Man, supposedly worked in a museum prior to being made into a killer death robot, which begs a few questions. One, what the heck did the museum need a centaur for? To me, it seems like the last thing youíd want to have around priceless, fragile objects is a horseís hoof. Two, why did a museum robot need an arm cannon? Maybe that was part of his reprogramming. Or maybe he doubled as a night guard. In any case, Centaur Man has the most diverse attacks of any of his brothers, including the ability to teleport, freeze time, and fire a shot which explodes into a spread shot upon hitting a far wall. Of those, you get the freeze shot when you beat him, though itís the most incongruous one in the series. Itís pretty much an ďinstant damageĒ attack that doesnít freeze anyone except Mega Man. Yay. Itís actually more useful than Iím making it sound, as it destroys projectiles and bypasses shields. But itís also one of those cases of misnaming where you wonder if Mega Man picked up the wrong weapon by mistake.

Centaur Man is notable for having the coolest water stage in the NES series. Thereís this mechanic where you jump up into water thatís rising and falling above you and it elongates your leaps as the time you spend in mid-air is affected by the waterís gravity. You have to use it to clear some tricky jumps. There are some hopping enemies that use it, too, to try and cut you off and, well, it doesnít see a lot of use, but I give credit for the innovation. Itís paired alongside the usual underwater spikes (about twice the normal amount) so you get a large helping of the old alongside a bit of the new--this mentality will be one of the things that makes me end up liking this game. I will admit that water is a bit odd here because, as a theme, it doesnít make sense with a centaur at all. Furthermore, I donít know what pelicans have to do with anything.



Yamato Man 3/5
In case you didnít guess, Yamato Man represents Japan. Yamato is a word which was created by the Japanese in order to talk about something which was otherwise indefinable: the very essence of their culture. Like trying to capture what it is that makes something alive, Yamato simply means ďJapanese SpiritĒ and defies being anything more concrete.

Yamato Man himself was designed like a spear-carrying Ronin and Iíd like to say he attacks like one, too--but Iíve never been attacked by a Ronin so that would be hearsay gained from reading Blade of the Immortal. I can say that he jumps around a lot and launches multiple arrowheads at you from many different angles. You have to be precise to dodge this, so the fight does carry the frenetic energy Iíve come to associate with Samurai fights in animated material. I would have liked to have seen Yamato man whip out another weapon, though, like a Katana or a Nodachi, for his close quarters attacks. Giving him a spear and then making him a long-range opponent who only throws the tips of the spears seems a little disappointing.

His stage is notable because it defines the branching paths of Mega Man 6. No other stage has as many, nor do they lead to the same variety of enemies and obstacles. There is a mini boss, for instance, that you will only encounter if you take a side path. Itís a giant, laser-breathing demon frog, and any world where thatís not worth a side trip to see is a world I donít wish to live in.

Wind Man 3/5
Air is a big theme in the Mega Man series. We had Gyro Man, weíll end up getting Tornado Man, Tengu Man, and Cloud Man, and we had, uh, Air Man. Wind Man fits into the theme with less pizazz and is the only Robot Master I found truly boring in his design (maybe because he was designed by an American instead of a Japanese fan). Itís also the only Robot Master that I can ever remember not using the weapon you get from him: the Wind Storm. The weapon sucks: itís basically Bubble Manís tracking bubbles, but in the form of a really comical looking mini-twister. I would have preferred to get Wind Manís scything blades or even his ability to pull enemies into himself and damage them. That would have been a unique Mega Man power!

As unfascinating as Wind Man is, his level is actually very difficult and enjoyable in its difficulty. I give credit here to the Cannopellerís. Screw these things. They donít so much fly up and down as casually drift up and down while launching cannon balls at you whenever they feel like it. You have to fight them while drifting up and down yourself on some giant fans. Those fans might actually be more of a nuisance than the enemy. Later on, you have to cross a room of them with spikes on the ceilings. If you stay too long on the fan, it shoves you straight into the instant death spikes, but if you hop off too soon, you donít have enough momentum to make the jump and you fall into a bottomless pit. Itís infuriating, but itís also the exact kind of timing challenge I associate with a classic Mega Man game.

