Mega Man 2 (NES) review
"Is this knowledge necessary to complete the game? For the most part, no. It's just good fun. Little tricks like that do quite a bit to add to the experience. More importantly, they present a player with new ways to play. Even if you've gone through the game once using one strategy, it's always fun to try again by defeating the robots in a different order."
Imagine that you wake up one morning, and when you look around, you realize that you're stuck in a baby carriage. Ropes bind you so tightly that it's hardly possible to move. Houses are zipping past you, one exactly like another, and you manage to lift your head just enough to see that at the bottom of the hill, there's a long dock that drops off into the ocean. A watery grave is your future, and there's nothing that can be done to avoid it.
Now, have you got that picture firmly in your mind? If not, keep working until you do. And once you do, know that the image you've fixed in your head has absolutely nothing to do with Mega Man 2. It's the exact opposite of that in almost every conceivable way.
First, the game doesn't star you rolling down a hill in a baby carriage. In fact, there's no baby carriage involved at all. And the row of carbon-copy houses can be forgotten and replaced by dense woods, roaring waterfalls, flame-drenched factories, and crumbling skyscrapers towering over a futuristic city.
That city is never really named, but it's on Earth and the time is the distant future. In 20XX, robots are a fact of life. They help clean houses, they keep the streets safe, and (in special circumstances) they plunge the world into sheer terror as a maniacal madman pulls the strings behind the scenes. Welcome to Mega Man 2, one of the most unique and thoroughly enjoyable titles ever released for the NES.
Staff review by Jason Venter (Date unavailable)
Jason Venter has been playing games for 30 years, since discovering the Apple IIe version of Mario Bros. in his elementary school days. Now he writes about them, here at HonestGamers and also at other sites that agree to pay him for his words.
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