Plant Man 4/5
Springs suck. Not the Springs with flowers, occasional light rain showers, and baby bunnies, but the kind of bouncy springs that liter Plant Manís stage, giving me a heart attack each time I try to get my bearings before making a jump. They also throw me into bullets that Iíd dodge if I was on more stable ground. Again, itís that timing thing that I love to hate. There are a lot of cool features about Plant Manís stage. Thereís a Gorilla tank mini-boss thatís very fun to fight, because you have to keep pushing it back to safely damage it, and the stage has the absolute best placement of mini-powerups: masquerading as flower petals in the trees. It feels like Mega Man is grabbing fruit off the branches as he springs past--usually right into a pit.

The only reason I take off a point for this stage is because of the Robot Master. Plant Man is, I think, the number one reason people so readily make fun of Mega Man 6. His design is ridiculous. Heís a giant flower and, according to his extended bio, is ďvery sensitive and can get depressed easily.Ē Itís totally incongruous with what you face in combat, which is a psychopathic death-plant with an unpredictable jump. Yeah, he shoots a flowery little petal shield at you, but then he chases you around like a madman. If there were voice acting on the NES, heíd be screeching. In short, Plant Man scares the crap out of me. But he made a poor ambassador for the game.



Tomahawk Man 4/5
The Cowboy and Indian theme got a little literal here but, despite myself, I like it. It does feel distinctly American, at least in the vein of old-timey Western films and Clint Eastwood (before he took to talking to chairs). I think if there was an American equivalent of the word ďYamatoĒ it would be ďYeeehaw.Ē

Tomahawk Man is damn tough to fight, and will actively work on getting you stuck in a corner where he can strike the hell out of you at his will. He also looks really cool. The headdress that fans out behind him, the silver Tomahawk that flies at your face in a spinning arc; itís easy to see why Hollywood directors focused on the stereotypical Native Americans as great set pieces in so many early films. As glad as I am that those days and films are long over, the whole outfit makes for an impressive display. It was an intelligent, if not very political, choice for a Robot design.

Flame Man 5/5:
Flame Man wears a turban, which makes him stand out in a crowd (and probably costs him at airport security). He also has a flame thrower on his back, which I like because itís one of the rare times since Bomb Man where you can actually make sense of a Robot Masterís power. He isnít creating fire from some unexplained chemical process going on inside his body (or by virtue of being a giant, walking Zippo lighter). A flamethrower shooting fire is something anyone can understand and something everyone runs away from. This was a fight I won by the slimmest margin. Itís one of those great fights where itís easy to figure out how to respond to the attacks but which moves fast enough that itís tough to know whatís coming next. Iíve talked in the past about how I like these fights because they keep you on your toes without feeling unfair. After six games, itís still true. I liked it when Ice Man did it back in Mega Man 1, when Shadow Man did it in Mega Man 3, and I like it here.

Like air, fire has been a common theme in Mega Man and has seen itís fair share of levels. Here was the most intriguing use of fire Iíve seen, because it acts almost as a secondary element of the stage. The primary element is oil. Harmless, if somewhat sludgeish, oil. You give it a sort of wary look the first time you pass it, waiting to see if somethingís going to happen. The next pit you give a more confused look, because nothing did happen. Then you fail to kill a fire-dropping enemy fast enough. Boom. Oil ignites while youíre standing in it. It becomes a towering inferno. Youíre dead. Soon youíll come to an area where you simply canít shoot down the fire droppers fast enough to avoid turning a long stretch of oil into instant death. This is where another enemy comes into play. Meet the Pooker: a little pillbox that launches pellets at you. Shoot the Pooker with a charged Mega-Shot and it flips head over heels. If it lands on the fire, its underbelly becomes a rideable platform. This sort of complex interaction with a level is unique in the early series to Mega Man 6 and makes Flame Manís stage stand out.

Blizzard Man 5/5
Fire and Ice. This brings back fond memories of starting this series of reviews, back when I did Fire Man and Ice Man back-to-back. That was the last time I gave a 5/5 pairing and I repeat that now. Blizzard Man exemplifies what I love about the best of the themed stages (a concept that inexorably comes up in each review). This stage is a full on progression of environments, starting in the frozen outdoors with slim signs of humanity, then through an icy cave to an underground submarine docking station, then a climb up the mountains to the final encounter with the Robot Master. Jesus, and I thought the fire stage was hard. The blizzard stage is a constant fight against icy floors trying to slide you into spikes and platforms that explode seconds after you step on them, to drop you down bottomless pits. The submarine section is interesting because it rises up and down and changes, as it does, the trajectory of your shots. You can use this to your advantage to hit the Gunner Joes manning the submarine, but you also have to pay more attention to their shots, because dodging is a lot trickier. I found it to be the hardest of this gameís Robot Stages and getting to the end carries with it a real sense that youíve climbed a mountain; that youíve accomplished something.

Blizzard Man is a nice little cherry to find at the top of this sundae. Making him bulky was a good choice: the skis and little bauble cap heís wearing combine with his size to give him a sense of personality. He doesnít actually ski towards you, instead rolling into a ball and launching himself at you. Thatís a little strange and a sad ignoring of his skis, but it doesnít hurt the fight. Itís an inversion of the Fireman principle: itís easy to see what heís going to do, and you have plenty of time to react, but itís really tough to dodge it. Overall, the level is fun, the fight is fun, and the design is fun, even if we donít get to dodge a madman wearing two planks of fiberglass. I guess if I want that, I can go to an actual mountain.



Knight Man 2/5
Knight Man is the other robot to be designed by an American. He was designated to represent the United Kingdoms. Makes sense, considering thatís where all the knights came from. For a simple idea, Knight Manís design is quite pleasing. I find it aesthetically interesting to see a robot (which is a very modern idea) combined with a knight (which is a fairly ancient idea). Supposedly he has defeated over 1000 robots in duelsÖ which strikes me as improbable, because heís probably the easiest Robot Master in the game. His weapon of choice is called the Knight Crush: itís really a mace, whose range ends wherever youíre currently standing. So, if you jump away from it as it comes at you, then heís left open to attack. That leads to a lot of exploitation of his pattern. So, though he has cool design, he doesnít hold up well in the fight. I keep feeling that he should have been a brute character and taken up much more room on the screen. He moves slow, his attack is easily dodged, so the only thing he could have had going for him is size and pure intimidation.

His stage is one of the more simplistic ones and actually the only stage in the game that didnít have a stand out element for me. SoÖ sorry, Knight Man (and by extension, the United Kingdoms), but youíre kindíve forgettable, for all that I enjoy your design.

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Mr. Xís castle 5/5
Itís time for me to talk about the new Rush powers. In previous games, Mega Man could summon Rush the Robotic Dog for a small variety of powers. Most useful of these was always the Rush Jet--it was so useful in Mega Man 2 that each future title found a way to make it less and less useful. Here, instead of calling him, Mega Man merges with his cybernetic pup to become a new version of himself. If you become Power Mega Man, then you can charge a short range punch that can kill otherwise indestructible enemies and break blocks to reveal hidden paths and items. Itís also, potentially, the most powerful attack in the game, depending on how close you get to an enemy. If youíve heard me rant about the Top Spin and Crash Kick, you know my thoughts on that, though.

The other mode is Mega Man Jet, in which you lose the ability to fire the Mega Buster but gain an effiní rocket pack. The mechanic they used here adds more challenge than just letting you fly. The pack activates after a jump, like a double jump, and then takes a moment to reach full power. This means there is a period where you drop and then slowly begin to rise before you are really flying. You canít hover, so you have to keep letting go of the power and reinitiate this drop-and-rise period with good timing in order to stay on a horizontal level with an enemy youíre tracking. This leads to what I can only describe as dogfights between Mega Man and airborne enemies, where youíre falling past them, rising behind them, dropping to avoid shots, and firing your own gun the whole time. Itís sweet.

I bring up these powers now because they are put to great use in the castles. Some sections require it and many sections can be made easier if you are good at using these powers. Because it doesnít cost energy, you donít have to worry about screwing up and losing your ability halfway over a death spike jump. After five games, Mega Man finally found a way to avoid the annoying need to energy-grind just in order to traverse a castle stage. Capcom doesnít sacrifice skill, though. Especially with the Jet form, you have to get the timing down in order to proceed; and thereís one spot in the first level where you can reveal an alternate path (filled with extra lives) using the Power form if youíre DAMN good. Itís the hardest secret in the entire NES series, involving a tight jump underneath spikes onto a temporary platform and then an instantaneous use of your power ability in the exact right spot before the platform drops you. The game is making you work for your powerups: something Iíve been asking to see in the series as early as Mega Man 3.

The praise doesnít end there, but the rest youíve heard whenever Iíve been excited by past castles in past titles. Thereís a great ramping up of difficulty, the stages are long and exhilarating, bosses are huge and intimidating, thereís amazing timing required of you--my favorite section is one with tiny platforms that move with your weight while youíre being bombarded by fire droppers; spikes line the ceiling here, too, to limit your use of the Jet pack. I mean, look at Mega Man hereÖ heís clearly thinking that heís getting too old for this shit.



Wilyís Castle 5/5
Finally we get a Wily Castle that lives up to the one that precedes it. Everything here is perfect. The stages are not long, but thatís okay, because itís a nice break from the first castle. Also, they donít need to be long. Youíre going to be redoing them a few times. We open with a full on fall-past-spikes section that requires the use of the Jet pack at the perfect moments to avoid being impaled. Again, I love that they didnít just throw these new powers in the game because they seemed cool. They took them into account for these castle levels and really put them to use. Iíve actually never seen the end of this section, because I found a secret branching path and bailed as soon as I was able, taking a totally different route to the bossÖ a mechanical dinosaur that spits fire. So right away, we get difficulty, branching paths, use of cool powers, and a badass boss. It is, by far, the best Dr. Wily castle. And, at last, Wily himself is a fun fight. He incorporates those aspects of good fights Iíve been talking about, but hits harder. For instance, in his first form, he has two attacks. Heíll launch large balls of energy at you which are tricky to dodge but easy to see coming, or heíll jump and try to crush you, which is both easy to see coming and easy to dodge but devastating if you get hit. For added fun, the level scrolls to the left during the whole fight. And it is more fun that way. You know you like it. The final form still does his invisibility trick, but heís much faster and less predictable now and, best of all, the fight was designed with the Jet pack in mind, making this a potentially epic aerial fight.

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Ö and then the screen fades to the final cinematic of Mega Manís NES adventures. I want to reflect for a moment on how much Mega Man 6 represented the end of an era. The first Mega Man was released in 1987, only two years after the Nintendo Entertainment System came to Western shores. It appeared in the same year as Contra, Castlevania, and Metal Gear. It was the year that saw the American release of The Legend of Zelda and Metroid and, in Japan, Final Fantasy. There is no year of gaming that is as nostalgic or carries with it such weighty titles. Amongst these many beginnings, Mega Man stands tall as its own legend. The lifespan of Nintendoís first system would last for six years, and for nearly each one there would be a new Mega Man game. More than any other title, Mega Man was the constant companion of the NES and thus my childhood. I may be coming to many of the games for the first time, but they were always there in the background. Whether resting on the shelves at the local blockbuster or hiding within the pages of my Nintendo Power, the Blue Bomber defined what it meant to be a hardcore gamer.

At some point, anyone who plays through each NES Mega Man will begin to feel like they are covering old ground. Everyone has their ďcash inĒ game in the series. For many, Mega Man 6 fit this bill, and itís easy to understand why. It is the same basics, being released for the sixth time. But I think the worst you can say about it is that Mega Man 6 continues to get the formula right. And if youíre willing to look further than that, you may see how this isnít a bad thing. While its 1987 birth brothers would continue to change and find new innovations with their series (to differing reactions), Mega Man was content to keep delivering a familiar experience; as if to say, ďhey, this is still the Nintendo you remember and love.Ē

And then it ended. In 1995, Nintendo officially discontinued support for its first system. By then, Mega Man X had come out--for the Super Nintendo--and we all knew that the series had changed. Mega Man wouldnít return to its 8-bit roots until 2008, two and a half decades after Mega Man 6 was released. And even though itís taken me even longer than that to get to the sixth game, and this is my first playthrough of it, I still felt the weight of what it represented as the final credits rolled.

It still marks the end of an era. And I think it did it justice.



Rating: 8/10

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Community review by zippdementia (September 04, 2012)

Zipp has spent most of his life standing in an open field west of a white house, with a boarded front door. There is a small mailbox there. Sometimes he writes reviews and puts them in the mailbox.

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JoeTheDestroyer posted September 05, 2012:

I still think this one is my least favorite of the original franchise, and Plant Man is still my least favorite robot master. Yeah, I even liked MM10's Sheep Man better.

Tomahawk Man and Flame Man are both pretty badass, though.
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dagoss posted September 05, 2012:

This was the first Mega Man game I actually beat (renting it as our parents couldn't afford more than the 3 or 4 games we owned at the time). I've always thought it was pretty fun and would have been a fitting end to a legendary series. I mean, Dr Wily was in Jail---this would have been a nice placed to end the series and MM6 probably would have been remembered more fondly.

MMX changed the series and was it's natural evolution. As far as I'm concerned, the series ended with Wily ruling over a prison cell. MMX is so different, I think they should have called it something else.

In my opinion, a series should only be allowed 3 games until it must end itself. I hate seeing sequel after sequel and the establishment of IPs. 3 games is long enough to experiment and get a formula right. After that, they need to go back to the drawing board and come up with something new. Spiritual successors are one thing, but holy crap, I would rather play something new.
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zippdementia posted September 05, 2012:

Well, Joe, I did say he was a bad ambassador. As a boss, I find him actually quite fun to fight.

I totally understand what you're saying, Dagoss, though I'd have to give it more thought before I decide whether I agree or not. It's funny: sometimes people complain that a game has changed upon a new release. Other times, they criticize something for being more of the same. Mega Man has been on both sides of this argument, with people loving the return to sameness with the new Mega Mans.

I don't think it's a balance issue. I think what happens is that we find something we enjoy and we want to experience that same enjoyment again, with a new set of characters. This certainly holds true for many films, comic books, and video games. After all, I would have loved it to have had a couple more Secret of Manas (not the off-shoot Manas that came afterwards). And I was disappointed when the new Final Fantasy Tactics went a totally different route with feel and style. And fans have pretty much said they'll riot if they ever make major changes to the Street Fighter Series. And after Zelda II, Nintendo never really experimented with the series again until moving to 3D forced them to. And then both Wind Waker and Twilight Princess received criticism: the former for being too far a change from Ocarina and the latter for being too much like Ocarina. Hilarious.

I don't know where I fall. I was tired of the formula in Mega Man 5 but then I loved it in Mega Man 6. I think that this is because the Mega Man series does change for each game, even if it doesn't seem like it. That's why reviewing each game in depth was important to me, because we're not looking at a series featuring the same eight bosses and stages over and over again. We're really looking at a collection of over 50 very different stages and bosses, some good, some bad, and all which I think deserve to be reviewed on their own merits.
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JoeTheDestroyer posted September 06, 2012:

The big question now:
Are you going to review 7-10?

What about the side games like Mega Man Soccer and Mega Man and Bass?
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zippdementia posted September 06, 2012:

Mega Man soccer for the win! I don't own a copy of it, unfortunately (and I've yet to find very good emulators for the Mac... to be fair I haven't looked very hard). What I remember is that it was addictive and piss-hard.

My original plan was to review 1-6 and then maybe do 7 and 8 (since they conclude the Mega Man Collection) and possibly move on to 9 and 10. I was even tempted to pick up the Mega Man X Collection again (I sold my last copy) and do a run through and review of those... I think it goes up to X5.

Now, I'm not so sure. I'm almost more enamored with the idea of just doing 9 and 10, since they are in the "classic" style. Mega Man 7 is a game I've played a lot (and I did just play it again) and I enjoy it a lot, too. But it really feels like a completely different game and I'm not sure what angle I would take. A lot of the things I tended to talk about, like immersion in the Robot themes, almost seem redundant with the high powered graphics of the SNES. And the design sensibility is totally different. Everything is bigger, Mega Man controls with a very different feel, and there seems to be a lot of emphasis on difficult close-call jumps and enemy gauntlets. And Mega Man 8 is totally different from even Mega Man 7, from what I remember about it.

Regardless, I think the real reason I've suddenly turned against the idea of doing more reviews is that, during playing 6, I realized how much of an end it really was (see the review and also Dagoss' spot-on comments). When 7 came out, Mega Man X2 wasn't far behind, and then neither was battle network, and legends, and all the other stuff that now defines that very expanded universe (and heck, I didn't even touch on all the gameboy games that were coming out each year). Mega Man really did transition after six into something a little, if not a lot, different. It feels like a natural stopping point.

Still, I haven't decided yet.
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dagoss posted September 06, 2012:

Have you[seen this](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FpigqfcvlM)? One of the best takes I've seen on how the series really changed when it jumped from MM6 to MMX.

I think MMX1-3 are very different from the rest of the X series. They can be played very fast once you get used to the controls (and remap dash to a shoulder button the way god intended). If you play the game long enough, you find yourself dashing and bouncing off walls like a gymnast on speed. MMX4 on has big, bulky sprites and plays a lot more slowly. If they weren't called "Mega Man X[x]" I'd probably judge them differently---instead, I find myself wondering why I can't dash around any more and _why the stupid blonde chick doesn't shut the duck up_.

I think you're right about MM7 & 8 feeling very different. They have the same characteristics as some of the later X games---big, bulky sprites and _why is the intro to MM7 so bloody long_?

I actually liked Mega Man Legends and thought it was a blast to play. The huge bosses and large areas to explore remind me of Ocarina of Time, but was different enough to not come off as a rip-off. It really didn't have to have Mega Man in it---it was a good enough game that I think it would have done just fine without the lazy branding.
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zippdementia posted September 06, 2012:

Similarly, I've gotten interested in playing some of the battle network games, but I don't even know where to begin. And they seem to REALLY suffer from similarities, according to reviews.
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JoeTheDestroyer posted September 06, 2012:

I've heard they get incredibly frustrating after the third one. That and they suffer from "version syndrome," which really kills them for me. I liked the first two Battle Networks, though. If anything, I recommend playing those two and just forgetting about the rest.
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zippdementia posted September 06, 2012:

Thanks for the quick review, Joe; I just might pick them up.
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overdrive posted September 07, 2012:

The thing I read about the Battle Network games is that they're almost meant to be played in quick succession because you're supposed to essentially take your skill from each game and apply it to the next. Where if you can't consistently ace battles in the first game, you'll struggle with the second and if you can't ace the second, you'll struggle with the third and so on.

Which explains why I angrily quit the second about a third of the way into it. I'd gone over a year since I played the first one, so my skills had gone back to novice level with the battle system, so I got mauled by Snake Man or some boss like that in the second.
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zippdementia posted September 08, 2012:

So each one gets harder then? Is that the idea?

Just beat Mega Man 7 (for the umpteenth time, though I'd forgotten how piss hard that final boss is) and started Mega Man 8 (which I hadn't forgotten how weird it is). Still undecided on whether I'll tackle them on paper.

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